eBook marketing is a powerful way to build your personal brand, optin list and even some income (if you do your job right!)
Therefore many bloggers write eBooks in an effort to come up with alternative and self-serving blog monetization method.
However writing an eBook is only first part of the task, arguably the easiest one.
What happens next?
It is time to start preparing your ebook launch… yay! Is there anything more exciting or nerve wracking? The excitement of what could be on the horizon for you. Will the book sell well? Will people like it? Could this be the beginning of something incredible for you?
All of these questions are probably filling your head, and you have every reason to be giddy by the prospect.
But don’t let that giddiness stop you from taking advantage of the moment. There is a lot to consider when preparing for a book to launch. You can improve your visibility, which is turn will improve sales and hype, weeks before your book hits shelves (or ebook databases).
Here are some tips for your pre-launch, which are just as important as the launch itself.
Be prepared for disappointment
It is sad but true: first time authors are rarely given a leg up. Sure, you hear about these writers who publish a novel and explode onto the scene. But they were writing well before that point and already had a foot in the door. Their publishers, whom they had gained before hand, took care of a lot of the work in the PR category.
Besides, the landscape of publishing has changed a lot, thanks to the Internet. If you are publishing digitally, don’t expect a sudden rush of fame and recognition. That has to be worked diligently towards.
Set realistic goals
This goes along with the above tip. When you are preparing to launch, you should have a clear set of goals in mind.
What do you want to accomplish? What are you hoping for, in terms of readership? Profits? Eventual payoff in the long term?
Keep your goals manageable and small (especially if this is your first ebook), and then build on those successes later.
This will keep you from getting discouraged and will motivate you to keep moving forward.
After all, the Internet has given everyone an ability to become a published author, so it is not easy to stand out. It will take a lot of time, work and possibly investments.
Create a powerful landing page
This is crucial. Everything else you do to market your eBook needs to start and end here. You need an ultimate resource talking about you, your book and which problems it solves.
The page needs to be compelling enough for your future readers to optin to receive a free chapter (or to buy/download the book right away).
It is a good idea to get the page ranked in Google for it to become a traffic sources of its own. For that, you will need to identify keywords and optimize its copy.
Use Text Optimizer to build your landing page copy. Text Optimizer is the semantic analysis and search intent optimization tool helping you write content that matches Google (or Bing) users’ expectations. It’s also a great way to optimize your content for it to rank higher in Google:
Get hype started early
The earlier buzz begins to build for your book, the better. Whether you are a blogger launching an ebook, or an author publishing a novel, you want people talking about it.
A couple of months is a good starting point, but a couple of weeks can make a lot of difference, as well. Use social media platforms.
- Share with Facebook followers little excerpts.
- Brand a hashtag. Hold a tweetchat.
- Have giveaways so a few people can get free, advanced copies of the book.
- Share a free chapter.
- Set up an email newsletter to build a community of your loyal readers
- Ask for people to share your updates, and remind them regularly about the coming book.
Get your readers excited.
Remember that gaining readers is more important than profits
This is especially true for first time writers. If your book is good, it will sell. But in the beginning, it is a lot more important to get your work out there and build an audience first.
For example, 1000vultures was a Reddit user who began a long term story on the subreddit NoSleep. He gained a large following and buzz continued to build about his story.
One day, he announced that he would be selling a more complete version in novel format on Amazon, under the name Dan Auberbach. His novel, Penpal, has become quite popular and exists in a physical format.
But he gained his readers before he ever made a profit. That is why so many Amazon ebook writers will allow their works to be lended out as part of the Prime library, or sell for $0.99
Focus on building community and your optin list (while keeping GDPR regulations in mind) rather than getting rich overnight.
Take advantage of connections
Do you know some other bloggers or social media influencers? Start cashing in those favors, because they are going to be important to getting the word out about your work.
Ask bloggers to read and review the book ahead of its release. Offer to write blog posts and include information about the book in your byline. Ask pages to promote it on Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
Even better, if you have the skills or resources to create sharable content, you will see even better results.
A perfect example of this can be seen in this Guide to Google Analytics, which is presented in a unique infographic form.
Look at the type of industry you are in, and then compile a ton of stats and create a unique infographic of your own.
Do something quirky
When Random House was promoting the book Zone One by Colson Whitehead, they began to post Twitter updates featuring the hashtag #RHZombies that had to do with the undead.
This quirky little bit of promotion was popular, and led to thousands of favorites and retweets.
Likewise, don’t try to get published. You can start selling your ebook without ever publishing it. There’s no need to follow a traditional route. You can come up with your own!
Think outside the box, and you will be more memorable, and successful.
Have you ever tried to write an (e)book? Do you have you got a tip or two for an ebook pre-launch? Let us know in the comments!