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When learning book marketing, it’s essential to learn what NOT to do. As important as it is to learn the right way to do things, and best practices for effective marketing, it’s also essential to avoid the errors which can sink your book before it even swims. The following three lessons are common book marketing mistakes which destroy an author’s dreams before they even have a chance to come true. Even though book marketing can be daunting, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Avoiding the traps discovered by others is an important part of your own journey to success. 1 – Stop Your Cover From Crushing Your Efforts If you spend some time browsing through the Kindle store at random, you’ll soon notice a lot of books which have offputting covers. I bet you don’t feel an eager urge to hit purchase, right? As sad as it is to admit, readers DO judge books by their covers. If your cover either is low-quality or inappropriate, a reader is likely to be put off your book as a whole, regardless of how good the written content is. This doesn’t mean you have to design it yourself. You can either outsource the creation of a cover to a graphic designer, buy a relatively inexpensive premade book cover, or opt for a simple cover without elaborate design requirements. Modern book buyers often browse by flicking through various book covers on their tablet, or phone. The decision to pay closer attention, or move on, is a rapid one. It’s vital you ensure your book cover is worthy of their time. 2 – Protect Your Work Before You Release It Thankfully, protecting the rights you have over your work isn’t a difficult process. It is, however, essential if you […]

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Bloggers are in the perfect position to write a book. At first, it might seem like a big leap from blog to book. After all, writing a book is a significant project which requires resources. Why divert energy away from the blog to a book? Isn’t it better to continue doing what’s already working? In actual fact, bloggers who release books experience a range of benefits, without the colossal workload they often anticipate! It’s easy to create a book directly from, or inspired by, an existing blog. Such books have many advantages – their ideas have been tried and tested, an audience already exists for them, and the author is well-versed in their niche. So even if writing a book is a lot less painful for bloggers than newcomer authors, what’s the point? Books can generate significant boosts in traffic, authority, and even revenue for bloggers. All from work which has already been largely carried out on the blog itself. If you’re a blogger without a book, your content isn’t benefiting you as much as it could be. So how exactly does a blog become a book? Read on to discover the following process – Determine Your Approach How To Choose Your Topic Creating Your Book Self-Publishing Book Marketing 1. Determine Your Purpose The scope of your project should be clear from the outset. A book doesn’t have to be a lengthy affair running to thousands of pages. To avoid being labelled a ‘short read’, books should exceed 10,000 words, with 15,000 or over being optimal. If you’re used to publishing epic blog articles, you will notice this is only a few full posts worth of content! You should be clear about your reason for creating a book from your blog before starting out. The purpose of the book will […]

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A couple of months ago, I got an email from Galaxy Press, L.Ron Hubbard’s publishing company, asking if I could help them write a book description for one of his most famous books, Battlefield Earth. Now, if you don’t know me well, I’m a HUGE sci-fi nerd and list Battlefield Earth as one of my all-time favorite books. So, needless to say, I was truly honored…and maybe geeking out a little bit. And wow! Was it ever a fun exercise to create a book description truly worthy of such a great book. And in this article, I’ll show you exactly what I did, my mistakes, and even the final product. In this article, you’ll learn: How to write a top-notch book description Tools to use to improve your overall success What I did right (and wrong) in my process How to Prepare for Your Book Description Well, when we are writing our book descriptions, we can’t just dive right in. Instead, there are a couple of things we can do that will really help get those descriptive juices going. 1. Review Some Top Resources Before I start digging into book description writing, it’s best to get back to the basics and remember what exactly a good book description needs. And, I’ll be the first to tell you I haven’t memorized everything.  So, I broke out some of my favorite resources on book descriptions: A. Bryan Cohen’s book How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis. This is definitely my go-to source every time I write my descriptions. B. Kindlepreneur’s guest post on Back Book Cover Blurbs, written by Kelly Exeter. I especially loved the fiction book description formula she describes, and I went to work applying it. 2. Gather Data on the Book and What the Fans Think After that you know […]

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Hi , Dave Chesson here, and like I said in my last email, I want to help you market your books better and make more sales. To do this, I created Kindlepreneur.com so as to show fellow authors concrete ways to increase book sales on Amazon by answering simple but powerful book marketing questions. For instance: How do I find out when people are talking about my book on the internet? After all – if someone is praising or criticizing your book, this is a prime marketing opportunity! However, to get the internet to tell you when someone is mentioning your book sounds impossible, right? Well, it’s not and you can gain this ability in as little as 3 minutes…plus it’s free. Enter Google Alerts… Scouring the internet, Google Alerts will let you know when someone mentions you or your book. How incredible is that? Let’s Just Set It Up Right Now: Go to https://www.google.com/alerts Log on to your Google account Put in the keywords you would like Google to track such as your name, book name, pen name, company, etc.. And…that’s it. Pretty simple, huh? From this day forward, Google will now tell you if someone uses any of those words. This could be in a forum, website post, etc… How Authors Should Use This: Find out when someone reviewed your book outside of Amazon. Gives you an opportunity to connect to someone who mentioned you or your book – potential fans or critics. Let’s you know if someone is using your copyrighted work or stealing your idea. Secret Pro Tip: I actually use Mention.com instead of Google Alerts because it’s much more powerful and faster.  However, I only get to track one word for free per email account. Otherwise, it is SUPER expensive. So, to get the free […]

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Getting your book translated so that it can adequately be sold on international Kindle platforms is a great way to make extra money and reach a wider audience. Unless you happen to be bilingual, you’re likely to come across a hurdle – translating your book into the language of your chosen international market. Thankfully, help is at hand. In this article, you’ll be given a complete guide to finding the right translator for your book (and your budget!). If you’d like to learn more about publishing internationally, check out this article. Don’t risk a sloppy or bad translation – it will tarnish your reputation and lead to missing out on potentially lucrative foreign markets. What You Will Learn Advanced tactics to figure out the best market to translate your book for Translation services and tactics How to get more out of a translation freelancer How to monitor and improve once you launch your translated book Also, if you haven’t read it, I’d recommend checking out my article on the Amazon International markets and how you can optimize your book for more sales.  That way, that article and this one will be the 1-2 punch combo you need for the international knockout. Choosing A Language For Your Book We all know that the US market is the largest – but as we’ve discussed, its also the most competitive and surprisingly, not the fastest growing Amazon market anymore – we’ll get into that in a second. So, to help you figure out which markets might be worth your time and money to get your book translated, let’s look at what markets are growing but have less competition. And finally, I’ll also show you one easy tactic that helped me to find the perfect market for my book. Fastest International Amazon Markets you need […]

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Most Helpful Websites For Authors

Posted by Angela Han Breaking into the world of writing can be a tough business. Whether you are building your freelance writing career or working on a novel, there are thousands of websites that provide resources for writers. But how do you know which ones are excellent and aren’t worth your while?To solve this problem, we’ve created a comprehensive list of 120 of the best websites for writers in 2016. This is the second year running we have compiled such a list, and there are some exciting new additions to it. To make the list easier to navigate, the entries are broken down into 14 different categories so you can jump right to the area you are looking for. The 14 categories are: Helpful Tips on Writing General Resources for Writers Be a Successful Freelance Writer Publishing Your Work Blogging Grammar Tips Writing Groups Authors to Follow Writers as Business Owners Literary Agents Writing Associations Protect Yourself Jobs & Marketplaces Fun for Writers From the most popular writing resources to hidden gems of the writing world, this list is an excellent starting point for websites that will give you the information you need so you can excel at what matters most – writing! Know of a wonderful writing resource that we missed? Let us know on the Global English Editing Facebook page! 1. Writer Unboxed In 2016, this comprehensive website celebrates 10 years of providing inspiration and tips for writers! Started by two aspiring novelists, this site has become a go-to resource for sharing work and tricks of the trade for anyone working to kickstart their writing career. 2. Story Fix Larry Brooks has published six novels to date and his experience and expertise shines through in his blog. Whether you are looking for advice on how to structure your latest story or you want […]

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Best Writing Tools 2016

Posted by Angela Han The days of a writer hunched over her desk with pen and paper are long gone. Today’s writers can not only write with greater ease than ever before, but they also have an array of tools to help them with the entire process, from generating ideas to designing and publishing their own books. Whether you’re a creative writer, an academic, or a professional freelancer, there are tools that are designed to make your life easier.Many of these tools have multiple functions and may fit under more than one category, while others are very similar. It’s about finding the ones that work best for you. The list below will get you started. Prices are in USD unless otherwise specified. The major categories are:• Writing • Brainstorming • Inspiration • Organization • Productivity • Reference, Editing and Proofreading • Publishing Your Work Think of anything else? Let us know. We’d love to hear about it! Writers sometimes want a variety of tools at their disposal when creating their latest work, and sometimes they just want to write. Luckily, you can do both with the tools provided below. 1. Microsoft Word Aside from its obvious word-processing and formatting capabilities, Microsoft Word offers a host of possibilities, including business, academic, marketing and creative templates; charts, tables and graphs; image and multimedia insertion; mail merging, keyboard customization – and much more. You can write your book and submit it for editing with Track Changes, produce an APA paper, or create an impressive business presentation. It’s up to you. OS: Windows, Mac OS X Price: Varies depending on use (personal, household, student, small or larger business) and whether you buy or subscribe to the 365 Office Suite. You can find out more about Office 365, including Word, here. Or purchase Word by itself […]

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Posted by Brendan Brown When you want to improve your writing, you may not think that science can help. Writing, after all, is both craft and an art. But when it comes to getting into the creative flow when you write, science can help us a great deal. From the best time of the day to write, to the optimal conditions to be writing under, recent research has shed light onto what is best practice – and some of the results are surprising!In the infographic below we’ve summarized all the fascinating science behind what the perfect day of writing should look like.

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Guest Post by the incredibly talented Kallen Diggs. Selling a lot of books online is great. But imagine what it would be like to sell lots of your books inside of real bookstores. Imagine walking in and seeing your book on display.  Think it’s impossible? Contrary to popular belief, it is not that hard if you are targeting the right bookstores. Unfortunately, many authors are targeting the wrong bookstores and constantly getting turned away. I am Kallen Diggs, international bestselling author and host of Reaching the Finish Line. As being a bestseller in 6 countries, you would think that my book is sold in every Barnes & Noble bookstore. Well, that’s not entirely true. People can special order my book, but you will not find it on their bookshelves. Compared to Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, and Robert Kiyosaki, I am not a big name author. I just use a great tactic to get my book in a select group of indie bookstores across the country. The good news is that you can too!  If you follow the steps below, in no time, you could be walking into a book store and seeing your work of art on display. In this article, you will learn: Why you should avoid the big bookstores like Barnes & Noble. How indie bookstores can be more profitable to self-published authors How to get your book sold in indie bookstores (step-by-step) Advanced tips and tricks to bookstore sales and management Avoid Barnes & Noble and the other BIG bookstores Barnes & Noble is the last, major physical bookstore left. With Amazon physical bookstores, many people are wondering if Barnes & Noble will be able to stay afloat. I am not a fan of Barnes & Noble. For customers, it is great. Many of them use Barnes […]

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Posted June 15, 2016 by Elizabeth Brown Many of the world’s most brilliant and prolific writers engaged in fairly eccentric practices to bring their incomparable poetry and prose to the page. Some of the habits were born of practicality, others of superstition.The writers we profile below had very specific ideas about what writing utensils they could use, what hours of the day they would write, when they would proofread their writing, what they would wear while writing, and even what they wanted their writing spaces to smell like.Great writing comes from the freedom to create without judgment, and if that means typing away in your underwear or scribbling your genius in red crayon, we’re all for it. Courtesy of: Global English Editing

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