When you’re a self published author there isn’t much you don’t have to do for and by yourself and I for some reason have decided that I’m going to do everything by myself. I’m not going to deny it I’m quite clearly crazy. I’m going to blame it on that unique disease Writer’s madness. I’ve had it for sometime now so I personally am of the belief that its incurable. I’m alright with that fact though because it allows me to come up with the brilliant ideas for my books.
But seeing as I’m damned already I don’t think there’s a need for all of you to join me in my madness. Let’s try and keep it contained. We don’t want government officials quarantining all us writers for fear that our illness is contagious.
So for today’s lesson we’re going to focus on marketing!
Now like I said before when you’re a self published author like me you do a lot and if you don’t want that Writer’s madness to turn into a genuine case of insanity you have to learn quickly. What I learned this week was the importance of tags.
Tags? I hear you asking. What are they?
Have no fear my dear friends I’m all over the explanations. 🙂
Tags are little markers that allow people to find your book based on the genres.
Let me tag my book Seared by Desire so that you get an idea of what I’m talking about.
Tags are the embodiment of that age old adage “Small but mighty.” Even though they’re only a few words long tags are important.
I can hear you questioning me again….Fine! Don’t ever say I don’t answer your questions. Tags help people find you and your book especially on amazon that most wondrous of websites where millions of people buy books everyday! I see understanding dawning in your eyes. Let me make sure we’re all on the same page though. You know when you’re looking for a new book but you’re not sure what author is going to do it for you….what do you do? I know exactly what you do because I’ve done it myself.
You head over to amazon and type a keyword into that little search box and are suddenly inundated with new ideas! Hundreds of authors pop up onto the page and do you know why? Tags!! The power of a few words should never be underestimated. Sadly lots of indie authors don’t seem to be aware of the power of tags. 🙂 I’ve seen so many great indie books with no tags at all. But that’s what this post is for. If you’re indie and proud then grab your amazon page and get tagging. The more people who agree with a tag the higher you appear in that mythical amazon search list.
Now I’m actually taking place in a giveaway this week called the Ten days of Giveaways!! And I thought I’d combine the giveaway with this week’s post.
So here’s what we’re going to do. I’m going to put the power in your hands once again. I want you to get tagging. I’m going to be giving away a copy of a book every single day from today until the 14th of September.
Now I hear you asking how you win…It’s simple. I’ll decide which book gets given away based on the number of tags it gets. The more tags it gets the more likely it’ll be that day’s winner. So that’s how we pick what get’s given away. I can hear you asking how YOU win something. Simple.
Leave a comment that says why you’d like to read the book you’ve tagged and just click that button that let’s you subscribe to the blog so you know if you get chosen as a winner.
What do you want a chance to win?
The choice is completely up to you so get tagging and here’s how.
Click the book or books that you want to win, scroll down to the section that says tags and get clicking. Just put a tick into the box next to the word and your job is done. I think that’s enough from me. I’ll be back on Monday!
Remember 5 books, 10 days, get tagging and get winning!Oh and before I forget. What do you think of the taglines for the Elemental Passions series. I just thought of them.
Seared by Desire – She’d burn the world to ashes to love him.
Rocked by Passion – He’d move worlds to keep her.
Whirlwind of Pleasure – She’d take on the heavens for a chance to love him.
Submerged in Ecstasy – He’d destroy the world to save her.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.
Now while I’m giving my books away there are other great blogs taking part in this 10 day giveaway so if you want my advice I’d go and visit them. It’s free stuff what more can I say?