What the heck are we doing here? 😊
It just so happens that I have something a little different to share with you today.
I’ve never done a post like this before, but I happened upon this tidbit of information which I thought some of you might find interesting and helpful.
Everyone who has had the good fortune to be published knows that the next hurdle is sales. And even traditionally published authors can have a hard time getting their books noticed and selling like hotcakes.
For self-published authors without the marketing and distribution power of a publishing house behind them, it can be even harder.
Enter Story Antics!
Today’s post is provided by Lara Solomon, the genius behind this new platform.
I hope you guys will find it interesting and take a moment to explore the site and share with anyone you know who might be interested!
3 Reasons You Should Join Story Antics Today!
You might be reading this thinking, what or who is Story Antics? Good question! It is a new marketplace for self-published and independent children’s books. It was launched this month (September 2020) after self-published author Lara Solomon realized that yes, she could write more books, but there are already so many books out there that readers haven’t discovered. Lara decided rather than writing more books, she would help authors promote their books which often don’t get seen, for a wide variety of reasons.
If you are a self-published or independent children’s author of physical books (audio and ebooks are in the works but that won’t be until 2021) you can add your books to the Story Antics site for FREE.
How easy is it to join Story Antics and what’s involved?
It is very easy, it takes about 5-10 minutes, depending on how many books you have to add, and there are really clear instructions on the site. Plus, if you get stuck you can email for help.
1) Create your author profile here
2) You now can login. Add a photo to your profile and a bit of blurb about you so that customers get to know you
3) Next add your books with at least one image of the book cover and a blurb about the book. Select which age group it is for, the genre and the price
4) Finally, set up the shipping for the books, decide how much you’d like to charge and if you want to offer international shipping
Once your book sells you are sent an email from the site with the customers details for you to mail it out to them.
- Promotion and Exposure
Marketing and promoting your books takes time and effort, and can be a daunting task. By adding your books to the Story Antics site they do the marketing and promotion for you. Story Antics is all about promoting their books and Authors through,
· Social media posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Authors can use their socials to promote themselves at NO extra cost
· Email newsletters to potential customers every fortnight highlighting new books and authors
· The website, with book exposure on the homepage
· Monthly Author newsletter with tips and ideas to get more sales
2. A Mini Website
You may have thought, yes, I should get a website, but haven’t got round to it due to time or money. With Story Antics you have a page all about YOU with your books on it. You can even design your page with a banner displaying all your books. Plus, customers can email you directly from the site with questions, comments or fan mail!
3. Cost Effective Marketing Channel
Running Facebook ads, Google ads, growing your own social media can be expensive and time consuming. With Story Antics they take care of all that for you, and only charge a 10% commission when your book sells.
Story Antics takes the pain and headache out of marketing and promoting your books to get sales. They are starting a big PR and advertising campaign from the beginning of October, so now is a great time to get onboard and watch your sales soar!
Thanks for sharing, Lara! And I hope at least some of you find this information valuable – for yourselves or a friend!
Have a great Thursday! 😊