5 Ways Authors Can Finish Strong in 2019

It’s hard to believe there are less than five full months left in the year. But for authors trying to sell books, the good news is that those months include the holidays, when die-hard bookworms are gifting and gobbling up books of all kinds.

What that means for you is that opportunities still abound for to boost book sales and make 2019 a banner year. If you plan accordingly, your most successful months of selling lay ahead.

For instance, did you know the Reader Views Literary Awards are in December? And is October’s Frankfurt Book Fair on your radar? Put them on your marketing calendar (or get an Author’s Marketing Calendar from Outskirts Press and have important dates like these available to you in an instant).

A well-crafted marketing calendar is priceless. It gives you solid promotion deadlines to meet, keeps important events and benchmarks in one place, and inspires you keep moving toward your marketing goals. Here are five things you can track on your marketing calendar to finish strong in 2019:

  1. Literary contest deadlines. It’s not just important to know when a contest is being held; it’s vital to keep track of submission deadlines, too. That way, you can plan ahead to complete submission requirements on time.
  2. Book review opportunities. There may or may not be a firm deadline for a book review. You’ll want to track the ones that do have submission timelines and plan for open-ended reviews in between.
  3. High-profile book expo dates. There are scores of local, regional, national and international book fairs where you can display your book. It helps to research which ones are appropriate for your book genre, what level of exposure to expect and when you need to complete registration.
  4. Smart and doable book marketing prompts. Think about some of the little things you can do in between big events to boost your visibility, such as creating a Pinterest page for your book or acknowledging holidays on social media.
  5. Include resources you can access for more information and assistance. Save links and helpful articles directly to your calendar for future reference. This not only serves as a prompt but keeps you from digging around for the information you need to complete a task.

Needless to say, your marketing plan has a lot of work to do! If you’re not sure how to draft a marketing plan and put it into action, Outskirts Press can help. Or, hire a Personal Marketing Assistant with expertise in promoting all genres of books!

Now, let’s make 2019 epic! Order your Marketing Calendar today and finish strong in 2019.

 

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How to Get the Most out of Amazon

Everyone knows that in order to successfully market and sell a self-published book nowadays, you have to leverage Amazon. But there are so many different ways to utilize all that Amazon has to offer the independent author, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. Well, worry no more! Today we’re going to discuss some of the easiest, quickest, and most effective tactics you can pursue (or have a Personal Marketing Assistant pursue for you) in order to get the most out of Amazon.

Your product detail page, or sales page, is the page on Amazon that features your book, its cover image, and its marketing copy. Your author photo and biography may also be displayed here, especially if you already have an Author Page. If you don’t, make sure to create one at authorcentral.amazon.com/ or Outskirts Press can do this for you at https://outskirtspress.com/p/amazonauthorpage. Once you have an Author Page, your biography (and your author photo if you upload one) will appear on all your product detail pages.

Make sure your product detail page is as complete, compelling, and comprehensive as you can. This means making sure your cover image is uploaded and that you have “Look Inside” active on your book. You can personally sign-up for Look Inside from Amazon here https://amazon.com/sitb or Outskirts Press can do this for you at https://outskirtspress.com/p/sitb.

Next, make sure all your different formats are “connected” so that different “Buy” tabs show prospective readers your different editions. You can “connect” them from your Author Page (see above about getting one), or from your Amazon Author Central account. The best formats to have available, in addition to the paperback, of course, is a Kindle e-book edition and an Audio book. If you don’t have either or both of these additional important formats, Outskirts Press can publish and distribute these additional formats for you at https://outskirtspress.com/p/kindle and https://outskirtspress.com/p/audiobook, respectively.

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There you have it. Now, you are ready for your masterpiece to take Amazon by storm! Start publishing and marketing today with the A+ rated and #1-rated self-publishing company, according to the Better Business Bureau and Top Consumer Reviews, respectively.

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