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Writing blurbs

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Sarah Hoyt and Charlie Martin tells us about writing blurbs – and particularly how to avoid writing bad ones. Anyway, I thought we’d take a break from the interviews to talk blurbs.  Every time I link books for our book plug I come across blurbs that make me want to crawl away backward. I am [...]

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Book Promotion

Nina Amir has written an interesting book – How To Blog A Book. She begins with basics about blogging, but then goes into how to make what amounts to a business plan for your book. She shows you the basics of market testing and how to write a book to your market. Then you write [...]

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A Wrong Way To Promote

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One good way to promote your books is to go to book clubs and meet the author events.  I attended one recently at a local library , and watched the author try to set up a multimedia presentation.  The author used the library provided projector and screen, but a problem arose with the computer.  At [...]

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Kindle Scout

Amazon is offering a new service called Kindle Scout.  Here is the letter from the company.  We’ll keep an eye on this. We believe authors thrive with options. In addition to Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP), Amazon is pleased to offer Kindle Scout, a reader-powered publishing program for new, never-before-published books. Jump-start your book and potentially [...]

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Amazon announced on its Kindle forum why it thinks books from major publishers should cost $9.99.  It wants 35% to go to the author, 35% to the publisher and 30% to go to Amazon. Presently, authors earn some 12-15% after advances and other contract expenses are paid. Here’s Amazon’s reasoning: With this update, we’re providing [...]

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Author Tracy Sharp enrolls all of her books in KDP select, and she says giving away her books has helped a lot.  She uses Ebook Booster and Author’s Marketing Club to publicize her work.  Ebook booster charges for its service, and Authors Marketing Club is a listing of sites that will promote your book.  Each [...]

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Amazon has announced a new subscription service called Kindle Unlimited.  Here’s the company’s announcement email: Hello, Today we are excited to introduce Kindle Unlimited–a new subscription service for readers in the U.S. and a new revenue opportunity for authors enrolled in KDP Select. With Kindle Unlimited, customers will be able to read as many book [...]

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Iain Rob Wright is a horror and suspense writer in the UK.  Go here to visit his website. He is a full-time writer with a number of books published, and several are being adapted to screenplays and graphic novels.  He was recently interviewed and has some ideas about marketing. You should do everything you can [...]

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