Your book is written and you're in that stage where the cover design work may be happening, the copyediting may be happening and during all this, you want to be marketing you book.
You need to build your brand -your platform. Your readers need to know who you are and what they can expect from you. The first two suggestions I have are, in order of importance,
1. Have some photos taken -yes, of you, the author! by a professional.
I sucked it up and had it done and felt like a fool the entire time but in the end, folks identify me with this picture, which was my goal.
2. Make a logo. (or have one made) I honestly hadn't even considered this until my photographer handed me his packet and I saw logo design was one of the services he provided. Why can't you use your book cover? You could, but it limits that image -that one book, to your brand, which is what you don't want. My logo represents my entire series and the bottom text can be changed if necessary.
Does it look professional? Absolutely
Worth it? Absolutely!
I had the designer tie in the pocket watch (something mentioned in my book on several occasions and will continue to be mentioned as the series progresses)
My designer and photographer is Jeff Morgan. (Tell him I sent you!)
Check out his website HERE
View all my logos HERE
Okay, now that you have your logo and your photos done, it's time to visit Vista Print
Every successful, professional businessperson has business cards. Why should writers be any different?
Here was my initial card design. This was before I had the logo.
I also got some pens just for the heck of it. (they were extremely popular)
Then, after the business cards, I decided to have bookmarks made. Again, this was before I had the logo. These shots are before they put the tassels on. I created the designs from photos I had taken previously.
After I had my logo created I had this second business card design created.
And I had more bookmarks created. These are a HUGE hit and they were well made by BookmarkCreations.com (Tell them I sent you)
I've been taking the bookmarks to libraries and bookstores and asking them if they would put them out on a surface near the YA section and offer them for free.
Then, I created my cafe press shop. Another great way to market your book via your cool new logo. I donate all proceeds to a great charity so it is a win-win. Don't forget to throw in some catchy phrases on your merchandise. Remember, everything in the shop is FREE. You upload the design and products are made on demand. The customer pays for shipping.
Here are a few of my better selling items:
Finally, my cover design was done! Back at Vista Print I went and had some posters made.
Most of my posters are going to bookstores and libraries. The balance are for give-aways.
I also updated the products at my cafe press shop
I use the cafe press shop stuff as prizes for my writing contests, give aways, gifts and just to wear around.
These are some of the easy, effective marketing tools I've found along the way. Take what you want from my ideas. I'm here to lift others up, not hide my little secrets (that aren't really secrets anyway)
Enjoy! Oh, if you're a reviewer, Exiled is on NetGalley. Check it out!
P.S. I'm giving away a Kindle on my Facebook page!
As always, find interviews, writing samples, videos, contests and more on my re-vamped website.