#MarketYourMarketing Workshops

How to Market a Book

My Very Basic Marketing!

I want to give a shout out to the very generous Ellie Pilcher. She is running a series of free Zoom workshops entitled #MarketYourMarketing. The workshops are principally aimed at those taking their first steps in a career in book marketing. However, anyone can signup and it’s useful for an author to be aware of what goes on behind the scenes when a book is published or to apply some of Ellie’s advice to the marketing strategy for a self-published book.

So, in order to broaden my own horizons, I signed up to Ellie’s first two workshops: How to Write a Marketing Plan and How to Utilise Social Media to Promote a Book, the latter will also featureĀ Claire Fenby from One More Chapter.

How to Write a Marketing Plan took place last week and is now available to watch on YouTube. There were over a hundred people in the meeting (all muted!) to watch Ellie’s presentation. The main purpose was to show how to create a book marketing plan during the interview process for a job in publishing. However, as an author, I found it interesting and picked up on the following points:

  • The importance of pinpointing the audience for the book, for example: gender, age, beach read, Christmas gift etc. This enables the marketing to be correctly targeted.
  • Publishers generally allocate large marketing budgets to writers who are already big names and often there is no budget at all for some books. No budget means creative thinking is needed plus more input from the author.
  • It’s important to get a buzz going pre-publication around the cover reveal and the launch of pre-orders. At this point assets for social media are effective (gifs etc.) along with trying out different straplines for the book and using fun photos.
  • Post-publication the emphasis shifts slightly to sharing reviews and a blog tour plus more social media.
  • A person has to see a book mentioned three times before they might be tempted to buy. So it’s important to keep putting the cover image out there.

How to Utilise Social Media to Promote a Book takes place on Tuesday 15th September at 18:00. This is followed on Tuesday 29th September by How to Ace a Publishing Job Interview. Both of these are free and can be booked via Eventbrite.


  1. #1 by gailaldwin on September 10, 2020 - 10:48 am

    Such a useful post, Sally. I’ve watched the marketing plan video and have signed up for the social media one. Would never have known about these without you flagging them. Thank you.

    • #2 by Sally Jenkins on September 10, 2020 - 11:58 am

      Glad it was useful, Gail. I’m looking forward to the social media one too.

  2. #3 by juliathorley on September 14, 2020 - 10:11 am

    Very useful, thank you. Marketing is the hardest part of the job.

    • #4 by Sally Jenkins on September 15, 2020 - 9:02 am

      Agreed, Julia. Marketing makes writing seem the easy part!

  3. #5 by juliathorley on September 14, 2020 - 2:54 pm

    Just had a listen: did we need the swearing? I think not.

    • #6 by Sally Jenkins on September 15, 2020 - 9:04 am

      Oh dear. I don’t remember any swearing but it was a fortnight ago now.

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