Review by Nadine Maritz

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Online marketing has become key in getting a book published today. It’s the online CV that can make-or-break debut authors venturing into self-publishing or attempting submissions at bigger publishing houses.

Going into this course I had various reservations.

  • What formula will work in creating a marketing campaign?
  • Will it be easily effective or will I need some or other basic knowledge of the internet or IT?
  • Being an avid social networker already – will I really learn anything new?
  • Will it be a terrible cliché to state that I wish I had this course available to me when I started my writing journey some years back?

The strategy would really have shortened my journey and prioritize my goals much faster. The course gave me an outline of topics required for exposure and summed up important points on how to start a campaign. In all, I don’t think you need to be overly technical to get by but you do need to know exactly what you want to achieve with your book.

What I liked about the course:

  • Laurence doesn’t beat around the bush. He is very upfront about the fact that getting books out into the world is a long-term endeavor. So commitment is essential.
  • He gives a great outline on what will work. Keeping in mind that what you put in, is ultimately what you will get out.
  • He invokes a positive approach.
  • Plus, point – Even though I am an avid blogger and social networker – I am walking away from this course feeling somewhat rejuvenated with new ways to get my debut novel out there. So it inspires ideas.

In all, this is a great course to undertake for any first-time author, for people wanting to market their products online or even just those seeking direction into starting off their ideas from scratch.

It’s easily understandable, fast paced so you don’t get pinned down with info, and interactive. You can list topics you want feedback on in a discussion tab whilst or after you complete the course. You get the opportunity to draft your own marketing plan and get professional feedback/ suggestion on how to proceed.

All-in-all, a major win for my side.

A selection of our Course Reviews :

  • Carey Decevito This course came in handy as both validating that some of what I've been doing was good, and other things, let's just say would probably be going to be curbed. It was full of new, current and useful information.

  • Debbi Mack A very thorough overview of marketing strategies for authors.

  • Sarah (Sai Marie) Johnson I received a promo code to get the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful training course. I thoroughly enjoyed the resources provided, the opportunities to provide feedback and the vast array of information covered in the course. I would recommend it.

  • El-Ivan Taylor Great training. Smoothly done and to the point without any unnecessary information. This training helps me to get and stay focus on what I need to do.

  • Alexie Linn I thoroughly enjoy these short, precise classes that focus on one aspect only. The coverage seems complete. The directions are clear. All that's left is for me to take all the actions. Thank you.

  • Wendy Jones This course isn't long, but it is invaluable. Every module is packed full of useful information for those new to viral book marketing. For anyone with some knowledge there are also many nuggets of knowledge which will lead to real aha moments.

  • Lisa Mackay The toughest part of writing a novel, isn't the months spent face down in your laptop, it's the marketing to get your book out there. This course offers some great advice, and opens your mind to the various options available.

  • Adaleza Morales I found this course really helpful. It has a lot of useful information for non experienced Authors, who also need to be come online marketers to get their books viral. I'll recommend it!

  • Jeffrey Von Glahn Clearly stated, easy to follow from one part to the next

  • Steve Bentley There are many aspects to the course that are beneficial.

  • James Halat I know for myself that marketing is not my forte. And I want to spend the minimum amount of time required of me on the business side of book publishing.

  • Audrey Rich This course can give an author a quick overview of what is digital marketing and that it should be part of their marketing strategy.

  • Dean Hodel This course was eye-opening in some aspects and review in others. I think the value of the course is that it presents items we all know we have to do together in a cohesive setting.

  • Dennis Cardiff I enjoyed the presentation very much. I took notes and will apply these suggestions to my book marketing plan. I also look forward to other related courses.

  • Nickie Baglow Laurence O'Bryan and the Booksgosocial team are mega stars for providing this helpful guide to digital marketing. It makes you think about what to do, evaluate what you are doing (rightly or very wrongly!!) and gives you expert advise on marketing.