And I came up with a new outlook on life...
Life is like a favorite t-shirt--It starts out bright and clean but eventually gets worn out and stained. It also gets more comfortable and refreshed with every wash!
Next, I wanted to talk about "Street Teams" - What the heck are they? Have you heard of them? Do you have one? Does it work?
Well, I researched it and here's what I found:
- Street Teams have been around forever--they started out as marketing for new artists - Probably because they're cheap, relatively easy, and effective (article 1)
- A Street Team is a group of people actively going out and talking to your potential audience to help sell your product. They create BUZZ - How awesome is that?!
- RECRUIT! Doesn't hurt to ask. So ask. You have fans. You have followers. Create a form and offer it to them. Many will be happy to give your new book a shout out or tweet at the very least! Hopefully, you'll get some regular reviewers. Mentioning it on Goodreads is also a good place to recruit (article 3)
- PREP - Put together a rap sheet that includes expectations, volunteer duties, and room for suggestions. Let your Street Team pick and choose the best way they can help. Your Street Team will mostly be called upon to help with new releases, but can also be there for between-release-events as needed.
- INCENTIVES - your Street Team deserves a little something for their hard work. Give them a special name, too. And maybe offer a bonus trinket for recruiting more members to join in the fun!
- A SPECIAL PLACE - You need a way to communicate with your Street Team. Now, you can do a group email or even a group message, but for a broader method of notification and fast feedback, a Facebook Page might be more efficient. (article 4)
I hope this was helpful. I'm going to start recruiting a Street Team soon for my next release: WINDY HOLLOW - which has a release date - January 19, 2019! Let me know if you'd like to read and review an ARC.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on Street Teams - Do you have one?
Thirdly, here are the results of my latest survey - interesting info on WRITERS CAREER GOALS:
Of those who have an agent, no one was sure if she was helping them, yet...
Do you have tips for making a living from writing?
- Diversify - be a speaker as well as a writer.
- Know how to market yourself well!
- Write a lot of books!
- No. Though I've found when I pursue something, it eludes me. When I stop chasing it, it comes to me. Like a cat.
- Not really. It's a personal thing with me.
- Nope, just learning, watching and listening while taking notes and practicing.
- I wish I knew how to make money from writing!
Finally, the best for last. My SHOUT OUT OF THE WEEK:
Originally from Ohio, Elizabeth was moved to West Virginia and so was dubbed "Grit" as a child. She grew up in a tiny town with no red lights and no fast food where everyone knows everybody--oh the gossip! Thankfully she escaped to Marshall University then began a family of her own. (I'd say writing is her escape!) Liz is a daydreamer, a football mom, and an author of Women's Fiction & Romance.
"I have boys, books, and a dirty house. It's all good."
By the way, since I'm in the process of moving, my posts will be a little scattered. But you know how life goes!
Got any advice or more info on Street Teams? Or how to make a living as a writer? Do tell!