THE ISSUE – HOW DO YOU SELL BOOKS?
Some authors write for themselves and their families. Therefore, there is no desire to see their books as bestsellers in the marketplace. For others, they write for a very specific personal need to tell their story. Likewise, some have a unique insight into specialist topics and write to further establish themselves as an expert in their field. Others have aspirations of seeing their book as a physical bestseller in bookstores or on Amazon. Therefore, each author is different. Similarly, each author’s purpose is different. So to define book marketing success for you we need to ascertain your vision and your purpose.
THE SOLUTION – MARKETING MY BOOK
We have tested and proven book marketing strategies that have become the strength of our authors. Furthermore, our personalised and tailored Book Marketing Mentorship program has established the core of their success. As a result, our authors are pre-selling their books prior to a single copy being printed. In fact, several are reprinting within weeks and their vision and purpose are being firmly established with every copy sold. Now it’s your turn!
BOOK MARKETING - WHAT WE OFFER
BOOK MARKETING MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
Ocean Reeve Publishing has worked for years in redefining book marketing success for authors. As a result, we have now developed a foundation from where authors can launch themselves into the marketplace with confidence.
The Book Marketing Mentorship is here to clarify your author's platform and path forward. Furthermore, we want to ensure you step into book marketing with confidence and a winning attitude. Above all, we share expert knowledge, tangible tools, proven strategies, and an easily managed structure. Almost certainly, we need to start marketing the moment we commit to writing. So it is never too early or late to begin your mentorship into the ‘yellow brick road’ that is book marketing!
AUTHOR WEBSITE CREATION
Creating your own personal brand allows readers to know you outside of the book. Moreover, it enables you to connect and build relationships. After all, all sales are based on relationships. Hence why websites and social media have made relationship building and engagement with your potential audience easier. First of all, they allow you to directly share your creativity and thoughts with people. If you have a marketing strategy that doesn’t involve a website, you’re certainly missing out on a lot. For that reason, Ocean Reeve Publishing develops template-based, easy-to-navigate, author-focused websites. Furthermore, they are user-friendly and effective. The website package includes domain name registration, web hosting, and site management for 1 year. Additionally, we include the SEO implementation, purchasing options, video facilities, event calendar, and more if needed. Finally, all sites are built with complete author access and ownership.
PROFESSIONAL AUTHOR PHOTOS
The promotion of an author is critical. After all, you’re the brand and the book is your product. Therefore, you must represent your brand professionally. For that reason, we recommend that you have quality author photos produced. Above all, your photos should identify you as someone who takes their work seriously. In contrast, a mistake many people make is thinking their picture is saying ‘this is me’. It isn’t, it’s saying ‘I am an author’. Readers perceive being an author as an absolute state. Similarly, you are either a complete professional or just pretending. Therefore, your author photo needs to suggest you are the ideal type of person to be writing about a specific subject. This is your persona, a representation of yourself centered around advertising your work. It is certainly not a complete reflection of you as a person, but only those facets that fit with your work.
VIDEO AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
Author Interviews are essential in achieving your vision of having people understand your ‘why’. As a result, it taps into the purpose and passion behind your book. Networking is a critical component of book marketing. Similarly, self-promotion exists in this process. It’s crucial to your success to build awareness that you are an author. Furthermore, it helps to highlight what you’ve written and why people should invest in your story, knowledge, and legacy. In contrast, many negative connotations typically come to mind when thinking about self-promotion. Likewise, most people feel uncomfortable and not confident when talking about themselves. However, if you’re not comfortable claiming your achievement as a published author, it’ll be difficult. As a result, near impossible to get any major traction for your book. That’s right! You’ve got to yell it from the rooftops, so yell loudly with a video Author Interview! All author interviews are held in person with us at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia or pre-recorded online.
VIDEO BOOK TRAILER
Video Book Trailers bring your work to life in a way that offers a fresh perspective. With video marketing bringing in more interaction, book trailers play an important role in your marketing. The elements of your book trailer need to be striking and professional. Images, video footage, and music are brought together effectively. This result is a video representation of your book that will inspire. Furthermore, the duration of your trailer is very significant. Many authors are very passionate and have a lot that they wish to include. However, the longer the video, the less likely people will watch the full clip. We ensure trailers are 30 – 90 seconds max. Ocean Reeve Publishing develops your trailer to feature on YouTube primarily. But it also includes social media and your website. In addition, we encourage authors to upload it to Amazon, Goodreads, and websites that openly screen book trailers.
MEDIA KIT FOR AUTHORS
When you’re promoting your book, it’s sensible to ensure that key information about you and your book are easily accessible. Furthermore, it is about being prepared for any new opportunity that presents itself. In addition, ensuring you are providing quick and professional service for people who are requesting information about you. Similarly, the easier you make it for someone who is willing to promote your book to gain information, the higher the likelihood you will gain a positive outcome. Consequently, no matter what medium, the more informed they are, the better the piece will be. Almost certainly, a media kit is the perfect medium in which to capture all the information you need in one document. While you may not plan to promote to traditional media, it makes you look professional. Furthermore, you’ll find you will refer to it more often than you may expect.
INTERNATIONAL BOOK REVIEW PROGRAM
Book reviews are vital for authors. Moreover, if you get people talking, it will generate more interest. The result being, more people will read it just to see what all the hype is about. In addition, reviews also give you social credibility. When other authors support your writing, all of their fans may potentially become yours. Above all, the majority of reviews will be fair, albeit subjective. Therefore, you will accumulate a decent number of favourable statements to use in your marketing. Similarly, the development of honest and non-generic book reviews is essential in building awareness behind your book. For that reason, Ocean Reeve Publishing implements an international book review program that aims at securing five constructive reviews. Furthermore, if successful in receiving two 5-Star reviews, then further promotion for your book is implemented through the program operators on social media and Google.
As an author, your promotional purposes are likely to involve seminars, events, public speaking, workshops, and general networking. Therefore, promotional tools like business cards, flyers, and bookmarks are great added value when books are purchased. Furthermore, they are effective marketing tools for those yet to buy. Consequently, Ocean Reeve Publishing designs and prints a standard package offering. This includes 1x pull up banner, 500 business cards, flyers, and bookmarks. All are printed single-sided and full colour. In addition, we can tailor your needs. This includes magnets, rack cards, posters, t-shirts, and even more. Similarly, the power of promotion begins with great brand awareness and recognition. Therefore, font consistency with your author name, brand, and logo, colours, and wording all need to be replicated across your website, cover, videos, and of course, your promotional material.