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7 Ways To Generate More Sales Using Linkedin

As someone who makes his living teaching professionals how to utilize LinkedIn to generate more business for themselves, I remain convinced that the platform is one of the most exciting – and misunderstood – business opportunities available right now.

For whatever reason, LinkedIn can’t seem to shake the notion that it’s “only” a place to find a job or hire a new employee.

But as I’ve learned spending 48 straight months selling products and services on the site, LinkedIn is one of the biggest (and best) opportunities online right now for you to generate oodles of sales leads, add new clients and land new business.

I want to spend the rest of this post sharing the specific path I see successful professionals taking on LinkedIn when it comes to generating more sales leads, adding customers and increasing revenue.

Some of these tips might seem counterintuitive at first glance, but that’s why they work so well – they break from the conventional wisdom and outdated beliefs about LinkedIn.

7 Unusual Things Successful People Do On Linkedin Every Day

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Checklist: Eight Items to Include in an Author’s Book Listing

Comments and feedback on my post on bookshelf plugins for WordPress taught me that many authors still build a critical part of their website, the pages for each of their books, by hand. I like using said plugins because they make it easy, but I have built a few book pages by hand for a site hosted on Squarespace.

Building a book page freehand takes more work, but it also gives you more opportunity to tweak a design so it fits with a particular author’s style or with the book.

Here’s the checklist I put together to make sure I don’t miss important details. Do let me know in the comments if I left something off.

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“How to blog and build a following” [Video]

This was an amazing videos with great tips I’ve been saying all along. 

What was the best tip for you in this video to receive?

Book Reviews for Self-Published Authors: A Primer via @jfbookman

It’s never been a better time to be a self-published author, and there have never been more book reviewers available to the writer who decides to go indie.

Book reviewers help spread the message about your book by publishing a review to their own network. But if you’re new to publishing, you have to figure out how to get those book reviews that can bring you more readers.

First, Get Your Kit Together

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.@Amazon is giving out free $2 credit to Start a New Book Series

Amazon is giving out $2.00 in free credit for readers who want to Start a New Kindle Series. There are over four hundred ebooks available and they are primarily split between four different genres; literature, mystery, romance and science fiction & fantasy.

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Beyond Sales — 3 Powerful Benefits of Preorders for Newbie Indie Authors

    • By Katherine Pickett

Guest post by K. Patrick Donoghue

When I listed the Kindle and Nook editions of my second novel, Race for the Flash Stone , to accept preorders, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Big-name authors routinely list their upcoming titles for preorders, and their books-in-waiting always seem to immediately pop onto the best-seller lists. But what could an unknown indie author hope to achieve by employing the same practice? The answer: Whoa, Nelly!

Of course, I hoped accepting preorders for my book would generate sales in advance of the official release, but I had no idea how many to anticipate. I set my expectations low and chastened myself to primarily treat the 60-day preorder window as an opportunity to build awareness of the upcoming release among my Facebook and blog followers. That tempered view quickly changed within days after listing the book for preorders on Amazon and Barnes & Noble’s website,

Sales quickly accumulated, and this led to a few unexpected side benefits that continue to accrue as of this writing, two months after the official release date. In short, I received 3 powerful benefits from listing my book for preorders that led to a book launch that exceeded my expectations:

1.     Unsolicited buzz by Amazon and Barnes & Noble

2.     Faster accumulation of reviews and ratings for the new book

3.     Early read on sales level led me to boost advertising investment in first book

Before describing these benefits in more depth, it’s likely of value to provide some brief background to assist fellow newbie indie authors in determining whether my preorder insights are of value.

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Media Attention: 9 Ways Any Author Can Get It

Media Attention: 9 Ways Any Author Can Get It

New BookWorks member, Chris Well of Build Your Brand Academy, graciously offered to share his expertise as a 30+ year media veteran, to help authors connect with media opportunities.  Thanks, Chris! In today’s publishing landscape, it’s tougher than ever for authors to be discovered. There are so many books competing for those potential readers. That’s…

7 ways to get media attention for authors by Chris Well for BookWorks.comNew BookWorks member, Chris Well of Build Your Brand Academy, graciously offered to share his expertise as a 30+ year media veteran, to help authors connect with media opportunities.  Thanks, Chris!

In today’s publishing landscape, it’s tougher than ever for authors to be discovered. There are so many books competing for those potential readers. That’s why free media attention can boost your visibility.

Once you’ve set up your author website and updated your social media profiles, one of the most effective ways to rise above the noise is to convince an influencer in the media to put you in front of their audience. That puts your name—and your book—in front of far more potential readers than you can possibly reach yourself.7 ways to get media attention for authors by Chris Well for BookWorks.comWhen you appear in the media, you can leverage their platform to build your platform.

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7 Free Online Tools for Writers and Authors

From Digital Book World:

“All you need to be a writer is a pen and paper,” is something you might say if you’re one of those smug savants who can just sit down and write an entire novel longhand.

But for the rest of us? Well, we can take all the help we can get. Naturally, there are the everyday low-fi accessories that every writer should already have in their arsenal, like notebooks and a reliable pen. But there are also a bunch of high tech tools that the interwebs can offer us.

In this post, I’d love to share seven of my favorite free online tools for writers. They’ve helped me to manage my time, improve my creative flow, and publish better material. And, most importantly, they haven’t cost me a dime!

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Why Marketing Your Business Offline Could Be What You Need To Get Ahead

If you’ve been stuck trying to promote your business online for a while, you might be having a hard time getting results.

The truth is, online isn’t the only answer. That’s right – there’s still a lot of money to be made by hitting the streets and promoting your business the good old-fashioned way.

Even if you run a completely online venture, there’s value in looking at how going back to basics could be what your business needs to gain new leads.

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While it’s true that having an online business opens you up to thousands (or even millions) of potential customers, and offers huge scope for many businesses, it’s a hugely competitive marketplace. There are literally millions of potential customers, and there are also millions of competitors all fighting for the same piece of the pie.

If you’ve recently tried to rank highly for a particular search term, you’ve no doubt seen how difficult it is. As you’re probably already aware, if you can’t get onto the first page of Google, you might as well be nowhere. The first place on Google can garner up to 34% clicks from all searches for that term. If you’re 11th (first on the second page), you might struggle to get 1%.

This is why going offline can help you get a corner of the market that your rivals may have ignored.

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7 Ways To Create Buzz For Your Book

Who is the best ambassador for your book? The author! Author Diana Forbes shares 7 ways she creates buzz for her title—will her techniques work for you?

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