Haunting Amazon

22 Nov

Many writers have already learned that there is more to the business than just writing. Marketing and/or getting your name out there is next on the docket after you get the call, so get ready. I’ve saved articles on how to market your book online and many of them are free. Free yes, but time consuming. Not only do you need time to write, but time to market online. It is crucial to getting your name out there.

I heard I should haunt Amazon, to watch the discussion forums and comment about my book if it applies to what someone wants. I set down to do just that last week. I looked for the topic, “Hot Cowboys,” so that I could promote A Place to Land. Here’s what happened:

In reply to your post, HJ Leonard says:

Why is it that self-promoters ALWAYS pull up dead threads to push their books?

Mary, please read and click on the links:

The following information is directed at authors or fans who mistakenly find their way to this forum in order to promote a certain book before finding out the rules.

So here are the rules according to AMAZON:

Self promotion is not permitted by Amazon, except in the Meet Our Authors forum.

A) Read the posting policy of what is and is not allowed

B) Read Amazon’s post (that appeared on all forums earlier this year) that specifically says they are cracking down on shameless self promotions:

C) Visit the Meet Our Authors forum to self promote or learn about other authors books.

Well, there you have it. This is how it’s done today.

Happy marketing!


Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Blogs, Book Marketing, books, Idaho, readers, reading, writers, writing


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15 responses to “Haunting Amazon

  1. Meredith Allen Conner

    November 22, 2012 at 5:40 AM

    Good to know. Thanks for sharing Mary.

    • maryvine

      November 22, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      Welcome, Meredith!

  2. Judith Keim

    November 22, 2012 at 8:08 AM

    I know how important it is to market a book but I’m personally tired of certain authors taking every moment to turn a talk of the weather (or some such thing) into a plea to buy their book. I’ve heard now that at conferences writers are warned not to do this because it’s a sure way to turn off potential readers. It’s become a real problem to promote your work without “promoting your work”!

    • maryvine

      November 22, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      I know, Judith. I get tired of seeing over promoting on Facebook, but then at the same time, I think they are marketing better than I am.

  3. Janis

    November 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Fortunately, I don’t have that problem at the moment. LOL. I agree it’s tough. If you market anything, there are haters that object, not to you personally, but to anything that might not be in their interests. Of course, the define interest so if it’s something they are involved with, it magically becomes important. 🙂 Then, if you don’t market, your book goes nowhere. Like Judy said, how do you promote without promoting?

    • maryvine

      November 22, 2012 at 5:09 PM

      I look forward to the time (soon) when you sell.Promote without promoting-I just read about the self-published author of Wool, who said he doesn’t really know how his book went to the top.

  4. stephanieberget

    November 22, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Thanks for this information. It is frustrating to have an author pushing their book at every opportunity. I looked at the authors page and liked what I saw. People who go there are looking for books. Keep us up to date on any more information you find on marketing.

  5. maryvine

    November 22, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Stephanie, I think one thing we all know, is that no one has a clue about what’s successful in marketing these days.

  6. Peggy Staggs

    November 22, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    Marketing is like a foreign language to me. I’m going to read all your links.

    • maryvine

      November 23, 2012 at 2:41 PM

      Thanks for commenting, Peggy.

  7. marsharwest

    November 24, 2012 at 4:30 PM

    I’ve heard a presentation by Kristen Lamb and have read her book, We are not Alone. She’s a SM specialist and emphasisizes how awful it is for the only time you hear from someone on whatever SM it is that the’re selling their book. She says form relationships with people like on this blog or by FBing or through her WANA Tribe. Then when your book comes out, you mention it kind of as a FYI. People will buy because of the relationship.
    Like Janis, I look forward to the time when this becomes a problem I have to deal with. LOL
    But I do have a former CP who’s first book THE GREEN EYED DOLL is coming out Dec. 7 in all the formats you could want, and I will be mentioning it on every blog I post on and several times on FB and Twitter. LOL So all you really need is some committed friends to blow the horn for you. Thanks for an interesting post, Mary.
    Hope everyone here at GEM State had a great Thanksgiving.

    • maryvine

      November 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

      Thanks, Marsha! I think you’ve given me a good reminder to be friends with my friends on facebook.

  8. Clarissa Southwick

    November 25, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Mary, Thanks for some useful information. Personally, I never read any of the comments on Amazon because I assume they’re either written by friends of the author or–in the case of bad reviews–by other authors hoping to cut down the competition. But that might just be my twisted writer’s perspective. It’s hard to know which marketing strategies work with your average reader.

    • maryvine

      November 26, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      I think it is so surprising that we can’t figure out how to market our books. You’d think in this day and age things would be all figured out for us-with a push of a button.

  9. Lynn Mapp

    November 26, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    Oh, Mary, I too am not worried about marketing my book, because I don’t have one. You’ve brought up interesting points, points I hope one day to need to consider.


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