How to “Publish Yourself”

I am taking a break from blogging today and hosting a guest blog.  Marian Thomas has written a book called My Fathers Colors.   Today is a huge Book Blitz put on my BK Walker and the Virtual Book Tour Cafe.  If you follow the blitz by going to http://www.vbtcafe.com .On the page are the links for the Blitz.  Go to each link and leave a comment and to this Facebook page and leave a comment.  You will be entered into a drawing for her book and a $10.00 gift certificate to Amazon.  Marion’s guest posting has great content.

How to “Publish” Yourself

By: Marian L. Thomas

For the last couple of months, perhaps years —you have stared at a monitor, pecked  away at a keyboard and searched the depths of your imagination for something real, fresh and captivating that will show the world who you are from a written page.  Finally, you have put your last period at the end of a sentence and sat back with a smile of disbelief. Did you just finish writing your first book? Will it be a bestseller?  Yes, and Maybe.

Okay, why did I say maybe? When you decided to begin your journey to authorship, you also decided to publish yourself. To put ‘you’ out there to all who have never heard of ‘you’ before. It’s a scary thought, but such a reality that stares you in the face and asks “are you ready?” A valid question.

So just how do you go about getting not just your book published but you for that matter? Before I answer that, remember this  fact: that one can have an amazing book, an amazing cover, and the best story out there, but if you fail to publish yourself who will know it?

So when should you begin the process of ‘publishing you’? It is highly recommended that you begin this process before your book hits the online venues and brick and mortars. Actually, studies have shown that you should begin to market yourself at least three months prior. How?

Here are three steps to help get you started on the task of publishing yourself.

Step 1– Do research on developing a marketing plan—a game plan on how you are going to get your name out there. It’s amazing what the www. can do for you. Use it.

Step 2-Get on social media sites and begin making connections. Who knows better how to market yourself than other authors that have done it. Ask questions, take notes and continue to step 3.

Step 3-Get a blog going and use the research information  you found in step 1 as your posts. Select different topics each week. If they came from another blog-make sure you link back to them. Not only do you help other fellow bloggers who might return the favor for the link back to them as the publishing source, but it helps to get your name out there in the writing community as a great resource. People like freebies, advice and places they can go to get questions answered. Become an expert on some topic that is worth them coming to your blog about.

Speaking about freebies….how about getting a free copy of my new release, My Father’s Colors-The Drama-Filled Journey of Naya Monà  Continues? How? It’s easy. On, March 1, 2011 I will be a guest blogger for some  of the most amazing blogs, such as this one.  Visit each blog, leave a comment and your name will be entered into a  drawing for one signed copy of my book. The person who has left the most comments (one per blog) will win.

Ready to win? Start with leaving a comment on this blog and then : Click Here .

About the Author:

Marian L. Thomas, reared in Chicago but lives with her biggest-supporter—her husband and their spoiled but playful dog, Winston in Atlanta, Georgia. Her debut title, Color Me Jazzmyne, went on to become an Amazon Best-Seller and was ranked as one of the” Top 100 Books”-1st Qtr 2010 by the Sankofa Literary Society Review.

Marian welcomes the release of her second book, My Father’s Colors-The Drama-Filled Journey of Naya Monà Continues on March 1, 2011. It is sure to be another Best-Seller for the author as it takes you on the journey of four individuals that lead to one destination filled with betrayal, lies and shocking secrets.

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  • thank you for your information. it would be great to self publish a novel

  • Very great tips as I prepare my next book too. All the best.

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