Although digital readings are great opportunities for publicity, it can be daunting when a digital event is one of the only events that will occur, as was the case for many events for debut authors in early 2020. With all of that pressure, how can publishers get their authors ready for these events? What is the best way for an author to prepare for an online reading?
From posting funny quips to sharing ideas for family-friendly reading activities, these stores have been going above and beyond to reach their communities, all while fielding business in a challenging new way.
Whether you are a graphic-design guru, a website developer, a technical writer, or any other professional who has some sort of visual element in their day-to-day (so, everyone), you are surrounded by design. So let us dive into some resources for the non-designers.
One of the best ways you can build your brand and put your book out there is through developing your website. This serves as a place where your readers can learn more about you and your book, locate you on social media, find promotional events, and more. But with over 3.5 billion Google searches made every day, how do you ensure your website stands out? Ooligan Press encourages authors to utilize search engine optimization (SEO) techniques to bump your site higher in the ranks. Continue reading for simple tips to help your book reach the peak of its potential!
As a self-published author, it may be intimidating to start with all of the online outlets claiming they can make your book the next bestseller. After all, you’re a writer, not a designer. To help make the process a little less intimidating, here is a brief list of options that can give your book the beautiful face it deserves.
It is no secret that young adult literature has exploded in the last couple of years. The Hunger Games, Divergent, and Twilight series have elevated the status of the genre. And as more and more adults reach for young adult books on the shelf, how do publishing houses market these books? Some publishing professionals say that it is important to “give authors ‘social media’ training [and] make sure they become invested and actively involved with maintaining their social media pages” (Yin 2012). Having an active social media presence, it seems, is crucial to having a successful book because that is where the teens are—online. Everyone has a social media page of some sort, so it is imperative that an author connects with these people online because “teenagers are reading! They want access to the writer, and one only needs to look as far as John Green and his website, Nerdfighteria.com, to see what an authentic voice can do for building a community of loyal followers and readers” (Publishing Perspectives 2015).