Sell eBooks with Special Twitter Hashtags
For example, whenever I tweet about ebooks or ebook readers in general or about my book in particular, I append one or more of these hashtags to the text of the tweet: #ebook, #ebooks, #kindle, #nook, #writing, or #authors, as tweet space allows. People who are searching for information about any of these, can search within Twitter or on Twitter-related sites like Twubs, Twibes, or Topsy for all tweets with the given hashtag. The hashtag system turns the overwhelming mish-mash of sound bites that is Twitter into a useful, organized directory of information.
A particular hashtag that every ebook author should be aware of is "#samplesunday". This tag is the brainchild of author David Wiseheart, who first proposed its use on his blog, "Kindle Author". The purpose of #samplesunday is to allow authors to post excerpts of their writing on their blogs or websites, and then tweet about them with the hashtag #samplesunday. If you use #samplesunday, you should also search for other authors' #samplesunday tweets, read their excerpts, comment on them, and of course, retweet them, as they will do the same in return. It's a quick and easy way to get a sample of your work into the hands of those who are looking for something new to read for the week.
I've tried out #samplesunday a number of times, and it always increases traffic to my blog, so I highly recommend it as a free book marketing method. Why not try it yourself this week?
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