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The Secret of Book Promotion on the Blueboard

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The best book promotion is (almost) no promotion.

So you're published and feel that pressing need to Promote! Promote! Promote! Many publishers burden authors with promoting their books all over social media, and we definitely understand the desire to see your book succeed. But if you constantly self-promote, it often backfires. Here are some tips to spread the word about your book on the Blueboard (or elsewhere) without driving people away:

1. Use the cover of your book as your avatar.

2. Include the link to your website featuring your book in your signature line (this can include a book page with a sell button on it).

3. Post in Kidlit Good News --  if your profile shows you have at least 5 solid posts -- on your book's birthday or the initial sale (do NOT include any sales links, however, and try to avoid asking/inviting folks to look for or buy your book -- those types of ideas belong in Promo). The best way to encourage community support with KGN posts is to include a snippet of your book's journey to publication. We've all been there (or currently are there), and hearing about your triumphs and challenges along the way involves everyone. If your journey was particularly long, include a link to your blog post where you more completely detail the journey.

4. If you have a cover reveal or book launch party, post in Promotional News. However, try to avoid posting in KGN and PN within the same week. Too many posts in too many places tend to cause the community to ignore your book (or even become a little annoyed) rather than interest us.

5. Now that your book info is on our board, the best thing you can do to raise awareness of your book is to be a helpful, active member. Members don't come here to see ads; they come here for the community. As people get to know you through thoughtful posts, they'll see your amazing cover and signature links. They'll know your name and book title, which could easily lead to them buying it, suggesting it to others, or asking their library to order it if they don't have it in stock.

All in all, congratulations on your new book!
#1 - May 31, 2016, 06:41 PM
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Bumping this post because it's been awhile.
#2 - August 25, 2018, 07:10 AM

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Thanks for the info Andracill,
I've been a member for 2 years and I now have a cover reveal for my PB coming in spring 2019. I don't know if I qualify to post in PN yet. I am building my website and therefore will wait to post the link to snippets of my book's journey to publication.  Great idea by the way. I hadn't thought of it. :thankyou
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I don't know if I qualify to post in PN yet.

I checked your profile, Eleanor -- you're good! [To check, just click on your name at the left of your post.]
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