Archive for 2011

16 Tips to promote your book—before and during launch

Monday, July 25th, 2011

1. Send out free PDFs, or ebooks, to bloggers who have tons of followers. If your book is non-fiction, send out digital copies to influential journalists. Ask the bloggers a review it in their blogs.

(Some bloggers or reviewers need a month to read the book. Always ask way beforehand.

2. Pull out excerpts of the book to use as articles. Post them on free sites.

3. Create videos. Keep it short and sweet (under 10 m.)  (more…)

Tangled Hearts, an LDS Novel by Roseanne Evans Wilkins (review)

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Tangled Hearts, an LDS Novel by Roseanne Evans Wilkins

What a great read for anyone who enjoys romance with LDS standards! It is clean, refreshing and fun. Roseanne takes the tale of family and enhances it with twists and mysteries. He puts two very different sisters in the same household until the younger one marries and the older one isn’t allowed in the wedding. One day, after years of no seeing her sister, Serra opens the door of (more…)

16 ideas of how to promote your book before and during launch

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

To promote or not, that is the great dilemma. If you are an author, you have to promote your book or no one will know it is there. Besides, even if you are traditionally published you are expected to promote your book. If you ask me, promoting is the least fun thing you do as an author. After all, you want to move on into your next book, not spend hours convincing people that they should buy your book.

Most of the time, promotion is the last thing an author thinks of, and in many cases, they publish their books and have no idea that they should have started to promote it a year before it came out of the oven.  Here you will find some ideas to get you comfortable with the thought and you won’t freeze in stupor when you get there.

  1. Send out free PDFs, or ebooks, to bloggers who have tons of followers. If your book is non-fiction, send out digital copies to influential journalists. Ask the bloggers to review it in their blogs.

(Some bloggers or reviewers need a month to read the book. Always ask way beforehand.)

  1. Pull out excerpts of the book to use as articles. Post them on free sites.
  2. Create videos. Keep it short and sweet (under 10 m.) In one, talk about you. In another, talk about your book. Then in another, read an excerpt from it, etc.
  3. Create a book trailer. Find pictures that reflect the content of your book and then use excerpts from the book to tease people to read more. Never tell the ending and make it short.
  4. Schedule a launch day and make sure plenty of things are planned that day. Notify your email list, facebook, goodreads, twitter, a week before and then the day of. Don’t forget to post the different links to your videos and trailer’s one at the time.
  5. Offer a digital copy as a prize on other websites and blogs. Offer the blogger or website owners a free paperback book for their help. You can have a goodreads giveaway…
  6. Ask other bloggers to do an interview and send them lots of questions you made up, with their answers. (You can send the same list to all of them and they can pick how long and what to post from it.)
  7. If you assign these bloggers to do your review on a different day of the week each, this is called a Blog tour. Make sure every day has one blogger or more assigned to it. You’ll gain maximum exposure for minimum costs. Select other authors or readers to do this…other authors, will get you in contact with other readers.
  8. Offer a chapter as a downloadable PDF. Encourage readers to share it with others.
  9. Publish the book’s table of contents on your website. Include a small overview of each chapter. (Really short) Optimize the page for search engines. (List many pertinent tags to attract new readers looking for your genre.)
  10. Encourage people to write a five-star review of your book on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, GoodReads.
  11. Publish reviews and testimonials of the book on your website. Include links to the reviews from Amazon.com and other sites.
  12. Makes sure you always say thank you to all that help you and join their sites to show that you appreciate their help.
  13. Make bookmarks to pass along. They are more usable than cards which are easily thrown away. (Check online for cost-effective sources.) Make sure they contain your website and email.
  14. Always have copies of your book and bookmarks with you or in your car.
  15. Be creative, persistent and grateful for the help of others and you’ll see your book sales go up. It isn’t their obligation to tell others about your book, so help them back.
  16. It isn’t a bad Idea if you have authors or readers friends to ask them for a review, so you can use a small insert on the back or in the first page of your book.

I hope these ideas help you start your great future as a writer. Don’t forget to share your success with others and help them get ahead too. Is called pay it forward. Is always sweeter when you get to the top and your readers, friends and family are cheering you on. Happy promoting to you.

Anna del C. Dye was born in Chile. She has received six awards for her stories. She is fluent in Spanish & English and lives in Utah, with her husband of thirty-nine years. The Silent Warrior Trilogy belongs to her Elf Series that includes, seven stand-alone high fantasy books. Also, her A Royal Romance series includes, Once Upon Two Kingdoms, A Kingdom By The Sea & A Golden Princess. She has also authored The Chancellor from Connier and a middle-grade book, Emerine’s nightmare, published digitally.

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The Princess Sisters by Stacy Lynn Carroll a review.

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
This is a truly enchanting tale, well written and with great imagination. It is a coming-of-age book full of real life situations. It is an easy read, the characters are well defined and they could be any of our kids. The many real life experiences the characters live are so aligned with reality that you may think this is a biography instead of a fictional novel. It teaches many needed life skills for young men and women alike.

Five girls, related to each other and of the same age, are given the names of five princesses. Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora, Ariel and Bell. This should please them to no end, especially being as their last name is Princess. However, the girls do all in their power to have nothing to do with their cartoon counterparts.

They live next door to each other and have been friends since they were born. Because of this they don’t have friends outside their family. Their lives could be harder if it were only one girl with a princess name. Instead they have been good so far except for the pesky teasing they get from everyone in school. That all changes when a handsome young man moves in across the street from the girls. They became fast friends and do everything together during the summer.

Now the princesses are ready to go to High School and become somebody different than princesses … that is until a horrible witch discovers their secrets and makes them public. On the first day of school they find out that life will be quite miserable for them, as they are called names and made fun of by all the other students. Being bullied in school was just raised a notch higher. Life is hard enough without having to live in fear of High School.

The princesses at first don’t know what to do, but one of their fairy grandmothers gives them an idea. From that moment on they work together to change the view the rest of the students have of them. Will this last resort work for them?

This book is entertaining, a page-turner, and a great clean read for Young Adults and their families alike.

From Here to Everlasting by Carla Roeder/ ReadersFavorite.com

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

This is and interesting tale about a woman who has too much on her shoulders to let her be free. Maggie works in a rest home she loves and is loved in return. One day her loving grandmother, who died some time before, decides that Maggie needed help to get on with her life. (more…)

This is who I am…

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Many authors think that it is all right to dress as they please and that is part of their charm. I have news for you. Your appearance says much more than “he/she is cool.” You may want to dress to fit in with your readership. Say that your readership is mainly teenagers and you are over forty. (more…)

Souls on (B)Oring Street, Denim Blues Mysteries, Book 3 by Karen Wiesner

Sunday, May 29th, 2011

This is a review for readersfavorite.com

I just finished Souls on Boring Street and find the story very captivating. It is a romance with some sleuthing in it. I love the cover. It is well done and colorful. It portrays the theme of the book to a T.

The copy I have says that it is a review copy and that the printed book may not be the same. (more…)

From “Finish your book now” by Dan Poynter

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

“If you wait for inspiration to write; you’re not a writer, you’re a waiter.”

When asked the secret to finishing his 500 page masterpiece The Power of One, author Bryce Courtenay growled, “Bum glue!”

“If my doctor told me I had only 6 months to live, I’d type a little faster.” -Isaac Asimov

“Inspiration usually comes during work, not before it.” – Madeleine L’Engle

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at 9 am every morning.” -Peter DeVries

“I think I did pretty well, considering I started out with nothing but (more…)

Bitten by the Business Bug by Jason O’Neill a readersfavorite.com review

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

This book is amazing, in the sense that the author Jason O’Neill, at the early age of nine, did something about an idea he had to earn money. It is written in a simple way that makes it easy to understand.

He goes a step further and makes his dream come true. Now he takes his story from elementary schools to colleges to motivate others to follow his example.

And what does he have to say? In his book entitled Bitten by the Business Bug he tell us the answer: “Anyone, including kids, can do amazing things but you cannot get anywhere by sitting on your ideas. (more…)

Author Marsha Ward’s Interview & Bio

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Today, I want to introduce you to a talented writer and an all-around great lady, Marsha Ward, founder of The American Night Writers Association.

ANNA: Marsha, you’ve got some great news to share, don’t you?

MARSHA: For a while now, everyone has been asking me if my books are on Kindle. They mean, of course, “Are they available as electronic books for the Kindle ereader at Amazon.com?” While I have had the first two eBooks of my series available on Smashwords.com in the mobi format—which is the Kindle format—for about 18 months, (more…)

Publishing Cycles & Sending Review Copies by Jim Cox The Midwest Book Review

Monday, April 25th, 2011

What’s the best way to view the industry publishing cycles now, Spring or Fall?

This is a very important question, one that goes right to the heart of the problem facing the small press or self-published author when competing for attention with the New York “corporate conglomerates”, (more…)

The Questory of Root Karbunkulus by Kamilla Re (readersfavorites.com)

Monday, April 11th, 2011

This is the most charming tale I have read in a while. A master author writes it beautifully. The story moves flawlessly from beginning to end.

Two old sisters, both uneducated and lazy, live together in a place far away from others. The sisters like it that way; no one meddles in their affairs. One day when they are coming back from the market, where they sell all their vegetables, which they steal from others, they have the scare of their life. (more…)

How can talk, looks and attitude change a character?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

If all your characters sound the same… then something is very wrong. Real people don’t sound the same, not ever. Your characters’ words show where they come from, their culture and attitudes. If you want to create an astounding character then you need to figure out where he/she is from and then have him/her show it in his/her speech and look.

Example: How does he/she referrer to a middle-aged man; (more…)

Halith by Kirsten Kelley (a readers favorite review)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

This author of high fantasy writes with warmth and in a way that preteen and teens will find friendly. The descriptions in this book are beautifully written. They paint a vivid picture in the reader’s mind.

The story is that of a sixteen-year-old young woman by the name of Halith. She has grown up partially with her mother, then in a convent with a superior priestess that really cares for her and finally with her uncle, who wants to marry her to a fat merchant.

To the exasperation of her tutors, (more…)

Want a successful website?

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Here are some great suggestions that have served me well.

1-    Make sure that you have the right colors in it.

No wild colors, they make you look irresponsible and provide too much chaos for the eye. You will lose most serious buyers. Blue conveys trust, yellow attracts the eye. It is all right to use three to four colors throughout. If you market for children you can use something more offish, but still don’t go overboard. It’s the parent you need to convince to buy your products.

2-    Watch the terminology you use.

If you use words that will identify you as an eighty-year-old, it may not greatly impress your younger buyers. Be professional and don’t use slang or mannerism.

3-    Have a nice professional looking picture. Not too big and not too small of a head shot (passport size works nicely.)

4-    Use words throughout the site that are eye catching and very searchable. This will bring more costumers to your site from search engines.

5-    Each page should have buttons that to call to action (Buy here) placed in the left hand upper corner.

6-    Make sure you have a page were you offer something for free or a message center.

People love freebies and they will trust you more if you give them something for free. Use this page to have all your visitors sign in and leave their emails. Use these emails to keep in touch with your possible costumers when you have something else to offer.

7-    Use top tabs to move from page to page.

Keep it simple if possible use one word on each tab. A semi-dark tone of yellow will make them stand out.

Have a virtual picture of your books prominently displayed.

8-    Be clear on what you are selling by using a catching phrase.

If you are selling books, say so on the main page above or below the picture of your books. (The greatest fantasy book since… or This technology book will change your future, etc.)

9-    A page for announcement or events can attract your fans.

10-  Make sure that you keep your site up to date. Change something on it every week.

This will keep your frequent visitors interested. Otherwise they will stop coming to your site.

This could list your events or add a blog that you need to update every week. Remember that blogs don’t need to be very big, in fact many people don’t have time to read long speeches. Go for fifteen lines and if you have more than that divide it in pieces and add the next installment the following week. Make sure you tell your visitors when you will publish the next piece and deliver it on time. (Very important)

11-  A page with links will help to push your website up on the list of millions that exist in the web.

Make sure you click in your links. If they are not working, contact the source and have them fixed as soon as possible. If they are no longer there, take them out.

Swords and Dragons by Michael Robb Mathias Jr. ReadersFavorite.com

Monday, February 21st, 2011

The author uses an old concept and used many other tales ideas to compose this book. The chapters leave you hanging and you always want to keep reading to see what will happen next.

The story is of a people that possess the knowledge of the whereabouts of the biggest bird’s nest in the land. Thus they are the only ones that can collect eggs from them. (more…)

REBECCA TALLEY, AUTHOR’S INTERVIEW

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Anna: Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. I attended, and graduated from, BYU where I met my husband. He was the FHE “dad” and I was the FHE “mom.” We have been happily married for over 25 years and are the parents of 10 wonderfully creative and multi-talented children. We live in rural CO on a small ranch with a dog, cats, a spoiled horse, and a herd of goats. It took me a bit to adjust to the rural lifestyle after growing up in southern CA, but I love living in the country.

Anna: When did you start writing?

I started making books when I was a kid and I loved to write in high school, (more…)

Fantasy versus Fantastic, are they one & the same?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Once I participated on a panel about world building. I was amazed that the eight panelists were all on the same page about fantasy versus fantastic. We all preached that it doesn’t matter what world we create our characters need to have boundaries to live by. What do we mean by that? (more…)

The Star Prophecy by Joan Sowards (Blog tour)

Friday, January 21st, 2011

What can you expect when you have a young man named Enoch who lives in a city called Zarahemla and has a dream of crossing the world to see the Messiah in person?

I would have to say that you get (more…)

Blog Hop… what are they?

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

I have always said that if we as authors stick together we can be strong. Our support and encouragement of each other, without feeling obligated to spend money will take us to the top. In case you are wondering, Yes, I do believe in “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

If you give positive support you will receive positive support. So, pay it forward and become a believer.

Here are some of the things I do for other fellow authors: (more…)