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Marketing: Stuck In The Mud!

Filed under: book marketing,internet selling,self-publishing — gator1965 @ 7:14 pm

Well, anyone who has been reading my blog knows I have put a memoir story, Key West…Erotic Awakenings in Paradise, up for sale on the internet to start learning how to market books and to hopefully help others learn as well. I established a Payloadz account and a PayPal account and finally got the pay button on my site. I have the book listed on my website, under the “store” tab; I have it listed in a store provided on the Payloadz website and I have listed it on ebay and Craigs List.

I first listed my short story about three weeks ago (5/13/09) and have made no sales to date.

I am trying to market my book the best I can without making any out-of-pocket expenditures (on the cheap, in other words!). This is the only marketing I have done to date:

1- Posted info on the book in my blog.

2- Posted on twitter.

3- Mentioned the book on Facebook.

4- Sent out book info to a small email list of friends.

Why I think I’m not selling to date:

1- My blog does not have a big following yet…Poor marketing skills. Haven’t spent any moolah to advertise my blog.

2- I have 449 followers on Twitter…not the massive audience probably needed. PLUS I don’t think true social media bugs like ANY advertising…Regardless of what the marketeers tell you! Same goes for Facebook.

3- I really thought some of my friends would be interested…but, not yet. I did send some free parts out to them before BUT not the whole story with pictures. They would really enjoy if they coughed up the $3.00…I was hoping for a little word of mouth here if they liked the story…

4- I have’nt figured out how to acquire a good targeted list! Especially without paying for it.

ANY marketing suggestions would be warmly welcomed! I want this to be a learning/participating project if I can get response. If you don’t want to (or can’t) leave comments email me at

Some more experienced (I think) marketeers and authors have suggested giving this story away to build a platform of followers for future works…This will be discussed more in the next post…Stay tuned!

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