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Tips for Promoting Your Book on Twitter

Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Aug 13, 2013 4:41:08 AM

If you want to promote your book on Twitter, I suggest not tweeting about your book - or at least not very often. Here are two things you should do instead:

 

1. Tweet information that is useful to others.

 

I don't tweet a ton, but when I do, it's usually a link to a post I've written about book marketing or writing, or a link to an article I've read that I think will help other authors. The links to my own posts drive people to my website, where they can also learn all about my novels. This way I'm providing them information they find valuable, but I'm also getting my work in front of them without being pushy.

 

2. When someone begins to follow you, ask why.

 

Anytime I receive a notification that I have a new follower, I send that person a tweet of thanks and also ask why he or she decided to follow me. The response is usually one of two things. Either the person is an aspiring or published author who appreciates my suggestions on book marketing and writing, or she is a loyal fan of my novels. Once I know the answer, I can engage in a conversation with the follower. If it's someone who hasn't read my books, I send a link to the first chapter of the first book in the series and hope she will take a look. If it's a loyal reader, I send her a link to my fan page, which includes a list of easy ways to spread the word about my novels. (You'd be surprised how willing your fans are to help you if you just ask them.)

 

It's fine to promote your book now and again, but when all I see in a person's Twitter feed is an endless stream of BUY MY BOOK!, I immediately lose interest. You probably would too, right?

 

-Maria

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Maria Murnane is a paid CreateSpace contributor. She is the award-winning author of the romantic comedies Perfect on Paper, It's a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two. She also provides consulting services on book publishing and marketing. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com.

 

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Aug 22, 2013 9:05 AM venture2    says:

Thank you for your suggestions. I also feel hesitant to mention my books on twitter, and rarely do it. The only exception is when I am doing a free promotion on Kindle. In using this exception I feel it is not pressuring my followers or asking them to buy anything,

Aug 22, 2013 10:19 PM DaudiECinza    says:

This is a great article.  The link is going around on facebook.  That is where I found it.

 

I have found the best success in promoting my book, has come from helping other people realise theirs.  Very cool.  Now and then I get unexpected deposits in  my account from kindle, or Powells Partners cuz someone I helped get their ideas out there, told someone about mine, and the person bought it.

 

I haven't really known how to work twitter into my market stretagy ... which is based around helping people market their stuff.

 

This article just cleared that thought process up in my head.

 

Thank you for writing it.

 

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Dec 26, 2013 11:20 AM Starfish    says:

It's fine to promote your book now and again, but when all I see in a person's Twitter feed is an endless stream of BUY MY BOOK!, I immediately lose interest. You probably would too, right?

As with many things, it's about content, right? As long as you're providing something people value, they're going to be much more tolerant of promotions.

 

Starfish