What’s the best book promotion strategy you’ve ever seen?
Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian took to Reddit to seek promotion advice for his new book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed.
He asked the network of loyal readers: “What are some of the smartest things you’ve seen people do to promote a book? … I’d like to make the most out of all this time I have to do some awesome stuff for the fine folks who’d pre-order/buy a copy.”
We’ve collected ten reader responses below to help you plan your own book promotion.
Book Promotion Strategies That Actually Worked
1. oguerrieri wrote: “Definitely offer free e-book with purchase of hard copy! Something I wish every book did.”
3. josephflaherty wrote: “The little things Field Notes does, like putting in a themed patch or button goes a long way to making their books feel more like cultural artifacts than indie Moleskines.”
4. HAGOODMANAUTHOR wrote: “Advertising on Reddit has increased my Kindle sales exponentially”
5. josephflaherty added: “Put it in a crazy package: Seth Godin put copies of his books in Milk/Cereal boxes which made them really stand out and feel more like limited edition products than books.”
6. Davytron wrote: “when i worked at a book store, these ladies gave every employee a copy of their cook book. A bunch of us used the recipes and ended up telling customers and family about them. It was very nice but also a clever way to get us to promote their book.”
7. Thestom wrote: “Free book of equal or lesser value with the purchase of the author’s book.”
8. josephflaherty also added: “I’m sure you’ve got the book tour part dialed in, but treating them more like concerts would be fascinating … Would be fun for a tour to host a few local entrepreneurs who have succeeded without permission.”
9. Ms Adler wrote: “doing a discount on ebooks will often get you more readers that may not otherwise purchase a hard copy, and signed first editions are prized by collectors.”
10. Ginroth concluded: “Writing a good book.”