Pinterest has become a well known source for social media where customers can come and search out new products, or showcase their own works of art. Business should make use of this invaluable tool to attract clientele.
Things have been a little lonely around the blogosphere this past month, as a large majority of writers dedicated themselves to participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). As the blogging community became something of a ghost town, I had to continually remind myself to take a deep breath, keep calm, and just continue hitting that “Publish” button.
Now, as we head into December, I’m not sure we can expect our stats to pick up. For most of us December is the busiest month of the year as we try to fit holiday shopping, school and church programs, and countless Christmas dinners into our tight schedules.
For all of you writers out there, don’t feel discouraged! Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the season, take time to celebrate Christ this month, and keep on sharing the message the Lord has placed on your heart. If you’re writing to bring honor and glory to Him, then He is sure to bless it.
“You don’t write because you want to say something. You write because you have something to say.”
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
“Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book!”
2 Corinthians 3:2
“You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men.”
“Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the LORD.”
It is never to late to begin marketing your book. If you wait until the book is published, you are waiting too long. Start now by using the internet. Use this site to learn different ways to market your books. First, here are some places to Market your book by setting up profiles or accounts where other authors or readers can find you.
Use your free membership to promote yourself and your books. Reviews are essential and reviews on Goodreads site help your book to really stand out to millions of visitors. Amazon now owns Goodreads
2. Blogtalk radio- set up your own free radio show. Advertise on your social media sites.
3. On Booktalk
You’ll find an online reading group and book discussion forum that can help you discover new books
4. Pay per Click Advertisement- Google, Facebook, Adbrite, Bidvertiser, Yahoo, Twitter Ads
5. Kindle Boards
Authors are always welcome to post about their books in the Book Bazaar.
6. Library Thing
Social networking site and forum for book lovers. Free profile where each book contains tags, reviews and links to conversations about the book.
Enables you to build a virtual book shelf, that include book reviews from Amazon and to interact with your Shelfari community.
Features weekly top rated books, top talent spotters. You can join the forum, upload books and post reviews.
List yourself at this writers and authors directory, sorted by genre or location. Various resources for writers, agents and publishers.
10. Authors.com is a Fairly new site where you can post a free profile. You can ask to be interviewed on the site too for free.
Share Your Poems, Short Stories, Novels, and more with the world. Sign up, it’s free.
Selected book listing, authors interviews, link to authors’ website; Reviewed by humans, not all books accepted, check submission guidelines.
13. Nothing Binding
Upload and manage your book cover image & book promotion materials. Showcase your work for free: writings, books, articles, short stories, essays, poems and more.
14. Book Buzz
Has a 30 days free trial listing and a paid listing with monthly payment of under $5.
15. Filed by
Kind of “Twitter” for authors , platform for books, have your own author site, post short blogs.
Free Listing : a 60 words description and 5 keywords per book. Premium listing : $19.95/year – 120 words description and space for book reviews.
For children books only. Directory of children books, publishers and professionals related to children book publishing. You can create your own profile to add your book and blog for free.
Find out what others are reading on Scribd. This service is somewhat comparable with Wattpad. Authors upload their PDF, Word, and PowerPoint docs to share them with the world’s largest community of readers.
Authors can advertise free for thirty days. Submit a portrait photo (jpg), up to fifty words inviting readers to your website and your URL where your book(s) are for sale. After thirty days it is as low as 27 cents a day.
20. Savvy Book Writers Blog
As often mentioned on this blog, please feel free to submit your book’s jpeg photo, description and author information and we will promote your book for FREE.
21. Bookreportradio-A lively mix of author interviews, audio book previews and chats with those influential in the literary world, The Book Report has become appointment listening for bibliophiles and book clubs alike.
22. Some online newspapers allow you to set up a small profile.
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other people who love to read, and discover new stories and authors. (In a nutshell.) Figment was co-founded by Dana Goodyear, a staff writer at The New Yorker, and Jacob Lewis, the former Managing Editor at The New Yorker and Condé Nast Portfolio.
You can set up a profile and excerpt of your book.
25. Twitter and Facebok Ads is low cost and they can bring your website lots of traffic.
26 Host your own book signing party at your house and invite friends, co-workers, etc…
27. Advertise your books in free classified listings such as Craigslist, backpage, Gumtree, Ebay, Adlandpro.com, Classifiedforfree.com, http://www.freeadstime.org/, http://www.freeadvertisingexchange.com,http://www.advertigo.net/index.php,
28. Worldlitcafe.com has lots of ways to promote yourself. They have forums where you can get book reviews. You can join the Facebook follow teams or Twitter Follow teams. They have RT teams where a group of ten authors would tweet your tweet if you tweet theirs in return.
29. Set up a Facebook Profile page with a separate author page. Post daily on this page. Post quotes, photos, coverart photo, special events, book signing. Faceboo is #1 social media site and should be used.
30. Twitter and Youtube are #4 and #3 media sites.
31. Google plus is where you can post a profile about yourself and your books. You can set up multiple pages here too. Join communities, etc…
32. Empire Avenue is one of the best ways to get advertising help for free. Set up a profile. You earn eaves which is free Fake money. You earn a score each time to use your facebook, twitter, blog, etc… Complete missions for others. Once you receive a score of 30, you can post your own missions. Ask people to like your website page, twitter page, facebook page, etc…
33. Use Fiverr.com for creative ways to market your books. Fees are usually 5 dollars for each gig. You can get them to design a website introduction or book trailer. Fees adjust depending on what all is included.
34. Place free ads on online newspapers. Examples are AL.com
35. Sign up for blogging and branding connections here: http://www.blogsconnections.com/index.php?module=Pages&pagenum=29#!
36. Another social signup site. http://marsocial.com/groups/the-revolution/
37. Sign up for press release distribution. https://pressreleaseshq.com/affordable-press-release/?ap_id=prhq
38. More exposure- http://bookclubreading.com/submit-your-book/
39. Author Database listings. http://authorsdb.com/
41. http://www.kindlemojo.com/ – Kindle Mojo allows you to list your books free.
44. http://www.iauthor.uk.com/ is a great place to post your books. for free.
46. Book Blogs at: http://bookblogs.ning.com/
A book query letter can land you a book deal or simply be lost in an overwhelming amount of emails, already sent to book publishers. This post should help you understand what book publishers are looking for and how to land a book deal with a book publisher. Make sure to do a little research about the publisher. Most publisher specify what they want you to include in your query letter.
The first thing that might go against your query letter is the fact that it is full of errors. A professional editor should look over your proposal to check for typos, misspelled words, subject verb agreement, comma splices and so on. Next make sure your letter is addressed to the right person. Do some research on the company and find out what genres they are taking. Then, include a paragraph or two describing your manuscript. In this paragraph, include title of book, word count, genre, and why you think your manuscript would sell. This is the time to stand out amongst the crowd and pitch your manuscript. Then, include a paragraph or two about your manuscript called a book blurb. Make it unique and attractive to the publisher. Think of it as what you would see on the back cover, that attracts readers. Last of all, write a short biography about yourself including previous works. Make sure the publisher can contact you about your manuscript —leave a contact email address, phone numbers, etc…
When sending a query letter, the publisher wants to know that you have done your research. Now is not the time to start making demands and asking lots of questions. Wait until the publisher decides to publish your manuscript, then you can ask the questions that haven’t been covered already on their website. Most publishers have a Q and A page with details about their company.
Here are some definite Do Not’s:
- Do not make demands to the Publisher.
- Do not criticize the Publisher
- Do not forget to tell what the book is about
- Do not be unprofessional in your approach
- Do not refuse to send items the publisher request
- Do not ask too many questions about what the publisher can do for you.
- Do not send an unfinished letter without all the details the publisher requires.
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Why are books so important to everyone? We as individuals are capable of inventing new ideas, creating manuals to teach others how to save lives, writing books to teach our children about history and setting up new laws that will forever change our lives and the lives of others. Without setting up schools, libraries, new governments and new laws, where would this country be. We have educated ourselves beyond our ancestors by reading and studing books and manuals. We now can read manuals about healthcare, how to fix things, how to make things and so on. Books are filled with knowledge, parables, insights into a happy life, helpful topics about life, love, fear, child rearing, prayer, worship and helpful advice. One can read about romance, the creation of the world, future events, and big battles that men have fought. Without books we wouldn’t know anything about other cultures, extinct animals, important historical events, scientific studies, and fascinating research. Books help us to have critical thinking skills, teaches us how to perform task, helps us plan for our future, perform jobs better, and solve problems. Contracts do not carry any weight unless written down and signed. Writing makes it easier to define and analyze all sorts of problems including Math problems.
Writing first started with drawings and symbols in the Old Stone Age. Then progressed into ideographic scripts by the Sumerians and Egyptians. Then progressed into syllabary symbols. The first paper used was originated in Egypt called the papyrus. Later alphabetic writing was originated in the Middle East and spread through the Greeks and Romans. Back then, only scholars and scribes could write. Writing was known as an educated skill and therefore over time became widely used by educated people. Our knowledge of history is due to written text material. Writing is an art and is used by everyone to some degree. Music, Literature, and Drama owe their development to writing. “It is the writer who might catch the imagination of young people, and plant a seed that will flower and come to fruition.”
– Isaac Asimov
Tips for helping authors stay focused and quit procrastinating about writing. Often in our everyday lives, we find other things to preoccupy our minds and keep us from the goal at hand. Just think about your final manuscript as the end prize.