Thursday, June 9, 2016

Welcoming Karen Ingalls




Today, it is my honor and privilege to welcome Karen Ingalls to the blog. She is a fellow member of Rave Reviews Book Club and the author of Novy's Son.  Today, she's bringing us some great tips on book promotion.


"PROMOTING & SELLING"

PROMOTING & SELLING A BOOK IS THE MOST DIFFICULT AND CHALLENGING PART OF BEING AN AUTHOR

Here are a few things I have learned:

• Do your due diligence when exploring a website or company that promises you success.

• Sign up with Facebook and make friends with other authors.

• Join LinkedIn and explore the membership, connecting with those in the literary field.

• Look for book clubs on the Internet to join. Rave Reviews Book Club is a site I highly recommend. HOWEVER, you must be active and be well involved.

• Write a blog and invite authors and readers to follow you. Welcome them as guest bloggers and they will do the same for you. Give them the opportunity to be interviewed and have their books promoted, and the favor will be returned.

• Go to your local libraries, bookstores, churches, service groups, and book clubs. Provide them with a free copy and volunteer to do a presentation.

• Have business cards available at all times and hand them out. I prefer the 3x5 size. Make them colorful, informative, and concise.

• Through the Internet there are radio interviews available. Contact your local newspaper, radio and television stations to request an interview.

• Monthly newsletters with interesting articles and reviews can draw in authors and readers.

AND, BELIEVE IN YOUR BOOK AND YOURSELF.


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Author Info:

Karen Ingalls is a retired registered nurse with a master’s degree in human development, which was a double major in psychology and human services. She is the author of the award winning book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir from which all proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. Her second novel is Davida: Model & Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Her first novel, Novy’s Son challenges the reader to examine the issues of alcoholism, sexual addiction, and family dynamics. She has also written poetry, short stories, and has had articles published for professional journals. Karen also does presentations to promote her books and on subjects of health/wellness.

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22 comments:

  1. Thanks for the marketing tips, Karen - very helpful! Thanks for hosting, Anne Margaret!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, John!

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    2. Marketing is tricky and any help is appreciated. Thanks for the comment, John.

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  2. Great tips Karen! There are a couple of them I have not yet explored. Thanks! And thank you A.M. for hosting her today.

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    1. Joy, there are probably many more book marketing tips that I have yet to discover. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Good tips, Karen! Thank you for hosting, A.M.

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    1. I appreciate your feedback, Michelle.

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    2. My pleasure! Thanks for dropping in. :-)

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  4. Thanks for sharing these marketing tips, Karen. I really appreciate your insight.
    Thanks for the warm welcome, A.M.! :)

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    1. We can never get enough marketing suggestions! Thank you, Natalie.

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  5. Great marketing tips, Karen. I stumbled my way through the beginning months without knowing much of anything. I wish I had had your guidance! Thank you! And, thank you A.M. for hosting Karen on your website.

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    1. Like you, Gwen I stumbled my way...I think I still do in many respects! RRBC has been a help.

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  6. I love the marketing tips, Karen. These are the ingredients needed for a successful recipe.

    Thanks for hosting, A.M. Great support!

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    1. The recipe might not be complete for success, but it is a start. There may be some important and necessary ingredients I have not tried, heard about, or been suggested. I love the analogy.

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    2. Super helpful advice, isn't it? Thanks for coming by!

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  7. Thank you, A. M. for hosting this part of the blog tour. You have been very supportive.

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    1. You're most welcome! Thanks for all you do!

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  8. Great advice! I have an account with LinkedIn, but I never manage to find time to learn how that site works. I tend to use Twitter, Instagram, FB, and RRBC, of course. :-)

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    1. I'm not much for linkedin, either. Thanks for coming by!

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    2. I have found LinkedIn, Twitter, FB and of course RRBC as my best and easiest social networks to work with. I encourage you both to give LinkedIn a try. Thank you for your comment, Yvette

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