Tips for an Online Social Event

Guest Post
by Kim Mutch Emerson

Authors are awesome! We know how to create a universe, solve murders, negotiate with someone bent on destroying the world, and how to match lovers up with their perfect partner. What most of us are not great at is marketing our books. It makes us all squishy inside. We would rather face a three headed giant than write an ad. That is one of the big reasons I try to create fun ways to help authors “market” their stuff. I put the word market in quotes because it’s more about building relationships to me than selling stuff.

Big advertising and marketing campaigns are too expensive for most indie authors. The most affordable tools we have are the social media sites. The keyword here is “social”. We can’t treat them like billboards or people will tear out their hair and go screaming for the hills. People are not on these networks to read ads. They are on the networks to socialize and build relationships. One good way to build relationships online is to team up with other authors and create an online social event.

I can hear it now, “how are we supposed to sell books at an online social event?” Glad you asked. I have a few pointers. Continue reading “Tips for an Online Social Event”

Book Blogger Spotlight: The Virtual Bookcase

Meet Glynis Smy, of The Virtual Bookcase, a blog dedicated to showcasing books, with an emphasis on indie authors. Glynis is also an author, writing historical romances with a twist. You can learn more about her writing from her Amazon author page.

In describing how the whole concept for The Virtual Bookcase came about, Glynis says, “Once upon a time there were two Internet friends. They met via a writing group. Every day they would have ‘coffee’ and a ‘chat’ online but in the four years they knew each other, they never met. One lived in Cyprus, the other the UK. One day they decided to set up a blog to help authors promote their books, especially self-published authors as there weren’t many places to market without paying out a fortune. The blog took off slowly. Sadly, the UK friend passed away unexpectedly, and the one in Cyprus was left holding the baby. Instead of closing the blog she continues to run it in her friend’s memory with the blessing of the family.” Continue reading “Book Blogger Spotlight: The Virtual Bookcase”

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