Monthly Archives: September 2016

A special request and ask of authors …

A special request and ask of authors …

A special request and ask of you …
AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing that I host on the Toginet Radio Network has been broadcasting for three years now. Its audience is robust. All shows are fresh and woven with content to advance you and your book’s success in publishing and marketing. Starting with a handful of listeners, it now has hundreds of thousands of live and downloads each month. The last two were essentials in building …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

 

 
 
 
 
There are always grumbles about Amazon … it takes too much … it controls everything … I don’t like Amazon. My response: get over it. When it comes to eBooks, Amazon is the eBook God for sales in North America. Stats always flow about eBook sales. Don’t forget to do the MatchBook combo for both print and “e” sales. Here’s what’s popping for you to noodle on this week:

Amazon makes up a higher percentage of the …

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Are you a publishing “free-giver” or a “free-taker”?

Are you a publishing  “free-giver” or a “free-taker”?

It is always a pleasure to open my phone up to authors from across the country as they meet me on the phone … Yesterday was Author Mentoring Monday. With my colleague Michele DeFlippo from 1106 Design, we were open for any and all questions that author callers asked us. The hard cost? To them, just their time.

One Saturday morning a month, I open my home to local authors to schmooze, network and again, ask whatever questions …

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10 BIG Reasons Why You Should Cancel EVERYTHING and be at the 3-Day Extravaganza starting this Thursday  

10 BIG Reasons Why You Should Cancel EVERYTHING and be at the 3-Day Extravaganza starting this Thursday  

This week delivers the seventh annual Author U extravaganza. And an event that is designed for both newbie and establishes authors to basically take their book to any level they envision.
Throughout the Extravaganza, attendees have the opportunity to interact with 30 excellent publishing service providers. That means that book designers, cover designers, editors, printers, publishing legal experts and experts in book marketing will all be there.
That means that you have the opportunity to basically get everything …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Twitter is one of my favorite social media platforms… here’re a couple of tips to make your weekend.
Aha #TweeterTip #1: Are you asking your Peeps to Retweet you? Just add to the end of your Tweet: Please Retweet … Hint: if you spell out versus abbreviating (pls RT), you have a higher probability of getting a “goose” from others.
 
 
 
Aha #TweeterTip #2: Twitter allows for 140 characters which include your spacing. Did you know that if …

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Learn How to Write an Author Press Release Quickly and Easily!

Learn How to Write an Author Press Release Quickly and Easily!

When it comes to gathering publicity for yourself and your book, I have two big questions for you:

Do you sometimes feel absolutely clueless as to what goes in a press release … and for that matter, why you should care?
Do you know what’s the difference between authors who write timely, helpful press releases for their books and other news events, and authors who don’t?

And drumroll … how about these answers: 

Thousands of dollars in free publicity.
Top …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips and Ahas

 Facts for a weekend for you to noodle on:
1 Authors need traditional publishing less and less. Oh my, that hurts, but it’s the truth. With all the resources available to new and old authors, the question has to be asked: do we need you? With all the resources like IngramSpark, great blogs that we put out on both The Book Shepherd and AuthorU sites plus the zillions of others, the information is readily available to write, create and publish a book. …

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