Growing Pains…This May Not Be Rocket Science, But I’m No Scientist!

I am slowing down on writing the books; if I have no audience, nobody’s reading them except my mom and aunt. Let me concentrate on marketing for a bit. I am currently rereading Nick Stephenson’s Reader Magnet free download he offers to his mailing list. I am also reading an ebook by Rachel Thompson called “The BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge.”

I am reading both at the same time because I read the Reader Magnet before and Rachel Thompson’s ebook is a daily assignment type of set up. I’ve read Nick Stevenson’s download in the past, but as a newbie author, some of the tools in the book were intimidating to me.

I feel overwhelmed with all of this information I read. I am not saying that the Reader Magnet is complicated. Far from it. I needed to step back after the first read, configure MailChimp (for the second and third time), set up a freebie book, and then get my landing page in order.

Honestly, I am not even sure I did it right. I shall find out soon. So many of the experts know this works. Most of them use the funnel book and the magnet book to get the email lists. To be quite honest, I know I’ve read the email list trick many times, but I am still not sure what to do after I get tons of email addresses.

On my children’s book landing page, so far, I have three on my list. One of those email addresses is me; I was testing it to make sure it worked. I don’t believe I am doing it right. I will have to continue rereading Nick’s free book.

As for the 30-day challenge, I learned more about Twitter and a few tips on Facebook that I was not aware of. It is supposed to be one day at a time but a few of the days were simple, so I didn’t follow directions and compiled two days into one. I also had a Facebook account and that day I skipped.

I need to start following directions a bit closer, I have a feeling these books are going to be more complicated as I get more involved.

A fellow blogger mentioned that if I add my ebook to another site and email Amazon to price match, they will oblige. That was in Nick’s book. I missed that while I was reading it the first time so I definitely will be reading it a third time. I couldn’t believe I missed it.

There is so much information that I miss or misunderstand. I am not sure if it is the overwhelming feeling of so much going on or trying to complete a task that ‘isn’t rocket science.’ Then you hit a bump in the road because you’re not familiar with a website or application, so you forget what you were doing in the first place.

I read in the 30-day challenge of scheduling tweets with apps like Hootsuite, I can set time in my day and tweet through a schedule, then retweet or comment when it’s convenient. Hashtags are important too. I never used them. I just started yesterday.

Enough about the book, you should just read it yourself. So far it is good. I am only on the second week or so, but it has taught me a lot about social media I thought I knew but didn’t.

The 30-day Challenge

The BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge by [Thompson, Rachel]

To be fair, I will link Nick Stephenson and his blog page. This way you can find information on how to find your first 10k readers, sign up for his email page and receive his bonuses for being on his email lists. I am sure you will learn a lot from him if you decide to do so ( I have I just submerged myself). I listened to his podcast with Joanna Penn, and it explained a lot.

Many of the experts have the same basic ideas. Don’t sell your books, be yourself. Have a landing page, a magnet book, funnel book, or giveaway, and grow your email lists. Be social on social media but don’t be spammy, that’s annoying.

Now the keywords and SEO are still my biggest issue. So is configuring my emails (as I mentioned above, but hopefully that will change soon). I am going to continue reading the books and get a better grasp of the websites and apps I need to use for uploading my freebies and whatever I need to.

This is new, I will get it. The technology was so much easier when I didn’t use it for fifteen hours a day.

Stay fabulous everyone!

Robyn Branick

aka

Robbie Ellie

 

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