The BIG 4 Website Blunders
1 COLOR pollution
You have a myriad of colors blends … don’t use them. Stick with THREE primary colors (or less).
2 OD of IMAGES and NO CONTENT
Yes, the majority of the world is visual … but, you need some verbiage on your website.
3 Your Critical INFO is at the BOTTOM of a Page … any Page
Open a Page on your website … any Page. What shows? On your screen—Computer, Tablet, …
As summer unfolds, many authors who entered their books in award competitions this year have gotten news and have been honored this season as of this writing. —some are Finalists; some are Winners; some get a Gold, Silver or Bronze; and some are Finalists in the IndieFab Awards. Congratulations to Kim Curtis – Money Secrets; Richard Rieman – The Author’s Guide to AudioBook Creation; Pat Morgan – The Concrete Killing Fields; Jo Kairys – I …
Did you know that what you include, and don’t include, on your copyright page is revealing to book buyers? For libraries, the lack of specific data can be a book purchase deal breaker!
Your ISBNs, LCCN and CIP data are all posted on your copyright page.
Copyright year: usually the current year you publish in—BUT, if yours is between September and December, use the next year’s. Why? It gives your book a longer “new” life.
Disclaimers: some books …
Protect Your Work from Book Pirates!
Yikes-a-roo … How would like to being doing a random Google or Bing search with your name and book title … and WHOOPS … a “free download” pops up? A download you never authorized or know nothing about. Aargh!
You need help … your book has been pirated. Here are two sources to know about. First of all, you want to listen to the podcast dated 2-25-2016—it’s all about Book Piracy. …
Get Ready to Spring New Book Ideas and Actions into Play
Super Bowl Sunday is a thing of the past, celebrations have subsided and it’s back to slugging through the winter. Before the cheers totally fade, have you thought about what kind of Super Bowl atmosphere you can create around your book? A previous book? A forthcoming book? In other words … in 2016, what kind of Super Bowl can you create on your book?
How about …
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing, host Dr. Judith Briles of The Book Shepherd digs into a variety of writing insights this month. During November, millions pick up pen, pencil, dictating and heaving typing as they particiate in the National Write a Novel and a new Nonfiction book month. Very cool. During the month you will pick up a variety of short-cuts for writing/publishing from authors “who are doing it”.
Today, award winning book and …
Every writer, every author hits the wall some time … sometimes, lots of times. Oh, we can bring it all on ourselves, allowing and enabling a slew of distractions to create the detour—it’s the Squirrel Factor … just about anything can seduce you away from what you think you want to be doing. Or, some cosmic force comes into play—totally unexpected and totally uncontrollable. It’s called life, and yes, it does happen. And sometimes it …
Did you know …
that Pinterest is the social media site that retains visitors the longest … did you know that Pinterest has a higher conversion rate –responses to subtle and not so subtle–calls to action … did you know that there at 47 million users on Pinterest and that 85 percent of them are women?
As an author and writer, how can you use that information … how about adding images and postings that women have …
Author U –Your Guide to Book Publishing is featuring host Judith Briles of The Book Shepherd will have foreign rights agent Bob Erdmann as her guest Bob has been responsible for place Judith Briles’ books in 16 countries). The topic is foreign rights with an emphasis on getting your books in the hands of people you never imagined you would connect with!
Tune in at 6 Eastern, 5 Central, 4 Mountain, 3 Pacific and for …
The Extravaganza is days away.
With the all the last minute details, and yes—overwhelm—that the Extravaganza brings, one of the smart things to do is to make sure you meet and talk with all the Exhibitors—even if you didn’t think you needed their services. Why … there are gems on their tables and gems in their experiences that just could be the nugget you were looking for … and didn’t know. We will have a …