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Once you’ve written and successfully published your own eBook, the  onus of ensuring it is reaching more hands and that people are accepting  it well is upon you. Writers often lament that this is the hardest part  of the journey to success, wishing that they could go back into their  caves and cocoons and focus on writing more rather than going out there  to sell their published book. We get several queries on how to  effectively market books and even though reams of text have been written  and posted all around the internet on the topic, there are only these  many simple steps that could help you.

 

Our 10-Point Strategy is simple and straightforward and we also have  several customizable packages to help you take your book marketing  efforts up a notch.

 

  1. Talk about your book, invite reviews, try offering free sample  portions of your eBook or free downloads for a specified timeframe.
  2. Go beyond your inner circles and request family and friends to link  to your book on social media sites, and talk about it with their  connections.
  3. Use social media sites, viz, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google Plus, extensively to market your book*
  4. Set up a Good Reads account*
  5. Set up a blog if you don’t already own one, and connect with your readers*
  6. Use your creativity – make a Youtube promo with your book cover  image/s and text excerpts and keep a tab on the number of hits it  garners.
  7. Design business cards with your book title, a link to your website or an online retail site that sells your book
  8. Visit your local library and ask if you can meet with their book  club members, or other literary groups, to talk about your book.
  9. Go to local events, book fairs, network with fellow-authors, and talk about your book.
  10. Last, but certainly not the least, persist. Keep posting updates,  links to reviews (both good and bad – this will give your audience a  chance to see and appreciate how well you take in the brickbats too),  and special offers from time to time.

 

-keerthi

https://www.ebooks2go.net/

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Twitter Basics for New Authors

Posted by keerthi23 Aug 30, 2018

Building readership is one of the biggest challenges that all new authors face, and book marketing is a long process that can be confusing and overwhelming. So where do you start? What?s the first path you can take to reach readers? How do you continue to grow fans? Is there a simple step for beginning authors? Yes, there is!

 

For new authors, social media can be an effective way to not only generate new fans and engage readers, but also form valuable industry connections. Twitter is particularly good at this. It allows authors to form real connections with passionate readers and build relationships with fellow writers. In this post, you?ll learn about the Twitter basics to discover how this interactive social media outlet can help you thrive amongst readers!

 

Using Twitter Basics to Establish Your Author Presence

 

So what is Twitter, exactly? To put it simply, Twitter is a social network where users interact with one another through short messages, or tweets. This online outlet allows users to stay updated on topics that interest them, essentially making it a personalized news source. This makes it a great avenue for authors to reach readers with the latest news on their writing projects. But how? By using Twitter?s features to your advantage!

 

Profile Picture


Set your profile picture to an image of you holding a copy of your book. Show off your hard work and make your book recognizable by your Twitter followers. Here are a couple more quick tips from eBooks2go?s Twitter Guide:

 

 

Header Image

 

Your book cover is an excellent option for the banner image that runs across the top of your Twitter profile. Authors can take this a step further and feature images of upcoming promotional events, such as a book signing or book launch.

 

Page Bio

 

Focus your bio description around yourself as an author. Include any relevant links such as your author website, blog, or retailers selling your book. If you?re just starting out, your bio is a great opportunity to explain your writing inspiration and aspirations!

 

 

Building Your Author Presence on Twitter


With each tweet, retweet, and interaction on Twitter, think of how your efforts could make valuable connections. How can you help readers get to know you as an author? How can you connect with other writers, both established and aspiring? What can you do to capture the interest of your desired readership? Check out some of our suggestions to make build your author presence on Twitter ? 

 

Use Hashtags

 

A hashtag is created by putting a # symbol in front of keywords or phrases in a post. The post is then grouped with other posts using the same hashtag and appears in searches on Twitter for other users to discover. With this in mind, authors can search hashtags and keywords to connect with other aspiring authors and fans by liking their posts, joining conversations, and follow users to spark interactions! Here are just a few of many well-known writing hashtags circulating the Twitter world:

 

 

#AmWriting

 

 

#WritersLife

 

 

#WIP (Work in Progress)

 

Short & Sweet

 

Each tweet is limited to 240 characters, so tweets should be kept short and sweet. Think of the average user as they quickly scroll through their Twitter feed. Long posts are more likely to be skipped over, while clear and concise messages are more easily recognized and understood. Aiming for less than 240 characters is ideal, but while you focus on brevity be sure not to skimp on quality! Avoid choppy sentences or misspellings, as these will hurt the writing credibility you?re trying to build.

 

 

Rule of Thirds

 

It?s important to post often to engage with your followers and gain new ones. However, it?s also important not to flood your followers? feeds and drive them away. When posting on Twitter, a recommended strategy to follow is the Rule of Thirds. Meaning, a third of your posted content should be promotional, a third should be book or industry related, and another third should be personal interests. The Rule of Thirds helps authors maintain a good balance with their posts to create and capture the interests of Twitter users.

 

Encourage a Response

By tweeting an open-ended question on your Twitter page, you are encouraging others to engage and reply. You can also create a poll directly on Twitter, allowing you to ask for your followers? opinions and provide them a few choices to gauge the most popular choice. For example, you can have readers weigh in on a new character?s name. Questions and polls are great ways to start conversations and generate interactions about your book and other writing projects.

 


Understanding Twitter basics allows you to utilize the platform to your advantage. Learn even more Twitter tips and tricks from Twitter Guide! Download the guide for free today and learn not only Twitter basics but also discover how to find your Twitter voice, connect with followers, establish your Twitter audience, and utilize Twitter promotion options!

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http://www.Facebook.com/vcreativeart16 check my Affiliate company toward the business development and my Author profile, I don't know why reviews should be my primary focus, I see that the public do look at them but I know that having worked really hard on promoting, advertising, building my legacy future and my Author blogs will develop, I appear has a little author because my reviews are so low and even on Amazon. I don't truly put much taught toward my competitors, I see friends not rivals trying to suck up your blood, why should we be rivals there enough place for all of us. Getting my Audible thru acx is great already, !!! I have enough things to do to run around discussions trying to get reviews that no one wants to gave.

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Hi everyone, I know many of you are here to compete with each others on who will sell books 1st, I'm enjoying learning about other writers and impress by some readers and how much they can actually read!! I m a small reader but a bigger writer!!! Everyone wants the prize!!!??? But who gets it? The most ferocious telemarketers? Sales agent? Probably they know everything about marketing that's for sure, me I just want a tiny piece of cake a small reward nomination, anything so I could earn a little. So I decided that if I wanted to keep writing what I wanted and be and do what I love I will try making a book that could sale for once. So I did ( Stop setting, Start leaving ) on e-book Amazonkindle were you can find all my listings. If any of you can review I will send you a free copy to your inbox💙

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Hello All,

 

I hope this message finds you well. This is my first time publishing and I have a few questions I wonder if you all may help me answer?

 

1. When publishing with Create Space does a Copyright page automatically generate with data I plug in? Or is this something I need to draft or complete on my own?

 

2. I will send my manuscript to individuals that I will ask to make a comment for the back of the book. Am I able to add those comments after publishing?

 

 

I thought I had more but that'll do for now. Thanks all!

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Pages in Your Book

Posted by jpb3 Jan 16, 2018

Hey everyone,

 

I just wanted to post something quick about how you publish you pages. I just published my book "Goal Setting: Your Weekly Workbook" and I had to make sure certain pages were on the left side of the open book while others were on the right side. The pages I'm talking about are for people to actually fill out themselves.

 

I wrote the book on a Word Document. Word does not have the same "view" as Createspace when it comes to where your pages are on the physical book. Be sure to use Createspace's view as your final revision rather than Word (if you're using Word). Createspace shows you exactly how the book will look while Word simply moves their pages shown on the "Side to Side" portion from the right page to the left.

 

I made the mistake in thinking the pages were being flipped in the "Side to Side" mode rather than just transitioned from right to left. This was a beginner mistake, but thank goodness I got to see it when I ordered my proof!

 

Good luck to you all! Especially the beginners like me learning a lot as we go.

 

JPB3

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I wanted to share my experience with Createspace and the timeline for working with the site. Overall, it's been an amazing thing to watch my MS Word File come to life as a real-life book in my hands. So mind-blowing!

 

 

Dec 2016       Manuscript complete

 

1/20/17          Created Createspace Account

 

1/20/17          Received call from Createspace for help on their publishing packages. Considered them over the weekend, but decided to do this on                     my own, since I had a strict timeline. I was invited to speak at a Christian Women's Conference on Feb 18... they said that a 4 week                     turnaround would be really tight.

 

1/22/17          Worked on my own Cover using Canva (free and absolutely amazing!)

                     Uploaded Cover to Cover maker (couldn't figure out how to make the back cover, so uploaded just the front & used CS Cover Maker                     for back).

                    Worked 20+ hours over the weekend to format interior of book - uploaded interior

                    Submitted book for approval in the late afternoon

                    Applied for LCCN # through Library of Congress - free

 

1/23/17         Technical Specs approval received at 10:00 am

                   Ordered First Proof via regular shipping (US) - expected 1/31/17

 

1/27/17         Jumped for JOY!!! Received Proof and held it in my hand while I jumped around in my kitchen!

 

2/1/17          Took forever to figure out why the gremlins had attacked the interior formatting of my book - when you fix one little thing, have to fix                    everything + re-do the Table of Contents!!! Re-submitted changes for approval at 7:00 pm

 

2/2/17          Obsessively checked e-mail until approval received at 12:31 pm - Drove my husband nuts.

2/2/17          [15min later] ordered SECOND Proof since I changed margins, gutter, format. Asked for RUSH Shipping!


2/6/17         Proof came on a Monday - made changes (minor & annoying ones) & submitted for approval review at 9:00pm

 

2/7/17         Thought I was compulsive before... checked website, e-mail & refreshed every 20 min.  Approval received 2:45pm

                  3:15pm - double & triple checked PDF proof (too late to order a copy now)

                  4:30pm - published to Kindle (without realizing I needed to format it differently! Whoops!)

                  9:00 pm - Received e-mail that it was approved from Kindle

 

2/8/17        Book was on Amazon... no kidding!!! Giddy with disbelief! Told everyone I knew!


2/8/17        Ordered my first set of 50 copies for the Women's Conference with RUSH delivery


2/13/17      Still waiting for my books to show up - expected date is Feb 14, but checked delivery status & shows they should be delivered today!

 

Thoughts: Steep learning curve & countless hours at the computer, making my eyes go beary. Now I know why CS does this for you. Advice: Pay them the $400 to do your interior! Wow!!! What a pain in the rear! Never realized what went into that. The headers were enough to make anyone scream. Glad I did all though because:

1. I am cheap & have a minimum budget

2. You learn how to do this on your own so you can do it again for the next book (of course there's another one... too addictive)

3. You can share ups/downs with others.

 

Hope you found this helpful, especially on how quickly CS turns things around. 24 hour approval is quite amazing, since my friend who published traditionally said it can take weeks.


Mona

 

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From Isa to Christ - A Muslim Woman's Search for the Hand of God

https://www.amazon.com/Isa-Christ-Muslim-Womans-Search/dp/0998637807/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1486563040&sr=8-1&keywords=from+isa+to+christ

 


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It is not easy writing and publishing off an IPad 4!  But it keeps me honest so to speak.  Every word is suspect, and could be distorted by

the iPad's self correct function.  But I have had to buy help from Createspace in formatting, image making, and now transferring the paper back to Kindle Direct Publishing.  Any experiences you have had might help me navigate these labyrinths! 

Dialogue seems to be a problem for formatting software.  If a character speaks more than one sentence, the software makes a paragraph out of the second or third sentence!  But it does not add a quotation mark, so the poor reader thinks another person has interrupted!

  This has been criticized by my readers and reviewers. 

   Incidentally, the above effect is called "widows and orphans" by the editors in formatting.  Any sentence that is interrupted and created into a new paprgraph is  a widow or orphan.   Apparently, these effects happen when transferring your manuscript from, say, Apple to Windows. It is the toughest part of self publishing, at least for me.  Thanks for any input for my future indie pubs.  Zandy Clark, Missing Danny, stories of a Runaway.  Young adult, middle grade. 

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This is about the book I wrote, love to hear comments.

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Players With & Without Swag

Posted by Babygv Sep 2, 2016

This is about the book I wrote, love to hear comments.

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Author T. L. Ellis

Posted by specialangel May 25, 2016

Hi everyone, A little about my self, I am a single mom of two grown boys, I have four beautiful grand children, They are my angels!!!I love to write children stories and am in the process of making five books into a series called Mystical Forest.They are learning exsperienced. They teach to listen ,trust, make friengds. I truly hope that you enjoy these stories and if you have any questions you can always contact me here or at terriellis2114@mail.com. please check out my book called( Mystical Forest Michael learns a lesson)  It is available on amazon, createspace. I want to thank you for taking the time to read this. T L Ellis

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sit and be bored?

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I love history books and mystery books the most. Anything to do with music history gets me going. Can anyone recommend anyone I should check out or books I should check out?

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Rules of Storytelling

Posted by Satnam Oct 1, 2013

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Insanity

By Christopher T. Hamel

 

     He didn?t mean to do it . . . Yet the shock in his victim?s eyes told David Hockey differently.

     ?Oh my god . . .? He whispered. And then tickling the sides of his face were the quickly morphing tears of coming madness.

     ?Ma??The sound of his non-emotional voice is what sickened him, not the ****-wretched smell of his mother. However he felt himself changing; he didn?t know it, but he felt evil personified. ?Mommy!? He said, trying to get more emotion into it, but all the word ?mommy? did was evaporate into the air, and hang there just before the whisper from David?s lips said: ?I killed my mother,? made the word disappear completely.

     David walked over to his dear mommy, staring at the freshly sharpened steak knife sticking out of his mother?s throat. Blood tried to leak freely from where the wound would be if the knife were to be removed. Blood had navigated it's way down to her white blouse, seeping through and revealing her black sports bra, which to David now looked purple.

     Dave just stood there, shadow over his mother?s body. He stared at the knife and then at her eyes, and that?s when he closed his own in terror. They stung. He closed his mother?s dead, terrified, and shocked eyes. They still seemed to have soul. God had not taken her spirit; not without getting David getting to feel at least some guilt.

     Though David?s tears felt hot, along with this pounding remorse was the feel of a great and powerful?dark?high.

I killed my mother, David thought, enchanted by the words dancing through his mind. ?I killed Mommy,? he said aloud. ?And I?m only ten.?

Click.The sound of the door being unlocked, opened, and then noises of people. His sister saying something, and what? Her boyfriend too? Yeah, it was Greg?laughing at something she was saying to him; probably a corny half-assed joke?Beth wasn?t that funny, at least Dave didn?t think so; she was annoying.

     At first Dave froze in fear, but then a crazy idea occurred to him. Killing his mother, though horrible, gave him the thrill of his life.

Wonderful wasn?t it? His own voice, yet somehow darker, seemed to speak to him from the front of his mind. Dave?s eyes then filled with insanity; he could hear the shallowness of his breath, the rapid beating of his heart.

     ?Mom?? Beth called, as Dave heard her heading toward the kitchen.

     ?She?s in here sissy.? Dave said, surprised by the steadiness in his voice. Dave then ran over to his mother, and quickly grabbed the knife out from the inside of her throat. Blood sprayed upward a little, like a quick leak from a fire hydrant.

     ?Oh my god, Mom!? Beth screamed as her own tears started to flow. And as she started to run toward the corpse of her murdered mother, she didn?t seem to notice that David still had a blood drenched knife held tightly in his right hand. Dave didn?t let her either, because with it he charged at Beth?s boyfriend, and killed him?thrusting the freshly blood-painted knife into Gregory?s abdomen.

Greg seemed to gulp the air, as little David took the knife out of his stomach. Darn it, David reflected, as Greg?s blood seemed to spill a little on David?s shirt. Greg fell to his knees and stared in disbelief at David?s wild enraged eyes; for a moment Greg thought he saw full black in his gaze instead of that adorable little brown.

     ?David!? Beth cried, and when her darling little brother turned around, she did not see him. She saw the spawn of Satan.

     Smiling, Dave started laughing his full head off and ran toward his sister.

     Beth booked it, and Dave pounced but missed, by just a few hairs.

     Suddenly whatever insanity had overwhelmed Dave completed its possession. Windows then locked on their own, so did the doors. Everything sweet about David Hockey was also locked.

     ?All because I had top go in the corner!? David yelled. His voice was not just the cute high-pitched voice of a child, but deep and gurgling like that of a monster. It seemed a sinister, baleful creature was speaking behind him as David spoke.

     ?Beaaaaathhhhhhyyyyy?? David said in his most playful tone, which would make just about anyone shudder. David laughed, ?Aw, you?re such a good sissy, you never play hide ?n seek wit me.?

     Dave was walking toward the door. Slow. Smiling wide enough to make his jaws creak.

     It took a while?he was having fun. However soon, David stopped, his arms swung loosely in front of him, as if they were broken. He cocked his head like a dog; you could hear his neck crack as he did so.

     ?Found you.? David whispered and ran with arms swaying from side to side. He then ran, laughing toward the brown leather easy chair, and that?s when the door banged open.

     ?Freeze!? A young policeman said. Behind him was a slightly older one. Both looked shocked, but David knew that she had called them. David stopped all right, murmured something in what sounded like Latin, and then just dropped.

     The younger cop ran toward the boy and to his surprise yet sickened relief that was held inside his stomach . . . ?He?s dead.?

#

     In Autopsy, Dr. Stanley was stumped with this boy. Not only had he died of a heart failure and had virtually no physical problems, but also from the questions the authorities asked Elizabeth Hockey regarding if her baby brother showed any signs of being?well psychotic, she actually made the kid sound like a little ******* angel.

     The police had also found a ouji board in David Hocky's room, and though one officer found this to be suspicious, it was immediately dismissed.

Suddenly Stanley heard the automatic door swish open, but saw no one coming through. The air felt suddenly chilled as the doctor realized the door just opened on it?s own.

     Strange, Dr. Stanley reflected as he felt a jolt of adrenaline and anger coursed through him. He went back to the body and picked up one of his instruments: a large blade. Suddenly the deceased David Hockey opened his eyes, blackness started to rise out of the boy?s pours, and then for a split second . . . and the doctor's eyes turned black with insanity.

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