5 Ways to Effectively Market your Book

Book Marketing Blog Hop

For the past several weeks I’ve had the opportunity to learn more about book marketing from many different authors. Dvorah Lansky put together The Book Marketing Challenge with a diverse cast of authors who took turns sharing marketing ideas that have worked for them. Some of the strategies I knew about, but having access to specific “how-to” posts was very helpful. My only regret is that I haven’t had time to try them all out. Here are five of my favorites:

  1. Host a blog hop – this is a great way to share information and increase your audience. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several blog hops over the past few months. If you want some tips, check out my previous posts on hosting a blog hop and creating a button for your blog hop. You can also use a blog hop to run contests or have people enter for a free copy of your book.
  2. Create something of value to give away – This sounds counterproductive; why would you spend time creating something of value and then just give it away? If you want people to BUY products from you, they need to trust that you have something that will be valuable to them. Most people are willing to give you their contact information (name and e-mail address) in exchange for something free. I’m currently in the process of updating my blog/website. When I launch my new site, I’m planning to give away Twitter Tips and Tricks for Writers as a way of building my contact list.
  3. Create graphics to share on social media sites – Whether your book is fiction or non-fiction, you can find quotes or snippets to share. Go through your manuscript and highlight what you want to share. Then, create graphics using software like The Logo Creator or Logo Design Studio Pro. This can be as simple as using a plain background and placing the quote on it or pairing the quotes with pictures you’ve taken. Make sure you include the title of your book and the link to your website so that it’s easy for people to find more information. Once you have a graphic, you can share it on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
  4. Interact with your audience on your Facebook Author Page – This is a strategy I’m just starting to experiment with. (You can connect with me here). If you haven’t set up an author page yet, check out this tip page offered through the book marketing challenge. Facebook Pages give you the opportunity to reach a wider audience, “boost” posts you want more people to see, and receive stats that will help you determine how to use the page most effectively. If you want more information, check out The Ultimate Guide to Facebook Marketing on Copyblogger.
  5. Use press releases – I’ve found this to be a very effective way of letting people in my local area know about my books. When my novella, Cecile’s Christmas Miracle, was released I put together a press release and sent it out to four local papers. Three of the four responded. One paper printed an interview, another paper printed the information in the press release almost word for word, and the third paper highlighted the release of my book. For more ideas, check out Connie Dunn’s post on Marketing Your Book with Press Releases and 4 Tips for Creating the Essential Press Release by Sandra Beckwith.

What have you found effective in marketing your books? Please share πŸ™‚


  1. akismet-bf34c75d37ea7214f7d11ed7c935f7bc on June 7, 2014 at 6:59 am

    You have summarized the Challenge content very well.I am very new to all this Marketing, and so have decided to start small, by posting content to my FB Author page every day. I write Devotions and have had 5 books published. have a look at my page – facebook.com/ann.m.m.goodfellow

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 7, 2014 at 8:50 am

      Thanks for stopping by. You are wise to pick smaller goals that you can achieve. It sounds like we write similar material. I look forward to getting to know you better.

  2. Fong Hsiung on June 7, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Ruth, you’ve nailed a number of marketing strategies that are highly actionable. I especially like #3. Great tip that I can use. Regards, http://www.fonghsiung.com

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 7, 2014 at 8:52 am

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving an encouraging comment. I’m glad you found the post helpful. Best wishes in your marketing journey πŸ™‚

  3. lizcorrell on June 7, 2014 at 10:17 am

    Wow Ruth, When I read blogs like this it make me anxious to go through all this material again. I knew this would be a challenge for me time wise so I became a gold member. knowing what valuable material D’vorah puts together I really didn’t want to miss anything. I have tried to take a look at the daily summary but you have put those and more together in this blog. I too will be looking forward to getting to know you better Ruth, as I read your “about me” we actually have a lot in common.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 7, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Thanks for your encouragement. We all benefit when we share with each other. I look forward to learning more about you.

  4. Peg Hubbard on June 7, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I love the opportunity to meet and connect with so many great folks from this Challenge! Looking forward to seeing us all succeed!

  5. katerynakei on June 7, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    Ruth, thank you for the tips! That was helpful. Up to now, I found the free promotions very effective in my marketing. I am planning on sharing my strategies and results on my blog as I go. Good luck!

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      You’re welcome. I’ll check out your suggestions on your blog. Best wishes to you too πŸ™‚

  6. moonrox on June 7, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    You’ve summarized five crucial points. I especially like the tip about taking a quote from your book, adding a graphic, and posting it on Facebook. Easy and effective. Good luck with your writing and marketing.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment πŸ™‚ Best wishes with your writing and marketing too.

  7. Christine Rowe on June 7, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Ruth~ You’re right, the Build your Business with your Book Challenge, did a lot more than give us info on what to do,, each session shared how to do it and tools to make it happen. Wishing you great success.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 7, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes to you in your marketing journey!

  8. Dvorah Lansky on June 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Ruth, you bring up such good points about “why create something of value, only to give it away for free?” When people get to really experience your content, without it being covered with a layer of fluff, if they resonate with your message, they will “buy your stuff!” The thought process will have readers thinking “WOW, if this is what is being given away for free, I can only imagine what the paid content is like.”

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 7, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Dvorah. I appreciate your take on the giveaway and I know you’ve had lots of experience to back this up πŸ™‚

  9. Shirley Corder on June 8, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Ruth, thank you for your reminders of so many of the good things we’ve shared over the past five weeks. All the best as you move forward in our together adventure of marketing our books!

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      You’re welcome. Best wishes in your marketing endeavours too πŸ™‚

  10. Peggy McAloon on June 8, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Love the Blog…Delighted you are on a similar path to mine and love the fact that you contributed to the Chicken Soup series! How exciting! It has been a pleasure to take this journey with so many talented folks such as yourself. I look forward to sharing our successes in the days and years to come. Thank you for being an inspiration and for sharing.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks, Peggy πŸ™‚
      I appreciate you stopping by and encouraging me with your comment. Best wishes on your marketing journey.

  11. Sally Ember, Ed.D. (@sallyemberedd) on June 8, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Hi, Ruth, Thanks for sharing, one writer to another.Let me know if you’d like to guest blog on my site!

    From the BMC Blog Hop! If you put up your FB series or author page, I LIKED yours and would appreciate a reciprocation: https://www.facebook.com/TheSpannersSeriesbySallyEmber or a FOLLOW:http://www.sallyember.com Best to you!

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 8, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks for stopping by. I’ll contact you about exchanging guest posts πŸ™‚

  12. naturemystic on June 8, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Great job Ruth, You provided so much free stuff in your blog. I must check out the Facebook marketing. Once I get back to Facebook in the next day or so then I will give a like.

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    Have a great day.

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 8, 2014 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment for me πŸ™‚ I’ll check out your blog.

  13. Linda Chappo on June 9, 2014 at 1:22 am

    Ruth, thanks for your informative review of what we learned. This is great: simple and to the point. I wish you all the best with your author journey and Happy Marketing!

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 9, 2014 at 5:22 am

      Thanks for stopping by and visiting. Best wishes in your marketing journey.

  14. Desiree A Cox on June 9, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Ruth, I’ve bookmarked your article. I love the ideas you shared along with everything else we’ve learned. Much success to you.

  15. Jan on June 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Ruth! This is a great post…full of excellent reminders. I’ve already signed up to follow you so we are destined to meet again. Happy to be on this journey with you. We CAN have fun with marketing! That’s my biggest “Aha.”

    • Ruth L. Snyder on June 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and connecting with me. You’re right, marketing can be fun πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to continuing the enjoyable journey with you.

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