QUESTIONS to Kick off the Year …
Author Success Support
The savvy author or author-to-be always asks 4 questions as the writing begins:
1. What is success for me? Is it money, being asked to speak, being featured in the media, having book in hard … what?
2. Who is my ideal reader?
3. What is their pain?
4. How will my book soothe/solve it?
As the writing progresses … re-ask them. Don’t be surprised to see changes.
Is Metadata in Your Midst?
Revisit all your descriptors for your books pronto—information that ties into your metadata and shouts out to the search engine gods should be tweaked and morphed. Ask yourself: Am I using the phrases that my potential reader would use in searching on Google?
Think here … when you are searching yourself, do you just drop in a single word … or do you use phrases with adjectives and nouns to narrow down what you are looking for? Richer and fuller types of descriptors are what feed into metadata—make sure you are using them to maximize you and your book’s discoverability.
GO-GO-GO for January and February Printing Deals
Did you know that post the Holidays, printing companies usually have better pricing in January and February? Those presses need to keep running and why not take advantage of lower pricing. If you got bids in the fall and didn’t go to print, make sure you get new ones. Saving money is always a good thing.
Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 34 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #34 was published this summer: The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers. Get your copy.
Become part of her inner circle by joining the Author’s Ark and exclusive monthly webinar and coaching event. Each summer, she holds Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged, a three day intensive limited to a small group of authors who want to be seriously successful. In 2015, the dates are August 27-29th. Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing on the Toginet Network at bit.ly/PublishingShow .
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Author U is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the author who wants to be seriously successful. Monthly education programs delivered face-to-face and online, The Author Resource ezine, BookCamps and the annual Author U Extravaganza are tools designed for authors pre, during and post publishing of their books. Join AuthorU.org today.
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