Purple Snowflake Marketing


By Lillian Brummet

Publisher : booklocker.com

ABOUT Lillian Brummet

Lillian Brummet
Dave and Lillian Brummet have been writing professionally as a team since 1999,  starting out as free lance writers – which they continue to do today. To date, they have written 3 published books. The Brummets are also the hosts of the Conscious Discussions talk radio show and of the Au More...



Purple Snowflake Marketing - How To Make Your Book Stand Out In A Crowd, is a reference guide for self-marketing authors who want to be noticed in a snowstorm of writers. With nineteen chapters and twenty-five appendices, this book is a means for authors to design an effective marketing plan and utilize frugal promotional tools with the click of their mouse. Whether it is utilized by order of chapters or randomly at the reader's discretion the book is a marketing plan in itself. The book makes use of breaks and ample headings to break up the monotony of learning. Readers will find the multiple headings useful when they wish to refresh their memory on a particular aspect, and will feel encouraged to create a marketing plan that suits their unique situation. The book also provides over 900 resources – that will accelerate your marketing efforts far beyond your peers. Purple Snowflake Marketing provides reassurance to authors along with ample advice for avoiding pit-falls and setting a pace for marketing endeavors. This e-book was originally released in June 2007 and since then has made the recommended reading lists of more than a dozen writing courses. Authors of most genres will find this inspiring book an essential component for marketing their book. The e-book was released in June 2009 by Booklocker.com Inc Details at: www.brummet.ca/purple.htm

Initially, the ebook was (and still is) our own marketing plan, which we developed through more than 10 years of research, hands on experience, information gained from business marketing courses and conversations with both upcoming and successful authors. I found that I was being asked questions on the writer's forums so often that Dave and I decided to publish our marketing plan as an ebook. It was important to us to ensure the book was available for a frugal price so that authors on a limited budget could afford the investment. It was equally important to us that it be released as an ebook so that readers can begin promotion activities and marketing research with just a click of their mouse. Our ebook talks about many aspects around a writer's career that goes beyond creating a marketing plan. You see, many people view the world of writing as a career of leisure – which is actually opposite to the truth. For one thing, writing is a creative process and like any artist, writers need the time and energy to craft their work. This can include brainstorming sessions, research, querying and following-up and learning new writing or technical skills. Time is consumed by office work, from book keeping to recording efforts and results. So as a self-employed person, a writer is actually putting in many more hours than the regular 9-to-5 career demands. Another misconception that often lives in the minds of authors is that they think once their book is written, the work ends there and the royalty checks will just come pouring in. Again, this is far from the truth. In fact, once the book is actually accepted by the publisher, goes through the editing and proofing processes and is released to the public, the authors’ work has just begun. As much as 85% of an author’s time is for marketing purposes alone – and marketing plans typically begin several months prior to the release of a book. We know from first hand how quickly a promotion budget will dwindle away and the difficulty of gaining name recognition and an Internet presence. Purple Snowflake Marketing is an author’s guide to developing a frugal and effective marketing plan. We start with the 4 main areas an author needs to evaluate including research, evaluating what others are doing, gaining name recognition and discovering the strengths and weaknesses of both their own particular situation and their book’s as well. So by knowing these 4 main points well, an author can use the information to design a highly tuned marketing plan that makes the most efficient use of both their time and budget. We also discuss delicate issues from handling family and friends who are not supportive, jealous or those who say they’ll buy a book – but don’t. These are often surprises and hurtful events for authors, but they need to be prepared to keep their expectations on a realistic level. Purple Snowflake Marketing deals with every aspect of a marketing plan and offers tips on how authors can stand out in a crowd like a purple snowflake in a snowstorm. And this is really important, because there are nearly 200,000 books released annually in the US alone; all of these books are direct competitors with our own book. We need to find a way to stand out among all of these recent releases and those that have already been published in the past, not just in our own country - but in other English speaking countries as well from Australia, the US and the UK to Canada.

"...I coach clients on marketing their books and writing the marketing section of their book proposals, so over the years I’ve learned a lot. Many e-books are glib and self-serving. Yours is thorough, comprehensive, and very detailed. It hits on every aspect of marketing… I especially like the Q & A sections..." ~ Cindy Barrilleaux, Writing Coaching Services  (www.writeyourbest.com)

"...Online, offline, in person, in taxi cabs, by mail, at events, anywhere and everywhere, their marketing reach tries to touch every potential reader. Indeed, Purple Snowflake Marketing  - How To Make Your Book Stand Out In a Crowd, could easily add hundreds if not thousands of orders to any book published today..." ~ Author, former television journalist, video producer and magazine editor Frank Hilliard

"...Your questions about how to get reviews, what to do in internet marketing, making media kits and writing press releases will all be answered.  This book is a Godsend to new authors..." ~ Author, Betty Fasig (www.wooffer.com)

"...One of the best guidebooks any writer could have on the journey of guiding their work to its final destination. ...Sound knowledge of how the market works and what it takes to reach the reader. Their advice is invaluable. The information you'll find here is exhaustive. The range of materials and resources in the appendices is truly mind-boggling." ~ Author, educator, writing and editing consultant Lois J. Peterson, (www.lpwordsolutions.com)

"...Doesn't just expose authors to opportunities; it also helps steer them away from pit-falls in the publishing industry. ...Advice on marketing your book, beginning with the day you sign the contract …A realistic outlook on what a new or relatively unknown author can expect and how to employ research and preparation to make a memorable first impression. …Offers fresh ideas and a realistic view with statistics to assist in making informed decisions as you put together a marketing plan."  ~ Author, editor and educator, Donna Sundblad  (www.theinkslinger.net)

"A great source of information for every author – seasoned or new. ...Can use to develop a strong marketing/promotion plan to help get started and survive in this maze of a book industry." Author, David Lewis (www.dlouway.com)

“…Covers that vital expanse of time between producing a manuscript that’s fit for publication, and getting your book into the hands of paying readers. …Offers much needed assistance by presenting the essential ingredients of a comprehensive marketing plan. …Presents tips, advice and ideas in a plain and straightforward way, making the book very accessible and easy to read.” ~ Keith Plumb, editor of UnHeard Words E-zine (www.unheardwords.co.uk)
“…This marketing e-book is very thorough.  The chapters cover a great swath of material, but the 21 appendices give a reader the ability to reach vehicles for promotion with just the click of a mouse.  Highly recommended.” ~ Andrea Campbell, editor of Soups On E-Newsletter (www.andreacampbell.com)

"...If you're looking for a book to help guide you through all of the steps of an effective book marketing plan, then I highly recommend that you add "Purple Snowflake Marketing - How To Make Your Book Stand Out In A Crowd" to your bookshelf today! ~ Author and Editor of Coffee Break for Writers, Misti Sandefur

I am reading your book on marketing. It's exactly what I needed. Thank you!