Amanda Luedeke

August 14, 2014

Thursdays with Amanda: Book Marketing Challenge, week 3


2013amanda2Amanda Luedeke is a literary agent with MacGregor Literary. Every Thursday, she posts about growing your author platform. You can follow her on Twitter @amandaluedeke or join her Facebook group to stay current with her wheelings and dealings as an agent. Her author marketing book, The Extroverted Writer, is available from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Last week, I invited all of you to participate in ANOTHER Book Marketing challenge! We did one the week before, and it was so much easier than I think any of us anticipated that I figured we should give it another go.

Truth be told, I’m just trying to get all of you into the habit of doing this 🙂

Okay, so the rules are that you challenge yourself to complete 5 marketing tasks for your book or author brand (or what-have-you). You then have one week to complete those tasks.

Here’s how I did this week:

5 MORE Marketing tasks for The Extroverted Writer

1. Comment on five blogs (oh yeah…you heard me! I’m upping my game). This was harder than I anticipated, so I ended up commenting on a few blogs and then taking to Twitter. Twitter is much easier to search and find conversations that you can infiltrate. I did this and had great results. My Twitter feed seemed to really be buzzing there for a bit.

2. Look into a Goodreads giveaway (and set one up if possible). Haha I did exactly this…I looked into it. I’m probably going to schedule one in the next week or so.

3. BUY MY WEB DOMAIN!! Time to stop relying on the agency site as my main hub…gonna get my own space. Ugh, I am at times a major deliberator. And I’ve been deliberating about my website for AGES. Who should host? Where should I buy my domain? What template should I use? I’m drowning in my own self-doubt and over-analyzation. Not good, people.

4. Find 2 writer blogs and see about guest posts. Yep, have this lined up. I have two confirmed and two that I sent out feelers for.

5. Post something on my Agent FB page EVERY DAY. I did this, and YOU GUYS, IT WAS AMAZING. Take a look:Screen Shot 2014-08-14 at 1.23.10 PM

I also adjusted the price of the ebook version of The Extroverted Writer…I figured it was time to permanently drop it to $2.99!!

Which I think is a deal 🙂


What about you? Did you get your five things done? Do you think you can make this a habit? 

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  • I achieved all that I set out to do this week. I sent an email to more than 2,000 emails, and I cleaned up my email list as some of them came back.

    I found three hosts for a guest post. I’ve written and sent one, with two more to go.

    I am hosting three people’s guest posts in the next two months.

    I made more contacts for speaking events, generating several more leads to possible venues.

    This week I want to:

    Write the two blog posts for the guest posts

    Call bookstores to schedule visits near where I will be speaking.

    Call media contacts in the areas where I will be speaking.

    I’m no longer young and in my prime, so I am setting out to do three things a week. If I can do more, I will.

  • Rachel Leigh Smith says:

    I filled up all but one spot on my blog tour, but didn’t get anything else done except writing. We did my dad’s birthday and I stepped into real life to go see a movie with my siblings.

    Won’t get a lot done next week either, because of the day job.

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