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Bookstore Signings: Setting Up and Selling Books

Bookstore signings are still a popular form of marketing for most authors. Here’s how to set one up and ensure you sell books during it.

Bookstore Signings FREE BOOK:

Bookstore Signings FREE BOOK:

Call the Bookstore at Least 3 Months in Advance

Bookstores tend to set up their in-store events and signings a few months in advance. This is especially true leading up to Christmas time. So, if your book in being published in the late summer or fall, you’ll need to call well in advance. Give the store at least three months’ notice to ensure you’re able to secure a date for your signing.

For signings in the summer time, you can usually get in sooner. I’ve been able to book summer bookstore signings with only three or four weeks’ notice.

When calling the bookstore, ask for the event planner. Tell that person the approximate date (usually a Saturday or Sunday afternoon) you have in mind for the signing. From there, they’ll provide a choice of available times for you to choose from. Then book it in your calendar.

Print Enough Books for Your Bookstore Signings

Some bookstores will want you to send them books in advance, so they can display your title before the signing. Others are fine if you simply bring books with you on the day of the event. This is a question to ask the bookstore’s event planner when you call to book a date with them.

Bookstore Signings PRINTING TIPS:

Bookstore Signings PRINTING TIPS:

Generally, 10 or 20 books is enough to bring to bookstore signings. That is, unless you’ve invited several more people yourself. The majority of your event’s sales will come from your own guest list. So, be sure to invite as many people as you can. As a rule, only around 50% of the people you invite will show up and buy a book from you. If you invite 30 people, you can reasonably expect 15 book sales.

Market Your Bookstore Signings in Advance

The event planner will most likely ask you to provide an author photo, brief author bio, and a digital copy of your book cover in advance. Many bookstores have an events page on their websites where they advertise upcoming events. They’ll add your information there, to help you promote the event.

But you should never rely on bookstore traffic alone to make your event successful. Nor should you rely on their marketing alone. Promote your upcoming bookstore signings on your own blog and social media sites. Send out email invitations to your friends and colleagues to make sure they know about the book. Help spread the word about all your author events for best results.

Bookstore Signings

Bookstore Signings

Bring Your Own Pens, Table Posters, and Business Cards

All bookstores will supply you with a table and a chair. Most will also supply a table cloth for you. The rest is up to you.

Come prepared with your own pens (for signing books) and small table posters that promote your book. You may also want to print book marks, business cards, or other marketing pieces like post cards to use as handouts.

The Business End of Bookstore Signings

As detailed in the first book above (which can be ordered free of charge from Amazon or Kobo), most bookstores will take your books on a consignment basis. This means, you must print and supply the books for the event. On the day of the event, they’ll assign a special barcode to your title that differentiates it as a consignment item.

When people come to your table to get a copy of your book, you will sign it for them. Then you’ll direct them to the bookstore’s till to pay for it. At the end of the event, the bookstore will tell you how many books were sold through their till. You’ll provide them with an invoice for that many books at the price sold less the bookstore’s discount (which is usually between 40 and 50 percent of the sale price). Within 30 days, they’ll send you a cheque for the amount invoiced.

Sometimes, if a book has sold well during an event, the bookstore will keep a few copies to see if they can sell even more for you. But, generally speaking, you usually take what’s left with you when you go home. You can use those for upcoming bookstore signings at other stores.

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What is Author Central and Why Do You Need It?

What exactly is Author Central and why does every author—whether self-published or traditionally published—need it? Here’s the greatest reason why. 

Author Central (Amazon)

Author Central (Amazon)

Whether you self-publish a book directly to Amazon using Kindle Direct Publishing or use the services of either a traditional or hybrid publisher to publish it for you, there is a 99% chance your book will be available for sale on Amazon. Everyone sell books through this ecommerce giant now.

What is an Author Central Page?

An Author Central Page acts as your own personalized webpage on Amazon. It is a place where you can include an author biography to let others know more about you and your books. You can upload author photos and videos. And you can let Amazon know which books from the online store belong to you. Futhermore, you can include an RSS feed to drive more traffic to your blog. (The above image displays an example of how your blog’s RSS feed will appear on your page.)

Why Do You Need an Author Central Page?

Amazon hyperlinks each author’s name beside the title of his or her book(s). Whenever people click on those hyperlinks, they’re shown a list of all the books by that author. Unfortunately, they may also be shown books by other authors with the same or similar names. The only way to ensure all your books show up together in one Amazon search, without other unwanted authors in the mix, is to create an Author Central Page and add your books to it.

Need another another great reason to create your own Author Central page? Here are three: 3 Ways an Author Central Page Can Spike Your Ranking on Amazon.

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Do Authors Handle Their Own Marketing?

Do authors handle their own marketing?

Do authors handle their own marketing?

Do authors handle their own marketing? It depends. In the traditional publishing world, the publisher tends to make all the marketing decisions. In the self-publishing world, authors handle their own. With hybrid publishers, all decisions are shared, all along the way.

For a better understanding of these three publishing options, click here to read more details.

To be clear, authors must understand what exactly “marketing” entails. There are some things you’ll still have to do on your own, regardless of which publishing option you choose.

The Difference Between Advertising, Marketing, and Selling

To clarify, advertising is the vehicle you use to reach your target market of customers. Marketing is the language in which you choose to speak to them to pique their interest in your offering. And selling is the act of convincing them to buy from you—of coming right out and asking for the sale. The most successful salespeople harmonize all three of these components together.

ad·ver·tis·ing (ăd′v r-tī′zĭng)
1. The activity of attracting public attention to a product or business,
as by paid announcements in the print, broadcast, or electronic media.
2. The business of designing and writing advertisements.

mar·ket·ing (mär′kĭ-tĭng)
1. The act or process of buying and selling in a market.
2. The strategic functions involved in identifying and appealing to
particular groups of consumers, often including activities such as
advertising, branding, pricing, and sales.

sell (sĕl)
v. sold (sōld), sell·ing, sells
1. To exchange or deliver for money or its equivalent: We sold our old
car for a modest sum.
2. To offer or have available for sale: The store sells health foods.
4. To be purchased in (a certain quantity); achieve sales of: a book
that sold a million copies.

A traditional publisher will manage all the marketing and advertising for you: writing your back cover copy, designing your book cover, sending out review copies, placing ads in industry magazines.

Do Authors Handle Their Own Selling?

Yes. For the most part, selling will be up to you no matter who you publish through. Click here to read more details.

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7 Tips to Help You Write a Book FAST!

What’s the best way to write a book FAST? Should you schedule a chunk of time each day and “force” it out, or is it best to work only when the mood hits? These are common questions that many authors face at the prospect of writing a new book—especially when it comes to “rapid release” publishing. But what if I told you it’s possible to write an ebook in only three weeks?

Write a Book FAST!

Write a Book FAST!

Write a Book FAST With These 7 Tips

The truth is, starting is the easy part. The first few pages and ideas can seem to flow out of your mind faster than your hands can type. This is the most enjoyable stage because it stems from impulsive inspiration, meaning that you’re creating only when the mood hits. Unfortunately, if that mood doesn’t hit on a regular basis, writer’s block can set in.

Creativity is similar to muscularity in that it will begin to atrophy with a lack of regular stimulation. Just as even the finest athletes have those days when they must dig a bit deeper to find the will to carry on, all writers will have the same experience. I’ve found the following tactics effective in getting myself to keep writing on a consistent basis (and QUICKLY!), and I believe they can work for anyone.

Tip 1: Break It Down per Hour

If you already have a full-time job, that means you’ve probably only got two or three hours of writing time available per day during the weekdays; but if you truly want to write a book FAST, then you’ll take at least another six hours per day on the weekends. Over a short three-week period, that will give you 81 writing hours in total.

3 hours X 5 days X 3 weeks = 45 weekday hours
6 hours X 2 days X 3 weeks = 36 weekend hours
45 + 36 = 81 writing hours

Now break it down by hour. How many words can you write in one hour? 100 words per hour will result in an 8,100-word mini ebook at the end of three weeks. 300 words per hour will result in a 24,300-word ebook. 500 words per hour will result in a 40,500-word ebook at the end of three weeks. I don’t want you to get too hung up on the word count because quality is more important to your readers than quantity is. (My mini ebooks, which are equivalent to one chapter of a standard book, are typically from 5,000 to 8,000 words in length whereas my standard, full-length paperback books are generally 40,000+ words in length.)

This simple mathematical exercise has been added here only to demonstrate what you can accomplish in a three-week period. When you break it down like this for yourself, it suddenly appears more achievable, doesn’t it? And when your goal appears more achievable to you, you’ll be more apt to stick with it and see it through to the end.

Tip 2: Schedule Your Time Wisely

Once you’ve planned how many hours per day/week you will commit to writing your ebook, you should actually schedule those hours. Mark them in your calendar just as you would any other important appointment such as client meetings, dental/medical visits, or extra curricular activities.

By scheduling regular writing intervals in this way, you will move past that fleeting, impulsive inspiration toward a more lasting, thoughtful inspiration and finish your book in record speed. Sometimes, when settling down to write, you might have no idea what you’re going to say—and that’s okay. It might take half an hour to get that first awkward sentence out and “unlock the floodgates” of creativity; but most authors are pleasantly surprised with how much they have at the end of each session. It’s because the intention to create is the very thing that attracts the creation. That’s the power of deliberate, thoughtful inspiration.

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
~Louis L’Amour

Tip 3: Just Write for Now; Don’t Edit

Here’s another great tip: resist the urge to edit yourself over and over again while you’re writing each day. In fact, don’t edit yourself at all. Your sole purpose, during these three weeks, is to get your ebook written and designed. Period. So, that’s all you should be doing. The editing process will happen after you’re done writing, so you don’t have to worry about it until then.

Creating a truly professional-quality book—including non-fiction how-to books of any kind—is a team effort. The writing portion is typically done within the solitude of one’s imagination and writing room. And then there is the “polishing” portion of the process, which is equally important to your success and requires an outside team of professionals for best results. So, do your part now, and let them do theirs later. You’ll end up with a better book in the end if you do.

Tip 4: Read Regularly

The writers who spend even as little as half an hour per day reading another person’s work often find that they are more creative during their own writing sessions. It doesn’t even have to be another book or anything related to your topic matter at all; it can be an online article, magazine, newspaper, or blog. Sometimes, the least likely source can inspire the greatest creativity. The most important point here is to keep yourself open and aware of the infinite pool of ideas all around you. Whatever it takes to get that first sentence out, do it. From there, thoughtful inspiration can—and will—take care of the rest. It always does.

Tip 5: Ask Yourself These Six Questions

If you’re still having difficulty getting started with a particular chapter after trying all the tips mentioned earlier, then here’s another great idea generator. Write these six questions down underneath that chapter title: Who? What? Why? When? Where? How? Now begin answering each of them for yourself in relation to the topic matter at hand. That should get your creative juices flowing if all else has failed on a particular day.

Tip 6: Reward Yourself Along the Way

It’s important to reward yourself throughout this process because writing a book is an accomplishment all in itself. It deserves your recognition!

What sort of reward will provide you with the greatest sense of motivation to continue forward with your goals? A ticket to a sporting event, concert, or movie at the end of one full week of writing? A particular food item after a certain number of words is written? A visit to the local market or leisure centre? Or, maybe your idea of a treat is a new pair of shoes once you’ve completed the whole book.

Whatever it is, treat yourself. Reward yourself along the way. This is a great way to keep yourself on track and motivated.

Tip 7: One Particularly Helpful Writing Tip

I’ll start by including one of my absolutely favourite quotes about writing by Gary Provost from his book titled 100 Ways to Improve Your Writing: Proven Professional Techniques for Writing with Style and Power (Mentor Series) (a book I highly recommend you read if you’re serious about writing):

This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety.

Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.

It’s beautiful, isn’t it? It’s like music, as he says. This is the kind of writing that will keep an audience engaged. It not only sings to them; but, with the right combination of vivid adjectives and visceral verbs, it can create such authentic, powerful imagery inside their minds that it keeps them turning the pages for more. That’s really what you’re after whether you’re writing fiction or non-fiction. Don’t you think? Try to make your book as “musical” as possible for best results. Motivate your readers to stay with you by relaying stories, examples, and/or descriptions throughout your book that will appeal to their emotions just as music does, and you’ll surely keep them engaged.

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SEO-Friendly Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES)

SEO-Friendly Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES)

SEO-Friendly Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES)

Yesterday’s advice regarding writing the most SEO-friendly blog posts was pretty simple. Make sure your post is genuinely helpful and contains at least 500 words. Within those 500 words, your main keyword should be repeated at least 10 times. By doing that, search engines like Google should be able to easily find and index the blog entry.

SEO-Friendly Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES)

Today’s advice is a little bit different. According to SEO 2018 author Adam Clarke and Yoast: SEO for Everyone, an SEO-friendly Flesch Reading Ease Score (FRES) is crucial to your SEO success.

Google’s former head of web spam, Matt Cutts, publicly stated that poorly researched and misspelled content will rank poorly, and clarity should be your focus. And by readability, this means not just avoiding spelling mistakes, but making your content readable for the widest possible audience, with simple language and sentence structures.

…The Searchmetrics rankings report discovered sites appearing in the top 10 showed … content that is fairly easy to read for 13-15 year old students and up.

…By encouraging search results to have content readable to a wide audience, Google maximise their advertising revenues. If Google were to encourage complicated results that mostly appeal to a smaller demographic, such as post-graduates, it would lower Google’s general appeal and their market share. (Clarke, 2018)

Why I Now Use the Yoast SEO WordPress Plug-In

In a nutshell, the Yoast SEO WordPress plug-in helps me to write blog posts that Google will approve and index. That’s why I use it. Because Google is the greatest link between me and my desired reader base.

As I begin writing each and every blog post, the Yoast plug-in continually gives me little notices. It lets me know whether my content is SEO-friendly in various ways. It tells me if my FRES is within the acceptable 60.0 to 70.0 readability range. If not, it will show me which sentences need to be adjusted to improve that score.

Your Blog Post Can Be Less Than 500 Words

So long as your writing style matches Google’s desired FRES score, your post can be 300+ words long. Yoast also has a different way of viewing keywords. Rather than repeating your top keyword at least twice within every 100 words, Yoast wants to see it right upfront. If you include that keyword in your slug (the URL for the blog entry), at least one or more of your headings, and within your first paragraph, Yoast will usually give you a good SEO score. It’s also great to attach the keyword to an image on your blog post, too. That way, Google will certainly understand what keyword you want the post indexed under.

There are additional things you can do to improve your blog post’s SEO. Including internal links to past blog posts and external links to other relevant information will also help. The more posts you write that Yoast awards a good readability and SEO score to, the higher up your blog will land in Google’s search engine ranking.

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Thailand Government Book Policy: More ASEAN Books by ASEAN Authors

Thailand Government Book Policy

Thailand Government Book Policy

Why would an author and book publisher from Canada have a strong interest in the Thailand government book policy? Well, you see, I visited (and fell in love with) Thailand back in 2016. I lived in Hua Hin for one month where I studied Thai culture and obtained a TESOL certification. I then lived in Bangkok for the next five months and taught at a wonderful private school for one term before returning home to Canada. Ever since then, I’ve known that some day I’ll visit Thailand again. But next time, I would like to visit as the author and book publisher that I am. I would love to help aspiring Thai authors produce professional books that meet your government’s standards and promote your beautiful culture at home and abroad.

Thailand Government Book Policy

I have 25 years’ experience in the North American English book publishing industry (in both the traditional and contemporary markets). I’m also the author of over 25 books that teach aspiring authors how to be successful within this industry. That said, each world region has its own unique publishing methods and characteristics. One day, I decided to research the Thailand government book policy to see if it’s similar to Canada’s. As it turns out, we have some things in common. Both our governments want to support local authors who write books that promote and educate others about the countries we live in.

I came across a presentation by Kim Chongsatitwatana titled “Thailand Publishing Industry” that was posted to the Asian Publishers Fellowship Program in Seoul (APS) website. In this presentation, Kim discusses the Thai government’s policies on promoting a “decade of reading as a national agenda” from 2009 to 2018. The goal is to educate people about ASEAN culture and society with a focus on the English language. The government also wants more ASEAN books published by ASEAN authors in general.

English Language Book Publishing for ASEAN Authors

More ASEAN Books by ASEAN Authors

More ASEAN Books by ASEAN Authors

Did you know there are self-publishing options available to you in Thailand that will allow you to publish books your government can be proud of? I will be releasing a new title in paperback format, to bookstores around the world, this coming October 15, 2018. The book is titled How to Publish a Book in the East That You Can Sell in the West. It contains some compelling research about how today’s independent authors are self-publishing and selling thousands of ebooks every year. It also provides step-by-step instructions showing aspiring authors like you how to do the same—right from the comfort of your home or office.

One chapter of this book focuses on English language editing and how to find proper English editors at a reasonable price. No matter where you live, you can easily follow (and afford!) this program. All you need is an Internet connection and a laptop with Microsoft Office on it. Here’s what some Eastern reviewers who received early review copies have to say about this book:

“The author has used the simplest words which can be read and understood by everyone. The stepwise information makes this book seamless and interesting.” ~Sheetal Maurya, Halo of Books

“What an excellent book this is.” ~Sarath Babu

And don’t let the book title fool you. You can certainly reach the western market if you choose to; but you can also focus on your own eastern market if you choose. It’s all up to you.

A Decade of Reading in Thailand

“Reading remains a fundamental activity and a first step for anyone wishing to acquire knowledge and innovate,” the Bangkok Post quoted the Publishers and Booksellers Association of Thailand (Pubat) president, Suchada Sahasakul, as saying earlier this year. “Everything starts with the act of reading. Once one has read, one can experiment and act to shape the world.”

I hope you’ll read this book so you can see your own ability to shape the world by writing and publishing your own books. Gone are the days when the world’s large corporate book publishers set the pace and direction of the entire publishing market. Today’s western indie authors are now in the driver’s seat, and it can be the same for authors in Thailand.

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Make Money Online with Ebooks

Make Money Online (Book One)

Make Money Online (Book One)

Ebooks can be highly profitable digital assets for authors, online marketers, and business professionals in general. Think about it from a strictly business perspective for a moment; it’s clear an ebook is a portable business card that can be delivered instantaneously, anywhere in the world, for free or for sale, via email, blog, website, or ecommerce site.

Ebooks can be read in the comfort of one’s home or office, during a commute by train or airplane, or even when standing and waiting in line. They are easily searchable documents that can be hyperlinked to other relevant information sources (e.g., company webpages, blogs), providing even more value to readers.

Ebooks are updateable which is especially helpful to those who wish to keep their information relevant and stay on top of the dynamic Internet. With a digital asset like an ebook, you don’t have to pay storage or maintenance fees of any kind. Best of all, there are hundreds of thousands of affiliate marketers out there; they’re more than happy to help others promote and sell their digital assets all over the world. Pretty much every major ecommerce site has its own affiliate program now, and this is like having a massive sales team at your disposal without having to pay anyone an upfront salary.

Make Money Online by Providing Valuable Information

You could be in any room chatting with your family members, friends, or business colleagues. It doesn’t matter where it is or who you’re with. At some point during the conversation, a question of some sort almost always arises; what is the first thing everyone does? You each pull out your smartphone, iPad, or tablet and open the web browser to search for an answer. We all have instant access to timely information at our fingertips now, and we’re all constantly accessing it.

Make Money Online (Book Two)

Make Money Online (Book Two)

Consider this: Twenty years ago if you wanted to learn something, you’d go to the library or bookstore and pick up a book. If there was new information on a topic, it had to go through a long publication process – an average of 18 months! By the time that new information came out, it was often already outdated.

Today is very different.

We live in the Information Age. Basically, the greatest industry in the world today is the information industry. Those with access to information and the ability to distribute it the fastest are the ones who are poised to be our next millionaires and billionaires. (Singal, 2016)

Make Money Online by Connecting People in Meaningful Ways

Now let’s take that a step further. It’s not only about your ability to quickly distribute information to the masses that could potentially earn you a profit; it’s more about your ability to use that information to connect people together in meaningful ways. Intellectual property can be a priceless asset to the owners who know how to do this well.

Make Money Online (Book Three)

Make Money Online (Book Three)

In discussions with industry leaders like Seth Godin and Clay Hebert (among many others), it has become clear that we are in a Connection Economy. The connection economy rewards value created by building relationships and creating connections, rather than building assets by industrialism. This means the most valuable companies will connect buyer to seller, or consumer to content. If you don’t buy that argument, consider these facts:

1. Uber is the largest “taxi” company – yet they own no vehicles and excel at connecting riders with drivers.
2. AirBnB is the largest provider of accommodations – yet they own no real estate.
3. Facebook is the largest media company – yet they create no content.
4. Crowdfunding businesses like Kickstarter and IndiGoGo [sic] are expected to surpass venture capital for funding in 2016 – yet they have no funds to invest. (Altman, 2015)

You can create these kinds of meaningful connections through ebooks. There are umpteen unique ways for you to bond with your readers, uniting them with additional people and resources. You can write fiction or poetry to entertain them and then connect them with like-minded book club members. You can use non-fiction to educate them and recommend additional related services.

Make Money Online With Ebooks

Make Money Online (Book Four)

Make Money Online (Book Four)

There is an ebook publishing technique that many of today’s most successful independent authors (a.k.a. indie authors) are using to sell thousands of books every year. Some of these authors are earning six-figure incomes from their ever-growing online platforms. What is a “platform” you’re asking? It is a loyal readership. And that’s what the “Big Five” trade publishers—Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster—are looking for when scouting new book projects. They’ll sign the unknown indie authors with built-in audiences that can guarantee them sales before they’ll re-sign a known trade-published author with limited traction. That’s the reality of this business.

Selling physical books in an offline marketplace is different from selling digital books in an online marketplace. In the traditional offline world, authors must appeal to people such as booksellers, reviewers, and publicists to help you sell more books; but, in the online world, you’re working with mechanical algorithms and search engine optimization (SEO) to increase your exposure. This is a blessing. This is a new and highly effective way to reach the masses and earn a profit in the process. Ebooks are possibly the best way to make money online nowadays.

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Poetry Books Can Sell Like Fiction and Non-Fiction

poetry books

poetry books

Poetry books can be sold online using the same methods authors use to sell fiction and non-fiction books. The best way to sell books nowadays is to utilize the power of search engine optimization (SEO). What is SEO? SEO refers to the process of increasing your website’s ranking on search engines such as Google. You can increase your ranking by improving the quantity and quality of traffic to your website—that is, the number of relevant visitors who click on your website.

Poetry Books Can Be Sold Online Using Keywords

poetry books

poetry books

You can reach your target market of poetry readers using the power of keywords. It’s the same process for poetry books as it is for fiction and non-fiction. If you want to successfully sell any books online using SEO, you need think things through. Sit down and create a list of all the possible keywords related to the type of poetry you’re promoting. Once you come up with a large enough list, test all those keywords using actual search traffic data to determine which ones will be most useful for you.

Poetry Books About Anything

There is a market for poetry books about everything and anything. You can find some great ideas in a post titled 4 Unique Ways to Make Money Online Writing Poetry on the website. Some great example markets you can target with your poetry books are:

  • people who need poems for special occasions such as anniversaries, birthdays, or holidays
  • people looking for poetry to use for unique displays, gifts, or artwork

When you think of it in those terms, you may quickly come to see that your poetry audience is much larger than simply people who read poetry for the sake of poetry. Does that make sense? There is as much of a market and need for poetry as there is for fiction and non-fiction. It’s simply a matter of learning how to effectively reach your target market: How to Publish and Sell Poetry [An Excerpt].

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3 Ways Authors Can Use LinkedIn to Promote Books



LinkedIn is a great place to sell books … if you do it the right way. I’ve received several emails via LinkedIn over the years from newly self-published authors who were advertising their books, trying to convince me to buy them. If you’re one of these authors, I genuinely applaud you for taking that important step toward self-promotion. That said, I’d like to share with you a more effective approach that will bring you more success in the future.

As the largest business networking site in the world, and the 13th largest social media site overall, LinkedIn acts as an online resume where you can highlight your expertise within your field. It is also a fantastic place to showcase your book. Don’t push people too hard here, though. For example, unsolicited email requests to buy your book are a no-no on this site. Build your audience gradually with relevant and informative posts.

Use the Publications Section on LinkedIn

Using a section of LinkedIn called Publications, you can link your profile directly to your book’s ecommerce storefront on Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor, Kobo, or even Amazon to promote it in an unobtrusive way. This is a great way to appeal to the audience that is already interested in you and your book. They’ve already chosen to visit your profile on their own. So, why not provide a link to where they can buy your book?

Join Groups on LinkedIn

On LinkedIn, you can join groups that are related to your field. You can share book excerpts or blog entries with other members of these groups. It’s a great way to drive more traffic to your blog entries—traffic in the form of people who have already shown an interest in your topic by virtue of the LinkedIn group you met them in. They may send you a connection request and eventually buy your book via the Publications section on your profile page.

Be Interactive and Professional on LinkedIn

Build your audience gradually by posting relevant and informative blog entries twice a week to groups that are interested in your topic matter. Only occasionally post them as status updates directly from your profile page. Engage in conversations with those who post comments to your blog entries and status updates. Let your audience get to know you by replying to their posts and answering their questions. Then let the rest of it happen organically. Always be professional.

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The 4 Fundamentals of Modern Marketing

Modern marketing offers several opportunties that weren’t available even a decade ago. In this modern world of virtual office environments and cloud computing, you can sell just about anything online; this opens you and your company up to a worldwide audience, no matter where you’re starting from. The Internet is the great equalizer. Webpages are the new storefronts. Money is less necessary to make those storefronts appealing to potential customers than creativity is, but four fundamentals remain.

Modern marketing

Modern marketing

Modern Marketing Understands Top-of-Mind Awareness

Just as it is for businesses inside a traditional shopping mall, your target market is a fluid and ever-changing stream of old and new customers. You need to stay in front of them. Why? So that, when they’re ready to buy what you’re selling, they’ll recall your company ahead of all the others. In the world of advertising, sales, and marketing, this is known as creating top-of-mind awareness.

Some of the traditional ways that businesses create top-of-mind awareness are to place regular ads on television, radio, and billboards, or in print media outlets such as magazines and newspapers. Repetition is the key to success in any advertising campaign, and this can get pretty expensive in these traditional arenas. We’re talking hundreds, maybe even thousands, of dollars per month to run enough ads to achieve top-of-mind awareness with the general public, depending on how large a trading area you’re trying to reach. Luckily, there is a virtually free online alternative known as blogging that utilizes the power of keywords to draw people in from anywhere in the world that has Internet access; there is also the benefit of free social media websites to super-charge those blogging campaigns.

Modern Marketing is Cost-Effective and Unobtrusive

In addition to cost-effectiveness, possibly the greatest benefit to blogging and social media marketing is that these are unobtrusive forms of advertising. Traditional advertising methods (e.g., print media, television, radio, and billboards) try their best to “interrupt” customers into noticing them. Blogging appeals to the audience that is already in the market for your products and services. No need to try to interrupt anyone to gain his or her interest; if he or she is typing those keywords into a search engine to try to find you, it’s because he or she is already interested in what you have to offer. All you have to do is to be there in the top organic search engine results. And voilà! You’ve got your prospective customer’s attention and hopefully some new business to go with it.

Modern Marketing Uses an Attractive, Accessible Storefront

All your blogging and social media marketing efforts will be profitless unless you’re using those vehicles to consistently redirect people to the webpage where they can buy your product or service. We live in an “instant soup” society filled with customers that want quick and easy solutions to their problems. So, make it quick and easy for them to find the place to buy from you once they’ve read that compelling blog post or viewed that interesting tweet on Twitter. And make the page so attractive, they’ll want your book, product, or service even more.

Modern Marketing Includes Convenient, User-friendly Purchase Options

Some people are more comfortable with online shopping than others are. One customer may want to pay for a purchase using PayPal. Another will prefer to pay via the credit card of their choice. And there are still those individuals who would really appreciate an old-fashioned “pay by cheque or money order” option. As such, the more purchase options you can provide, the more convenient and user-friendly your online storefront will appear. It’s the equivalent of casting a much wider net to catch a greater variety of fish.

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