Book Marketing and Selling Tips

There is a book list on Amazon updated daily called “Amazon Best Sellers: Best Kindle Store” and you can decide on free or paid top 100 books. Knowing what is out there will help with book marketing and selling.

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I picked free and wooza-there were some great titles in that.

There were indie authors, indie publishers, and others. It was a pretty neat place to check out.  Here is my opinion of things that we know as indies and what we should pay attention to.

Book Marketing and Selling Tips

What we should aim for as indies

Write fiction. Plain and simple, fiction is the all-time bestselling way to go indie. Literary fiction not so much. Memoir not at all. Non-fiction is remarkable also, but if your aim is to entertain the masses, write fiction.

Write series of novels

In today’s landscape of ebooks and ebook readers, getting to the next book in a series is a matter of clicking. It is SO easy to do, why wouldn’t an author take advantage of that? If someone reads your first book, they can easily click through to the next one and the next one. Writing series of books just makes good sense.

Price it reasonably

This is aimed at indies’ book marketing efforts, more than anyone else, because indies can control their pricing. If you want to develop a readership, price it reasonably. That will vary widely, I am pretty sure. But I range my books and short stories from 99 cents through 3.99. The longer the work the more expensive, and that is because I have to list it for a price where I will make more than 35 cents profit. Yeah. It can be that low!

Get book reviews

I know how hard this is to do – I  struggle with it every day. The people who have reviewed my books are my darlings. I love you. But for those who just DO NOT review a book they read, please reconsider. Reviews (esp good ones) help an author out. People buy when they see reviews. Sometimes they buy out of curiosity when they see bad reviews.

Buy ads

The latest news is: Facebook has been overstating metrics. When the biggest ad market says they have found errors, well, what do we do? Personally, I am not using FB ads until they get their business together. I don’t want to think that I have had X viewers when I really had Y. Having said that, I have used other places to advertise and had moderate success. Consider advertising your books FOR PAY. It works.

In the end, I have to say the three things that have worked best for me are: book reviews, paid ads, and of course, writing another book. Series works!

Weekly Links: Helping Writers Write

Hey everyone, here we are again. Weekly links. I hope your week is going well. Did you have a lovely holiday? Have you begun your Christmas shopping yet? Are you finished? Did you decorate your house for the holidays?

I am full of questions this weekly list. I know, I know. But I did have a nice Thanksgiving. I have NOT begun shopping yet. I am a late shopper. I have not decorated yet either. I have my kidlet coming home for Christmas, and I am going to decorate with her. We will have some boiled custard, silly Christmas movies, and a roaring fire. Very excited!

Be sure to check out the Amazon ad on the sidebar to get special gifts for your loved ones. It is an affiliate link, and if you buy anything, I will get a few pennies too.

 If you have any links you would like to add, please leave a comment below. Please remember my weekly list and share it with others. It is my hope and intention to 1. share other blogs and 2. help writers write better. 

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Weekly List: Helping Writers Write

Jane Friedman’s blog – How to write your first scene

Daily Writing Tips – Dangling Modifiers and Dangling Participles

Anne R. Allen’s blog – Stupid Writing Rules 

Ryan Lanz – Set Your Writing Priorities

Zoe M. McCarthy – Irony Wakes Up Your Reader

Writers in the Storm – Tips for through the Holidays

EA Deverell – How to Grow as a Writer

DIY MFA – Five Weird Ways to Get Yourself Writing

Janice Hardy – 14 Words that are Hurting Your Writing

Write On Sisters – 3 Tricks for Character Names

Well, that’s it, folks. I hope it helps you – especially those who are now sitting with 50,000 words in their hands and wondering what comes next. If you need more info on writing tips, check out Writer Groupie Podcast here: http://www.writergroupie.net

I am enjoying this linky list each week – I hope you are too! If you haven’t signed up for the email list, it is over on the sidebar. I give my subscribers a FREE Christmas short story! 

 

Writing a novel first draft via Nanowrimo

Some of us have already ended Nanowrimo, and some of us are about to do so with the close of November.

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No matter if you have succeeded with the 50,000 words or not, we all have gotten SOMETHING on our work accomplished and isn’t that the whole purpose?

This post is for those who are now holding that precious first draft. Rock on, you writer, you!

GIVE IT A WHIRL

I made my own story a nemesis this month by writing something from the seat of my pants, no outline, no idea what it would be. And it is a very important book in my series. A pivotal book, in fact. Bad idea.

I did a little brainstorming before Nano started. But only a little. With no idea of how I would accomplish all the big things I had to put into this story, well, let me just say, this is the WRONG way to go about penning a Nano book.

I also decided to fluff up a subplot from the last book and make it the main idea for this one, and that makes turning it into a mystery difficult. The silly thing wants to read like romantic suspense! There are points that mystery books have to hit, and this one wasn’t behaving.

The difference between writing a thriller/suspense and a mystery is:

In a thriller/suspense, the characters race against a crime about to happen.

In a mystery, the crime has already happened and the characters have to figure out whodunnit.

In this book, it is almost like I am writing both, and Shannon and Sal’s romance wants attention as well, so shoot-fire, who knows what will happen?

So, on about first draft writing- here are a few things to note:

Write your back cover blurb

Writing the back cover blurb helps you solidify main story elements. 

Shannon has to find a list of missing items in order to know whether the trust left to her is still worth the money her lawyer says it is. Before she can attack the attic, she has to talk to her aunt Nan and aunt Tillie. But something strange is going on at Tillie’s Home Cookin’—IT’S GOOOOD! and Shannon suffers a near miss. Could someone have painted a target on her aunts’ backs? As Shannon delves into the past, she uncovers the present, in all of its dangerous, and funny costumes.

What questions did you consider from this?

From the back cover blurb, a reader begins to form questions about the story inside the covers.

  1. What are the missing items?
  2. How much money is Shannon’s trust?
  3. What is going on at the restaurant?
  4. What near miss happens?
  5. What does Shannon find out about the past?

This is a pretty slim list, and your will likely be deeper and better thought out. But from such a list, you as the writer can begin to create chapters and scenes. This would be very helpful if you need some structure to your Nano book.

The items listed above got me about 20,000 words into my current WIP.  There are many more items to be considered of course, but this was a great beginning.

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Check out my latest YA sweet romance, PUPPY LOVE

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Puppy Love: Sweet YA Romance

Hey everyone! Since the big eating holiday is now past and the big shopping holiday is on tap, I have something for you too! If you are looking for YA stories to fill your teen’s new Kindle, this one is perfect!

PUPPY LOVE is a YA sweet romance. It is about a boy and a girl and a dog that threatens to keep them apart. 

Here is the cover:

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I hope you will make plans to get PUPPY LOVE today! Now available on Amazon!

http://a.co/bOBYzqu

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