5 Smart Tips for Marketing Poetry Books

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Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. – Robert Frost

Such a beautiful statement by Robert Frost, but unfortunately it ignores the reality that marketing poetry books is not easy.

And since April is National Poetry Month, I figured it was my duty to give poetry authors a little love and marketing support!

National Poetry Month – find out how to market your poetry book! via @bookgal #bookmarketing…
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If you’ve written and published poetry, you already know how difficult marketing poetry books can be. If you’re considering publishing a poetry book, you’ve been warned. But I can give you some useful advice for making your marketing much more purposeful, and much more lucrative.

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The Importance of Small Details in Fiction Writing

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This article is excerpted from the WDU online course: Read Like a Writer: Learn from the Masters with Mark Spencer. Learn more and register today.

A work of fiction must be created, as it were, brush stroke by brush stroke. The writer may have a vision of the big picture, but nothing works, particularly a plot, if the small, vivid, authenticating details are not there. Small, concrete details are usually the difference between a story that works and a story that fails, between a good piece of fiction writing and a great piece of fiction writing.

As a writer, you should be considering things like the books on…

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Whacky May holidays bring promotion opportunities

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Whacky May holidays

It’s time to inject a little fun into your book promotion.

I always get so many happy comments and emails when I run these whacky holiday lists that I’m going to try to do it more often. These unusual special occasions give you a chance to get creative – and smile.

The goal is to find one or more whacky May holidays from the short list below or the expanded list on HolidayInsights that relates to your book. Use that occasion as a starting point for any number of book promotion tactics.

Winning ways with whacky May holidays

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Writing And The Fear Of Judgment

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If you put your words on the page and the book into the world, someone is going to judge you. And that can be a scary thought!

Fear of judgment is something that I’ve come up against a number of times in my writing career, particularly when I was writing Desecration. Watch the video below or here on YouTube.

What is fear of judgment?

It’s that feeling of like, “I can’t write this. I can’t even think this. Why am I thinking this?I’m a nice girl. What will people think of me when I put this book into the world? What will my loved ones think of me? What will my partner think of me? My boyfriend, girlfriend, my mother, my mother-in-law? What will my friends think of me? And then what will people I’ve never met think of me?”

All of these things are fe…

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Five Ways to Distill and Heighten Your Writing

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By BookBaby author Dawn Field

Whether you are working on draft material or devising a story in your mind, one element of great writing is cranking up the extraordinary to pack in information, meaning, and creativity.

What’s the key to great writing? Making all of it great. Take out slow, confusing or tangential parts. Even better, don’t even pen them in the first place. Learn to distinguish. All your words should gleam and hang together like the many parts that make a classic car or a Ferrari. All writers are told to cut, or “murder your darlings” as the famous quote goes. Editing is the key to great writing, many say. The key to editing is to distill and heighten your writing to pack in information, meaning, and creativity.

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7 Ways Authors Can Sell More Books in International Markets

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If you’ve never considered trying to sell more books internationally, maybe you should. English is the primary language spoken just about everywhere. Around 20% of the world speaks and reads English. That translates to 1.5 billion people. If that number doesn’t sway you, consider this: Germany has 51.5 million English speakers and has 7 billion in sales for English language books alone. The third largest market in English is India, behind the US and UK. So an international sales strategy is smart book marketing!

Some authors, wanting to dig into international markets and sell more books there, will work with foreign rights or translators. Both of these options can get quite pricey. And while this is still a good thing to consider, often the cost of a book translator (which ca…

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Creative Entrepreneurship And Being Boss With Emily Thompson

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Can you really make a living with your creativity and have a happy, healthy life?

being bossIn today’s episode, Emily Thompson talks about how to be your own boss in a creative business, and how to set boundaries that enable you to live life to the full.

In the short introduction, I mention my experience at London Book Fair. I’ll be doing a more detailed show on what I discovered next week.

Plus, the pre-order is up for How to Write Non-Fiction. You can pre-order the ebook now, and it will be available in ebook, print, workbook, and (hopefully) audiobook format by 31 May 2018. <img class="alignright wp-image-23…

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How To Improve Your Author Website

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By BookBaby author Steven Spatz

Your author website is a reflection of you as a writer and of your book as a work of art. It pays to make sure it is as enticing as the story you’ve spent months (or years) laboring over. Here are six ways to improve your author website.

Every author — independent, traditionally published, or otherwise — needs a website. A Facebook page doesn’t count, nor does a Twitter or LinkedIn profile. In today’s dynamic and competitive book market, you need a space that provides a complete picture of what you’re offering. That space needs to feature your writing, your various channels of engagement, and all the intangibles that set you apart. It’s a critical component of your brand.
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Why Getting Your Books into Libraries Matters

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National Librarian Day is on April 16. So in honor of these fabulously selfless individuals, I want to ensure you’re including getting your books into libraries as part of your marketing efforts.

For those of you who are still skeptical or who have been burned before, why would you care about getting your books into libraries?

In honor of National Librarian Day, add getting your books into libraries to your book marketing…
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Because libraries offer reach you can’t get anywhere else.

There are over 4,500 books published every day. And if you want a long career as a successful author, it’s not wise to assume you don’t need to take advantage of ALL the relatively free book marketing opportunities available to you. Do you want to…

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Writing Tips: 3 Techniques To Write Better Settings

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All writers have their preferred methods for inspiration, and for me, it’s always been setting. I visit a place and find story there, which is why travel is so bound up in my creative process, and why my books often span the globe. 

settingBut other writers have other strengths … and weaknesses. One of the most common issues for new fiction writers is “talking heads in an empty white room,” where character and dialogue are fine but the setting is almost entirely missing. In today’s article, Joseph Bendoski shares some ways to write better settings.

When most writers think about setting they imagine wher…

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