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Throwback Thursday: Do You Want Fries With That?
March 19, 2015by: Penny Sansevieri
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It’s hard to believe our blog has been live and active for TEN YEARS now. Wow! Over the past decade, we have shared a ton of content and hopefully you have found it helpful and maybe you’ve even learned a thing or two.

POSTED Fries with that - blog_pin 03192015Do you ever go back and browse old blog content? Old doesn’t always mean outdated. If you haven’t already, check out my post over at Future of Ink titled Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose: 20 Ways To Maximize Existing Content And Cut Your Blogging Time in Half. Revisiting previous blog posts that you’ve written is a great way to maximize content, build on ideas, serve as inspiration and even save blogging time. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

In that spirit, I invite you to check out one of my favorite previously written blog posts. It’s a blast from the past, titled Would You Like Fries With That? and the suggestions given still hold true today. It’s all about the power of the up sell, or bundling products  which is super hot right now. I hope you find these posts helpful!

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of March 9, 2015
March 14, 2015by: Penny
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Ramp up your book promotion with these book marketing and publishing industry tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include blogging and social media mistakes to avoid, how to repurpose content, tips to run your own virtual book tour, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 10 Ways to Get Your Book “Review Ready”

Always start with a professional editor. And get a really good book cover:

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2015/01/ten-ways-to-get-your-book-review-ready/

* Major Blogging and Social Media Mistakes to Avoid

It’s better not to have your blog autopost your latest piece to social media. Control the way your social media updates go out:

http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2015/02/major-blogging-and-social-media.html

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* Quiz: Do You Have What it Takes to Self-Publish?

Ready to find out? Wise Ink Blog has the questions you should ask – before you take the plunge:

http://www.wiseinkblog.com/self-publishing-2/quiz-do-you-have-what-it-takes-to-self-publish/

* A Book Marketing Truth Few Experts Will Admit

Sometimes your book marketing won’t turn out the way you hoped, even if you do everything the experts recommend:

http://writershelpingwriters.net/2015/02/book-marketing-truths-few-experts-will-admit/

* 7 Ways to Repurpose Content for Your Personal Brand

Think about creating Infographics, developing a SlideShare presentation, and using cross-promotion to get more from your content:

http://www.personalbrandingblog.com/7-ways-to-repurpose-content-for-your-personal-brand/

* Tips for Creating Your Own Virtual Book Tour

One author explains how he developed a tour for his book and shares his best tips:

http://buildbookbuzz.com/virtual-book-tour-tips/

* 11 Essential Elements of an Author Website

A good author bio, your blog, a contact page, and other important items you should include:

http://howtoblogabook.com/11-elements-essential-elements-of-an-author-website/

* How to Promote Your Books Around The Holidays

There’s more than Christmas – there are public holidays throughout the year that you might be able to tie to your book:

http://services4authors.com/2015/03/02/how-to-promote-your-books-around-the-holidays/



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 9, 2015
March 9, 2015by: Penny
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Welcome to Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This week we have guest posts on self-publishing, and writing. Thank you to all of our contributors.

Writing

Sarah Bolme submitted Important Information for Christian Authors posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Do you finish every book you start to read? Many people don’t. I once saw a statistic that said that most people only read about half of a nonfiction book.”

Hazel Longuet submitted How I improved my writing productivity by 100% posted at A Novel Experience, saying, “I was struggling to hit my daily word count targets – these are the simple steps I took to improve my writing productivity by 100% – they can help you too.”

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Self-Publishing

Colin Dunbar submitted Format a Book with Word: Formatting for Smashwords posted at Format Books in Word, saying, “This is the first of six posts covering the formatting of your book for Smashwords.”

That concludes this week’s carnival. Our weekly roundup offers the best book marketing, self-publishing, writing, and general publishing industry tips to guide authors, would-be authors, publishers and others on their book journey. Submit a post to our weekly carnival by using this link: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/submit-ame-blog-carnival/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of March 2, 2015
March 7, 2015by: Penny
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There’s so much to learn and do for book promotion. Educate yourself with these book marketing and publishing industry tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include a simple way to sell more books, social media tips for authors, the top 10 things authors must know about Amazon, and more. Happy marketing!

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* The Top 10 Things All Authors Should Know About Amazon

Amazon’s algorithms work in interesting ways. Here’s a breakdown on how scarcity, sales, reviews and more impact your sales:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brooke-warner/the-top-10-things-all-aut_b_6744386.html

* Discoverability Isn’t Nearly Enough to Help Readers Find Your Book

Learn what inbound marketing is, and how it can direct readers to your book:

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2015/the-how-and-why-of-inbound-book-marketing/

* 5 Reasons They Won’t Tweet About Your Book

Not feeling the love on Twitter? Learn why your tweets may need some tweaks:

http://www.diyauthor.com/twitterfail-wont-tweet-book/

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* Social Media for Authors: Improve Your Marketing Results

Let this podcast help you find ways to use social media for successful marketing;

http://socialmediajustforwriters.com/social-media-for-authors-podcast-improve-your-marketing-results/

* A Simple Way to Sell More Books

This is a tactic many authors overlook, but it makes a big difference:

http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-sell-your-next-book.html

* 35 Alternatives to BookBub

Although BookBub has a huge following, it’s not an option for many authors due to its high rejection rate. Consider these 35 sites as good alternatives:

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2015/02/35-alternatives-to-bookbub/

* The 10 REAL Reasons Your Book Was Rejected: A Big 5 Editor Tells All

It’s hard not to take rejection personally, but typically it’s your manuscript that gets rejected. Learn why:

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-10-real-reasons-your-book-was.html

* Tips to Evolve as Author and to Find More Readers

The publishing landscape changes rapidly. Keep up with the evolution so readers can find your book:

http://www.indieauthornews.com/2015/03/tips-to-evolve-as-author-and-find-more-readers.html



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 2, 2015
March 2, 2015by: Penny
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Welcome to Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This week we have guest posts on getting published, writing, and book publicity. Thank you to all of our contributors.

Writing

Hazel Longuet submitted This Week’s 20 Most Popular Articles On Writing posted at Novel Experience, saying, “Here are top 20 articles that got most traction from my social media followers last week. They cover the whole gamut (writing, self-publishing, book promotion, author platforms, social media). A collection of great articles from great authors.”

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Book Publicity

Sarah Bolme submitted Are You Paying Attention? posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “The average person’s attention span is 8 seconds while a gold fish’s attention span is 9 seconds. Find out what this means.”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted 12 Writing Contests in March – No Entry Fees posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “There are lots of writing contests with deadlines in March (some even fall on the Ides), and they cover the spectrum from poetry to Hoosier lit. Short story contests abound. So, don’t be shy. Take a chance and enter a contest. Who knows, you may win!”

That concludes this week’s carnival. Our weekly roundup offers the best book marketing, self-publishing, writing, and general publishing industry tips to guide authors, would-be authors, publishers and others on their book journey. Submit a post to our weekly carnival by using this link: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/submit-ame-blog-carnival/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of February 23, 2015
February 28, 2015by: Penny
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Let’s take a look at some top book promotion and publishing industry tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include the real reason your book was rejected, how to get good reviews for your books, social media tips for authors, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 6 Reasons Why Some Books Will Never Be Bestsellers

“Why am I not selling books?” is something many authors ask when they don’t see results. If your book isn’t selling, this is why it might be happening:

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2015/02/six-reasons-why-some-books-will-never-be-bestsellers/

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* How to Get Good Reviews for Your Books

All authors want to get book reviews. These steps will help you find the right reviewers:

http://korymshrum.blogspot.com/2015/01/tbt-how-to-get-good-reviews-for-your.html

* Get to Know Your Amazon Central Account

This feature is something many authors overlook. Here’s what you should know to take advantage of it:

http://www.sandyappleyard.com/2015/02/20/get-know-amazon-central-account-heres/

* The 10 REAL Reasons Your Book Was Rejected: A Big 5 Editor Tells All

A rejection hurts, but it’s not about you. There are many reasons a manuscript doesn’t get selected:

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-10-real-reasons-your-book-was.html

* The #1 Marketing Strategy for Writers with a Day Job, Kids, Etc.

This is the reality for many authors: they have jobs, families, lives – on top of their writing. Here’s how they can steadily promote their books, too:

http://yeseniavargas.com/the-1-marketing-strategy/

* Discoverability Isn’t Nearly Enough to Help Readers Find Your Book

There are a lot of books out there and if you passively wait for readers to find you, you could wait a long time. Try this instead:

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2015/the-how-and-why-of-inbound-book-marketing/

* Social Media for Authors Podcast: Improve Your Marketing Results

Using social media is less of a chore if you learn about the shortcuts and tools that can help you:

http://socialmediajustforwriters.com/social-media-for-authors-podcast-improve-your-marketing-results/

* How to Self-Edit Your Book Before Turning it Over to a Professional

You should hire a professional to edit your book, but here’s how you can get your book into good shape before handing it over:

http://edenbaylee.com/2015/02/24/on-the-subject-of-self-editing/



What the Shopping Channels Can Teach Us About Selling: Tip #44 of 52 Ways to Market Your Book
February 24, 2015by: Penny Sansevieri
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Welcome to Tip #44 of our 52 Ways to Market Your Book! I hope you’re enjoying these tips and they are helping you sell more books. Want the complete book of tips? Get it here!

What the Shopping Channels Can Teach Us About Selling

Tip 44Whether we admit it or not, we’ve all watched a home shopping channel, even if we just stopped by for a minute or two while channel surfing. Home shopping channels are big and the two of the biggest are HSN and QVC; together they generate a combined total of $10 billion in sales every year. They are geared to selling 24/7. What can we learn from this mode of sales? Well, actually a lot. When you break down their method of selling you’ll see quite a bit of brilliance behind the shopping channels’ strategy that can be applied to your own marketing and sales efforts.

Details, details: The first thing the host will do is give you an overview and then zero in on the details, pieces, parts and bonuses. When you’re showcasing your book or product, it’s important to not just focus on the 30,000 foot overview, but the minutiae as well. The caveat is: it has to be exciting to your consumer. The idea is to push the product, then entice them with the details. How will you do this? Start with one, big, overarching question or pitch. Let’s say you wrote a book on dieting, you might say: “If you’re ready to finally lose those extra 30 pounds for good, this is the last diet book you’ll ever need to read.” Now, that’s a pretty big statement, and you’ll need to follow it up with some details that help build your case. See what I mean? If the book has recipes, highlight several and talk about them. If the book has some never-before-revealed secrets, highlight those too and make sure your consumer knows the whole package they’re getting, not just the idea.

Repetition: If you’ve ever watched HSN or QVC you know that their specials are repeated over and over and over again. Telling your consumer once won’t cut it, but telling them twice generally won’t either. You have to tell people again and again and again. Think about it: How many times are you telling folks about your book? How can you adapt this to book marketing? Think about the different ways you reach out to your consumer. How many times are you mentioning your book? If the answer to that is “I don’t know,” then you might want to rethink your marketing strategy. Now, I’m not saying that every Tweet and Facebook update needs to have your book title it in, but what I am saying is that if you are doing any kind of target marketing, email, or mailing, you need to make sure that you continue to push the message of your book for as long as you are marketing it.

Results: What will this book do for your reader? If it was featured on the Home Shopping Network you can be sure you would know, and it would be explained to you in Technicolor detail. Often, they will demo the product on the air. Why do they do this? Because the before and after is wildly popular with consumers. Now, if you’re not on HSN, how will you demo this? For starters, you can get testimonials for your website. Remember: what someone else says about your book, message, or product is 1,000 times more effective than anything you can say. You can also consider a YouTube channel (think of it as your very own HSN) and get video testimonials, or demo the ideas in your book. If you’re marketing a product, demo the product on video. Remember we love to know it’ll do XYZ for us, but seeing it is 1,000 times more powerful than just hearing it.

How’s it selling? It never fails: during the broadcast, the host will always tell you how well the product is selling. In fact, often they will tell you that it’s nearly selling out, thereby heightening the urgency to buy. As part of your book marketing have you pushed your updates to your audience? Have you told them how well it’s selling? Share stats with them, social proof, and popularity. Remember, people like what other people like. If a lot of other people like your book or product, tell your new consumers. It will help heighten their excitement.

Packaging, bonuses and oh, wait, there’s more! The beauty of this last line (as hokey as it might sound) is that it keeps the consumer on edge and ready to dial, but there’s more… so the additional bonuses entice them further. When we offered my book, Red Hot Internet Publicity, packaged for a limited time with another title (the offer was “Get 2 books for the price of 1”) we tripled our sales. Packages and special offers work, though it’s generally a good idea to offer them for a limited time. As you’ll see from one of the points below, urgency sells.

Pricing: Consumers love a bargain and the Home Shopping Network knows this all too well, so the discounts are crucial if they are trying to sell out a product. If you are trying to push your book, don’t get greedy. As I mentioned in the point above, the deeper the discount, the better the response. Be clear on your price point, i.e. what you need to make a profit, then play with the numbers and see what your consumer responds to. Now, you don’t have to offer shippable product as a special offer or price enhancement; it can also be electronic which makes it easier and raises your profit margin.

Urgency: Let’s face it, while it might seem cheesy, urgency sells. “Only 10 minutes left to buy!” and suddenly the phones light up. During the process of the sale, sale updates, bonuses, discounts, etc. all help to heighten the urgency of the buy including the limited time offer. When you’re running a special promotion, the best way to get people to beat a path to your door is to give them a deadline.

Remember the upsell: When you’ve got someone’s attention, why not try and sell them more? If you have bundled product, or special additions to your product, be sure and mention it. In fact, one of the most effective ways to generate sales is to entice your consumer by offering bonuses. Keep in mind that the bonuses need to have value to the consumer: they must enhance your product, not detract from it. You likely wouldn’t offer a copy of a colleague’s fiction book if you are selling a book on building your business. You might want to sell something a bit more compatible like a handbook, white paper, or webinar (either pre-recorded or live). Upsells are great when the product pairing is complimentary.

If you’re not convinced by these tips, try watching a shopping channel and see if you don’t agree. Their methods of selling are so finely tuned, you’ll see a real pattern in how they present each and every product. What that says is: if it works, stick with it. Try one or all of the above insights and see if it doesn’t tip the selling scale in your favor.

Good luck!

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – February 23, 2015
February 23, 2015by: Penny
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Welcome to Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This week we have guest posts on writing, self-publishing, and book marketing. Thank you to all of our contributors.

Book Marketing

Mayowa Ajisafe submitted Case Study: From Launching Her First Book To Becoming An Amazon Best Seller posted at Authors Crib, saying, “In this episode of the Authors Crib Podcast, we discussed about what happened from A to Z with her book launched and how she walked her way to becoming an Amazon best-selling author in the first week of her book launch and the lessons she picked from that as well as some tips and strategies that can help you achieve the same result with your book launch.”

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Self-Publishing

Colin Dunbar submitted Format a Book in Word: Kindle Formatting posted at Format a Book in Word, saying, “Formatting for the Kindle is really plain formatting (just like typing on a typewriter, if you’re old enough to remember those days). In this post I explain formatting your Word file for the Kindle.”

Writing

David Leonhardt submitted Not All Words are Created Equal posted at THG Writing Services, saying, “Not all words are created equal. Some are more powerful than others. Some are more precise. Some will elicit the right reaction.”

That concludes this week’s carnival. Our weekly roundup offers the best book marketing, self-publishing, writing, and general publishing industry tips to guide authors, would-be authors, publishers and others on their book journey. Submit a post to our weekly carnival by using this link: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/submit-ame-blog-carnival/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of February 16, 2015
February 21, 2015by: Penny
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Get some marketing mojo from these book promotion and publishing industry tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include choosing Kindle keywords, finding revenue streams, using Amazon reviews to sell more books, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Authorpreneurship: To Succeed, Authors Must Be More Businesslike Than Ever

What does this entail? Authors need to think strategically about their brand and how to market themselves and their books:

http://www.economist.com/news/business/21643124-succeed-these-days-authors-must-be-more-businesslike-ever-authorpreneurship

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* 33 Revenue Streams For Authors – Even If You Write Non-Fiction

This fabulous list from Joan Stewart offers an amazing range of ideas, from special reports, tips booklets, cruise ship workshops, board games and more:

http://thefutureofink.com/33-revenue-streams-for-authors/

* Top 5 Ways Authors Can Promote and Sell More Books

Spread your message through your local market, for instance:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dorit-sasson/top-five-ways-authors-can_b_6665110.html

* How to Choose Kindle Keywords

When you select the right words for your book you increase the chances for your book to be discovered:

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2015/02/how-to-choose-kindle-keywords/

* Are Novellas the Future of Publishing?

Publisher Tor.com believes so, and they’re focused on creating short reads that people can fit into their hectic daily lives:

http://io9.com/tor-com-explains-why-novellas-are-the-future-of-publish-1685440234

* 6 Trend-Savvy Book Publishing Strategies

With all the competition out there, you want your book to stand out from the crowd. These tips will help:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lisa-tener/6-trendsavvy-book-publish_b_6658134.html

* 53+ Free Image Sources for Your Blog and Social Media Posts

Stumped for good images you can use? This list will give you plenty of options:

https://blog.bufferapp.com/free-image-sources-list

* Amazon Reviews: How Readers Look at Them, and How to Sell Using Them

Learn how you can use your book reviews to generate more sales:

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2015/02/how-readers-look-at-amazon-book-pages/



Your Book Signing Checklist!
February 19, 2015by: Penny Sansevieri
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So you’ve landed a book signing, congrats! Book signings are a great opportunity to take your exposure to the next level and help build lasting relationships with your readers. These days it isn’t always easy to secure a book signing event, so you want to be sure to make the most of it. The last thing you want to do is show up unprepared. Check out our Book Signing Checklist for everything you need to rock your next event! Best of luck!

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