Crowdspeaking For Book Promotion

Crowdspeaking Basics to Help Promote Your Book

Crowdspeaking For Book Promotion

What is crowdspeaking?

Crowdspeaking is a marketing platform that allows people to rally together and share information about a cause, events, projects, products, or in our case, books, on social media. With crowdspeaking, users sign up to spread a specific message on chosen social media outlets, at a specific time.

What are the most known crowdspeaking platforms?

Thunderclap

Daycause

Headtalker

How do you set up a campaign on one of the platforms?

Each website has its own special characteristics, but there are commonalities among them. You will decide how many supporters you will start with (most sites have a minimum amount you must meet). Additionally, you will set a deadline for the campaign. If you meet the number of supporters by the deadline, all the messages will go out to each supporters chosen social media outlets. The three platforms above are FREE, so there is no cost. Each site has easy-t0-follow instructions.

Tips for Making Your Best Campaign

Image: Your image must be simple and easy to read. This is the image that will be shared across supporters social media outlets. So, choose a good picture! If you need to create a picture, use Picmonkey or Canva.

Title: Choose a catchy title so that it grabs interest right away! 

Hashtag: Include hashtags in your message. Hashtags give readers on social media the ability to view your message, even if they do not follow/like you. You also could benefit from having a hashtag that is entirely book related. Wouldn’t it be cool to have your hashtag go viral?

Deadline: Plan the deadline time very carefully! Look at your Facebook/Twitter insights. When do you get most of your views? This is the best time to post, so the deadline should match.

I’ve set up my campaign, now what?

Now it’s time to share your campaign link so your supporters can sign up to help. Email your friends and family. Share your campaign on your social media. Join a crowdspeaking Facebook group like Thunderclap & Headtalker Support Group (this is not Christian specific. There are so many out there; it just takes a little searching.) or join Christian Writers Promo group and ask for support! We’d love to do it for you! 

On your deadline day and post time, check out social media to see your message go live to thousands of people! 

 

Do you have experience with Crowdspeaking? Have any additional advice? Please share below! 

Email

Connect with Readers: Part I – Author Newsletter

When an author writes a book, it usually is done with a target in mind. Your readers. But ask yourself this … do you really know your readers? What do you know about them? 

With the amount of books out there, it is an author’s job to connect with readers in any way possible. With this in mind, Christian Writers Promo will be writing blog posts on different ways to connect with readers.

Today’s feature is AUTHOR NEWSLETTERS. 

Email

What’s so special about an author newsletter? First and foremost, if a reader is signed up to your newsletter, you know they are interested in you as an author. They are already bought in. This is your primary target market! 

Secondly, a newsletter allows you to make a personal connection with your readers, in essence, becoming “friends.” Friends can be reached. Friends buy your books. 

Additionally, the newsletter is yours. Yours to create. Yours to manage. You can include anything you want and send it anytime you want. You are in control.

Even better, once you’ve sent your author newsletter, it is in your reader’s possession, sitting in their inbox. Gone are the social media posts being covered by other social media posts, long forgotten. This time the email sits there until the reader takes action.  

Another great tool is that you can get feedback from your readers. Ask for reviews, see if the readers like a book cover, find a beta reader, or ask a general question for the book you are writing. This engages your readers and makes them feel like family. You are gaining readership and won’t lose their interest. 

So where do you start? Below you will find a few email newsletter sources that are easy to use, free and even kind-of fun! 

Create marketing campaigns, mailing lists, newsletters, and other advertising options.

Free up to 2,000 followers

Easy-to-use templates

Integrates with social media

Easy-to-understand reports

App integrations ability

 

Create marketing campaigns, mailing lists, newsletters, and other advertising options.

Free up to 1,000 followers

Easy-to-use drag and drop features

Easy-t0-read reports

App integrations ability

User-friendly/more open rates

Free trial for 60 days

Customizable templates

Easy-to-load email lists

Real time tracking reports

App integration ability

 

6,000 emails a month free

Pay as you grow

Unlimited contacts

Advanced email editor

Advanced statistics 

Full API access

Now before you go check these sources out, here are a few tips:
  1. Don’t stress out! Take it easy and learn as you go.
  2. Only send to readers who signed up themselves. In other words, don’t sign up someone without their consent.
  3. The purpose of the newsletter is CONNECTIon, so don’t just advertise your book. Post stories from your blog, tell stories about your writing adventures, show pictures of events you’ve attended. A good rule of thumb is to advertise every third newsletter.
  4. Send at least monthly so that you’re in the readers mind. On that note, don’t send too often, as it can be seen as spam and you’ll get unsubscribers quickly.
The ultimate goal of author newsletter is to gain dedicated readership and to sell books!  Take your time in the learning process and remember it takes time to grow. You can do it! 
Did I miss a free newsletter option? Please let us know below in the comment section. 

Stay tuned! Next week I will give ideas about what to put in your newsletter! 

Christian Publishers

20 Christian Publishers to Submit Unsolicited Manuscripts

Christian Publishers

You've written a manuscript, now what do you do?

It’s time to research Christian publishers. You’re in luck! I’ve done some of the work for you. Below you will find a list of publishers based off my own personal internet research. There are very few who I have direct contact with via work experience or personal reading. You’ll have to do intensive research on your own once you see a publisher that is a good fit for you and your manuscript. 

On a side note, I do not condone vanity publishers or publishers that require authors to pay for services. This list includes traditional, digital and small publishers who take unsolicited manuscripts. The bigger publishers only take solicited manuscripts through an agent. As with any publisher, please review manuscript submission policies carefully as they are different for every publisher. 

Abingdon Press – This impressive publisher produces books on ministry and individual faith development. They also accept curriculum and music submissions. Abingdon is the main publishing imprint for United Methodist Publishing House. 

Anaiah Press – Small press that offers editing, quality covers, and marketing for romance, young adult, children’s literature, speculative fiction and cozy mysteries. Anaiah Press has been in business since 2014. 

Baal Hamon Publisher – Baal Hamon is an imprint of Joy and Truth Christian Ministry. They publish fiction and nonfiction, and books are published worldwide.

Crossway Publishing Crossway is most interested in nonfiction, including key issues, Christian life, Christian worldview, academic and professional manuscripts. They do not accept prophecy, sermons, biographies, personal-experience, poetry, art or fiction. Crossway accepts book proposals only (not written yet). 

Cross Link Publishing – A small Christian publisher with an online form to submit manuscripts. Does not accept children’s books, poetry or autobiographies. rossLink does not publish children’s books, poetry, or autobiographies.

Dove Publishers  – A small Christian publisher who publishes fiction and nonfiction. They do not accept poetry, biographies, memoirs, or autobiographies, directories, Bibles, or horror. Dove Publishers also offers another imprint, Inscript Books, where authors pay to be published. 

Electio Publishing – Small press which accepts fiction and nonfiction, including literary fiction, adventure, horror, historical fiction, romance, mystery, fantasy and all types of nonfiction. They do not accept poetry at this time. 

Enclave Publishing – This publisher focuses on fantasy and science fiction for young adults and adults. They do accept unsolicited manuscripts. In 2016 publisher was sold to Gilead Publishing, a larger publisher of Christian ficiton (agented submissions).

Forget Me Not Romances – This small publisher focuses on clean romances. They are currently looking for small-town romances. They also have paid services. 

Harbourlight Books – Harbourlight is an imprint of Pelican Books. Harbourlight accepts only fiction, including action, mystery, suspense, family saga, western, and women’s fiction. Submissions are through an easy online form.

Kirkdale Press – “Kirkdale Press, the trade imprint of Lexham Press, focuses on publishing titles in Christian living, leadership and professional development, memoir, and faith-informed fiction.” 

Mantle Rock Publishing – A small publisher who has been around since 2012. They accept online submissions of Clean and Christian Historical Romance, Contemporary Romance, Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Cozy Mysteries, and Clean Fantasy/Speculative.

New Hope Publishers “New Hope publishes 12 to 15 titles per year. We are primarily looking for Christian living titles on spiritual growth, personal growth, leadership, and Bible studies. All nonfiction titles must have a strong reader takeaway. We are not looking for memoirs, devotionals, poetry, or scripts.”

New Leaf Publishing – Currently seeking nonfiction (Apologetics, homeschool curriculum, Christian living, church life, educational books, gift books, church leader resources, etc.) No fiction.

Orbis Books – In business since 1970. Offers a wide range of books on prayer, spirituality, Catholic life, theology, mission and current affairs. Publishes biographies, autobiographies, history, and religion.

P & R Books – Presbyterian & Reformed Christian Publishers. “P&R Publishing is dedicated to publishing excellent books that promote biblical understanding and godly living as summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.” No art, fiction, memoirs, poetry, prophecy, bibles, or romance. 

Paraclete Press – Primarily a Catholic press. Does not accept poetry, picture books, current events, sermons, cookbooks, popular psychology, or bible commentaries. They also accept sheet music.

Tristan Publishing Group – All works published will point to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. They have a variety of genres including fiction and nonfiction. This is a very small press.

Write Integrity Press – They specialize in clean and wholesome entertainment. Accepts fiction, nonfiction and children’s literature. 

As a side, please note Christian Manuscript Submission Service. This is one service that several bigger Christian publishers use to acquire unsolicited manuscripts (non-agented.) Bigger publishers who use this are Baker Books, Revell and Bethany House. There is a $98 for submission.

Did I forget any publisher you’ve worked with that you think should be added? Please leave a comment below.

John 12:46

John 12:46

Today's Verse of the Day has struck a chord with me. We often forget that Jesus is the light. We get so caught up in our world and forget to step back from the darkness. God is so good. He gave his only son so that we may be forgiven. We should never forget that! Take time today to step away from life's business and find time to see the light. It will do a world of goodness for you.

Promoting Christian Authors in a Secular World

The Story Behind Christian Writers Promo

Promotion for Christian Authors

By Mindy Hildebrand

There is much to offer on the internet when it comes to online book marketing. Too much, really. However, as Christian authors, we have to be very careful with how we market our books. There are plenty of resources for secular authors, but what about inspirational authors? Where do we begin and how do we get to our final destination of selling our books for our specific target audience?

My goal is to help Christian authors. A Christian is called to “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2) It has been on my heart for some time now. I’ve been trying to do this on my own for so long, but we are expected to network and help one another. I know I am not alone in this thinking. We struggle so often about doing it OUR way, and with NO help. But God has other plans.

I have news for you all (though it’s probably more of a reminder)! As authors, we are called to use our God-given talent of writing to glorify God. Our words can carry an enormous message for those who read us, and I feel such a weight on doing this correctly. How can I do this alone? It’s simple; I can’t.

After years of prayer, God has helped me develop this idea and I’m thrilled to present CWP to you!

—– Christian Writers Promo. —–

Think about it. We are appointed to come together in prayer, in worship, in encouragement, in praise. We need CWP in order to implement our calling.

This group’s mission is to plan, strategize, implement promotional opportunities for Christian authors. Let’s help one another. Share ideas. Encourage. Pray. In this, all good things will come.

Please find CWP on Facebook, Facebook Group and Twitter. Introduce yourself below and welcome!

Ephesians 2:10
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10: 24-25)