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Help! My Book Isn’t Selling. 10 Questions You Need To Answer Honestly If You Want To Sell More Books.

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Penelope‘s insight:


Help is on the way for those authors with books languishing on the shelves of forgotten books at Amazon. It is amazing how many writers think they can write the book, get it published, and then sit back and wait for the profits to start rolling in. It’s not quite that easy.

 There is hope, however, even for those slow selling or non-selling books. Run down this article’s list of excellent suggestions and see if you are optimizing your book for sales!

 1) Make your book available as an EBOOK – Some readers will still buy the hard or soft cover, but many are opting to find books for Kindle

 2) Professionally designed COVER – People still buy with their “eyes”. Picture your cover as a thumbnail, and put yourself in the buyer’s shoes when viewing it amongst a long list of other books.

 3) Professionally EDITED book – It is very difficult to critique our own work. If possible, get a professional editor or work with a book group that will critique your work.

 4) Correct CATEGORIES in the e-book store – What is your book about? Double check and make sure it is listed in the right genres for the subject matter. This small tweak could net quite a few more sales for you.

 5) Optimize your SALES page – Use it as it is intended. This is why it is called a “sales” page. Make sure there are no misspellings or improper grammar. Do you have hook that draws the reader in?

 There are four more thought-provoking points, and the final word is: being an author is not a get rich quick scheme, and you must work your butt off! Are you up for the challenge?


*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Ebook Promotion and Marketing”*****

 Link to the original article: http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/10/12/help-my-book-isnt-selling




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TOP 10 Reasons (+1) Why an Outline is Important When Writing a Book : Spirit Authors book marketing tips & author promotion from Lynn Serafinn

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Author, coach Lynn Serafinn of Spirit Authors shows how structure and an outline for your book increases focus, effectiveness, continuity, motivation and more.


Penelope‘s insight:

 OK. I admit it. My name is Penelope and I am a Pantser. A “Pantser” is just like it sounds–you write by the seat of your pants and throw in an outline when you get stuck. I know I need to transform into more of a plotter (planner), and I have several books and methods on outlining that are stacked up just waiting for me to crack them.

 When you begin writing in earnest (not just journaling) to share with the world, you begin to discover what type of writer you really are. I liken the process to “panning for gold”. The gold nuggets are your strengths, and the dirt, rocks, and sand are the weaknesses. You don’t want to let those rocks stop you from writing, but they are exactly what you want to pull out.

 This excellent article makes the case for why an outline is important when writing a book. There are 10 reasons (plus 1) and they are sound. Here are a few to whet your writing whistle:

 1) It makes WRITING easier! – You need a map when you travel, why not have one when you write?

 2) It makes READING easier! – You want your reader to comprehend what you write, not just say “Whaaaat?”

 3) It makes your MESSAGE memorable! – Don’t you want the reader to take something away from your writing? I don’t want my writing to become bird paper for the next day.

 There are 7 more reasons, and the final BONUS reason that the author will reward you with to make sure you outline your next book. I will put these more into practice myself as I begin writing in an entirely new genre of fiction for the Kindle in 2013.


*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”*****

 Link to the original article: http://spiritauthors.com/news/top-10-reasons-plus-1-why-an-outline-is-important-when-writing-a-book

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