Marketing Help for a Newbie Fiction Writer

So I’ve written my first fiction book. How exciting is that, but now what??!?! How do I find people who would want to read it? How do I market it in the most effective way?

blog-hopLuckily for me just as I was trying to answer those questions, along came The Book Marketing Challenge hosted by a true expert, D’vorah Lansky of Build a Business with Your Book.

It was 30 days chock full of marketing tips and strategies and I was thrilled to see that there was a lot of information specifically for fiction writers.

The 30 days are coming to an end and I think the most valuable thing I took from it all was the need to really connect with your readers. I can see how you can do it in the non-fiction world pretty easily, but needed some guidance for my new endeavor. How do you build rapport with your readers? The start of course is a blog where people can come to discuss your book, ask questions and perhaps even give suggestions for future story lines. With the series I’m planning, suggestions would be welcome!

So this blog was born. You can see it’s brand spanking new and I will be adding content over the next few days to round it out. I got lots of ideas of information and even videos I could post so the content will add up quickly.

After that, it’s on to looking at doing a Virtual Book Tour. Included in the Challenge was a lot of guidance on what that is and how it’s done. I’m looking forward to giving it a shot.

All in all, the Challenge was exactly that! A Challenge to expand your knowledge, horizons and get out there and try different things. With help from a lot of new friends.

19 thoughts on “Marketing Help for a Newbie Fiction Writer

  1. Pingback: Welcome to the Book Marketing Challenge Community Blog Hop

  2. Nicole Valicia Thompson-Andrews

    Hi, great post. Congrats on getting your post in on time. I’ll still do mine, it probably won’t be featured.

  3. Beth Wilson

    I didn’t see your name so I am going to call you newbie,
    I a newbie too. Wasn’t this so much fun? I have so many ideas that I want to work on. I wish I didn’t have to eat, sleep or work on anything but this.
    Oh well, back to reality.

  4. Roxanne Smolen

    Wow! Congratulations on the new book. And a new blog. You’re really taking steps. (I love the photo, by the way.) Good luck to you on this exciting journey. I hope there will be many more books to come.

  5. Dvorah Lansky

    Liane, bravo to you for setting up a new blog for this challenge. How exciting! What you wrote about the importance of building relationships as a primary focus is so true! Wishing you much success. Have fun with your blog!

  6. Desiree Cox

    Liane, Congratulations on finishing your first book and good luck with marketing. We are in the same boat. 30 days ago, we were lost at sea with no paddle, no compass, and no clue. Now we are armed and dangerous marketeers. Much success to you.

  7. Peggy McAloon

    Your blog looks great Liane! Congratulations on taking what we have all learned and applying it as we went along. It has been a tremendous growth and learning opportunity and I look forward to continuing the journey with you. I also write fiction. Perhaps we can do that vitual book tour together!

  8. Jan

    Hi Liane! You are a new fiction writer and I am a new non-fiction writer. Thank goodness we both found the Book Mktg. Challenge. I’ve learned so much. Sounds like so have you. Now we just need to process and implement what we’ve learned. Enjoy the journey. Wishing you much success!

  9. Rachel James

    I have a friend who is a vet, and he writes mystery novels with his hero being a vet who is amateur sleuth. Dogs always play a big part in his fiction. It seems that there are a lot of you dog lovers out there! I’ll take a peek at your blog as often as I can.

  10. Tui Snider

    Hooray for you! Writing a book & starting a blog are both big steps. 🙂

    I released my first book in March and had a virtual tour afterwards. I think I’m about due to have another one, actually.

    Marketing can be so overwhelming. D’vorah’s challenge was really helpful.

    ~Tui Snider~
    @TuiSnider on Twitter
    Dropping by from the 30 Day Book Marketing blog hop
    I am also part of the #StoryDam team, a friendly writing community!

  11. Sharon

    Hi Liane. We have something in common — the love of dogs. I thought about writing a children’s book about Rex, my white-haired terrier mix, who accompanied my husband and I on our RVing adventure. Maybe I should just write and see where it takes me….Good luck with your series and I hope our paths will cross again.


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