Marketing My Book

As my publication date for my first book, Bobby Ether and the Academy, draws ever closer, I’m becoming more and more focused (concerned?) with the need to market it myself. I’ve already been looking at Goodreads.com and smashwords.com to take advantage of their respective services. Now I hear about netgalley.com and the ability to make a book available for free to ‘professional reviewers’ in order to get lots of reviews for your book which, of course, is huge to help sell more books.

Does any author out there have any experience with netgalley.com? I’m also considering signing up with IBPA, which has a deal with Netgalley, which would make it more expensive altogether but also add more value.

The other big question is – start now or wait till the book is actually out? The comments i got before were to start asap (i.e. now), but IBPA wants stuff like a list price and cover art for the book, which isn’t done yet.

Comments/thoughts would be appreciated from anyone whose been through this process, especially about when to start which programs.

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About R Scott Boyer

Scott Boyer grew up in Santa Monica, CA and still resides in the Los Angeles area. Graduating from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley in 1996, he started writing Bobby Ether And The Academy with the goal of blending YA fantasy with spiritual fiction. Nowadays, Scott splits his time between helping his father manage an insurance brokerage, playing with his Shepherd-mix rescue dog Patch, and writing the sequel to his first book, the soon to be released Bobby Ether and the Temple of Eternity.
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