Advertising Your Book

 

Deciding how to advertise your book can be overwhelming. Many authors who self-publish have had success targeting their books to specific audiences and demographics, but just as many have done well with a blanket approach. Finding out what works for you may be a matter of trial and error.

Here are some of ways you may choose to go about advertising your book to potential readers.

1. Facebook

Advertising your book on Facebook can be enormously successful. Some authors, like Adam Croft, do most of their advertising on Facebook. As Adam said in an interactive Guardian discussion, “I’ve used an enormous range of audiences. I’ve spent six figures on Facebook advertising over the past few months and have something like 20 or 30 audiences running at any given time. I’ve done everything from tiny audiences to huge ones. Both have their advantages and disadvantages. I’d say experiment and see what works best for you. Don’t be afraid to try something different, either. You might be surprised.”

The usual strategy for Facebook ads is to choose an author whose work you feel a kinship with. You target your book’s ads to people who already “like” that author’s work, or even a specific book. You can also specify an age range, or a group of associated likes and geographic locations.

More information on advertising your book on Facebook can be found in this Publisher’s Weekly article, “A Guide for Indie Authors.”

2. Twitter

While it isn’t a prerequisite, having an audience on Twitter can make it much easier to advertise your work there. There is a thriving community of writers on Twitter; start by following anyone whose work you admire, and make tweets and replies of your own to build up a group of interested followers.

As with Facebook, you can narrow and hone your advertising audience on Twitter using keywords, topics, and demographics. One advantage Twitter advertising seems to have is the ability to open up a conversation more readily with readers. Aside from advertising, you can use Twitter to organize read-alongs, book tours, and the like. It’s also a great way to learn from successful authors about how they spend their time and energy.

This Publisher’s Weekly article offers more information on using Twitter to advertise your book.

3. Goodreads

Every self-published author should be on Goodreads. Unlike “traditional” author websites and social media platforms, Goodreads offers a reputable place for you to share events like book signings and hold giveaways to get people talking about your book. Goodreads has over 55 million users, many of whom use the site’s recommendations system to find new things to read. If your book is successful on Goodreads, you can count on finding new readers who are willing to go out of their way to get their hands on a good book.

For more on using Goodreads to promote your book, read their post on joining the Goodreads author program, or this post from Author Media that also covers the use of Goodreads’s Listopia feature and more.

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Some Self Publishing Forums

Some Self-Publishing Forums

Writers understand each other. They understand what it’s like to struggle with dialogue, to fall in love with a character and to build entire worlds from scratch. These are your contemporaries. You need a community where you can get into discussions with fellow writers who struggle in the same areas you do. Fellow authors can also help pull you from the mire of despair when the going gets tough, and they’ll motivate you to write those last thousand words.

Absolute Write Water Cooler  
http://absolutewrite.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?47-Self-Publishing-Print-Digital-Papyrus-or-Clay
absolute write MacAllister Stone’s forum extension of the Absolute Write Blog, this huge community of writers can offer conversation, discussion and enlightenment on many writing-related topics. The link will take you to the Self-Publishing and POD forum, where the discussion mostly involves self-publishers.

There are over 500 threaded conversations in this forum, so searching the archives can often answer your question. Check out the thread on experiences with LuLu, for an example of what you can expect.

 

AgentQuery Connect  
http://agentqueryconnect.com/
AgentQuery Connect is our coolest way to help aspiring writers. It’s a free social networking site that allows our AQC members to meet and greet online—above and beyond the traditional message boards and writers’ forums.

      

Nathan Bransford’s Forum  
http://blog.nathanbransford.com/
A relatively new forum attached to the blog of literary agent Nathan Bransford, the All Things Publishing forum is becoming more popular every week. This link is to the part of the forum related to publishing, but other areas offer threads on writing, submissions, and other aspects of the writer’s life. Currently there are 58 threaded topics with almost 400 posts in this forum, which is only a few months old.

 

John Kremer’s Book Marketing Network  
http://thebookmarketingnetwork.com/
From indie book-marketing guru John Kremer. For book authors, self-publishers, publishers, publicists, ebook authors, and others involved in writing, publishing, and marketing e/books.

This network has over 5,000 members, and many forums and blogs where you can interact with other authors.

 

Self Published Authors  
https://selfpubauthors.com/
Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors (formerly Self-Published Author’s Lounge) was founded by Ruth Ann Nordin and Stephannie Beman in an effort to create a website dedicated to helping the self-publisher or those thinking of self-publishing to learn about the self-publishing business. They want a supportive atmosphere for self-published authors and welcome all newcomers to subscribe to their blog through RSS feed or email subscription.

 

SPANnet  
http://community.bookapss.org/
Developed by the Small Publishers Association of North America (SPAN), this new social network has over 300 members and several lively discussion forums. One of the new discussion forums focuses on Books and Blogs, and if it keeps growing, it will be a valuable resource.

      

The   Writer’s Workshop  
http://www.writersworkshop.co.uk/blog/
An active British Writers Community. There is a forum part: Find out How To Get Published and one “Explore the best book on Getting Published”, “Self-publishing in the UK” or “Your experience with POD publishing”.

The Word Cloud is a free community where writers can read each other’s work, offer comments and get feedback. The forum allows you to discuss books, scripts and writing with fellow writers, enter regular competitions, and much more.

      

Writing Forums  
http://www.writingforums.com/
They are a privately owned but community managed active writing forum where you can share your work, talk with other writers, and creative artists in a safe and friendly environment, exchange tips and tricks and loads more.

 Always looking for other good writer’s forums?

Just like you; I am always looking for other good writer’s forums out there that are highly populated. A place where we can read and critique others work, and get the same for our own. Any good recommendations?

Please leave the url in the comments section for each of us to find. I will keep them consolidate in the following list;

 www.writingforums.org [not the .com version!]

www.critiquecircle.com

www.twoadverbs.com [for screenwriters]

http://selfpublishingmanagement.com/ [free articles,references, lists, resources, mentoring]

http://www.saysmom.com [free writing help/mentoring]

https://twitter.com/vonnywrites

http://www.goodreads.com/

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10 Reasons Why You Want Videos on Your Listicle

First of all, if you think what in the world is a listicle? Well, a listicle is a way to get information out there in several different forms. In journalism, a listicle is a short-form of writing that uses lists as its structure and will have a number in its title telling you that there will be a list. In media, a listicle can be done using YouTube clips and helps get information out more quickly than reporting it because they are just short clips. So, why do you want to use videos on your listicle? I am going to give you 10 reasons why you should use videos on your listicle in this article.

Drive Traffic                                                                                                            It is no secret that it is way easier for the human brain to read lists thanany other type of short-form writing style. With social media such as Facebook and Twitter taking over the internet mainly short videos have become the thing to do over lunch break. You see something on Facebook that you think might be funny or of interest to you and you click on the video and possibly even share it with your co-workers and have a laugh or a discussion with others all because of this 1-minute video. Videos are the perfect way to get traffic to your articles or your site.

Drive Traffic

Build Engagement                                                                                                 As I just said, with social media always increasing, short videos are becoming more and more popular. It helps engage others in conversation and as a result, the video then gets shared and before you know it you have thousands maybe even millions of people watching your video clip and coming to your article to read what you have to say. So, what better way to increase your SEO than to build engagement?

Easily Shareable                                                                                                  Again, I cannot stress enough how much social media will help get people to view your content. A video is easily shareable and because of this people will see it more quickly than if it is just an article written. People want to see videos, and they love sharing them with their friend’s on Facebook and Twitter. So, because of this, it will help drive traffic to your listicle. Make that video of interest, and your video will be shared across the country.

Saves Reader Time                                                                                            Okay so no matter how you look at it, a listicle is going to save the reader time. However, a short video clip will save users time. A list is perfect for readers, and it helps them retain what they are reading but a video that is short can easily be watched in 30 seconds and the reader will still keep the information and will be able to look at it faster than they would be able to read a short article. 

Saves Reader Time

Enjoyable                                                                                                         People do not want to waste time reading an article when they can watch a short video and get the laugh they are looking for, the information they are looking for, or the entertainment they are looking for. People love and find enjoyment in watching those short little videos. These short little videos that bring happiness to everybody or mostly everybody will be shared to allow enjoyment for others.

Reader’s Know What They are Getting Into                                                    By reader’s being able to watch a video clip of what they are getting ready to read they will already know if they want to read it or if they want to skip reading it just by watching that 30-second video clip. I mean you would not buy a television without looking into the pros and cons of it so why should you read an article before getting a glimpse of what it is going to be about?

Readers Often Know What They are       Getting Into

Contains a Number                                                                                               By the title having a number in it, the reader or viewer already knows approximately how much time they are going to have to put into reviewing your work. You want people to view your video, so you want to keep it simple and use a number like 5 reasons to… or 10 reasons to… However many points you are going to make that is the number that should be in the title and in the short video clip.

Optimize Search Engine                                                                                      So, a video will not necessarily increase your SEO but a combined number of things will. As your post gets more likes, shares, clicks, and views from social media, your SEO will start to increase. With the added video and proper name to the title, it will quickly enhance your SEO. Add the video and watch your SEO soar to high numbers.

Search Engine Optimization

 

Increase Ad Revenue                                                                                      Videos generate 5-10 times more video ads than articles do. It also is better than the pop-up ads that drive viewers insane. I mean when I want to view an article I do not want to see hundreds of pop-ups I just want to be able to read the article. By having a video ad, it is short, and people do not mind waiting the 5 seconds it takes for the ad to roll. Do this and watch your videos become prime real estate.

Power of Click Bait                                                                                            Click bait is the best way to get people interested in your article or listicle. Click bait is where you have a catchy title like 10 Ways Your Mind Will Be Blown. A title such as this will automatically catch the eye of readers and entice them to click on it making your views increase. Make that catchy title, and people will naturally be so curious about what you are writing about that they will have no other choice but to click on your link and watch your short video for your listicle. It truly is that simple to get people to watch your videos. Just have a catchy title.

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The 9 Stages of Self-Publishing

The process of self-publishing involves several stages before a book is fully completed.

Writing                                                                                                                    As an author, it is your responsibility to use your creativity and skills to come up with a good storyline. Your manuscript should be able to end in a completed product that is engaging, informative and entertaining at the same time before thinking of publishing it

Critical Assessment and Editing                        Self-publishing involves an in-depth manuscript editing and critical assessment. This is normally a tedious experience for many authors. Producing a high-quality manuscript requires experience and skills. This process can be time-consuming, costly and overwhelming particularly if you are inexperienced. It is your responsibility as a self-publisher to ensure that your manuscript is well-edited before considering it as final draft.

Copy Editing                                                                                           Copyediting involves engaging a third party to ensure that your manuscript is grammatically correct. This process is aimed at eradicating all mistakes such as poor grammar, wrong spelling, lack of punctuation marks and wrong captions among others. At the end of copy editing, your manuscript should have all the right qualities to make a pleasant and lasting impression read.

Typesetting                                                                                                        Now, this is where your manuscript is converted into a real book. The process of typesetting involves placing the right graphics, photographs, page size, and color to give a good first impression to your readers. It is imperative to check and countercheck your content to ensure that it qualifies as perfection.

Text and Cover                                                       Every book has its own unique text and cover design appearance. This is a very important process that any self-publisher cannot afford to overlook. This is where you ensure that your book’s typographical and cover design are perfect for readers to find your book worth buying. Think first impression!

 ISBN Registration                                                                                                  It is important for self-publishers to ensure that their work is ISBN registered. Each self-published book is given its own unique ISBN number for its publisher’s identification. It is impossible to sell your book online through a distribution service or physically without ISBN registration.

Printing                                                                           Your self-published book printing is entirely dependent on the quality of your equipment and experience. It is imperative to ensure that your book’s printing is of high quality to attract readers. A poorly printed book can be self destruction

Bibliographic and Copyright Registration                                                   Self-publishing cannot be successful without bibliographic and copyright registration. This process is priceless for writers. It ensures that you get the right recognition for your work and eliminates your chances of being exploited by third parties in the publishing industry.

Publicity and Marketing                                                                                      To start earning, you need to promote your book through marketing and publicity. You should have the ability to penetrate through all the complex sales and distribution systems to be a successful self-publisher. It takes dedication, time, sweat, creativity and finances to attract the right publicity for your book through the marketing process.

Conclusion                                                                                                      Getting the entire staging and implementation process of self-publishing wired will lead to increased sales and profits.

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How-To Get Your Work Copyrighted

Getting Copyright protection is very important as an author. Copyright protection ensures you’re your work is not infringed by third parties. By getting your work copyrighted, you can seek legal assistance in cases of infringement. Many writers have had to endure painful experiences after failing to get their work copyrighted under the international laws which can be daunting for anyone.

Here are 4 different ways of getting copyrighted;

Register your work                                                                                    Consider registering your work with the Copyright office. Copyright registration has been simplified by the advancement in technology. It only takes a few minutes to complete the whole process of registration. Authors can find the registration forms, fill them out and even make payments to Copyright registration service offices online without hiccups. Registering your work protects you from any infringers. However, it is necessary to ensure that your work is 100% plagiarism free to avoid legal tussles of your own with other copyright registered writers. You can successfully file for compensation from copyright offenders if you gather enough evidence of infringement on your work.

Agreement of ownership rights between co-authors                                  For writers who are involved in joint ventures, it is easy to get your work copyrighted through an agreement of ownership between co-authors. The good thing about this agreement is that it clearly defines who owns what rights and vice versa. By signing this agreement, you can rest assured that you are copyright protected in case your partnership falls apart.

Mark your work properly                                                                                       It is tremendously important for writers to ensure that their work is properly marked using copyright notices. You will deter infringement on your work if you display warning notices. Many selfish people are quick to reap where they did not sow. By including copyright awareness notices, people will take your work seriously and desist from committing any infringements that may lead to costly legal battles.

Keep supporting evidence                                                                                     It is important for authors to consider registering and keeping their work’s supporting evidence. It is extremely easy to have a strong case against copyright offenders when you can produce enough supporting evidence. Authors are required to prove that their work is 100% original. Supporting evidence is normally categorized under the evolution of ideas and watermarking. The evolution of ideas includes; initial sketches, synopsis, recordings and early stage drafts among many other things. Watermarking, on the other hand, refers to the process of inserting well- hidden footprints to act as evidence in case of infringement. Watermarks are normally difficult to alter or get rid of for offenders.

Conclusion                                                                     Implement Copyright protection for your own convenience as an author. Copyright protection makes it possible for you to sue offenders successfully predominantly when you can prove that your original work was infringed for personal or commercial purposes.

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Advantages- Self Publishing

What Are 7 Primary Advantages of Self-Publishing?
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Self-publishing has become a popular route for highly successful authors in our society today. Even those who considered self-publishing as a thing for amateurs are now realizing that it comes with numerous advantages. Long gone are the days when authors used to shop around for contracts from major publishers.

  1. Maximum Profit

Self-publishers are nowadays reaping maximum profits from their work. The secret of acquiring full profits lies in getting the whole process of self-publishing right. As a matter of fact, numerous authors are now living their dreams after opting for self-publishing. Unlike in traditional publishing where authors have to pay substantial amounts of their profits, self-publishers pocket all their money after selling their books.

  1. Greater Control

Self-publishing offers authors greater creative control over their work. You are in control of your book’s title, appearance, content, formatting, cover, market, pricing, and promotions. The beauty of having maximum control over your book is that you are not coerced into making decisions by publishers you do not want to actually support . Self-publishing offers authors the privilege of making all the major decisions about their books without trying to impress editors, marketers, designers, or publishers.

  1. Longer market life
step-by-step process to getting your book self-published.

Advancement in technology has made life easier for self-publishers. Self-publishing ensures that you no longer have to keep worrying about limited shelf life for your book since they remain in online bookstores indefinitely. Your book has all the time to find the right audience provided it has an enticing title, is creatively formatted and is well written.

  1. Faster publishing period

Time is always an important factor in a books publishing. Self-publishing ensures that authors do not have to endure endless stress and headaches by the hand of publishers. The beauty of self-publishing is that it takes less time to complete an entire book. Self-publishers can actually write as many books as possible without worrying about the suspense dates unlike those stuck in traditional publishing.

  1. Faster market Exposure

While traditional publishing may take much time, self- publishing guarantees authors faster market exposure. With self-publishing authors can market their books online immediately when done with their editing, designing, formatting and proofreading. Modern authors in self-publishing are smiling all the way to the bank due to their books enjoying faster exposure to a global market online.

  1. Better Royalties

Authors depend on their books royalties to earn a decent living. Self-publishing with CreateSpace, Amazon, Smashwords, Apple, Pronoun, Barnes, and Noble ensures that authors enjoy maximum royalties. Self-publishers earn between 50-70% royalties. On the other hand, those in traditional publishing only earn about 10-15% royalties while the rest goes to publishers.

  1. Rights Retention
an easy-peasy way explaining how to write your very own BESTSELLER.

Many authors are realizing that publishing contracts are designed to benefit the publishers among other players. As a result, most of them are now turning to self-publishing to retain full rights to their books. Authors in self-publishing retain all the rights for their work and are not required to get into consultations with other parties whenever they want to make the simplest changes.

Conclusion

Authors have every reason to self-publish and reap the full benefits from their book publishing and marketing efforts. How much more satisfying can it be knowing you identified a problem and provided a solution. You basically saw the pain (problem) and treated with a pain killer (book  solution). Right?

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What Are the Primary Advantages of Self-Publishing?

Self-publishing has become a popular route for highly successful authors in our society today. Even those who considered self-publishing as a thing for amateurs are now realizing that it comes with numerous advantages. Long gone are the days where authors used to shop around for contracts from major publishers.

Here are 7 primary advantages of self-publishing

Maximum Profit

Self-publishers are nowadays reaping maximum profits from their work. The secret of acquiring full profits lies in getting the whole process of self-publishing right. As a matter of fact, numerous authors are now living their dreams after opting for self-publishing. Unlike in traditional publishing where authors have to pay substantial amounts of their profits, self-publishers pocket all their money after selling their books.

Greater Control

Self-publishing offers authors greater creative control over their work. You are in control of your book’s title, appearance, content, formatting, cover, market, pricing, and promotions. The beauty of having maximum control over your book is that you are not coerced into making decisions you do not want to actually support by publishers. Self-publishing offers authors the privilege of making all the major decisions about their books without trying to impress editors, marketers, designers, or publishers.

Longer market life

Publishing for Profit

Advancement in technology has made life easier for self-publishers. Self-publishing ensures that you no longer have to keep worrying about limited shelf life for your book since they remain in online bookstores indefinitely. Your book has all the time to find the right audience provided it has an enticing title, creatively formatted and is well written.

Faster publishing period

Time is always an important factor in a books publishing. Self-publishing ensures that authors do not have to endure endless stress and headaches by the hand of publishers. The beauty of self-publishing is that it takes less time to complete an entire book. Self-publishers can actually write as many books as possible without worrying about the suspense dates unlike those stuck in traditional publishing.

Faster market Exposure

While traditional publishing may take much time, self- publishing guarantees authors faster market exposure. With self-publishing authors can market their books online immediately they are done with their editing, designing, formatting and proofreading. Modern authors in self-publishing are smiling all the way to the bank due to their books enjoying faster exposure to a global market online.

Better Royalties

Authors depend on their books royalties to earn a decent living. Self-publishing with Amazon, Apple, Barnes, and Noble ensures that authors enjoy maximum royalties. Self-publishers earn between 50-70% royalties. On the other hand, those in traditional publishing only earn about 10-15% royalties while the rest goes to publishers.

Rights Retention

Insider’s Guide Book Publishing

Many authors are realizing that many publishing contracts are designed to benefit the publishers among other players. As a result, most of them are now turning to self-publishing to retain full rights to their books. Authors in self-publishing retain all the rights for their work and are not required to get into consultations with other parties whenever they want to make the simplest changes.

Conclusion

Authors have every reason to self-publish and reap the full benefits from their book publishing and marketing efforts. How much more satisfying can it be knowing you identified a problem and provided a solution. You basically saw the pain and treated with a pain killer. Right?

Getting Your Self-Published Book Reviewed

Getting Your Self-Published Book Reviewed

Guest Post by Moira Allen

One of the first things you’ll want to do when your books are printed is send copies to reviewers. This involves several fairly easy steps:

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Getting Book Reviews

1) Develop a list of potential (and relevant) reviewers. While you may wish to include reviewers from national papers, don’t get your hopes too high; papers like the New York Times hardly ever review self-published books. Instead, concentrate on local papers and magazines (where you can use the “home-town” angle), and magazines that focus on the same special-interest subject area as your book. (Use the Writer’s Market to locate magazines related to your topic area.) If your book is fiction, you may have a tough time getting reviews — but look for publications that cover, or publish, the same type of fiction. Also, don’t overlook online sources; in addition to sites that provide general book reviews, many special-interest sites that relate to your topic can also provide reviews, and a good source of sales. (Often, such sites will add your book into its electronic “bookstore” — usually an associate program with an online store such as Amazon.com — which is likely to increase your sales.)

2) Create a set of mailing labels for all reviewers. If you don’t have the address of the publication, e-mail or call to ask for one. (Often, you don’t need to know the name of the actual book reviewer at a particular publication; just address your package to “Book Review Editor”.)

3) Develop a press release to accompany your book. Your release should have a brief description of the book, plus all necessary information for ordering. It should include:

  • The name of your publishing house
  • The book’s ISBN
  • The number of pages
  • The price
  • Any additional ordering information, such as a toll-free number, website, etc.

In many cases, your press release may actually be published as the book’s “review,” so take time to prepare a good one. Write a clear, concise description of the book, emphasizing its benefits to the reader. Avoid hype at all costs; don’t puff and praise your own book. Write in third person: “John Smith’s book on Nantucket cuisine,” not “My book on Nantucket cuisine”. Feel free to “quote” yourself: “John Smith notes that ‘Nantucket cuisine offers a fascinating variety of flavors and ingredients.'” Include a brief list of your credentials for writing the book.

Great Book Reviews

4) Prepare “advance review copies,” if possible. Some library and bookstore trade publications require “advance” copies — copies that are produced before the book is actually “on the market.” Commercial publishers are able to prepare galley proofs or uncorrected advance printings for reviewers; you, however, will probably have only a single print run. One option is to have stickers printed that state “advance review copy” and paste them on the covers of your review books. If, however, you want to start selling your book as soon as it comes off the press, you may simply have to do without reviewers who require a book six months in advance.

5) Mail the books in high-quality mailing envelopes, with professionally typed labels (preferably preprinted with your company name and address).

6) Sit back and wait. Some reviewers will never respond; others may take months (or even years) to review your book. When your book is reviewed, the publication will usually send you a tearsheet of the review; you can then use those comments (presuming they’re positive!) in your ongoing promotional efforts. Don’t bother following up; no reviewer wants to hear from a self-publisher asking “are you going to review my book?” (If you have to call, the answer is likely to be NO.)

7) Don’t stop looking for reviewers. It doesn’t matter how old your book is — there’s always someone who hasn’t seen it yet. Look for writers who cover your topic, or columnists. Every review creates more potential sales.

8) Don’t be “cheap” about the number of books you “give away.” It’s common for self-publishers to start out with the idea that a book “given away” is a book that isn’t sold — i.e., a book that doesn’t produce revenue. The reality is just the opposite: Every book you “give away” is likely to lead to more sales — ten, twenty, or more. The value of a good review is far higher than the revenue you might have earned on a single book. And you never know where a book “given away” may lead; it may go to a person who wants to order fifty copies for a professional organization or a support group or a class. Instead of thinking of every book you give away as a “missed sale,” think of every book you don’t give away as a lost opportunity.

Tips – Get Free Book Reviews

Pre-Production Reviews

If you know of any experts or noteworthy authors in your field who would be willing to review your book before it is produced, contact these individuals and ask them (nicely) if they’d be willing to review your manuscript. This is not a critique process; you are seeking actual review comments, which you can then include on the back cover (or first inside page) of your book. Contact people who know you and are familiar with your work; don’t “hit up” total strangers for reviews. These pre-press reviews can also serve as an excellent promotion and marketing tool before your book is even off the press. Be sure to thank everyone who reviews your book, and make sure that they receive a copy of the printed edition.

Find Out More…

How to Get Your Book Reviewed – Debby Ridpath Ohi

http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/reviews.shtml

The Review Process: How a Book Gets Reviewed – Sally Murphy

http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/murphy1.shtml

So You Got a Review — Now What? – Sally Murphy

http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/murphy2.shtml

Getting Your Self-Published Book Reviewed

http://selfpublishingmanagement.com/category/marketing

Who Reads Book Reviews Anyway? – Sally Murphy

http://www.writing-world.com/promotion/murphy3.shtml

Writing-World.com’s Guide to Children’s Book Reviewers

http://www.writing-world.com/children/reviewers.shtml

Helpful Sites:

Fearless Reviews

http://www.fearlessbooks.com/ If you’re a self-publisher or independent press, you can get your book(s) reviewed on this section of the “Fearless Books” site.

NewPages Guide to Review Sources

http://www.newpages.com/writers-resources/blogs-and-news-sites Extensive list of book reviewers for a variety of genres and media.

 

Copyright © 2001 Moira Allen

Moira Allen is the editor of Writing-World.com, and has written nearly 400 articles, serving as a columnist and regular contributor for such publications as The Writer, Entrepreneur, Writer’s Digest, and Byline. An award-winning writer, Allen is the author of eight books, including Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer, The Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals, and Writing to Win: The Colossal Guide to Writing Contests. In addition to Writing-World.com, Allen hosts VictorianVoices.net, a growing archive of articles from Victorian periodicals, and The Pet Loss Support Page, a resource for grieving pet owners. She lives in Maryland with her husband and the obligatory writer’s cat. She can be contacted at editors “at” writing-world.com.


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Promote Your Cause By Publishing a Book

(NewsUSA) – It’s common for celebrities who experience tragedy and want to help others to have a book published by a traditional publisher. But now, “everyday people” can do the same thing. The power of publishing has truly gone public.

Thanks to continuing advancements in digital technology and print-on-demand resources, more people who want to make others aware of a worthy cause can have a professionally published book.

When Margarete Cassalina lost her daughter Jena to cystic fibrosis, her world stopped; life, as she knew it, was over. Within one year, however, Cassalina went from the depths of depression to simply existing to recovery, discovering that she could not just survive but even harness the power of true and absolute love. She literally went from “beyond breathing” to living a full and purposeful life.

Cassalina published her book, “Beyond Breathing” through iUniverse (an imprint of indie publisher Author Solutions), and a film about her story is currently in production. Sixty-five percent of the net proceeds from book sales go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Indie book publishing empowers anyone to publish a professionally designed book, maintaining complete control of the content, rights and marketing. For as little as $1,000, a book can be available for sale on all leading online retailers and ordered at any bookstore.

“I’ll never stop the fight to eradicate cystic fibrosis by spreading the word, speaking to groups and raising money,” says Cassalina. “The ability to publish a book and use it as a vehicle to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis has been invaluable.”

Blogging to Promote Your Cause

In Reg Green’s case, his world turned upside down when his son Nicholas was murdered. Green published The Nicholas Effect through Author Solutions imprint AuthorHouse. The book chronicles his experience and promotes organ donation. Nicholas literally saved the lives of seven people who received his organs. Green has sold tens of thousands of books and speaks regularly on the topic of organ donation.

“I was able to expand awareness of the importance of organ donation and use my book as a tool to get in front of people and relay the story of how my beloved son saved the lives of so many,” says Green.

“Indie book publishing isn’t just about fulfilling literary dreams,” says Keith Ogorek of Author Solutions. “A book is a powerful tool to educate and make the public aware of pressing social issues.”

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eReading 101: 5 Reasons Why Anyone Can Do It

(NewsUSA) – Just a few short years ago, eReading was for tech-savvy people. Now, it’s made its way into mainstream culture with big box retailers and independent bookshops offering a selection of digital books and eReaders. Are you still teetering on the edge? We break down the benefits below.

Read anywhere If you love reading, you know how cumbersome it can be to carry books on your commute or on a vacation. One of the biggest benefits of creating a digital library is that you can carry your entire collection with you. eReaders like the Kobo Glo house up to a thousand books, are comfortable to hold and offer a front light to read anytime — day or night.

Read on any device Whether you want to read on an eReader, tablet, smartphone or computer, free eReading software lets you access your books whenever you want. Book club, anyone?

Avid readers everywhere love discussing their favorite characters, and if you’re one of those people, a virtual book club might be the thing for you. eReading apps like those from Kobo give you ways to connect with other readers through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. There are even ways to share your thoughts and favorite quotes directly within the eBook you’re reading.

A bookstore in your hands If your local bookstore is closed, or if you’d just rather stay indoors on a rainy day, online bookstores give you instant access to millions of books that you can download directly to your eReader or other favorite device. Many titles are even free.

Borrow eBooks from the library Most people think that you can only buy books to read on your eReader, but that’s not the case. You can also borrow eBooks from your local library — right from the comfort of your own home. Whether you’re a bookworm or a casual reader, the benefits of eReading are vast, and with all of the new options available, there is entertaining content and an eReader for everyone. Check out websites like www.kobo.com to find out what works best for you.

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