The Compulsive Reader: How to Promote Your Book

Friday, November 10, 2006

How to Promote Your Book

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Author Advice

I am always more than delighted to help promote your book, whether you are an author, publisher, publicist, whichever, as long as the book is classified as Young Adult, Teen, or holds some teenage appeal. This site gets about 400 unique hits each day, and readers span from all over--North and South America, Europe, Asia, and a few from Australia and Africa!

There are a number of ways to go about advertising your book. First and foremost, you can send a copy of your book for review. Please note that due to time constraints, I do not read self-published or unpublished books, and I can only accept hard copies--no PDF files. The site is updated almost every day with book reviews, and besides posting them here on The Compulsive Reader, all reviews are posted on Amazon.com,  and some are posted on The Figment Review, ensuring that the reviews will reach as many people as possible. Reviews are posted as soon as they are written, and will not be posted until the publication date of the book unless requested.

Another favorite here at The Compulsive Reader is author interviews (over phone or e-mail). A copy of the book doesn't have to be supplied before the interview, although it is helpful.

I'm always happy to have guest bloggers, or to participate in blog tours. Readers especially love to hear what authors and publishers have to say, even if it isn't about writing. Guest blogs can be between 200-1000-ish words, and can be on any subject. It's a great way to connect with readers in a way other than through your books.

Also, for $10, you can advertise a banner or JPEG image of your book on the website for 30 days. This can link to any webpage of your choice. The image or banner will be placed along either the side of the page or the bottom, and will appear every time the website it brought up.

Finally, who doesn't love a good giveaway? They're a great way to get readers excited about a book, and even make them more likely to buy the book themselves. I love giving away books even more than I do reading and reviewing them, so if you're interested in donating copies for contest purposes, consider me! I like to try to have monthly contests, and contributions are always gratefully accepted. And it doesn't even have to be limited to books! Do you have bookmarks, postcards, flyers, or buttons that advertise your books? I'm interested in them! I'm constantly visiting libraries, bookstores, and schools, and love handing them out and mailing fun packs of promo material.

If you have any special inquiries, questions, concerns, or would like to set up any other promotional service, please email Tirzah Price at thecompulsivereader@gmail.com, and I will get back to you promptly.


sharonrobards said...

You have an excellent site. I may need to send you a copy.

Tracy Belsher said...

Thanks for visiting out blog - so honoured...your blog is packed with goodies. We'll be reading.

Tracy Belsher said...

oops, I meant "our" blog...and yeah, so - thanks again...teehee....

Michael Shawn Keller said...

I love your blog and would definately be interested in your expertise on marketing. I just published my book "Life In A Week" A book about being really happy! The book is not classified as YA but is definately becoming a big hit with young readers who are having a rough time with peer pressure, drinking, and finding themselves!

Emma (the Expat) said...

Thank you for your excellent advice and helping us authors out!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great info! I am a new author and my first book, The Healing One, has just been released. I would love to send you a copy to review (as soon as I get my copies).It is book one of The Dreamwalker Trilogy--YA historical fiction about a teenage girl in 1200 AD Arizona: the time of the ancient puebloans who lived in cliff dwellings. The other two books will be released later this winter. My website is www.debmurzyn.com.

Unknown said...

Would love you to review my novel just released, entitled "Today I Am A Man". Can send you an electronic copy. It is currently being circulated in high schools and libraries in Toronto, Canada as well as on Amazon.com. You can get an idea of the book at
let me know, regards, Larry Rodness

Alissa Afonina said...

When my book is completed I will for sure send a copy for you to review!

Tahlia said...

It's great to find someone so open and helpful about promotions. We all need help letting potential readers know that we exist, especially for debut authors like me.

You can read ch 1 of my YA fantasy novel Lethal Inheritance on my blog.

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