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Holiday Crunch Time! How to Sell More Books Before Christmas

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It’s true that the winter holiday season is almost upon us but it’s not too late to sell more books.  Penny C. Sansevieri of Author and CEO, Marketing Experts, Inc. says in the article “Holiday Crunch Time! How to Sell More Books Before Christmas” that booksellers who are late to the party can still sell books during the holiday particularly if they are autographed.  She provides us with seven places to sell these books.  To get some insight into selling more books during the holidays click here.

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Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books (Let’s Get Publishing)

Joanna Penn has a guest on Jane Friendman’s blog about selling more books by optimizing your metadata.   Metadata is information like categories and keywords on a book sales site.  Jane recommends the book “Let’s Get Visible” by David Gaughran.  The description on the book page of Amazon.com says:

“Take your sales to the next level! The author of the award-winning, bestselling Let’s Get Digital is back with an advanced guide for more experienced self-publishers.

There are over 1.5 million books in the Kindle Store, with thousands more added every day. How do you get yours noticed? Visibility isn’t a challenge that can be bested once – it requires continual work. But there are tools and strategies to do much of the heavy lifting for you.

In Let’s Get Visible: How To Get Noticed And Sell More Books, you’ll discover how to:

  • Leverage Amazon’s famous recommendation engine to take advantage of the various opportunities it provides for exposure
  • Position your books for discoverability on other sales venues
  • Minimize the time you spend promoting so you have more time to spend writing
  • Promote in a cost-effective way that actually works
By using these tips, you will get your book noticed. And getting noticed is the key to growing your sales.”
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Book Marketing Checklist

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Courtesy of Indie Author Counsel we have a free book marketing checklist.  Six pages long this handout includes building your expert author platform, find friends and readers with social networking, garner book reviews, take a virtual book tour, utilize Amazon’s selling tools, get the word out with free publicity and up your visibility with advertising.  Download this book marketing deliciousness right now!

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Social Media For Authors

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Authority Publishing has published a great article about social media by Stephanie Chandler.  Chandler points out exactly what we’ve been saying all along… social media isn’t the cure all for your marketing woes.  She says “Recently I was talking about social media with a friend, who happens to be an executive for one of the largest PR firms in the country. He said, “Social media is not transactional. We tell our clients not to expect social media to be about generating sales. It’s about so much more.” I couldn’t agree more, yet I speak with authors frequently who want social media to be the solution to their marketing woes.”  Read the full article to learn more.

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Sell Your Books In Bulk!

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Penny C. Sansevieri of Author and CEO, Marketing Experts, Inc. discusses the ins and outs of selling your book in bulk in the article “Courting Catalogs and Bulk Sales”.  What we got out of the article is that to sell your books in bulk you need to think creatively.  The other issue to keep in mind is that bulk purchases can take time so be patient.  To read the entire article yourself click “Courting Catalogs and Bulk Sales“.

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The Official Self-Published Book Marketing Plan

Join Nick on Write Hacked (formerly Live Hacked) as he shares his marketing plan for a self-published book.  There is quite a lot of detail in the over 4,000 words so you can save it to your computer or register for the newsletter and get a ready to read downloaded copy.  The best thing about this marketing plan is not only the detail but the emphasis on starting your marketing plan before your book is published.  You can read the entire post here.

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7 Things Authors Can Do While Waiting for A Book to Be Published

Screen shot 2013-10-20 at 11.34.06 PMA client forwarded this article to us today.  You’ll love “7 Things Authors Can Do While Waiting for A Book to Be Published” by Shelley Hitz on The Future of Ink Blog.  Shelley gives us seven things to do while our book is awaiting publishing.  For self published authors you can work on these items while you’re writing the book or better yet hire a Virtual Assistant to do this grunt work for you.  To read the full article click the link in the title above!

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World Literary Cafe Helps Authors Sell More Books

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Another really useful site for authors is World Literary Cafe.  Join the World Literary Cafe community and find opportunities for author interviews, editors, reviewers, book giveaways, beta readers and more.  One neat feature is that you can hold and host a book club discussion of your book.  You will also find all kinds of writing and publishing advice.  Pop over to World Literary Cafe to look for yourself.

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Get Your E-Book Noticed With Addiction To E-Books

book marketingAddicted To E-Books offers e-book authors two ways to promote your book.  If you are running a free promotion on Amazon.com or Smashwords you can submit the free promotion here.  If your e-book is priced at $5.99 or less you can submit it to be featured on the home page.

The rules:  you must create an account to post your book and each book can only be listed once.  There are many books on the list so be patient.  No Erotica or offensive material will be accepted as this is a family friendly site.  Be sure to submit only books that have at least 5 reviews on Amazon.com.  To submit a book to this promotion click here.

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Make Friends On Your Facebook Fan Page

FacebookYou already know you can share updates from other people’s Facebook Fan Pages on your profile or Fan Page, right?  Another way to make friends on Facebook is to post about other Fan Pages with fans who would read your books.  Make sure to link to the Fan Page and use hashtags.  You can also message the other Fan Page admin to let them know you posted about them.  Play nice on Facebook and you’ll grow your own fan base.

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Interact With Fans Weekly

fansEven if you have a small fanbase interact with them weekly.  Fans love authors that take the time to interact with them and if you do your fans will recommend you to other potential readers.  You can get really creative with this but here is a list of a few things you can do to “meet” with your fans weekly:

  • Hold a weekly Twitter chat.
  • Create a weekly video and post on your website and social media accounts.  Ask fans to comment so you can answer their questions.
  • Host a Google+ Hangout weekly.
  • Have a weekly chat on Facebook.  You can post the notice of the chat on your Facebook Fan Page and have fans comment.  You can reply to comments.  Make sure you setup a regular time to start and end the chat.
  • If you have local fans setup a MeetUp group to meet with fans locally.

Do you have ideas for ways to spend time with your fans?  Share it with us in the comment section please!

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Build Relationships By Replying To Book Reviews

facebookReviews are critical to book sales and it doesn’t matter if you get 5 stars or lower.  In fact, some publishing experts say reviews look more real if they are a mix of ratings.  If you have reviews on Amazon and GoodReads comment on them.  Make your comments positive even if the review is not and you will go a long way to building reader loyalty.  You even have the opportunity of learning how to improve your next book from the readers themselves.  Always take the opportunity to interact with readers and they will remember you the next time they visit the bookstore.

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List Your Books For Free At Book Hitch

Book Hitch offers a free option to add your books to the site.  This includes a 60-word description, 5 search keywords and a link to the site where readers can purchase your book.  If you don’t mind paying a yearly fee you have the option of a more detailed listing.  To see what other authors are doing visit Book Hitch and then open your free account!

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Find New Readers At Nothing Binding

Here’s a nifty website:  Nothing Binding.  Authors can register for a free account and upload information about their books.  Another important feature is that you can meet and network with other writers.  That’s always a good thing.  Already using the site?  Let us know how it’s going for you!

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What Do Rich Authors Know That Poor Authors Don’t?

Want to make a whole lot more from your non-fiction book — maybe even enough to go full-time? After working with 12,000+ authors over the last 20 years, Steve Harrison has learned rich authors simply do seven key things differently than poor authors.

Join Steve for a free telephone seminar on Thursday, February 21st and he’ll share those things with you. I participated in Steve’s Quantum Leap program a few years ago and it was one of the best investments I’ve ever made in myself, my business and the 42Rules series. So much so that this is one of the few programs that I’m an affiliate for (by way of full transparency. 🙂

To register go here now: http://bit.ly/VZzqTq

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From The Creative Pen: Advice For When Your Book Isn’t Selling

The Creative Pen blog has a good article titled “Help! My Book Isn’t Selling. 10 Questions You Need To Answer Honestly If You Want To Sell More Books.”  Some of the advice is common sense but most of it is real meat that you can use to figure out why your book isn’t selling.

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