Book marketing tips
Two easy (and free!) ways to spread the word about your book
On November 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

By far the most common complaint I hear from authors, especially those who go the indie route, is, “I have no clue about marketing!” A close second is, “I have no money to spend on marketing!” Here are two things you can do that won’t cost more than time and effort: Reach out to book […]

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Marketing tip: Build that email list!
On November 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

A few years ago I attended a seminar on starting a small business, and each of the six or seven speakers I heard that day emphasized how important it is to build the list! At the time I remember thinking that was the one thing they all had in common. Now I also think they were right. […]

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Pros and cons of book awards
On October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

I’m a big fan of applying for book awards. My first novel (Perfect on Paper) was originally self-published, and I believe that one of the reasons it got picked up by a traditional publisher was that it won multiple awards. However, like every book marketing strategy, applying for awards has its drawbacks. I asked Lauren […]

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Finding a location for your book launch party
On October 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

I once met up with a friend to visit a store I wanted to describe in the novel I was writing at the time. It was dreadfully hot that day, so after I’d finished my research we b-lined for a quiet (and air conditioned!) pub on a random side street in Manhattan. As soon we’d […]

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Marketing tip: Connect with book bloggers
On August 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I speak with indie authors about their marketing efforts, one thing I hear quite often is that they have no idea how to find people who will review their books. For many this is a huge source of frustration, not to mention disappointment, which is completely understandable given all the time and effort they […]

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Have you updated your Amazon Author Page?
On July 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Did you know that you automatically have an Amazon Author Page if you have a book for sale on Amazon.com? To find yours, do a search on the site for your book’s title, then click on your name, which appears directly under the title. If you haven’t touched your Author Page yet, you’ll see just […]

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How to spice up your book launch party for free
On July 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

When my novel Chocolate for Two came out, I threw launch parties in New York, where I live, and Silicon Valley, where I grew up. For fun I teamed up with a chocolate company called Mission Blue Confections that was open to clever marketing opportunities. They agreed to provide a small box of chocolates with the purchase of […]

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Marketing tip: Share what you’ve learned
On July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I speak to authors who are struggling to gain traction for their books, I like to ask them what has worked for them, however small the scale. In my experience, most authors have done at least one thing that has led to a few sales. They have also usually tried a few tactics that were a […]

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What should you include in your author bio?
On May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Many debut authors don’t know what to put in their bio. That’s understandable! In fact, I recently met a debut novelist whose bio at the end of her book said this: This is Lucy’s first novel. She lives in San Francisco. When I asked Lucy about it, she laughed and said she knew it wasn’t […]

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Nail that elevator pitch
On March 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’re an aspiring author, get ready to hear the following question approximately 10 billion times: “What’s your book about?” As you already know if you’ve already written a book, pretty much everyone and anyone in your life will ask you that question, from people you know well to people you just met in the […]

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