30-Day Book Marketing Challenge: What an Experience

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Is anything really free these days? The only thing I can think of is the air that we breathe. But wait, let me tell you about D’vorah Lansky’s 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge. Not only was it free, it DELIVERED…day after day during the thirty days. And the best part of it all…you don’t need to spend a cent if you don’t want to and still get the full benefit of the course. Did I get your attention yet?

Converting a Skeptic

I started out as a skeptic. How much can I really learn from a free course? You heard the saying before: “You get what you pay for.” Well, not this time. D’vorah packed so much content into the 30-Day Challenge that I could barely keep up. I stayed up late at night listening to the webinars and constantly reading the great variety of materials provided. The posts teased and pushed my brain to its limit. How do I get the best out of all these marketing tips? So many to choose from, and I still have a day job to do.

My Ah-ha Moment

On Day 18 of the Challenge, I listened to Kristen Eckstein speak about serializing books on Kindle. I knew right there and then that I’d found a strategy that would suit me perfectly. My fiction, Picture Bride, will be published by a traditional publisher during fall 2014. I don’t have a book out yet, but I have many short stories that I’m still editing. Why not release some of these stories as a series on Kindle? And for my free giveaway for anyone signing up on my website, I started to write an ebook called How to Stir the Writing Fire in Your Belly.

I was on fire. I signed up for Kristen’s Kindle in 30 Challenge for the discounted rate of $97. As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, you don’t have to pay for anything if you don’t want to. I’ve just started this course and hoping to self-publish my first ebook soon.

About My Novel

Picture Bride is about a young Hakka Chinese girl from India who marries a cold and aloof stranger in Canada. Bound by tradition and culture, she stays in the marriage despite his uncaring ways and even after she discovers his secret. Then when she is forced to flee, she is spurned by her father who cares only about his honor and reputation.

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29 thoughts on “30-Day Book Marketing Challenge: What an Experience

  1. Pingback: Welcome to the Book Marketing Challenge Community Blog Hop

    • Thank you, Kateryna. My challenge is finding the time to execute my plan based upon what I’ve learned these past 5 weeks.

  2. I agree. There was so much information. It is hard to decide what do focus on, but I made a list and prioritized it. I understand the time thing. Congrats on getting a publisher.

  3. My brain was pushed to the limit, as well. So many wonderful articles, so much information. It’s way too easy to become overloaded. It sounds like Kindle books might be a boon to you — if you can get those short stories published before your book comes out, you might already have a following. Good luck! Your book sounds great.

  4. You described our feeding frenzy of a month quite well..staying up late, glued to the computer where interviews, workbooks and an posts from our Book-Challenge community “teased and pushed my brain to its limit”. Well put,, Wishing you great success.

  5. You bring up such an important point regarding the value we place on learning opportunities. I’m so glad you found value in the book marketing challenge and I can’t wait to celebrate the publication of your Kindle book series!

  6. Fong, the kindle books for your short stories is a fantastic idea. I’m looking forward to reading your work. Much success to you with the e-series and with your upcoming release.

  7. Fong, I intend to sit down over the next few days and compile a list of things I need to tackle in the next few months. Then I’ll prioritize them. It’s the only way I’ll really get the most out of all we’ve received over the past 5 weeks.

  8. Hello C. Fong, I am so glad you found your niche in the challenge. Your book sounds interesting. Fathers honor poses a challenge for the young lady. My book is soon to be released.

    Feel free to sign up for my newsletter. There link in on the homepage of my website and you will receive a free report about realized wealth and well-being. http://www.jazzyeco.com

    Have a great day.

  9. Hi Fong! It’s so exciting that you’ve decided on a series of Kindle books thanks to the Book Mktg. Challenge. Great way to spread the word about your Short Stories. Explored your site a bit. Totally agree with your take on having a plan for retirement and reframing your perspective about it. Just over 20 years ago, I worked in a government office in downtown Toronto. Now I’m a West Coast Island Girl. No commute for me now. Let’s keep in touch.

    • Jan,thanks for visiting my site. We should definitely stay in touch, especially since we have a city in common.

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