Many authors hit a roadblock when it comes to putting together and implementing a book marketing plan. You know you need to have one, you have a vague idea of what it needs to include, but pulling it all together into a step-by-step plan of attack is not nearly as easy as it sounds.
A good starting point is to break your plan up into major categories. From there, you can further define and set up strategies for each area of your book marketing plan.
The first thing that comes to mind for most authors and self publishers is book store sales. Makes sense doesn't it? That's where people buy books don't they? It's true that making your book available to general public through bookstores is a very vital component of your marketing plan.
However, it is just that -- one single component of your plan. There are many elements that will make up your book marketing plan and arranging to have your book available in bookstores is just one of them. Let's call that component #1:
Book Marketing Plan Component #1
Making Books Available in Bookstores
Now, it's one thing to secure placement for your book on bookstore shelves, but now how are people going to know it's there? Customers can't (and won't) buy something they've never heard of. This is where publicity component of your Book Marketing Plan comes into play. Setting up and ongoing publicity campaign is number one way to drive customers to bookstore to buy your book. We'll call this component #2: