Maybe you’re just starting out on your writing path. Or maybe you’re a prolific writer that’s been around for years. No matter who you are or where you are on your publishing path, a website can benefit any writer. How can it help you? [Read more…]
As promised, here’s a look at Pat Esden’s book cover for A HOLD ON ME (Dark Heart Book #1) – Kensington Books (March 2016).
Yesterday, we talked about What Makes a Good Book Cover? It doesn’t happen by accident, and it certainly didn’t for Pat’s novel. There were probably designers, analytics, statistics, and a vast experience of what sells and what just doesn’t. So what makes this cover work? [Read more…]
We all judge a book by its cover. Don’t deny it, Judgy McJudgerson. I’ve seen you browsing the shelves at your local bookstore, wandering past the endless rows of covers and spines, just waiting for something to jump out at you.
So what is it that grabs your attention? What makes a good book cover? Here are some questions to ask: [Read more…]
Firefly is a western in space, people. In space. Starring the charming Nathan Fillion. With a director like Joss Whedon, great writing, award winning CG, and a storyline that stands out from the usual TV drama regurgitant, why did it get cancelled after a single season? If it can happen to Joss, it can happen to you. [Read more…]
Today, Mike Hartner has agreed to follow up his last post by sharing more of his experience and wisdom. Welcome back, Mike!…
Congrats! You’re published. In today’s world, in many cases, it won’t matter whether you are self-published, or published by one of the Big Six. You will need Marketing.
Marketing. Yes, that ugly word. What, you mean my book doesn’t sell itself? Nope. Sorry to disappoint, but you are one of nearly a million people who have self published this past year. Finding your book, for any but the most diligent (read: friends and relatives) is going to be a crapshoot.
So how do you make your odds better? [Read more…]
Today we have author Luke Murphy joining us to explain his techniques for marketing his debut novel, Dead Man’s Hand. Hello, Luke!…
Marketing Starts With Writing
My marketing started with the writing of my book. I always had a plan, an idea of the plot, but now I had to think about the characters and setting, and I had to think about my target audience in this stage. [Read more…]
The world of publishing is changing at whiplash speed, and the company setting the pace is Amazon. As the largest bookseller (with 29% of the market) in a world where more books are now bought online than in brick-and-mortor stores, Amazon is a force to be reckoned with. Fortunately for authors who want to sell books (and who doesn’t?), this is a good thing: Amazon is the #1 place where readers go to buy books, and you, the author, can use that to your advantage.
But where to start? There are two easy ways to market your books on Amazon. While these tips apply primarily to self-published authors, who have more control over how their books are presented to the world, traditionally-published authors can work with their publishers to use Amazon to their advantage, and find a new and enthusiastic audience for their work. [Read more…]