Archives for October 2017

Authors: If You Can’t Take Criticism, You Best Not Play

If you’re an author who proactively markets, you are well advised to have broad shoulders. I can guarantee you this, the more you market, the more visible you become and the more you try to help other authors based on proven strategies, the more the haters comes out of the woodwork.

Feedback

“Clickbait article.”

“This is crazy BS. And all to try to sell a book. And the book is “How to be #1 on Amazon”. And anybody who tells you that they can make you #1 or a bestseller is lying to you. Period.”

“Just more useless advice base on one person's vagrant opinions. Enough of the philosophising and let writers write. Them's my sentiments.”

These are a handful of comments I received from a blog post I wrote that I shared on LinkedIn.

NOTE: I purposely didn’t correct the spelling of the word “philosophising” in that this person is a writer, but didn’t check their spelling prior to posting. Things that make you go, “Hmmmm”

Get Out of the Kitchen

If you can’t deal with criticism, you may be tempted to hide out and play it safe. The reality is this; the more visible you become, the more you open yourself up to criticism.

This is especially true for authors who are proactive in the way they market. Add those of us who teach other authors how to market and the criticism temperature rises considerably.

Here’s the deal, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.”

Stop You in Your Tracks

Some people are more than willing to dole out harsh criticism. Sadly, this stops many authors from marketing their books.

Fear of criticism is what prevents some authors from doing all they can to get their message out to market. The comments above would stop many people in their tracks.

Whether it be their books, information products, webinars, teleseminars or presentations, to be visible means you are setting yourself up as target for other people’s criticism, judgment and harsh words.

My feelings about the criticism? So be it.

Yet, it’s a topic that does need to see the light of day.

My response

Although I could have ignored the comments, I chose to respond with, “I take no offense to any of the comments. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Not every author wants to make money. That's great. If you enjoy writing for the sake of writing, fantastic.

“But if someone wants to make money with their writing, in most cases, they must market. Whether it be the author or someone on their team or a company they hire, rarely can you not market your book.”

More committed than ever

The negative feedback makes me more committed than ever to educate authors on various ways they can market their books.

Again, if an author has no desire to make money, that’s fine. But for most authors, we love to write AND we love to make money with our writing. Making money means selling books. Selling books means marketing.

Seems for some authors, especially those who skirt around marketing, they haven’t connected the dots.

It’s Laughable

I laughed when I read the comment, “And all to try to sell a book.”

Well duh. Isn’t selling books what most authors want to do? If we don’t sell books, who’s going to read our work?

Again, if you write simply to write, that’s great. But if you’re an author who wants to make money with your books and use your books to create other opportunities such as speaking engagements, consulting contracts and coaching, you need to market.

You also need to develop broad shoulders to weather the negative feedback you are bound to get.

90/10% Rule

According to Dr Anita Sanz,Ninety percent of what anyone tells me about my book I figure is really giving me information about them and only ten percent is potentially helpful information about me or my book. I only need to pay attention to the ten percent, and it’s up to me to figure out what that ten percent is.

What is the 10% you need to focus on? And… are you willing to let go of the other 90% of feedback that likely isn’t worth paying attention to?

No feedback is worse than negative feedback. If you get no feedback it means you are so perfect you make no mistakes or no one is paying attention to what you’re doing.

The bottom line is this; if you want to play with the big boys and girls, you must put on your big boys and girls pants.

 

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How I Got Invited to Write for an Incredibly High Traffic Blog

As an entrepreneur, I look for the most efficient way to market myself and my business. Two of the most effective are OPM and OEM.

  • OPM – Other People’s Money
  • OEM – Other Expert’s Markets

Both are great ways to increase your reach, while lowering your cost of marketing.

OPM can be through sponsorship dollars, co-op advertising, affiliate sales, and angel investors. According to an article on Inc.com, “There are different flavors of OPM from which to choose, and there are advantages and disadvantages to each. Depending upon the circumstances, some of forms of OPM may be easier to obtain or less costly than others. To minimize the cost, the entrepreneur must make strategic choices with respect to which category of OPM to seek, how much to seek and when to seek it.”

If funding is an issue for your business, consider collaborative efforts with OPM.

Another, somewhat underutilized powerhouse marketing strategy is OEM – Other Expert’s Markets. This is where you are invited into an established community to share your message.

It can be through webinars, teleseminars, summits, guest blogging, radio and podcast interviews.

Personally, I love OEM. When I’m invited to share my message with an established market, I gain instant credibility with that particular group of people.

The more visible you are, the more opportunity seems to come out of the woodwork.

Starting out

One of the best ways to create opportunities to get in front of someone else’s community is through proactive content marketing. Simply put, content marketing is a type of marketing that involves the creation and sharing of online material (such as videos, blogs, and social media posts) that does not overtly promote a brand but is intended to position expert status and/or generate interest in a brand.

The more high value the content is you distribute online, the easier it is to generate opportunities to get in front of other expert’s markets. In addition, you will find organizations seek out experts who do have a lot of outstanding content online.

Even if you are not sought out directly, you may subscribe to services that inform you of various opportunities. Or, perhaps you belong to organizations that offer the opportunity for members to gain visibility through their content marketing.

Make it Easy to Say Yes!

When these opportunities show up, it’s easier for someone to say yes to you, whether it be for an interview, an article for the ezine, a spot in an expert summit or a featured post on their blog when you have various types of content readily available. This gives the decision maker the chance to evaluate the risk of putting you (and your message) in front of their audience.

When I started online, back in the late nineties, I constantly searched out opportunity. Often, I was told no. Fast forward twenty years and the conversation is very different. More times than not, I am sought out to contribute. The primary reason for this is due to the amount of content I have online.

A quick Google search will bring up listings of interviews, summits, articles, blog postings and books I’ve contributed to. I’m a relatively low risk for someone seeking an expert with my background and perspective.

I don’t say this to impress anyone, but to impress upon you the importance of starting today to get your content out to market.

Two recent opportunities

Your Pursuit of Purpose Summit

What an amazing opportunity I was presented with when Ben Stein reached out to me. He said he had seen a few of my interviews, read lots of my content and felt I would be a great fit for this event.

Had I not had so much content online, he likely would not have found me. Content marketing is a powerful, powerful strategy.

http://www.yourpursuitofpurposesummit.com/kgage

eWomen Network Featured Blog Post

I’ve been a member of eWomen Network, the largest online women’s community of its kind. Boasting membership of thousands of professionals from around the globe, there’s a lot to be gained by being featured on the organization’s blog.

When the call for contributors crossed my desk, I wasted no time responding. After checking me out online, the editor quickly got back to me, officially inviting me to contribute.

Had I not had lots of content online, including on my own blog, it’s likely I would not have had such a positive response.

In both these cases, my success resides in the amount of my content one can easily find. In truth, I’m a very low risk to anyone who extends an invitation.

https://www.ewomennetwork.com/blog/ewomennetwork-1/post/how-i-turned-my-big-hairy-audacious-goal-into-a-reality-124

The best part of all is this; both opportunities allow me to increase my market reach, drive traffic to my blog, mention my books and increase my credibility.

It’s simple mathematics. OEM increases opportunity.

Where to start

I started my content marketing journey like others, at the beginning. By sticking with it, I am now able to fully enjoy the power of OEM.

With vision, time and commitment, you can too.

If you’re in the beginning stages of utilizing content marketing, the best thing to do is have a targeted and consistent approach.

Each day, post something. Whether it be a video, article, blog post, an interview or excerpts from a book you’ve written, or are writing, take daily action.

Here’s a simple checklist of activities.

  • Article directories
  • Social media posts
  • YouTube videos
  • Blogging on your blog
  • Guest blogging

Again, make a commitment to take one action per day and more if possible. Do this for the next 30 days and watch what happens.

 

 

Authors: Get Your Book in the Hands of Lots of Readers

If you dream of getting your book in the hands of lots of readers, you need to be proactive in the how, when and why of marketing your book.

To get the greatest results, your marketing efforts need to begin long before your book is published. Don’t wait until you have the book in hand to create a plan for marketing. The sooner you start, the better.

Three guidelines that will get lots of traction are:

  • Gear your marketing to specific groups rather than general readership
  • Be consistent in your efforts
  • Focus on building a subscriber list of buyers

Specific groups

The more targeted you are in your efforts, the better. After all, when someone does a Google search on a specific topic, if you have fine-tuned your message, it’s easier for a potential reader to find you.

Example: If you write a book about older women’s fitness, you will get a greater result by using terms specific to older women such as “women over 60 fitness” rather than “women’s fitness.”

What search terms are your potential readers using? Put yourself in the shoes of the reader as you develop your messaging. The more targeted you are, the better.

Consistent effort

To get the greatest result, it’s necessary to market every day. Rather than a hit and miss effort, create a checklist of marketing activities for your book. Each day, do at least two or three things to gain traction for your book.

Most authors do very little, if anything, to market their books. Imagine if you did something each day to gain visibility for your book(s). It takes more than sending out an occasional email, tweet, blog post or social media post to succeed in marketing your book.

Keep in mind that marketing every day is not marketing all day. As little as 15 minutes a day will get you results far better than authors who do nothing.

Subscriber list

Your marketing plan should include a strategy for building your subscriber list. One way is to include something inside of your book encouraging readers to visit a landing page for a special gift in exchange for their name and email address. This allows you to keep in touch with readers.

Another way is to create an independent landing page in which you encourage people to visit Amazon, buy the book and then return to the landing page to input their name, email and order number. In return, they receive a report, video or audio file.

Once the landing page is created, drive traffic to the page via social media, blog posts, and sending emails to your current subscribers.

Marketing your book doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out process. However, it does need to be a process.

Obviously, by planning out what you will do, you will achieve better results. Of course, it takes more than simply creating a plan. You must work the plan on a consistent basis to realize the greatest results.

 

 

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Authors: Not sure where to start with your book marketing?

It’s likely you’ve heard writing your book is the easy part of being a successful author, whereas marketing is the more involved aspect of selling books.

Writing a book is not necessarily easy, but there is an end in sight. Once it’s written, edited and published, that part of the process is done.

As an author, you can’t stop there. Now comes the job of potential readers knowing your book exists.

This is where marketing comes in. You, the author, are ultimately responsible for the overall success of your book. Regardless of what you think your publisher should do (or promises to do), you need to be involved in marketing your book.

Market Every Day

Marketing is something that needs to happen each day.

The first thing I often hear from authors is, “But I don’t have time to market every day!”

My response, “Find the time.”

Keep in mind that marketing every day is not marketing all day. Even 15 minutes daily will produce amazing results when you have a targeted approach.

What to Do

There is no shortage of things you can do to market. With my private clients, we work on a checklist of activities specific to their book, their market and their overall goals.

Activities like blogging, guest blogging, tweets, Facebook lives, YouTube videos, interviews, article marketing, and reaching out to indie book store owners are just a handful of ways to market.

Imagine where you would be in one year if you were to consistently do even one activity per day. Now imagine if you did two activities a day. Now three. You get the picture.

The more focused your effort, the better. Keep the end in mind as you market. The more clarity you have, the better.

When to Start

Marketing needs to start long before your book is published. However, don’t let this stop you from starting right where you are if your book is already published. Now is better than never.

There are three primary phases to successfully marketing your book(s).

  • Pre-launch
  • Launch
  • Post-launch

Pre-launch

As the name indicates, the pre-launch phase is all that happens prior to the actual book launch.

A huge part of a successful book launch is discoverability. This is where you make it easy for people to find you and your book.

In the pre-launch phase, the foundation for discoverability is developed.

To achieve the greatest outcome, determine what results you want to achieve. From there, reverse engineer the process.

Additionally, you must determine the following in order to optimize your efforts.

  • What is your book about?
  • Who would it appeal to?
  • What other books are like yours?
  • Why is yours different?

The clearer you are on the answers to these questions, the easier the process of marketing becomes.

Interviews

To be highly successful in your book marketing, interviews should be a part of your overall marketing process. Guaranteed, a show host will ask you the questions listed above.

There is ample opportunity for podcast and radio interviews. A quick Google search with the terms, “Podcast shows + authors” will bring up lots of listings of shows seeking authors to interview.

Not sure where to start with your marketing?

Many authors claim they just don’t know where to start with their marketing. One recommendation I always make is to get the book, 1001 Ways to Market Your Book by John Kremer. Without a doubt, John’s book is one of the most important additions to your personal author marketing library you can get.

I can guarantee this; you get John’s book and implement even 10% of the ideas and you WILL sell books.

Book Accelerator

Another recommendation is to get The Book Accelerator Program I created specifically for authors who want proven strategies for success.

Book Accelerator is a month-by-month membership program filled with lots of great training videos, PDFs, audios and much more that shows you exactly how to have a successful book launch.

I’m constantly adding new content to the member area. One really great feature of the program is the monthly, Conversations Over Coffee with Industry Experts. Each month I interview an expert within the industry who shares lots of great information on how to be a successful author.

In addition, I do a monthly training on information that every author needs to know. This training is webinar based and goes deep into a topic for you, the author, to succeed in your book marketing efforts.

Check it out.

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