Monday, November 19, 2018

7 Ways to Use Bookmarks for Marketing Your Book

by Karen Whiting @KarenHWhiting

Bookmarks are inexpensive and make great marketing tools. Each one is a blank canvas that you design to showcase you, your books, and your brand or services. Plan the content carefully to get the best mileage out of it. That can vary depending on how you will use the bookmarks.

Content and design
Bookmarks need some basic information to showcase the book and connect you to the readers:
  • Book cover and ISBN
  • Your website and social media links
  • Your email and logo or tagline
  • Release date if the book is not yet available

Everything else is optional. If your publisher is well known you might include their logo. Blurbs can be helpful, especially for fiction. 

A bullet list of benefits may be better for nonfiction. I often use an acrostic to list benefits such as an acrostic for  P-R-I-N-C-E-S-S for The One Year My Princess Devotions with the P for praises God, R for remembers God’s word, I for improves her mind, etcOr provide some trivia related to the book’ topics, how-to steps for a self-help book,recipe or recipe index for a cookbook, or jokes for a kid’s book.

To showcase your services list your other titles with a few bullets below. So, list speaker and a few of your top talks. Or list editor or certified writing coach (if you are one) and a sentence about services provided plus link to sign up.

If you’re multi-published, add a list of titles or a few other book covers. If this is your first book, add something relevant such as an endorsement from someone well known, mini testimony or passion behind the book.

Consider something that gets readers excited to connect. Offer a link to your newsletter with the promise of a freebie when they subscribe or entry into a quarterly or book launch give-away (add deadline if there is one)

Be creative and think of something fun that might grab attention. One of my publishers created bookmarks for a teen book I wrote that had a mirror image message. They could read it in a selfie.

Bookmarks as a Marketing Tool
Once you have your bookmarks, you’re ready to use them to promote. There are many ways to use bookmarks and draw attention to your books and services.

1. Conversation starter and bridge
When you are at a book fair or other signing type of event a bookmark makes a great conversation starter. Offer the bookmark and mention one key fact or hook about the book. That engages people. so they will stop and chat. It’s a good time to ask them to sign up for your newsletter or mention something about your writing. You can also pass one on when you meet people.

2. Small sales promo and reminder
Once a person has a bookmark they have a small advertisement as a reminder to buy the book. They may stick it in a book they are reading, and then look at it when they pick up that book. 

3. Pass it on tokens
Offer a second bookmark for the reader to share with a friend who might be interested. Add two to each book you sign. These become free pass-it-on tokens to extend your reach beyond the person you meet. It provides the individual with a free gift to add joy to someone’s day.

4. Bag stuffers and freebies for readers
Give a dozen or more to a retailer or librarian to pass on to readers. They will be doing the advertising for you! 

5. Pin the bookmark
Beyond printing and passing them out you can share the bookmark jpeg or pdf online. My princess bookmark is one of my most popular pins and continues to be repined. If there’s some good content on the bookmark you can use it to create a blog post or post it on a social network with a comment or question to inspire others to comment and share.

6. Additions to mailings
Whether sending a Christmas or Birthday card or paying a bill by mail, add in a bookmark. It sends it off to someone else who might be interested.

7. Go Wider
Beyond the stores, libraries, and your book table, consider how to reach out with bookmarks.  Many places like to stuff event bags with something useful and a bookmark can fit that need. Send them to schools for events, meeting planners, and give some to your church for events too. Drop some off at a store that sells something related to your topic that’s having a sale. 

Be sure to be generous in using the bookmarks to get them out to as many potential readers as possible.

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Karen Whiting ( is an international speaker, former television host of Puppets on Parade, certified writing and marketing coach, and award-winning author of twenty-five books for women, children, and families. Her newest book, The Gift of Bread: Recipes for the Heart and the Table reflects her passion for bread and growing up helping at her grandparent’s restaurant. 

She has a heart to grow tomorrow’s wholesome families today. She has written more than seven hundred articles for more than sixty publications and loves to let creativity splash over the pages of what she writes. She writes for Leading Hearts, The Kid’s Ark, and BCM International. Connect with Karen on Twitter @KarenHWhiting Pinterest KarenWhiting FB KarenHWhiting


  1. Thanks Ms. Karen. Great tips ma'am. God's blessings...

  2. I've been thinking about making bookmarks and your tips give me some helpful resources. Thanks for your post!

  3. Karen, Thanks for the resourceful ideas. This post is going to get printed out and added to my notebook of writing tips.

  4. Lots of great ideas. I love to collect bookmarks. Some are so well designed they become conversation pieces.

  5. Great ideas! Now I just have to get the nerve to ask my local library if they will use them.

    1. Hopefully they will. I find libraries very open to passing out bookmarks. It also works well to see what progrmas are coming up and giving them when it will fit with a special event/program.

  6. What a great, and timely, article! I've been wondering hos bookmarks can be used for marketing my work (fiction). I don't travel anymore, can't drive ... well, I'm pretty much home bound, so any marketing I do must be 'long distance'. Now to design and order some!

    1. I always make good use of them. They are sucha s imply and easy to carry marketing tool!

  7. Thanks, Karen. . . I’m bookmarking this (no pun intended)☺️ for use during my book launch!