Early this month, I learned that Smashwords was having a giant, sitewide sale that sounded like the perfect opportunity to market my new novel. If only I had my book set up for pre-order, I would be able to add links to the end of all of my other books and offer those books for free for the entire month. But I didn’t yet have my pre-order set up.
What to do? Get my pre-order set up already and get to work, of course!
Want a free eBook and a sneak peek into the world of Valley of the Bees? Download my prequel short story, Her Name was Amber, for FREE this month only on Smashwords! Use the code SFREE at checkout to get this book for free during this site-wide promotion! (Offer good through July 31, 2016)
I was in such a rush, there was no time to get my professional book cover ready before I set up my pre-order page. I went ahead and set up the pre-order, then went to work with my cover designer to complete the book cover. (The cover I showed you in a previous post was just a little something I threw together as a placeholder until I had the real thing.) Jenny did a fabulous job, and the cover design has been getting loads of compliments. I hope you might even be inspired to pin this little piece of art on Pinterest while you’re here!
In addition to the “real” book cover design, I have added a website to my growing box of Valley of the Bees marketing tools. This will be the official home for all things VotB (I even have an acronym at hand!) For example, Book One has its very own page where you can learn how to purchase the eBook in a variety of formats.
Book marketing is a lot of work, but I am finding that I enjoy it. My to-do list seems to grow faster than I can wittle it down. Let’s just hope all of the effort leads to major book sales!