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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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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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I put a lot of creativity and passion into this. Check it out and let me know what you think. “My World in Words” by Joseph Albrecht is available on Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble and the CreateSpace E Store! I enjoyed this project and hope you do also. Thanks.

 

Joseph Albrecht, NDTR

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Hello everyone, here is the preview Chapter to my book The Red Frontier. It will be released soon, and I am already working on Book 2.

 

The Red Frontier is a new Science Fiction Fantasy series by Joseph Cruz. Traditional genres collide in a sprawling epic loaded with deep lore and a whole new universe of expanding potential. In the future, humans have populated Mars, but after a sudden mysterious event on Earth, the people on Mars are stranded on their own. When new cultures arise and factions clash, and the planet becomes both a dangerous and exciting frontier of possibilities. Raymond Redmin, a terminally ill doctor from our own time, mysteriously awakens from cryostasis on Mars, hundreds of years in the future. His arrival sparks a planet-wide conflict. Cowboys, mutant spiders, zen androids, savage cannibals riding giant rats, super-soldier armies, a charming robotic fox companion, and chivalrous knights piloting gargantuan mechanical battle suits are just a few of the genre-blurring characters awaiting Raymond on his epic journey. Welcome to the new world. This is the Red Frontier.

 

 

Coming 2017

 

Enjoy!

 

https://www.createspace.com/Preview/1211631

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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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Publishing on Kindle.

Posted by mickjugrim Jul 19, 2016

Hi, can anyone help? I published my book, Short, Short Stories for Busy, Busy People as a paperback on Createspace no problem. When I published it on Kindle Direct Publishing however, the numbers in the contents page wer all over the place giving a very unprofessional look to the electronic version of the book. I downloaded the interior and removed the numbers. when I re-uploaded the interior, I discovered that there are now two versions available. One with the numbers on the contents page and one without. (Each has its own ISBN number) Has anyone else experienced this or can anyone advise me of a solution.

 

Thanks and best wishes.

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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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Write your Story

Posted by Debera Feb 17, 2016

My first blog. Im not sure how to use this or what its for, but im going to learn now. Thanks for reading. Deb

I am writing about my life and its triumphs and tragedies.

I hope to make the reading, not only unique and interesting but also inspiring.

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POEM NUMBER THREE,  To Emily  This burst is enough just as life isn't. But I digress like the crab to meet you In that time beyond boundaries where all Are immortal but not equal to the Task sublime, nor patient to please Unborn poets and writers and readers of skill.

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My challenges and successes

Posted by Mauratee Dec 18, 2015

Hi pals, I've been quite busy for a while trying to get my book published since the last time I visited here, now it's got to the final stage, I've managed to juggle work, kids, family and working on the book, it's not been easy but it's worth it, I am now thinking forward to the next stage of my writings, but I find some occurrence tend to creep in to deter my efforts, I only work two days a week and be off the weekend, so u try not to let the baggages and stress at work mar my weekend, emotionally, otherwise, I cannot function properly, hence productivity is low. I therefore came up with a strategy to help me get through this ordeal, just a trial at first and this happened to work for me, I try as much as possible to deal with each troubling issue as much as possible before the end of each day, then, I don't go home with it, one of the most challenging issue is giving good answers back at colleagues and senior workers who try to undermine you, this happens almost at every work place, standing up for myself and being extra assertive. This is really difficult when you work in the healthcare sector where you have a lot of hierarchical order. I will post later, some specific examples with the appropriate responses or better put, the responses I gave that worked. If you've gone through similar experiences, you can share them then, they could be of help to me or other people who are having problems in this area, thanks

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