Category Archives: Self Publishing Your Book

Make the Query Process Easier Using Social Media, Learn from the Agents themselves

Yesterday I talked about why building a platform is not just for self-publishers. You can find part one of this post here. I’d like to present another argument for why traditional publishing wannabes should be using social media presence way before they begin querying, ideally alongside writing the book. Let’s take a look. Image courtesy of we-do-write.blogspot.com Another case study from me! Right now I
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What to do NOW: Promotions & Publicity before you Publish, 10 Tips

If you aren’t yet published but have it in mind too in the near future, there are tons of promotions you can be doing before the book is ready. Here are my top 10 tips. Geez this bird is cute!! Image courtesy of alleba.com 1. The early bird catches the worm! In other words the earlier you start your promotions the better. Starting 3
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Negative Book Reviews: Tips for dealing with them

So you got a Bad Review huh? Crying Girl by LINCOLN EATHER, via http://www.empireave.com/ If you haven’t, it might be worth knowing how to prepare yourself for it if and when it happens.   Because the first one you get is pretty upsetting. You might feel like giving up, or at least slip into a funk for a day or two, even if you are usually
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6 Ways to get more Amazon (& other online bookstore) Reviews

These days reviews of anything, be it hotels, restaurants, or the entertainment industry matter. We have all skipped going to see a movie because it got terrible reviews. We’re less likely to choose a restaurant on Yelp.com or Google Reviews if it has less than 3 stars. We crave social validity that we are making the right choice, and purchase, and in online bookstores such
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Self Publishers! Awesome Tools & Resources for Producing & Creating YOUR Book

*This is part 3 in the series Awesome Tools & Resources for Writers (Mostly Free) and is cross posted from my site Ladies Who Critique.com. Find part 1, Writing a Book here. Part 2, Querying a Book here.* 3. Producing a Book (for independent & self-published wannabes) The independence that self-publishing has created is wonderful. Many companies and services have jumped on the bandwagon trying
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Authors/ Publishers, What you should know about the Kindle’s ‘Before You Go’ Feature

The latest generation Kindle now brings up a Before You Go… screen on the last page of all books, which can be a great way of spreading the word about your book through social media, as well as garnering reviews on Amazon.com. That’s two fantastic promotional opportunities! Unsure what ‘latest generation’ means? See this page for images of the different Kindle generations to see
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Authors, Are you using your Author Central page? It’s your friend!

If you are selling a book or eBook through Amazon, you should absolutely be taking advantage of author central on Amazon. I know, I know that you are thinking “GROAN!! Yet another social media site to keep up with.” But actually it’s not all that much work at all, and once it is up and running (i.e. you have filled out your basic info,
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The Unique Book Marketing Tactic that Convinced me to Buy, With Author Megan Karasch

I met Megan Karasch, author of Tales from my Hard Drive, at the LA Times Book Festival in April. She was occupying a booth as many authors do, but one book marketing idea of hers led me to actually download her novel onto my Kindle AS SOON AS I got home (now that’s good marketing). I LOVED the book (recommend it with 5 stars
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What are Galleys (ARCs) & What are they good for?

What are book galleys? Let’s ask good ol’ Wiki for a straight up definition: Galleys are primarily created by publishers for proofreading and copyediting purposes – to send to the author and editor for a final fact check and seal of approval. The content of galleys generally can’t be changed, but small details such as spelling mistakes or typos that are picked up can
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