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Facebook advertising for writers and authors

Facebook advertising for writers and authors

If you’re a writer and you’ve wanted to try Facebook advertising for your books, then check out this great graphic… straight from the horse’s mouth!

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It’s such a concise breakdown, it makes me wonder why they can’t be this succinct with the Facebook interface. Haha. I’m laughing at my joke, which makes one of us.

But let’s break it down from a writer’s perspective:

Tie your text to your visual – I love this advice and I’d imagine you do too. Us writers love to be told to tie stuff together! The point here is that the image and the text should not be isolated. Tell a story. Flex those storyteller muscles.

 

Create different ads for different people – It’s a lot of work but it’s necessary. Identify your audience and then break it down further to find strata of that audience. For example, Facebook will allow you to identify people who love your genre. But you can also break them down into people who love your genre who are also parents of kids with ebook readers.

 

Speak to your audience – For every large swath of audience type, craft your ad for them specifically. So for the general Fantasy fan, include an image of your cover. For the Fantasy fan who loves to use her Kindle, show the cover displayed on a Kindle Fire. When you identify the audiences, don’t just write the same copy for all of them. Use words that will stand out for them. For the Fantasy loving Kindle owner, mention Fantasy, Kindles and even if the book is free for Kindle Unlimited customers. Does that make sense? If not, let me know in the comments!

 

Be recognizable – This is your chance to identify yourself to your potential customer. Use images that have consistency. Think about putting a logo on your images. Have a strong voice and a call to action that’s all yours. For example, my ads for the Camelot Kids usually include, “Armor up with The Camelot Kids!”

 

Keep it short and sweet – Want them to buy? Why should they? Want them to sign up for newsletter? Why should they?

 

Stick to one call-to-action – At the end of your ad building you’ll be asked to choose one call-to-action. This will give you a button inside the post that reads “Buy” or “Download” or “Sign Up”. Everything you write and every image you post should drive people to the action you want them to take.

 

Mention price – Specifically, mention the regular price and the current lower price ;-)

 

Include timeframe – My favorite is “For a limited time”.

I have only one thing to add and it will save you a lot of money. Do not rush the copy for your ad. It’s SO easy to be in the middle of crafting an ad on Facebook when, all of a sudden, a wave of excitement crashes over you. In a way, it’s similar to posting a regular post on Facebook! You can’t wait to see how people respond, right? Big mistake. Preferably, you should write the ad and choose the image even before you start crafting the ad on Facebook.

Do you use Facebook to advertise? How’s it going? If not, why not? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

Try this method of time management for writers

Try this method of time management for writers

I bookmarked ‘This Google Employee Has a Brilliant Time Management Strategy‘ with every intent to never read it, or any of the other 45,879 articles I’ve bookmarked. But I’ve been struggling with scheduling recently. Like in the last 14 years. Something about the article called out to me and it kept creeping into my head. The kind of creep that’s usually reserved for cat videos or Late Night clips. So I rolled my eyes at myself and read it.

Color me impressed, with a shade of hero worship thrown in. Jeremiah Dillon has done something special here. He’s taken a few dozen good ideas about time management, many of which you’ve probably read about, and he’s compressed it into an email that just plain makes sense. I won’t quote from the post too liberally. Please go read it if you’re looking for a refresh on your weekly schedule. But his ideas are captured well with this general calendar:

Monday: Energy ramps out of the weekend — schedule low-demand tasks like setting goals, organizing, and planning.

Tuesday, Wednesday: Peak of energy — tackle the most difficult problems, write, brainstorm, schedule your Make Time.

Thursday: Energy begins to ebb — schedule meetings, especially when consensus is needed.

Friday: Lowest energy level — do open-ended work, long-term planning, and relationship building.

 

Always bias your Make Time toward the morning, before you hit a cycle of afternoon decision fatigue.

Yes, yes and yes. This looks like a breakdown of my inner week — you know, the one that makes the work week a success or wretched. Make Time is the term used to define the time where you, well, make. No meetings. No phone calls. No bill paying.

Do you need a time management refresh? What do you think of this idea? Let us know in the comments!

You’ve arrived, WriteAnglers! Here’s your resource page.

You’ve arrived, WriteAnglers! Here’s your resource page.

Greetings WriteAnglers!

I’m writing this before I get to meet you, but I’m sure I had a great time. You’re my people!

I just wanted to give you some easy links to some of the stuff I either mentioned, or intended to mention…

First, here’s a great cheat sheet by Facebook on writing ad copy.

Second, here is Mark Dawson’s course on building your newsletter list.

Third, here’s my post on how Twitter recommends you promote your tweets.

And finally, here’s a comprehensive list of WordPress themes that authors can use to sell books.

You can browse through all of my posts about online book promotion here.

Comment on any of my posts if you have questions and I’ll get back to you quickly.

Good luck and have fun!

Ben

P.S.  I promised I’d share the blog tour company I used. Here they are!

http://tlcbooktours.com/

If you use them, please let them know I sent you!

Did I forget anything? Let me know in the comments.

 

Join John Logsdon and me every week for the author podcast, You Should Be Writing!

Join John Logsdon and me every week for the author podcast, You Should Be Writing!

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Humor author John Logsdon and I are having a blast with our new author podcast!

It’s called You Should Be Writing! (With the exclamation point! Just because!) We’re up to episode 14 and each one has been more fun to do than the last. Does that mean that each one is better than the last? Absolutely not even a little bit, no.

After having such a good time on the Science Fiction & Fantasy Marketing podcast, (with Lindsay Buroker,  Joseph Lallo and Jeffrey M Poole) JL and I decided to try out this podcasting stuff on our own. Are we good at it? Not yet! But we have some good info on everything self-publishing.

We discuss the indy book publishing world and all of its peaks, valleys, oceans and trolls under bridges. Reviews, newsletter sign ups, the newest gurus, the latest tools… we have it all. We do the podcast every Friday (though we’ve missed a few over the hectic summer). If you want to keep up to date and maybe even show up for the taping, just Like our YouTube page.

Thanks. We hope you enjoy You Should Be Writing! Now go on and get some writing done, will you?

 

 

Using Facebook to find friends of friends to buy your book

Using Facebook to find friends of friends to buy your book

This is either a “No duh, Ben” post or a “Holy cow, that’s cool!” post. I was playing around with Facebook search the other day and found it to be much more useful than I thought. There may be a buried tool in there to help people find you and buy your book…

I typed in the name of a friend of mine to see what he’d been posting recently. I usually see much more chatter from him and I was worried about his Facebook silence. He’s also a fan of my work and we share a love of Fantasy books that will keep us close, even in the afterlife (where I’m sure our perspectives on Fantasy will likely change).

Well, I found that he’d been posting as often as ever but Facebook decided to show me less of his life. Thanks Zuckerberg!

But I noticed something cool in my friend’s Interests column. He’d recently liked Snow Crash (he’s slow sometimes) and it got me thinking.

Can I search for all of my friends who like Snow Crash?

I typed “Friends who like Snow Crash” in the field and, boom, got a list of friends who like Snow Crash. Okay, maybe that makes sense to you. Facebook is, after all, a social network!

But then I typed “Friends of my friends who like Snow Crash” and you know what? I got a list of people, most of whom I don’t know, who like Snow Crash.

How is this useful?

Well, imagine that you’re targeting lovers of Snow Crash in your marketing efforts. Now imagine you could compile a list of people who may be interested in your book and they’re a free nudge away from giving your book a shot. All you have to do is let your direct friend know that you think their friend may be interested in your work and ask them to call out their buddy in a FB post.

So this is how it would work:

1) Determine what books your book is similar to.

2) Search for friends of friends (FoF) who like each of these books.

3) Make a list of FoFs, who your mutual friend is, and which book the FoF likes.

4) On launch day, announce your book and then ask the friends with FoFs to comment on your launch post with a direct call-out like: “Hey [FoF name] I think you may enjoy this book. It’s like [Name of similar book that the FoF likes].”

Yes, you could spend a few bucks to reach the same person but they’re more likely to respond to a recommendation by a friend instead of a sponsored post in their feed.

Mind you, I haven’t tried this myself but it seems like a no-brainer way to get the word out about your book.

What do you think?