You’re an author and you’ve spent months, maybe years, working on your dream of getting published. Now that you’ve achieved that, the real test comes. How to promote and sell your book.

I have two books published now with my middle-grade series, The Bayshore Mysteries. I can tell you that getting published is only part of the process. Promotion is the next part! There are many books and websites full of advice and information about the best way to promote, including Guest Blogs, like this one. Also included in that important group is social networking, an invaluable tool of promotion. There are many networks out there and all are helpful in one way or another. Some you may like better than others or some you may find easier to use or easier to make connections with other authors and writing professionals. Listed below are links to most of the networking websites.

I would like to mention two sites that I have found especially helpful, Facebook and Linkedin. The first one, Facebook, is familiar to all of us who like to keep in touch with family and friends. There is another side to Facebook though that some of us may not be utilizing. That side is promotion! I recently used Facebook as part of the promotion of a free download day for my second book, The Secret Graveyard. I even set up a separate author page to compliment my personal Facebook page. I was pleasantly surprised at the response and reaction I got from friends, family, and even other authors and writing professionals.

Linkedin is another excellent networking site and possibly one of my favorites. I have been a member for quite some time but only recently began to take advantage of its many resources. I began to send invitations to other authors and writing professionals and, in a matter of a few minutes; I began to receive dozens of confirmations. Over a period of a few days, the number reached in the hundreds and is still climbing. Of course, once you receive a response from someone it is very important to always acknowledge that response. If they’ve done you a favor by commenting on your personal website or liking your Facebook page, you need to return that kindness. As the old saying goes, ‘Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth’.

In conclusion, I would like to add, research the market, do your homework, talk to other authors, and use those FREE resources to their fullest extent! Good luck and happy promoting.
Listed below are links for some of the social networking sites. You may find others as you research the market.

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/login.php

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/uas/login

JacketFlap: http://www.jacketflap.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/

Shelfari http://www.shelfari.com/

*Here are additional helpful links and books.
http://www.goodreads.com/

http://www.kindleboards.com/index.php

http://www.pixelofink.com/

http://digitalbooktoday.com/

http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/

http://s3.amazonaws.com/ApexAuthors/Amazon-Bestseller-Secrets-7687643.pdf

http://www.karenbaney.com/archives/1519

* Two excellent books available for a $2.99 download at Amazon.
The Indie Author’s Guide to the Universe http://amzn.to/MkXYpF

Top Tips for How to Market Your book on Amazon and Facebook. http://amzn.to/O77A8r

* An excellent blog by Katie Jennings http://bit.ly/PsfR6N

Formerly an elementary school teacher and counselor, Jerrye is now a full-time writer, homemaker and office manager for she and her husband’s business. She has two books in her middle-grade mystery series, The Bayshore Mysteries. Both books, Intruders On Battleship Island and The Secret Graveyard, are available at Createspace and Amazon.com. She plans to add a third book, The Mystery of Wragg Swamp, very soon.

Check out these links to view her books on Amazon. http://amzn.to/RaJev3
The Secret Graveyard is #12 on Amazon’s Top Rated Children’s Mystery and Spy Books, based on reviews. http://amzn.to/Npctnm
On Jerrye’s free download day for The Secret Graveyard, it reached #1 on Amazon’s Top 100 Free
You can reach Jerrye on the following websites:
WordPress: http://jerrye35.wordpress.com/
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/JerryeSumrall
Linkedin: http://linkd.in/NaJmdH

*On August 23 and 24, Jerrye will offer a free download of Intruders On Battleship Island. No Kindle, no problem. You can download a free app from Amazon @ http://amzn.to/9nLXFt