|Me and some of my author friends. I swear, they told me not to smile for this picture|
The easiest way that authors can cross-promote each other is simply to talk about each other in public. This can take the form of sharing Facebook posts and tweets when new releases come out. But even more effective is giving someone a shout-out or highlight in your author newsletter. And if you don’t have a newsletter, you need to get one! But that’s a whole other blog post. These are all simple, direct, easy-to-manage ways of bringing your writer friends to the attention of readers who might enjoy their work. But make sure the relationship is reciprocal and they’re doing the same for you.
|Our box set for Wild Western Women...which has done very well!|
But the newest trend in author cross-promotion, one I’m both involved in and seeing more and more of, is series with connected characters, settings, and themes, in which each author writes one of the books. I was just part of a trilogy written this way over the summer. The premise was that three Texas billionaire oil baron brothers landed in some trouble, and three heroines ended up helping them out in each book…and making more trouble. We had a simple, overall plot, a few points that needed to be hit in each of our books, but each of us had a lot of freedom within that framework to write whatever story we wanted. The books were very, very successful…but also a lot of fun to write.
|Multi-author series are all the rage, and we each included links to our other books in our contribution|
I know of a lot of other multi-author series projects in the works out there…some so secret and groundbreaking that they could be industry game-changers. The point is that by banding together with other authors, whether in simple, one-off collaborations or in extensive multi-author projects, you are tapping into a wider readership and making yourself discoverable. Nothing beats being discovered by a reader who loves your genre and has been dying to find someone like you.
|Merry Farmer is a history nerd, a hopeless romantic, and an award-winning author of thirteen novels. She is passionate about blogging and knitting, and lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two cats, Butterfly and Torpedo. Connect with Merry at her Facebook Author Page and Twitter.|