How To Get Massive Publicity For Your Book Without Spending A Cent

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I find it extremely encouraging that so many authors are now embracing the reality of modern publishing, and acknowledging that they are responsible for creating the buzz around their books.

Those who publish their own e-books understand that the more publicity they can get, the more copies they will sell.

But even those looking for traditional book deals are starting to see the truth – that publishers now only pick authors who demonstrate they can help with promotion.

The problem is, most writers hide under the desk in terror at the thought of ‘marketing’, because their skill set is writing, not selling.   The reality is that all writers need that elusive book publicity, but don’t want to become the literary equivalent of a used car salesman.

Nor can they afford to spend a fortune in the process.  What to do?

The Solution: Get Reviewed By High-Profile Book Bloggers

Book bloggers are high on the trust list for readers, which means they’re among the most influential connections we can make.  These bloggers read a large number of books, and have an audience of readers collectively amounting to millions.  Their subscribers trust their opinions and buy the books they recommend.

This makes them an incredibly powerful source for promotional help.  In fact, they can make an author famous, almost overnight sometimes.  I’ll talk about that in a moment, but first, let’s look at a real life example of someone achieving incredible success from using this tactic…

Amanda Hocking - AuthorParanormal author Amanda Hocking is perhaps the most visible recipient of this ‘book blogger effect’.  She had written solidly since a teenager without stopping, but no agent or publisher would take the remotest interest in her books.

Resolute, she decided instead to self-publish the books herself on the Amazon Kindle.  But initially she only had the merest flicker of sales.

She was almost at her wits end when salvation suddenly appeared – in the form of book  bloggers.

Quoting from her site (abbreviated):

“… In May, I sold 624 books and made $362.

Then in June, something truly magical happened.

I discovered book bloggers.  I had no idea such people existed.  These guys are my heroes.  I asked several if they would be interested in reviewing my books, and most said yes, even if they didn’t generally review self-published work….

Then something surreal started happening.

My books were selling.  Like, really selling.  So, thanks in large part to book bloggers, June turned into a very good month.  I sold 4258 copies of all three books combined, and I made a total of $3180.  In July, I sold 3532 books and made $6527.

Here’s what August looks like for me: I’ve sold 4873 books this month (as of 12:50 am).  I’m estimating that I’ll make over $9000 this month….”

The 26-year-old self-published author went on to sell over 450,000 copies of her e-books in January 2011 alone, for between .99c and $2.99.  She’s since sold far beyond a million books, and belongs to the Kindle Million Seller club.

Do the math.  She’s now a millionaire, and it was all set in motion by the book bloggers.

The takeaway lesson from her success is obvious – get as many high-profile book bloggers as possible to review your book.  But to achieve this, you need to approach it the right way…

How To Be Reviewed By Book Bloggers

Influential book bloggers now receive so many books from new authors, they end up swamped.  If your book is just another random novel ‘on the pile’, there’s a good chance they won’t ever read it.

Becoming known to a blogger before asking for the review can therefore make a difference.  If you’re known to them, then given a choice of too many books to review, they’re more likely to choose yours.  The solution is to open up a conversation about the genre in which you both are highly interested.

I’m talking about making them aware of you, and discussing things of joint interest, not becoming their ‘best friend’.   Fortunately most book bloggers I’ve come across are very nice people, and I’d go so far as to say that they are the most helpful group of people I’ve come across online.

5 Tips For Approaching Book Bloggers

1.  Find book bloggers who ‘fit’ with your genre best and have a large readership

To find out how popular the blog is, type their blog address into the ‘site info’ box at Alexa.com.  If they are in the top 100,000, then they’re reasonably popular.  Top 50,000 is even better.

You also need ensure that they’re the right fit for you.  So look for bloggers who have already reviewed other books in your genre.  Also check the general tone of their reviews – do they have a tendency to treat books harshly, and is this a risk for you?

2.  Check their availablity

Look into whether they actually accept books to review, or you’ll be wasting your time otherwise.

3.  Engage with them on Twitter

If you’re on Twitter, engage with them and cast opinion, and of course discuss the intrigue of genre – even argue the point if you don’t entirely agree.  The same applies to Facebook and G+.   Overall, you both have a fascination for books of this genre and the world around it , and that is the point.

4.  Canvas their ‘expert’ opinion

Ask for help on things you really do want to know about, by email, Twitter or Facebook.

5.  Engage with them on their blog

You can leave comments on their blog, again – all pertaining to things of interest in the genre, not your own book.

In sum, you gradually make yourself visible on your own terms.   Taking a cynical or sycophantic approach won’t work either.  There’s no point in artificially attempting to ‘be their friend’.    Instead, being yourself and conversing about the subject intelligently because you genuinely like it is the path.   Remember that bloggers are people too.   You are making yourself visible with a unique point of view and a fascination for the entire subject of the genre.

It takes time, sometimes MONTHS to develop a rapport.  The same applies if approaching book blog tour operators.   They’re swamped too.  So start early while still writing your book.  Eventually, when you introduce your book for review you will not be an unfamiliar ‘door to door salesman’.  The book blogger will already be aware of who you are, and the door is more likely to open.

If you’re interested in learning more, I cover how to approach and connect with book bloggers in much more detail in Module 4 of my mini-course Twitter For Authors.

As well as a detailed strategy for getting them to review your book, that Module also includes a list of recommended book bloggers and their websites.

Have you started talking to book bloggers yet?  Are you a book blogger yourself?   Please do leave a comment below.

Jonathan Gunson

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Author / CEO Bestseller Labs


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Comments

  • July 20, 2012 at 7:36am

    Thanks for an excellent post. This has given me real food for thought.

    • July 3, 2013 at 1:42pm

      Had not done any blogging myself, and had not known of this avenue, thank again Jonathan, your become a very useful source of marketing wisdom.

  • July 20, 2012 at 9:40am

    Great post. I agree that building a relationship with bloggers is a great idea. I have met some really fantastic people this way and they are now big promoters of my work, which is so fantastic.

    I like the idea of building a good rapport before asking for a review though. I met most of these people through an arranged blog tour, so that was a great way of doing it too.

    Some excellent points here. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 20, 2012 at 10:01am

      An arranged book blogger tour is a great shortcut Melissa. Especially if you can find a good convenor to make the book blogger connections. Pure gold.

    • April 19, 2013 at 2:37pm

      Hello, this post was a very good source of information. I am the owner of Urban Fiction News, a blog that provides information and resources for fiction and urban fiction writers. I find it off putting when people assume I’d like to review their book. When people are interested in what I am interested in and also request a review I am always more willing to read their work and create a post around their book titles.

  • Jason says:
    July 20, 2012 at 9:52am

    This is true and it works. Over the last 2 months I have been contacting book bloggers and making friends. I’m still getting to know a ferw more. This is to do a ‘blog tour’ all on the one day in September. On that day my book will look like it is **everywhere**.

    You say ‘the trick is to know the right way to approach these people’. I didn’t find it hard, all of the bloggers I talked to are really, really nice people.

  • July 20, 2012 at 10:01am

    Thanks for this helpful insight! I’m wondering how to find bloggers for my niche of children’s books — or even smaller– Christian children’s books. I did Google and found a few. Thanks for the Alexa tip!

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 20, 2012 at 10:33am

      Gloria
      Try typing #YABookBlogger into the search box on Twitter. Or try typing in Childrens Book Blog. That should generate some interesting rabbit holes for you to dive into.

      • July 20, 2012 at 11:20am

        Thank you! Will do!

      • Elizabeth Brown says:
        August 13, 2012 at 9:55am

        Than you, will try this

      • Elisabeth says:
        April 5, 2013 at 5:16pm

        I finished my first book ‘ The Night I danced with Rommel ‘ and it is now out at amazon kindle and printed, via self publishing. my book is a historical novel based on facts ( my mothers story) can you please advise me how I can find bloggers ?

        Thank you Elisabeth

      • August 29, 2013 at 10:39am

        We think you have just revealed the missing piece of the puzzle, Jonathan, and we will definately be giving it our best shot!
        Thank you so much

  • July 20, 2012 at 10:13am

    A really good tip, I will get on to it straight away, keep your fingers crossed & watch this space, Thanks

  • July 20, 2012 at 10:49am

    It is assuring and inspiring to know that authors/illustrators can find creative, new avenues to share their work. Amanda Hocking’s account is amazing.

    Thanks for posting this, along with the Alexa tip.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 20, 2012 at 11:00am

      Bloggers can be extraordinary in their generosity. PS. I appreciate the connection on Twitter Steve. Our writer’s world grows more village-like every day.

  • July 20, 2012 at 11:02am

    You make perfect sense and thank you for sharing the info on Alexa site. You are a very genuine person. Your interest shows when someone asks a question even just musing. You always reply with something helpful.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 20, 2012 at 11:18am

      It’s important to encourage writers. We hold the lessons of life in our minds, just like everyone else, but as writers we have the vital task of reminding the current generation of them with stories. The story teller is pivotal and loved.

  • July 20, 2012 at 1:02pm

    Jonathon, great information. My book’s been reviewed by a few bloggers, but I see now the value in focusing my energy on this influential group. Really enjoying all your posts. I’m also taking your advice on the producing a book trailer/author video based on Rebecca Skloot’s video. Glad to have found you as a resource. I like how you break it down and put everything in simple terms so it doesn’t seem so overwhelming. Have a great day!

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 20, 2012 at 9:39pm

      Standing by for the video Stephanie. Cecil B. DeMille style, super-glossy movie production values are far less important than intriguing HUMAN content.

  • Joy Dent says:
    July 20, 2012 at 1:10pm

    I have trouble finding bloggers for my niche. I write clean romances, not Christian, although I am a Christian :), not inspirational, but secular. Should I start with the inspiration and Christian romance bloggers and build report as you suggested, with them? I’d think my book would overlap with most of their readers. I’m a debut author and new at all of this. So much to learn! :)
    Thanks, Jonathan, for your inspiration and insights!

    • July 20, 2012 at 2:59pm

      Joy, I do reviews sometimes of books not in the Christian genre as long as they are clean.
      Contact me
      dlbrandmeyer @gmail. com
      Diana
      http://www.pencildancer.com

      • Jonathan Gunson says:
        July 21, 2012 at 2:48am

        Diana. I’ve notified Joy in case she missed your offer. Thanks Jonathan

        • July 23, 2012 at 12:24am

          Thank you for emaiIng her. We’ve been in contact.
          I’ve also had some success with finding reviewers after reading your post.
          Diana

          • Jonathan Gunson says:
            July 30, 2012 at 11:36am

            Great news Diana.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 20, 2012 at 9:56pm

      Joy, I see the point. But overall the priority should be to target bloggers (believers or otherwise) who are capable of promoting your book effectively.

      The fact is, you do have an additional advantage. Bloggers who are believers (at any level) will of course be more attuned to your work if they discover that you are ‘one of them’, even if the work is not overtly Christian. That will certainly help you get your foot in the door. But first ensure they do actually have an audience.

      Overall, place attention on just a few at a time, so the rapport you create is genuine. Honestly, it doesn’t have to be that deep. You’re likeable, with good quality books, so just quietly tap on their back doors.

    • August 12, 2012 at 9:35pm

      Joy, I have recently launched a website featuring audio interviews with indie authors talking about their books. I would invite you to have a look and see if you’re interested.

      Thanks!
      Bill Thompson

      thebookcast.com

    • August 21, 2012 at 6:25pm

      Joy, you may also want to check out the INSPY award page for the judge listings. Though it’s primarily Christian based books, many of those judges prefer reading clean romances over others. This may be a great resource for you. :)

  • July 20, 2012 at 3:02pm

    Jonathan, your posts show you are ahead of the curve. Thanks for the information. I’m not there yet, as I’m still hoping to publish my book, and the ones to follow, the traditional way. Even so, I know the onus is more and more on the author to promote their stories. What you’re suggesting is how to build that support group, that community. As you say, the people out there on the book blogs are wonderful. It can be win-win, like what was exemplified in author Catherine Ryan Hyde’s wonderful novel, Pay It Forward.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 20, 2012 at 10:35pm

      There’s nothing to stop you from publishing on Amazon as well Diana. And it can also create the opportunity to prove your books to a trad publisher. I call it ‘the new slush pile’ – a way to prove your work is liked while waiting to be ‘picked’ traditionally: http://bestsellerlabs.com/how-to-get-a-six-figure-book-deal (No, publishers don’t sneer at e-Books any more.)

  • July 20, 2012 at 8:30pm

    A really interesting article and food for thought. There is so much information for new authors and it is quite difficult to pick and choose who will give the best advice.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 20, 2012 at 10:25pm

      Shirley, focus on one thing at a time, particularly on things that build your author community and a band of readers on Amazon who like your work. Point is, there’s time to build, because with Amazon, books never go away. The chance to build your community continues permanently. Previously, books ‘went out of print’. Not any more. The power of using this ‘permanently published’ syndrome to build a reputation step by step has not occurred to most authors brought up in the traditional print publishing world.

  • Tracy H. Tucker says:
    July 21, 2012 at 9:50am

    Hi Jonathan – thank you for following me as I am a Twitter virgin and all of this is new to me :). With all of your followers, I honestly didn’t think you would have the time to give personal responses, so it was a very pleasant surprise to find that you did! I am a brand new indie author of a previously agented almost-made-it-traditionally book…definitely want to find bloggers for I KILL ME (several elements: women’s fiction, divorce, hypochondria, humor), but am overwhelmed with not knowing where to look. If you have a tip for me, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks so much!

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 21, 2012 at 10:15am

      Hi Tracy. There are so many ways to locate book bloggers. But here’s one for starters. It’s one of the many links in my ‘Twitter for Authors’ course in which I teach how to locate and get alongside book bloggers so they will review your book. (That was an unabashed plug for my course.) Lots of bloggers here: http://bookbloggerdirectory.wordpress.com/ Or another way is to try typing in ‘Chick Lit Book Blogger’ or similar into Google. But first, some questions:

      1. Do you hold ALL the rights to your book? (Excellent)
      2. I assume your ex agent has no claim? (Cool)
      3. I see you are e-Publishing your book on Amazon. (Good – that is the real future of authors.)
      4. Is it the first in a potential series? (Great)
      5. Does it fit into a precise niche? e.g. Romantic Fiction. Looks ‘slightly wicked’ in the Amazon description :) (Brilliant)

      • Tracy H. Tucker says:
        July 21, 2012 at 10:51am

        Jonathan, thank you so much for the link and advice…love the “slightly wicked” description of my book :) – yes! You are wonderful to give personal responses – and so timely, too. Thanks again.

  • July 21, 2012 at 6:49pm

    Jonathan,

    Thanks for opening us to this wonderful world of publicity.

    I e-mailed you for a request to contribute to my book for authors and bloggers but I am yet to hear from you.

    Kindly contact me sir!

    Sheyi

  • July 22, 2012 at 3:40am

    Great post! I’ve been considering epublishing lately, but a lot of the book bloggers I’ve looked into will only review traditionally published work. Any advice on narrowing the search?

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 22, 2012 at 3:44am

      RE Bloggers who review eBooks. This requires examining their posts to determine which type of books they review. Fortunately the stigma of self-publishing is fading fast.

  • July 22, 2012 at 9:05am

    Thank you so much for this, Jonathan! Adding this to bookmarks so I don’t forget it.

    Your advice to Tracy (including the wordpress link you provided) and Joy will be invaluable to us. We write in a relatively small niche, but hope that a wider audience would still find our ‘visionary’ fantasy-adventure series appealing.

    The reminder that success doesn’t have to (and probably won’t) happen overnight is also one I needed to hear today. Kindle Select was a disappointment for us, and didn’t provide the increase in visibility we had hoped for. Little by little – and ‘every little helps’!

    Thanks again for your advice and support – it is genuinely appreciated. :)

  • July 22, 2012 at 11:44am

    Another great post Jonathan. I think you absolutely hit the nail on the head with this.

    I think it just outlines the significance of identifying a target market, too. If you aren’t sure of it yourself, then the search for reviewers becomes much more difficult. Therefore, identifying your niche is probably one of the most important early stages in marketing, yet one that so many people try to skip.

    Keep it up Jonathan – really enjoying the blog!

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 22, 2012 at 11:32pm

      Fiction genre selection is crucial when promoting. It’s possible to write in several, but there needs to be a body of work in each.

  • Ven Bunce says:
    July 22, 2012 at 12:01pm

    Hi Jonathan – I wondered where you’d gone after the good Ol’ Cafe Videos :-)

    A great post for Newbies like myself entering the ‘World Of Kindle’ – not sure I’ve got the necessary social skills to follow up though.

    I was pointed in this direction by Tiffany Dow, another Kindle newbie (who does have the skills :-) )

    But cheers anyway – I’ll be back here regularly for sure – Ven

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 22, 2012 at 11:33pm

      Welcome back Ven, fiction writing is a very special vocation. BTW. I’ve been in touch with Tiffany Dow as a result of your comment. She’s someone I’ve not seen for a while, so a bonus thank you.

  • July 22, 2012 at 7:38pm

    Hey, thanks for this great post! I knew that book bloggers are important but I had no clue how to approach them successfully (or how to easily find book bloggers for my genre). Very valuable advice here! :)

    Best,
    Saoirse

  • July 23, 2012 at 3:15am

    It’s been said, but I have to concur: GREAT advice. Thanks so much.

  • July 23, 2012 at 8:00am

    Marvellous post Jonathan, but every Book Blog I’ve been to isn’t accepting submissions. It seems everyone has jumped on the bandwagon since Amanda Hocking’s success and they are now inundated; having enough reading material to last until the human race has left this blue planet to live on Mars!

  • Jonathan Gunson says:
    July 23, 2012 at 9:45am

    Simon. Let me clarify this for you. (I plan to be encouraging!)

    The issue you face is that, yes, most book bloggers won’t accept submissions right off the bat, because they’re all too busy, or saturated with submissions, just as you say. That’s why you need to do as outlined in the post – get to know the selected bloggers you want to approach properly, and I mean properly and genuinely. (A couple of quick social media contacts simply won’t cut it.) What is required is basically a campaign – with focused, ongoing and concerted effort. In fact quite a lot of work needs to go in, a considerable investment of your time. It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen.

    Eventually, if you persist, it will allow you to cut in line. Bloggers who had previously seemed impossible to persuade will suddenly make room if you’re genuine, and then you’re on the road to that high-value review.

  • July 24, 2012 at 4:15am

    I was amused and surprised to read this, because while I had never thought of doing this, I do have a book blogger friend who has reviewed both my indie novels side-by-side with novels from larger publishers and happily promoted me because we’re friends. I was so busy just being friends though, it never occurred to me it was an actual strategy for jumping in line with her long review list. I never expected it, she just always was thrilled to help me out. We met at a critique group before she got started reviewing books. We continue to promote each other too, I’m interviewing her on my blog this week about becoming a reviewer. Good book reviewers are just as important as good authors.

  • Jonathan Gunson says:
    July 24, 2012 at 5:19am

    Ardyth. You are fortunate indeed to have a relationship with someone who’ll support you. I assume you are referring to Nayuleska, author of “Nayu’s Reading Corner”?

    Becoming visible to book bloggers is a common sense move for writers who don’t have the luxury of existing relationships. There’s no doubt that book bloggers need to be treated with the same respect as anyone else, and I would never counsel writers to approach them in a cynical or calculating way. That is not the intention of this post.

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  • Tina Traverse says:
    July 29, 2012 at 7:16pm

    This is a wonderful and very informative post, I have bookmarked this for reference as i am an author as well! I have been frightened and at a lost as to how I was going to promote my very first book, which is self published and this helps so much!
    Question though, does this apply only to ebooks? Because my novel is in both ebook and paperback formats.

    Thank you

    Sincerely
    Tina Traverse

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 30, 2012 at 1:21am

      This applies to all types of fiction Tina for both eBooks and printed books. And a printed book sent to a book blogger is going to gain more attention – at least initially.

  • July 30, 2012 at 3:06am

    Hello Jonathan,

    I caught this post via my online newspaper, and I’m grateful for the tips. I’m an independent author with a horror novel and a newly released sci fi under my belt, and I’ve been learning all I can about marketing them. I’ve understood the importance of bloggers, but you’ve opened my eyes to the importance of developing a rapport with them. Right now I’m trying to wrinkle out the conflict between marketing and actual writing, but I’m getting to the point where I will be setting aside separate days to do one or the other. It’s tough with time constraints, but I’m determined to learn and apply whatever I can to succeed. Thanks again, I’ll be sure to subscribe to your page.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 30, 2012 at 6:38am

      Bard. Your marketing began when you chose to write in a specific genre. I imagine you’ll settle in either the sci-fi or horror genre – only by writing will you discover your natural genre ‘home’. It’s possible to write in several different genre, but be aware that to maximize market effectiveness, each needs to be a whole series of books eventually. See post http://bestsellerlabs.com/the-hottest-tip-no-fiction-writer-can-afford-to-ignore/

      • August 2, 2012 at 10:55pm

        Thanks, John. I have sequels planned for both books, and I’ll see which series garners the most interest. I also have two YA series in the works and the first book in a fantasy series that’s written but just needs some editing TLC. My major road bump is time management, which is something I have to concentrate on in order to get all this writing out of my head and onto the published page…

        • Jonathan Gunson says:
          August 2, 2012 at 11:06pm

          Re: Time management. This truism may help.”Beginning is half done.” Great days ahead Bard. Keep me posted re progress please.

  • July 30, 2012 at 8:31am

    Thank you so much for this article, Jonathan. I have subscribed to your posts and I look forward to learning more about book marketing. I write thrillers, crime, suspense, intrigue, espionage, corruptions etc… Do you know any bloggers that specialize in this genre? I have only had one reviewer who specialize in this but he is not blogger. Thanks again for the post. I have shared it.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 30, 2012 at 9:12am

      Suzanna. I appreciate the share thank you. Re. Locating blogs. Use the various genre words you’ve just listed above this way: Type ‘Thriller blogger’, or ‘Thriller reviewer’ into Google search, and open the top listed blogs that you find. Once you’ve isolated ones you like / look promising, go to Alexa.com, and enter them one by one into the ‘site info’ box to see how popular they are. (Alexa measures site traffic.) Anything over 100,000 (Rank in U.S.) is not very popular, anything under 50,000 is very popular.

      Do exactly the same thing in Twitter search – type ‘Thriller Blogger’ and then follow your nose. The Tweets can contain quite a lot of useful information.

      • July 30, 2012 at 9:32am

        Thank you so much, Jonathan. I will do just that. Have a good day.

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  • August 1, 2012 at 6:05pm

    Jonathon, I’m so grateful to have opened twitter this morning to find your great publicity tips. This May I published my first ebook on Smashwords – http://smashwords.com/books/view/159234, but they’re duking it out in the ring with Amazon. Add to that, I like having more options such as Apple, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Sony and more that SW distributes to. I’ve only sold four books for my nonfiction how to on debt and really need to get going on marketing it. Since I only see fiction books on twitter in the sci fi, fantasy and horror genres, I’m beginning to think no one reads nonfiction anymore.

    I’m looking forward to using your tips, reading your book and going to work instead of whining and complaining. Thanks again.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      August 1, 2012 at 10:53pm

      More non-fiction books are sold than fiction Jeanie. It’s a matter of finding where your potential buyers gather and interacting with them. Here’s three suggestions:

      1. Write lots of brief posts that give away USEFUL information on your blog.
      2. Follow lots of people in your market on Twitter, then tweet 7 times a day with interesting ‘how to’ tweets that have links to the articles you have written on your blog.
      3. Put your book for sale on the side bar of your blog, plus links to it at the bottom of each article, with the text “If you’d like to know more about getting out of debt, see my “How To Get Out Of Debt Without Actually Paying” book for 17 ways to escape debt, while still paying all your normal bills OK.

      There’s many more things to do of course. But this will get you started.

  • Lee Ray says:
    August 5, 2012 at 7:42am

    Jonathan,

    Thank you for the helpful tips. Having released my book several weeks ago via paperback and digital versions. I’m gotten connected into the Goodreads world and am starting to learn Twitter as well. I’ve got my full author profile uploaded onto Amazon as well.

    The book has been highlighted a few times in blogs, reviewed by others, and interviews from other bloggers within Goodreads in the coming weeks. What else can I do to get it out there?

    Thanks,
    Lee

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      August 5, 2012 at 9:27am

      Ray. Keep to the social media paths you’re taking before adding more. Focus on them so you learn the tricks that make them pay, rather then spreading yourself too thinly across many social media points. Goodreads is a place where great connections can be made for example, and of course Twitter where you can interact live – most of the time.

      Do you have a blog? Limiting myself in the I’ve just described is exactly how I’ve collected together such a large number of people on Twitter, and they now help build this blog traffic and, for example, sales of the ‘Twitter For Authors’ course. For many of the posts here I’ve been able to attract over 1000 visitors each just from Twitter.

      Building your author brand is a steady career long task, not one book splash. Overall you’re building a permanent, lifelong tribe of committed “Ray-holics”.

  • August 6, 2012 at 1:10pm

    I have to admit, as a book blogger, this article has made me a little paranoid! I often advocate authors reaching out to book bloggers in a genuine way, but the specific tips are going to leave me wondering if an author I’ve just met is agreeing with me because they really agree, or agreeing with me to get on my good side. :\ That seems a little opportunistic to me; the thing to remember about us is that we’re just real folks writing about books because we love to write about books. It’s going to hurt a lot if we figure out you were only enthusiastic to get your book reviewed… and word gets around among book bloggers, you know?

    Honestly, just treating book bloggers like they’re people and making their friendly acquaintance before pitching your book puts you ahead of the game.

    I also have to say, if you get in TOO friendly with a book blogger, that can backfire. I’d never review a book by someone that I consider a friend, because I’d look unbiased (or wouldn’t want to write a poor review if the book merited it, and might end up not reviewing it altogether).

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      August 6, 2012 at 9:45pm

      No paranoia needed! I hope no-one else construes this article as suggesting writers take a cynical approach to book bloggers. Although I guess one might interpret it that way.

      I even say in the article that book bloggers are people too, not numbers. The very last thing I would suggest is an insincere approach to people in our industry. Now this may sound Disneyish, but a cynical approach to a relationship is verboten in my world. In fact there’s no question that any approach a writer makes to a book blogger must be genuinely intentioned. I also agree re avoiding being sychophantic. Even more to the point, is that getting to know someone in our industry (in this case a book blogger) is a wonderful opportunity to make the acquaintance of someone with a common interest to share.

      • August 6, 2012 at 10:01pm

        Thank you for your reply and tweet :)

        Yes, I did note your call to be genuine and not cynical (or, I would use the word opportunistic), I just felt that the specific advice belied that distinction a tad. I did get a good laugh when a writer friend of mine tweeted to me, “I agree with your response; and by the way, I have this book I wrote…” ^_^

    • Kim says:
      January 15, 2014 at 11:27pm

      I find it humorous that someone with the moniker “bookslut” is worried about getting too friendly over a book.

      • Jonathan Gunson says:
        January 15, 2014 at 11:46pm

        Kim
        Amusingly true.
        ~ Jonathan

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  • GE Marquez says:
    August 9, 2012 at 2:54pm

    how do you start?? I’m fifteen and I’m kinda’ writing something. I want to become a writer so bad and I want to be recognized. . . My teacher says I have potential. please email me. . . :D

  • August 11, 2012 at 5:48am

    This is something I had not considered–thank you. It will be challenging to find one that is a good fit for my coming of age novel with a mental illness twist, addiction chaser, and doses of dark humor. Chic lit noir. However, I recently read an absolutely perfect novel with a similar theme of surviving child abuse, Nancy Werlin’s “Rules of Survival.”

  • August 12, 2012 at 9:46pm

    hi Jonathan,

    Your advice here is sound, reasonable, and worth heeding.

    I am not a traditional book blogger, per se, but as a onetime member of the “mainstream media” I bring years of experience interviewing authors to a new website featuring audio interviews exclusively with indie authors (www.thebookcast.com).

    I would certainly welcome inquiries from indie authors in all genres.

    Thanks!
    Bill Thompson

  • August 14, 2012 at 10:25pm

    Hi Jonathon,
    I really enjoy reading all your tips and strategies. I am new to all this but recognize that this is the way to go. It is a steep learning curve for me – but I have my feet on the first rungs. I write children’s picture type books (for 4-6yo) as well as chapter books about fairies and elves. All my books feature Australia and its flora and fauna.
    Keep up your fabulous work of sharing the knowledge – it certainly has helped me – speak to you on Twitter!!

  • Jonathan Gunson says:
    August 14, 2012 at 10:34pm

    Maureen. You have a kindred spirit in Sally Smith – she builds Faerie houses, and puts out a very nice newsletter here: Green Spirit Arts

    Have you thought of putting up snippets of your illustrated work on Pinterest? (With your website address on each to protect them.) It’s yet another way to help build a market while you develop a book.

  • August 15, 2012 at 11:31am

    What a wonderful post Jonathan, thank you.
    Book Bloggers sound like the writing equivalent of Business Angels and – God knows – we struggling writers could do with a bit of divine intervention sometimes!

  • August 21, 2012 at 5:27am

    Thank you. I needed this information as a newly self-published author.

    My Flexibility Manifesto: Following Your Passion 2 Success

  • August 21, 2012 at 6:29pm

    Great post Jonathan! And thank you for the kudos to us book bloggers!

    I’d add that I’m not incredibly sure how reliable Alexa is due to the fact that in order for them to include all of your stats and info you have to pay a monthly fee. Most bloggers I know shy away from that. That being said, I don’t know that there really is a sure fire source for stats that will have people knowing exactly where to go. My suggestion over looking at basic stats is much like what you mentioned, become engaged with book bloggers. Look who’s talking on twitter and interacting with their readers either on their blog or on Facebook/Twitter/elsewhere. We’re a chatty bunch and those that are really involved tend to have a stronger readership.

    Fantastic post though and again, thank you for the support of what we do as book bloggers!

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      August 21, 2012 at 10:22pm

      Danielle, book bloggers are part of the glue between readers and writers. People such as you will become increasingly important in a connected world.

  • September 13, 2012 at 6:22pm

    Hi Jonathan!

    Awesome post. I’m following your suggestions and have actually been doing much of them before I stumbled on it! Question: As reviews begin to come in on my new contemporary, young adult novel, Overnight Sensation (shameless plug) I want to know as a newbie, is it okay to use quotes from a book blogger review on my website and Facebook page as well as entire reviews? And if so, what is the proper protocol in doing so? Thank you for any suggestions on this!

  • Mene says:
    September 21, 2012 at 9:11am

    Since summer 2011 I’ve been book-blogging actively and also reading other bookblogger’s weblogs. It’s interesting to see that most of them do have a review policy for people who want to send them books for review.
    Coincidentally I’ve only come across alexa for the first time this week, but the way I find bookblogs I like is to check the reading lists of bookblogs I already know about (most of them also include a list to other bookblogs somewhere on their site – on WordPress and Blogger mostly in the sidebar, on Dreamwidth and Livejournal on the profile page). Sometimes I also use a search engine to search for the book title + “review” + “weblog” or “blog”.
    If you’re both an author and a bookblogger, it’s also fun to join “reading challenges” organised by other bookbloggers. They include links to the blogs who join and you get readers, who might keep reading your weblog and then also come across your own book.

    Another site which I think is very useful for book promotion and finding reviewers is librarything.com . There is a lot of information about how to use librarything as an author.

  • Ikechukwu joseph says:
    October 11, 2012 at 1:30am

    Thanks Jonathan for extending same favour like the Governor
    of bank of England extended to you .It is amazing what people
    will do for you if you just ASK.Thanks for the ebook again.

    Am really motivated by ur articles on ur site and responses
    of others

  • November 6, 2012 at 8:13pm

    Jonathan,

    This is an EXCELLENT post (I clicked through from Twitter). I don’t usually come across such applicable information. In fact, I run a writer’s blog, and I would LOVE to re-post this … with your permission, of course.

    Are you open to that? Of course, I would include a link back to your blog and a short bio. I know many of my readers, mostly whom are writers and aspiring authors, would find your post insanely useful. :-)

    Please visit my site and let me know: http://www.ShariLopatin.com. And email me, if you’re willing to grant me permission: s_lopatin@yahoo.com.

    Again, excellent takeaways. Thank you!

    –Shari

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      November 6, 2012 at 10:29pm

      Hi Shari. Sent you an email.

  • November 13, 2012 at 4:53pm

    This is an interesting post but I wonder if comparing anything to Amanda Hocking is valid anymore. I’ve done what you say (Google and approach reviewers) and many, many of them say they are overwhelmed and are not accepting books. Yes, I’ve received some nice reviews, but not anywhere near what Amanda did, and I’ve written a lot of reviewers. Amanda caught onto something that was relatively unknown, but now so many indie authors know of this approach, and so many more people are publishing, that book bloggers are being inundated.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      November 13, 2012 at 9:04pm

      Renee. I agree that book reviewers and bloggers are being inundated, which is why in the article I advise putting an effort into getting to know them before approaching them. A letter alone won’t do it. An author can’t just write to them ‘out of the blue’ any more without having established a rapport to open the door. I’m with you on this in principle – it definitely requires putting in far more work than Amanda Hocking did.

  • January 1, 2013 at 9:18pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing this tidbit. I’ve been shaking figurative hands in the blog world since publishing my books back in August, but have largely connected with other writers. Which, while enjoyable and a great way to network, doesn’t get books read or talked about, which doesn’t amount to sales. I’ll start broadening my horizons in the direction of book bloggers.

  • Ashley says:
    January 2, 2013 at 10:23am

    Great post, I am a published author who is always looking for ways to promote my two children’s novels. After doing a few interviews and having some reviews done I set up my own blog for interviews and reviews. It’s called Stitch Says and I am happy to assist in promoting other authors as it is so difficult to do. I’m also greatful if a few of the authors return the favour. I think we can all help each other out. If anyone would like an interview or a review they should contact me at: http://stitchsays.wordpress.com/

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      January 2, 2013 at 12:16pm

      Thanks Ashley. A great offer I’m some will take up.
      ~Jonathan

  • January 4, 2013 at 2:15am

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing! I can understand how frustrating it’s got to be to dig through so many requests for reviews. Of course they’d appreciate someone taking time to get to know them before asking favors.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      January 4, 2013 at 4:20am

      Ryan. It would be helpful indeed for all authors to understand this principle of genuinely ‘warming up’ bloggers as clearly as you do.
      ~ Jonathan

  • January 10, 2013 at 2:41pm

    This is a very helpful thread. I found out about goodreads when I googled myself after self publishing a non-fiction book last February. I had reviews there and joined right away. I am sure I could be using it more effectively, and have yet to connect with a blogger who reads non fictions dealing with end of life, Alzheimer’s, broken hearts and the choices we make out of love. I am on Amazon, B&N, my own website, ColleenLanier.com, and am struggling to reach my audience. Here’s my goodreads page:
    http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14531292-miles-from-home I welcome any feedback at all. Thanks!

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      January 10, 2013 at 8:45pm

      Colleen
      Your (non-fiction) book deals with several issues, but to sell successfully, your marketing communications need to be split up and targeted at very specific audiences, not several subjects rolled into one. e.g. Focus your communications on people only interested in Alzheimers. i.e. Split out your audience into its various types and communicate with each independently. Check out the comment below to Syliva. It’s closely related: http://bestsellerlabs.com/why-every-author-must-be-on-goodreads/#comment-2446
      ~ Jonathan

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  • Zorodzai says:
    February 20, 2013 at 7:32am

    Thanks Jonathan. I have read a lot of your articles – very practical and informative. I am a first time writer based in Zimbabwe in Africa. I write fiction- mystery. Looking at all best sellers I am wondering if there ever has been any bestseller from someone using English as their second language. I intend to self publish on kindle because I do not see any doors opening in traditional publishing channels that easily. Thank you again for all the information. I am learning a lot.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      February 20, 2013 at 10:09am

      Zorodzai
      It makes not a wit of difference that English is your second language with regard to STORY. That is a universal language, and is the real key to the door. (An English editor can help clean up any misfires on the writing front.)
      ~ Jonathan

    • June 6, 2013 at 3:27pm

      Zorodzai,

      I’m Hungarian and English is my second language as well. However, I write and publish on English. I’d highly recommend you to reach out to American, British or Canadian beta readers and editors. Check out this website for help: http://www.wattpad.com/club/27-improve-your-writing

      Also, listing paperback book giveaways at Goodreads is a great way to promote your new novel and bloggers browse these giveaways, too: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/54431-fields-of-elysium

      Every giveaway I listed attracted over 1,600 entries.

      There are book bloggers who actually organize book blasts and blog tours for authors for a reasonable price. These tours don’t just give you a spotlight, they help you gain FB fans and Twitter and blog followers, etc. Some of them even offer free reviews in exchange for ebooks. I’ve worked with her. Kathy is amazing. http://www.bookblasttours.com/

      And one more thing, joining forces with authors who write in the same genre you do could be very affective.

      I write young adult romantic fantasy / science fiction and am always open to joining forces.
      http://abwhelan.blogspot.com/ :o)

      • Jonathan Gunson says:
        June 6, 2013 at 9:09pm

        Thanks ABW. A valuable contribution.
        ~Jonathan

  • February 20, 2013 at 10:50pm

    Hi Jonathan. Thanks for your extreme generosity in sharing advice and tips with us all. It is really helpful, especially when starting out. I had no idea that book bloggers were so important in self-marketing, so am working my way through all the comments here, picking out what might work for me. I’ll keep you posted. – and thanks again.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      February 20, 2013 at 11:06pm

      Noelle
      Book bloggers are saturation bombed by authors looking for book reviews. Most authors read this advice, understand the problem, particularly that it requires joining queues and getting to know people in the industry. But tragically (or comically) they go ahead and throw their book at bloggers anyway and wonder why there’s no response. Fortunately you seem to have a far better grip on this.
      ~Jonathan

  • February 21, 2013 at 5:38am

    It happened to me, too, so I get it. I was a journalist for 25 years and 75,000 people read my columns every week, folks I’d never met who felt like I was their next-door neighbor. It occurs to me I’ve done the same thing with you. I’ve been reading your blog for months. I’m meticulously working my way through your Twitter for Authors course—printed it out and it’s already dog-eared, highlighted and underlined. I figure it’s time I said hello and thanked you for the incredible help you’ve given me. I’ve published 6 novels, 7th releases in April, working on the eighth. But the whole marketing/platform/social media/gotta-do-Twitter-FB-GR-G+-Pinterest-Linkedin-oh-and-book-bloggers-too-now-now-now-NOW!!!—whew! I’m so new at all that I’ve still got the tag on my toe. And to quote the old sax player in The Last Safe Place, “I would rather face down a serial killer with a sinus infection and poison ivy on his privates than do what you tellin’ me I got to do.” I would sooo rather crawl back into my little cottage in Buckinghamshire and churn out novels, but thanks to you, Mr. Gunsun, sir, I am making progress. Learning. Moving forward. Blessings on you, my friend.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      February 21, 2013 at 11:18am

      Ninie, an Oscar would be dross by comparison with that extended compliment thank you! I’ve looked over your beautiful website. ‘Suspense colored with hope…’ Always great to see an author with their sub-genre so clearly defined. Equally delighted that you’ve found ‘Twitter For Authors’ so useful. I’m sending you an email.
      ~Jonathan

      • February 21, 2013 at 11:21pm

        An Oscar? Why, thank you, kind sir (executes dainty courtesy), but believe me, a healthy dose of gratitude is not excessive here. Eleven months ago, everything I knew about book marketing would have fit inside a girdle with enough room left over for Mahalia Jackson. Then the Mt. Hermon Writers Conference, March 2012, turned my idyllic writer’s world upside down and shook it—so hard I suspect I suffered a closed-head injury! And suddenly I’m trying to figure out Twitter, build a Facebook fan page, operate a new website (glad you liked it!), GR, G+ and … Since I had become a cottage industry selling ALL SIX of my own books, clearly I needed to yell really loud from one end of social media to the other to make up for the past five years of book promotion silence—right? You know the warm, sticky substance you find in a pile on the south side of a horse going north? My marketing strategy amounted to picking up handfuls of it as fast as I could and throwing it at a wall in hopes that SOMETHING would stick. Then your counsel gave me a plan. Over the course of the coming months, I’ll use it to change my whole social media presence. So you definitely earned a thank you. Shhhh. Listen. That sound you hear is applause.

        • Jonathan Gunson says:
          February 21, 2013 at 11:59pm

          Ninie
          http://bestsellerlabs.com/social-media-train-wreck-that-authors-must-avoid
          Do read this social media post if you haven’t already. I wrote it to help authors avoid ending up in a flat spin when using Social Media. It’s far more effective to focus on just a few channels and become expert at those than attempting to be absolutely everywhere.
          ~Jonathan

  • Rungok says:
    February 28, 2013 at 7:23am

    This is really helpful information. You see I was worried about my chances of getting published ‘traditionally’ and was looking at alternative options for getting my fantasy novel out there for people. I was considering going and publishing my book through amazon digitally, but I’m not very… good at selling things. This seems far more surmountable than trying to ‘door to door’ salesman my way through.

    I’m not even expecting to be million-book famous. I just want my book to have a chance to be seen. and preferably read.

    If you have any other advice to help me get through to people, I would appreciate it.

  • Drew Dyer says:
    April 16, 2013 at 4:42am

    Jonathan, This post is very insightful and more relevant now than ever! I am relatively new to authoring and book marketing and this is very helpful.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      April 16, 2013 at 11:50am

      Drew. You’re welcome. Take time over approaching book bloggers. Get to know them first.
      ~Jonathan

  • July 7, 2013 at 9:36am

    Thanks Jonathan for the interesting feature article. As an author sometimes I think soliciting for book reviews and other things aren’t appropriate. But your article has reminded me that one can’t put a lighted candle under a bucket, expecting to brighten the environment. If one actually wants more publicity and sell then he must follow up. Thanks once again.

  • August 27, 2013 at 9:12pm

    Thanks Jonathan! I’ve noticed that it’s more difficult to get how-to advice books read by book bloggers. How would you suggest that an informational, how-to writer get publicity for their work?

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      August 28, 2013 at 1:42am

      Elizabeth
      Fiction Book Bloggers quite naturally won’t read or review non-fiction books – ever. It’s not their field, so you are wasting your time and theirs sending them ‘how to’ books to review.

      So., what to do? OK, Basically you are asking how to do internet marketing for non-fiction information products, (“How do I sell stuff online?”) This is a huge subject, but here’s some suggestions to get you started:

      The good news for you is that overall it’s FAR easier to promote non-fiction books than fiction, because unlike fiction readers, ‘how to’ readers put their hands up and identify themselves. For example, they type their ‘how to’ questions into Google search. They do the same on Amazon. So you (for example) need a search engine optimized site that offers your book. And also a page that is optimized on Amazon with the right keywords that people use to search for your topic.
      Your readers will also gather in other places online such as Q&A forums. Chase them up there too.

      OK. That’s barely scratched the surface of info products marketing, but it’ll get you started.

      ~Jonathan

  • August 30, 2013 at 2:27am

    Thank you Jonathan,

    I have added ‘Book Bloggers’ to my to-do list of people to connect with. I only wish I could have the same success as Amanda Hocking.
    Liam

  • September 2, 2013 at 1:00pm

    This is great advice! Thanks so much Jonathan! I’ve just published my first book, Calculated (with more books to come this year) and have started reaching out to bloggers. I’ve had two agree to put my book on their schedule so far, but I’m crossing my fingers that there may be more out there who will work with me. The whole process is exciting :) Thanks again! Renee’

  • November 12, 2013 at 6:43am

    Jonathan, thanks so much for your info, very appreciated. Dave Brown author of How To Kick Back Time.

  • December 4, 2013 at 3:24pm

    We’re a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme
    in our community. Your website provided us with valuable information to
    work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire community will be grateful
    to you.

  • Alinka says:
    December 11, 2013 at 5:29pm

    Sounds like a Cinderella story! I agree that you never know who your book might be recommended to. If it’s a top tier journalist or blogger – you could go from “rags to riches.” Thank you for the informative post.

  • Cathal says:
    December 29, 2013 at 6:38pm

    Great advice, Jonathan. I had never thought of approaching book bloggers before.

    I also agree, however, that our approach must be genuine, as in all our relationships. What’s in it for you should precede what’s in for me. No one wants to read a phoney and no one sure as hell will promote one!

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      December 30, 2013 at 12:49pm

      Cathal
      You have it in one… honesty always pays.
      ~ Jonathan :)

  • January 14, 2014 at 6:05pm

    Hey Jonathan, it’s good to be here on your great blog. :)

    Since I was looking for how to get honest reviews on my soon to be published e-Book, I thought of searching for fellas who actually willing and opened to reviewing books, so I made a search on Google and I saw your site on the list and immediately clicked on it.

    Sir, you shared great ways to getting bloggers to help in reviewing of books and I particularly loved the story of that young millionaire lady you chipped in, it was helpful and encouraged me that I can also do the same and maybe had better chance than she did.

    Oh I have always been of the opinion that networking and building quality relationships with bloggers before pitching them about your books play a major role in getting them help you on whatever you might want them to do for you.

    I will wade into doing all of your shared points ASAP, thanks so much and compliments of the season!

    Sam

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      January 14, 2014 at 9:39pm

      You’re 100% on the right track Sam.
      ~ Jonathan

  • January 22, 2014 at 4:29pm

    I have a book that I am self publishing. It is aprox. 2-3 weeks away from release. It is entitled Great Men??????? At The Worst Time. It is a collection of stories with some historical and biographical info on men who layed a part in the American Civil War. It leaves the reader to dcide whether or not these men were truly great. It has a rather conservative political flavor to it. I know that the book is good and is an easy and enjoyable read. However I can in no way put money into Marketing the book the way it really needs to be done. Can you give me some direction. I would greatly appreciate it. Thank You, Sincerely Dr.Don C Kean D.M.D.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      January 22, 2014 at 11:20pm

      Dr Don
      This blog contains a wealth of techniques for promoting books, and also motivational posts. I write it because it’s the only way I can help all the authors who contact me every day with the same request as yours. So here is a great starting point for you – a particular blog post that should help: 7 Bestseller Book Marketing Strategies For Fiction Writers
      ~ Jonathan

      • January 23, 2014 at 3:53am

        Thanks or your response . I will stay in touch. My publisher recommended me paying for book reviews. I just dont have the funds for that but I do see how vital they could be. Any suggestions. Thanks Don

        • Jonathan Gunson says:
          January 23, 2014 at 9:58am

          Dr Don.
          I would be very careful about paying for reviews. If you do this on Amazon and they discover it they will delete them all and possibly ban your book. The publisher may scoff at this, but that is my advice. One approach is to join Goodreads and do a free give away there. Read up about it on their site.
          ~ Jonathan

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  • gregslap says:
    March 30, 2014 at 11:40pm

    Jonathan,

    Got a lot from reading your blog and the comment thread. I was lucky when I asked a reviewer to review my (psych-horror) book. He loved it, gave it an amazing review, but then the momentum slowed and I got panicky.

    Then I read this and I thought, “Why not ask more bloggers to review my work?” Seems logical, and yet when the anxiety sets in, I tend to freeze up. Not for long….thanks!

    Greg

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      April 2, 2014 at 4:29am

      Greg
      More power to your elbow Sir. Self-doubt has to be the biggest killer of dreams. It is complete nonsense. After a time the world will eventually see it your way. Truth is, it’s not about ‘selling’ books, it’s about growing a readership, a core of fans who like what you do. And they WILL be there. Keep on with that writing, book after book – that’s what does it.
      ~ Jonathan

  • Forrest Wheatey says:
    April 16, 2014 at 3:07pm

    Really nice and easy to read post, thank you. You even had me think of starting to write :)

  • Rachelle says:
    April 29, 2014 at 3:59am

    Thank you so much for this! You are amazing and I appreciate it so much!!!

  • Rachelle says:
    April 29, 2014 at 4:01am

    Also, if you wouldn’t mind helping me out a bit, I would be grateful forever. I have published one book and another is on the way (like I’m publishing this week) and both are ebooks. I’m finding it really hard to get publicity!! :)

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      April 30, 2014 at 1:34am

      Rachelle
      One thing I would suggest is changing your blog from a black background to white. Statistics show that almost no-one will read a blog with white type on a dark background. (It may look cool, but the price is no readers.)
      ~ Jonathan

  • Linda Goza says:
    May 15, 2014 at 2:18pm

    I’m an author of 3 books; I included some stories family had written as well. All stories were written from the heart, for all ages, from all walks of life to enjoy.I have a website with Wix: Just puttn around. I’m also on Facebook: Linda Quintal Goza, and I’m on Twitter: LindaLou123456. There is also a lovely article in the online newspaper with Daily Voice: Former amount Vernon Resident Writes Two Books. I would really love to help get the 3 books out there, but I have no money to spend, as you know too well, it’s hard time for everyone. Any information would be greatly appreciated!!

  • emily says:
    May 20, 2014 at 7:34pm

    Thank you so much for this marvelous post. I have just finished my first ebook and now on my way to promote it. I was so nervous before. I thought once I write my ebook things will follow but I began experiencing problems related to the visibility of the book on Amazon.

  • June 12, 2014 at 11:19am

    Thank you for the amazing advice, it pays off to do research and read around. I will also love to take a look at your twitter for authors page, Thanks again.

    p.s. If you have anything on getting reviews before the book is out please let me know, i’m a bit confused on a few things about it; as simple as it may be.

  • Melissa Hudson says:
    July 1, 2014 at 6:40pm

    Hello,

    I have a Christian, inspirational relationship book entitled, “THE FEMALE FOOL: 10 Reasons Why You Aren’t Attracting a Good Christian Man”. Is there an inspirational Christian blogger interested in reviewing the book?

    Also, I have a new women issues book entitled, “HELL in HEELS: Jealousy, Vengeance and Envy Amongst Women”. It entails how jealousy amongst women is becoming an epidemic. A jealous woman filled with envy, can set fire to the soul like a burning inferno. Check out book: http://www.booksamillion.com.

    • Jonathan Gunson says:
      July 1, 2014 at 10:06pm

      Melissa
      I suggest search for “Christian Book blogger” on Google, and do the same using search on Twitter and Facebook. That’s what I would do.
      ~ Jonathan

  • July 6, 2014 at 1:18am

    I am searching for a christian blog tour/blog blast/publicity and marketing expert for my new book, Growing into Greatness with God, 7 Paths to Greatness for our Sons and Daughters. The book teaches kids that they have everything that they need to overcome any obstacle to success.

    I have found several good sources from this blog post. Thank you very much for keeping it updated.

    If anyone is interested in working with me, I can be reached at JanetAutherine@GrowIntoGreatness.com

    Thanks and blessings, Janet

  • M. Hassan says:
    September 17, 2014 at 2:21pm

    Dear Jonathan,

    Your contribution to guiding authors is highly appreciated.
    following reading this article, i started surfing the net looking for bloggers in my domain but with no luck.
    I research and write on banking and finance studies, highly academic, and I have recently published on kindle but still the numbers are on the low levels.
    I will be publishing a research in an academic journal (3*) soon, but we have to pay for that and not the other way around.

    I would appreciate your guidance on that.