Bob Baker's Book Promotion Blog
Co-Create With Your Readers & Fans
Are your readers and fans active partners with you in creating your books and promotion? If not, they should be.
During the session I did with Robin Bartlett at PMA's Publishing University last week, I spoke about the importance of co-creating with your fans. It's a new, interactive world ... so you'd better embrace it. Gone are the days when consumers were passive absorbers of book marketing messages. More and more they're becoming hands-on participants.
Case in point:
Last week I asked subscribers of my Buzz Factor music ezine to send me photos, video and/or audio of them endorsing my books -- something more concrete than the traditional text-only "I love Bob's book." -Jane Doe.
Steve Dockendorf took the idea and ran with it. First, he sent me the photo above. Then he recorded a simple video and posted it on YouTube at
(Be sure to turn up the volume to hear it.)
Watch it and see how he cleverly plugs his own music and web site and asks for listener feedback. Also note that, by promoting my books, he gets a bonus boost of exposure from me talking about him!
Here's another one -- a digital pic of Scott Macmillan enjoying my Guerrilla Music Marketing Handbook:
Scott is a renowned instrumentalist, composer and conductor from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Since he took the trouble to pose for this picture and send it, you can bet I'll plug his web site as well.
See how this co-creation thing works? Make this same kind of offer to your readers and fans.
And, if you'd like to see your image and link on these pages, send me your best digital photos or a link to a video of you saying something nice about my books and ideas.
So ... get out there and co-create with your book-loving fans!
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