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Natasha Ghica from Romania is reading The Shinning August 30, 2017 - 7:46am

Hello friends!

I've been a Lit Reactor member for about 5 years now and I absolutley love this website. There is always such great advice, tips and so much support from fellow writers. This website helped me improve my writing and I am now even in the process of self-publishing my first book through amazon!

I would like some advice on how to market the book. Does anyone have any experience with marketing and self-publishing? How do I get people to hear about it and make them want to read it?

I have started an instagram page for some of my poetry and am using that as a marketing platform and a way to gain fans. You can view it at  and please feel free to follow it or leave feedback! 

What other ways can I market my writing?

Thanks so much for your help everyone, like always!


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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated September 4, 2017 - 7:43pm


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Max from Texas is reading goosebumps September 8, 2017 - 1:50am

It's difficult to give advice without knowing more about the book, but every marketing campaign should at the very least include a regularly published newsletter. If you don't already have one, begin building up a mailing list now.

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helpfulsnowman from Colorado is reading But What If We're Wrong? by Chuck Klosterman September 8, 2017 - 9:53am

Second the mailing list. Mailing list subscribers are usually dedicated fans.

The only other advice I have is to not be afraid to promote your book in whatever else you do. Any other media you're creating, blogs, podcasts, videos, snapchats, images, whatever, don't be afraid to put in plugs for your book. Don't completely change course with that stuff, but be willing to put in the word about your book.

I think it's also good to swallow your pride and give copies to friends and people with Amazon/Goodreads accounts who are willing to review. And ask them to write honest reviews (tell them you're not checking the review content), and if they're thinking about giving the book 5 stars, go 4 instead (a book that has all 5-star reviews is an obvious setup). 

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Natasha Ghica from Romania is reading The Shinning September 18, 2017 - 10:37am

I really appreciate that. Those are all good ideas. I never thought about the mailing list or getting reviews from friends/family. Thank you do much everyone!

It's a poetry book with poems regarding mental health! 


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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee September 20, 2017 - 1:03am

Congratulations and salutations.

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Christopher M Rigby from Auckland, New Zealand is reading On Writing, by Stephen King October 17, 2017 - 9:26pm

Awesome!  Congrats :-)

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel October 24, 2017 - 4:53pm

That's so wonderful. I'll get there in a couple years.