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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of August 25, 2014
August 29, 2014by: Paula
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We’re highlighting some top book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others, to help you with your book promotion efforts. The topics include becoming media friendly to sell more books, reaching readers via your local library, creating the perfect book title, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 8 Important Questions to Ask Before You Publish Your Book

When you ask the right questions, you’ll be able to focus your marketing on the right target audience:

http://www.makealivingwriting.com/8-important-questions-before-you-publish-book/

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* How to Reach Readers via Your Library

Several authors explain how they found success with their local libraries:

http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/local-library/

* 8 Essential Tips for a Successful Book Reading by a Self-Published Author

What should an author expect from his or her first reading?

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/05/judy-croome/

* 12 Twitter Marketing Tips From the Pros

Learn about the latest Twitter marketing strategies so you can get the most out of the network:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/12-twitter-marketing-tips/

* 5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Book Title

There are several factors to consider when it’s time to give your book a title:

http://terryodell.com/five-tips-for-titles/

* What Do You Do With Those Fab Book Blurbs After You Get Them?

Think visual – you want everyone to see what others say about your book:

http://buildbookbuzz.com/use-book-blurbs-to-build-buzz/

* Do Authors Really Need a Blog?

This question still crops up, and the general consensus is yes. Here’s why:

http://jumpingfromcliffs.com/2014/08/19/do-i-really-need-a-blog/

* Why Self-Published Books Look Self-Published

There are some common errors that occur in self-published books. Learn what to avoid:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2012/08/why-self-published-books-look-self-published/

* How to be Media Friendly to Sell More Books

Make it easy for the media to help you promote your books:

http://buildbookbuzz.com/how-to-be-media-friendly-to-sell-more-books/



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – August 25, 2014
August 25, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. We have advice on getting published, and writing, in this week’s edition. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted When Not to Contact an Agent: What Writers Should Do During the Dead Month posted at Publishing … And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “Aspiring authors, don’t submit your manuscript to publishers, and don’t send your queries to agents during the ‘dead month.’ Here are 6 things you should be doing instead.”

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William Gordon submitted Rejection Blues posted at No Rules Just Write, saying, “C J Lyons published ‘Tales of Editorial Idiocy.’ It cites what many famous bestselling authors were told when they were initially rejected.”

Writing

Chrys Fey submitted Writing About: A Wedding posted at Write With Fey, saying, “This post provides tips on how to write the wedding ceremony and reception for a story.”

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 August 18, 2014
August 22, 2014by: Paula
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Get some tips and advice from these book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include questions to ask your editor, one minute book marketing, when to create video content, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 10 Sites Where You Can Get Fabulous Free Photos

These sites offer free resources you can use for your blog, book, articles, and more:

http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2013/03/6-sites-where-you-can-get-fabulous-free_22.html

* When Not to Contact an Agent: What Writers Should Do During the Dead Month

August is not the time to submit your manuscript to publishers, or send queries to agents. Here’s what you can do:

http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2014/08/when-not-to-contact-agent-what-writers.html

* Too Busy to Promote? Try One Minute Book Marketing

Everyone is pressed for time, but there are still ways you can market your book. Try doing these three things daily:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/one-minute-marketing-tip-18-52-ways-market-book/

* How to Turn Your Written Content Into Video Content

Video is incredibly popular, and it’s also a great way to re-use your content. Consider these five methods:

http://thefutureofink.com/repurpose-written-content-into-video-content/

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* 15 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Editor Before Hiring Them

Editing is critical to your book’s success. Make sure you’re getting the best editor for your book:

http://www.wiseinkblog.com/self-publishing-2/15-questions-you-should-always-ask-your-editor-before-hiring-them/

* 8 Essential Tips for a Successful Book Reading by a Self-Published Author

A live event can be a great way to market your book. One author shares her tips for getting the most out of the event:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/05/judy-croome/

* 4 Ways to Create Sticky Content

You spend time creating and finding good content to share, but does it have staying power? Learn how to stand out from the crowd:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2014/02/25/4-ways-create-sticky-content/

* Creating a Relationship with Potential Readers

Help your book find readers by building relationships. There are so many opportunities to grow a fanbase. Discover your options:

http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2009/07/creating-relationship-with-potential.html



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – August 18, 2014
August 18, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This edition offers great tips on social media, writing, and book marketing. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Social Media

Colleen Collins posted Four Tips For Minimizing Bad Reviews On Google posted at Colleen Collins Books saying, “I offer 4 tips for minimizing bad reviews on Google.”

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Writing

Chrys Fey posted Utilize the Dark posted at Write With Fey, saying, “When you’re writing horror, or any story that requires tension or suspense, the dark is a great tool to utilize.”

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme posted Jazz Up Your Book Promotion posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Use this cool free tool to jazz up your book promotion efforts.”

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 August 11, 2014
August 15, 2014by: Paula
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Here is a roundup of some popular book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others, that cover a range of issues authors should understand. The topics include why a newsletter is a marketing must, how to create and sell an audiobook, a book launch checklist, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Book Launch Checklist

There are so many things to keep track of when you’re going to publish a book. This handy list takes you from book inception through the first month of publication:

http://kelsye.com/book-launch-checklist/

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* 89+ Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life

Do you feel uninspired? Perhaps this list of ideas will help ramp up your marketing!

http://www.authormedia.com/89-book-marketing-ideas-that-will-change-your-life/

* “You do not have to write bestsellers to build a career as a full-time author”

This interesting blog post examines the success stories like Hugh Howey and concludes that many authors can be successful without ever having a bestseller. Learn how:

http://thesecretstorylair.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/hugh-howey-or-bust.html

* 57 Little Things to Double Check Before Your Website Launch

Your website is an important marketing tool. Make sure it’s ready to launch:

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/website-launch-checklist

* Create and Sell an Audio Book Using These 5 Simple Steps

Audio books are a fast-growing part of the publishing world. And making your book available in as many formats as possible is a good marketing strategy:

http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2011/03/create-and-sell-audio-book-using-these.html

* List of Online Reviewers Who Accept Self-Published Books

Looking for book reviews? This recently created list may help!

http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2014/08/list-of-online-reviewers-who-accept.html

* Why a Newsletter is a Marketing Must and How to Double the Number of Readers You Get

Newsletters offer visibility – a way to stay in front of your readers and fans. Here’s how you can create your own newsletter:

http://thefutureofink.com/get-more-visibility-for-your-newsletter/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of August 4, 2014
August 8, 2014by: Paula
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Here are some hot topics in book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The issues include what authors can learn from reader pet peeves, how to set expectations before publishing, whether book giveaways are still a good idea, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Are Book Giveaways Still Worth It for Indie Authors?

Some experts offer their insights into book giveaways as a marketing strategy. Things have changed, but there are times that freebies still make sense:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/62424-are-book-giveaways-still-worth-it-for-indie-authors.html

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* Self-Publish or Perish: Why This Author Went from Traditional to Indie Publishing 

Author Eileen Goudge explains why she decided to change publishing paths:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/08/eileen-goudge/

* What Authors Can Learn From Reader Pet Peeves

When author Jody Hedlund asked her readers about what drove them crazy when they’re reading a book, they had plenty to say. Learn from their comments:

http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/2014/08/reader-pet-peeves.html

* Should You Hire an Editor Before Querying? Agents Weigh In

Agents offer reasons why you should – or shouldn’t – hire an editor before querying. It’s an interesting discussion:

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/07/should-you-hire-editor-before-querying.html

* Setting Expectations Before You Publish Your Book

Take some time to figure out what you really want so you’ll have a better chance of reaching your goals:

http://publishingperspectives.com/2014/08/setting-expectations-before-you-publish-your-book/

* Authors Don’t be Twits When Tweeting and Making Online ‘Friends’

This is very clear advice: Don’t do these things. Ever. Or, stop it if you have been doing it:

http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/08/02/authors-dont-be-twits-when-tweeting/

* What Sells a Book?

Three factors are important to helping your book succeed. Learn what they are:

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2013/06/what-sells-a-book/

* How Barbara Freethy Became the Bestselling Amazon KDP Author of All-Time

It took a lot of work, but Barbara Freethy explains what she did that turned her books into Amazon bestsellers:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michaelprice/how-barbara-freethy-becam_b_5647391.html



Bestseller Lists: Did You Know?
August 7, 2014by: Penny
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Over the years I’ve been asked about getting on a bestseller list – actually, if I had a dime for every time someone has asked me, I’d be richer than Bill Gates. That said, making a bestseller is still somewhat of a mystery. But if you want some low-down on how the New York Times works, here’s some bestseller scoop you may not know.

Did you know that the New York Times Bestseller List is actually based on a “survey” of closely guarded accounts posted for weekly sales? These are essentially stores – according to many sources – 34 reporting stores that the Times polls to see what’s selling.

Sales need to be showing up across the board. For example, if you’re hot on Amazon but nowhere else, your book would be excluded. If they are picking up a lot of bulk sales for the book, then it would be excluded, too. But, if the book is showing large bulk sales *and* a lot of regular sales then it could be added to the list.

Also, the Times list is polled Sunday to Sunday, so if you launch your book later in the week, it’ll be harder to hit the list for that week. POSTED Bestseller Lists 08062014 - blog_pin

How much do you need to sell to hit a list? Well that depends on when you launch your book. If you’re targeting the heavy-shopping season (like Christmas), then you likely need to sell more. Though, to some extent, publishers have moved away from publishing “seasons” there are still some busy times you should be aware of: January sees a lot of change-your-life/save money books while the summer season sees a lot of beach-read type books (genre fiction). Also, if you’re planning to have a shot at the list, be sure to check out major anniversaries. You may recall the recent Kennedy 50-year anniversary, which was key for many, many new Kennedy titles.

And one final note on the Times list: Independent bookstores are central to these lists. At one time I know that many of the reporting stores were indie stores (I’m not sure of that now, and I assume these stores change). If you’re not in an independent bookstore (or several) you may be out of luck.

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of July 28, 2014
August 1, 2014by: Paula
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There’s some great advice in this week’s top book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include getting started with Google Analytics, using the secret Kindle feature, finding writing motivation, and more. Happy marketing!

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* EDITS, EDITORS, EDITING — The Secret Weapon of Every Successful Writer

Why hiring an editor is so important no matter which publishing route you take:

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/07/edits-editors-editingthe-secret-weapon.html

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* How to Use Google Analytics: Getting Started

Still don’t know how to use Google Analytics? This tool is a great way to learn who visits your site, what they do while visiting your site, and much more. Here’s how to use it effectively:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/google-analytics-basics/

* The Secret Kindle Feature Every Author Should Be Using

This little item under the Kindle edition of your book is a great way to know what your readers are talking about (whether it’s your book or a competitor’s):

http://youtu.be/IZc2KfEDiMQ

* Four Book Marketing Tips Based on Lessons Learned From the First Book

An author looks back at how she promoted her first book and what she’ll do differently the second time around:

http://meghanward.com/blog/2014/06/12/four-book-marketing-tips/

* Seven Things to Do When You Don’t Feel Like Writing

Sometimes you want to write but nothing seems to happen – no motivation, no muse. Here’s what you can do instead:

http://www.dailywritingtips.com/seven-things-to-do-when-you-dont-feel-like-writing/

* 5 Great Examples of Calls to Action for Your Facebook Cover Photo

Facebook’s rules change all the time. Now, you can include a “call to action” in your cover photo, but text can’t amount to more than 20% of your cover image. Learn how to create a CTA that won’t violate Facebook’s rules:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/05/17/5-great-examples-of-calls-to-action-for-your-facebook-cover-photo/

* Study: Email STILL More Effective Than Social Media, SEO, Content Marketing

It may seems like most marketing now takes place on social media, but a recent study shows that email marketing is incredibly effective:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/email-social-media-seo-content-marketing_b58840



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – July 28, 2014
July 28, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. We’ve got some great posts on book marketing, getting published, and self-publishing in this edition. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted 2 Agents Looking for New Writers posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “These two agents are looking for clients. Both have had experience working in prestigious literary agencies. As always, go to the agency’s website before sending your query. See which publishing houses they have worked with, what type of books they have represented. It’s always a good idea to do a Google search on the agency (and agent) to check for other authors’ experiences.”

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Self-Publishing

Colin Dunbar submitted Format a Book in Word: Tables & Columns posted at Format A Book in Word, saying, “In a non-fiction book, tables are an aid to making information and data easier to read. Columns can also be used to help with readability, although it’s not common to have columns in a book.”

Book Marketing

Frances Caballo submitted Lisa Tener on Publishing, Platform and Book Marketing posted at Social Media Just for Writers, saying, “In this post, I interview book coach Lisa Tener who offers book marketing advice for writers.”

Sarah Bolme submitted There is No Magic Pill posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “There is no magic pill. Whether in dieting or in book marketing, no one opportunity will create magic results for you.”

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/



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – July 21, 2014
July 21, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. We have some great insights into book marketing, writing, and getting published in this edition. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Writing

Chrys Fey submitted Writing About: Your Toughest Moment posted at Write With Fey, saying, “When you have to write about your toughest moment in life it can be overwhelming and scary. How do you capture the most difficult experience (or day) you’ve ever had to go through, and write about it? Where do you begin?”

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Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted 5 Horror and Dark Fiction Publishers Accepting Unsolicited Manuscripts posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity saying, “Horror is an immensely popular genre. (Zombies! Vampires! Werewolves!) Perhaps, for that reason there are relatively few publishers accepting unagented manuscripts. (Many horror publishers say they are “swamped.”) The publishers I have listed here accept a variety of formats: short stories, poems, and novels. Please read their guidelines carefully.”

Book Sales/Marketing

Lisa Romeo submitted Guest Blogger Kim Ablon Whitney on Writing Niche Novels, Writing What You Know posted at Lisa Romeo Writes, saying, “Guest blogger Kim Ablon Whitney writes about her decision to write more novels about what she knows and had already begun building an audience for.”

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/





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