I’m in a polling mood, so let’s discuss book promotion on blogs, and throw in a couple of polls for my intrepid readers to have fun clicking away at. Am I allowed to vote as well? Seems like a conflict of interests. Pah! Conflicts of interest are for the weak. Onwards!
Promotion Technique #1 — Posting book excerpts
To be honest, I rarely read book excerpts. I will look at the cover and the synopsis, and base my purchasing decision off of that. However, many people, I’m given to understand, like to actually see what’s inside the book, and not just fork over their hard earned money and pray. Hence, book excerpts.
So what are your thoughts on book excerpts? What part of a book do you most want to read before you choose to buy? Is it the first chapter, or perhaps a scene further into the novel? Or do you prefer just reading a selection of random words taken from the book and artfully arranged by the graphic design site Wordle?
Promotion Technique #2 — Include a link to the book at the bottom of each post
I’m talking about something like this:
I’ve seen other authors do this, and I don’t have any particular problem with it. They’re always located at the end of blog posts, and they’re usually kept small and tasteful, so you only really notice it if you’re specifically looking for it.
Somewhat related link of the day:
Check out this funny post about editors — Editors Hate Everything. Yes They Do.
Unrelated meme of the day:
(Note: this will not make sense unless you’ve seen/read Fullmetal Alchemist)
Unrelated video of the day:
I love Sam Tsui. He’s a youtube singer who’s gotten pretty famous over the years. Check out one of his most recent covers:
Honestly, I think you should do any kind of promoting that you want! I mean, isn’t the whole point of having an author blog sort of to plug your books? I know that a lot of authors also try to change the layout/theme of their website to reflect their most recent book as well, or their genre as a whole. Either way, you go ahead and promote to your heart’s content. Well, I mean, within reason, but you seem like the practical sort, and I really have a hard time thinking you’ll go overboard. 🙂 I can’t wait till it comes out!