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Marilyn Monroe Still Captivates Us. Why?

Marilyn Monroe still captivates us. That’s why “Marilyn Monroe” is a fantastic keyword that can bring attention to just about anything. But why?

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

How many other actresses from the 1950s do you know of with their own Twitter accounts and websites in this day and age? I’ll admit, I’ve watched many documentaries about this woman. I know her life story from start to finish, but I still want to know more.

Why is Marilyn Monroe So Captivating to Men and Women?

Men loved her obvious sex appeal. That one isn’t hard to figure out. But perhaps the most interesting thing about her is that women were (and still are) equally fascinated by her. Not jealous of her breath-taking beauty and allure, but fascinated by it. Addictively attracted to it. To this day, she exemplifies female charisma and beauty to people all around the world.

They say (whoever “they” are) that women from Marilyn’s era felt protective of her. They shared a motherly love of this orphaned girl that, perhaps, grew even deeper due to her tragic and untimely death at only 36 years old.

For me, she’s so much more than that. She is a symbol of possibility and proof that visualization can work for anyone. As legend has it, she would stare outside the window of her orphanage at Beverly Hills and dream of one day becoming a world-famous actress. Who would have thought she could make that kind of grandiose dream come true? But she did.

I wonder if Marilyn Monroe knows that her legend still lives on to this day? I hope she does.

Related reading: James Patterson Shakes The Author’s Money Tree

Related reading: Robert Kiyosaki: The Definition of an Asset

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James Patterson Shakes The Author’s Money Tree

James Patterson

James Patterson

Independent authors aren’t the only ones shaking The Author’s Money Tree in new ways. Even mainstream thriller author, James Patterson, has jumped on this band wagon with his BookShots line.

James Patterson Shakes The Author’s Money Tree With BookShots

His reason for publishing books this way may be a bit different than the rest of us. After all, he doesn’t need the money. But no matter who you are, the results are still the same.

…Mr. Patterson is after an even bigger audience. He wants to sell books to people who have abandoned reading for television, video games, movies and social media.

So how do you sell books to somebody who doesn’t normally read?

Mr. Patterson’s plan: make them shorter, cheaper, more plot-driven and more widely available.

…He aims to release two to four books a month through Little, Brown, his publisher. All of the titles will be shorter than 150 pages, the length of a novella. (Alexandra Alter, The New York Times)

This is one of the greatest keys to success as an author in this day and age: prolific publishing. The single best way to sell books (and build a blog) is to utilize the power of search engines. Ping their algorithms by feeding them new content on a consistent basis. Do this, and they’ll reward you by feeding you more traffic. It works the same for Kobo or Amazon’s internal search engines as it does for Google, Baidu, Yahoo, or Bing.

Related reading: BookShots: The Hachette vs. Amazon Truce?

Related reading: Organic Web Weaving: Modern Book Publishing, Sales and Marketing

Related reading: Sell Non-Fiction Books Using AI

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How to Publish a Book for Free

How to Publish a Book for Free 01

How to Publish a Book for Free 01

If you’re reading this page, it’s because you’re wondering how to publish a book for free. There are two valid options for you to choose from. One of them is completely free while the other is almost completely free—your only necessary cost being copy editing.

In 2014, I released How to Publish a Bestselling Book … and Sell it WORLDWIDE Based on Value, Not Price!. It compared the pros and cons of traditional (trade) publishing, self-publishing, and supported self-publishing. If you click on the title link above, you can “sneak a peek” inside the book to read those comparisons for free.

The information is still valid when it comes to paperbacks and hardcovers. To properly produce these types of books, you’ll require an experienced team of professionals: editor, graphic designer, proofreader, and indexer. A reputable book distributor, such as Ingram Content Group, will also be necessary to get your book into the “brick and mortar” bookstores. Alas, all these professional services cost money. So, the only way to publish “traditional bookstore books” in a way that will be free to you is through traditional (trade) publishing methods.

How to Publish a Book for Free … Almost

How to Publish a Book for Free 02

How to Publish a Book for Free 02

There is another way to publish a book almost completely free of charge. If you’re fine with self-publishing ebooks and selling them online exclusively, then you’re in luck. In fact, many of today’s independent (“indie”) authors are enjoying massive success with ebooks. Some of them are being signed by trade publishers due to their self-publishing success, while others are choosing to remain indie.

So long as you have your ebook copy edited by an experienced editor, you can produce a decent result on your own. For starters, ebook covers are less involved than physical book covers. You don’t have to worry about the back cover or spine—only the front cover. There are many free templates available online to help you create an attractive front cover. There are also free tools out there to help you convert your Microsoft Word manuscript into ebook format for publishing on Amazon and/or Kobo. The capabilities of both these ecommerce sites have come a long way since I wrote my other book in 2014. I publish ebooks to both of them regularly now.

How Are Today’s Indie Authors Succeeding Online?

If you’re like most writers, you don’t want to have to sell your books after you write them. You just want to move onto writing the next book. Am I right? Well, here’s some great news for you: writing is selling in the online world. The best way to sell books today is to utilize the power of search engines. Feed them new content on a consistent basis, and they’ll feed you more traffic.

This is what today’s indie authors are doing to succeed online: How to Build a Loyal Readership So Your Self-Published Books Get Picked Up by Literary Agents and Trade Publishers. The step-by-step instructions are all here including hyperlinks to all the free tools you’ll need for each step. There is also helpful advice contained within on how and where to find an affordable copy editor.

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The Author’s Money Tree: How to Grow a Bountiful Readership Organically

It takes three full seasons to reap the true rewards of The Author’s Money Tree: planting, growing, and harvesting. And it’s well worth all the effort.

The Author's Money Tree

The Author’s Money Tree: NOW AVAILABLE through Amazon’s Kindle, Kobo, and E-Sentral!

The Author’s Money Tree Season #1: Planting

There are three effective ways to plant an abundance of seeds with your desired readership: productive blogging, prolific publishing, or (better yet) both. If you are strategic in the way you do these things, you’ll be amazed by how quickly your sprouts begin to show.

That’s the beauty of being a writer in this digital age of book publishing. Writing is selling in the online world. And keywords are the seeds you’re planting to feed all your hungry readers at harvest time.

The Author’s Money Tree Season #2: Growing

But those keywords will never be enough on their own. Each sprout needs to be fed and watered so it can grow, and this takes time and patience. Quality content is the fertilizer that breathes life into a sprout and helps it grow into a healthy sapling. Proper search engine optimization (SEO) is the mulch that prevents your sapling from being taken over by larger weeds.

You need a strong root system to grow a bountiful money tree that will bear fruit for you, year after year, and stand the test of time. This is crucial to your progressive success in future harvest seasons, and I’ll show you exactly how to do it.

The Author’s Money Tree Season #3: Harvesting

And now comes the fun part! Harvest time is when you reap the rewards of all your efforts.

In this section of the book, you’ll meet some authors who are earning six-figure incomes from their readerships in their own harvest seasons. You’ll learn some of the strategies they’re using to harvest the same crops, over and over again, while planting new seeds each year.

Do you want to grow an abundant readership? This is a totally sustainable system that you can use successfully for fiction, non-fiction, and even poetry. Truth!

The Author’s Holy Trinity of Profit Trilogy

Action
The Author’s Money Tree: How to Grow a
Bountiful Readership Organically

Thought

The Author’s Gold Rush: How to Harvest a
Bountiful Crop Repeatedly

Faith

The Author’s Magic Key: How to Stay on Track and
Keep the Faith

Related reading: James Patterson Shakes The Author’s Money Tree

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Reddit: Social Marketing [T-Shaped Marketing for Authors]

Reddit is a great place to promote new books. I talk about Reddit in the last T-Shaped Marketing for Authors ebook titled Social Marketing. Here’s an excerpt from that book which will be coming out this month on Amazon, Kobo, and E-Sentral.

Reddit is a great social media tool!

Reddit is a great social media tool!

Reddit refers to itself as the “front page of the Internet” but, perhaps, it’s more accurately defined as the “sixth top page.” A web analytics company powered by Amazon, known as Alexa, reports Reddit as being in sixth place for top-visited sites in the United States and 20th place worldwide as I’m writing this. Either way, it is a powerful tool authors can use to drive more traffic to their own blogs (and books) in the form of relevant backlinks from a relevant, not to mention reputable, website. You do this by sharing links to your various blog posts. Or, you can simply post your views or questions for others to respond to right on the site.

As such, Reddit is best defined as a collection of forums where people can share news and views on just about any topic you can imagine. You can join Reddit and create your own forum threads (a.k.a. conversations) within the many established communities known as “subreddits.” This is a great way to try to generate discussion around a certain topic or issue, perhaps one related to your latest book or your career as an author. As with all social media, it’s also a good idea for you to post comments to other users’ threads so you can develop online relationships with them. If you do that, there’s a better chance of them upvoting your posts. This gives your posts more visibility so that more people will read them.

A popular form of conversation you can create on Reddit is known as an AMA which stands for “ask me anything.” Generally, high profile celebrities are known to start AMAs on Reddit to promote their new films (Bill Murray) or even their political views (Barack Obama). Why can’t an author also post an AMA to promote a new book? Not only can this generate interest in that new book, but the questions you receive might even generate some new blog post ideas for you that you hadn’t considered before.

I came across a post, written by Maxine Patenaude, on the Thornley Fallis Communications website that describes where the word “Reddit” comes from:

Did you know that “reddit” is the Latin word for render, which can mean “to submit for consideration or approval.” That basically sums up the concept of this popular social platform. (Patenaude, n.d.)

I recommend you incorporate Reddit as part of your social media marketing program, even if you’re simply sharing links to your blog posts here to begin with. It’s a genuinely effective tool you can use to improve your SEO.

I hope you enjoyed this little excerpt from my upcoming ebook—the final installment in the T-Shaped Marketing for Authors series. Watch for it this coming month on Amazon, Kobo, and E-Sentral!

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What’s the Difference Between Tags and Keywords?

tags and keywords

tags and keywords

Tags and keywords both help people to find information on your blog. But there are key differences between the two that are important to know.

You may assume, as I once did, that the tags you attach to each blog post are helping your SEO. But the tags you assign to each post are simply labels that help your readers find information within your blog. For example, if you’re a dietitian, you may want to assign the label “vegan protein” to all the posts you write about hemp hearts, quinoa, brown rice, et cetera. That way, all those articles will come up when readers search for vegan protein recommendations on your blog. 

Tags and Keywords: What Search Engines are Looking For

If you want search engines to find each of those posts, you must assign more specific keywords to each post. And here’s the key difference: you can create whatever tags you want within your own blog, but keywords must match the search terms people are using on the search engines. Otherwise, they’re virtually useless. This is why keyword research is so important.

How you write each blog post is also important. Your post can still be effective, from an SEO standpoint, at only 300 words long. BUT here are four other things you must do to ensure the search engine crawlers can easily find and index it:

  1. Include your primary keyword in the slug (the URL) you create for the blog post.
  2. Include that keyword in at least one of your headings.
  3. Ensure the keyword also appears in the first paragraph.
  4. Attach the keyword to an image within the blog post, too.

Doing these things will make it clear to the crawlers what each individual blog post is about. It will ensure they know which keywords you want indexed.

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Website vs. Blog: Which One Should Every Author Have?

Website vs. Blog

Website vs. Blog

Website vs. blog: which one should every author start out with? And what’s the difference between the two?

I’ll begin by clarifying that a blog is a type of website. Basically, anything you visit online that has its own URL (e.g., web address, domain name) is a website.

To use a familiar analogy, they’re all fruit. But you can think of traditional, static websites as apples. And you can consider blogs to be oranges. One of these fruits is much juicier than the other in terms of helping you to improve your SEO and get noticed by more readers online. And your sole purpose in having any type of online presence is to do just that: attract a larger readership to your book(s).

Website vs. Blog: Apple vs. Orange

As mentioned above, a traditional website is static in that once you create it, it just stays the same and sits there online waiting for people to view it. But a blog is dynamic. This means its content is always being updated. If you’re blogging correctly, you’re adding new content to your blog at least three times per week. And this is important to SEO. Search engines LOVE new content. They eat it up! The more relevant and helpful new content you give them to share with their users, the more they’ll reward you by placing you higher and higher in their ranking.

A traditional website is meant to provide basic information about you. What are your books about? Where can you be contacted? But a blog provides an expanded view of your author business as a whole. A blog is where you can share your thoughts, opinions, experiences, event calendars, and book excerpts in more meaningful ways. 

Blogs allow for reader engagement in the form of the comments section at the bottom of each post. Websites don’t have this ability. If you can get your readers to engage with you in this way, then you know you’re having an impact with them. That’s important.

Website vs. Blog: Summary

Websites are static, contain basic information, and don’t allow for reader engagement. A website is limited in its ability to improve your SEO.

Blogs are dynamic, provide your readers with an expanded view, and allow reader engagement in the form of comments. Since search engines love new content, blogs are the single best way for you to improve your SEO online.

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Home Business Ideas: Expand Your Sales Online

Whether your home business is a sideline gig or your full-time profession, here’s a great way to expand your sales online. This plan can work for various home business ideas.

Home Business Ideas

Home Business Ideas

What do every single one of these home businesses have in common? They can be promoted online using writing. Effective online writing. And I’m not only referring to the obvious copywriters and ebook authors mentioned in the above-linked Small Business Trends article. Party planners understand the event planning business, and daycare providers understand the needs of parents and their children. Party clowns know entertainment and what it takes to make people laugh. Dog groomers can help you understand the various aspects of pet care. All these people can write educational blog entries and ebooks to help their clients. In fact, they can use these online tools to reach even more clients outside their physical trading areas.

Home Business Ideas that Help Adult Learners

You may be thinking, “I’m no writer!” Or you may feel overwhelmed with the idea of trying to write a full-length non-fiction ebook about your business. Well, I have some good news for you. You don’t have to be a writer, yourself, and effective non-fiction ebooks come in all different sizes and prices.

Children aren’t the only ones who can enjoy a picture book. Picture books containing “How To” illustrations or graphics throughout (e.g., exercise routines, hair styling techniques, before and after automotive repair examples, et cetera) can be very helpful to adult learners. And books like these can be created quickly. Totally doable, especially when it’s your passion!

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Online Business Ideas to Reach More People

Whatever industry you currently work in—catering, health and fitness, interior decorating, hairdressing, automotive repair, ESL, et cetera—these online business ideas can help you reach more people. And you don’t even have to be a writer!

Online Business Ideas

Online Business Ideas

An effective online business allows you to “clone yourself” so you can reach more people outside your current physical trading area. One of today’s most effective ways of doing that is by publishing and selling your own industry-related “How To” ebooks.

Not a writer? No problem. You can hire a ghostwriter to do the writing for you. As a matter of fact, ghostwriters are hired by business professionals all the time. They are used to produce books and other marketing materials for these people.

Sell Those Ebooks Using Affiliate Marketing

Once you’ve published a few “How To” ebooks, you may want some help selling them. This is when affiliate marketers will come in handy. Popular ecommerce sites like Amazon have effective systems already in place. This means you don’t have to track or pay for anything at all. These transactions are between the affiliate and the online merchant they registered with. At the end of the day, you’ll still get paid whatever royalty percentage you would normally be paid for the sale of your ebooks, and the affiliate commissions will be taken care of for you in the background. It’s a win-win-win scenario for you, the affiliate marketer, and the ecommerce site.

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10 Author Blog Post Ideas

10 Author Blog Post Ideas

10 Author Blog Post Ideas

You’ve heard me recommend blogging many times in the past. Writing regular blog posts, at least three times per week, is a great way for you to increase your online exposure. These 10 author blog post ideas will inspire you to write lots!

But before we get started, there are two important things for you to do. First, research and find 156 keywords (52 weeks per year, three posts per week) related to your genre/topic matter. (You’re going to create your blog post titles with those keywords in them.) Second, download the free Yoast SEO Plugin to your WordPress blog to ensure all 156 of those posts will be SEO-friendly. That way, Google’s search engine spiders will easily find and index your posts for you. This will ensure your desired reader base finds them, too.

5 Author Blog Post Ideas About You and Your Books

My first poem in the Western Producer

My first poem in the Western Producer

 1. It’s fairly easy to write about yourself and what inspired you to start writing at all. Make some of your 156 posts about you. Let your readers get to know you better. Maybe that will include sharing a copy of the very first story or poem you ever wrote. For example, here’s my first poem in the Western Producer. I wrote it when I was 11 years old; it was published a few months later, just after I turned 12. My brother found it for me in the newspaper archives years later and it put a huge smile on my face to read it once again as an adult.

 2. Include excerpts from your upcoming books to create a buzz around them before they’re officially published. You’ve probably noticed I include plenty of book excerpts in the Coming Soon to PPG! category of this blog. If you’re publishing a new book at least every four to six weeks like I do, this will take care of eight or nine of your blog posts for the year.

 3.  What inspires you? Share the occasional inspirational quote and talk about why it speaks to your heart.

 4. What is your creative process? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Share your writing tips and strategies with your readers. Invite them to share theirs in the comments section below.

 5. Do you ever attend any writer’s retreats or conferences in your area? Post about your experiences, the people you’ve met, and the impact they’ve had on you and your writing.

5 Author Blog Post Ideas About Other People or Places

 6. Highlight other authors within your genre whose books inspired you in some way. Review their books on your blog and include the Amazon affiliate links to those books within each blog post. If people purchase one of their books along with one of yours, that could help your Amazon ranking through association. (Remember to tie as many of your chosen keywords into these post titles as possible. This way, Google will index your posts for those keywords.)

 7. Did you hire any illustrators, graphic designers, or other professionals to help you produce a quality book? Why not dedicate some of your posts to writing biographies about them and their important contributions? Better yet, ask them to guest post on your blog.

 8. Read the industry news and post your opinions about hot topics on your blog. What pleases you about these current events? What displeases you? Why? Open up a discussion and invite your subscribers to post their own comments below.

 9. What geographic regions do your characters work or live in (for fiction or poetry), or what region are you currently writing in/about (for non-fiction)? Some of your posts can be geography lessons about these particular locations. Be sure to include pictures or videos for extra impact.

 10. Search Quora for industry-related questions. Answer those questions for people on your own blog.

10 Author Blog Post Ideas

When you mix your keywords in with those 10 author blog post ideas, you can see what a great idea-generator it is. The topic possibilities are endless!

Related post by Jane Friedman: What Should Authors Blog About?

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