book marketing

Top free ways to increase traffic to your author website

October 2, 2016 by

I hope some of you non-fiction authors find this helpful. I have many ideas for non-fiction (and will blog more on this later) ... not so for fiction authors--which is what I am. Top tips for my non-fiction author friends to help in their book marketing. Unlike fiction authors like myself there is a fast way for non-fiction authors to build a tribe and get subscribers. How? Webinars. And they are free to create! ...Videos--webinars or short videos of yourself sharing your expertise.  ...Videos--webinars or short videos of yourself sharing your expertise.  Why? They get you a lot of ...

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Convert a manuscript to Mobi and Epub files free, at a click of a button.

June 11, 2016 by

  Most writers already know that to be self-published we have to have our books on Amazon and hopefully on iBooks or Kobo. But how do we convert our word doc manuscripts without having to go through all the technical stuff, or paying hundreds of dollars for conversion? (I've done both. Multiple times!) If you don’t already know, the mobi file is what Kindle uses and epub format is for all other e-readers. With this process you can have a ready file you can pass to your friends with Kindle or other e-readers and they can upload and read on their ...

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How to set up a Goodreads Giveaway (physical book)

June 6, 2016 by

If you’re an author—even a new one—and have done any form of research on Indie or self-publishing you’d have heard of Goodreads. An arm of Amazon it’s where voracious readers congregate and opine about their latest reads. It’s not a bad place to conduct a giveaway. At the time of this writing, Goodreads is experimenting with giveaways for those who only have a Kindle eBook. Traditionally you’d have to give away a physical book—paperback or hardback—but their new promotional tool will soon be available to authors who'd only have ebooks on Kindle to give away. (In case you have ...

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Book Marketing Help– A global customized Amazon link

June 1, 2016 by

For many of us authors we sell on Amazon. Unfortunately, Amazon has unique links for different countries. It may not seem like a big deal but why even lose a single potential reader? I thought Book Linker gives us a simple and elegant solution. Get it for each of your Amazon books and when your subscriber clicks on the link it doesn’t matter where they are from, they will automatically get to the Amazon store of their country. Makes it easy for the author (publisher) and for the reader as well. It’s free to use and you can also ...

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How to format your Microsoft word document (manuscript) for print books (paperbacks)

May 21, 2016 by

  Again a follow-along step-by-step process. I have scoured the internet and since I am a visual learner others who are new to Indie publishing and also learn best by watching would find these step by step tutorials I have watched myself useful. There are hundreds (maybe thousands) of new Indie authors who waste thousands of dollars “hiring” so-called “publishers” (which are merely printers since real traditional publishers will not charge you but instead will pay you a royalty and also do all the distribution and marketing of your books for you.) This series of self-publishing for the indie ...

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Indie author marketing tips–email harvesting and free book

April 28, 2015 by

This is part 1 of the indie author book marketing series I am doing. For three years now –since I first published my book Keeper of Reign fantasy novel—I’d heard about the importance of having a mailing list. But for the life of me I couldn’t figure out how to get readers to sign up. Yes, I’ve read about giving away pdfs of this and that, subscriptions to newsletters—seriously, who has the time to read all these free write-ups and newsletters? Worse, I’ve been giving away free books and even used paid advertising so readers will find out about my promotions ...

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Indie Book Marketing Strategies–What Works And What Doesn’t

September 15, 2014 by

After book marketing for over a year now and aggressively using my resources--time and money to market my books--Keeper of Reign, and then Dead Dreams-- both award-winning novels and have been best-sellers on Kindle--I have learned a few things. If I had to do it all over again, which in a sense I would  have to do with my future books, I would change some tactics I had used for marketing my books. (I don't know what it's like for non-fiction books, but at least with fiction authors we face some major battles--this is not to say that we cannot  overcome the battles ...

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