Selling Visionary Fiction Isn’t So Different: Just Ask a Few Questions

        Guest post by Lynnette Phillips

Lynnette Phillips

As with anything, thinking of the whole picture slows me down, so at first I was momentarily stumped when I started to think of marketing Visionary Fiction. But     after all, I’ve been a book blogger, book marketer and author service provider for years, so I started to ask myself some basic questions and immediately I was       giving myself a mental forehead slap (as in calling yourself a fool) and got down to business.

Question: How’s Visionary Fiction different from what I’ve been marketing?

Answer: It isn’t different in the marketing sense of things. It’s fiction. It does, however, have several sub‑genres like paranormal, fantasy, supernatural…so start with the basics and away we go!

Q: What do readers trust when deciding what to read?

A: Word‑of‑mouth. Word‑of‑mouth is one of the strongest marketing tools available (and money smart, too). Readers wonder if someone else has read this book or author’s writing and enjoyed it. They look for reviews.

How do you get these reviews? Approach book bloggers – be aware though that there is such a demand to have a book’s image and review appear on an influential site that you will want to ‘court’ the most prominent bloggers. Become a recognizable name to them.

First do your homework: Check web analytics, look for bloggers who will review your genre or sub‑genre, check their availability—their schedule might not permit them to review another book for several months. Peruse their blog; how do they treat the books and authors they review?

Also, engage them on Twitter (microblogs and posts have definite advantages), ask a question or … Continue reading

New RESOURCE Page Added to the VFA Site

cropped-vfa-logo1.jpgOn January 16, 2014, a new page, RESOURCES, was added to the Visionary Fiction Alliance website as part of our continuing effort to expand our information services to VF readers and writers. The list given is for starters. We intend to add categories and listings as they are received and verified. All are invited to propose new items that they would like to see added to this page.  Please submit with the form found on the Contact Us page, which can be accessed from the Contact Us button on the Main Menu. We will let you know if further information is needed for proper posting.

Categories included in the launch version of the page are:

  • Agents
  • Editors
  • Book Marketing and Publicity
  • Book Cover Design
  • Reference Works

As we expect the list to grow exponentially (we think BIG) in the coming months, plan to check it regularly for your needs as a VF writer.

THE VFA EDITORIAL STAFF

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