Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How Authors Can Use SlideShare to Market Books

Slideshare.net is a high profile site where you can share presentations, infographics, and documents. With a free account you can upload power point presentations, word documents, or pdf. Then Slideshare makes it into a pretty online thing that gets found by browsers on site, hits search engines, and here's the handiest part, your Slideshare presentations are easily shareable. People can dash them off to Facebook or Twitter and they're easy to embed into blog posts.

I primarily use them as a helpful multimedia add-on when I'm a guest blogger or do blog tours. The Slideshares make nice-looking and easy-to-use widgets that contain excerpts and links.

My Slideshare views have been adding up. The presentations get views all on their own at the Slideshare site. For example, the 4-chapter preview of Werelord Thal: A Renaissance Werewolf Tale has been viewed over 1,600 times. And it gets another 50 to 100 views every week.

Slideshare presents authors with a useful and free place to promote their novels and create shareable multimedia. You can even get creative and go beyond excerpts. One of my presentations is about Renaissance artists and how art history contributed to my research for the historical fantasy Werelord Thal.

Book marketing is all about finding ways for new people to discover you and your books. Slideshare is an easy and quick online tool to help you communicate your value.