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    To get Superstar status with your book, it’s going to cost you something.

    Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
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    I deal with authors all the time – African American Christian authors. They are some soulful folks – and filled with hope and faith. Wonderful authors, great testimonies. Anointed.

    Yet, when it comes to business – the business of selling books – they want a “magic pill” to instantly be a superstar.

    I’ve been at this book marketing business for over 10 years. And let me tell you, it takes a few years to be an “overnight success.”

    So many authors believe that once they write and publish their book and tell a few friends, the sales will start coming in. That doesn’t happen.  Sorry.

    They soon realize that it is a crowed market out there and they desperately throw together some marketing materials and do a few eBlasts, and still nothing.

    They hear about social media marketing and try that – for a weeks or a couple of months.  And still nothing.  They call up some author friends and ask what should they do and the authors tell them to hire a publicist.

    They then look online for a publicist, and approach a few of them with $250 to $500 in their hands – and get discouraged because they find out it takes a lot more. A whole lot more.  (See  this special report on what a publicist cost) Note, if the PR person is “cheap” – you get what you pay for. Enough said.

    So what should a new author do?

    1. Get a mentor or PR coach to help you define your target audience, grasp the big picture and avoid costly mistakes.  At least buy a home study course. See my “Get Out There Kit.” Way before the book come out!!!
    2. Have a marketing plan and get contacts and instructions from your PR coach to execute the plan. A written plan is your road map to success.
    3. Have a budget or learn how to create partnerships or joint ventures to leverage your lack of funds. Bartering is good if you have no money.
    4. Build a brand – online and offline. Be consistent in all your marketing materials including blog, press kit, postcards, biz cards, etc.
    5. Have an email list of folks interested in your subject and understand your brand and you feed them with valuable information BEFORE your book is out.

    That’s a start. But I’d go with #1 first. Not willing to get PROFESSIONAL help is ignorant.  Investing in education and getting information will change the game for you.  It has happened for me and my clients.

    Those who have experience can help you go fastest and further towards the superstar track!

    I have mentors and coaches that have helped me over the years. Invaluable lessons they have shared!

    It has cost me time and money – but it would of cost me more if I didn’t engage their services.

    I know that anything of value is NEVER free.  You can get some information for free online, but it is “spotty” and never the entire strategic plan to help YOUR campaign specifically.

    If you have big dreams for your book – be prepared to commit to a program and sacrifice time and money to make the dream a reality.

    pam perry

    There is no magic pill – only a lot of elbow grease. Writing the book was only 10% of the work. 90% is learning about marketing & PR.

    Finally, think about this:

    If you had a tooth ache,  you wouldn’t do your own dental work, you’d go to a dentist.

    Same with book marketing. Hiring a PR Coach and Social Media professional makes a statement that you are SERIOUS about your book marketing and serious about SUCCESS.

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    Marketing to the Social Web: How Digital Customer Communities Build Your Business

    Wednesday, December 9th, 2009

    Social Media Marketing

    Editorial Reviews

    “…outstanding book…an intelligent, accessible guide to a new world.” (The Marketer; Chartered Institute of Marketing, October 2007)
    –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Product Description
    An updated and expanded Second Edition of the popular guide to social media for the business community

    Marketers must look to the Web for new ways of finding customers and communicating with them, rather than at them. From Facebook and YouTube to blogs and Twitter-ing, social media on the Internet is the most promising new way to reach customers. Marketing to the Social Web, Second Edition helps marketers and their companies understand how to engage customers, build customer communities, and maximize profits in a time of marketing confusion.

    Author and social media guru Larry Weber describes newly available tools and platforms, and shows you how to apply them to see immediate results and growth.

    Rather than broadcast messages to audiences, savvy marketers should encourage participation in social networks to which people want to belong, where dialogue with customers, and between customers, can flourish. in Networking sites like MySpace, Facebook, and even Flickr are the perfect forums for this dialog; this book shows you how to tap into this new media.

    In addition to the tools and tactics that made Marketing to the Social Web a critical hit among marketers, this second edition includes three entirely new chapters that cover recent changes in the field. These new chapters describe how Facebook will monetize its business and one day surpass Google; how companies can measure the influence and effectiveness of their social media campaigns; and how marketing to mobile social media will grow into an effective practice in the near future.

    Marketing must reach out into new forms, media, and models. Marketing to the Social Web, Second Edition presents an exceptional opportunity to use these new tools and models to reach new markets, even in today’s fragmented media environment.

    Larry Weber has spent the last three decades building global communications companies, including Weber Shandwick Worldwide and the W2 Group. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange, the nation’s largest interactive advocate association.

    Social Media Marketing Teleseminar: http://www.pamperry.eventbrite.com
    Get the book. See on the Teleseminar on Dec. 15!