Today I am going to share the golden rule of starting out in promotion and marketing.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Matthew 7:12 (yes googled it, you guys know I'm religiously ambivalent), although really Matthew can't entirely take the credit for this quote, everyone has said it, even someone called Sextus the Pythagorean (oh how I adore wikipedia).
I'm not going to thrash this one into the ground, I know, you know what I mean...
- You want someone to read your books, read theirs and put your positive feedback out there on the internet
- You want lots of reviews in Amazon or Goodreads, give lots of reviews in Amazon and Goodreads - but if you haven't got anything nice to say, don't say anything at all
- You want support via Facebook, get busy on Facebook - and I don't mean mass friending, I mean interacting with people
And so on.
There is a second golden rule that its also worthwhile keeping in mind...
Don't expect it to work.
Yes, what the hell?? you may say.
If you charge in thinking you're going to get something out of every person you support, or give feedback to, people will abandon you in droves.
Think of that annoying person who only ever calls when they want something, you resent them don't you? Be careful not to be that person.
Happy writing :)