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Author Key Question: Who’s in Your Mind When You Write?

Author Key Question: Who’s in Your Mind When You Write?

It was interesting to hear many authors stumble when asked three simple questions:

Who is your book for?
What’s your target market?
Can you summarize your book in less than 30 seconds?

 
And too many couldn’t respond with clarity, or quickly. Oh, they loved the idea and the art of writing. But, really, “You want me to tell you who is supposed to be reading, buying my book? Me?”
Why yes, that’s exactly what was being asked … and expected …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of November 27

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of November 27

It’s Thursday at
… and

Today, millions gather and share gratitude, stories and time in homes and around tables in America.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
Do you have a new book in the works? Are you brand spanking new to the writing world? Are you testing a new genre if you have already published? Then a HUG HEADS UP! Calling all #writers and #authors. New Book Competition-4 Winners will get $10,000 each in prizes AND 20 Finalists will get …

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#Hashtags … Oh My … They Are Everywhere!

#Hashtags … Oh My … They Are Everywhere!

You can’t avoid them. They are on your TV. They are in press releases. They are used in radio discussions, ads, even billboards. Blogs are loaded with them, not to mention LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook and of course, bows to Twitter for goosing us all to start using them.

Why are hashtags so hot? It’s all about social media … that phrase that is now ingrained in our thoughts and tongues: search engines. Those little devils love hashtags …

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How to Sell More Books on Amazon With This Simple Trick

How to Sell More Books on Amazon With This Simple Trick

What author doesn’t want to sell more books on Amazon (or anywhere for that matter)? Book marketing expert and Author U Advisory Board member Penny Sansevieri shares this simple trick to Author U followers so that they can shine above the book crowd:

 
If you have worked on your Amazon book page, you know you can add photos. But have you considered posting more than just your book cover? You can upload additional photos related to …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of November 20

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of November 20

It’s Thursday at

Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing will focus on Books and Printing Them. Judith Briles has Sandy Gould from Color House Graphics … this is part 2 of an indepth discussion about book printing. Tune in at 6 Eastern, 5 Central, 4 Mountain, 3 Pacific and for our out-of-the-country members and followers … you are going to have to do the clock crunching for your time zone at http://tinurl.com/AuthorURadio.  You can …

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7 Tips to Get Book Endorsements

7 Tips to Get Book Endorsements

Endorsements … Should You or Shouldn’t You and How Do
You Get Them?
One of the most common questions authors ask is: should I get endorsements for my book? The answer is yes. The real question is: where should I put them?
 Ahhh, that opens up another window. Maybe on the cover. Maybe on the back cover. Maybe on a flap or dust jacket if your book has that type of cover. Maybe in the opening pages …

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Book Sales … Book Success is …

Book Sales … Book Success is …

And the ANSWER is … It’s the Marketing, Stupid …
Frankie Valli’s Oh What a Night came ran through my mind in October as I completed one of my radio shows for Author U-Your Guide to Book Publishing and headed out of the office for dinner and a check-in with one of my favorite TV shows that evening. My guest was Aliza Sherman, co-author of Social Media Engagement for Dummies.

Listenership had been steadily building this past …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of November 13

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of November 13

It’s Thursday at

The Author U Publicity / Marketing BookCamp with Joan Stewart is in 2 days … don’t miss the day that will change your book’s life. 
Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing will focus on Author Photos… as in casual images, book covers, promotion, website images, products, and training. Judith Briles has Nick Zelinger of NZ Graphics as her guest—they will be deep diving into a vairety of design strategies for different types …

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BookCamp 2014

BookCamp 2014

A special message from Joan Stewart, for next weekend …  

If you want to sell books, you’ll sell far more if you’re not just an author.
You also need to be an expert, even if you’re writing fiction. But it can take years to gain expert status in your field, right?
Wrong.  Publicity expert Joan Stewart, aka The Publicity Hound, will show you how to build your expertise fairly quickly during her daylong presentation at Author U’s Publicity BookCamp …

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Come to the Fall Authors Tea … Book Addicts Welcome!

Come to the Fall Authors Tea … Book Addicts Welcome!

It’s time for the Annual Fall Holiday Author Tea on Saturday, November 22! 
Celebrating Authors … Hearing them talk about their books … Shopping for gifts – books are ideal! 

Don’t worry … the Broncos aren’t playing!
When:  Saturday, November 22nd
Time: 1 – 4 pm
Food?  Absolutely … delicious goodies and tidbits plus tea and punch of course!
Cost:  FREE
Hosted by:  Author U members Judith Briles and Julie Griffin
Where: Julie & Bob Griffin’s home:  3929 S. Eagle St. Aurora, …

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