It’s not easy for an author to create buzz about his or her book. That’s especially true for first-time authors who don’t yet have a following. But, it’s not impossible, and a couple authors have found a unique and effective way to attract readers.
Experienced authors know that the competition is fierce. In order to vie other authors for you percentage of sales, you need a lot of PR and marketing. To get the word out and brand your name and message, you have to cut through the clutter and find your own niche—your own market. One great way to do that is to give your book an irreverent, controversial title that will attract curiosity, promote conversation and create “shock and awe.”
Recently, two books which have used this concept have demonstrated its value: Being Fat Sucks by Lisa Lewis, and What’s Your Poo Telling You, a book penned by a doctor who coincidentally calls himself Dr. Stool. Think about it—how many people do you know who would rush out to buy a book about poo? Not many, I’m sure. But by writing about the subject in a comical way, complete with some very innovative illustrations, Dr. Stool has turned a serious and dry medical topic into a novelty or gift book, earning it a strategic placement next to the cash register at major book retail stores. Because he made light of a serious medical concern, millions have been entertained while they were educated on the importance of looking in the toilet.
My client, author Lisa Lewis, had a similar approach. She wrote Being Fat Sucks in such a way that it would hit people in gut and sock them in their ego. The title tells it like it is, and so does the book, which is why Lewis was able to take a personal development story and use it to create an individual brand as a frank, open, and sincere speaker and weight-loss consultant.
The end result? Both have authored business books in the self-help genre which are successfully marketing their message, building their brand, and establishing themselves as experts, while benefiting from their book’s profits.
So, when you’re writing your book, look at it from all angles. Is there a better way you can position yourself within the industry, attracting more readers and becoming a household name? Whether it’s changing your title or the delivery of your message, find the best way to create a buzz about your book and attract more readers than the competition. You’re unique, and your book should be, too.