Marketing: My first attempt at marketing Towards Yesterday

07 May
05/07/2011

I’ve been a member of the social news site Reddit for over two years now. For those of you not familiar with Reddit, it’s a news aggregating website that allows members to post links to interesting stories on the web — other users can then comment and vote on the popularity of the post. There are many other sites like Reddit, but none of them come close to the insightful, intelligent users who are attracted to this particular website.

There are many sub-Reddit’s on the site (you can think of these as collections of like-minded individuals who share a particular interest, political opinion or have a common interest in a subject.) Sub-Reddit’s range from science to religion, suggested reading lists to UFO sightings, writing advice and job advice columns, and everything in between. The probability is that there is a sub-Reddit for anything you are interested in.

Two of my favorite are the Sci-fi and Self-Print sub-Reddits. These seemed like the perfect place to post about the release of my book, and a good way to test the waters with a group of likeminded individuals. You can view both of the posts and readers comments by clicking here and here.

I’ve had a great response from both of the Reddit threads and generated my first 20 sales. The feedback I have received has been priceless. Nothing but honest opinion and suggestions for improving the layout.

This is a good start.

8 replies
  1. Harry Nicholson says:

    Hello, Paul – I wandered here via the Goodreads site and the read through your pages. They took me to Reddit and I read your post there (and have, as a result, signed up for that).

    My own ebook appeared early and so I’m most interested in you experiences. I’ll go into the garden with a cup of tea now. while I think about it all.

    Thanks for posting bits of your publishing journey. I’m getting bug-eyed with this promotion business and do wonder why I make the effort. But it is the urge to tell a good story to an audience – I don’t want a BMW or bigger house.

    regards

    Harry

    • Harry Nicholson says:

      Sorry, I should proof read before I post. Early May is when ‘Tom Fleck’ came out.

      • Harry Nicholson says:

        Amazon uk have just poured ‘Towards Yesterday’ into my kindle. Your rank was c 46k – so there will now be a little bounce. I should stop watching these graphs – they soften the brain.

        • Paul Jones says:

          Oh! And thanks for buying Towards Yesterday. I would love to know what you think of it when you are done reading.

          PAUL

    • Paul Jones says:

      Hi Harry,

      Welcome to the site. Congratulations on your book, I’ll have to add it to my TBR list. I’ve always been a writer (as my latest blog discusses, I’ve yet to truly figure out whether I’m a good storyteller or not). The one thing I know I am not, though, is a good marketer. That I have to learn, and I have a feeling it’s going to be the hard way. This whole blog is going to be dedicated to helping others avoid the pitfalls that I have a habit of falling into.

      Hopefully, everyone will benefit. Enjoy your cuppa and I look forward to seeing you around.

      PAUL

  2. Harry Nicholson says:

    Hello, Paul. I enjoyed ‘Towards Yesterday’. The different threads kept me alert and entertained and I could not have anticipated the climax. A well drawn story that intruiged me.

    Harry

    • Paul Jones says:

      Harry,

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the book and I want to thank you for your review. It’s truly appreciated.

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