The bad part, I feel I have to ignore half the classes.
It’s great to have book marketing broken down and put into the order needed. Not so great being told to be “authentic” then encouraged to write bullshit articles. Huh? Those stupid “5 reasons to…” or “Top 5…” which have very little content and mean nothing. I know I don’t write awesome things all the time but I try to write things that are interesting and mean something more than “click bait”.
The worst thing suggested was to write reviews on books that you’ve never read, ones that are due for release soon, just so your article is the first found when a search is done for the book and it invites more people to your site.
I’m torn. Yes, it is good marketing. BUT, it is dishonest and misleading. You’re giving the impression that you like something even though you don’t know what it really is and you’re attracting people who really do like it and really want to connect with someone just like them.
You’re not being you.
And why do we have to be taught how to be authentic?
Be honest and show people who you are and those who like you will stick around, while those who don’t click with you will go and find someone else to connect with. All good. Nothing wrong there.
Then there is the spam. A different class (this one about setting up a facebook group) they who sent out amazing content. They made me think of the possibility of setting up my own group. Then came the horrible and pushy “join this other group”, “you have to pay to join this other group but it’ll be worth it”, “why haven’t you joined yet?” Over and over and over.
I haven’t joined because I’m not interested in this other group, I’m trying to make my own profit not give my money away for something I don’t want to be a part of, and here’s the simple answer; NO.
All of this has reminded me; I’m still a reader.
Yeah, I write and one day I want my books to be profitable but I’m not going to push it the same way I’ve been taught.
I like my website and design (one of the teachers hates the company I go through because some authors have turned them into ugly looking places). I think it’s easy to read and navigate. I like sharing stories. I like writing the newsletter.
I hate it when people try to bully me into something, or they treat me like a number, or have too many steps to get to one simple thing.
There are things I hate being forced into as a reader so I shouldn’t do that to other readers.
Join the newsletter if you like, read my stories, talk to me. No pressure. It’s all if you would like to.
I am grateful for learning and have a new respect for those who can make it work. I will, however, ignore some of the teaching and do what suits me.
Things I have learned:
Have good book covers, blurb, and honest reviews, and connect with your audience as you.
Things I’ll ignore:
Writing pointless articles, automate every response, spamming.