09-04-2011 01:51 PM
I like your free PC idea and hope it brings you some sales.
The UK postal service recently had a similar scheme: you design the back of the postcard and supply addresses for them to send them to. I tried this with a list of university lecturers in my area. No sales - but maybe they had the book already! By the way its called HOW PARABLES WORK and Im just checking it through for typos as it is going ebook-wide. cheers then, Humphrey Palmer
09-07-2011 10:53 PM
yes, I've been using Vista print for a year now to promote my book. I've ordered cards, pens, post cards etc. This is a great way to create your own swag if you're on a budget.
09-07-2011 11:44 PM
I would like to repost this for the people that might of missed it. I'm sorry if anyone is offended, message me and I'll take care of it.
I just worte an email to a fellow Lulu'er about this same topic. Hopefully no one minds if I post it. Hello. I have used many means to market my book, but there are methods that are far better, and far cheaper than most people know. First of all, make sure that you have plenty of books on hand just in case you need to either sell one to someone, or give one to some random important person that you meet. Second, the best thing I've learned to do in regards to promotions is to make bookmarks. Now you can go to some company and pay like $100+ for maybe 100 bookmarks, give or take. Or you can take $20 to your local Kinekos or whatever copy place is nearest to you and have them print them out on card stock, then for an extra couple bucks they can cut them, or you can. I spent under $30.00 recently and left the store with over 1000 bookmarks. Of course you'll have to design them, or have someone else do it. Just make sure to have a brief description of your book with where they can buy it and possibly your contact info if you want. You can do the same thing as the bookmarks, but make posters instead. Then place them all around your neighborhood, put the website where the book can be found at the bottom of the poster, then cut them into strips so people can rip one off and use it later. I've advertised on craigslist in the authors section. Make sure not to do it too much or else your post will get removed, it might anyway if someone wants to be a butthead. Sign up for any local bookfair or public event. It might cost some money, but it's well worth it. If you can, sign up for national book fairs. I would also suggest checking out this website, it's full of awesome places your book should be, most of which you probably would never have thought about, I know I had a few, 'oh yeah' moments when I read it. http://llbookreview.com/2010/08/top-twenty-six-pla
Thanks for your wonderful comments and suggestions.