89 Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life

Fresh out of ideas on how to help your writing take off? You’re in luck.

We’ve compiled a list of 89 book marketing ideas that will change your life, build your brand, and sell your book. There’s something for everyone on the list.

Best of all, the list is free. Completely free.

Sound intriguing? Read on.

89 Book Marking Ideas That Will…

Increase your web presence:

  • Create a testimonial page on your website
  • Retweak the SEO on your site
  • Ask fans to post their reviews on your Facebook page
  • Sign up for Twitter
  • Clean up your social footprint
  • Create an author FB page and use it instead of your profile
  • Offer bloggers advanced reading copies
  • Go on an online book tour
  • Host Q+A sessions on Google+
  • Create Facebook Friday videos
  • Register as an author on Amazon
  • Create a book trailer
  • Get a new Author Website

Build your fan base:

  • Start a FB campaign to increase your fans
  • Start a Google Campaign to increase traffic to your site
  • Start a controversial web series
  • Keyword your blog posts
  • Create a monthly newsletter
  • Create an affiliate program
  • Host guest bloggers
  • Become a guest blogger
  • Create business cards with your web address on them and hand them out
  • Start commenting on other blogs (early and often)
  • Host regular author hangouts on Google+
  • Host regular author interviews on Google+
  • Get social media coaching

Cultivate Community:

  • Create an online community with a forum
  • Say thank you to readers with special incentives for being a fan
  • Ask your reading community to design merchandise for your store
  • Create a fan page for your main character (works well if they are in a series)
  • Ask fans to create their own book trailers and post them online
  • Offer core fans advanced copy of future books
  • Ask fans to post pictures of “character spottings”
  • Use Twitter hashtags
  • Poll your readers and listen to what they say
  • Answer all your blog comments
  • Engage with your fans on FB
  • Ask your fans to post pictures of them reading your book

Make some extra money:

  •     Repackage old blog posts and sell them as an e-book
  •     Join an affiliate program
  •     Speak on the core topic of your book
  •     Become a content writer
  •     Freelance
  •     Sell ads on your website
  •     Sell ads in your newsletter
  •     Write a new ebook tailored to your fans
  •     Mentor another writer
  •     Become an Amazon Affiliate
  •     Offer customizable ebooks for readers
  •     Sell your book on your site, not just Amazon

Build your brand offline

  •     Write a Press Release
  •     Ask to be interviewed by your local paper
  •     Ask to be interviewed by the paper your book is set in
  •     Ask to be interviewed by the local radio host
  •     Ask to be interviewed on the local morning show (read this article first)
  •     Partner with a band that has the same cause as you
  •     Go on a physical book tour
  •     Sell themed merchandise (Think Team Edward shirts)
  •     Rent a billboard
  •     Host a book release party
  •     Link with an activity that supports your cause and sell your book there
  •     Create a viral video about a scene from your book

Find a Place To Give a Book Reading:

  •     Your local coffee shop
  •     A hospital
  •     A retirement community
  •     A rehabilitation center
  •     A local church
  •     A locally owned bookstore
  •     The library (try the five closest to your house)
  •     The local community college
  •     A school
  •     Wherever the main setting of your book is
  •     Google+
  •     Videos you upload to Facebook

Discover where to donate your book (and make new fans):

  •     A women’s shelter
  •     A VA hospital
  •     A children’s hospital
  •     A retirement home
  •     The five closest libraries to your house
  •     Community libraries at coffee shops
  •     The local community college library
  •     The libraries in the town where the book was set in
  •     BookCrossing.com
  •     Local B&B’s
  •     A prison
  •     A church library

Become an expert:

  •     Become a HARO source
  •     Get active on LinkedIn Answers
  •     Write Op-Ed pieces on the core message of your story
  •     Give lectures on the core message of your story
  •     Create a series of web-videos interviewing experts on the core message of your story
  •     Make sure your author about me page is interesting and relevant

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Amazon Announced Its Best Selling Books of 2012

Online retail giant Amazon has announced its top 10 best-selling books of 2012, counting both print and Kindle sales. And in what will hardly be the biggest surprise of the year, “Fifty Shades Freed” takes top spot.

“Fifty Shades Freed” is the third book of E. L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy. The full trilogy as a set takes the third spot in the list of Amazon’s best-selling titles.

Apart from top 10 best-selling books overall, Amazon has compiled a list of the most popular titles for teens and kids, where the lead is taken by “The Mark of Athena” by Rick Riordan.

The best-selling book from 2011, Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs, didn’t make the chart this time.

Take a look at the lists — one of these books may be a good Christmas present for your loved ones.

The top 10 best-selling books

  1. “Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy” by E. L. James
  2. “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn
  3. “Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set” by E. L. James
  4. “Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel” by Sylvia Day
  5. “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” by Mark Owen
  6. “The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire)” by Jennifer Probst
  7. “Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel” by Sylvia Day
  8. “The Racketeer” by John Grisham
  9. “Defending Jacob: A Novel” by William Landay
  10. “The Innocent” by David Baldacci

The top 10 best-selling Kids & Teens books

  1. “The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)” by Rick Riordan
  2. “The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)” by Jeff Kinney
  3. “Insurgent (Divergent)” by Veronica Roth
  4. “The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book 3)” by Rick Riordan
  5. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  6. “City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments)” by Cassandra Clare
  7. “While it Lasts” by Abbi Glines
  8. “The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, Book 3)” by Pittacus Lore
  9. “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio
  10. “Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Book 8)” by James Patterson