January is the month for planning and reflection. What worked last year, what didn’t? What do you, the author, what to accomplish this year? What will work … and what do you think won’t (meaning you avoid like the plague)? Is your book just birthing … and is it a little tired?
Is author and book success in your plan?
If you do, there are 4 things you want to do:
1 Pay attention to our radio show. …
Today is National Go Caroling Day … perfect for this time of the year.
1 Book awards are in the book mix again. USA Book News offers paid up Author U members a $10 discount when entering book awards contest. Here’s the link to get yours: http://usabooknews.com/authoru.html
2 Hurry and reserve your seat! Early Bird ends December 27th. Learn the 6 Must-Focus-On Areas to Build Readership, Increase Book Sales and Gain Exposure as an Author for …
It’s National Friendship Week … reach out and let someone you care for know that you are thinking of them.
Tweets are faster than a speeding bird …
below are Author U’s Top Ten Tweets from the past week that you may have missed …
Success & Resources
6 Things Social Media Can’t Do For You http://ow.ly/cRFsg
Amazon & Book Ownership. Who owns your book review? http://t.co/wkrHoSLh
How to Increase Your Book’s Amazon Rank http://t.co/IZHx9GJr
Authoring & Writing …
Batman makes an appearance in Aurora, CO …
Christian Bale went room to room, visiting the many victims of the theater shooting to their surprise and delight. This is the smart thing for Bale and 20th Century Fox to do/support. And Warner Bros. will be making a substantial donation to the charities that support the victims of the shooting. As the savvy author you are … you’ve noticed that much of the planned publicity for the …
Did you know that it’s Share a Sunset with Your Lover Month? … how fabulous is that!
… definitely don’t forget to attend the Author U-Tattered Cover event on Monday evening, July 23rd … http://authoru.org/tattered-cover.html
ALL profits go to support the fire-fighting efforts that so devastated major areas of Colorado in June and July. Come and out and let your educational/investment in your book dollars count. Tell your friends!
July is Smokin’ Hot all over … If you are in Colorado and new to authoring and publishing, don’t forget to register for the August 18th Is There a Book In YOU? half-day program designed for the Eaglet—the newbie—to the authoring and publishing worlds. It’s only $47 and includes breakfast, workbook and a copy of Judith Briles’ book, Show Me About Book Publishing ($20 value). Early bird deadline is July 31st. Register at: http://authoru.org/is-there-a-book-in-you.html
And definitely …
The Business of Publishing … Yes It Is!
When John Kremer, Rick Frishman and Judith Briles published Show Me About Book Publishing, they shared a story about Sally. Sally wanted to open a Sewing Shoppe. Her objective was to be successful.
What if you were Sally and wanted to open Sally’s Sewing Shoppe? Wouldn’t it make sense that you knew about sewing? About the machine and how it works? Maybe inkling about fabric types? How …
Stop the Book Insanity …
Authors sometimes don’t want to hear what works in creating a successful book campaign—campaigns that include the creation, the marketing and the sales of a book … they would rather keep doing the same thing … the thing that has produced no results. Which is usually sitting on their tush. Or if they did try “something” and it didn’t work, that they then choose to sit on their tush because …
Your Book Success Is Up to You … and ONLY You!
This week, I send three emails to three separate authors that I had shephered and agreed to co-publish their books about the lack of sales. Publishers don’t love the term, “lack of sales.” None of these authors should have got the “Wake up and smell the book roses … possible death toll bell” from me.
I hated writing them … I hated sending them.
And, I had …
Book Publishing Savvy Today:
Do You Know Where Your Book Sales Come From?
Do You Know Where Your Clients Come From?
Do You Know Where Your ____ Comes From?
Having a marketing and sales background, it was drilled in that I had to follow my leads, track my leads and know where my business came from. Maybe. Maybe not … at least today. The Internet has changed a lot of the rules of yesterday … yesteryear. It’s …