Day 11 of the NO EXCUSES 3-Week Author Blog Challenge: Modeling other authors in your genre…
Authors are human, and it seems a foible of human nature to get caught up in a sense of competition with other authors. After all, we want the same thing, don’t we – to find the people who are willing to shell out a few bucks to buy our books? But that’s just it – we want them to buy OUR books, not THEIR books. Check it out, though. What’s the last thing you see when you complete an order on Amazon? “People who bought that book (or other thing) you just bought also bought these other very similar books.”
There’s NO competition, really. Just other people doing and writing similar things. And some of them have been doing it longer. Or they’ve taken a different approach. Or are targeting a different audience. Sometimes it’s worth exploring what the others in your genre are doing, if only as a point of comparison.
Each day, we have a prompt upon which the authors may base their posts – or they may opt to write on the topics of their choice.
The Day 11 prompt is:
When is the last time you did a survey of other books similar to yours on the market? How are they selling? What do their authors’ websites look like? What are their authors doing to market? What ideas could you borrow to generate your own new marketing concepts or campaigns?
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If you’re just learning about the Challenge for the very first time, don’t let the late hour deter you from joining! Fill out the REGISTRATION FORM, read the Guidelines, and begin blogging away! You’ll qualify for the contest to win a $35 gift card to the bookstore of your choice IF you back-post for all the days you’ve missed so far AND add your name to the MisterLinky for each date. Details will be sent via email upon your registration.
We’ll check in daily for a recap of the prior day’s best blog entries.
Put on those thinking caps!