Promoting Your Book with WordPress

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My adventure self publishing a book with a mastermind group and the strategy we used to market our forthcoming book using a WordPress website, social media and a little attention to details.

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  • Promoting Your Book with WordPress

    1. 1. PROMOTING YOUR BOOK WITH WORDPRESS A PLAN FOR MARKETING YOUR SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK USING A BOOK WEBSITE AND SOCIAL MEDIA
    2. 2. A WEBSITE, A DASH OF SOCIAL MEDIA & A DREAM  So now you’ve got a book written… what happens next?  There are many ways to promote your book using your WordPress website  This is based on my own experience; your mileage may vary  It comes down to having a plan to launch your book for the best success!  WordPress can be a big part of that strategy!
    3. 3. 5 Steps According to Self-Publishing Experts • POSITION YOURSELF AS AN AUTHORITY/THOUGHT LEADER ON YOUR TOPIC • PUBLISH YOUR BOOK • CREATE OR CONNECT A PRODUCT/SERVICE • PROMOTE • PROFIT – FROM THE BOOK OR YOUR PRODUCT
    4. 4. A Quick Story of Six Marketing Consultants
    5. 5. Steps to Marketing Your Book Content Calendar for Book Website Dedicated Social Media Channels Set up List Building Campaign Decide on offers for products or services & timing Step 1 Plan WP Website with Book Plug in; Bio & Book Description Landing Pages & Lead Capture Set up Auto Responders & Email Campaigns Optimize Social Media Channels Step 2 Build Have a list of “helpers” Publish on Social Get your book on review sites Blogger Outreach Strategic Partner Endorsements Interviews – G+ Hangouts, Podcasts Step 3 Amplify Promo offers to spur sales and reviews Offer to do special appearances for buying bulk Do a guest blog post for buying X number of books Get reviews on Publishing Platform - Amazon Step 4 Launch
    6. 6. CONTENT CALENDAR  You will need to publish content besides your book  Website copy, Blog Posts, eBook, 1st Chapter, Social Media posts, email newsletters, autoresponders, podcasts, videos, audio  Use a simple spreadsheet and work back from your launch date  DivvyHQ – Online calendar (http://divvyhq.com/ )  Editorial Calendar – WP Plug-in (https://wordpress.org/plugins/editorial-calendar/ )  Think about ‘themes’ to talk about it. Start with FAQ & SAQ. Consider repurposing your Book Description “one pager” into a promo video for your book and for website content.  First things first: Do the pieces you can repurpose first! Book Description, FAQs, can spark blog posts, social media and emails.
    7. 7. What makes for great book description?  Realize that you may need someone else to write it for you. You’re writing it from the “Publisher’s” point of view not as the author.  Grab attention in the first sentence. It should sum up the book and encourage the reader to continue reading.  Explain why would someone who likes “fill in the blank” would want to read it?  Make an emotional connection. How will the person feel after reading it or putting the information to use.  Describe the transformation and show how the person will be better off when they’re done reading the book. Are you providing an inspiration or tips to live better? Work better? Does the story have a valuable life lesson?  Talk about the “How”. How does your book achieve that result? Tip: Bryan Hutchinson of Positive Writer says if you really want to write your own book description, try writing a few for other authors first.
    8. 8. What Could a Powerful Referral Program Do for Your Business? Renewable ReferralsHave you been wracking your brain trying to figure out how to get referrals for your business, but you’re uncomfortable putting people on the spot? You keep hearing how much easier and more profitable it is to work with customers who come to you as referrals – they already know, like, and trust you because someone they respect recommended you. But when you take a look at most referral programs, they just don’t seem like… you. You don’t want to become “that guy” who asks everyone within arm’s reach for the names of three people who need what he sells, right? If filling your sales funnel with more highly-qualified prospects who are ready to do business sounds good to you, read on. Here’s what you’ll discover: Why referrals are the single most effective way to get more customers who are eager to buy from you. The common dangers – real and imagined – that are keeping you from taking action on your referral program ideas. A simple step-by-step strategy for building a client referral program that gets results. How to make sure your customer referral program leaves everyone – you, your referral partners, and your new customers – so delighted that your results improve year after year. The authors are a group of Duct Tape Marketing Consultants in high demand because of their reputation for getting results.
    9. 9. Your Author Bio  NOT A RESUME  Story of who you are, what you do and your qualifications/experience – It’s your BRAND story  Focus on some real world results – How have you helped others in this field?  Be concise and get to the outcomes you can achieve  Leave your ego at the door!  Be truthful and don’t stretch your experience  Forget any industry jargon – acronyms or trade-speak
    10. 10. Structure of an Author Bio  Overview – Summarize your mix of skills and experience. What are your skills and how do they help people reach a goal or eliminate a problem.  Three to five follow up facts to back up what you just stated in your overview. It’s a great place to mention awards or other professional recognition here.  Third Party Proof – Big brands you may have worked with or numbers of people you’ve helped.  Mention publications or media appearances.  If it makes sense to your message, include a few personal facts that add depth to your bio.  End with your contact info. TIP: Use 3rd Person Voice; Never use “I”
    11. 11. My Author Bio
    12. 12. Dedicated Social Media Channels
    13. 13. Author or Book Website Pages  Homepage  About  Books or The Book (Description)  Contact  Events  Blog  Resources http://outthinkgroup.com/resources
    14. 14. List Building • Giveaway • 1st Chapter • eBook – White Paper • Checklist • Launch Promos • Video Library • Free Member Access • Monthly Tips/Inspiration
    15. 15. Call to Action  From book or online campaigns
    16. 16. Plug-ins We Used  MyBooks for Authors, by Out:think Group  Smart FAQ  Gravity Forms  Google+ Author Information
    17. 17. Renewable Referrals Book Website
    18. 18. Resources  Out:think Group Website: http://outthinkgroup.com/resources  Jeff Goins: http://goinswriter.com/  Book Review Site: Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/  On Writing: Steve Pressfield: http://www.stevenpressfield.com/category/additional- reading/on-writing/
    19. 19. What I Know • Self Publishing is hard work, but rewarding • It can take a village or a group of likeminded people to make it happen • Marketing your book is no different than marketing a service or product – you need to connect the dots between your book and your audience • Help can come from the most unlikely places • Writing a book can open new doors • We won’t be rich, but it feels good to reach a goal. • I will definitely write another book soon!

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