More By: Judith Briles

Sell Ads to Help Finance Your Self-Published Books

Sell Ads to Help Finance Your Self-Published Books

 
I hate the word “monetize.” And I especially don’t like it when this word (it’s really ugly, isn’t it?) is mentioned in the same breath with books. But I’m going to talk about it anyway because, if authors do it right, using ads in their books or other promotional materials can subsidize the cost of publishing a book, costs they often scrimp on like great editing, great cover design, and great indexing.

Most every author is …

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Yes, Virginia … Book Reviews Are a Must Get! By Patti Thorn

Yes, Virginia … Book Reviews Are a Must Get! By Patti Thorn

 
With more than 450,000 self-published titles released each year, getting readers to buy your book is no easy task.
But one thing is important above all else: book reviews.
In an age in which consumers choose everything from vacation resorts to televisions to movies by reading reviews, book reviews vouch for your title. They say it’s worth a reader’s time and attention.
That’s where BlueInk Review comes in. We are a fee-based service that provides a book reviews …

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Authors Beware: Money Back Guarantees and Limited Change Your Mind Clauses

Authors Beware:  Money Back Guarantees  and  Limited Change Your Mind Clauses

It ticks me off when I hear about authors getting scammed. It ticks me off when I get lied to. And it really ticks me off when authors I work with get scammed.

Publishing Predators come in all kinds of sizes and shapes. In all kinds of titles and services. Some come across as sleazy from the get-go … your warning lights are flashing and you know to be cautious or turn and run.
Have you ever …

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Get Ready to Avoid 10 Common Publishing Mistakes

Get Ready to Avoid 10 Common Publishing Mistakes

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Book publishing is complex. It can be confusing. And it’s not uncommon for authors to be hustle by publishing predators. To avoid the maze of potholes and pitfalls, AuthorYOU has …

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Doing the ASK … Getting Endorsements and Forewords

Doing the ASK …  Getting Endorsements and Forewords

 
Not a week goes by that I don’t get an email or a call from an author asking how to get an endorsement or a Foreword.
Here’s my response …
For Forewords:
1. Who would be a magnet for your target audience?
2. Who would they recognize and has credibility?
3. Do you know who the “whos” are?
4. Do you know anyone who does?
5. What do you have to show them …

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11 Tips for Book Signings and Trade Shows

11 Tips for Book Signings and Trade Shows

Do You Use Your Author Voice
at Book Signings?
This past weekend, several authors signed books at the American Library Association’s MidWinter event. They also participated in a Facebook Live interview and were featured in the catalog that was created and will be sent out this week to the 300 plus names collected plus they will get the librarian names and emails to do their own follow-upFor those who participate, it was a “sell-out” of …

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21 Ideas Authors Can Use When Sending Email to Fans

21 Ideas Authors Can Use When Sending Email to Fans

Here’s one of the biggest reasons why authors aren’t using email marketing to build a fan base and stay connected:
“I don’t know what to write about.”
Many nonfiction and fiction authors don’t have ideas for content they can offer in their emails—like juicy tidbits that tie into their expertise, topic or books. Yet at publishing conferences, they hear speakers and book coaches recommend that they build an email list. Most authors have no clue where to …

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New Year Hot Idea: 15 Ways to Make Your Book a Classic

New Year Hot Idea: 15 Ways to Make Your Book a Classic

Adapted from the multi-award-winning Frugal Book Promoter

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

In the world of publishing as in life, persistence counts. Of course, there is no way to keep a book at the top of the charts forever, but if you keep reviving it, you might hold a classic in your hands. Or your marketing efforts for one book may propel your next one to greater heights.
I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen authors who measure their success …

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Thank You from AuthorU to Authors Worldwide

Thank You from AuthorU to Authors Worldwide

This is the final blog from AuthorU.org … beginning, next month, your feed will be coming from AuthorYOU and The Book Shepherd as we combine our resources that were outlined in the October 31 blog.
December is always the month that has too, too much packed into it. There’s the year-end “I’ve got to get this done NOW” push. Then there’s the more events, parties and gatherings to attend and host not to mention the shopping …

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Author Success Questons to Kickstart 2018

Author Success Questons to Kickstart 2018

 
A December truism: the colors, the festivities, the gatherings and the changes of pace the Holiday season brings can stimulate or exhaust you.
It’s a wonderful time of “togetherness” with family and friends; and, a time of reflection on the past year … and think forward. Next week sets the stage for the beginning of 2018. As we get ready to launch Author YOU. And your continuation or creation of YOUR AUTHOR SUCCESS.
Here are some big questions …

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