Authors: 3 Ways to Sell More eBooks on Kindle

Selling books takes more than simply adding them to Amazon. Whether it be a physical book or a Kindle book, you have to do more, much more, than simply list them.

Take Kindle. If all you do is list your Kindle book, it is almost guaranteed to get lost in the shuffle. You absolutely must be proactive in your approach to readers knowing your book exists.

Three things you can do to increase your sales are 1) drive traffic, 2) list your book with the KDP Select program and 3) be strategic about keyword selection.

Drive Traffic

Driving traffic is about strategy. To get the most out of your efforts, create a plan and stick with the plan. It's better to have 3 things you do on a consistent basis, than 50 things you never get around to.  Some of the simplest ways to raise awareness and drive traffic are to tweet, create memes you put on Facebook and short YouTube videos to encourage people to visit your book page on Amazon.

If you have a subscriber list, be sure to let subscribers know when your Kindle book is released. You can offer an incentive for people to buy during a specific period of time. You can also give the book away by joining the KDP program.

KDP Select

With the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) program, you have 5 days during a 90 day period to give your book away. This is a powerful feature of the program in that, when you plan it right, you can get lots of downloads on your book.

The first thing I hear from authors is, “I don't want to give my book away. I worked hard on it and want to make money.”

The reality is, the more books you give away and the more books that are downloaded, the higher your rankings on Amazon for your keywords and categories.

If you plan it out right, you can have ways to drive traffic from your Kindle book to an opt in page, your website, your blog or even your social media platforms. The image with the free download is something I've added to a couple of my Kindle books. Although not everyone will take advantage of this excellent report, many readers will. Each one of those readers is a potential buyer for other products and services I offer.

Nowadays, it takes more than someone accessing your book to make money. It's about an integrated approach to bring them into your community. Once people are in your community, you can make offers for other products and services.

Keywords

To make your book easier to find on Amazon, you need keywords that accurately portray your book's content and reflect the words customers will use when they search. Relevant keywords can boost your placement in search results on Amazon.

Selecting the right keywords can be the difference between no sales and daily sales.

For many writers, finding that best keywords is a major challenge. Not long ago, I discovered a tool that makes the process incredibly easy. It's called KDSPY and helps you find the sweet spot for the right keywords on Kindle.

KindleSpy (KDSPY) is a super easy to use tool that helps you to know which categories and keywords will get you the greatest results for your efforts. With a single click, you can reverse engineer the process of the best-selling categories.

Best part of all, KDSPY  integrates directly into your browser. That means you can do your research right on Amazon.

To see how it works, click here.

The bottom line is this; you have to think like a marketer if you want to sell books. The days of sitting by, hoping for results are long gone. Be a proactive author in order to enjoy the fruits of your writing labor.

Authors: Free Conversion Funnel Templates that Make You Money

Conversion funnel. Sales funnel. Marketing funnel.  As an author, it's to your benefit to know what these terms mean.

A funnel (regardless of whether it's called conversion, sales or marketing) is the term that applies to a process you take subscribers, clients and potential clients through that usually starts with a free offer and ends up with a paid offer.

Basically, you are guiding the customer toward various conversion points. Ultimately, you are encouraging people to take you up on a paid offer. There are various ways to set up funnels. When you know what you're doing, you can turn a $20 book purchase into one that generates hundreds, even thousands of dollars in sales.

Authors Want to Make Money

Although some authors could care less about making money, most do want to make money from their efforts. If you're able to make money you're able to keep writing without worrying about how you're going to pay your bills.

Selling books, in most cases, is not going to give you the type of revenues that will pay all your bills. Sure, for a handful of authors, their book revenues are substantial. For most authors, it's necessary to incorporate various revenue streams in the mix.

The image of my white board (above), shows a simple conversion funnel virtually any nonfiction author can develop.

Simply put, you create a free offer that your readers are interested in. From there, you have a low-priced up-sell that's an easy “yes” for subscribers.

Not sure how to create conversion funnels. Click here http://www.powerupforprofits.com/salesfunnel to access several templates virtually anyone will benefit from.

What's the Process?

Most people agree you need a sales funnel, yet, many have no idea how to make them really work.

There is a process customers go through when buying your product. It is built on need and desire. The greater the investment on the part of your customer, the more you must build confidence, trust, and credibility in their mind. If you are selling $10 widgets, that’s one thing. If, on the other hand, you are seeking to build long-term relationships with your customers and be viewed as the “go-to” expert, you need a systematic approach. While widgets are sometimes part of my clients’ product offerings, they usually want to go beyond the widget and make a difference in the lives of their customers. They want to provide long-term solutions and create ongoing relationships with their customers. They want to build their business based on trust, value, and integrity.

No matter how great your product, most people will not buy a high-ticket product or a $1,000, $5,000, $10,000-plus mentoring course or consulting contract without first being introduced to you by way of a free or $20-$50 offering. This is what is referred to as “funnel marketing.”

1_Sales_FunnelCustomers enter your funnel by way of something that is very low risk such as a free or very inexpensive item. Based on their experience with that first contact with you, they decide what their next course of action will be.

Most people who use funnels stop with a one off approach.

But smart marketers know there is much more to the sales funnel process than this. Even if someone says no to your first offer, they may be interested in something else. But unless you know what that something else is, you are leaving a ton of money on the table. Additionally, you are not allowing your customers to have more than one choice in how to do business with you.

One person who is a hands-down expert on robust sales funnels is David Perdew. David has built his business teaching others how to create conversion funnels. Right now you can access lots of FREE templates when you go to http://www.powerupforprofits.com/salesfunnel

You will learn how to…

  • Include all the correct funnel elements before you ever build a web-page
  • Understand the difference between single- and double-optin funnels and when to use them
  •  Uncover the secrets of eliminating conversion bottlenecks
  •  Improve funnel performance with simple split testing to double and triple conversions
  •  Review simple optin funnels that will turn your prospects into buyers immediately

Avoid being like other authors who wish they were making money. Be among those of us who absolutely understand the power of conversion funnels without having to figure it all out for yourself. http://www.powerupforprofits.com/salesfunnel

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Authors: If you write about prevention, of any type, now’s the time to market

No one wants to believe they will be impacted directly by tragedy. Yet, with all that’s happening around the globe, we’ve reached a point where it’s not if, but when, you will be impacted.

If you’re an author who writes about disaster preparedness, natural disasters or any number of trending topics, be sure to invest time in proactive marketing of your book(s).

How Readers Search

One of the first places someone searches out books on topics of interest is Amazon. If you’ve laid the foundation for your Amazon listing, author page and book description, readers are likely to find your book when they search for specific topics.

As of late, some of the top trending topics specific to current events are gun safety, hurricanes, floods, fires, and earthquakes.

Media outreach

If you’ve written a book on any one of these topics, now is the time to reach out to the media as a resource they can reach out to for accurate information.

A simple way to do this is search out breaking news stories. Trending stories are as close as Twitter, Google, and virtually any search engine.

Google Alerts

You can also set up a Google Alert on a specific topic. Google Alerts sends emails to you when it finds new results—such as web pages, newspaper articles, blogs, or scientific research—that match the user's search term(s) when you’ve requested updates.

To do so simply go to https://www.google.com/alerts, fill in the fields and you’re good to go.

Specifics to Finding Trends

A simple Google search with the key words, “Trending news stories” will bring up lots of listings where you can position your message. Every major news outlet stays on top of trends. You can also go to Twitter and find out what is trending for Twitter users.

For example, if you own a company that provides disaster relief insurance, there are plenty of current events that you could use to inform consumers.

There is so much going on locally and nationally, you won’t have to do more than a quick Google search to find plenty of opportunity to educate the public on various aspects of disaster relief and preparedness.

More than simply promoting your products and services, educate the public on how to prepare for disasters. This positions you as an authority and “go to” resource.

Timing is Everything

In order to get the most out of current events, get as much in place as possible in order to respond in a very timely fashion.

Preparation includes your website, blog, expert one sheet, interview questions, headshot, and any specific marketing material you will be asked for.

To save time in delivery of information, set up a page on your website. When you reach out to the media, you can include your media page link with your message.

Your information prevents unnecessary loss

This is not about taking unfair advantage of tragedy, but rather, it's about being a helpful resource.

One of the most important things for any author to keep in mind is this; your information can save loss on many levels. If you write about earthquake preparedness, imagine how beneficial your information will be to those in high risk areas.

If you write about animal safety during natural disasters, your information can save the heartache of the unnecessary separation of a pet from their family when people know how to protect the family pets and/or livestock.

Say you write about important items to take with you in case of an evacuation. A simple checklist you provide the market can be a huge benefit to potential readers of your articles, blog posts and books.

The time to develop your outreach strategy is before people need it. That way, when the time arrives they are searching for solutions during devastating occurrences, it’s likely your information will be readily available with a simple Google search.

Don’t wait to prepare. Do it now.

 

Authors: Do Your Actions Match Your Goals?

I’ve been teaching marketing strategies to authors for well over a decade. Everything from how to get interviews, using speaking to market, article marketing, blog tours and lots in between.

There are dozens, even hundreds, of ways to market your books. Book marketing guru, John Kremer, shares 1001 Ways to Market Your Books in his book by the same name.

Book marketing is not a “one size fits all.” What might work for one author may not work for another. Yet, many times when an author learns about a strategy, they assume the person teaching it is saying, “Every author MUST use this strategy if you want to succeed.”

Not so. You have free will to either do, or not do, what is being taught.

Why You Must Market … Regardless of the Details

The reason an author markets is to raise awareness about their book(s). When you raise awareness, you tend to have a better chance of selling books. When you sell, well… you make money. When you make money, you don’t have to be a struggling writer.

When an author says they want to sell books, and lots of them, they must be willing to get out of their comfort zone.

“I’m a writer, not a marketer,” is something I often hear from those reluctant to do much of anything remotely resembling marketing.

This type of thinking is what prevents many authors from selling more than a handful of books.

Resistance is High

Recently, I wrote a blog post about speaking to sell books. Quite a few people loved the information while others were frustrated with the post.

“Some people would prefer to market in a way that they don’t have to be seen by their book buyers,” one person wrote privately.

“I’m not a speaker. I don’t want to present to sell books,” another wrote.

Here’s the deal. Based on your goals, you must decide what you are willing to do.

If you say you want to get your book in the hands of as many readers as possible, why would you not do everything in your power to market your book(s) including speaking?

Sure, some things may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable, but does that mean you will never try it?

Someone must do your marketing

Regardless of whether you do the actual work, or you outsource, someone must do the marketing. Successful authors accept responsibility for the marketing and promotion of their book(s).

If all you do is write the book, but fail to market, you will never know what’s possible with the success of your book.

Reach your readers through OPM

If you really want to expand your marketing reach, figure out ways to get in front of OPM … other people’s markets.

There are many ways to do this including speaking on the platform, being a featured expert on a webinar or teleseminar, interviews, guest blogging and social media.

Speaking

With my recent blog post, I shared information about the advantages of speaking to sell books. Not only is the platform a great place to reach lots of people, speaking is a great way to position your authority.

If you don’t have any desire to get on the platform, so be it. There are plenty of other ways to get in front of potential readers.

Teleseminars and webinars

A great choice for those who don’t want to do actual in-person speaking engagements are teleseminars and webinars. You can literally get in front of hundreds of potential book buyers from the comfort of your home or office.

Interviews

There is no shortage of opportunity to set up interviews on podcast and radio shows. The beauty of either is the reach you get from people listening after the live interview. The shelf life of radio and podcast shows is incredibly long.

Guest blogging

One of the best ways to have an extended reach is through guest blogging. I’m a proponent of blogging on your own blog AND finding opportunities to be featured as a guest blogger.

One of my clients hit the holy grail of blogging in the pet space when she was invited to blog for PETMD. Not only did she reach thousands of potential readers, the credibility that comes with writing for a blog of this caliber is incredible.

Social media

A huge advantage of posting on social media, whether it be Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram or any other network, is the viral aspect of your content.

You can’t always know if something will go viral, but when it does, it can get dozens, hundreds, even thousands of views in a very short period.

Figure Out What Works for You

There are so many ways you can get the word out about your book. It’s up to you to figure out what you’re willing to do.

Whatever you choose, the more, the better. If you did even one thing a day, at the end of a year, that’s 365 actions you took to get the word out about your book.

It’s obvious doing one thing a day for a year will get you results far beyond authors who either do nothing at all or try one thing and then give up.

The success of your book is up to you. At the end of the day, you must decide if your actions match your goals.

Want to learn proven strategies in a step-by-step format? Check out Book Accelerator program. I've designed this for authors ready to jump-start their book marketing in a very effective way.

Authors: Speaking Is a GREAT Way to Sell Books

Are you an author who uses speaking to gain visibility and sell books? Or a speaker who wants to use books to gain visibility and get more speaking opportunities?

Either way, you’ll be way ahead of the game when you have the right tools and training.

Whether you speak for free or a fee, or you speak to promote your business, book, or message, knowing how to present allows you the opportunity to make a great living. When you know what you’re doing, it’s not difficult to generate six figures.

However, there’s more to giving a good speech than simply being able to open your mouth and talk. You need to craft your presentation in a way that’s engaging, informative and timely.

Common Fear

Although many authors know they would benefit from getting on the platform, fear stops them from moving forward.

Fear of public speaking is very common. It’s rated at the top of the fear scale.

You can either let fear hold you back or take the initiative to work through it. A great way to get to the other side of fear is to hire a presentation coach. One that specializes in stage fright and anxiety.

Another is to join a speakers group to learn from other speakers. Most likely, the very fear you deal with, others have also dealt with. Hearing successful speakers talk about past fears is incredibly helpful. You realize what you’re going through is quite common.

Preparation is yet another way to address the issue of fear. When you’ve put time into the craft of speaking, fear will minimize.

Big Dream

Many authors dream of becoming in-demand keynote speakers as a way to sell books, position their message and grow their business.

To be an in-demand speaker you need to prepare for opportunities.

A few must-haves are:

  • Signature talk
  • Speaker One Sheet
  • Sizzle Reel

Signature talk

A signature talk is simply a talk that is uniquely your own.  Even if someone else has a similar topic, your signature talk and theirs will be unique to each of you.

Speaker One Sheet

Your Speaker Sheet showcases your signature speech and unique aspects about who you are.

Sizzle Reel

A sizzle reel is also known as a demo reel. It’s a 2 -5-minute video that allows meeting planners to get a good idea of your speaking style.

Finding opportunity

In most cases, opportunity is not going to drop in your lap. You must create opportunity. There are a variety of ways to get in front of your market through speaking.

  1. Speak at association meetings.
  2. Partner with other experts to host half-day and full-day workshops.
  3. Host intimate mastermind retreats for up to ten people.
  4. Offer self-staged events that bring in anywhere from 50 – 250 people.
  5. Work with meeting planners who find you paid speaking opportunities.

For more ideas, go to http://www.powerupforprofits.com/2015/03/speak.html

Take Risks

Without a doubt, experts who stand head and shoulders above others are those who are willing to put themselves out to market in a big way. They take risks. They create opportunity where none seems to exist. They don’t give up.

Not sure where to start? Check out this amazing giveaway my friend and colleague, Ellen Finkelstein, created. She’s brought together leading experts who are all gifting you with some powerful content specific to speaking.

Check it out. http://www.powerupforprofits.com/speakergifts

Authors: Is it worth putting time and money into media releases?

As an author, you’re likely looking for as much visibility for you and your book(s) as possible. There are countless ways to achieve your outcome. One is with press releases aka media releases.

Yet, many authors never consider adding media releases into their marketing mix.

If you’re not using the power of media releases in your marketing, you may be missing lots of opportunity.

Paid vs FREE

There are many ways to get traction for your efforts. There are free services you can distribute to, but their reach may be minimal.

There are plenty of paid services that will get you lots of traction, but if you’re on a budget, this may not be the way to go.

With my last book launch, I got great results from PRWeb. My releases were picked up by thousands of outlets. However, there is a cost for the service.

This can be cost prohibitive for anyone on a budget, but the reach may be worth reconsidering your budget restrictions.

What’s Your Time Worth?

The first thing to determine is what your time is worth. If you have more time than money, manually distributing your releases may be your best bet.

However, if you have a budget, using services that get your release on the newswire are a great option.

The fastest way to get your media release out on the wire is to use a service like PRWeb. There are also industry specific services that can get you in front of the right media in record time.

A quick Google search will bring up services in a variety of industries.

For example, in the pet industry there is http://www.petpr.com/.

You can search on virtually any industry to see what’s available.

Before jumping into paying for distribution, do your due diligence. Check with others in that industry to determine if the investment is worth is.

Local Media

If you plan to do local book signings, your local media can be the way to go.

Local media includes:

  • Daily newspapers
  • Weekly publications
  • Monthly magazines
  • Radio stations
  • Television

When sending media releases to local media, you need to send in a timely fashion. Weekends are usually not the best time to send out your information.

How to Send Your Release

In days past, you had to fax or snail mail your information. Today, you can often post directly to the website of the media outlet.

Avoid sending your press release in an email blast. Authors mistakenly believe that sending their press release to the greatest number of people possible—journalists and non-journalists alike—is the best way to increase the likelihood that they will get “picked up” by the media. This is not true.

It’s better to send to a smaller number of very targeted people rather than blasting a bunch of people who could care less about what you are doing.

You can also distribute to groups on social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Twitter is another viable source to post information about your book.

Writing The Release

If you’ve never written a media release before, check out 14 Tips For Writing a Media Release from PRWeb. http://service.prweb.com/resources/article/14-tips-writing-news-release/

The bottom line is this; media releases do work and need to be a part of your overall marketing plan.

Authors: Now, more than ever, your words are needed

“The world is in a world of hurt. Now, more than ever, your words are needed.” I’ve often said this in many presentations, interviews and consulting calls with clients.

I believe this statement to the core of my being. I also know the groups I speak to and the clients I consult and mentor with are change agents. Often calling themselves transformation writers, speakers, coaches and consultants, many will get their message out to market, but nowhere near what they are capable of.

Yet, with all that is happening around the world, one would be left to wonder why they wouldn’t do all in their power to get in front of their audiences in a big way.

“I’ll be bolder when I am more well known,” some authors claim.

It doesn’t work that way. If you can’t be bolder now, you likely won’t stand out enough to become well known.

If the primary reason to write is to become famous, you’re likely missing your true calling as a writer. Most authors write because they are called to write, not because they might gain some level of fame.

Yet, whatever your motivation, it’s yours and yours alone. Regardless of your motivation, writing requires you not only write, but market your work… if you want to reach the greatest number of people.

Getting Stuck

There are two primary areas writers get stuck; writing and marketing.

Writing

Some writers claim they need to be inspired to write. Others, don’t wait for inspiration. They write because they have something to write about. I tend to fall into the group that writes because I have something to write about.

If I waited to be 100% inspired, I may not get much at all done. However, lest you think I’m not inspired to write, I am. My inspiration comes from knowing my words can, and do, make a difference to my readers. My inspiration comes from knowing I am fulfilling my dream of being a successful, published author. My inspiration comes from knowing, by disciplining myself to write, I am living the life I once only dreamed of. My inspiration comes from knowing I am doing what I am here to do… write.

What truly inspires me to write, even when I don’t feel like it, is knowing how powerful words can be.

If you’re struggling to write, think in terms of the impact your writing will have. Regardless of your topic or genre, if you consider yourself to be an inspirational and transformational writer, there are those who are eager to read your words. Don’t deprive them.

Marketing

When you think of big name authors, there’s always the temptation to think they somehow achieved their success simply by being in the right place at the right time. Chances are, the “right place at the right time” has a lot to do with how much marketing they did, equating to lots of visibility.

Once you become visible to your fan base, the more likely it is they will become raving fans. Raving fans tend to buy everything you publish, listen to as many interviews as possible, watch your webinars and hire you for various services you offer.

It’s like what my father told me many times, “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”

For authors, I would say, “The more you implement strategic marketing, the luckier you will become.”

The challenge for many authors, they claim, is not knowing what to do. In today’s world of fingertip information, it’s hard to believe someone doesn’t know what to do. Information abounds. And therein lies the challenge; too much information. Conflicting information. Incomplete information.

Yet, if an author makes learning how to market a priority by investing in resources to cut the learning curve, amazing things can happen.

My Time is Dedicated to Authors

Because I know how important it is for authors to gain access to proven strategies and systems, I dedicate much of my writing and speaking teaching authors how to market.

One resource I put a great deal of effort in creating is my Hit #1 On Amazon report. In it, I take you step-by-step on several ways to market your books.

In a blog post I wrote on viral marketing, I commented, “In the past, authors had to depend on limited avenues to get their work out. Today, it’s merely a matter of focus, commitment and proudly saying to the world: “Hey, I’ve got some creative content here. Listen (look) up. You’re going to love this.””

Time is Critical

As mentioned at the beginning of this post, “The world is in a world of hurt. Now, more than ever, your words are needed.”

There’s no time to wait for everything to be perfect for you to do all you can to get your message out.

The simplest thing you can do is put a checklist together of various marketing activities you can implement each day. You don’t need to do everything on the list each day. Rather, select two or three activities that take no more than 30 minutes total.

Imagine after a month, how much traction you’ll get from as little as 30 minutes a day. The key though, is consistency. Every day means every day.

You’ll get a great result if you stay the course with your marketing. Don’t expect results by doing one or two things and then giving up. Do something every day and watch your book sales go up.

Authors: Are you worthy of this one thing?

Like many people, I belong to a number of Facebook groups. This morning a question was posed in one group that made me realize how often people say they want to achieve an outcome, but are not willing to invest the time, money or energy into achieving their goal in the most effective way possible.

This was the question: “DO YOU BELIEVE YOUR BUSINESS – AND YOURSELF – ARE WORTHY OF LARGE INVESTMENTS? Why or why not?”

ANSWER: Absolutely. I've been investing for years in both personal and professional areas. I've hired some of the best business consultants to assist me in getting my business, or a specific area of my business, to where I want it to be. I'm talking large investments that paid off. The caveat is that I applied the information.

I also invest in information products to help me learn more about specific areas I need to develop.

What drives me bonkers are those people who spend money thinking that's where the result resides. They do one or two things, then drop the ball and say, “This stuff doesn't work,” or “You're so lucky things work so well for you.”

It's the same with my health. I have a strength/fitness/nutrition trainer who kicks my butt in my training sessions. He doesn't baby me, nor should he. I take his advice and recommendations to heart and apply them. If I did nothing in between our sessions, ate in a way that didn't support my goals and basically ignored his advice, I may as well throw my money down the drain.

The results from working with him are phenomenal. My specific goals are to do a sprint triathlon for my 65th birthday. In the two years leading up to that, I am working on overall strength, fitness, energy, mindset and breaking through any limiting thoughts I may have that prevent me from being the best I can be.

I apply the information I hire someone to teach me. Otherwise, as previously mentioned, I may as well throw the money down the drain.

Sooooo, long answer to a short question…YES! I invest and I invest wisely.

Authors Need to Invest

As an author, there are likely investments you need to make… if you plan to promote your book.

You can go the route many authors choose which is to either do nothing or do all your marketing material yourself. A better choice may be to hire qualified experts to make your material pop.

Additionally, you can search and search for information on how to market, or you can invest in resources designed to cut days, weeks, even months off your learning curve. This also applies to hiring coaches and consultants.

The response (rather reaction) I often hear from those who know they need to invest, but resist doing so is, “I don’t have the money.”

You don’t need to jump into high-end programs or coaches right away. There are plenty of cost effective training programs you would benefit from. Again, when you apply the information.

Case in Point

For example, I created the Book Accelerator program especially for authors who want to do the marketing themselves. Perhaps they have more time than money, budget is a concern or they have not yet realized the benefit of putting a team together. Perhaps they work with a team and they want them to be fully equipped with how to launch a book. The Book Accelerator program can help them with this.

For a nominal monthly investment you have access to some of the best book marketing information available…. if you apply it.

When you market a book, you must think about launching a full-blown campaign. This includes a pre-launch, launch and post-launch.

The more strategic you are, the better. In a recent blog post I share some of the things I am working on to promote my memoir. Although the book won’t be released for several months, I am already putting things in place to optimize the book’s visibility and sales.

In addition, I know the more book sales I have, the greater my chances for other opportunities to open including, but not limited to, speaking engagements, consulting, coaching, interviews, JV partnerships, and invitations to write for blogs with a market reach I would benefit from.

Whatever results I experience won’t be based on luck. They will be based on the fact I developed a plan, implemented the plan and adjusted as needed.

Are you ready to take your book marketing to the next level? If so, join The Book Accelerator program today. You’ll be glad you did.

 

Authors: Make Your Mess Your Message and Then Promote It Like Crazy

In a few months, my memoir will be published. I feel like I'm opening a door to an amazing future.

Writing a memoir has been a dream for decades.

I talked about it, thought about it, dreamed about it. Yet, I didn’t do anything to move closer to writing it.

Part of me romanced the idea of sharing a very dark period in my life.

Another part of me kept my story carefully tucked away. It was safer this way… so I thought.

Inspired by Greatness

When I read, Maya Angelou’s memoir, Gather Together in My Name, something inside of me woke up. I was stirred beyond belief.  I thought, “Here’s someone I have so much admiration and respect for who shared some of the darker periods in her life. If she can do it, so can I.”

This coincided with attending a mastermind meeting in San Diego. During one session on achieving a long-time goal, I made a commitment, right there, right then, to get the first draft done by a specific date.  I went so far as to write down my goal and share it with the woman sitting next to me. I turned the goal into a commitment.

With several books already published, hundreds of articles written, thousands of blogs posts posted, writing was not the issue. Revealing things about myself I kept carefully tucked away for years was.

Yet, something inside of me had woken. I reached a point where I could no longer hide out. I could wait no longer to tell my story. It was one of those, “I don’t want to carry my story to my grave.”

Researching Other Stories

For months, I read dozens of memoirs from people I greatly admire. What was most revealing about this process is how vulnerable each had allowed themselves to be.

It became apparent each had made their mess their message. Amazingly, my admiration for each of these men and women intensified after reading their story.

Through sharing their “secrets” I've been inspired to share the experiences of my life that cultivated me into the person I have become. The dark times. The tough times. The ugly times.

I'm ready to let go of the secrets.

Simply Writing is NOT Enough

For some authors, simply writing their stories is enough. It’s a very cathartic process.

For others, we know we must do all we can to get our story in front of as many people as possible. We know our story will impact, transform, inspire and encourage others to break out of their own limitations.

For me, simply writing my story is not enough. I must also focus on raising awareness about the book.

Rather than sit on the dream of “I sure hope it sells,” I’m being very proactive about the success of the book.

Plan Your Success

Many authors spend an inordinate amount of time writing their book, but very little, if any time planning how their book will get in the hands of readers.

My plan is to do as many interviews, podcast shows, speaking engagements, webinars and teleseminars as possible leading up to, during and after publication.

I will also post on my blog, do a blog tour, guest blog and write for appropriate publications to further promote the book.

Then there’s the actual online book launch. My primary focus will be to drive potential buyers to Amazon to buy the book during a specific period. The purpose is to drive the numbers on Amazon, get the book rankings to number one in each category and as close to #1 overall as possible.

Will I achieve my outcomes? The only way to be sure I do is put 100% of my effort into the result I desire.

Marketing Starts Now

Even though the book will not be published for several months, there are things I’m already doing for promotions. In that I will be traveling across the United States and Canada to promote the book through live appearances, book signings and speaking engagements, it’s essential to prepare promotional material.

I’m currently working with a videographer on a speaker video (sizzle reel), a photographer on current photos, my speaker one sheet, media kit, and all other promotional items.

My team is fully aware of what my goals are. My OBM – (online business manager) and I have had numerous meetings about what needs to be done including a launch site.

I have someone who will work with me on securing interviews and blog tour opportunities.

I’m working with someone who will secure speaking engagements for me.

I have a social media expert who is laying the foundation for my ad campaign. All of this is in the works months before the book is to be published.

I am also reaching out to colleagues, friends and people in my circle of influence for their support to participate in the book launch. Some will be sending broadcast messages to their community. Others will interview me on their podcast and radio shows. Still others will post articles on their blogs. While others will be a part of the blog tour.

There will be a series of media releases distributed on PR Web. As well, my local media will be contacted directly. Local media loves to interview local authors.

This is just a portion of what I am doing to get the word out. Again, if I want the book to get in the hands of as many readers as possible, it’s up to me to be as proactive as possible.

What are you doing?

As an author, you must plan out your campaign. Sure, you can write and publish the book and hope it grows legs. Or, you can take full responsibility to do everything possible to raise awareness about your book.

Because I know how critical the plan and implementation are to the success of a book, I am launching a new group training designed for serious authors who are tired of lukewarm results for their books. Whether you are writing a memoir, business book, health, how to, spiritual or any book you want to reach lots of readers with, this training will assure you greater success than if you go it alone.

Be watching for details to be released soon about the training.

If you leave things to chance, your chances of success are a lot less than if you get in the driver’s seat with a very focused approach.

To assure you receive information on the training, I invite you to download my FREE report – Hit #1 on Amazon. www.oneonamazon.com

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Authors: 3 Top Ways to Get Book Reviews

In the last few days, I've had several newer authors ask me to review their books. What shocked me was the approach some of them used.

“Read my book and then give me a review,” is not the best approach.

A better approach would be to make sure the person you're asking has an interest in the genre.

Prepare to Ask

Before approaching someone to review your book, be prepared. A few of the items you should have available are:

  • Your author bio
  • A book description
  • Contact information
  • Author photo
  • Book cover photo
  • Press kit
  • Video book trailer

3 Top Ways to Get Reviews

1.Those who have already reviewed on Amazon

One way to do this is do a search on Amazon for books in your genre. Check out the reviews. Contact top reviewers to let them know you read their review and feel they would enjoy reviewing your book based on the genre. Of course, ask them rather than tell them to review.

Also check out Amazon top reviewers. They've earned the position of top reviewers because they love reviewing books. To find out who they are go to https://www.amazon.com/review/top-reviewers. Create a spread sheet on who they are, the types of books they review and what their reviewer position is.

As with anything, the more well known they are, the more they are asked to review books. Be prepared by giving them enough information to make the right choice. (see list above)

2. Members of Facebook Groups

There are plenty of Facebook Groups filled with members eager to review books. Do a search on Facebook with the words Book Review Groups. You'd be amazed at how many groups there are.

Do your homework on the groups. Some are highly active, while others… a waste of time.

3. Ask your existing readers or fan base

If you have a strong social media following, you have a built in group of reviewers. The more visible you are in the groups, the easier it is for people to say yes.

Additionally, if you belong to associations, writers groups, or online communities, you have potential reviewers.

Be prepared to send a copy of your book to those you ask to review for you. Often, a PDF will suffice. In some cases the reviewer will want a physical copy.

It's a Process

Keep in mind, getting reviews is a process. You have to be organized, focused and consistent. Be sure to thank those who do review based on your request.

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