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Publishing Tips: Introduce Extras

25 days until the Minutes Before Sunset release. 

When I posted Shannon Summary: Six Months In, I received a lot of inquiries about how to bring more readers to your blog and/or novels. I thought about this for a while, and I’ve come to a lot of conclusions, but one of them in particular kept repeating itself: connect with our readers.

I spend a lot of my free time reading other blogs (Twitters and Facebook pages too). In order to connect with readers, I never expect them to find me. I go to them, and I prove that I care. I think this is really important, because then there is a connection between the writer and the reader (especially if they are a writer too.)

So what can you do once you get passed that step?

Create opportunities.

Like my cover contest for Minutes Before Sunset, I try really hard to involve my readers with my writings (because, ultimately, it is for them.) But I understand if others aren’t comfortable with that. So I thought about other things, and I came up with this idea (mainly because a lot of published authors actually have pages like this themselves) and decided to do it myself.

My Facebook Author Page is over 150 likes too :]
My Facebook Author Page is over 150 likes too :]

Create an “Extras” page for your novels and/or writings. This allows reader to see Fan Art and/or anything you’ve created while writing. You can also add possible soundtracks, along with anything else you find enhancing towards the experience of your novel. I think it’s important to have pages like this, because it can be further entertainment for your readers while also giving the opportunity of teaching your writing methods.

I’ve added “Extras” pages for November Snow & Minutes Before Sunset. (Click the links to see them.)

These pages will include Interior/Exterior Maps, Soundtracks, and Fan Art (along with anything else I think will enhance the experience of the novel and writing tips.) Whenever I add something new, I’ll be sure to post an announcement on my blog and Facebook Author Page.

So check it out (and if you have anything you’d like to see, let me know, and I’ll add it!)

~SAT

April 8: Relax & Read: The Unmemntioable by Erin Moure

As an "extra" to my life: I have a collection of frogs. Don't ask me why, because I honestly have no clue. People seem to buy them for me, and this is my most recent one (of 6). He's from Puerto Rico.
As an “extra” to my life: I have a collection of frogs. Don’t ask me why, because I honestly have no clue. People seem to buy them for me, and this is my most recent one (of 6). He’s from Puerto Rico.

22 thoughts on “Publishing Tips: Introduce Extras

  1. I might borrow your idea about the cover contest. I paid for my cover for St. Charles at Dusk, and while I think it looks awesome, I’m not sure if I can afford to do that 12 or 13 more times for the rest of the books! Thanks for the suggestions!

  2. Great advice. In fact, I’ll be doing some big extras for my upcoming books. An entire encyclopedia of the world I’ve created, updated as I write. I’ll include artwork I’ve done, as well as maps. Sometimes the world creation is just as fun to work on.

  3. Thanks for sharing your experiences. I’m releasing my first novel this summer. Biting my nails…

  4. Engagnement with your readers is real important. I was also playing with the idea of having an extra page for my first novel so thanks for confirming this.

  5. One of the most time consuming things of self-publishing and gaining followers is finding your readers. Haha I didn’t think I knew what I was getting into! But I’ve never thought about an Extras page, it’s a good idea 🙂

  6. Thank you so much for following my blog. YOU are a beautiful young lady. Looking forward to checking your blog out and I see you are a writer! How cool is that?!

  7. Reblogged this on Ky Grabowski and commented:
    One of my favorite advice pieces from the charming Shannon Thompson! Check her out guys and her new published book Minutes Before Sunset!

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