12 Ways to Publicize, Promote, Market and Sell Your Book

12 Ways to Publicize, Promote, Market, and Sell Your Book Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“12 Ways to Publicize, Promote, Market, and Sell  Your Book” by Joan Y. Edwards

  1. Swap interviews with an author of the same kind of book. She/he interviews you on her blog; you interview him/her on your blog.
  2. Begin a blogging book blitz or blog tour on launch day.
  3. Have a Facebook launch party or a Twitter launch party with contests and prizes.
  4. Spread the word with Facebook, Twitter, and other social media.
  5. Create a book trailer for your book on YouTube.com
  6. Ask and encourage people to do book reviews on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Goodreads.
  7. Suggest your book to your local library. Ask your friends to suggest your book to their local library. Most libraries have an online form to use. Take a copy of the book and speak to a librarian in person.
  8. Send a newsletter email with a contest to family and friends online.
  9. Send out post cards to family and friends or community
  10. Contact local bookstores to set up a book signing event. Some Barnes and Noble stores have panels of authors to join for a book signing event. If your book is not available to buy and return through Baker and Taylor or Ingram, book stores may order them there. If not, they may take five copies on consignment for a year. Usually, they want 40% discount. You pay for shipping there and return shipping.
  11. Contact retail stores to see if they’ll sell your book on consignment. For instance, a golf shop might sell books about golf. Usually, they may want a 40% discount. You pay for shipping there and return shipping. Get it in writing.
  12. Contact local organizations, associations, clubs to be a speaker. Those who attend may wish to purchase your book. Here are ideas for groups to contact: writers groups, Rotary Club, local women’s club, Elk’s Lodge,  Moose Lodge, Civitan International Club, Kiwanis International Club, high school or college alumni associations, Elementary School PTAs.
Browse through the resources and click on one or two that capture your interest!


  1. Bookmarket.com. Reputable Mailing Lists. http://www.bookmarket.com/lists.htm
  2. Brandon Cornett. “54 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:”
  3. Daniel Kehrer. “10 Tips for Postcard Marketing Success:” http://www.bizbest.com/10-tips-for-postcard-marketing-success/ 
  4. Debbie Ridpath Ohi. “Want to support an author’s or illustrator’s new book but can’t afford to buy it?” http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2015/6/19/want-to-support-an-authors-or-illustrators-new-book-but-cant.html
  5. D. Jean Quarles. “5 Tips to Writing Your Author Bio:”  http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/09/5-tips-to-writing-your-authors-bio.html
  6. Erin Bowman. Publishing Crawl. “How to Support an Author Beyond Buying Their Book:” http://www.publishingcrawl.com/2015/04/20/how-to-support-an-author-after-buying-their-book/
  7. Erin Entrada Kelly, Book Publicist. “YOU DID NANO. NOW WHAT?” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/you-did-nano-now-what/
  8. Greg Scowen. “A Few Indie Book Reviewers:” http://www.gregscowen.com/a-few-indie-book-reviewers/
  9. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 1: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/01/03/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-one/
  10. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 2: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book):” http://writersrumpus.com/2014/02/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-two/
  11. Jen Malone. Writers’ Rumpus. “Part 3: How to Help an Author (Beyond Buying the Book): http://writersrumpus.com/2014/03/07/how-to-help-an-author-beyond-buying-the-book-part-three/
  12. Joan Y. Edwards. “New Book? Spread the Word with a Book Blitz:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/03/14/new-book-spread-the-word-with-a-book-blitz/
  13. Joanna Penn. “How to Create a Book Trailer:” http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2011/01/07/how-to-create-a-book-trailer/
  14. Josh Funk. “How Can You Help an Author?” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/09/24/how-can-you-help-an-author-im-so-glad-you-asked/
  15. Josh Funk. “How to Buy a Picture Book without Buying a Picture Book:” https://papajfunk.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/how-to-buy-a-picture-book-without-buying-a-picture-book/
  16. Kate Tilton. “Bloggers Resources (contains blogger reviewers):” http://katetilton.com/bloggers/
  17. Lori Taylor. “10 Tips for a TweetWorthy Twitter Party:” http://lorirtaylor.com/top-10-tips-for-a-tweetworthy-twitter-party/
  18. National Pen Company. Personalized, colorful, distinctive, smooth writing promotional pens, stylus, magnets. http://www.pens.com
  19. Melinda Brasher. “Strategies to Get Book Reviews:”  http://www.writersonthemove.com/2014/04/strategies-to-get-book-reviews.html
  20. Rachel Abbott. “Reviews: The Good, the Bad, and the Scams:” http://rachelabbottwriter.wordpress.com/2012/03/13/reviews-the-good-the-bad-and-the-scams/#
  21. Richard Ridley. CreateSpace blogger. “Social Media Swap:” https://forums.createspace.com/en/community/community/resources/blog/2015/02/02/social-media-swap
  22. Sandra Warren. “Book Trailers Made Easy:” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/01/book-trailers-made-easy.html
  23. Sandra Warren. “Tag Team Marketing – Authors Helping Authors (contains additional marketing information related to book stores, retail stores, and organizations):” http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com/2016/03/tag-team-marketing-author-helping.html
  24. Smith Publicity. “How to Hold a Social Media Contest:” http://www.smithpublicity.com/2015/12/how-to-hold-a-social-media-contest/
  25. Valerie Peterson. “Book Signings and Book Tours – A Reality Check for Authors:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookPublicity/fl/Book-Signings-and-Book-Tours-A-Reality-Check-for-Authors.htm
  26. Valerie Peterson. “Part 1 – Getting Your Book into the Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/How-To-Make-Booksellers-Love-You.htm
  27. Valerie Peterson. “Part 2- Make Booksellers Love You:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/a/Make-Booksellers-Love-You-P2.htm
  28. Valerie Peterson. “Part 3- Getting Your Book Into a Local Bookstore:” http://publishing.about.com/od/BookAuthorBasics/fl/Getting-Your-Book-Into-a-Local-Bookstore.htm
  29. Vistaprint.com. Business cards, post cards, posters, car signs, etc. http://www.vistaprint.com 
  30. Zairmail.com. Direct Mailing lists, post card templates. http://www.zairmail.com/

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you very much. Keep on writing. Keep on illustrating. Keep on doing what you love.

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Fascinating Writing Prompts Get Stories Rolling

Fascinating Writing Prompts Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

Fascinating writing prompts get stories going. For those of you who are hungry for a fascinating writing or illustration prompt, here are two ideas from a Bryan Cohen’s free Ebook on Amazon Kindle.

  1. The main fear that Alicia Waters has hidden in her heart is that Phillip Andrews will not notice her in first period biology. Therefore, she uses a bottle of spray paint.
  2. Any man would understand why Patrick O’Neal became a chef, but not his Mother.

The two prompts I wrote below can be used for writing or illustrating. Remember to use your senses:

  • Ben wished his parents understood, but he was going to do it anyway.

When you write you want people to have questions after they read what you’ve put down. You want them curious about what’s going to happen to the main character. 

Good luck with your writing. I know that if you read a few of the ideas from the following blog posts, you’ll get fascinated by one of the ideas. Your mind will spin-off these ideas and create wonder filled situations for you and your characters.

Other Fascinating Writing Prompt Resources:

  1. Bryan Cohen: Four Seasons of Creative Writing: 1,000 Prompts to Stop Writer’s Block  – Kindle Edition: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009GLMF7U/
  2. Writers Digest. “Writing Prompts:” http://www.writersdigest.com/prompts
  3. Think Written. “Creative Writing Prompts:” http://thinkwritten.com/365-creative-writing-prompts/
  4. Poets and Writers. “Writing Prompt Exercises:”  http://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises
  5. The Teachers Corner. “Daily Writing Prompts:” http://www.theteacherscorner.net/daily-writing-prompts/

My Image Prop Series:

#1: All That Was Left – a Stapler, a Money Bag, and a Bird Ornament
#2: Bananas, Scissors, a Vacuum Cleaner, and a Ferris Wheel
#3: A Basketball, a Pillow, and a Pair of Boots
#4: A Remote Control, a Basket of Flowers, and a Bandage
#5 Love Bug, Dog/Cat, and Love letter
#6: Coffee Maker, Earphones, and a Lamp
#7 Pay Phone, Blue Wildflowers, and Fast-Moving River
#8 What Is Your Character Willing to Die for? Hat, Fly Casting Rod, Curls, Books

Thank you for reading my blog. I appreciate you very much. Keep on writing. Keep on illustrating. Keep on doing what you love.

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Is Blogging Here for the Long Run?

Is Blogging Here for the Long Run Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

A friend asked me, “Do you think blogging is fading in popularity? Based on my own personal blog and those of others, I don’t think so.

Blogging started in 1994. In 2007, Technorati says they’re tracking more than 112 million blogs. I entered the blogging scene on October 9, 2009.

Tumblr itself has 275.9 million blogs in 2016. Over 409 million people view more than 21.2 billion pages on WordPress each month. On WordPress, 54.2 million new posts and 52.3 million new comments each month. 

My opinion is that blogging will be here for a long time. Blogging is here for the long run. Why? Because of the information bloggers put on their blogs. Bloggers inform, inspire, promote, sell, rant, rave. Bloggers influence and change our world. They make it better. They provide a different way of looking at things. A different opinion. A different way to do something. Blogs are creative. Bloggers find intriguing ways to bring readers into their worlds. That’s what readers want. It’s a great match.

What do you think? Do you think blogging will be here for a long time? What kind of blogs to do you read?

Are there topics for blog posts you’d like for me to write?

Enjoy your day. 

Live with enthusiasm!
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Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2016 Joan Y. Edwards


  1. Brandon Widder. “Best Free Blogging Sites:”
  2. Decor8blog.com. “Will Blogs Survive 2016?” http://decor8blog.com/2016/01/05/46770/
  3. NPR.org. “Timeline: The Life of the Blog:” http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=17421022
  4. Statista.com. “Number of Tumblr Blogs-2011-2016:” http://www.statista.com/statistics/256235/total-cumulative-number-of-tumblr-blogs/
  5. WebDesignerSpot.com. “A Brief History of Blogging:” http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2011/03/a-brief-history-of-blogging/
  6. Webopedia.com. “History of Blogging:”
  7. Wikipedia. “History of Blogging: The early years 1994-2006:” http://nymag.com/news/media/15971/
  8. WordPress.com. “Statistics from WordPress.com:” https://wordpress.com/activity/
  9. Your Traffic Hits.com. “Do Blogs Still Matter in Today’s SEO?” https://www.yourtraffichits.com/do-blogs-still-matter-seo-2016/



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When Stressed to the Max, Take 3 Days to Rest

Take 3 days to rest Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards“When Stressed to the Max, Take 3 Days to Rest”

When you’re stressed to the max, give yourself three days to rest.

My mother, Ethel D. Meyer, had a friend who told her to rest 3 days to give her body and mind a chance to rejuvenate when she was stressed to the max. She used this technique. It seemed to work great for her. She lived to be 92 years old.

Emotional turmoil, feeling like your immune systems is running thin, or other stressful situations arise. All these things may take a toll or your body and your mind. It may hit you hard. The body needs time to heal and calm down. Rest will help it.

Rest doesn’t have to be sleep. Rest is doing things that help relax you. Your body and mind needs downtime from stress to do its automatic healing.

You tell me. I don’t have that much time to rest. Okay. But take 3 minutes, or 3 hours to rest. Everyone’s needs are different. Rest will help you in the long run.

I know when my body is under stress, I sleep a lot…not 3 days worth, but more than the 8 hours. I give myself release from self-made deadlines. Sometimes I’ll take extra vitamins, too.

Be merciful to yourself and to those with whom you are having problems. Forgiveness gives you freedom to start anew.

Say positive affirmations and pray to help fill you with calmness. Keep saying, “Thank you, God, for healing me. Thank you, God for helping me handle this situation with peace and wisdom.”

The Serenity Prayer helps many people overcome anxiety.

The Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.

…Reinhold Niebuhr

Read more: http://www.lords-prayer-words.com/famous_prayers/god_grant_me_the_serenity.html#ixzz43Vj63S5v

Exercise helps many people cope with stress. Don’t overdo it when your body is already stressed. A combination of exercise and meditation with yoga will help, too. Drawing and writing helps me calm down when I am stressed

Whichever method helps you, do it. Take action to calm you down as soon as you get upset. Take time to relax. Don’t wait too long. Your body will force you to take time away, if you don’t put in a little relaxation. Time for you to rejuvenate yourself.

I know that meeting with family and friends helps me relax. I call and set up a get-together to help me relax. You know the things that help you relax. Go for them.

Here are two links to quotes and sayings that might help you.


Joan Y. Edwards. “Being Calm in the Face of Emergency:”

Joan Y. Edwards. “How to Get Out of Fear’s Trap:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/how-to-get-out-of-fears-trap/

Joan Y. Edwards. “What You Can Learn from a Deer:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/what-you-can-learn-from-a-deer/

Joan Y. Edwards. “You Are Calm:” https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/you-are-calm/

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Is the Desire for Control in Your DNA?

Desire for control

“Is the Desire for Control in Your DNA?” by Joan Y. Edwards”

Is the desire for control getting the best of you. Is it embedded in your DNA? A couple of months ago, my friend Barbara Walker, who helped me take care of my Mother from 2002 until Mother died in 2009, said, “Control is part of our DNA.”

When Barbara said that I laughed and laughed. I said, “Barbara, I think you’re right about that.”

Is the desire for control a human thing? Is the craving of power to control an addiction? Who really has control?

Do people crave money because they think it means power to control? Or is it power they crave and crave money because they believe it will help them maintain control.

I don’t offer you the answers. I’m sure you’ve figured out a few of your own answers.

What is DNA?

DNA is the fundamental and distinctive characteristics or qualities of someone, regarded as unchangeable. Hereditary material in every cell in a person’s body. It’s your unique genetic code in a molecule called a genome.

DeoxyriboNucleic Acid,

  • “diversity is part of the company’s DNA”

What is control?

  • Control is the power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events.
  • Control is the ability to determine the behavior or supervise the running of. “he was appointed to control the company’s marketing strategy”
  • Control means to be in charge of, run, manage, direct, administer, head, preside over, supervise, superintend, steer, command, rule, govern, lead, dominate, hold sway over, be at the helm
  • Informally, control means to head up, be in the driver’s seat, run the show as in the sentence: “one family controlled the company since its formation.”

To me when I feel everything is out of control, it means it’s out of my control. I feel helpless. I feel hopeless. That’s not a very empowering feeling.

However, when I think about how God has helped me in the past, then I get a little hope built in that everything is going to be okay. When you’re stressed to the hilt, start naming people, things, and situations you are thankful for.

It’s bad, but I’m thankful it isn’t worse.
I’m thankful that I have shoes on my feet.
I’m thankful that I have food in the refrigerator.
I’m thankful for God’s mercy on me.

I’ve heard myself and others say things like this, “I can’t handle this.” We have to ultimately change that thinking to, I can handle it with God’s help. I can handle it if I look at all the possible solutions. I’m thankful that I usually can figure out a different way to do something.

Take positive action. Action makes you feel like you’re making progress towards solving the problem. Take a long walk. Meditate. Pray. Wash clothes. Wash the dishes.If you’re still stressed out, here are a few blog posts that may help you:

Good luck with letting go of wanting control or at least accepting that not all things are in our control.

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Success Is Going from Failure to Failure with No Loss of Enthusiasm-Winston Churchill

Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm

“Success Is Going from Failure to Failure with No Loss of Enthusiasm-Winston Churchill” by Joan Y. Edwards


Winston Churchill said, “Success Is Going from Failure to Failure with No Loss of Enthusiasm.”

I found this quote and other great sayings at Bright Drops.com: http://brightdrops.com/best-motivational-quotes

Here’s an explanation of Winston Churchill’s quote: http://quotivee.com/2013/articles/quote-explained-winston-churchill-success/

We all have ups and downs in life.

I had many experiences in my 35 years of teaching. A few stated I was a failure in a few areas. Usually, there was one or more areas in which I did well.

Yes, I became depressed for a short amount of time. Then, I decided that I loved teaching so much that I would study different techniques to make my teaching better or teaching in such a manner that others perceived me as better. I felt strongly that God had me there for a reason. Many of us  taughtnot to say anything to those in charge. I had to learn to speak up for myself. I had to say, “I may not do it their way, but my way still works.”

I had a job as a typist many times for different companies. One company fired me because I finished my work and was cleaning files in a cabinet. Two weeks later they hired 2 people to do my job. Some people may declare themselves as failures if they lose a job. Don’t do that. Chances are you may be in the wrong job or you need more training in the job you have, and you need to build a better belief system with education and loving yourself.

After 1968, I submitted my Flip Flap Floodle manuscript many, many times. They weren’t right for many, many publishers. After I retired from teaching in 1998, I re-declared my inner desire to get Flip Flap Floodle published. I rewrote. Resubmitted. I promised myself if I didn’t get a publisher to publish Flip Flap Floodle in 5 years, I would self-publish it as a show of belief in myself. And I did that.

Then I took classes. I read books on the craft of writing. I went to workshops. I attended writing conferences. I learned that publishers and agents selections are very subjective. I told myself if I keep writing and submitting, I’ll find the right connection to publish my work. Finally, in 2011 4RV Publishing gave me a contract for Joan’s Elder Care Guide.

Believe in yourself. No matter what you’re doing. Believe in you. If you’re a dishwasher learn to be the best dishwasher in town.

In some of these situations, I took them personally. However with support from family and coworkers, I realized that even sometimes it’s just that person’s opinion, not necessarily the truth, not necessarily a fact. If they are the ones hiring and firing, then you need to educate yourself in new ways or look for a new job.

I think Winston Churchill was a very wise man. Each of us has to find enthusiasm every day to continue to work toward our goals. We have to believe we’ve got what it takes, even when others don’t.

Love yourself. Look for the good in you. Educate yourself to build your skills. Take opportunities to expand your horizons beyond what your comfort zone. Don’t blame someone else for your failures. Realize it’s just one small downer. You can improve. Realize that you have many, many strengths. Take advantage of them. Improve your weaknesses so that they will not hurt you.

Bloom where you are planted is another way to say this. Here’s an earlier post I did on this subject: 


Celebrate each day. Celebrate each step you take to improve your situation. Celebrate each step you take to improve your attitude. Believe in you. You are a success.

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New Book? Spread the Word with a Blogging Book Blitz

New Book Spread the Word with a Blogging Book Blitzz Copyright 2016 Joan Y. Edwards

“New Book? Spread the Word with a Blogging Book Blitz” by Joan Y. Edwards

 A Book Blitz is a great tool to market your new book or to celebrate the anniversary of a published book.

A Book Blitz is when more than one blogger posts the same information about a book on the same day. Imagine ten or more bloggers spreading the word about your book all on the same day. Some authors actually get more than that. It can also be called a Book Blast. What do the bloggers get in return? It depends upon the author. Authors may put a link on their websites or blogs for each blogger who participates in the Book Blitz to recognize their generosity. 

A Book Blitz differs from a Book Tour because it’s all done on the same day, usually the release date for the book. Book Tours may be spread over a period of time, one a day, one a week, etc. Book Tours may include interviews with the author.

If you’re willing to do a Book Blitz on your blog for Joan’s Elder Care Guide in May 2016, please let me know.

Below you’ll find a sample Book Blitz and Steps to Create a Successful Book Blitz.

Sample Book Blitz


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Flip Flap Floodle is a happy little duck who wants to go show Grandma how well he can play on his new flute. On the way, Mr. Bear and Mr. Chicken like his song. However, Mr. Fox doesn’t and trouble mounts for the little duck. Will Flip’s mother find him before it’s too late? Will Grandma ever hear Flip’s song?  Children of all ages cheer Flip on, sing his song, and delight in the book’s repetition, witty characters and colorful illustrations.

Review: Author appreciates all reviews.

FULL OF FUN***** 5 stars
Flip Flap Floodle, a sweet trusting musical duckling encounters several characters on his way to Grandma’s house. There’s Mr. Chicken, Mr. Bear, and the baddy-wad Mr. Fox.  This is a delightful story on several developmental levels: colorful illustrations to entertain toddlers; a funny story that will enrapture kindergarten-age children; a self-reader for first and second graders; a good message for older children; and a musical book to please all children.  A great twist at the end!
…Best regards, Joan Reid

Official Video Trailer for FLIP FLAP FLOODLE.





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Joan Y. Edwards is an author, illustrator, and retired teacher in North Carolina. Joan’s Elder Care Guide and chapter book, Larry, the Terrifying Turkey are scheduled for release in 2016. Her Never Give Up blog, http://www.joanyedwards.wordpress.com has over 300,000 views and 343 subscribers. She encourages writers, illustrators, and others to never to give up. Her website, http://www.joanyedwards.com has a multitude of Gospel-based devotionals, puzzles, and skits.

Joan is a member of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Her article, “Find Your Creative Edge,” appeared in the July-August 2011 SCBWI Bulletin.

Edwards thrives on spending time with her family and friends. She presents interactive writing and motivational talks and workshops for children and adults in schools, writing groups, and conferences. She reads humorous and self-help books. For inspiration and self-acceptance, she heeds the wise teachings of Robert Schuller, Joel Osteen, Maxwell Maltz, and Tony Robbins.

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Steps to a Successful Book BlitzSteps to a Successful Book Blitz

1. Create a list of bloggers you’d like to invite to participate in your one day Book Blitz. Make a five column chart:

In column 1, number the bloggers.
In column 2, put yes or no.
In column 3, put the blogger’s name.
In column 4, put his email address.
In column 5, put the link to his blog.

Below is a link to a pdf file I created for you. You can print it out and use it for ten blogs. You can copy and paste the text into a word document to add more names. (I didn’t realize I could add pdfs and Word documents to my blogs. So I’m excited to learn where it saves the items and where you can copy a link to it so readers can find it.)

 Book Blast Request List

2. Image of Book Cover: 3 inches by 4 inches or 300 pixels by 400 pixels.

To change the size of your cover image larger or smaller to meet your needs, Download free Paint.net software here. When you download it’s a zip file. To unzip the files, NCH has a free version of Express Zip available for non-commercial use only. Download the free version of Express Zip here.  Once you’ve extracted the Paint.net files from the zip folder, you can click on the .exe file to install it. 

3. Insert your 250 word synopsis.

Copy and paste the long blurb synopsis you want to use.

4. Insert a review.

5. Put an Embed Link to your YouTube video Book Trailer.

6. Put links to purchase

  • on Publisher’s Site (they make more money this way.)

  • Amazon

  • Barnes and Noble



  • Insert a 3 in by 3 in or 3 in by 4 in  jpeg or jpg color image of you.

  • Insert a 65-100 word biography. At the end put your website, facebook, and twitter info.

8. Format the Book Blitz post on your blog.

Format it the way you want it to appear on all of the participating Book Blitz blogs.

9. Copy the text with html codes from your blog to send to those who signed up to do a Book Blitz for you.

  • If you’re using WordPress, you can see two words for a blog post. One is Visual. The other is marked Text or HTML. The Text or HTMl with codes is the one you want to copy. It will have the images from your post with the right html code to show up in someone else’s blog.

  • In a Blogger Post, it says “Compose” for the visual; and HTML for the code.

10. Direct the person who’s participating in your Book Blitz to copy and paste the Book Blitz into a new blog post.

  • WordPress – Paste it directly onto the “text” or “html” page.

  • Blogger – Paste it directly onto the “html” page.

11. On your Book Blitz Day, you’ll have the same post on your blog plus the others who signed up to participate in your Book Blitz. Hip Hip Hooray!

Thank you to C. H. Armstrong for inviting me to participate in her Book Blitz. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to figure it out. Here’s a link to the Book Blitz I did for her:

“The Edge of Nowhere by C.H. Armstrong:”https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/the-edge-of-nowhere-by-c-h-armstrong/

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Joan Y. Edwards
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