Wednesday, May 20, 2009

What Works for You? by Morgan Mandel

Just wondered where you've had the most success attracting readers. I have a website and several blogspots. I belong to Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, Book Place,other ning networks, Bebo.com, GoodReads, many egroups, such as Blog Book Tours, Pump Up Your Blog, Write, Publish, Market, and Dorothy L, plus many writing organizations, such as RWA and MWA. I also participate in conferences and book signings. I do lots of other promo stuff. It's hard for me to tell which is the most effective, or is it all of them combined?

What about you? How do you promote? What works best for you to attract readers and buy your books? Please share.

Morgan Mandel
http://morganmandel.blogspot.com/

11 comments:

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I've asked myself this question many times. I would love to know what works and what doesn't. I plan to check back later today and see if anyone has hints on how to tell.

Jane Kennedy Sutton
http://janekennedysutton.blogspot.com/

Stephen Tremp said...

Hi Morgan,

I have found Facebook to be head and shoulders above the rest, although I have to give Twitter a chance as am a newbie over there. Facebook has been very good to me as I've not only sold a lot of books, but onld friends from the past are helping to spread the good word.

Stephen Tremp
Author – Breakthrough: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan
http://www.stephentremp.blogspot.com

Jennifer Shirk said...

I've cut back considerably on online areas. But I do have a blog, do book signings, and participate on a few writing forums. And I love networking at conferences!

Karen Walker said...

I'm just beginning this journey so I plan to check back later and see who says what. But yesterday I received a direct message from someone following me on Twitter who is reading my book, so it's worked (at least once).

Karen Walker
http://www.karenfollowingthewhispers.blogspot.com

Grace said...

I, too, have many blogs and websites each advertising my books. I've asked myself the same question about what works; is it my writing that nobody wants to read or doesn't my books sell because of the ecenomy.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I think the economy is affecting everyone's sales at the moment.

Online, it's been a mixed bag. I hear other authors claim Facebook and Twitter get the best results, but I really haven't made any progress with Twitter. The sites that garner me the best results are certainly not the norm! DeviantArt holds my largest fanbase, and I credit much of that with connecting to a lot of young readers and the fact I have been active on that site for over four years now. Oddly enough, MyCatSpace has generated orders, too!

Since I used to do A LOT of booksignings, most of my fanbase is not online. Physical appearances still generate the most sales for me.

L. Diane Wolfe
www.circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com
www.spunkonastick.net
www.thecircleoffriends.net

Chester Campbell said...

I agree with Diane. I've done a blog book tour, posted on Facebook and Twitter, participated in four different group blogs, but I can't detect much effect on Amazon. Don't know about B&N. Still, my sales come mostly from store signings and various events.

Those who get good results from online promo, what sort of promo are you doing?

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Right now I'm in the experimental period with the social networking. I know I'm having fun with it, but don't yet know if it will result in sales.

Elizabeth
http://tinyurl.com/omtzmt

Rebecca Camarena said...

I host authors on my blogs and use Facebook and Twitter and don't have too many commenters. I would have to say that my blog at wordpress surpasses all hits/views at blogger and other sites.

Deb Larson said...

Morgan:
Great question - I wish I had more savy to do on-line promoting. I love to write short quips, etc. but haven't pursued this area as much as I should. Guess I'm more old school with going to conferences, book sales, etc.
DL Larson

Tony Burton said...

I have to admit, I've fallen behind on the online promotions. I do blog... but not for a couple of weeks. I do twitter... but not for a couple of weeks! It just seems like the important things (editing, writing, making calls to booksellers) take precedence.

I guess I'm of the opinion that just about ANYTHING can work for an author if they focus on it and devote themselves to it. Heck, I'd wear a sandwich board and walk up and down the sidewalk... IF I thought it would greatly improve sales. But it seems self-defeating to become so scattered, so unfocused by trying to do everything. Time is a precious thing, and there's only so much of it in a day.

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