Many authors don’t realize that they need to treat their published book like a business. If they don’t market their book, it won’t sell or garner them the results they sought when they wrote the book. On this month’s SkillBites Show, Susan Friedmann discussed how to develop a marketing platform and other tips on marketing one’s book.
The first step of developing a marketing platform is to identify one’s target readership. Without knowing this, the marketing may not reach the right audience. With this knowledge, you can tailor your message to resonate with your audience. To help people determine their target readership, Susan has developed a 10 question assessment tool, which she has offered to provide for free. To get her tool, simply email her at firstname.lastname@example.org and request the tool.
Next is determining where your target readership hangs out, and where they go to obtain the type of information you are providing in your book. Do they attend trade show or industry conferences? Do they read blogs? Magazines? That information will help you decide where you want your marketing message to appear so that it reaches your ideal reader.
Another aspect of developing a marketing platform is to think about what else you can do with the content in your book. How can you leverage that material? Perhaps you can create a speech that you could deliver to your target market, or create a webinar or training course, or offer group coaching.
It’s important to keep in mind that marketing is an ongoing venture. One of the biggest mistakes that authors make is promoting their book for a short period of time, such as a few months. To get good results, you need to put time in every day, week and month for as long as you want to keep getting good results.
If a marketing campaign appears to have stuttered, Susan counsels authors to try “CPR”, which she explained is:
- Changing one’s perspective or mindset, such as by refining the target market;
- Planning the campaign; and
- Reigniting the author’s passion for his or her book.
Susan offered a 15 minute consultation to help people with their book marketing, but advised that she will be unavailable until after February 1, 2018. To take advantage of this offer, send an email to Susan at email@example.com