Author help with Marketing

I’m horrible at marketing.  I don’t feel comfortable spamming Facebook or my blog.  I’m hoping that reviews or word of mouth will do better.  It doesn’t, so I need to condense and spend less time marketing on ‘0’ returns and more on actual sales.

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Contemporary Native American Romance is a small niche.  Very small.  I have to find my readers and that’s not easy.

Often, I’m scrambling to find out which websites drags traffic to Amazon.  The easiest way to see who’s buying or at least clicking on your links?

Bitly.com

And it’s free.

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After you set up a Free Account, create different links for the same product.

For instance: Facebook links on certain channels for my novel Little Sparrow.  http://amzn.to/2sSQRiO

Now, my blog link to Little Sparrow. http://amzn.to/2sSVRE6

When I do an author interview or takeover, I’ll use a different one.

Each day, I check Bitly to see which ‘channel’ had the most clicks.  This should, in theory, tell me where my traffic is coming from.  If it is 75-100% from Facebook, I know it’s time to do some Facebook ads. If it is from my blog, maybe an Amazon ad would be better. If one site is giving me top sales, well, it’s time to promote there!

The number of links you create will depend on what feedback you’re looking for.  You can even create links per ‘page’ that you’ve promoted on.  I will, once things settle down.  I have a lot going on right now.

I haven’t given this a lot of effort yet, I’m not great at marketing.  I dabble occasionally.  I’d rather be writing or …. freaking edit-freaking-ing my latest piece.  Which is what I should be doing now.

Join me and win! Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

images We’re giving away 25.00 Amazon Gift Cards!  Come join me Friday at noon, EST for the kickoff of VerySherryTerry’s Summer Fun, Mixed Genre Takeover event!  I’ll be there until 4pm.  I’d love to meet some new friends and give away some gift cards and ebooks!

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That’s a lot of authors!  Pick your genre and join us!  Go to the Takeover Event!  click going, then on Friday at noon, click on the discussion tab.  Hope to see you there!

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Author Interview: Francisco Cordoba

 

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I met Fransisco a while ago on Scribophile.com.  He ‘wowed’ me with his writing.  Delving deep into the erotic center of a woman is easy for this man.  And he does it so well.  I had the privilege of reading his debut novels, The Horsemen of Golegã,  and I’m hooked.  Keep a look out for Fransisco.  He’s going places.

A passionate romantic and obsessive equestrian, Francisco Cordoba has been writing for as long as he can remember. However, it’s only in the last few years, since completing his Master’s Degree in Linguistics, and suffering regular chastisement from his wife, that he has dared to fully unleash his muse. He loves writing about romance, relationships, adventures, and sex.

 

Francisco lives a largely reclusive life tucked away in an old farmhouse, somewhere, with his wife, teenage son, four cats, two dogs, horse, ducks, and chickens. He freely admits to loving them all, although he refuses to allow more than three bodies to occupy his bed at any one time. His six-book slightly erotic, paranormally romantic, mysteriously suspenseful, thrillingly adventurous, and possibly fictional debut series, The Horsemen of Golegã, will be self-published soon.

Email: contact@franciscocordoba.com

Website and Blog: http://franciscocordoba.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/franciscocordobaauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CordobaContact

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How are you publishing this book and why? (*e.g. Indie, traditional, or both)

I’m going Indie for The Horsemen of Golegã. While there’s a certain amount of kudos attached to being picked up by a traditional publisher, I’m pretty much over needing the confirmation I’d get from that. I’ll admit I’m also terrified of submitting and being turned down, and I don’t have time to wait around while someone else makes a decision about whether my work is good enough or not. I want to sell my books, and I want the readers to tell me if they like them. I also want the lion’s share of any sales, and you don’t get that with a traditional publisher.

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Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

It was something about an alligator that was green. I was three. I dictated, my mother wrote. Then she gave me a lollipop and told me not to run with the stick in my mouth. I ran, promptly fell over, and learned why I shouldn’t run with a stick in my mouth.

 

Sorry, see what happens when you activate old memories?

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How do your friends and family feel about your writing?

My immediate family, my wife and son, are wonderfully supportive. The Horsemen of Golegã often have dinner with us. My wife and I share the outlining of the stories. My fourteen-year-old son tells me his favorite activity is to hang out and read or watch TV, or play video games, knowing that we are plotting in the next room. Apparently, this is his concept of home. That’s kind of cool.

 

I don’t have a wide circle of friends. The few that do know are ambivalent. I don’t talk about it much now.

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Do you ever get Writer’s Block, and do you have any tips for getting through it?

Occasionally, mostly as a result of real life stresses though, not because I can’t think of what to write. Sometimes I just have to walk away from the writing for a bit because of real life, although that in itself is stressful. Best for me is to chat to my wife or a writing friend, or disappear and be completely alone for a while.

 

I would think for a lot of people, active discussion with someone who is interested would be a huge help.

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How much research do you do?

It depends on what I’m writing. For The Horsemen of Golegã, I draw on my own knowledge of horses, people, Portugal, Canada, various other countries, and ESL teaching. Otherwise, I wait until I have a specific need and then go do specific research.

 

For example, in Loving North, Candice has a massive nightmare. I did some online research into night terrors and nightmares, discussed the issue with a few people who had experienced these things, and got on with writing. I try hard not to get swept up in google searches because that directly and negatively impacts my writing time. It’s a question of finding the right info, finding it fast, and moving on.

Keep on the lookout for this wonderful author.  I know I will!