Listen Up Authors!

I understand that most authors don’t want to be marketers. They’d rather be writing their next best seller or thinking of deeper than deep poetry. I get it, I really do.

In a perfect world things would be fair. Writers would get to just write, promoters would promote, and people would sing daily. Unfortunately this isn’t a perfect world. Writers have to promote, promoters have to write, and singers have to talk sometimes.

I have been promoting Authors for a couple months now and I have some tips for people “trying” to promote their work.

1 – There is no “trying” in promotion. You are either promoting your work or you aren’t. You are either trying or you are just saying you are trying.

2 – If I can’t find your book on your “author website” it is a crappy author website. What kind of author website makes someone search for the damn book? Seriously.

3 – Link your book covers! Link your photos of a book cover! Don’t make us search for the link to where your book is being sold, copy that link, paste it, and then click through to find it! Too much damn work!

4 – I will often have authors tell me they “don’t want to create another book promotion post for me to reblog.” That is cool. I also didn’t want to make anymore snow cones… but unfortunately I ran a snow cone truck…

5 – Stop whining authors. “I don’t want to promote and sell my own work!” Boohoo! I don’t want to work for what I want or my dreams either. Reality dictates that I must.

-Opinionated Man




37 thoughts on “Listen Up Authors!

  1. Great advice and pep talk!
    It really is daunting but necessary to live out this part of being an author, thanks for the clear pointers.

    I’ve recently put up an author website for myself in the hopes of getting an online audience for my book. I was just wondering if you could have a look at it and let me know if there are any areas I could improve.
    I’ve tried my very best to make it as easy as possible for people to find my book, I am just wondering how I can go about engaging people.
    I’ve recently been researching on blogs too….
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated 🙂


  2. Hi
    Good post and great advice,
    I am new to WordPress and am steadily figuring out how to properly set up my page.
    This type of information is the type of push certain authors need with their websites and blogs.


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  4. If you want people to read your book you have to do the work. Its an awesome feeling to have your followers respond to the posts you reblog and promite for me. Im not sure why the whining…me?…Im smiling! 😃

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