365 Challenge: Day 224 – Help (LIST: Artist Support)

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Help: the various ways to support someone who is trying to launch a new product or service (like a book)

Help an Author

Sundays are LIST days and today is no different. Do you know someone who recently launched a new product or service (artist, author/book, greeting cards, editing services… it goes on forever!) but you’re not exactly sure how to best help them? Perhaps you’re not a reader or you don’t have a lot of money to purchase their new book or product. That’s OK! You can still be a critical part of his or her team by supporting them in tons of other ways. Below is a quick LIST of possible ways you can help promote or market, whether it’s a writer, painter, artist, creator, editor, musician… adapt the option to fit the service.

  • Tell your friends, family and colleagues all about the person and their product.
  • Write a review (even a simple one):
    • I’ve learned some interesting things about Amazon from reasonably reliable sources. Amazon doesn’t do anything to highlight your book (or product) until you have at least 20 reviews (good or bad). For instance, they might not start suggesting “if you liked product X, you might like product Y” until you have those reviews, assuming if no one writers a review, why would their marketing automation ever pick it up.
    • They may not showcase your product in certain areas on their page if it’s not getting reviews or purchases. They want to promote products that are already selling, so they start first with those who have a lot of reviews.
  • Ask the author or creator HOW you can help them other than buy the book or product. They might already have ideas but no one to test them out.
  • Join their mailing list and then share those emails with your friends.
  • Re-Blog content. It could be some of the author’s posts, or even book reviews by other readers. Keep the momentum going.
  • Social Media
    • Tweet about the artist or author, the book or share what others in your circles have said about it.
    • Post something on Facebook to interest other people. Perhaps fun quotes or pics that might garner new fans.
    • BookTube your thoughts on the genre or author and let others get familiar with the names.
    • Share the cover or painting on Instagram with different hashtags.
    • Like their posts and pages wherever you can.
  • Check at your local bookstores or galleries to see if they have opportunities to highlight authors and artists.
  • Suggest the book for any book clubs you know.
  • Ask for a copy of the book if you can hold a giveaway with a lot of potential people who might then buy it.
  • Ask the author for a 1-page marketing sheet with all the key details so you can tell others about it and find your own method.
  • If you see a great website or app highlighting or promoting other books and products, tell the author as (s)he may not know about alternative places to market.

 

Share any other ideas you might have! Let this be interactive as it always is on the 365 Daily Challenge. I’ve got the best followers, friends and fans… can’t say enough positive things about all of you who are sharing the love. I just want to spread the news to everyone so they know how to help each other. Thank you to everyone for their advice, support and words. It is much appreciated on all levels.

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, often organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me. Past weeks included:

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held
  • Weeks 26 – 30: Top 10 entertainment options
  • Week 31: How to follow or contact me across all social media platforms

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks.

 

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15 thoughts on “365 Challenge: Day 224 – Help (LIST: Artist Support)

    Kim said:
    October 22, 2017 at 5:49 PM

    That is an interesting thing to know about amazon! Thanks for sharing (and all the other advice). My question is does it matter which country you post in? For example, does it have to be 20 reviews on amazon US or can it be split up over UK and AU etc. Do US readers still see reviews from AU or should book reviewers sign into the others to post them too?

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 22, 2017 at 5:55 PM

      Great question. I don’t see other reviews from other countries unless I go to that country’s site. I will ask my publisher about that count versus country. Good one!

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        Kim said:
        October 22, 2017 at 5:57 PM

        Good to know. I’ve only been posting in AU but I guess that’s not as helpful as other places 😛

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 22, 2017 at 5:58 PM

        It wouldn’t help US readers unless they thought to go there. I will get back to you on the rest! I love that other countries show the US ones at the bottom of the page. US doesn’t. 😦

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        Kim said:
        October 22, 2017 at 6:00 PM

        Oh do they? I hadn’t even noticed lol. I tend to just look at goodreads for reviews lol

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 22, 2017 at 6:01 PM

        UK and Japan do. I’m looking everywhere. Lol.

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        Kim said:
        October 22, 2017 at 6:03 PM

        If most of the others do then maybe just posting in the US one would work 😛 I’d probably do AU and US

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 22, 2017 at 6:39 PM

        I think that sounds like the best plan. But I will double check if I can get any confirmation!

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        BrizzleLass said:
        October 23, 2017 at 4:17 PM

        It’s 20 reviews per country. I have a .com account as well as a .co.uk one so usually post my reviews on both. But the verified purchase will only be next to my .co.uk review.

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 23, 2017 at 4:18 PM

        Thanks for clarifying!

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        BrizzleLass said:
        October 23, 2017 at 4:20 PM

        You’re welcome. I have all sorts of random facts in my head!

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        October 23, 2017 at 4:35 PM

        Valuable for so many reasons, you are. I sound like Yoda.

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    wakinguponthewrongsideof50 said:
    October 22, 2017 at 8:49 PM

    Very good info!

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    mainepaperpusher said:
    October 23, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Reblogged this on Everyone Else Has the Best Titles and commented:
    Here are some thoughts from a newly-published author. If you haven’t already, follow https://thisismytruthnow.com and learn about the process of being published first hand. Let’s support one of our own!

    I’ll be having Jay as a guest on my blog next month. I can’t wait!

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    RobbyeFaye said:
    November 7, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Are you familiar with LibraryThing? ( https://www.librarything.com/) They aren’t the most user-friendly, but they have a LOT of new and upcoming authors on their site and seem to do a lot to facilitate their exposure/sales.
    Just one quick idea I had, don’t know if it will help or not.
    Congrats, again!

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