One area of infernal mystery for me is marketing. Many of us blog, tweet, tumble, and war our way to market our books and products. There is an essential element missing though; the human element. By this I mean word-of-mouth exchanges.
A great way of reaching the customer directly is going to conventions. Going to conventions, getting face-to-face with customers, selling your book, and generating author buzz always confused me. I’ve been to Comic-Con and I’ve seen the rows of tables with artists offering their wares. It’s intimidating.
How do you get behind one of those tables and how do you sell your product? More specifically, (1) which convention to choose, (2) how do you get a table, (3) how many books to bring, (4) what do you put on your table, (5) what kind of extras to bring, and (6) how do you focus your message?
My good friend M.L.S. Weech (author, gentleman, and fellow Brown Piper) recently wrote a post that cuts away some of the mystery. Weech frequents conventions and bookstores in an effort to promote his books and I consider him to be very experienced in this subject. He’s figured out a lot of amazing information and he shared it recently on his blog. As my blog is also about demystifying the writing process (from start to finish) I felt you all might find some amazing tools and tips in his words.
Matt’s post is hilariously titled, The Wrath of Cons; An Indie Author’s Guide to Conventions.
In the way of cyber-tastic interweb promotion, if you are into paranormal fantasy books involving beings who moonlight as soul shuttling reapers, you will likely enjoy Matt’s book, The Journals of Bob Drifter.
Below are a few of the marketing books on my shelf right now. As I read them I will break down applicable information and share it with all of you. After all, that’s what I try to do here at QE.
My goal is to isolate and develop tips that will allow us to reach down and grab readers by their ankles and shake out their pocket change. Matt’s post (this reblog) will be the first “Marketing” category post on QE. I plan to start populating this category with relevant and timely information.
Anyways! Here’s the list:
- Do it! Marketing, by David Newman This is more of a general marking book, but covers some pretty sound technology aspects. I picked it because it has 275 ratings and is sitting at 5 Stars. That’s cooking with fire!
- Contagious: Why Things Catch On, by Jonah Berger. First of all, this book has a beautiful cover. Secondly, it has 4.5 stars with 600+ reviews. Lastly, it’s an amazingly insightful read that goes way deeper than simple advertising schemes. It looks at how people think and spread information. It’s a brilliant read and one I will likely blabber on about more in the future.
- I’ve already talked about Write to Market, by Chris Fox here. We had some good discussion on the idea of writing a book tailored to market on that day. (I just moved that post into the newly created marketing category.)
That’s a wrap for today. In short, check out Weech’s post! I found it immensely helpful and it was just the kind of information I was looking for. Until tomorrow, keep reading, keep writing, and as always – stay sharp!