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12 Ways to Keep Your Book in the News – Part II

12 Ways to Keep Your Book in the News – Part II

by Sandra BeckwithArticle Categories: ,

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Publishers are willing to publicize nonfiction books when they’re released, but they rarely do much after the launch to keep books in the news, even though most deserve ongoing media exposure. Here are some easy things you can do to generate continuing publicity for your title. Use a mix of these ideas to develop a 12-month publicity plan that will provide the support your book needs.Conduct a newsworthy and relevant survey on your topic and announce the interesting results in a press release. The author of a cookbook designed to make cooking simple and easy, for example, can survey people about why they don’t cook more, and release the findings in a press release sent to newspaper food editors and cooking magazines. The release should include information about your book’s connection to the survey topic. Sponsor an attention-getting contest and announce the results in a press release. To promote my humor book about […]

12 ways to keep your nonfiction book in the news – Part I

12 ways to keep your nonfiction book in the news – Part I

by Sandra BeckwithArticle Categories: ,

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Publishers are willing to publicize nonfiction books when they’re released, but they rarely do much after the launch to keep books in the news, even though most deserve ongoing media exposure. Here are some easy things you can do to generate continuing publicity for your title. Use a mix of these ideas to develop a 12-month publicity plan that will provide the support your book needs.Turn the advice in your chapters into a series of monthly tip sheets. A tip sheet is a press release that offers tips or advice in a bulleted or numbered format. Start your tip sheet with an introductory paragraph that explains why the tips you’re offering are important, list your bulleted advice, then tie it all together at the end with a concluding paragraph. Send it to appropriate media outlets; the distribution list will depend on your topic.  Contact the press immediately when your topic is making […]

Giving Back—What’s Your Number?

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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Like most entrepreneurs, I get a lot of requests for my work on a pro bono basis. Charities, not-for-profits, startups, and community organizations contact me on a regular basis. Many of these groups are trying to do good things on minimal budgets.  Unfortunately, the truth of the matter is that most entrepreneurs are business people with bills to pay too. As an entrepreneur myself, much of my livelihood comes from the time I spend working on paid projects. I write articles, draft marketing and PR copy, edit books and white papers and provide professional advice to a variety of startups and established organizations.  So how do you decide who to help and who to turn away? This is an important—and very personal—decision. Personally, I made the decision to give back where I could. A lot of people helped me and mentored me along the way and I would like to […]

Want More Sales? Give Away Intellectual Tips – Not Stuff

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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I have been a longtime member of various professional writers’ groups. At most of the group’s meeting, the organizers would bring in a guest speaker who was an expert in their field. For example, one writer’s group brought in an accountant to discuss taxes. Taxes. I almost didn’t go because I don’t do my own taxes. I use an accounting service. But at the last minute I went—and was I ever glad I did.  This accountant who came in to speak to our group was not only informed about his topic matter but also aware of his target audience. He knew that writers and entrepreneurs needed to know about specific tax loopholes available to them. He also knew that many of us didn’t know about these things, nor did the generic accounting services that we used. For example, writers often have workshops and book signings and interviews. Thus, our physical […]

Submissions to a Publisher – Know and Understand Your Target Audience

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by Zara AbbottArticle Categories: ,

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Recently I was babysitting my nephew who is less than a year old. It was his bedtime, so I fed him his milk, burped him and put him into his crib. His parents are keen communicators and he is already showing the same inclination.  Once he lay down in the crib, he started to fuss. This is a baby who likes his sleep so I knew something was wrong. I picked him up and tried to burp him. Nothing. I walked him for a moment. He just fussed some more. I reached for his milk and all of a sudden the fussing turned to his coos of delight (which sound suspiciously like a happy pigeon). I sat down again and fed him more milk. He gobbled it up and this time when I put him into his crib, he rolled over and went to sleep. I understood what his fussing […]

Marketing in a Social Media World: What’s in a Name

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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Shakespeare said: “What’s in a name?” The answer is: a lot. Especially in today’s fast-paced social media world. Near my mother’s suburban home, I came across a business with a bold sign out front that said “Authentic Performance”. That appeared to be the name of the business. Which of course begged the question: what do they do? The name offered no real hint. My first thought was a car dealership or repair shop. Something to make the car go faster, be sleeker, look shinier. That kind of thing. Then I saw beneath the big letters, a small caption that said: “Power Brokers”. Oh dear. They were investment people (I assume). This is the first and perhaps most powerful marketing tool a small business or entrepreneur can have: the name. If your business name is your actual name, or family name, then that’s just it. You’re done. You’re going to cash […]

Want to be a successful writer? How are your customer service skills?

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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Anyone who has written a novel knows it’s no easy task to face down the blank page and translate the images in your head into the written word. But once finished, it’s an incredible sense of satisfaction. Until, of course, you realize that if you want people to read your book, they first have to know about it and trust you enough to cough up the money. How do you get your reputation and book out there? You implement a customer-centric styled networking strategy.  Sure, there are lots of books and resources out there on how to sell your book. Get rich quick schemes on the best covers and fonts, paid advertising services, blog tours, and so on. Those might bring in some sales but not to the degree that makes it worth all the time and money put into producing the book in the first place. Most writers I […]

Writers. Use #HASHTAGS.

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by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

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Great hashtags help you organize your tweets and increase exposure by providing searchable content for your followers. Hashtags are a great tool to strengthen your social media strategy.  What are hashtags?  According to Twitter the symbol #, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a Tweet. This symbol turns the word or phrase into a link that makes it easier to find and follow a conversation about that topic. Find out if the subject you are tweeting about already exists as a hashtag and join that conversation, or create your own. How do hashtags work? Hashtags can appear anywhere in your Tweet—at the beginning, middle, or end. Place the # symbol before a word or phrase (no spaces) in your Tweet to categorize those tweets and make it searchable within the network. When other users click on a hashtag word or phrase Twitter displays all other […]

Twitter Tips for Writers

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by Rudy DeesArticle Categories: ,

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According to Twitter there are 255 million users generating more than 500 million tweets per day. So how do you stand out? Social media is a crowded enterprise. Twitter might be the most challenging social media platform. With 140 characters in a fast paced environment you will need every competitive advantage possible to stand out. Here are five key strategies to make your tweets more effective: Symbols and emoticons. Use symbols to shorten your tweets and make them more dynamic. You have 140 characters to convey your message, make each character count.  Remember: A picture is worth a thousand…retweets. Keep it short. According to Track Social the sweet spot for Tweet length is about 100 characters, where as, Buffer suggests that tweets get more traction between 120-130 characters. When the character counter turns RED (when 20 characters remain) stop typing. Aim for 100-120 characters leaving room for your readers to interact with […]

Build a Network WITHOUT Networking

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by Carrie De SimasArticle Categories: ,

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It’s not a surprise that many fiction writers are introverts. We choose to sit behind computers for long stretches of time, lost in our thoughts, having conversations (and sometimes arguments!) with characters who are only real to us. Well, at least until we publish anyway. If you aren’t a social media guru or just plain don’t like trying to schmooze on the myriad of social sites and events, how do you increase your following, get your name out there and—ultimately—increase book sales? People will follow you if you appeal to them on an intellectual, creative or emotional level. If you can appeal to them on all three—then you have the makings of social media success. But how do you accomplish this? Here are some tips: Generate an emotional impact. Share some personal information. You don’t need to surf and schmooze to do this. Just share some of the quirky or […]