Tuesday Tips: Use a Book Trailer

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I love using book trailers as a teaser to my books. My first six books I used inside artwork to build interest. For The Children at the Playground, I did something new. I put a call out on social media for people who were willing to share picture of their children at the playground.

I loved the pictures I received!!!! I only wish I could have used them all. ¬†ūüėÄ

So here are somethings to consider when creating a book trailer:

  1. What story or message do you want to convey?
    A great trailer will tell a story and leave the viewer wanting more. In other words, they will want to purchase your book or look for it in their library.
  2. What medium do you want to use?
    Cover art, inside art, pictures, videos, tie-ins. Different uses will get different peoples attention.
  3. Time frame!
    Book trailers (like movie trailers) are great when kept short. You are trying to grab their attention, not put them to sleep. *hahaha*
  4. Acknowledgements
    If you use someone’s picture or music, give them credit.
  5. Links
    Don’t forget to include YOUR links. Your website, your publishers website, and mention indie booksellers, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million.

So here it is!!!!!! The book trailer for The Children at the Playground!!!!!!

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Let me know what you think of the book trailer!
Would you be interested in reading the book now?
What else could I have done to be more interesting?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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Marketing Monday w/ a #giveaway

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Marketing w/ a Giveaway

Hello everyone. ¬†Sorry about my unexpected absence. I’ve been busy running around. I have had some behind the scenes things going on, some in the public things going on, and family time as Summer was winding down.

I am going to be posting more frequently this week to catch you all up. ¬†ūüėÄ

Today I’m excited to share a book give away! As you all know, I did a cover reveal of my latest release:

The Children at the Playground

The Children At the Playground

I have a giveaway going on right now over on Goodreads for your chance to win a copy of The Children at the Playground too.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Children at the Playground by Tracey M. Cox

The Children at the Playground

by Tracey M. Cox

Giveaway ends September 05, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/widget/150487

Why do a giveaway?

Giveaways are a great way to get people talking about your book. People get excited when they can get something for free. By using Goodreads, people can add your book to their “to read” list. Hopefully this will turn the talk into sales. This is my first giveaway over on Goodreads. Am I pleased with the results? YES. Why? People are seeing my cover. Reviews and ratings are also viewable on the page, which shows those interested what others think.

Plain and simple, I am getting my book in front of the eyes of potential customers. WIN!

The giveaway ends in 5 days on September 5, 2015. So go over, enter to win, and don’t forget to add it to your “to read” bookshelf. ¬†ūüėÄ

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Do you use Goodreads?
Did you enter the giveaway for The Children at the Playground?

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COVER REVEAL! The Children at the Playground #TCATPG

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~COVER REVEAL~
of The Children at the Playground
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It’s here! It’s here. I have had so many amazing things going on in the background that I haven’t been able to share. This is one that I’ve been sitting on!!!! The cover reveal of…

THE CHILDREN AT THE PLAYGROUND!

What can you do at the playground? ¬†The Children at the Playground is a fun picture book set to the rhythm of “The Wheels on the Bus.” Perfect for active story times or to read before, after, or during a playground visit.

Dolores Costello did an amazing job on the illustrations and I cannot wait for you all to be able to see it!!!! Thank you bunches, Dolores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND NOW, without further ado…

The Children at the Playground

The Children At the Playground

 

Written by: Tracey M. Cox (that’s me!!!)
Illustrated by: Dolores Costello
Published by: Xist Publishing

Thankyou for celebrating with me on this new reveal!

 

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Let me know what you think of the cover!
Would you be interested in doing a review of it?
Stay tune for the BOOK TRAILER!

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www. Wednesday – KatieDavis.com

http://www.Wednesday —> www.KatieDavis.com

If you’ve been following me long, then I know you’ve heard me talk about this ^^^ lady!

Katie Davis is an author entrepreneur, video making, marketing guru kind of gal! Her website is full of information. It will encourage you to write, to market, to get your video cameras rolling, to putting yourself out there and have a platform to stand on.

Take some time to fully explore her website and listen to a podcast or two. You won’t regret the time spent.

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Have you used any of her services?
Are there any other website you would like to see featured here?
Let me know!

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Marketing Monday – 4 Ways to Build “Word of Mouth”

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4 Ways to Build ‘Word of Mouth’

On my 12 Ways to Marketing Yourself with Little to No Money, I mentioned “Word of Mouth” as one way to market yourself. This is and isn’t the cheapest form of marketing. I’m confusing, aren’t I. ¬† ūüėČ ¬† It’s totally free, because you are not paying someone to talk about you. Or begging them. Or demanding either. It’s NOT free, because of the time you’ve invested to develop yourself into someone who people trust and look to for advice. ¬†*The Ah-Ha moment!*

So HOW can you become someone who is trust worthy?

1. Be consistent  РIf you are blogging, have certain days/times you blog.
– Content stays the same. Don’t say or do one thing and not back it up.

2. Do your research – Make sure what you are saying can be backed up.
– Go through and practice what you are talking about to make sure it works.

3. Share generously – Let people know what you have found out. Blog or post or tweet about things.
– You don’t have to charge for everything. Give people tidbits, something to build on.
– You can create loyalty and respect by helping others.

4. Offer services – Once you have built up enough knowledge and trust with your community, you can offer more indepth help.
– Don’t push your offers though. Let it come through naturally.

By building up what you have to offer, it will create trust, because people will notice that you do what you say and it is working. They will begin to talk about you and share what you are saying. And you won’t have to tell them to do it. They will do it because you have proven yourself over time.

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What are some people in our industry that you talk about?
What services have you used because of Word of Mouth?

***As a side note: I do offer services. ¬† ūüôā ¬† Picture Book Critiques & Platform Building Consultations. Just if you are interested.***

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Marketing Monday: 7 Reasons Why Business Cards Are Important

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Business Cards, 7 Reasons Why Are They Important

I would say business cards, besides a website, are the most important marketing component you can have. It will put your face out there. *Literally if you do your business cards like me.* I’ve come up with some valid reasons on why you should have a business card.

check_mark.svg.medIt makes you seem more legit.

check_mark.svg.medPricing! You can get more bang for your buck. I use VistaPrint and I buy when they have a sale.   *VistaPrint link on this blog is an affiliated link*

check_mark.svg.medAll your information is convenient. Put your name, phone number, email, and website on there. If you have a store-front business, put your address on there too.

check_mark.svg.medYou can use both sides to add information. I know people who will have information on both sides of their card. The front offers contact information. While the back may include books, author visit information, or whatever they may specialize in. I have left mine blank so far, which give people a space to write reminders, or tips, or something I might have said to them.

check_mark.svg.medAdditions. You can have pictures, qr codes, calendars, and many other things on your card to make it more interactive and keep people interested in you and your product.

check_mark.svg.medIt is a lingering reminder of who you are.

check_mark.svg.medBusiness cards can help jog the memory of what you do.

As you can see, business cards are very versatile.

You can hand them out. Leave them on a counter for people to pick up. Put them in a gift basket. Hang from an item that is for sale. Taped on a piece of candy. Among other things.

 

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Are there any other ways you promote your business?

Let me hear from you!

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Tuesday Tips – Putting Yourself Out There

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Putting Yourself Out There

For those of us who are leery of tooting our own horn, there are ways you can begin to get your name out there.

Organizations

There are several organizations you can join to begin networking.

  • SCBWI
  • State Writing Organizations
  • Reading Organizations (RIF, First Books,¬†IRA are a few)

Guest Blog

Some will give a CTA on their blog looking for ¬†guest bloggers. You can also offer to write a post on someone else’s blog. Usually you will give a short bio and a few social links to go along with the post.

Talk About Others

Give shout outs to people who inspire you, who you find doing what you want to do, who have accomplished something major, or any other thing you would like to give a pat on the back. Letting people know that you think they are doing something awesome is… well, awesome! ¬†ūüôā ¬†Then when you have happy news, you will more than likely get those shout outs coming back at you.

Volunteer

You can do something as simple as reading at a local public library or school library. Or you can offer to help during a conference or convention. The main thing is you will learn first hand knowledge on the inner workings, what works better, and how to handle certain situations.

 

While you doing this, you are networking with people in your field. You will become more comfortable on working with people and how to approach them too. Putting yourself out there can be a scary, unsure thing, but it will also get you an added bonus when trying to excel in your field.

 

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Are there some other organizations you love to be apart of?
How else do you get your name out there?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
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