1 Year (Almost) Anniversary for Picking Daisy

It’s hard for me to believe that it’s been almost a year since Picking Daisy was published.

As a way to celebrate I was looking over the Pinterest board (aptly named ‘Picking Daisy’) that I made for the book.  Take a look and see some of the inspiration I used while writing, share the  board, and share the book with all your friends. From the board, you’ll probably notice that John Rzeznik from the Goo Goo Dolls was my inspiration for Robby– the group’s music was a huge part of my writing too. Maybe you can enjoy listening to some Goo Goo Dolls while you read Picking Daisy, or perhaps the board and the music will help you see the book and story in a different, new light.

If you’ve read Picking Daisy and don’t mind sharing an honest review on Amazon or Goodreads, I’d greatly appreciate it.

You can purchase a soft cover copy or the Kindle version at Amazon.


Marketing your novel

I’m a novel-newbie. So, I’m walking through this whole marketing thing in a fog with a blindfold on. But, I’m learning and- if I’m honest- loving it.

Here are a few things I’ve done that have been helpful so far and I’ve seen an increase in sales because of them:

  • Social media
    • Sites like canva.com are helpful in creating images/ posts that reflect the tone of your novel, and they interest people to like and share your posts
    • Excerpts
      • It goes without saying that few people (besides your relatives and friends) will buy your book if they don’t know what it’s about. But, if it’s well-written and an interesting story with solid characters, pick a great section and share to intrigue readers to buy
    • Tag people who influenced the work or might want to read it (ideally those who have a good following)
  • Media
    • Radio- local radio stations might have book talks or other ways of helping promote your book
  • Newspapers- write a press release and distribute to all local papers. Perhaps someone will pick it up- and hey, free advertising for your book
  • Donate!
    • Local library
    • Nursing home, hospital, care centers- any place that might have an audience- and potential fan base- for your work
  • Author’s page
    • Giveaways, contests
    • Questions for readers to engage in conversation
    • updates on writing progress, etc.
  • Share
    • Ask friends to post on their social media
      • Ask friends to tell friends about the novel
    • Ask readers to share reviews on Amazon and goodreads. The more, the better!

Mix it up! Not one of the these ways will work all the time or for every author. Be creative and do different things daily and weekly to ensure your novel is reaching all potential audiences.

These are just some of the tactics I’ve used so far to get the word out about my debut novel, Picking Daisy. I’m curious what other  methods you have used – what has worked and what hasn’t- or any other marketing tips you want to share.

Happy writing!