I have finished writing all the main chapters of my book. Now I only need to write the introduction and conclusion, and then go through the stuff that my reviewers have been throwing at me, and then I’m done. At last!
Well, sort of…
I will be sending the first version of my full manuscript to my publisher on July 1st. And then the second part of my job as an author starts…
MARKETING AND PROMOTION!
Yes, despite having a great publisher, a lot of effort in marketing and promoting a book falls on the shoulders of the author. And that’s where I need you!
I am offering an Amazon gift certificate worth $250.34 for the person with the most valuable idea for the marketing and promotion of my book!
It doesn’t matter whether your idea is small or big, obvious or original, silly or smart. The only requirement is that I think:
“My God, yes… What a valuable idea. This might really help me to market and promote my book! Geez, why didn’t I think of this before? Now I have to pay 250 bucks. (And 34 cents.)”
Your idea may be about blogs, web sites, magazines, groups, partnerships, conferences, great articles that I should read, people I should talk to, places I should go to, or anything else that can have a great impact on the popularity of my book.
Here are the rules of the contest:
I will give you points for the ideas you’re sending me. But points will only be earned by the first person who gave me the idea. If you bring me an idea that someone else already sent me earlier, then sorry, first one wins;
You are welcome to send me multiple ideas. In fact, you will earn extra points if I find several of your ideas valuable (and unique);
Your idea has to be concrete. Meaning: don’t give me an idea like “use social media for promoting your book.” Because that still doesn’t tell me what I should do;
Send me your ideas via email (email@example.com) or post them as a comment on this blog post. Please don’t send them via Twitter;
I may not be able to correspond with you or anyone else about your idea(s) while the contest is running;
Please understand that if you send me an idea, I reserve the right to use it. No matter whether you win or not, there is no copyright on ideas. (Of course, I will tell you if I do);
You have until the end of the month: May 31. I will start evaluating your ideas on June 1.