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Quick Tip: Nobody Cares That You Wrote a Book

Maybe “nobody” is a bit of a stretch. But here’s a harsh truth for authors: most people really do not care that you wrote a book. You just published a book. You’re excited. You want to shout it from the rooftops. I get it. So tell your friends and family. Share the news with your writer’s group. Mention it on your personal blog even. But … read more

5 Stupid Excuses Freelance Writers Make for Not Reaching Their Goals

When you work as a freelancer, sometimes you’ll struggle to reach your goals. But one of the most destructive things you can do when that happens is make excuses. Yet freelance writers makes excuses all the time to justify their lack of success in one area or another. After all, that’s easier than taking responsibility and making changes. Today let’s look at some of those … read more

Weekend Reading: Book Promotion Budgets

For this week’s “weekend reading” collection, I’d like to follow up on my last post, Where Should You Spend Your Book Marketing Budget? Here are three posts that offer additional insight into book promotional budgets, setting them, deciding where to spend your money, and finding low cost ways to promote your books when your marketing budget is tight. Enjoy! How Should You Spend Your Book … read more

Where Should You Spend Your Book Marketing Budget?

As an indie author, you’ll find plenty of people and companies that would happily try to part you from your money, all in the name of book marketing or publicity. But, again as an indie, you might have a limited book marketing budget to work with. So where should you spend it? This topic came up here previously, starting off with a discussion about writing contests, … read more

Turn Your Blog Posts Into an E-book With the Anthologize WordPress Plugin

Did you know that you can turn your old blog posts into a .pdf e-book you can sell or give away to help build your email list? Right within WordPress? At least with the Anthologize plugin you can. This plugin lets you choose key blog posts and then group them into e-book sections before exporting. Now, it’s not a perfect solution. You’re supposed to be … read more

Reader Question: When Should Indie Authors Publish a Second Book?

Last week, a question from Sunayna Prasad came in about building a fan base and how it affects series publishing. Basically, she wanted to know if she should publish the second book in her new series right away, or if she should wait until she has more fans or readers of the first. Here’s her question: “I am writing a sequel to my published book. … read more

Quick Tip: Make Sure Your Author Blog Reaches the Right Readers

Your author blog can be an important, and effective, book marketing tool. But I’ve seen countless authors complain that blogging isn’t worth their time, only to discover that they’re going about it in the wrong way. One of the biggest issues I’ve seen is that authors aren’t targeting the right readers with their blogs. And if you don’t reach the right audience, it should be … read more

Weekend Reading: Email Marketing Copy

Whether you’re interested in staying in touch with freelance writing prospects, your blog’s readers, or readers of your books, having an email list is a smart idea. But what you send to your email subscribers is as important as building your list. That’s what keeps subscribers interested, and it’s that email marketing copy that converts casual readers into buyers, community members, or whatever else you’re hoping for. … read more

Your USP: Stand Out From the Freelance Writing Crowd

If you want to move beyond low paying freelance writing jobs, you need a solid marketing strategy. Where many writers go wrong is putting all of their attention on marketing tactics — using social networks, guest posting, or writing query letters for example. While tactics are important, you can never use them to their full potential if you don’t have an underlying strategy and marketing message. That’s … read more

Weekend Reading: Content Marketing Tips and Tools

This weekend, let’s focus on content marketing tips and and tools for writers. Whether you’re using content marketing to promote your blog, book, or freelance writing business, you’re bound to learn something new from at least one of these three resources. Enjoy! Content Marketing Tips: Sage Advice from World Class Writers By Jimmy Rodela at SocialMediaToday.com This post compiles content marketing tips from some of the … read more