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How to be a Successful Self-Published Author

Anyone can be a self-published author, but if you want to be a successful self-published author, you’re going to need to work at it. Once you’ve had your book self-published, your new job will be to market your book yourself.

Marketing Suggestions for Self-Published Books

I always recommend sitting down with some friends or family who have read your book and brainstorming about your target market. Once you can zoom in on your target, that’s when you can start thinking about how to reach that market. Here are a few ideas:

· Is your target local in your city?

Contact the local paper and tell them a little about yourself and your book. They might do a story about you and that would be fantastic, free publicity.

· Is your target a certain group of people, for instance, Monopoly™ lovers?

Check out Monopoly chat rooms and leave messages.

· Go to your local bookstore or library and ask if you can leave copies of your book there for sale.

· Find out if the printer you use will let you sell some copies of your book there.

If you use an online company, they may let you list your book for free on their website.

Your target audience may purchase the most copies of your book, but there are other readers out there who might not find you unless you have a worldwide presence. That’s where the Internet comes in.

And with this in mind, you may want to consider listing your book on my website,, for 99¢ per month. This way, you can design your own page about your book, print bookmarks about your book to help market your book, talk directly to customers and reach the world!

Do you have questions about self-publishing and marketing your books? Please let me know here or at I’d love to help!