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The Best of The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week of 2017: Yours to regift

Here’s a gift that’s perfect for small business owners, a nonprofit that needs publicity, authors who want to sell more books, or anyone who wants to self-promote on a shoestring budget and without an expensive publicist.

It’s “The Best of The Publicity Hound’s Tips of the Week of 2017,” an ebook that includes 24 tips from my popular email newsletter. I’ve been offering this ebook as a holiday gift since 2005. My subscribers love it because most of the tips, tricks and tools are for those on a tight promotions budtget. And the ebook is a helpful reminder of promotion they might have put off earlier this year.

read more https://publicityhound.com/blog/best-of-2017

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A Book Launch Plan for First-Time Authors Without an Online Presence via @janefriendman

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While it’s not easy to launch a book without any kind of online presence, many first-time authors are in exactly that position. Unfortunately, it’s an exercise in frustration to launch one’s online presence—and get up to speed on social media—in conjunction with a book release. It’s like trying to drive a car at the same time you’re building it. At some point, you’ll end up on the side of the road.

I recommend authors who are starting from “online zero” to look at their strengths and opportunities that exist outside of their own newly started (or nonexistent) website, blog, or social media. If done well, the book launch will help draw people to you online because they’ve read your book and enjoyed it, not because you’ve tweeted at them to buy it. When your book achieves a reasonable foundation of readership or success, so too will your online presence; the two go hand in hand. (Note: Prior to the book launch, I do recommend you establish sites or accounts you plan to be active on for the long term—just be aware they’ll be most useful, marketing-wise, for your next launch, whenever it is.)read more https://www.janefriedman.com/book-launch-plan/

5 Reasons Being an Indie Author Makes You a Small Business

Book marketing is brand building

If you plan to write more than one book your book marketing serves as more than just a sales tool.

Successful, full-time indie authors use book marketing to promote their brand and keep their titles top of mind for their current fans, and to draw in new buyers.

Plus, the most effective book marketing approaches don’t simply push product, they create a connection with fans that keep them coming back for more.

Which leads me to my next point…

read more https://www.amarketingexpert.com/5-reasons-indie-author-makes-small-business/

18 Rock Solid Book Marketing Strategies for 2018

 

We all want to be better at book marketing and we all want to sell more books. The problem is, it often feels like book marketing strategies are changing all the time and how is an eager author supposed to keep up with that? The reason for this article is to not only share some insight into marketing in the new year, but give you tips for long-term success, not just will work in January. The book marketing ideas I’m sharing in this article, are geared to success the whole year through, and I hope you’ll use all (or as many of these) as you can! Here we go:

read more https://www.amarketingexpert.com/rock-solid-book-marketing-2018/

Indie Author Content Ideas for your January Book Marketing

Indie Author Content Ideas for your January Book Marketing

Welcome to January’s content ideas for your indie author book marketing!

Plan to make 2018 your best content year yet – because without those regular connections with your fans and followers, without putting yourself out there, you’re just another book on the shelf they’re not connected to.

read more https://www.amarketingexpert.com/indie-author-january-book-marketing-content/

How Promo Stacking Helps Authors Hit Bestseller Lists

Hitting a bestseller list is no easy feat, but with the right budget and coordinated strategy, it’s not outside the realm of possibility. While there is no one single formula for hitting a list, we’ve seen several authors successfully hit the USA Today or retailer bestseller lists by promo stacking — running multiple marketing campaigns within a short time frame to maximize the volume of sales within a bestseller list’s reporting period.

In this post, we’ll share how a number of authors have stacked promotions to hit a bestseller list, with links to articles where each author shares more details about their marketing campaigns.

Read more https://insights.bookbub.com/promo-stacking-helps-authors-hit-bestseller-lists/

How to Give Away an eBook From an Author Website

There are a hundred and one different sites on the web where authors can give away an ebook. They can use services like InstaFreebie, forums like MobileRead, or blogging platforms like BookLikes.

I was just working on a list post on the topic (stay tuned) when I was reminded of one option that almost never makes this type of list.

An author’s website.

An author’s website is both the most common place for an author to give away an ebook and the most overlooked. While the site won’t get as much attention as, say, a free ebook link shared in Facebook, offering free content on your site is still a good way to build your fan base and mailing list.

I have helped a lot of authors set up their site so they could give away an ebook, and setting this up is really not all that difficult once you know the steps involved. Here’s the what, the why, the where, and the how of giving ebooks away on an author website.

read more https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/12/02/give-away-ebook-author-website/

Five Ways to Organize Your Writing

Over my writing life, I’ve written in many cluttered and noisy places—but it is not my preference or where I do my best creative work. For example, with my journalism training, I have written in busy noise editorial offices where everyone is pounding on their own keyboard right next to each other. The distractions are incredible in these situations. Some of my friends haul their laptop to a coffee shop and write.

I’ve discovered I do some of my best creative work when my environment is organized. Yes some writers use organization as a method of procrastination. They sharpen their pencils and other such tasks to put off getting their hands on the keyboard and writing words. If I take time to get organized, I’ve discovered my writing is more focused and less distracted and I become more productive.

7 Best Ways To Build An Authentic Author Brand

Branding is one of those buzz-words that can turn off creatives, but essentially, your brand is your promise to the reader

It’s the words, images, and emotional resonance that people have when they hear your name or your series/book character. 

In this article, Belinda Griffin from SmartAuthorsLab shares some thoughts on how to build your authentic brand. 

If you’re like most self-published authors, there is one thing you want more than anything else.

Exposure.

That’s the greatest challenge for any indie, raising your author profile and lifting your book above the vast competition.

You’re probably already juggling a dozen or more tools and tactics in the hope of getting more visibility and then someone throws the word ‘brand’ into the conversation.

What on earth is that? Surely more gimmicky marketing fluff that you shouldn’t waste your time with.

But guess what, you already have a brand! Yep, whether you like it or not, and even if you’ve never given it a single thought, you have already branded yourself.

That’s not to say, however, that you have a strong and recognisable brand or one that represents you in the way you may hope.

Fortunately, we can fix that.

An authentic author brand can help you stand out from the crowd and give you the exposure you crave.

And no matter where you are on your author journey, it’s not too late to build yours.

What exactly is a brand?

read now: https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2017/11/10/authentic-author-brand/

8 Ways For Authors to Waste Their Money

Publishing a book can get quite expensive. A good cover designer can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars, and the editorial costs alone can set you back even more.

While there are many important expenses, there are also many ways to spend money and get nothing useful back. For example, take the Bowker SAN. This costs $150, and is basically a way for you to list your physical address in a Bowker database – something you can do with your website, or  dozen other services, at no cost to yourself.

I recently polled a number of experts, including David Gaughran, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Joel Friedlander, Victoria Strauss,  Jane Friedman, and Hugh Howey. The following post lists a few of the things they thought were a waste of money.

The first items was suggested by Robin Sullivan, business manager and wife of author Brian Sullivan.

read more: https://the-digital-reader.com/2017/11/26/8-ways-authors-waste-money/