See what I've done? I'm promoting my author and giving you an example of the Pay-with-a-Tweet promotion! Yeah, I think I'm slick :)
If you'd like a free ebook download...click the pay with a tweet button at the top of this post and see the receiving end of Pay-with-a-Tweet promotion. Or just click the picture and it'll take you there too.
When you make your own pay-with-a-tweet, they give you a URL as well as html codes so you choose the best button/method of driving traffic to your promotion. The URL you can slap on the back of your book and it's a fantastic way to get the word out!!
Imagine after one of your readers finished your book and there's a little URL with a message saying... receive my novella just by pay-with-a-tweet and receive "book name here" !!
And then they tweet a message you pre-made to go out with a hashtag and a message and a link that promotes your paid book and viola free press!
Am I making sense?
ACTION ITEM: Click the "Pay with a Tweet or Facebook" button and go through the process of the system. Then go to http://www.paywithatweet.com/ and do your own!
Oh No You Can't...format
My Dearest Writer,
I can not say this kindly, so I will get to the point. You are a writer, NOT a formatter.
Please don't f*** with word. I have PhD and am a ninja scholar in word. Please just let me do it. Don't push the tab button... no..,no..,no.,no, no,no,no,no!
.epub laughs at you and .mobi just gets confused to the point that it won't publish your book.
"But it looks great in PDF!"
Okay, but PDF is only good for fix page size. Do you have a kindle? Have you put a PDF on your kindle? Looks like *shit* doesn't it?
I love you, dear writer, so... if you absolutely MUST, give me your word file that you think looks like crappy text and ALSO give me a PDF of how you'd like for it to look.
Just let me do the formatting please. No double spaces because this one line needs to be with the other block of text. No hitting tab, no using bullets! And the bullets/tab combo is really a pain in the ass. Your adorable images at the top of every chapter...THEY AREN'T PART OF THE HEADING! Please just use normal style and click the center button on word after you insert the picture. No, you may not use drop caps. No you may not section break at odd places. NO YOU MAY NOT FORMAT YOUR BOOK!!
Author ULRIKE Blog Post Take-over
“Every day is a new opportunity to correct yesterday’s thoughts.”
In celebration of ULRIKE'S fourth book, "Forever and 365 Days" we are contributing this post to her accomplishment!
Inspiration, Harmony, Abundance all with Balanced Thought…are these your goals for a better life?
Is it right or is it wrong? Is it good or is it damaging? Why do we have to ask ourselves these questions all the time? We have double standards. We believe that evil is real. We believe that something can harm us. The truth is, however, that we are perfect beings of light, indestructible and pure. We have only fallen into the mist of misunderstanding and are acting according to our fears.
It is a lifetime task to sort out these wrong beliefs and teachings. We have to reeducate and retrain ourselves to think and act correctly. It is a daily task. Minute by minute we must be aware of our actions and make certain that love is our motive in everything we do.
Love, not emotion, is the key to our transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. Love is the motivating principle of all things and Love is the mother of our being. Let us return to this source of all bliss, let us enjoy our health, wealth and happiness - now and “Forever … and 365 days”.
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Tuesday Tools: BookGoodies
But they also give you another opportunity to get known, to find your fans and doing a little bit everyday helps!!
ACTION ITEM: Check out Book Goodies and get an author interview listed!!
I’ve been a marketing junkie for six or seven years now and I’ve read what the guru’s say, joe-blow says and all those authorities say. And they are saying pretty much the same thing. Reading articles and such I see very little “case studies” or the secrets and reasoning behind the general ra-ra.
There is no formula because marketing is a creative form. You will not find an itemized bullet list for success. There are no connect-the-dots in marketing. This is why you can find generic tactics and strategies, but no “do this and money pours out” manuals.
I’ve heard—get on social media and gain an audience. But how? Ads? When they say connect person to person, how is an introvert going to connect over the wire?
I can answer these questions for me—but not for you, which is why marketing is creative. You decide what you are going to do.
If you’re tired of reading about tactics and strategies, then you’re thinking about it wrong. You will only find what works for other people. It’s up to you to see beyond the tactic to the strategy and find out if it will work for you.
ACTION ITEM: So chin-up all those who have marketing article burn-out. Take a break, find you strategy and follow that!
Which Star-Wars Character Are You?
Not unexpected.... want to play? Go HERE
Publishing Woes: Why Google, Why?
Dear Google Play,
I would love to get my catalog on your site. You seem so friendly and awesome. I think you really have something there--being able to buy books on my phone--and well, I'd like to participate as a publisher.
But you make things really kinna hard. I mean, you're no iTunes or B&N but I think you're making it a bit more difficult than it really has to be.
Is it because I'm new? I know I'm fresh meat, but I'd really love a hand here. Reading on mobile is the future (more on that next week) and it's imperative I get on there.
But your help section is not help. Unless help is a spiral into frustration, pleading, hair-pulling, searching over-and-over-and-over-and-over times a billion to find how to fix what you want me to fix in which you don't really say what you want me to fix you just stare at me like Forrest Gump with nothing to say--there's no help.
I have a snickers bar. Can I tempt you with candy? I can't even pull on your shirt sleeve to ask anything. Why, Google, why? You're going to consume eBooks very soon because your on every smart phone in the universe. You going to become the Amazon of eBooks.
But not if we can't get our books on your site.
ACTION ITEM: Throw tomatoes at Google until they respond. :)
Press Release 365 Days a Year
Los Angeles, CA
Self-help Author Guides Readers to Better Living through Right Thinking
“Forever…and 365 Days” by Ulrike, Modern Thought Theories, published by Troll River Publishing, chronicles the life of an inspirational metaphysics teacher and writer for a full year. The text promotes the application of right thinking, and to find happiness through a rigorous mental house cleaning and specific thought modifications.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. –Ulrike’s perception of life and the universe changed drastically after studying metaphysics for nearly three decades. In her fourth book, “Forever…and 365 Days” (ISBN 1466345918), she continues her journey of soul searching, and teaching what she has learned in her sincere quest to live a better live, and share this knowledge with her beloved readers.
Ulrike places great emphasis on making happiness your goal in life. “Universal Laws work perfectly”, she says, “you only need to apply these principles and everything will work out naturally for the good”. She adds, “It is a life time task to sort out the wrong beliefs and teachings we have accumulated during our life time. We have to reeducate and retrain ourselves to think and act correctly. It is a daily task. Minute by minute we must be aware of our actions and make certain that love is our motive in everything we do.”
‘Forever…and 365 Days’ stresses that love, not emotion, is the key to our transformation from caterpillar to butterfly. Love is the motivating principle of all things and love is the mother of our being. This book explores the return to this source of all bliss, the attainment of perfect health, wealth and happiness - now and ‘Forever…and 365 days’.
In my quest to improve my marketing, I seek things out-side the box of book promotions. I look at books as a physical product, so I don't just use traditional book marketing. I look at any kind of marketing.
Yes, books might be a niche market, but when you are selling a product there are no boundaries to the ingenuity of marketing.
Which is how I found "Get 10,000 Fans" and Brain Moran. He taught me how to get my facebook pages looking a bit more professional. So, for today's tools watch these videos and gleen a little bit of info to help with your facebook pages.
- "Generate 37% More Leads From Facebook"
- "What Facebook's New Tracking Has Done For Your Business"
- "5 Essential Elements of a Perfect Facebook Landing Page"
- "Weird 'Link Placement' Trick Generates 312% More Clicks"
- "How to Collect 1 Additional Customer Every Day"
Today's Marketing Monday I lead by example!
My author, ULRIKE, has an article in Metaphysical Express February 2014 edition and I get to share it with you early!! ULRIKE's article starts on pg. 16 but let's discuss the advantages of having an article in a magazine. Let me count the ways:
5. Writing practice
6. Confidence builder
7. Promotional material
8. Identify with other authors.
9. Getting your reader to know you
ACTION ITEM: Seek a magazine in your genre and write an article for it. It doesn't matter if you submit it or not--it's good practice. Promote your book in magazines!
My efforts are to make this a learning blog where writers can see the flip side of publishing. If you have comments that will improve your experience or have a certain topic you'd like discussed, please contact me through email - HERE.
~ Sincerley, Your Editor
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