Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Update Profiles #AtoZChallenge

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This was touched on yesterday. Update your social media profiles and biographies to include your new publication. Books sell better when readers know they exist. 

This may seem like a foolish checklist item. But consider if someone writes a nice review and tries to tag you when they share on social media. How do they know they've found the right author? There are new sites cropping up all the time. Maybe you don't have one listed in your book bio because it didn't exist at the time of publication. This is why it's best to keep sites updated as much as possible.
 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Tie in Goodreads, Book Bub, etc #AtoZChallenge

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Once you have your release date and book description, tie your book to as many online places as possible.

https://allauthor.com/submit-your-book/?r=featuredbook The AllAuthor site has excellent promotional opportunities. 

Add the book to your Goodreads profile, Book Bub, etc.

Put it in your profiles. Think of all the ways someone might search for your book. Your author's name, the book title, and the characters. Find ways to make those searches lead back to you, to a buy link.

If you get your book in a library, put that link somewhere fans can find it (your blog, social media, etc).

http://216.164.218.250:8080/#section=home
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Monday, April 22, 2024

Select Pre-Readers #AtoZChallenge

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Select Pre-Readers

Better known as Beta Readers (you being the alpha). Developmental editors may also be needed. There are readers and editors for books that foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Many sellers prohibit buying, paying, or trading for reviews. Genuine reviews written by the release date are especially valuable for initial sales. A zero-star, unreviewed book can be intimidating for many readers (unless they are already fans of the author). 



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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Release Date #AtoZChallenge

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Release Date

The sooner you know this, the better. 
You need to know you'll be done with your editing, cover, and formatting.
Let as many people as possible know your release date. Put it in your email signature. Create social media posts. 
Some publishing sites will promote your book if you give your release date in time. (Check out BookBub.) This also builds time for pre-orders.



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Friday, April 19, 2024

Quantity #AtoZChallenge #SocialMedia #Author #Writer

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Quantity

Consider if the manuscript will be a stand-alone or part of a series.  Should people follow you as an author? If there are plans for more books, yes! 

https://amzn.to/3Q0m6Cb Amazon

You could just post links and say what sites they lead to. Or you can get icons (some free, some paid, depending on your search skills-- I bought the coffee cups years ago, along with a blank to edit).


Please visit the author page of J Lenni Dorner on Amazon Please follow @JLenniDorner on BookBub Follow and friend author J Lenni Dorner on Goodreads please Please visit author J Lenni Dorner on Smashwords J Lenni Dorner on Storygraph Visit @JLenniDorner on AllAuthor
There are author-specific sites to ask readers to follow you on, but also social media sites.


Follow @JLenniDorner on Twitter please WhatAreThey is the Facebook fan page of @JLenniDorner — Please click Like and Follow! Follow @JLenniDorner on Pinterest please Please connect with J Lenni Dorner on LinkedIn Please follow J Lenni Dorner on Tumblr Become NaNoWriMo buddies with J Lenni Dorner please Instagram of @JLenniDorner Mastodon sunny.garden/@JLenniDorner

Remember to interact with your followers. Grow friendships. Put the social in social media!


dlvrit image from April 2024

It's important to keep your latest blog posts linked to your social media.

The above are ones I use. But there are PLENTY more. 
Do you have a favorite site to follow authors?  
 


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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Print Copies #books #AtoZChallenge

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Sales of print books are on the decline. However, it is still an option for self-publishers. (Mostly with print-on-demand, where the book is only printed if it is ordered. Thus, no waste from unsold copies.)

Because of the cost of printing (paper, ink, binding, shipping, etc), print books tend to cost more. 

Fractions of Existence --Paperback
Proof of Existence --Paperback
Writing Book Reviews As An Author: Inspiration To Make It Easier -- Paperback

The choice to have a print version, or not, is up to the self-published author.



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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Orders #AtoZchallenge

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Orders 

Orders or ... pre-orders? 
With proper planning, a new book can be set up to get pre-orders. Sales for a book shortly before it is released. Most sellers require the manuscript to be in place first so they can guarantee something will be sent to buyers. There are a few people who suggest a reader who buys a book before it comes out is more likely to forget to read and review it. (Difficult to prove, given the low percentage of readers who bother to write a review. OR counting who spends enough on Amazon to have the privilege of writing reviews there.) 

Do you pre-order books? If so, do you remember to read and review those books?

 

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

New book release #AtoZChallenge

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New book release -- this goes along with the marketing post from yesterday.

A great way to boost sales is to have a launch party. Depending on your connections, this can be in real life. For most authors who self-publish, it means a book tour on various blogs or social media. Readers who see something about the same book five times in one week are more likely to view the sales site of that book. "It feels like everyone is talking about it." 

Of course, if a writer does a tour stop on a blog that doesn't reach their audience, that's unlikely to help sales. This is why "blog tour" sites that sell packages rarely result in sales that equal the cost of the tour. It's important to cater to the audience if possible. 

Some authors swear an author newsletter is the best way to move New Release books. Others believe giving out ARCs to get reviews before the release is the best way. Contests for free copies are very popular, however, it brings up the question of why a reader would buy a book if they might win it. 

What drives you to buy a newly released book?



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Monday, April 15, 2024

Marketing and Memory #AtoZChallenge

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Today's post was just going to be about marketing a self-published book. However, I found out last night that a fellow author, a friend of a friend, passed away. So I am going to include a note about memory.

A dedication could be made to someone who passed away. Or something could be included at the end of the book, along with the "about the author" section. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/391014962198368/



https://amzn.to/3Q3kGXA (J.E.Mueller is a pen name of Reya Pellaguin Mueller) 


Marketing-- See how I included an Amazon link to the author's books? That's marketing (and also the best way to honor an author's memory-- buy their book and write a review!). 

Some people suggest that books are difficult to market. They rarely use the popular forms of ads (commercials, billboards, etc). Some publishers market with ads on social media. A growing number of authors use Instagram (Bookstagram) or TicToc. There are people who highly frown on using any social media platform to sell anything. Reviews by authors are still a popular selling tool, though any less than 25 reviews are considered nearly useless. 

How do YOU like to see books marketed? What gets you to consider buying a book—especially from a self-published author with whom you aren't familiar? 



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Saturday, April 13, 2024

Lines, leads, and other formatting #AtoZChallenge

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Do you know the difference between pressing enter and pressing shift+enter? Do you ever use the TAB key? 

How a self-publishing author formats a manuscript depends on what platform they'll use to publish. There's a Smashwords guide which advocates for pasting everything into a txt file and starting formatting from scratch. There are instructions to turn options on in MS Word that show every space and line break. 

Do not underestimate how much time and knowledge will be required to format a document to the required specifications. And if you use the tab key, you'll break that habit once you learn how much work it takes to undo all of that. 

 

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Friday, April 12, 2024

Kindle or more #AtoZchallenge #IWSG

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Where will you self publish? Kindle has a program where an author can get higher royalties for being exclusivive with Amazon. Not everyone uses Amazon, nor does every country have access to Kindle books. This automatically puts a limit on distribution. 

Here's a Facebook post from the IWSG about this topic.

IWSG on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/share/p/NTgEVGY825Z7Mgj7 IWSG on Facebook




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