The best time to start promoting your book is three years before it comes out. ~ Seth Godin
There are some in the writing industry that have done more than make it work. They have thrived. When they come up with recommendations, we should pay attention.
I recently read a guest post by Seth Godin. Seth is one such man. He knows how to write and he knows how to market. We should sit up and listen.
Granted, just because something worked for him doesn’t guarantee that it will work for you or me, but we would be wise to study the model.
Let’s repeat the model: “The best time to start promoting your book is three years before it comes out.”
I can hear it now. — Three years? You have got to be kidding? Three years is a long time. Three years can feel like an eternity. And how do your promote what you haven’t even written yet? How do you even know you’ll be publishing a book three years from now? — I hear you, because you’re echoing my thoughts.
But it’s good to take your own advice. So I sat back, read on, and listened to what Seth was honing in on. The full quote is as follows:
The best time to start promoting your book is three years before it comes out. Three years to build a reputation, build a permission asset, build a blog, build a following, build credibility and build the connections you’ll need later. ~ Seth Godin
It’s not necessarily about promoting just that one book.
It’s about building connections.
It’s about building a platform.
It’s about building credibility.
Gone are the days when one can hide behind a pen name and still sell books. Invisibility doesn’t sell. Promotion without credibility doesn’t sell either.
Anyone can tweet a promotion. Anyone can promote on Facebook. It takes but seconds to do either.
What takes time is building relationships, trust, and credibility.
Remember: Invisibility doesn’t sell!
We need to spend time in the proving ground. We need to prove that we can write, that we have a message or tale worth sharing—and that we care more about people than a sale.
We need to earn the right to promote. Earn people’s trust, earn their loyalty, and then we will have earned permission to promote.
Maybe I did it all wrong. Maybe you did it all wrong. But it’s never too late to change. We can quit kicking ourselves. We can get to work and make the changes. And, hopefully, one day we’ll write a post on how thankful we are that we heeded Seth’s advice!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosie Cochran
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I’m on tour! Well, not physically, but online. I’m participating in the Orangeberry Book Tours.
As part of the tour, “A Murder Unseen” has been featured at various blogs. Today I wrote a guest post on the journey of marketing for Book Marketing Bestsellers: Book Promotion Blog.
Check out the quote below, then click HERE to visit John’s blog to read the post. While there, check out the rest of his blog!
Marketing is a journey. For the uninitiated, it may seem strewn with boulders, broken bridges, detours, and sometimes dead-ends. … It’s not a race. It’s not a quick trip to the marketplace. It’s a journey.
Can you teach an old dog new tricks? That’s what we’re going to find out. My newest novel, A Murder Unseen, is polished and published. Though it feels like now I should stop, relax, and take a deep sigh of relief, I know that is not the case. The journey has just begun. Now comes marketing.
For one who would have loved to live in the era of writing under a pen name and being the mysteriously anonymous writer, for one who was raised to not toot one’s own horn or promote self, marketing can be viewed as downright embarrassing. It cuts across the grain of how I think, of who I am.
Somehow, I’ve managed to write and sell two books without drawing excessive attention to the fact that I’ve written them. What an accomplishment, right? Not really. I’ve found there’s another type of embarrassment when friends you’ve known for years looked shocked at the revelation that you’ve written not only one book, but several. Why were they never told? Um… . How do I explain my secret obsession with writing?
There remains the fact that people don’t buy books they don’t know exist, that marketing while trying to remain as invisible as possible really isn’t marketing at all. Yes, I sold books. Yes, I broke even. Yes, I made a profit. However, I didn’t sell enough books to warrant continuing writing books—and I love to write. Therefore, does it not make sense to learn to market if only to justify the time and energy put into the creation of my books? Can you teach an old dog new tricks? I’m not sure, but I’m willing to try.
- The invisibility problem in self-publishing (teleread.com)