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Using Book Promotions Sites to Launch Your Book (podcast)

Episode 7: 

In today’s episode, we learn about book promotion sites, how they actually work, and how authors can use them in order to get their books to a large number of readers.  They can be a powerful tool for book launches, as well as a steady drip of sales over time. However, not all promotion sites…

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9 Ways To Make Money As A Writer

Okay, so writing doesn’t seem to pay.  You spend hours researching, writing, and editing.  Then you spend time trying to sell your writing to a magazine, website, or book publisher.  Then you spend time marketing and promoting your work.  Is there a way to make a few bucks from being a writer?

10 Major Areas Authors Must Choose For Marketing Their Books

Authors hear a lot of the same advice about book marketing and publicity.  It’s very obvious what needs to be done.  The question is how does one do these things especially with limited time, money, desire, or knowledge?
The best way to tackle this is to first take an overview of things.  Start by identifying your short vs. long term goals.  Those goals will dictate your priorities and help you schedule your time and allocate your resources properly.

Get book publicity with #HARO

Want free book publicity? Subscribe to Help a Reporter Out — HARO.

HARO is a free daily email service that connects journalists with sources. The 800,000-plus people who use it receive three e-mails a day loaded with queries from journalists who describe what they’re looking for in a source and why.

If you make the effort to scan those emails for opportunities to contribute your expertise or experience, you and your book could be mentioned in the news or on a blog.

The trick to getting an interview and subsequent exposure — all of which you don’t pay for — is responding to the right queries appropriately. More on that later, though. It helps to first understand more about HARO and how the system works.

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.@Amazon is Now Punishing Authors for Running #BookBub Promotions

It is SOP in 2017 for authors to buy space in a BookBub or other sales promotion email so they can boost their ebook sales, but given how Amazon is letting its bots run amok authors might want to reconsider.

There are numerous reports on KBoards from authors who have had an ebook “rank-stripped” within minutes of a BookBub promotion email arriving in readers inboxes.

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Set Up a Website Quickly with StudioPress Sites via @chrisbrogran

I shot a quick video showing just how easy it is to build a WordPress website fast using StudioPress Sites. I’ve been promoting and marketing their products for years because I think they’re great. Let me show you why.

Set up a Website Quickly with StudioPress Sites

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4 Ways To Optimize Blog Content So That It Actually Gets Read via @Jeffbullas

You probably already know that having a blog is important, but you may secretly be dubious about how often people actually read to the end of any post you publish.

No doubt you’ve crunched some data and noticed that the amount of time people spend on certain web pages doesn’t exactly correspond with in-depth reading habits.

But that doesn’t mean it’s time to give up.

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From Podcast to Self-Published Bestseller via @publisherswkly

Mark Stay (l.) and Mark Desvaux

Mark Desvaux and Mark Stay—the coauthors of the comical sci-fi novel Back to Reality, about a mother who gets a life reboot by time-traveling to the 1990s—have done their homework so aspiring authors don’t have to. They have known one another since they were teenagers growing up in Surrey, England, and are both men of many hats. Stay works with Orion Publishing Group in the U.K. and is also a screenwriter. He cowrote the 2015 film Robot Overlords, which stars Gillian Anderson and Ben Kingsley. Desvaux lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where he writes nonfiction under the name Mark Oliver, works as a life coach, and plays in a band named Urban Myth Club.

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Audible Launches Dedicated Romance Service via @publisherswkly

Fans of the romance audiobook category now have a new option for unlimited listening. Audible Romance, a digital package from Audible, Inc., launches today offering unlimited access to more than 10,000 romance titles, including bestsellers and Audible Originals.

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12 Holiday Book Marketing Ideas for Indie Authors

12 Holiday Book Marketing Ideas for Indie Authors

On the first day of Christmas ….we all know the song. Most of us are ready to tackle holiday sales, so let’s talk book marketing!

In the spirit of the season, I want to share 12 book marketing tips and recommendations indie authors can implement in order to get more holiday sales and definitely more exposure before Christmas.

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