Imelda Evans:

The Caffeinated One, she says the sooth! If you are a writer with stuff to promote, read and learn!

Originally posted on Catherine, Caffeinated:

May is How To Sell Self-Published Books Month here on Catherine, Caffeinated. Only a few short days left and then I’ll go back to… well, posting about very similar topics, actually.  Anyway. You can catch up here

The first rule of Fight Club is that you do not talk about Fight Club.

And the first rule of effectively promoting your book online is that you do not promote your book online.

By which I mean, you do not blatantly promote your book online.

(Yes, it’s a tenuous link but let’s just go with it, okay? It’s Monday, and I have a sprained ankle.)

Some self-published authors take offense at being told that they shouldn’t regularly send out tweets like “My book, YOUR EYES ARE GLAZING OVER, is on Amazon now, just $2.99. PLEASE RT! OKAY? THANKS!”, or that they should avoid working the title of at least one of…

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  1. That was so funny-and possibly true! It would be so funny if there were tons of authors out there with partners/friends/family hiding bozes and boxes of books from them! Hmmm…….I’m just off to check my sales rankings now……they seem to be picking up! :D

  2. Skimmed over it (a very massive post) but it confirms what was already annoying me – people promoting their books on Twitter. Anyone can now self-publish regardless of how naff their book might be. I sent an excerpt of my book (available in all good bookshelves priced 30p under the title Spot The Dog And The Nuclear Warhead – PLEASE BUT IT! Visit my site here; http://www.spotthedogandthenuclearwarhead.com or on Twitter: @NuclearWarhead) to my friend being genuinely self-deprecating, as some writers are, and she said (this isn’t verbatim), “Ah, yes, the writer is cursed with modesty and a hatred of their work.” Yet, judging from Twitter, most of these new authors are in love with their books and their abilities. Their shameless self-promotion won’t budge me into reading a full novel titled, “The Majestic Trees of Love”, no doubt replete with a cover of a sweeping lake, itself replete with mist rolling over it. End statement.

    • Funny, your link didn’t seem to work… wonder why? ;)

      I don’t mind people promoting their stuff on the Twitter. You have to get the word out somehow. But constant self-promotion, without the slightest hint of humility, is wearing. Be proud, sure. But don’t turn into a boring person, just because you have a book to promote, or you will lose me faster than Spot is about to lose his nose.

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