Book Marketing for Introverts

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Does this describe you? You hear the term “guerilla marketing” and you want to rock/hide in a corner or run screaming from the room instead of doing book marketing? If you would rather die than speak in public or tell funny stories about your dog to a room full of people then you’re not alone. I’ve never done an official survey, but I would bet that 80% of the authors I speak with fall in this introvert category.

In fact, I do too. Believe it or not. If you’ve ever seen me speak at a conference, you’d swear I was lying. Me, an introvert? No way. But it’s true. The thing is, I overcame it, and so can you. Now I’m what you might call a selective introvert. I can get up in front of a crowd of people and do my thing, but then afterwards I’d rather escape out the sid…

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Strategy And Business Plans For Authors With Johanna Rothman

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Sometimes we get so bogged down in the minutiae of the writer’s life, that we forget to look where we’re going. So it’s time to take a step back as we hit the mid-year and review your strategy and plan for your author life. And if you don’t have one, well, today’s the day to start!

strategy and business plans for authorsIn the introduction, I mention Kris Rusch’s article on agents and learned helplessness, as well as Audible’s expansion with non-fiction writer, Michael Lewis – and my take on discoverability for audio in the coming years. Plus, sense prevails in #cockygate as the …

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I’m not famous – I won’t be hacked…I hope…understanding website hacking for beginners

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Welcome back to Bakerview Consulting

Today’s post is a result of several conversations I’ve had over the last few weeks. In fact this topic is one that comes up frequently in my world.

Our topic today is security – website hacking specifically.

Maybe we can be more specific and ask the question: “How likely am I to be hacked?”

In my experience, most of the authors and bloggers I work with focus on their writing. If they work outside of their house, that job is a primary point of attention. Their fami…

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Book Marketing: 5 Ways To Spice Up Your Amazon Book Pages

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There are many ways to market your books, but most marketing will drive readers to your sales page on the online bookstores, and there are ways you can improve it so they stick around and buy.

spice up amazon book pagesIn today’s article, Chrys Fey outlines how you can improve your Amazon book sales page.

Amazon is the place to be if you’re an author. Even if you publish wide, this is where the reviews that matter, the reviews that influence sales, come in.

This is where most readers come to buy reading material. This is where an author could potentially make it onto a bestseller list.

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Learn from The Incredibles: How to Write Super Characters

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The Incredibles 2, the sequel to Pixar’s iconic superhero film, offers writers the oportunity to enhance our understanding of effective character development. Here are a few lessons from the movie that you can apply in your fiction.

Photo Credit: © 2018 Disney, Pixar. All Rights reserved.

After a 14-year hiatus, the Incredible family is back, all suited up and saving the world from bad guys and villains. The Incredibles 2, the sequel to Disney Pixar’s original blockbuster, lives up to its name. There are plenty of l…

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Maximize Your Setting: Bringing Locations, Eras and Worlds to Life on the Page

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When the reader can feel as if they are physically in your story’s setting, they will be more inclined to let themselves experience what the characters are seeing and hearing. Here, author Curt Eriksen offers considerations for bringing the locations and eras in your fiction to life.

By Curt Eriksen

Joseph Conrad defined the job of the writer who aspires to produce art as that of making you, the reader, “hear”—via “the power of the written word.” It is, he wrote, my task “to make you feel—it is, before all, to make you see.”

Conrad’s emphasis upon the presentation of sensory material has been echoed in every MFA program across the country. Aspiring writers are told to affect the senses of t…

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The Delights And Dangers Of First-Person Narration

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By BookBaby author Scott McCormick

First-person narration lets you pack every moment with personality and explore your writer’s voice to the max, but it can be a tricky point-of-view to pull off for the course of an entire book.

First-person narration can launch us into another world — and into another person’s mind — in a deeper and more efficient manner than third-person narration. Consider some of the most famous opening sentences in literature:

 

Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.

— Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

 

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Case Study: How Self-Publishing Led Author Jonathan French to Hybrid Success

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Jonathan French’s approach to self-publishing played an important role in how editors and agents perceived his book, and persuaded French to reevaluate his perspective on how authors can, and should, break into print.

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On a Sunday night in October 2016, Jonathan French stepped into the spotlight on the small stage of the Highland Ballroom in Atlanta. He sat on a wooden bar stool, turned to page one of his epic fantasy novel The Grey Bastards, and captivated the room.

French evoked crisp, cinematic image…

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The Book Promotion Tool You Aren’t Using Enough

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To many authors book promotion is a necessary evil. When I put my author hat on, I totally get this.

Why can’t you just spend all day writing? Why does this whole book promotion thing get in the way of your real passion?

But then we suck it up and we try our best. Some of us have figured out what works, and some of us are still trying to find our groove.

For those still trying to find your groove I want to encourage you to talk those who have figured it out.

Think of it as author therapy.

You can most definitely learn by talking through your book promotion struggles and listening when others share their successes.

Talk with other authors about book promotion and learn from one another. It’s like #authortherapy….
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6 book marketing lessons from the big guys

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Sometimes, you can find book marketing lessons in unexpected places.

The Goodreads blog recently published a detailed case study about how Celeste Ng’s second book became a best-seller. “Case Study: How Penguin Press Made ‘Little Fires Everywhere’ a Roaring Success” outlines the publisher’s marketing support, which includes Goodreads activity.

It would be easy to dismiss this article as irrelevant to you and me and most other authors. The vast majority of novelists – regardless of the publishing model used – simply aren’t enjoying Ng’s success.

Your books are…

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