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Welcome to Season 4 of The Book Marketing Action Podcast with Becky Robinson, where we give you information that you can immediately implement to increase your influence and market your books more successfully. 

This episode is about the world of book marketing and how authors build their platforms. Becky is joined by Nancy Sheed—Social Media Marketing and Communications Consultant—who discusses her experience and career as a book marketer, what book marketing means to authors, and how to create sustainable, realistic book marketing approaches that lead to long-term success. 

Key Points From This Episode

[01:48] Nancy shares about herself and her work in the world. 

[03:36] Nancy talks about her experience working with bestselling author Laura Vanderkam. 

[06:13] How does Nancy define the work she does? She reveals the answer. 

[09:35] Listen as Nancy describes when she would ideally start working with authors to build their online presence.

[12:57] Nancy explains how she talks authors through the idea that marketing a book is harder than they expect. 

[16:09] Nancy outlines some ways that authors can prepare to promote their books.

[20:33] How has the world of book marketing changed over the last 10+ years? Nancy talks about the transformation she has seen. 

[24:47] Nancy shares what excites her the most about the book marketing industry. 

[27:11] Nancy reveals one of the most successful approaches to book marketing that she has seen in her career. 

Action Steps:

  1. Put together a list of people who know, love, and adore you and start sending them an email every now and then (with their permission). If you don’t have a plan for email, then it’s going to be really hard to build a community.
  2. Think about how you’re showing up online and Google yourself to see what you find. Make sure the story the online world is telling is the one you want to be told. 


Tweetables and quotes:

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A lot of people who love writing books don’t like being extroverted marketers promoting themselves. It’s not a comfortable thing for them. —Nancy Sheed

Authors are the asset, they’re the content, they’re the things that people want to see—they want to hear from, they want the insight from—so they have to be involved in the marketing. —Nancy Sheed

Who is your book for? Who is going to buy it? Where are they? What do they want to hear from you? —Nancy Sheed

There are a lot of specialists now that can help you dive deep into a myriad of ways to promote your book, depending on what your goals are. —Nancy Sheed

Helping people who have important messages that can change people’s lives is really important.  —Nancy Sheed

People still use email. They’re never gonna leave email. —Nancy Sheed

Social media is great, but you don’t own it. —Nancy Sheed

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