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Friday, August 28, 2009

FWD: Promote Your Book with a Facebook Group by Dana Lynn Smith

Today, I am thrilled to have a returning book marketing expert as our guest author for today. Dana Lynn Smith is the creator of the Book Marketing Maven blog, a site where authors can go to pick up a lot of good information to help them market their book. She is also the author of the Savvy Book Marketer Guide series. Today, Dana is talking to us about using Facebook groups to help promote our book(s).

Before we get to her advice, I wanted to ask you to check out my free video tips for authors. In this week's video, we look at creating a favicon for your Blogger blog. I am also re-running my video on creating and uploading a favicon to your website. Just sign up for my free subscription and you will receive this week's tip, as well as weekly video tips that walk you through some of the more technical aspects of marketing your book on the Internet. In fact, when you sign up, I will give you immediate access to over 45 minutes of free video tips. Reading how to do something is one thing; looking over the shoulders of an expert as he or she does it can make all the difference in the world. Feel free to visit my sign-up page to view a free sample video now before making your decision.

Now, on to Dana's post...

Promote Your Book with a Facebook Group
by Dana Lynn Smith

Facebook groups are a great place to meet people who share your interests. You can join existing groups, but starting your own group is even better.

To find groups to join enter keywords in the Facebook search box. When the search results come up, click on the Groups tab to view groups focused on your topic.

Click the Join Group button to join a group. Write an introductry greeting on the group's wall, and post your book cover in the photo section. Your book cover will show up on the group page and also in the newsfeed of your friends. It's not wise to post wall messages and images on more than one group page per day.

Most groups have a discussion board. Scan the list of questions to see if there are any you can answer. As with other online forums, observe proper etiquette and don't be too promotional in your answer.

Groups are also a wonderful place to find friends. After all, if someone joins a group related to your topic of interest, they presumably share your interests.


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