Social media web sites, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and even MySpace, can be perfect places to market a book. If you are already connected to the online networking and media world, stay there, and start promoting your work. If you are not connected, consider adding a few of the following strategies to your book marketing tool kit.

Make Your Posts about Your Book

Do you regularly update your Twitter or Facebook status? If so, make sure that, as much as possible, your status updates relate to your book. Many users will post things about their day or their families, but if your goal for using social networking sites is to market your book, keep your status updates professional in nature and offer good information that will interest your ideal readers. This will help keep your book at the forefront of your followers' minds.

Create Fan Clubs

Many social networking sites allow users to build groups or fan clubs. To spread the word about your book, you can make your own groups and fan clubs and encourage your friends to join. This can interest others when they see your friends' notifications about the group. In this way, your name and the name of your book are getting out there and noticed.

Be sure to monitor these groups, however, as they sometimes attract spam, and no one will spend time discussing your book on a forum filled with spam posts. Also, be sure to include information in these groups about where your book can be purchased, including links to Amazon and other online sellers if available.

Use Event Notification Options

If the social media site you are using has an event notification capability, use it. If you know you are going to hold a book signing or public reading, create an event and invite people online. Encourage them to invite their friends as well. This gets your name and the name of your book noticed, even if it does not increase the number of people at your book signing.

If You Haven't Already, Set Up a Blog

Your blog should be the hub of your social media efforts. It gives you a place to post information about upcoming events, learn what your readers liked and did not like about your book, and stay connected with your followers. You can post tidbits from your book or elicit discussions about different sections of the work. And link your blog to all your social media networks so people can easily connect with you in other places.

Keep in mind that blogging must be done regularly to work effectively as a marketing tool. People expect blogs to be updated on a regular basis, and if not, they will stop reading. Even if your posts are short, get in the habit of regularly creating new content for your blog. If people stop reading, your book and your message may slip from their minds, which also means that they are not telling people about your blog and introducing more potential readers to your work.

Build an Online Persona

In all of your social media and networking work, keep your online persona consistent. Whatever image you want to portray about yourself and your book, keep it in mind any time you post something or make a comment on someone else's post. Always be looking for new opportunities to introduce potential readers to your work, but do so in a professional way that works in conjunction with they type of writing you wish to be known for.

Spreading the Word through Cyberspace

Social media and online networking are cheap and easy ways to get the word out about your book, and offer numerous opportunities to gain a following. You'll see your readership expand as you market your book through social media, and, as an added bonus, you will have the chance to connect in a more personal way with your readers.

Author's Bio: 

Melinda Copp helps speakers, coaches, consultants, and self-employed professionals write and publish to establish expertise, build relationships with their clients and prospects, and make more money. For a free Write Your Book Quick Start Mini E-Course, go to