2 January 2010

Sample Book Marketing Plan Outline

A book marketing plan is a blueprint for selling your book. Because there are many different ways to promote a book, and authors have limited time and budgets, it's important to put together a written book marketing plan and prioritize your book promotion tasks. A comprehensive book marketing plan would include timelines and budgets.

There's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all book marketing plan. The best marketing plan for your book will depend on the type of book or information product you're selling, the audience, your budget and time constraints, and your skills and interests. A book marketing plan outlines the overall book sales strategy, covering items such as these:

* Your goals for the book
* Description of your book and competing products
* How your book will be packaged, priced, and distributed
* Description of your primary and secondary target audiences
* Characteristics, needs and wants of the target audiences
* How you will reach your target audiences and promote to them

Below is a sample book marketing plan outline, to give you some ideas of what to include in the marketing plan for your book.

1. Goals - why did you write this book, what are you trying to accomplish, what are your sales goals

2. Book Description - book synopsis, format, page count, ISBN, etc.

3. Features and Benefits - what the book covers and how it benefits readers

4. Competition - direct and indirect competitors and their characteristics

5. Author Platform - qualifications, prior media experience, speaking skills, social networks, blog readership

6. Target Audiences - primary and secondary audiences; their characteristics, wants and needs; where to reach them

7. Sales Channels - distributors, wholesalers, retail bookstores, online bookstores, direct sales, bulk sales, other channels

8. Finance - pricing, re-seller discounts, payment methods, order processing

9. Additional Revenue Sources - spin-off products, affiliate products, advertising, sponsorships

10. Online book promotion
* Author blog and website
* Ezines and email marketing
* Freemiums (free items like sample chapters or special reports)
* Relationship marketing
* Affiliate programs and joint ventures
* Article marketing
* Social networking and social media
* Amazon promotions
* Virtual book tours
* Bestseller campaigns
* Audio and video promotions
* Contests
* Online advertising

11. Traditional book promotion
* Testimonials and endorsements
* Book reviews
* News releases
* Radio and TV talk shows
* Book signings
* Award programs
* Speaking
* Advertising and direct mail
* Tradeshows, book fairs and festivals
* Book clubs


Source: Dana Lynn Smith, the Book Marketing Maven, develops book marketing plans for nonfiction books. For more book marketing tips check out The Savvy Book Marketer Guides.

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