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Okay gang, I have a special treat for you all today.  My good friend and fabulous author Keira Kroft has agreed to talk to you all about building a fan base for your writing.

Now, a little about Keira before I unleash her on you all.  Keira carries a vet assistance degree; her love for animals is as great as her love of people. She gives a percentage of her personal book sale profits to the animal welfare league. Residing in a quiet suburb in the outskirts Chicago with her husband, she manages their comic book store fulltime, spending any spare time that she has working with her cats Scamper and Sawyer to achieve total world domination, one shared Twinkie at a time. Her passions include reading, writing, football, comic books and family.

And now, without further ado.  Here is Keira…  oh, remember to take notes, there may be a quiz afterwards.

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Building a fan base…

If you follow a few simple steps, you can be in paradise within days. This is assuming you have written, tweaked and edited, edited and edited your work to a primo shine. But you are special and your work will be published, so don’t give away too much, a few sample chapters will suffice. However, the following advice works for someone that has only just begun, because it is never too early to acquire a fan base.

#1 Most important, get a Facebook for business, if you have one for family and friends, I suggest getting another one to meet and greet people to talk about your work. A fan page is also a nice idea.

#2 A blog, website or both is very important. Here are some helpful websites.

www.webs.com

www.weebly.com

www.webstarts.com

#3 Blogger http://www.blogger.com will sell you a domain for only 10.00 and is very versatile. I highly suggest weather you use blogger or not, to have a static website and blog.

These websites a completely free and there are more. But I have used the above free web hosts and I know they are safe and easy to snap together.

#4 A twitter account is very important. I know some people still have opinions about twitter, being a place to talk about your bowel movements and what you ate. But that is not true, it’s a very effective tool in reaching the masses.

#5 Don’t be a wallflower. Get out there, schmooze, and mingle. This never stops, enjoy the little bit of fame and fun. Most publishers do not require that you advertise for yourself. But most of them don’t mind, because every bit helps. And let’s face it most of us our are reader pimps, we want to collect as many of those as we can J

#6 Swim around, the internet is your friend. You can find many creative ways to advertise for free.

#7 Don’t be afraid, they are very few published writers that aren’t willing to give advice, so ask questions.

#8 Network with other writers, although befriending writers that write the same genre as you do is helpful, that is not a hard rule. They are multi-genre writers and there are multi-genre readers. I love a nice romance, but I also love the works of Clive Barker.

Good luck to all of you, if you need any further help or advice, please feel free to contact me

Keirakroft66@gmail.com or I am always on Facebook

Thank you all so much for having me here today 🙂

Hugs, Keira Kroft,

www.keirakroft.blogspot.com


Well, as you all know last month I did my first free promo on Amazon, where 400 people snatched up their own Kindle copy of my paranormal/mystery “THE BRIDGE”.    Now, one of the things that inspired me to take that risk was the fact that I’d read in many different articles and blogs, that such a promo could help actual paying sales.  Those who grabbed a copy start spreading the word about how much they liked the book and tell others to get their own copy.  I can safely say, I’ve seen a slight increase in the number of actual purchased copies of the book, but nothing astronomical.

So this last weekend I did a special .99 cent promotion which netted about 5 or 6 sales total and that’s all.  Now a number of you may be thinking, “Wow, that wasn’t very impressive.”  And you’d be right.  But, it’s about what I expected because, “THE BRIDGE” is my first book.  I’m still an unknown author.  I did try and foster a following in advance and build up anticipation and interest in the book and look at the total results.  To date, about 500 copies of my book are out there, which to me is rather impressive for a first timer.  The book has been garnering mainly 4 and 5 star reviews, 13 on Amazon and 15 on Smashwords.  Now only 3 of those reviews came after the free giveaway.

That might sound discouraging to some people, but I’m not looking at it that way.  When you do a free giveaway, most people are loading up their Kindles with books that they will eventually read.  A lot of those people who downloaded my book, still haven’t had a chance to read it yet.  I know this, because a number of them have told me this is the case.  They message me and to say, ‘You’re number ( ) in my reading list, but I’m looking forward to your book and getting back to you about it afterwards.’

So, I have reason to hope for more reviews and that these folks will be so excited by what I’ve done, they’ll not only be dying to see the next installment (which is something I keep hearing from those who have read “The Bridge”).  But I’m also hoping they’re going to be spreading the word about it and the upcoming sequel to all their friends and networks, which will in turn translate into more sales.

Remember when it’s only your first or second book, you’re still building a fan base which takes time and patience.

Now, I do plan to do one more free giveaway on Amazon sometime in August, before my exclusive KDP Select contract expires.  Once it does expire, I’m bringing “THE BRIDGE” back to Smashwords, Nook, Apple and other e-readers.  I’ve already had a number of inquiries of when the book will be available in those formats, so I’ve still got more prospective customers to come.

On the other hand, I do have one concern and that is, “Have I hit my limit of possible customers in my current “sphere of influence?”  I’m always interested in getting the word out about my book out to more and more people, but I’m starting to run low on ideas of how to make that happen.  I’ve done LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, press releases, contacted radio and newspapers (with minimal results on these two but I’m still trying).

So, if any of you have suggestions, please leave them down in the comments section for me and other readers to learn from.  Remember, we’re all in this writing thing together and one of the main purposes of this blog is to share ideas and experiences.  So don’t be afraid to share or ask questions.

Until next time, take care and keep writing.

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