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Troubleshooting Facebook Ads

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Facebook Ads can be finicky things.

Getting an ad to perform well (meaning actually sell books at a cost per click that doesn’t break the bank) can be a complicated formula. In theory, it should be simple:

  • One part good ad copy (that’s attractive to your target reader)
  • One part finding the right audience (again think about your target reader)
  • One part good landing page (your Amazon book page or other sales page)

So if you’ve got all those things right, your FB ad should perform well! Facebook-Icon

But what happens if it doesn’t? How do you know which part of the formula isn’t quite right?

Here are a few tips to troubleshoot:  Read the rest of this entry »

Three Proven Strategies for Marketing a New Fiction Book Release

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I’ve been quiet on this blog over the past few months, as my life has taken a turn for the busy! With two new book releases and the birth of my third daughter, prioritizing has become a necessity.

But I’ve also taken the opportunity to spend focused time learning from some of the top teachers in the world of book marketing – experts like Mark Dawson (of Facebook Ads for Authors fame), Tim Grahl (teaches a fantastic course called Launch a Bestseller), and Nick Stephenson (Your First 10,000 Readers).TheLadyandtheMountainCall

I applied many of the approaches I learned to my latest release (The Lady and the Mountain Call), and released the book with over 3,700 preorders. While not enough to reach the NY Times Bestseller list, these did give the book a nice kick-start as my baby entered the world. This was book 5 in my Mountain Dreams Series, and was available for preorder purchase on all the major sales platforms for just under 90 days (the most allowed by Amazon).

When I sat down to hold my launch post-mortem, the results were quite interesting! Over the next few weeks, I’ll share my data and observations about how each of my strategies worked, with the numbers to support each. Not sure what a post-mortem is? We’ll talk about that, too!

So stay tuned!

But before then, let me share a quick overview of the three main strategies that have proven successful for marketing a new fiction release.

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5 Steps to Market a New Book Release

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One of the questions I receive most often is from authors is, “How do I promote my new book?” 
Whether it be your debut release or book #5 (or #105) marketing a new release can often be daunting. 
But it doesn’t have to be!

Through the months of June, July, and August, I blogged a marketing workshop here, where I shared all the different marketing options available to authors. And there are a lot of opportunities! But the list can be intimidating, so let me break it down into critical steps for a new release.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Power of the Amazon Review ~ and how to get more of them!

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So we hear all the time word of mouth is what sells books, right?

The Amazon review is one of the most powerful word-of-mouth tools you’ll ever encounter. Is your book well-researched? Your readers will appreciate that and mention it in their reviews. Did you forget to tie up loose ends in your story line? You’ll be called out on it, I guarantee. Potential readers often look at the reviews to see if they’re willing to spend precious money and time to read your story. Hone your craft Review sampleand write the best story possible, and your reviews will reflect it.

How many reviews do you need? Many writers say it seems there’s something “magical” about reaching twenty-five. After that, they seem to come so much easier and quicker. The more reviews you have with a four- or five-star rating, the more comfortable a potential reader will be taking a chance on your book.

So let’s take an extra minute to talk through methods for garnering reviews. Read the rest of this entry »

The Scoop on Advertising: Part 5 ~ Lots of Options!

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As we talk through paid advertising that works, let’s talk about some of the other miscellaneous advertising options that can be be very successful!

Social Media Paid Ads: 

Facebook ads are the most popular, but most of the social media sites have this option. Twitter, Pinterest. Google+ (through Google AdWords that we’ve already discussed). Even Instagram announced this week that they’re opening advertising to a wider range of businesses (including authors).

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The Scoop on Advertising: Part 3 ~ Pay-per-click Ads?

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As we talk through book advertising options, this week we’ll move into paid advertising. In my opinion, one of the most under-utilized options out there are Pay-Per-Click campaigns!

What is it? This concept has been around for a while, and Google AdWords is probably the most well-known venue. Basically, you create an ad and attach keywords to the ad. When a user types one of your keywords in a search field, your ad competes in a bidding war with other ads that have the same keyword. The ads that are the highest bidder(s) are shown to the user, but you are only charged your bidded price if the user clicks on your ad. Basically, you only pay if they click.

So far, I’ve tried PPC campaigns on Goodreads, Amazon, and Google AdWords, so here’s a quick recap of my experiences: Read the rest of this entry »