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I am late posting this evening because i am neck deep in edits, prepping Shades of Mortality, The Realm of the Light Book 4. My March 31st publisher deadline is looming over me like a . . . Well, like a deadline.

Anyway, i am no good at creating promotional images to use in marketing, but i do have a superpower. I surround myself with people more talented than I, and i am able to barter services with those who are talented in areas i lack.

Here a few promo pics my goid friend, and Photoshop Sorceress, Alicia Scarborough created for me.

And my personal favorite

Paid Marketing and why you should do it…

Marketing Strategy

Paid marketing. It’s the bane of all authors who are first starting out.

Why? Because you have to pay for it.

Not like free advertising / marketing on social media or via word of mouth (through friends, family & customers.)

Also, if you’re like me then your paid marketing purse is rather small. But that’s okay.

You can still do paid advertising with a small budget. It takes a bit of planning but eventually you can make that purse grow.

I’m like you learning all the ropes and frankly you probably are doing the same thing I did about a year ago.

What’s that? Taking all the profits and not diverting some of it into an advertising fund.

How to plan your paid marketing budget

After reading tons of marketing and advertising books the following rings true in each tome:

  • Set aside a small portion of your earnings to re-invest into your advertising
  • As your sales grow so does your marketing budget
  • The bigger the budget then the more advertising that you can do for your books

Makes sense, right? It totally does…

So, the question is… why the friggin heck does no one do it?

Okay… okay… maybe YOU did it but have you re-evaluated how much you’re putting into the fund?

Did you know that as your profits grow you should also grow the amount that you set aside to advertise? Yes, if you haven’t done it you need to do it.

What’s a good portion to set aside?

Good question.

It depends. Can you spare like 50% of your profits to go back into the marketing fund?

Don’t gawk. Seriously, don’t. It’s not gonna help if you stand there and gawk.

In the beginning you may have to set aside more to amass your advertising powers a lot sooner.

Certainly, when you have the ability to do more ads or run ads in areas that have more eyeballs of potential rabid fans then you’ll get into the black faster.

So, as your profits grow you can choose to reduce the amount or keep it at 50% until the marketing budget gets to your desired target.

Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking they made it big without paid advertisement.

Even if they did they paid it out in blood, sweat, tears and time. Nothing is free. You exchange money or time to get things done.

Now, why should you do paid marketing?

  • Well, one you have limited time (unless you have a time machine or a Dr. Who tardis… mine broke)
  • You can select the audience that sees your advertisement
  • More potential fans will see your ad and will eventually buy your stuff or become more familiar with your name <-more on this in a few moments
  • Not subjected as much to your ad getting buried in the social media feeds

Derek Murphy has some good pointers in his post, “Everything you needed to know about advertising your book…” and what you should be doing for marketing. He says that you should start with a $20 budget and go from there.

The consumer mindset

Are you worried that showing your ad to your customer several times might anger them?

Yep. Same here. Though, did you know that it’s a technique used since 1885?

No? Well, believe it.

Why? Because my friend advertisers STILL use this technique to this very day.

Check out Thomas Smith’s guide called Successful Advertising in 1885

The first time people look at any given ad, they don’t even see it.
The second time, they don’t notice it.
The third time, they are aware that it is there.
The fourth time, they have a fleeting sense that they’ve seen it somewhere before.
The fifth time, they actually read the ad.
The sixth time they thumb their nose at it.
The seventh time, they start to get a little irritated with it.
The eighth time, they start to think, “Here’s that confounded ad again.”
The ninth time, they start to wonder if they’re missing out on something.
The tenth time, they ask their friends and neighbors if they’ve tried it.
The eleventh time, they wonder how the company is paying for all these ads.
The twelfth time, they start to think that it must be a good product.
The thirteenth time, they start to feel the product has value.
The fourteenth time, they start to remember wanting a product exactly like this for a long time.
The fifteenth time, they start to yearn for it because they can’t afford to buy it.
The sixteenth time, they accept the fact that they will buy it sometime in the future.
The seventeenth time, they make a note to buy the product.
The eighteenth time, they curse their poverty for not allowing them to buy this terrific product.
The nineteenth time, they count their money very carefully.
The twentieth time prospects see the ad, they buy what is offering.

Wikipedia – The Effective Frequency –

Pretty weird, right?

Either way you and I have some work to do.

Until next time…

Keep on rising above the ashes of obscurity!

Guest Post from Sam’s Teen Reads Corner, presented by Thrice Read Books

Guest Post from Sam’s Teen Reads Corner, presented by Thrice Read Books

Guest Post from Sam’s Teen Reads Corner, presented by Thrice Read Books


The monthly theme for March is Marketing Madness.  One of my favorite things about being an author, is connecting with other authors.  Reviews are important to some marketing strategies, so I asked Sam from Thrice Read Books to join me on my blog.   


I love books so much that as a child, I used to eat them. Like, literally. I would eat little samples of the pages. Did you know that different kinds of paper have different flavors? My parents are quite happy that I’ve outgrown that habit. Plus, ebooks! When was the last time you tried taking a bite out of your Kindle or Nook? That’s what I thought.   


My review vlog focuses primarily on Young Adult and Teen fiction. Occasionally, I’ll read and review something middle grade or new adult. I particularly love fantasy, paranormal, and horror fiction.   


Sam’s Teen Reads Corner started out as a homeschool assignment when I was in junior high, as an alternative to writing book reports for all the books I read. The format has changed over the years, but I still love the variety of books I get asked to review, and I enjoy the interaction of the live stream format.   


I’ve drafted three books of my own, though I haven’t gotten around to publishing any of them. (Because editing. And computer crashes. And high school.) I’ve completed one National Novel Writing Month. And I’ve met so many awesome authors as the daughter of bookstore owners. Truly, it’s kind of a bookworm’s dream – living downstairs from our bookstore inventory (I never have to complain that I have nothing to read!). Plus, inventory shopping trips usually result in me getting at least a few books that I get to read before they get listed.  


You can check out our review blog at and tune into my live stream vlog most Saturdays at 11 a.m. Pacific time:

Guest Post From Amanda Lindsey, PA

Guest Post From Amanda Lindsey, PA

This month’s theme is Marketing Madness, as you already know.

And Personal Assistants are great resources to help authors with marketing and promotions.

I have very limited experiences working with a PA myself, so I asked my friend, Amanda Lindsey, PA, to share with you what PAs do.

PA’s are personal assistants to authors. We are also known as VA’s which are virtual assistants. Each person has different qualities and qualifications to offer an author. Services may depend on training and knowledge. We are self taught or gain knowledge from the PA community.

Pricing also depends on what the PA can offer and what the author may need. Each client is always different as are PA’s. We strive to be the right hand person to the author.

Some of the things that may be offered are support, friendship, reading and reviewing on a variety of levels, form creation, blog contact, group activity and maintenance, arc team support, social media marketing, running author social media and pages, calendar management, takeover posting, takeover and party setup, graphics and teasers, transcription and so much more.

We try to take up things that will give the author more time to focus on what they do best….writing.

My Marketing Struggles


So as part of my refocusing my blog, I am going to start posting about myself more often, and I am going to post about the monthly themes that are being used in the Burning Embers blog.  And the theme for March is Marketing Madness.

I will tell you what, as an author my favorite thing to do is get to know other authors, and make new friends.  My least favorite thing to do is marketing and promotion.

I don’t have much experience in marketing and promotion outside of posting about my books on Facebook (which ever since the updated community standards came into effect, I am in FB jail more often than not for spamming book groups), Instagram (which I do so sporadically, I might be better off to drop it), Twitter (here again I am so rarely on Twitter, and don’t really like it for my own use that my postings there are often ineffective), and other platforms where I have a presence. 

I have got The United, The Realm of the Light Book 1, included in a few different book promotional emails before, and getting would like to get into higher quality promotions with a more active reach, but at only 27 Amazon reviews, my options are limited to the 25 or more promotional opportunities.

My biggest limitation is money.  I do not have the means just start paying out a $300/month on ads or promotions right now.  So everything I am able to do, I do without paying for ads and promotions.  In fact what has been my experience is that I drop $500 on a promotional run for The United, or a new release, and I make back like $20 in royalties.  I know that sounds upside down, and I agree, it is.  This drives home my point that I am still learning how to effectively use my limited marketing budget.

My point?

Marketing is struggle for me.  I have not found my niche market, I have a platform that is effective for me, and I have not been able to successfully sell my books on a consistent basis.

My challenge for March?

Learn about any new platforms to try and market my books, reword some of my self published book descriptions, and update my blog.  As the month goes on, I will keep you posted on how that is working for me.

And you experienced authors out there, feel free to comment with any suggestions and recommendations you have that has worked for you, and that you think may be beneficial to me, or to other authors who follow my blog.