Email This Post HomeHumorNew Marketing Idea for Authors Amy Vansant July 14, 2016 Humor 7 Comments This post is for authors, so my apologies to the readers on my mailing list thinking “Dang, this post isn’t making fun of her husband at all.” As an Indie author, I spend as much time marketing as I do writing, which is a bummer, but it’s a necessary evil. I’m always looking for new ideas because the book marketing landscape is changing – narrowing. I’ve actually built a whole new website around one of those ideas in the hopes of helping myself and other Indie authors. http://AuthorsXP.com and I’d like to share it with you! So What’s the Book Marketing Idea? My friend Jackie Weger, who runs an author group called eNovel Authors at Work, was talking one day about authors sharing newsletters – she promotes my book in her newsletter to her reader list and I promote hers, for example. It started my brain ticking. I thought – wouldn’t it be nice if there was a spot authors could go to FIND other authors who would be willing to cross-promote books? So I built http://AuthorsXP.com with that thought in mind, but it went a little crazy. By the time I was done there were a bunch of lists authors could use: Newsletter cross promotion list for authors to find authors willing to cross promote. List of Book Promotion Websites (here authors can find and rate book promo sites) List of Book Editors List of Book Cover Designers List of book reviewers/book blogs List of Web Designers, Formatters and other services: So in short, I took all those helpful lists you can find on the web out there and put them all in one place. BUT THAT ISN’T THE BIG IDEA! The newsletter cross promotion list was a nice idea, but it still requires authors to talk and plan and trust each other and worry about promoting books they haven’t even read, yaddah yaddah yaddah. So I decided to formalize a program that would enable authors to cross-promote without actually endorsing each others work, or having to plan things with 100 different authors, or really have to do much of anything. For the love of Pete, Amy, what is the stinkin’ idea? Mailing List Cross Promotion Giveaway Events organized by AXP (me). (the current one is here –> ) 10 authors from a particular genre, 1 week long. Everyone in the event promotes, tweets, and of course emails their reader newsletter/list about the giveaway (I provide graphics/text so you don’t have to do much) and the readers from all 10 lists come and sign up to win books from the 10 authors. At the end of the event, all the emails collected are given to the authors (there is a checkbox so entrants understand they’re sharing their email with the authors.) Our first Event – Cozy Mysteries – captured 553 emails for everyone! You can read more about it here. You can also sign up to be added as an author to a promotion in any genre! When I get 10 people in a genre, I launch the contest. Building your author mailing list is top notch marketing you can control. Become your own promotional site. Grow your fan base. Build loyalty. WHY? It makes me crazy that some authors don’t realize the power of building their mailing list. Here’s why I think it is important. Because Book Promotional Sites Can Be Spotty Very few promotional sites offer return on investment. It’s just a fact. You can spend a few hundred dollars buying a BookBub newsletter slot and watch it double your money, but it isn’t easy getting those coveted BookBub slots. Other book promo sites you may only pay $25 to play, but in return sell two books. You don’t have to be great at math to see that isn’t the fast track to riches (and I mean “author riches” which is a synonym for “enough money to eat Raman noodles for every meal.”) Because Amazon Owns Our Butts Amazon’s won the ebook war. And for authors, NOT taking advantage of the higher percentages and marketing opportunities gained by enrolling our books in KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing – which prevents our ebooks from appearing on Barnes and Noble, etc.) becomes sillier and sillier. But as much as I love all the different ways Amazon offers me to promote my books, their way of doing business has also done two other things: 1. Made readers used to reading “free” books through it’s KU (Kindle Unlimited) program. This means sometimes I promote a book it took me months to write for $2.99 and get a nasty tweet from a fellow informing me I’m out of my mind because he’d never spend that on a book. Thanks. Thanks for sharing. Block. 2. They’ve cornered the market. Amazon holds us by the literary gonads. If they say the price per page that we are paid for books enrolled in the KU program is dropping to .0000000000004 we can’t really do a darn thing about it. It hasn’t happened, but it could. And that’s terrifying. So please – if you’re an author or if you know an author come sign up to be included in an event! Spread the word – it will only make us ALL stronger! About Latest Posts Amy VansantAmy Vansant is a USA Today and Wall Street Journal Best-Selling author specializing in fun, funny fiction --- even the murder mysteries. Latest posts by Amy Vansant (see all) Dancing, Kilty as Sin 99c, Giveaways and Deals… - February 13, 2019 Snake Attack, 3 Giveaways and Deals & Steals… - February 7, 2019 Name the Python, Giveaways and Deals… - January 30, 2019 7 Responses Richard Willis July 17, 2016 Yikes. To think I was so excited to publish on Amazon. 0 likes Reply Amy Vansant July 17, 2016 Oh Amazon is by far still the best Indie option. Don’t get me wrong. It’s just worrisome that there isn’t really other options as good. 1 likes Reply Jackie Weger July 17, 2016 Amy! Thanks for the kudos. Love this idea to cross-promote. It works. Newsletters work because our fans are interested. Your blog nailed it. Signed up for a romance author cross promo. Ten authors is just right. We don’t need to go mega and unwieldy with 100 authors. Shared! 1 likes Reply Amy Vansant July 17, 2016 Thanks Jackie! The cozy promotion I did netted the authors 500+ and the Fantasy promo that ends tomorrow is at 430 at the moment, so it’s definitely a great way to build followers. 0 likes Reply Ellie Campbell July 19, 2016 It’s a fabulous idea Amy and we’re definitely in for any promos that you have going with Author XP 😃 0 likes Reply Kerry J Donovan July 21, 2016 Superb idea Amy, I’m in! 0 likes Reply Nicholas Rossis July 26, 2016 I have just one thing to say: Amy’s idea WORKS! I tried it and it worked like a charm, allowing me to add almost 500 new subscribers to my newsletter. at a minimal cost. Highly recommended! 0 likes Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Add me to Amy Vansant's Humor Newsletter!