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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Energize Your Marketing

“Without passion, you don't have energy; without energy, you have nothing. Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.”
~ Donald Trump

Have you ever noticed that you have more energy to do the things you enjoy than you do to for the things you don’t like? If you like ice skating, chances are that even if you’re too tired for a trip to the mall, you’d still be up for hitting the pond. If you like shopping, you probably have more energy for shopping than you do for watching a soccer game. And on and on it could go. We have more energy for doing things that we love. It’s the same when it comes to book marketing. Your best marketing will come from things that you enjoy.
What are you passionate about? What's your favorite thing to do? Can you incorporate marketing into it? Can you do what you love and market at the same time? Absolutely!

In the past, I have seen a tent shaped as the authors book. A booth where an author had became a food vendor to market his book about adding flavor to life. And I heard about an author who gave a free, autographed copy of her book to everyone on the airplane with her to the destination of the setting for her historical fiction novel.

Are these tactics memorable? Oh yes. But more importantly, they are genuine. These authors took things that they loved and extended their marketing efforts into them. I say good for them! Why can't we be genuine in our marketing efforts? Can't they simply become an extension of who we are?

Do you write fiction? Why not dress up as a character from your book for Halloween? Even if you just stay home and pass out treats, you could hand moms (or dads) a coupon to download a free copy of your book from Smashwords, or include personalized book marks in your goody bags. (This would be especially good if you wrote horror!)

If you write about beauty, why not ask a salon if they would be willing to host a giveaway for you? You could drop of a box and allow their patrons to enter to win a free copy of your latest book. At the same time, you could collect addresses (physical and/or e-mail) to send information to everyone letting them know that they didn't win, but they could download a free excerpt on your website, or that you are having a free day on Kindle (if your in KDP select) on a certain day and they could download a free copy then.

Do you write historical fiction? Why not take a photo of your book at landmarks contained within your book?

Think outside the box. Extend your marketing into who you are.

Marketing prompt:

Come up with something unique to market your book. Make it an extension of who you are, but choosing something you love.

Days to go: 216

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