How to Run a Facebook Ad for Your Self-Published Book

 

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been learning a lot about the process of running Facebook ads for my books. I am by no means an expert on the subject, but I’ve come a long way and I thought I would share with you what I’ve learned. There’s definitely a lot of trial and error involved, both with preparing the actual ad and tweaking it to maximize the results.

Here are some of the things I’ve learned:

Basic Facts About Facebook Ads

  • Boosted posts are not as effective as actual Facebook Ads. A boosted post is simply an ordinary Facebook post that you promote with advertising money.
  • You hand-select the audiences that see your ad. This info is gleaned by FB from people’s profile information: age, location, education, relationship status, interests like favorite movies, music, etc.
  • Facebook offers both CPC (cost per click) and CPM (cost per thousand impressions) ads.
  • You can select a right-hand column or the newsfeed ad. It’s best to go with newsfeed because the ads on the right are too easily ignored.
  • You can run an ad just to advertise that your book is available, but you might get better results if you run it while your book is on sale or even free.
  • Ads are always accepted, not like BookBub who rejects a large percentage of ads from writers (including yours truly).
  • You must pick a goal – common ones are to add to your email list (called conversions) or simply to sell more books. Your goal could also be to simply get more Likes on your FB Author Page, but this is not really recommended anymore. Due to changes in Facebook’s algorithms, much of the content on pages is hidden from view. You’ll want to choose to track website clicks if you’re trying to send people straight to your Amazon page or other site.
  • If your goal is website conversions (I did this when I ran an ad to try to get email list signups) you’ll need to insert a conversion pixel. A conversion pixel is a web landing page what you can track. (I had my webmaster/sister do this because I have no clue about such things…)
  • Facebook ads work like an auction to bid for the attention of your target audience.
  • You choose your budget and how long you want the ad to run. The ad will end on your chosen end date or whenever the budget is exhausted – whichever comes first.

How To Create Your Facebook Ad

  • Video Tutorials from Facebook can be found HERE.
  • Go to Ads Manager on the lefthand side of Facebook to get started.
  • You can either use Power Editor (more advanced but is better) or Create Advert (simpler). Power Editor only works with Chrome.
  • Each time you go to create, update, or tweak an ad, be sure to click on Download to Power Editor. This will save your changes and ensure that you’re working with the most up-to-date information before you begin.
  • Make your ad visual. Facebook algorithms like visuals and guess what? So do human beings. Make it look good.
  • Canva is a free program to help you format your ad so it fits with Facebook. You can use your own art (your book cover and related photos). Canva has some cheap photos and graphics, many are just one dollar each. You can also find other websites with stock photos for sale (such as http://depositphotos.com/ and https://us.fotolia.com/ )
  • You can also use Microsoft’s PAINT program to develop your ad.
  • Make sure you have a clear Call to Action. Facebook makes it easy – you can choose an action button from their dropdown menu, such as SHOP NOW, SIGN UP, LEARN MORE, DOWNLOAD, BOOK NOW, WATCH NOW, or DONATE NOW.
  • You want your ad to show in both Mobile and Desktop.

Target Your Audience

  • Select age, gender, interests, location, etc.
  • You can even customize your audience with an existing customer list, such as an excel spreadsheet of names and email addresses/ phone numbers. You can Expand Your Audience and reach people who are similar to those on your list.
  • Facebook can give you an HTML code to put on your website to track visitors so you can market directly to those who have visited your site.

Setting the budget

  • You can set a per day or lifetime budget ($5.00 per day, or $50.00 total budget for example)
  • If you select per day, the ad will stop when budget is exhausted. Otherwise, it will run continuously.
  • You can pause or change your ad at any time.
  • It’s important to track your results. Be aware of what’s working and what isn’t, and don’t be afraid to tweak your ad frequently. You also might want to pull an ad that’s underperforming, and you can add money to an ad that’s working well. There’s definitely both an art and a science to running successful advertising, and I’m pretty sure it’s going to take me quite some time to master it.
  • Speaking of masters, you’ll want to check out Mark Dawson’s thoughts on the subject. The man has made a small fortune on his books from running Facebook ads, and nobody knows more on the subject than he does. Take a look at his FREE three-part video series HERE.   Dawson also runs a paid Facebook course. I really can’t afford to take it right now (and I think he only offers it at certain times) but a lot of people have said that’s it really worthwhile.

What about you? Have you tried Facebook or other ads for your self-published books? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments section of the blog.

  • Linda Fausnet

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Niko (The Outsider Chronicles Book 1) by Kayti Nika Raet

Niko (The Outsider Chronicles Book 1) by Kayti Nika Raet

 

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One can live for several weeks without food but only a few days without water, a fact seventeen year old Niko is only too aware of as she struggles to provide for her two younger brothers in a post apocalyptic landscape where the rain burns like acid, food grows increasingly scarce and any Slither that crosses her path is laid low before it can sink its teeth into her.

Then one night everything she’d ever worked for and loved is consumed by a raging fire, leaving her with one brother missing, the other dead and herself gravely injured.

She’s rescued by the Rose Circle, a rogue group of Slither hunters. They sneak her into Amaryllis City, a decadent metropolis where those able to pay the exorbitant entrance fee live a life of relative ease.

But for Niko, Amaryllis City is not the haven she grew up believing it would be and her unique abilities as a Slither hunter make her a particularly visible target to a city with hopes of experimentation, replication and other nasty bits.

All Niko ever wanted to do was find her baby brother, but that’s proving to be harder than expected.

AMAZON http://www.amazon.com/Niko-The-Outsider-Chronicles-Book-ebook/dp/B00FDZTUSK

GOODREADS http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7070888.Kayti_Nika_Raet

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Mask of Flies

WANNABE PRIDE’S BOOK PICK OF THE WEEK IS:

Mask of Flies

Mask of Flies by Eric Lietten

Supernatural Thriller

Rick Soblinski, a caretaker at Oak Leaf Retirement Home, has a new resident in his hallway: an extremely disfigured Jane Doe. She was found abandoned at a sister facility.

In her presence, Rick is stifled by anxiety and determines that the woman’s maladies extend far beyond the surface. The experience manifests into a bizarre nightmare that bleeds into reality, changing everything.

Allie, Rick’s older girlfriend and alpha-businesswoman, copes with his erratic behavior; Oak Leaf’s Office Manager, Tony Delgado, is determined to find the disfigured woman’s family; and the retirement home’s administration endures a string of disappearances of both staff and patients alike. Multiple pathways converge to uncover the Jane Doe’s origins and ultimate purpose.

 

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THE WALL PEOPLE

WANNABE PRIDE’S BOOK PICK OF THE WEEK IS:

THE WALL PEOPLE by Chloe Young
Thriller/Suspense
What if your house held dark secrets from the past? What if those secrets included murder and torture? And what if past victims were trying to communicate with you in the present?
Brett and Amy Davis are ready to start a new life in a new town with their two young children. What they don’t know is that their new house holds many dark secrets including grisly murders. When their youngest child begins communicating with previous victims of the house through the walls, then Amy knows something must be done. She is forced to battle the demons within the house as well as those within her daughter.
But can Amy get her family out of the house before it’s too late?

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Singles vs. Bridezillas

SvB SINGLES VS. BRIDEZILLAS

CHICK LIT / WOMEN’S FICTION

After her latest breakup, Imogene Hart decides to quit searching for a husband and embrace the single life. Her widowed father and two married sisters tell her she’s crazy. Infuriated by her family’s attitude, Imogene launches a singles pride group called Solo Power.

When a women’s cable network announces a call for proposals for a new reality show, the Solo Power members find themselves battling against a group of Bridezillas to get their pro-singles reality show on the air. The leader of the Bridezillas, celebrity wedding planner Lindsay Saga, will be tough to beat…

It’s a Singles vs. Bridezillas smackdown! Who will win?

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The Wizard in Wonderland

WANNABE PRIDE’S BOOK PICK OF THE WEEK IS:

The Wizard in Wonderland

THE WIZARD IN WONDERLAND by Ron Glick

Fantasy, Literature

 Dorothy Gale has been to some strange lands, but none as unexpected as 19th century Oxford, England. Yet this is exactly where Dorothy meets Alice Liddell, a young woman with her own fanciful stories of a place called Wonderland. Alice finds herself pulled into Oz to face a new Wicked Witch, while Dorothy must follow the Wizard into a Wonderland civil war. Unknown to either girl though, plots have arisen against both faery lands, and they must uncover the hidden history shared between these lands if they are ever to set things right again.

Written with a faithful eye to the original Baum and Carrol classics, The Wizard In Wonderland reveals the secrets of Oz and Wonderland in a story that brings together both classic heroines in a new epic adventure.

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HONOR THY FATHER Part One

Wannabe Pride’s Book Pick of the Week is:

HonorSixteen year old Riley Campbell never imagined she’d be sitting in a courtroom waiting to testify as a witness in a rape case, but that’s what she’s doing.

After a year of preparation Riley is ready to take the stand on behalf of Abigail Michaelson. The trial unwinds as witness after witness gets up to build the prosecution’s case in their attempt to put away the young man accused of raping Abigail – Jonathan Campbell, Riley’s brother.

Not only will Riley face the demands of the trial, but she will face the fear of losing her family as she stands up to testify against her own flesh and blood.

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6 Tips for Writers for Dealing with Icky Technological Stuff

 techThere are a lot of talented, creative writers out there who are great with all that left-brained, complicated, technological stuff.

I am not one of those writers….

As an indie author, I still have to deal with graphic design for book covers and advertisements, formatting for eBooks and paperbacks, and lots of other icky techy stuff like that. I’m serious about self-publishing, so I’m doing my best to attack that kind of thing head-on, rather than try to avoid it. I truly believe that embracing the business side of self-publishing means the difference between success and failure.

I am generally a fairly patient person, but when it comes to dealing with technology, it takes precious little for me to absolutely lose my damn mind. I am just no good at it! Give me a cooking recipe, I can follow it and make a delicious meal. However, if you give me plain, step-by-step instructions on how to use a computer program, I just do not get it. Not the first time. Not the second time. Sometimes not even the third or fourth of fifth. This usually results in a lot of yelling things like “I am so STUPID!! I just CAN’T DO THIS!”

Believe it or not, I’ve found that completely flipping out and screaming doesn’t usually make me understand the technology any better. However, I have developed some coping mechanisms that I have found helpful, and maybe you will, too.

  1. Give Yourself A Damn Break – If you’re like me, you’re just not good with technical stuff. Well, guess what? You’re not good at it, and you’re tackling it anyway. Good for you. Good for me. Anybody can do what comes naturally to them, but it takes hard-working folks to master things that are difficult. Give yourself a cookie and a pat on the back.

  1. Decide You Can Do It – You already know it’s not going to be easy, but you need to make a conscious decision that you can and will do it.

  1. Baby Steps – Yes, you should decide that you can do it, but you shouldn’t give yourself a super-short timeframe. My recent frustration was in learning how to do a Facebook Ad. I really wanted to sit down for an hour or two, learn how to do an ad, and have it up and running before I got up from my desk. It didn’t quite work out that way… I needed, once again, to remind myself that this is tough for my airy-fairy right-brainy self. It works best for me to learn anything technological with one or two steps at a time.

  1. Ask Yourself – Do I Know More Today Than I Did Yesterday? If the answer is yes, give yourself another cookie. Sometimes my baby-steps learning sessions still end in tears, but I’ve learned to ask myself that question. It’s incredibly frustrating to spend an hour trying to learn how to do something, only to run out of time before you get it figured out. Still, I take a deep breath and ask – do I know more than I did when I started? The answer is almost always YES, even if I only learned what didn’t work…

  1. Stop When You’ve Hit a Brick Wall –There were many times when I was trying to figure out how to put together an ad that I got to a point when I was totally stuck. I just didn’t know the answer. I’ve learned that that is the time to stop for the time being. Now is the time to ask for help. If you don’t have a technology expert in your house, ask fellow writers on KBoards, Facebook groups, or other message boards. Yes, you might have to wait a few hours to get a response, but it’s likely that somebody else has a quick answer, thus saving you hours of frustration. It’s not admitting defeat to admit you need help. It’s a lot wiser than banging your head against that brick wall.

  1. Don’t Give Up – This is simple, not easy, advice. It’s great to say Rah-rah! You can do it! But it’s hard to keep going when you feel like you’re never going to get it. If you give yourself reasonable time to accomplish a goal, ask for help when you get stuck, and just keep going until you get it, you really can do it. You’ve worked so hard on your books, and you really owe it to yourself to master the business side so you get the word out about your stories.

Remember, each time you master something, you own that knowledge forever. Be sure to take ample notes – notes in plain language that you can understand – so you can refer to them time and time again. It’s taking me forever to figure out the tech aspects of preparing a Facebook ad – but once I master it, I will use that knowledge for every book I write and publish for the rest of my life. Plus, the more I master techniques that once seemed impossible, the more confident I become.

What’s most difficult for you? What are some of your coping techniques?

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BE MY LOVE – Wannabe Pride’s Book Pick of the Week

This week’s Pick of the Week is:

Be My Love

Come for a visit to Walker Island where you’ll find stunning Pacific Northwest ocean views, men too intriguing to resist…and five close-knit sisters who are each about to find their one true love.

After four years on the Seattle mainland, when Hanna Walker returns to Walker Island to make a documentary about the infamous Peterson-Walker feud from the early 1950s, she’s shocked to realize that passions still run high. Especially when it comes to Joel Peterson, the one man who is totally off-limits…but that she’s never been able to stop dreaming about.

The last thing Joel wants is for Hanna to dredge up the past, but when he realizes she’s determined to follow through with her documentary no matter what, he knows he has no choice but to join her. But despite vowing to hold back his growing feelings for her, as Joel works with Hanna to unravel the mystery of what really happened between their two families, he soon begins to see that love is an unstoppable force…and that sometimes two people are meant to be.

Be My Love is the first fun, sweet, and emotional contemporary romance in the Walker Island series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Lucy Kevin.
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Author Website – http://lucykevin.com/books/be-my-love/

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As you probably know by now, Facebook’s algorithms have changed and they love to hide things from your newsfeed. I’ve found that it’s not enough to have a Facebook page anymore, and I think it’s best to have a Closed Facebook Page. The “closed” part isn’t an effort to keep the group super-secret and inclusive, but rather to ensure that the posts and links shared are actually seen by group members.

So! I invite my fellow writers to join the Wannabe Pride Writing Network Facebook page at:

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The mission of the writing network is to:

  • Support ALL writers, particularly indie / self-published ones

  • Share both success and failure stories

  • Share book and blog links – self-promotion is encouraged!

This is OUR writing network, not MINE, so let’s make it great! Post anything you feel that will be helpful to the group and to you as a writer.

PLEASE promote your own book and blog links!

SHARE your mistakes and your triumphs so we can all learn.

DISCUSS anything that may be on your mind.

TOGETHER, we can help each other be successful writers.

Welcome, and Happy Writing!

  • Linda Fausnet

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