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A commitment to book marketing means MAKING time for it.

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Happy 4th of July to all! Just in case you missed it, we did a rare Saturday post this weekend offering 10 book marketing tips for the Independence Day holiday.

Now, we’re back to the topic at hand: finding TIME to market our books.

You will never find time for anything.
If you want
the time, you must make it.

– Charles Buxton

So, as SBMs*, we’re in agreement that we’re COMMITTED to marketing our books. Even if we’re very busy and time is an elusive commodity. As the above quote from Charles Buxton indicates, it will not be a matter of finding time for book marketing, but rather making time for it. It may be helpful to remind yourself that you made time to WRITE the book, didn’t you?

Only you can decide which time works best for you when it comes to your book marketing plan. Maybe it’s early morning, before the family is up and moving around. Perhaps it’s late at night, after all are in bed. Could be weekends. The important thing is that you carve out time on a regular basis. Of course, certain tasks like phone calls will need to be done during business hours – but more than likely, if you schedule carefully, you can accomplish such little jobs during your lunch hour.

If you’re still in the process of writing your book, scheduling time for your work moves from important to critical.

Don’t be afraid to use your resources and built-in support network: your family and friends. Make sure they understand how important this book project is to you, and why – and then empower them to assist in your success. Whether that’s helping with chores, keeping quiet while you’re working, or just making sure they get up for school without needing you to nag them. Perhaps a friend could take the little ones for a few hours a week. Maybe you need to be a little more assertive with your partner regarding household errands.

Above all, assume the important people in your life are in your corner and cheering you on. Even in the unfortunate situation that they are not, you can still make time for marketing your book. It may take you a little longer, but the steps are the same, and you can do it if you remain focused, diligent, and active!

See you Thursday!

MARCIE

*Savvy Book Marketer

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PREVIOUS POSTS

Thursday, June 30 – How much TIME will you devote to marketing your book?

Monday, June 27 Start with ONE book marketing strategy, and BE DILIGENT about it!

Thursday, June 23 – INTERESTED or COMMITTED – What’s the difference when it comes to book marketing?


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How much TIME will you devote to marketing your book?

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In a recent post, we discussed the difference between being interested and being committed. It will come as no surprise that becoming an SBM* requires the latter: COMMITMENT. Today we’re going to talk about one of the biggest commitments you must make if you really want to get the World’s Best Book into the hands of as many readers as possible: TIME.

Ohhhh. I can hear the groans across the airwaves! “Time? That’s the thing I have the least of.” To quote Cher from Moonstruck: “Snap out of it!” Do you want to sell books or not?

OK, I’m really not diminishing the fact that you’re busy. Here I am typing this with one hand while holding my dog’s leash in the other and balancing a laundry basket on my head. I get busy! But busy is just life in our culture these days. What busy CANNOT be is an excuse not to carve out time to market your book.

I have a good friend who has an amazing book concept that has been in development … for more than FOUR years. The reason? Life keeps getting in the way. Don’t let this be you.

This is where a little thing called self-regulation comes in. According to a white paper by Roy F. Baumeister and Kathleen D. Vohs for Social and Personality Psychology Compass, “Self-regulation is the self ’s capacity for altering its behaviors.” Pretty simple definition for a complicated but essential learning and behavior process.

Here’s the thing to remember: Life isn’t going to get less busy because you’re embarking on a Savvy Book Marketing campaign. In all likelihood, it’s going to get busier. But if you understand that at the outset, you’ll be better able to manage all the other things that will pull at you when you’re setting your marketing schedule and goals.

Remember, you’ve already given yourself permission to sell your book. Now it’s time to make whatever time commitment it takes. If you don’t make your book your priority, no one else is going to do it for you.

See you Monday!

MARCIE

*Savvy Book Marketer

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We’d love it if you’d take a few minutes to give us some feedback via SurveyMonkey about an upcoming Author Sales Training Webinar series we’ve got in the works. Anyone who completes the survey and provides a viable e-mail address will be eligible to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

__________________

We welcome and encourage your thoughtful, courteous comments below.

__________________

If you’d like us to add a link to your writing/self-publishing/book marketing blog, please send us a note. If we think it’s a good fit, we’ll be happy to add you. Of course, we’d appreciate the reciprocity of the same!

Additionally, Marcie would be happy to make a guest appearance on your writing/self-publishing/book marketing blog. Just let us know the theme or your idea (preferably including a 6-panel concept), and we’ll see what we can draft for you.

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PREVIOUS POSTS

Monday, June 27 Start with ONE book marketing strategy, and BE DILIGENT about it!

Thursday, June 23 – INTERESTED or COMMITTED – What’s the difference when it comes to book marketing?

Monday, June 20 – Take a page from the Boy Scouts: Always be PREPARED!


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