D.D. Scott: "Making the Kindle boards work for you"
_D.D. Scott writes sassy romantic comedies with more than a touch of chick lit in their genetics, plus cozy mysteries, as well. She has two series out on Amazon, the Bootscootin’ books (think Sex in the City meets Urban Cowboy) and her new Cozy Cash mysteries. Oh, and did I mention she’s an Amazon bestselling author? Here’s her take on making the Kindle discussion boards work for you, without making an ass of yourself.
Hello, Mysteries and Histories readers and fans!
I’m bestselling Indie epub romantic comedy and cozy mystery author D. D. Scott, and I’m thrilled to be here today talkin’ to y’all about The Kindle Boards and how to make ‘em work for you without makin’ an ass outta yourself!
When Cheryl asked me to write this post, I immediately had one goal in mind…
To share with you that The Kindle Boards, like any other social networking community, is about chatting with and getting to know your readers and fans and/or potential readers and fans…NOT ABOUT “BUY MY BOOK”!
That’s it…the simple truth.
That’s what you’re after on each and every site you choose to participate on.
It’s that simple…which makes it that hard.
How do you chat and get to know readers (and other writers too) in a way that’s not about a proverbially beat ‘em over the noggin’ “BUY MY BOOK”?
Let’s start with examples…’cause yeah…I think my Kindle Board Threads (the name for each topic started on the boards) will help you get the hang of what I’m sayin’:
The Bootscootin’ Books: Romantic Comedy w/a Chick Lit Gone Country Twist
RomCom-Cozies: A New Genre Mash-up of Romantic Comedies & Cozy Mysteries
Cross-Pollination: Getting Sales Mileage Out of Your Characters Across Genres
You can see from all these conversations – and yes, what you want to start are conversations to keep people coming back to read and participate – I’m sharing knowledge and resources with my readers and fans and potential readers and fans too.
It’s all about providing great content and keepin’ ‘em comin’ back for more.
My good friend and go-to social media queen Kristen Lamb taught me in her must-read book – WE ARE NOT ALONE: THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO SOCIAL MEDIA – to learn to become a social “influencer” and “expert” in whatever it is you luuuvvv to talk about. Become that destination source people go-to for all the scoop on whatever topic(s) for which you enjoy providing pay dirt and stimulating conversation.
For me, that meant focusing on both readers and all-things-epublishing.
To that end, I’m a full-time Goddess on The Naked Hero Grog which focuses on readers, and I co-founded The WG2E – The Writer’s Guide to Epublishing – your destination site for everything Epublishing.
And u betchya I talk a ton about the topics we cover on these grogs (grogs = group blogs) on all my Kindle Board Threads, and I link in my Board posts to whatever grog posts I’m referring to.
So besides linking to all your social influence-style topics, what other techniques can you use to help Kindle Board Readers “find” you and your books without screaming-out or typing in bold “BUY MY BOOK”?
1. Start a Thread in the Kindle Board Book Bazaar for each book you have out as well as Threads in the Kindle Board Writer’s Café for topics your books and/or writing process center around. For example:
Thug Guard – Book One of The Cozy Cash Mysteries – Is Here – For 99 Cents!!!
Amazon Algorithms: A Quant I Am Not
2. Make use of the superfab cool Kindle Board Image-Maker (I’ve linked you to the instructions below) to create Book Cover Images of all your Kindle Books, then use those cover images – which can be clicked on to take a reader right to your Kindle Book’s Page – as your signature line. Note my Signature Line on all my Kindle Board Posts. Click here for how you do this.
3. Participate on any Thread where you have something to contribute – whether it be info to share, sales numbers to share, experiences to share, etc. So yeah…share what you know as well as ask questions of what you’d like to know.
4. Congratulate other writers and readers on their accomplishments. Let ‘em know you’re happy for whatever it is that they’re sharing or that you’re emphasizing with ‘em for whatever they’re goin through.
5. Put yourself on what I call a Thread Schedule…you may know or not know this, but The Kindle Boards ask that you only post to your own Thread once every 7 days. Why? Because each time a comment is posted on a thread, it “bumps” that thread back to Page One of The Boards. By only allowing each of us to post one time every 7 days to our own Threads, it allows for a nice rotation of each of us being able to get that Page One prime realty. Sooo…obviously, the more Threads you start, the more visibility you get, but also, if you have different threads you can “bump” each day (cause you’ve rotated which threads you bump on which days), you can try to always stay close to Page One if not on Page One. For example, I know on Sunday’s, I bump certain threads. On Mondays, I bump a different list of threads. Tuesdays, more threads. And so on. Does that make sense?
Really…it comes down to being a genuine, caring human being…not an in-your-face salesman.
Don’t be the “ass” you’re tryin’ to outrun in some store or on some car-lot.
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