Broccoli Chronicles, chapter book by Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva

Wearing multiple hats and balancing your time between the creative side and the business side can be very difficult.  Most authors would rather spend their time writing their next book versus advertising it.  We forget that showcasing our wonderful piece of work to the world is equally important as writing it.

In the beginning, I didn’t understand the business aspect of things.  I went to the local library and checked out a few books regarding building your platform as an author.  One of the major things that I learned is to not be shy about discussing my book, my success, and my credentials with others.  I am quiet and more on the reserved side.  Rarely, do I mention my accolades with anyone, especially strangers.

I’ve learned some valuable tips that have helped me market my first book, Broccoli Chronicles, an inspiring chapter book that follows Myrtle Beckle and her quest to cure cancer through broccoli.

Below is a list of 10 tips that will help you market your first book!

1. Become a LibraryThing and Goodreads author.

2. Create a profile page for Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.

3. Join organizations such as: IBPA, SCBWI, and ABA.

4. Locate opportunities for book signings and book readings at local libraries, bookstores, and elementary schools.

5. Frequently blog and write articles about your book and/or topics pertaining to your book and the publishing world.

6. Email your press release to weeklies, local newspaper columns, and magazine companies.

7. Attend book fairs and local book events such as: the UCLA Book Fair and the Frankfurt Book Fair.

8. Apply for book awards such as: the Eric Hoffer Award and the Benjamin Franklin Book Award.

9. Solicit book reviews from professional colleagues in your field or editorial reviews from places such as: Library Journal or Publisher’s Weekly.

10. Join writing groups and forums such as: Nathan Bransford, Critique Circle, Book Blogs, Indie Authors, and more.

About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.

TOP TEN STEPS

1. Create a business name. Search online to make sure that no one else is using that name.  If it’s available, then purchase the domain name right away.

2. Register your name as a DBA at the local county clerk’s office.  Then contact either Legal Zoom or Legal Filings to form a Legal Liability Company (LLC).

3. For around $325, you can trademark your name which will protect others from using it.  For more information, visit http://www.uspto.gov/.

4. Purchase a set of ISBN’s and register your indie publishing company through Bowker.

5. Open a business account through your local bank.  It’s better to get a checking account so that you can write checks for various services.

6. Apply for a business license, wholesale license and seller’s permit through your local city.

7. Contact the IRS to receive an EIN for the purpose of filing taxes.  For more information, visit http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Small-Businesses-%26-Self-Employed/Apply-for-an-Employer-Identification-Number-%28EIN%29-Online.

8. Create a professional and informative website that includes your contact information, about us, mission statement and more.

9. Find a printing company and distributor that will print and distribute your book to Amazon.com, BN.com and various indie bookstores.  Lightning Source, IngramSpark and CreateSpace are the most popular companies that self-publishers and indie presses turn to.

10. Go to Bowker Identifiers to upload pertinent information about your company and your book.

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About 

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva is an authorpreneur, teacher, blogger, educational consultant, and writing coach. She wrote the award-winning Broccoli Chronicles and is the CEO of Building Voices and TCD Kids Foundation. She tweets at @taneekabdasilva.


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