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You’ve Published Your Book~ Now What’s Your Next Step?

book-icons-icon-colorful-background-vector-illustration-44619959Happy Saturday, writers and authors! This thought occurred to me; now that I’m in with a traditional publisher and set to become a published author, how am I going to place my book in front of buyers?

How many times have we heard that writing the book is only half the battle and that the hard part is when Marketing and actually selling comes into play?  Once your book is written and finally published, the next and obvious step would be to find buyers to purchase your lil darlings and that can be a daunting experience.

Those seasoned authors among you are probably going; “Why don’t  newbie authors start spreading their book news sooner!?” Okay, we get it. But, better late than never, right?

While doing research on the how to of advertising our pearls to the world’s readers and buyers, I came across interesting places to advertise books, whether you are a newbie or seasoned author who went the way of traditional or Indie publishing.

book-store-23191589Let’s not forgo the usual suspects in getting your book noticed~ Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Good-reads, blog tours and setting up your author’s page on Amazon.com.

My amazon author’s page for A Life Toward Authenticity, an eBook that I self published in 2012 is here: https://www.amazon.com/author/clarafreeman

I was blessed to receive a publishing scholarship in September toward the publication of Unleash Your Pearls, my new self-help guide for women on the path to living their best lives. I’m so excited to bring this resource to women-worldwide!

If you’re at that precarious stage of book completion or manuscript readiness and searching for places to advertise your darlings, here are a few sites to consider:


I read that bookbub is one of the hardest sites to get on, but do give it a good try.

This site seems to be a favorite from some author comments about their experience.
Blurb Direct Sell  states that it will allow authors to sell any book made with Blurb directly to fans and friends through their own personal storefront.
And they allow you to choose the markup over the base price of your book. The site also allows authors to keep 100% of the profit.
Booklikes is a site that allows you to create your free author’s page.
I loved this comment from LinkedIn member and prolific author, Carolyn Howard Johnson, so I’m re-posting it as the writer’s quote for today! (my LinkedIn tribe/ connections are spot on!)
I hate to be a spoil sport, but I think that paid advertising (which is what advertising is!) is a waste of money, especially when authors can get publicity (read that free!) on many of the sites they might normally advertise on. I like Tania’s idea of an author’s page for FREE. How about writing articles or taking excerpts and offering them to the bloggers who reach your audience. This kind of thing is the reason I wrote The Frugal Book Promoter. New authors tend to think of “advertising” first, and it probably should be one of the last things they should consider–after they have already made considerable profit from a book that can be dedicated to marketing.
What stage are you at on your book  publishing? What do you think about these sites for advertising your books to potential buyers? Have you other book suggestions? Please share on with us on Clara’s writer’s blog.


My Goodreads Review of As The Heart Bones Break…

As the Heart Bones BreakAs the Heart Bones Break by Audrey Chin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As The Heart Bones Break by Audrey Chin is only the second book I’ve reviewed by the prolific author. Whereas in Learning To Fly, the author’s protagonists are really centered on the evolving love /infidelities of an American married man and his young Singapore student.
As The Heart Bones Breaks is a sweeping tale of intrigue, mystery, lies, spies and allegiances that unfolds in seamless pages of flashbacks and present day occurrences.
This book is, by far, the most anticipated page turner any reader or book reviewer could ask for. Thong Tran or Tran Van Thong is a Vietnamese-American Aerospace Engineer and a SPY for his countrymen. It is through his eyes that readers get to see the child who becomes a man wearing many faces during a pre and post war torn invasion of Vietnam’s Saigon.
We get to live in his world; see his empathy for his people, feel his distrust and his sacrifices made in loyalty to his fallen country. This Viet-Cong traitor pays allegiance to both sides- his adopted father, blood father, journalist and teacher that will, in the end reveal shocking truth kept hidden from childhood to adulthood.

Audrey Chin humanizes the other side of war; a pivotal time and culture of people and country that many Westerners have only read about in history books.

Audrey Chin is the consummate storyteller. Although I enjoyed reading Learning to fly, this book with its twists, turns, allegiances’, spies and secrets of past and present, will take you on a roller-coaster ride of survival, human sacrifice, love and life regrets from a young Vietnamese torn between loyalty and sacrifice for the love of his family, wife and child. Thong Trans secrets are finally put to rest as he pays a huge price, while ultimately finding his place.

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The author was provided a free copy of book for review. Audrey Chin will be here next week to talk about As The Heart Bones Breaks. Please join us:)

This is a powerful work! What book have you read lately that can say the same?