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How to Publish (and Sell) on Apple Books in 2020

When it comes to selling ebooks, many view Apple Books as Amazon’s main competitor. And that hunch is backed up by the numbers. A 2015 analysis by the (now defunct) Author Earnings website showed that Apple Books’ market share in the US was bigger than that of Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and Google Play combined.

It’s still under 10% of the total US ebook market, which feels small when compared to Amazon’s +80%. But with the rise of Kindle Unlimited, which has lured many authors into Amazon exclusivity, it may be easier for authors to get a big chunk of Apple’s 10% than a small chunk of Amazon’s 83%.

That is, if you play your cards right. And that’s exactly what we’ll show you how to do in this post.

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10 Tips For Pitching Books To The Media Now

What is the state of the news media in 2020 – and what do you need to know about those you plan to pitch your book to?
Well, first let’s acknowledge the obvious.

How To Stop Procrastinating Over Marketing Your Book

You probably saw the headline to this blog post and put off reading what I have to say.

I understand.

We all procrastinate on something – and we all need a work around — or we will allow for something to stifle our lives and writing careers.

I confess I have a problem. I procrastinate over certain things, such as preparing documents for my accountant to do my taxes. But I also know that many people procrastinate in areas of writing, editing, book promoting, and selling books. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

So what do we do when we procrastinate?

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How to Use Pinterest to Market Your Book (and why you’d want to!)

With the growth of other visual social media sites like Instagram, it seems like the buzz for Pinterest as a way to market your book has really died down, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Pinterest continues to grow. In 2019 Pinterest became a publicly traded company and in Q2 of 2019, it reporter higher than expected earnings, 62% higher in fact than the previous year. Still not convinced you should spend any time on Pinterest? Let’s have a look at the average user demographic:

According to Pinterest:

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5 Common Challenges of Blogging and How to Overcome Them

Anyone who has been blogging for any length of time will tell you, there is no shortage of information or ideas out there when it comes to starting and growing …Read more5 Common Challenges of Blogging and How to Overcome Them

How to Get Testimonials: 11 Proven Strategies

Are you wondering how to get testimonials? Check out these 11 proven strategies for getting testimonials for your blog or business.

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4 Facebook features that give you more control

Most of my Facebook connections do a fantastic job of sharing content — their own, or from other sources. And that content is what keeps us coming back for more, whether it’s breaking news or photos of banana bread baked while social distancing at home.

I’ve noticed, though, that many don’t know how to do certain things that will make their time on the social platform more productive and enjoyable.

Whether you’re using Facebook for book marketing, personal use, or both, you’ll be interested in these four lesser-known Facebook features.

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Book Marketing: Mastering Amazon Data To Sell More Books With Alex Newton From K-Lytics

In this detailed webinar replay, Alex Newton from K-lytics presents on how you can use Amazon data to sell more books. 

Watch the video below or here on YouTube:

In this webinar replay, you will find the following: (timestamped for your convenience!)

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6 Ideas for Promoting Your Book While Watching TV

By Sandra Beckwith

I’m one of those people who likes to watch TV to unwind, but just can’t sit there and watch TV. Know what I mean?

I don’t really like that about myself, but I’ve not only accepted it, I’ve learned to take advantage of it. I try to do something productive while sitting there – knitting, cleaning out my inbox, promoting my books, and so on.

That’s right. I promote my books while watching TV, and you can, too. If you’re a like me and find it difficult to just sit and look at the screen, try doing one of these book promotion activities the next time you’re sitting still in front of your favorite show.

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The Ultimate Guide to Selling Books on your Author Website

Selling books is bread and butter for any author and increasing numbers of indie authors are making their own website the hub of their publishing business, with other online sellers as outposts. The Alliance of Independent Authors has a bookshop on this website where non-members can buy its books (All are free to members who can download by logging in and navigating to the BOOKS menu). Today, we bring you the ultimate guide to selling books on your author website.

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