It’s a question that thousands of potential authors are asking themselves everyday: Should I try self publishing? Or should I chase the dream of traditional publishing. One answer is: do both! You’ll be hearing and reading a lot more from BookBaby about authors who do both traditional and self publishing. They’re called “hybrid authors” and they’re some of the most successful authors around today! Hybrid authors walk the line between traditional and self publishing by doing both. But if you’re just starting your publishing journey, you have to start with one or the other. It turns out I’m going to be speaking to a lot of writers trying to make this decision at the Storytellers Conference and Expo in Santa Rosa, CA. I’ve been searching for the easiest and best way to get my point across. And I think I’ve got it.
Amanda Hocking’s story might strike some as a one-off or a product of luck, but it's not. Her success was a product of great writing and smart decision making. And since she was a self-published author, she got to call all the shots.
A book trailer is a short video teaser for your book. The video can consist of live action, animation, scrolling text on a black background, or pretty much anything else you think will capture the imagination of the viewer. But are book trailers really necessary for promotion? I mean, you're an author, not a filmmaker, and a book is a book — NOT a movie! Well, click HERE to read one writer's opinion on the necessity of book trailers. "Necessary" may be a strong word, but in our socially-connected, video-frenzied world, a professional book trailer can be a super helpful tool in your promotional bag of tricks. They're short, sharable, exciting (when done well), and show that you're serious about your writing, so readers will take you seriously too. OK. Wanna create one? Check out our top 5 book trailer tips for authors. Still stumped on what'd make a good trailer for your book? Get some inspiration from these fantastic book trailers. Now, you've filmed and edited your book trailer and you're ready to wow the world with it. What do you do? Where do you begin?
Here's a list of ways to promote your book with your book trailer
Updated February 2018.. Enlisting a book discovery service promoting cheap or free eBooks to a subscriber list – or helping you to boost your own social media efforts – is one way to get reviews, grow your social network, and find readers.
This is the fourth entry in a 10-part series in which I detail the entire experience of self publishing my book. The goal is to offer tips and strategies so you can learn from my successes and mistakes. This week: Amazon optimization.
Some folks say that the success of a book is 10% quality and 90% marketing. As an independent author you're probably not working with a big promotional budget. You've already paid for pro editing, pro book design, book printing, and more, and the funds for anything AFTER the book has been made may have dwindled. I've got good news, though: while it wouldn't hurt to have some serious cash to throw behind your promotional efforts, nowadays savvy and motivated authors can spread the word about their books in really effective ways for cheap, or even free!