Monday, June 17, 2013

Spread The Word

We're surrounded by advertisements. Many times we get so accustomed to visual clutter that we don't even notice them.

For years, I've been getting emails from the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) loop. Until recently, I paid little attention to the posts. What changed my habits? I discovered people offer promotional opportunities and guest posts on their blogs.

A fellow Helping Hands Press author, Carrie Fancett Pagels, alerted me to a Twitter promo. Book Fun Magazine promised to retweet the name of our book if we followed them. I never saw this on any of my connections and appreciated her pointing it out. I was able to have my book title tweeted to all of Book Fun's followers.

Whenever I see a link or article that I think will help fellow writers/authors, I will do one or all of the following:

1.  Do a post on my blog about the article.

2.  If it's time sensitive, I'll send out an email to specific individuals.

3.  Put a note on Facebook.

Writers:  What are some of the ways you "spread the good word" about promotional opportunities?

Readers:  Do you ever write to an author and let them know where you've seen their book or feedback from another reader?

Photo Credit:  jamie84


Anonymous said...

Good advice, Susan. I'm sure you're learning a lot about the marketing side of the business with the advent of your first book, aren't you?

Thanks for passing some of your wisdom on to us. :)

Rhonda Schrock said...

That was me. :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Lol! Thanks, Rhonda. When I saw Anonymous, I thought it might be spam.

Yes, I'm learning a lot about the marketing side. I'll be passing along tips and articles I come across.

Susan :)

Karen Lange said...

I agree with Rhonda, this is good advice! Thanks a bunch! :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

Sharing the info with my favorite buddies makes me happy. :)


quietspirit said...

Thank you for the insight into the world of marketing. I appreciate it.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Cecelia -

You're welcome! Whenever I learn something new, I try to pass it on.

Susan :)

Jean Fischer said...

I write books work-for-hire, so I don't get involved with marketing, but I love sharing on my Facebook page links to articles about writing and writers. I try to spend a few minutes each morning looking for something interesting to post. I try to do the same on Pinterest.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean,

I found an interesting link yesterday. Your blog post! I put it on my author page this morning.

Susan :)

Marja Verschoor-Meijers said...

Hhmm, I use Twitter mostly, and FB. I get some news and promo items from Sally Stewart's weblog for example.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Marja -

I'm familiar with Sally Stewart, but haven't gone to her blog in awhile. I'll have to check it out.

Susan :)

Jeanette Levellie said...

You are so good about passing along helpful tips for fellow-authors. No wonder the Lord sends you help when you need it--you plant lots of seed!

And you are easy to love.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Aww, Jen, thanks!

Susan :)

JD said...

Good marketing tip, Susan. Always a little nugget of gold on here. Thanks for that. ;-)

Enjoy your weekend...

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Janette -

Glad it helped!

Susan :)