Wednesday, 13 February 2019

15 Ways to Promote Your Book Without Much Money by Chelsea Parker of Pillow Talk Books

15  Ways to Promote Your Book Without Much Money

You finally wrote and published your masterpiece, and now it's time to get the word out. These fifteen ideas will help you promote your book and develop a fan base that will follow you through your writing career. 

1. Do a Photo Shoot for Your Book 

Once you have a physical copy of your book, try a photo shoot where your book is the model. Photograph the cover, your favorite pages, and maybe someone reading it. If you use a high quality camera, you'll be able to use these promotional images for the rest of your campaign. 

2. Post Frequent Updates 

Whether you're using Facebook, Twitter, or a blog on your website, it's important to stay in touch with your fans. Post frequent updates with quotes from your book, pictures, and dates when you'll be at book signings. 

3. Make a Goodreads Page 

Goodreads is basically Facebook for authors and readers. If you make an author page, you can see statistics about your book, read reviews, connect with fans, and even run a giveaway. 

4. Run a Giveaway 

Giveaways are great for drumming up interest. Everyone who signs up for the contest is a potential reader. Even if they don't win, they may still end up buying a copy. 

5. Write Guest Blog Posts 

Try writing guest posts for blogs with an audience similar to yours. The blogger gets a free post, and you get a link to your book right at the top of the page. 

6. Start an Online Group 

Both Goodreads and Facebook let you start a group discussion about your book or a related topic. This can be a great way to connect with readers and create a community centered around your writing. 

7. Hold a Virtual Book Signing 

Set up a live stream for a specific date, and tell your fans well in advance. Let readers pre-order books to be signed on the live stream, and have extra copies that they can purchase while they're watching. 

8. Read an Excerpt of Your Book 

A live stream is also a good way to hold book readings for online fans. If you don't want to go live, you can record a video to put on Youtube - and then link to on social media. 

9. Ask for Fan Photos 

Once you have fans, you can ask them to help you take promotional pictures. Give a free copy of your book to whoever takes the best fan photo; you'll be surprised at the results. 

10. Get Your Book in Other Newsletters 

If you subscribe to any newsletters that relate to your field, see if they'll highlight your book. They already have an audience, and if you read the newsletter, you know others will too. 

11. Be a Guest on a Podcast 

Podcast listeners are also often readers. Look for a podcast you like, and see if they'll have you on the show as a guest. 

12. Record an Audio Book 

An audio recording of your book opens up your potential reader base to people who can't or don't have time to read physical print. If you have the budget, a professional narrator can make your book sound amazing. 

13. Commission Artwork 

If you wrote a novel, readers may want to know what your characters look like. Find an artist you like and ask them to draw your protagonist. Then post it on social media. 

14. Make a Book Trailer 

A book trailer is like a movie trailer, but for your book. Include appropriate theme music, a few lines from the book itself, and plenty of relevant imagery. 

15. Write Another Book 

Many readers fall in love with an author and end up buying their entire collection. Write more books and keep promoting; your fan base will keep growing with you.

Chelsea Parker is a blogger and scheduling editor at Pillow Talk Books.  Her site sends out daily emails filled with romance books from all genres.  If you get a chance sign up for their daily email and fall in love with your next fictional friend.



Saturday, 9 February 2019

"Hearts Abroad" - Contemporary Romance by Skye McNeil. Book 1 of series

When a fun-loving American nanny turns a millionaire British single dad’s world upside down, it’s inevitable life is going to get complicated.

Taking a break from screenwriting in New York City, Londyn Bellerose takes a nannying job in Colorado to get away from the hubbub. A summer to live without regrets is all she wants. While her boss is British, gorgeous, and a millionaire, he has no clue how to have fun. Determined to mend the relationship between father and daughters, Londyn doesn’t expect to fall for the museum curator.

Londyn is American and everything Callum Archer swore to never fall for again. With her carefree spirit and energetic smile, she’s perfect to nanny Callum’s two daughters. The problem is she’s also perfect for him. She’s sassy, musical, and tends to speak her mind more than she means to.

When old history and new dreams threaten her happily ever after, will Londyn and Callum’s love survive?

Hearts Abroad is book one in Skye McNeil’s contemporary romance series, Atlas. Each book contains a millionaire to envy, snort-worthy comedy, and visits to many beautiful cities in the world. Yes, all of that, plus each novel ends with a fabulous HEA.

Hearts Abroad Excerpt Skye McNeil

An hour later, Londyn’s arms were full of goodies while she and Callum sat on the bench outside and watched the girls play on the monkey bars. Since the chocolatery had a daycare for their employees, it was second nature to have play equipment nearby, and it allowed the adults a hint of privacy.
            Unwrapping a caramel covered in dark chocolate, she moaned when it hit her taste buds. “This is so good.”
            “My, aren’t you a regular chocoholic,” Callum laughed, looking over at her.
            Londyn chewed, then nodded. “As it turns out, yes, I am.” She held up the bag stuffed with concoctions from the factory sample area. She couldn’t resist filling the tote. “And I’m loading up for a rainy day.” A drop of rain landed on her nose and she grinned. “Like today.”
            The mist didn’t seem to bother Bethany and Bailey as they hopped toward the swing set.
            Callum moved closer and peeked inside the bag. “I think you grabbed every sample they offered.” She nodded enthusiastically. “So, is chocolate your only vice, or are there more I should know about?”
            She liked this side of him. He wasn’t uptight or worried about appearances. His slight teasing and gentlemanly manners throughout the tour baffled her. I mean, what man holds my hand to make sure I get down the steps without tripping?
            “Mostly chocolate.” She held out a piece of nougat, but he declined. “I live by the three Cs.”
            Callum’s light eyebrows furrowed. “And they are?”
            She held up three fingers and ticked them off as she spoke. “Chocolate, Chinese food, and chick flicks.”
            “Ah yes, the trifecta,” he teased.
            “I’m serious.” She crumpled a wrapper and playfully tossed it at him. “If I ever come across a problem, I use the three Cs.”
            Laughing outright, Callum stole the tote and clucked his tongue at the numerous empty candies. “And what happens if they don’t do the trick?”
            “Hmm, well I don’t know. It’s never happened before.” She scratched her head. The mere thought disturbed her. Everything could be solved with either chocolate, Chinese, or chick flicks. She just knew it.
            He stood and offered his hand. “Perhaps you need to find a few more Cs, Miss Bellerose, for surely such a time will come.”
            Taking his hand, she stood to her full height, only a few inches shorter than him. She rather liked looking up to a guy for a change. When he didn’t immediately drop her hand, her heartbeat quickened. “Perhaps you’re right, Mr. Archer.”

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Skye McNeil

Author of Romantic Suspense & Contemporary Romance novels that are smart, sexy, and sassy.

Friday, 25 January 2019

"A Knight's Choice and Other Romances" 6 short, sweet romances for perfect feel-good reading

Just in time for Valentine's Day...

A Knight's Choice and Other Romances

Six wonderfully sweet medieval short romances in a single anthology. Perfect feel-good reading!
A Knight’s Choice—Morwenna must marry to satisfy her family’s ambitions. Her choice is one of two brothers, but which?
Midsummer Maid—The romance and magic of Midsummer works for everyone—including a beautiful dairymaid and a less-than-handsome woodsman.
The Philosopher and the Herbalist—A light-hearted Not-Beauty and Not-Beast tale, with a romantic twist.
The Bridal House—Alis is reluctant to marry. Her betrothed presents her a beautiful bridal house that might help her see matters in a happier light.
The Seal of Odin—A dark tale of romance set during the age of the Vikings and early Christianity. Sometimes, love is found where we least expect it.
Ugly Meg—Once pretty, now scarred, Meg lives and works in seclusion in Bath—but other jealous guild members are plotting against her.  Will fellow carpenter Matthew Warden come to her aid? If so, what will be his price?
Available from Prairie Rose Publications for pre-order, and free to read with Kindle Unlimited.

Also on Amazon com

Amazon UK 

Amazon Canada

This collection also includes details and an excerpt from my Prairie Rose Publications Romance Novel, Dark Maiden.

I hope you enjoy these!

Lindsay Townsend

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Ancient World Romance and Fantasy - just 99cents/99p

Can a creature-caller and a storm-bringer ever be together?

She is Sarmatia, a bull-leaper and creature-caller, renowned for her uncanny skills with all animals. He is Fearn, a red-haired healer and storm-bringer from the northern Isle of Stones. They meet on the dusty flagstones of a Kretan palace courtyard, where both save a life, and they fall in love. Will fate allow them to be together or will the unknown enemy who hates Sarmatia prevail? 

Free Reading with Kindle Unlimited.
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    Clouds rolled towards Wolfstones and Fearn opened his eyes. 'Move back to the distance of a spear-cast. The Sky God approaches. When he is here, stand in the light of the God, true as a pillar of stone. Release your hands.'
    Fearn dragged on Sarmatia's fingers before he freed her so that she stood closer to him than the others. Sarmatia put her arms down by her sides. She was vaguely aware of Fearn and Laerimmer. Her mouth was dry, but she was not afraid.
    The sky grew darker, a midsummer evening changed into midnight. A spot of water splashed down her cheek and then another. Fearn lifted the axe and smashed the stone head into the earth at his feet. He invoked the Sky God as a storm bringer and thunder cracked. Wind flayed through Sarmatia's hair. The wolf pack howled as the axe fell again. A spill of lightning ran over Wolfstones, bathing the hill in a bluish glare. Fearn was singing, the song lost in the storm. His red hair streamed back, the muscles of his upper arms tightened as he raised the axe right over his head...                  

Lindsay Townsend