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Five Ways Social Media Can Help Self-Publishing Authors With Book Marketing

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With the exploding popularity of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Pinterest, it’s easier than ever to connect with people worldwide.

But if you’re unsure how to get started or how to make connections with your target audience, don’t worry! Here are five easy tips to help you!

1. Determine what your goals are.

  • Increase awareness? The average person spends nearly two hours on social media daily; therefore, social media is one of the best places to grab a reader’s attention.
  • Drive traffic to your book? Drive visitors to your author webpage or your listing on Amazon.
  • Generate new leads? These are people who have indicated an interest in your book in some way, shape, or form but haven’t yet purchased it.
  • Build your royalties? You can use social media to turn your audience into paying customers.

2. How often should you post?

  • Facebook—Two or three times per day
  • Instagram—Once or twice per day
  • Instagram Stories—Eight to 16 stories, twice per week
  • Twitter—Three to 10 times per day
  • LinkedIn—Once or twice per day
  • Pinterest—Five to 10 times per day

3. When should you post?

  • Twitter—1:00–3:00 p.m. weekdays
  • Facebook—1:00–4:00 p.m. weekdays
  • LinkedIn—7:00–8:30 a.m. and 5:00–6:00 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
  • Instagram—5:00–6:00 p.m. weekdays and 8:00 p.m. on Mondays
  • Pinterest—2:00–4:00 p.m. and 8:00–11:00 p.m. weekdays, with weekends being the best

4. What should you post?

  • Facebook—Post videos about your book, live videos of you talking about your book or at book events, photos of you and your book, blog posts, and curated content.
  • No matter what type of post you’re sharing on Facebook, the copy you add alongside your content can be critical in how it performs.
  • Instagram—Post hi-res photos (your cover, your author photo, any images or illustrations within your book), behind-the-scenes photos of your book events, quotes, and user-generated content (sharing other photos, such as attendees at a book signing), but give credit to the original creator (known as a re-post), and Instagram stories. Captions are limited to 2,200 characters, and after three lines of text, they become shortened with an ellipsis (those 3 dots you see on posts). Of course, you want to grab the readers’ attention with your opening line or two.
  • Twitter—Post news about your book, blog posts, photos of you and your book at events, curated content, and images. The type of copy in your tweets can drive huge improvements in your results.
  • Pinterest—Images are the best thing to post on Pinterest. Post hi-res photos of your book, the cover, book events, step-by-step photo guides, and infographics.
  • LinkedIn—Post professional information about your career as a writer. Since LinkedIn is a professional networking platform, the most suitable content will revolve around you as an author. Share news about your book and milestones on your LinkedIn page, particularly if the book involves career advice.

5. Automate, engage, and listen

  • Automate posting of your social media content. A tool like Buffer is great for automation. It allows you to create all the content you want to, all at once, and then place everything into a queue to be sent out according to whatever schedule you choose.
  • Social media requires engagement. When people talk to you, talk back. Set aside time during your day to follow up with conversations on social media. These are conversations with potential customers, references, friends, and colleagues.
  • Don’t forget that the ultimate purpose is to sell copies of your book. So always be polite, helpful, and generous. Book sales will follow.

For more information on marketing your book, log into your Publishing Center for a complete list of marketing options and to access the free Book Marketing Resource Center.

Self-Publishing Insight: David MacFawn, discusses “Applied Beekeeping in the United States”

“Author David MacFawn is taking his latest book, Applied Beekeeping in the United States on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join David MacFawn and Applied Beekeeping in the United States as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!”


Luckily for us, David MacFawn was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of  Applied Beekeeping in the United States.

OP: Tell us a little bit about Applied Beekeeping in the United States. What is it about?

David: This book is about applied or practical beekeeping.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

David: I wrote this book because there is a void in beekeeping literature. There are plenty of theoretical books and purely beginners’ books available, but very few applied books have been written.

OP: How did you get your book published?
David: Outskirts Press, Inc. published my book. I worked with Outskirts Press on the formatting, editing, and compilation of the book. Dr. Dewey Caron wrote the foreword.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?
David: The readers interested in this book are those seeking an applied practical approach for beginners through advanced beekeepers. It is a compilation of articles I published in Bee Culture, American Bee Journal, and Beekeeping Your First Three Years over the past five to seven years, plus some unpublished material.

OP: What is special about your book?  

David: My book is unique because the information covers a broad range of beekeeping topics. It begins with basic beekeeping (smokers, moving hives, pulling honey, going through a colony, laying workers, the bee year, splitting, extracting your honey crop, when is a colony worth saving, swarming, drawing out comb, feeders, installing a package of bees, safety in the beeyard, frames and foundation, beeswax candles, bottom boards, walk-away splits, feeding, rotating old comb, and determining how many colonies to have at each location). I also discuss equipment (assembling frames and foundation, amassing equipment), planning (establishing out-yards, sales and marketing, pollination, mentoring, and starting a bee club) and finance (when and how much equipment should you purchase), as well as other items of interest. I have over 50 years’ experience working with honey bees, mainly in the southeastern United States.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

David: This book stands out from other books because it is an applied book and not theoretical.

OP: Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

David: I have published Beekeeping Tips And Techniques For The Southeast United States, Beekeeping Finance (Beekeeping Tips and Techniques for the Southeast United States, by David E. MacFawn, and Getting The Best From Your Bees, by David MacFawn/Chris Slade. Both books are published by Outskirts Press). In addition, I plan to publish another bee book.

OP: How can someone learn more about your book or purchase it?

David: My book can be purchased via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Dadant & Sons bee supply.

OP: Thanks for your time, David! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

David Elgie MacFawn is a North Carolina Master Craftsman Beekeeper (1997); he co-founded the South Carolina Master Beekeeping Program and was awarded the South Carolina Beekeeper of the Year in 1996. He received his Eastern Apiculture Society Master Beekeeper certification during the Eastern Apicultural Society meeting in Greenville, SC, in 2019.

For more information or to contact the author, visit

www.outskirtspress.com/appliedbeekeepingintheus

This author purchased the Media Marketing Blitz marketing option, which allows self-publishing authors to connect with bloggers and harness the power of the blogosphere by taking their book on the “virtual road.” Learn more about this service by visiting your Publishing Center and reviewing the available marketing options.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Life Is The Project by Doyle Davis

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Life Is The Project by Doyle Davis

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*LIFE IS THE PROJECT! The sooner we as a species recognize this one fact and change our thinking from a thing of value, to the essence of L.I.F.E. itself. The sooner we will become great benefactors indeed.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Sarah Sebring Binder’s Book Video Trailer for “Pack Rat’s Lost and Found”

Pack Rat’s Lost and Found

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Pack Rat’s Lost and Found (published by Outskirts Press, April 2022), by Sarah Sebring Binder.

The desert critters concoct a clever plan when Pack Rat’s wish is granted.

Every night, by the light of the moon, Pack Rat whispers to the glittering stars, “Star bright, star light, first star I see tonight, wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight. I wish I might find a treasure tonight!” When Pack Rat’s wish comes true and he finds a glittering, gorgeous star, he is ecstatic and takes it back to his desert palace. But oh no, Mrs. Binder is missing one earring—a very special glittering gold star, a gift from her husband. Cat helps in the search and then recruits the desert birds. “Meow, meow, have you seen a glittering star?” Roadrunner races here and there spreading the word. The doves coo and call a crowd. Cactus Wren twitters. Gila Woodpecker tat-a-tat-tats and knocks on Owl’s door. Red-Tailed Hawk squawks, “I know the rat who stole the star. Pack Rat dragged it to his nest, and now he’s taking his daily beauty rest.” Now Cat must concoct the purrfect plan, with the help of his desert backyard critters, to retrieve the glittering gold star.

Sarah Sebring Binder

Sarah Sebring Binder has been an educator for more than 40 years, sharing her love of reading, writing, and storytelling. When not writing, she loves to garden, dance, fiddle, travel, and quilt.

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Introducing Self-Publishing Author Cory Jenson’s Book Video Trailer for “Flight of Fear”

Flight of Fear
by Cory Jenson

Announcing the Self Publishing News premiere of the book video trailer for Flight of Fear (published by Outskirts Press, March 2022), by Cory Jenson.

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When Ethan Parrish boarded Flight 272 in Hong Kong, he was looking forward to an uneventful trip home. He planned to sleep most of the way. He had no idea that he would soon be facing a life or death situation. Ethan’s experience as a police detective had prepared him to face emergencies, but nothing like this. His actions over the next 24 hours could decide the fate of, not only himself, but millions of innocent people.

Cory Jenson

Cory Jenson has always had a thirst for travel. His Air Force service and his 30-year business career have taken him to 66 different countries. International travel, therefore, plays an integral part in his writing. He holds a BS in Business. His early years were spent in Seattle, Washington where he met and married his wife, Edna. He now resides in Phoenix, Arizona.

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This Week’s Amazon Featured Book of the Week is Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and an Uncertain Future by Conor Mitchell

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Lockdown: 100 Days in San Francisco Facing COVID-19, Protests, and an Uncertain Future by Conor Mitchell

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On March 16th, 2020, San Francisco announced that it would be instituting a Shelter-In-Place to help combat the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first major metropolitan area in California and the United States to enact such an action. Taking as many pictures as he could, Conor curated a collection of photos in this book to best illustrate what a total lockdown in one of the most famous cities in the world looked like. Aside from the pandemic itself, San Francisco was one of many cities that hosted a string of protests that swept through the country fueled by the death of George Floyd. It felt as though the entire country was beginning to pull itself apart. Wherever we may be in history relative to the pandemic and protests, Conor hopes these photos will act as a force for change. He hopes that some action will result in a better future for us after dealing with this pandemic, a summer of revolutionary protests, and what feels to be a lifetime of uncertainty.

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