If there is one thing I’ve learnt over the years of working with the t’Interweb, it’s the importance of asking for feedback. I do this all the time. For instance when women are in touch at The Hysterectomy Association, I’ll ask them if they wouldn’t mind completing a feedback form; when someone contacts me to tell me how much they enjoyed one of my books, I’ll be cheeky and ask if they wouldn’t mind adding a review to Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Goodreads.
A little over a week ago I posted that I was about to try the new Kindle Lending Programme which gave me the chance to try offering Woman on the Edge of Reality free for up to five days. I must admit to having a lot of trepidation, I mean I had done very little marketing up till this point having hoped (vainly it turned out) that the fact that I had a lovely and loyal following with the Hysterectomy Association would carry me through … that’s not to say that they don’t still like me, just that I’d made that classic mistake and one which I’m always telling clients not to make and that is mixing up your markets .. it just doesn’t work!
Last week I introduced you to the concept of creating a marketing plan for your book with the post … and on the subject of a Marketing Plan for Authors! You will need to read it before we carry on as it introduces you to six important helpers in your arsenal to get your book into the right hands.
I love reading, I guess it’s one of the things that makes me want to write. I love to read anything from non-fiction books that teach me something I need to know or challenge my assumptions about this thing we call life to fiction works of many authors from Jostein Gaarder and his philosophical conundrums and questions, through various characters of the unique Alexander McCall Smith books and right up to the works of authors such as Joanna Trollope, Erica James, Rebecca Shaw and Judy Astley.