Authors: Will Your Platform Get You Noticed?

The dream of many authors is to get an agent and a contract (and advance) from one of the big five publishers.

If you want to increase your opportunity with your book, you need to have an author platform. Simply put, a platform is where you are visible with great market reach and influence. This increases your value to a publisher due to greater possibilities of selling books… and lots of them.

To some authors the concept is clear, yet the majority are confused by what it actually means. This confusion can lead to inaction on the part of the author to build a platform.

“Author platform is one of the most difficult concepts to explain, partly because everyone defines it a little differently. But by far the easiest explanation is: an ability to sell books because of who you are or who you can reach.” Jane Friedman.

Be a Serious Player

If you want to be taken seriously as an author, you must develop and grow your platform. It was in the nineties that agents and publishers began rejecting nonfiction books due to the author not having a substantial reach.

Many authors assumed that the publisher would take care of getting them in front of their readers, when in fact, the publishers were, and still are, more likely to work with authors who are proactive in creating a market presence.

Now, more than ever, an author must have a platform to achieve their greatest results with a book.

Putting Together Your Platform

Two main areas for your platform are your visibility and your target audience. In order to optimize your efforts you need to focus on these two areas.

Visibility simply mean this; where will you be seen? You can project your opportunities base on where you’ve appeared in the past such as guest blogging, featured articles, interviews on podcast shows, radio and television. Visibility is also directly related to your social media platforms.

Target audience are those people who are most likely to be interested in your information. These are the people who view you as an authority and influencer.

Activities that create your platform

Building a platform requires ongoing, consistent action. To assure you take consistent action,  create a visibility checklist. Each day, do something to gain visibility and market reach. The more consistent you are, the better.

  • Content marketing
  • Blogging
  • Interviews
  • Speaking
  • Collaboration

Content marketing

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 builds your authority, influence and market reach.

Blogging

Blogging is the process of writing content for your blog and/or as a guest blogger.

Interviews

Interviews can be done by way of podcast shows, radio shows, television, live stream, or print media.

Speaking

There is plenty of opportunity to speak and present. Online you can do teleseminars and webinars. Offline, they can be small, intimate groups, or large groups where you are a keynoter. Speaking is one of the best ways to build a platform

Collaboration

Partnering with industry influencers is a great way to increase your market reach and build your platform. Recently, I partnered with the owner of a video company. We were both able to increase our influence and market reach due to our collaborative efforts.

Time Takes Time

Building your platform takes time. It’s not going to happen without continued effort. It’s a mistake to think you can do something once and get the type of result you are seeking.

Think of it this way, if you were to do  one thing every day for a year, your results will likely be lightyears ahead of most authors.

Whether it be a blog post, guest blogging, radio interview, article marketing, social media posts, videos and livestreams, and speaking engagements, when you do something each and every day, your market is going to notice.

So will publishers and agents. When you have a lot of content online that is of high value, you become a minimal risk. Actually, when done right, you become an in demand expert.

Go Deep

Want to dig deep into building your platform? Join me on Wednesday, October 18th for a private training for members of the Book Accelerator membership program. For only $37 a month you receive the live training and a full suite of training on how to launch a book. This includes a backend membership area with dozens of videos, PDF files, checklists and cheat sheets.

Best of all, there’s a 100% money back guarantee.

Go to www.anatomyofabooklaunch.com

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

Save

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: Turn Your Book Into an eBased ATM

As an author, you’re in a great position to re-purpose the content of your book into various e-based training programs. This is a great way to serve your market at an even deeper level. It’s also a wonderful way to generate multiple streams of revenue.

Let’s say you wrote a 12 chapter book on team building. Each chapter and go deeper into the topic by offering webinars, teleseminars, eBooks and eReports.

Simply out the process for a usable flow. From there, you offer the various formats to your community.

Every time someone enrolls in your offering, you are building more trust with them.

Perfect vs Reality

In a perfect world, people would consume and digest all the information we provide to them, but the reality is far from perfect.

Regardless of the price they pay, the majority of people who request a training program utilize very little of the content.

A primary reason is the short attention span a great majority of people have. With all that is available, people will grab something, look at it and then go on to the next bright shiny object.

What a Waste!

A great deal of intellectual property goes to waste because people are distracted.

The average attention span has dropped significantly due to social media, iPhones, and all that is available on the internet.

If we don’t get answers immediately, we search out the next quick solution. Yet, doing this is counterproductive to one’s success.

Jumping around online actually prevents us from staying the course on finding a viable solution to virtually any problem we have.

Even when we get the answer, often we don’t take the needed actions to solve the initial problem.

By jumping around people are constantly in the search mode and minimize their chances of implementing information.

In the years I've been writing books, offering online training and creating information products, I've learned a lot about how people access their information.

The Past Does NOT Equal the Future

In the past, people wanted longer training material. More was better.  Today, the preference is short, simple to digest material. Less is more.

To be successful in the world of digital information, your job is to provide content in several formats to accommodate the various learning styles.

  • Audio
  • Video
  • PDFs
  • Slides

Additionally, before you go into creation mode, find out what your market really wants. Creating solutions without knowing what the specific problems are, can be a complete waste of time.

Survey Says

Conducting a simple survey can go a long way in saving time, providing the solution people need and want and increasing the chances of the user consuming the information.

In the years I’ve worked with experts and influencers who want to impact their market with books, I’ve become keenly aware of common problems authors deal with.

There is a Solution

Over the years, I’ve created numerous programs to address these problems. My most recent (and incredibly robust and easy to digest) program, Book Accelerator, was created based on what my community needed (and wanted).

The program is a step-by-step system that teaches authors how to gain visibility for you and your books. It’s the very system I’ve used to sell thousands of books, make lots of money and build a successful business.

If you’re looking for easy to apply information, this program is for you.

Monthly Training

Immediately upon enrolling, you have access to the back room with all the training material. You can go as fast (or as slow) as you prefer.

In addition, you receive two live trainings each month. Both are recorded so if you can't make it to the live training, you can listen at your leisure.

The first training of the month is webinar style with me. I go deep into a topic about book marketing and book sales.

The second training is called Conversations Over Coffee with Industry Experts. Each month, you enjoy insights from an industry expert.

These are just two great benefits of the Book Accelerator program. Check it out. www.anatomyofabooklaunch.com

The fact is, you can take months, even years, to figure all this out yourself or you can jump right in and learn from someone who stays on the leading edge of book marketing information.

Not only do I continue to learn what's going on in the industry, I am one of the small percentage of authors who make a profit with my books. www.anatomyofabooklaunch.com

Did you enjoy this post? Be sure to share it! Click share buttons below.

 

 

 

 

Authors… frustrated that your free offers aren’t converting into subscribers?

Whatever your interest, curiosity or question, there's going to be information available through a quick YouTube or Google search.

Many times, you're directed to a website or blog for the information. Once you hit the site, there's a good chance an opt in box pops up, encouraging you to give your name and email address in trade for a video, report, checklist, cheat sheet or spot on a webinar or teleseminar.

The benefit to you is getting the “thing.” The benefit to the person giving you the “thing” is the opportunity to turn you into a paying client or customer.

Reverse the Scenario

As an author, if you plan to make money with your books, it's imperative you do what you can to build a subscriber list.

With a targeted list, you have a greater opportunity to sell lots of books quickly with each book you publish.

Although most authors know they should build a list, many have yet to start. One of the most pressing questions they have is, “How do I build a responsive opt-in subscriber list?”

Maybe you've heard you just need to give something away and people will eagerly give you their contact information.

So you give it a shot, put together an offer and wait and wait and…. wait.

Offer something of high value

List building does work. However, what you offer has to be the “right” thing for the end user.

Simply throwing up an offer page, telling people to get your “thing” and kicking back like a tiger in wait, is not the most effective way to build your list.

The best way to build a list is offer something to your community that aligns with your expertise and their need for a solution.

Think Long-Term

Rather than simply putting an FREEBIE together, determine how the giveaway aligns with your book(s). In essence, you're taking subscribers on a journey that hopefully ends up with them buying your book.

The more there is an obvious connection to your products and services, the higher your conversion rates to other offers. A book is a product. Plain and simple.

Solve a Specific Problem

The more your gift solves a specific problem, the better. For example, one of my popular free offers is How to Hit #1 on Amazon.  One opt in page offers a report and the other a webinar. Both cover different aspects of how to hit #1.

When someone opts in, they are taken to a Thank You page directing them to check their inbox. But while they're waiting, they can watch a short video.

The video makes another offer for a $197 product that they can invest in for only $20.

Every offer, from the free to the $20 aligns with getting a book to #1.

The sketch is a simple conversion funnel I outlined for a client. It's very, very simple and virtually any database program has the capability of accommodating this level of funnel to build your list.

Less is More

When it comes to what you ask people to give you, less is definitely more. In other words, the less information required, the better. You will get a higher opt in rate if you only require an email address compared to an email and name. Ask for a name, email and phone number and opt-ins continue to plummet.

However, when you send broadcasts messages, having a name included does increase conversions. I prefer asking for name and email rather than just the email.

Big Challenge

The greatest challenge today is information overload. Most everyone is so overloaded with information that the idea of getting on “one more list” is not very appealing.

As long as what you offer is incredibly high value AND solves a problem, people will opt in and stay on your list. If all you do is sell, sell, sell, they will grow tired of your emails that appear to only care if they buy your stuff.

This is when opt-outs skyrocket.

Make Creating a Nice Gift a Priority

Avoid falling into the trap of thinking you don’t have time create something to offer.  Ethical bribes that are incredibly high value are the cornerstone of building your online business, selling books as well as other products and services you provide.

I have dozens of “giveaways” that I have developed over the years. Everything from eReports, eBooks, teleseminars, ezines, a 4-day email course and more. This has allowed me to build a list from the ground up (this means I started with nothing and built a highly profitable list of subscribers).

As an author, when you have a subscriber list one place you can encourage them to visit is your Amazon page.


 

Save

Why Authors Should Speak on the Platform

Years before I published my first book and began making money from writing, I made my living as a professional speaker. Simply put, I got paid to speak.

Early on in my business, speaking was my primary revenue stream.

When I began my speaking career, I had no idea there was more than one way to make money as a speaker. That is, not until I was contracted by a seminar company.

It was a great four year run. I traveled and spoke all over the United States, in many locations in Canada as well as England. Other than being able to speak to thousands upon thousands of mostly women,  I learned an incredible skill; selling products from the platform.

Not only was I required to be an outstanding speaker, it was imperative to generate revenues for the company by selling books and tapes at each speaking engagement. To not be able to do both meant the gig was up.

Developing the skill of selling products from the platform (aka back of the room sales) was a huge benefit in times ahead.

When it All Began

Long before there was Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube and the now nostalgic voice that we eagerly awaited to hear, “You’ve got mail,”  I began my career as a speaker.

The year was 1994. I had just left my corporate job with GTE Health Systems. Being very new to the industry of speaking, I was convinced all I needed to do was have the desire to speak and the rest would take care of itself. I soon learned otherwise.

Back in the day, the only way to get speaking gigs was to literally pound the pavement. That's how I secured the four year speaking gig. I did what I needed to do to be invited to audition for the company.

I had to send them a demo tape and fly out to Kansas to showcase my talent.

The contract definitely gave me financial security, but when it came time to go out on my own, I was about to learn some very important lessons.

Rough Times Ahead

Competition back 20 plus years ago was a lot less than it is today, but finding opportunities took a lot of effort… for a newbie.

In the day, there were fewer people who called themselves speakers.

If you wanted to showcase your talent there were plenty of associations willing to let you present at their monthly meetings. Whether it be your local chamber, the local chapter of a women’s association or large companies in town that brought in experts on Fridays to present during the lunch hour, there was ample opportunity to get in front of an audience.

The challenge was finding the best groups to speak to for one's expertise.

Secret Sauce is No Longer a Secret

Fast forward to today and the playing field is a lot different. The “secret sauce” of showcasing your talent by offering to speak for free is no longer such a secret. Where you used to be one of a handful of experts who spoke on a particular topic, today there are dozens,  if not hundreds, even thousands, of experts standing in line waiting for someone to say, “Sure, we would love to have you present on XYZ topic.”

Teleseminars Hit the Radar

At one point, many seasoned speakers realized they could actually reach more people and make a ton of money by offering teleseminars.  It was around 2005 when I realized this was a literal cash cow. I could make tens of thousands of dollars by getting on the phone, teaching a topic and making an offer on the back-end.

Best of all, I could do it in my pajamas because my audience would not see me with the platform of teleseminars.

Then came webinars. Those of us who were willing to muddle through the limited technology available back then could not only be heard, we could put up a slick slide presentation and add another element to our speaking.

Novelties Wear Off

Initially, online methods to reach our market were as much of a novelty as were the in-person showcase presentations, but it didn’t take long before lots of experts got wind of how big a market they could reach and how truly profitable this could be.

That was the great news. The bad news was this; people who called themselves experts, but really weren’t, got on the bandwagon. The market got really crowded and the quality of information went downhill.

Lots of newbies heard, “All you need to do is showcase an area of expertise by getting in front of your audience to make easy money.”

They came on board and quickly gave up because it wasn’t as easy as they had been led to believe. Even bona-fide experts became disillusioned and gave up way too soon because they realized they didn’t have it all figured out.

They would compare themselves with those of us who had been around for a decade or two (or three or four) and wonder why it wasn’t as easy as they had been led to believe.

Here’s a few reasons:

  1. They expect to hang their shingle and hoards of people will flock to listen to them regardless of how little effort they put into honing their craft.
  2. They haven't clearly honed an area of expertise that others identify them with. They jump from topic to topic never giving one thing a chance to grow.
  3. They are crappy presenters. This one speaks for itself.
  4. They put very little effort into gaining visibility and recognition. They are minimally known to the very people who can make the decision to bring them in for a speaking engagement or those who willing to put an hour aside to listen to them on a webinar or teleseminar.
  5. They give up before they give the process of building name recognition a chance to work.
  6. They fail to differentiate themselves by writing a book (or books).
  7. They have no way to generate revenue on the back-end with products and services. They truly believe they will make money solely from speaking.

There are plenty more, but these are some of the primary reasons experts who want to speak will fail.

Sadly, there are plenty of people out there who claim you can make great money speaking with very little effort. Any level of success takes effort. Anyone who tells you otherwise is wrong, incredibly wrong.

Visibility is a Must

You MUST put effort into what you’re doing AND  gain name recognition for opportunity to come knocking.

One of the best ways to do this is by creating the environment to showcase your skill, expertise and knowledge in front of those who give a darn about you and your message.

You MUST take control of the opportunities in front of you. A great way to do this is by hosting what are called self-staged events.

As someone who has not only survived, but thrived, in the ups and downs of the economy, shifts in how business is grown, technology creating incredible opportunity and competition, I long ago figured out what a golden opportunity this can be.

Truth be told, if I can figure it out, so can you. Like anyone who is extremely visible to my market, I started right where other highly visible experts did… a complete unknown.

Has the visibility come without effort? Not at all. Nearly 25 years into my business, I still do something every single day to reach my market.

Visibility Can Be Yours

Visibility is available to anyone willing to put the effort into the process. The age old question remains, “Where do I start?”

To make things really easy, I’ve put together a special report that walks you through the exact process of how to create your own cost effective events so you never have to worry about whether or not there is competition, what’s happening in the economy, what changes occur online, or any other factor that dissuades those not committed to using speaking to position their expertise.

It’s called, The Step-by-Step Guide of How I Make Over $100,000 a Year with FREE Presentations. It’s yours for the taking. Go to http://100kspeakerreport.com/.   This report is perfect for speakers, authors and consultants.

One of the reasons I make money on the platform, regardless of the economic temperature, is due to having products, including books, to sell. You don't need lots of products to make a great living. Actually, a book, or several books, could get you on track for some outstanding revenues. You can also use books as a negotiation tool with meeting planners.

If you're book has done well on Amazon, all the better.

And the next time you tell yourself the stories that prevent you from growing your business with speaking, read through the report to once again realize how really simple it can be….when your willing to do the work and stay in the game.

 

38% of Authors Have No Idea Where to Start When It Comes to Marketing

Ask any cross-section of authors what they struggle with the most with book marketing and the answer is likely to be, “I don’t know where to start.”

I liken this to asking someone who needs to lose weight for health reasons saying, “I don’t know where to start.”

Really?

With so much information readily available through books, Google searches, websites, blogs and social media groups, it’s not for lack of knowing that stops most people from achieving an outcome. It’s taking the first step. It’s also about the fear of doing it wrong that holds many people back.

Survey Says

Not long ago, I surveyed several hundred authors. I wanted to know what stops the majority from selling more than a handful of books.

Actually, I DO know why they don’t sell many books… marketing … or lack thereof. What I really wanted to know is more about their resistance to marketing.

“What’s your greatest challenge with marketing and selling your book?” was the only question I asked.

The results were as follows:

38% knowledge
33% time
17% money
7% fear
5% other

Google Rocks

If knowledge is your challenge, start with the obvious; a Google search. There’s ample information available online on how to market a book.

Therein lies part of the problem. There’s so much information, one can easily become overwhelmed. Overwhelm can stop us in our tracks. It can also make us chase squirrel after squirrel after squirrel.

Not only is there ample information, there’s conflicting information. The question arises, “Who do I listen to?”

Whenever I want to get good, even great, at something there are three primary places I seek out information.

  • Those who have succeeded at “the thing”
  • Coaches … with a track record
  • Mastermind groups

Successful Authors

When I think of successful authors, I think of those who make money with their books and in most cases, are bestselling authors.

Granted, you don’t need to be a bestselling author to be successful, but often the two go together.

The term “bestselling author” can be misleading. Many people claim to be bestsellers when they get in the top 100 of an Amazon category.

You can sell ten books and get in the top 100. When someone calls themselves a bestseller by simply getting in the top 100 of a category, they are not a “real” bestselling author. It’s super easy to get in the top 100 of a category. Avoid falling into this misleading bestseller status trap.

Becoming a “real” bestselling author takes a heck of a lot more than selling ten books on Amazon.

If you want to find bestsellers, look to those who are in the top ten overall in Amazon. That takes work.

Or look to these lists on ABA IndieBound (ABA),  Barnes & Noble (BAN), Publishers Weekly (PBW),  USA Today (USA),  The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and The Los Angeles Times (LAT).

Getting on the top of any of these lists takes a heck of a lot more than selling ten books. You must sell thousands upon thousands of books within a specified period of time.

Putting a list of authors together from these resources will give you lots to work with when it comes to identifying marketing strategies.

Once you compile a list of target authors, research what they’ve done in their marketing. Granted, some of what they do may be costlier than you care to invest.

However, you will be able to find places they’ve been interviewed such as podcast shows, radio and television, magazines, blogs and trade journals.

This list is a great place to start your outreach for interview opportunities. Interviews open lots of opportunity such as other interviews, speaking invitations and people hopping right over to Amazon to buy your book while they are listening to an interview.

Follow authors and experts

One author I follow is Cheryl Strayed. As the author of several books, it was her persistence AND the release of her wildly successful book, Wild, that put her on the map…big time. Lots of people think she was an overnight success. Nothing could be further from the truth. She worked at her craft for decades before Wild turned things around.

Her level of success is one I admire. Additionally, those who enjoy her memoir, would likely enjoy my soon-to-be-released memoir. Thus, I look to her strategies as those that would work well for me.

I also follow what Reese Witherspoon is doing. In that she is the person responsible for the movie Wild being released, she is worth learning from.

Coaches and mentors

There’s nothing to compare with knowledgeable coaches and mentors to help you through the times you most need a skilled guide. I’ve worked with some amazing coaches in various areas of my life including business, speaking, writing, health, fitness and finances.

Currently, I have a writing coach (even though I’ve been writing for decades). As well, I have a fitness coach (even though I’ve studied health and fitness extensively).

I doubt I will ever outgrow the need for coaches. The day I think I have it all figured out is the day I’m destined to fail.

Coaches push us, guide us, get us through the times we hit a wall.

A good book marketing coach is worth their weight in gold. However, make sure you hire someone who really knows what they are doing.

Mastermind Groups

I can’t say enough about the power of a mastermind group. Basically, a mastermind group is a group of like-minded individuals with a common goal.

The first place I learned about mastermind groups is in the book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. A classic, Think and Grow Rich is a favorite of entrepreneurs around the globe.

It would be worth picking up a copy and immersing yourself into the information outlined by the author to learn more about mindset, mastermind groups and success.

There are mastermind groups of every type. Overall, they are designed to provide support, inspiration, problem-solving and ideas.

Some groups have a specific leader while other groups change out leadership. As with anything, there are groups you will resonate with and others, not so much.

The goal with a group is to find those who will push and encourage you while stretching you to be the best you can be.

Do It Yourself or Hire Someone

If you’re serious about becoming a successful author, do what successful authors do…learn how to market and/or hire someone to help you with your marketing.

Even when you hire someone, it helps to know as much about the marketing as possible. The more you know, the more you will gain visibility as an author. The more visibility you gain, the more books you will likely sell. The more you sell, the more you can keep doing what you love to do…write books.

After all, isn’t making money while influencing others through our writing the dream of most authors? It sure is for me.

Think You’re Ready

On August 24 – 25, 2017, I'm hosting a very intimate gathering in my office for serious minded authors who are READY to deep dive into their book marketing. This is NOT for those who are not willing to play full out and have a fully developed plan at the end of the two days. Limited to six participants. To find out if this is for you, please email me at kathleen@kathleengage.com. Subject line: 2 Day Author Deep Dive Inquiry.

Find Like Minded Authors in our Facebook Group

Click here to join

 

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Authors (entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants) … Do you abide by this rule of marketing?

One of the first “rules” of marketing is this; don’t try to be all things to all people. The temptation for many entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants is to respond with, “Everyone is my market!”

This happens with authors too. For example, if an expert writes a book on health and nutrition, there are some who would assume the book would be for everyone interested in health and nutrition.

As a woman in my sixties, my needs and interests are different than a woman in her twenties. I likely won’t pick up a book I don’t feel is targeted more towards my specific needs.

As a late bloomer runner, I am more interested in books that focus on running for pleasure rather than how to be an elite athlete.

If someone has an interest in fly fishing, they are more likely to want information targeting them specifically rather than overall fishing.

Focus for Authors Pays Off

The more focused you are as an author, the easier it is to find potential buyers for your books. The more potential buyers you get in front of, the more books you sell. The more books you sell, the higher your rankings on sites like Amazon. The higher your rankings, the more visibility you get.

Keep this very important rule in mind: not everyone is your market.

Although there may be people who need what you have, they may not want it from you.

On the flip side, just because someone wants what you have, they may not be a good fit, for any number of reasons including pricing, personal and professional values, timing, etc.

Case in point…

I work with non-fiction, highly conscious writers who are committed to making the world a better place.  I’m clear that my sweet spot clients are not those who write novels, children’s books, or books that don’t fit my specific area of expertise. Sure, my information can help them, but I am much more effective with authors who fit my “sweet spot” criteria.

Today, I received a message from a woman who was very upset when I told her I likely wasn’t the best fit to help her with her marketing. She insisted I could.

To take on a client who is not the best fit takes up space for someone who is a great fit.

It’s the same in your business. Are you trying to fit a square peg in a round hole?

A few things that will help you clarify your market are…

  • Define the type of person you are most effective in helping
  • Clarify what your expertise is and why someone would choose to work with you
  • Determine if the sweet spot potential clients have a budget to work with you

Regardless of your industry, you need to clearly define who you are meant to work with. When you do so, your marketing becomes a lot easier. Rather than throwing a bunch of mud on the wall, you have a laser approach to all you do resulting in greater outcomes for you and your clients.

Want to know how to have a more targeted approach as an author? Join me for my FREE webinar – The Insider Secret to Get Your Book to #1. Click here to register.

Internet Marketing Sometimes Brings out Angry, Crazy, Over-the-Top People

Yesterday I sent an email message to my subscribers about a bonus webinar I'm offering in 12 days.

There was a mistake in the message. A few people brought the error to my attention.

I appreciate the people who did this. Especially with how nice everyone was with their approach.

There's Always an Exception

Except for one guy. He was over the top livid with the mistake AND went on to tell me what a slime bag I am.

He made it clear he didn't like my approach to letting people know they can opt out from my list. It's the wording at the end of the message he took issue with.

What he was incredibly angry about and basically told me to do “strange things to myself” because of it was the word WARNING! (It's in all my broadcast messages, this one included).

He went on to tell me that I don't care about my customers and shared with me several more of his judgements about my business ethic.

This isn't the first time I've received what could be considered a downright abusive and over the top message from someone who opted in for my information. In reality, it comes with the territory.

Don't Let One Person Ruin Things for You … Most People Are Fabulous

Thank goodness these type of messages (and people) are few and far between. The majority of messages I receive are from great folks in my community.

This is the reality of marketing online. Every so often you get a bad apple. You can't let that stop you from doing what you know you should be doing.

But sadly, many people quit when they get a message like I got from this guy. Or they spend so much time wondering how they could have not upset one person, they forget about all the other people who appreciate what they do and what they offer their community.

Renewed Commitment

The upside of this experience is my renewed commitment to sharing with my community that running a business online is not always a walk in the park. Sometimes it's downright weird.

I'm also committed to letting my community know how fulfilling an online business can be.

With this in mind, I would love for you to accept my invitation to join me on June 22nd.

To find out more about the online business lifestyle, join me for the webinar I was telling folks about when I got the message from Mr. OverTheTop. 🙂

Webinar Will Be Recorded

Even if you can't make the live webinar at 10 a.m. Pacific on June 22nd, I will record it. Anyone who registers gets the replay.

If you want to join in, all you need do is go here http://powerupforprofitsbook.com/ and get the Kindle version of my book, Power Up for Profits!

The book is chock full of great information on how to get the most out of your time online. Check it out.

I'm going to share with you how to manage your state when “stuff” happens. How not to let the one bad apple distract you from the 100 great people in your community. How to make sure you don't give up because of one insult. And so much more.

I would love for you to join in.

p.s. The Kindle version is only $2.99 for a few more days. That's 70% off the regular price. After that, it goes up to $9.99. Don't miss out.

http://powerupforprofitsbook.com/

If you already registered, you made a GREAT choice. This is going to be fun.

p.p.s. Ironically, the guy didn't opt out. Making sure to not engage with his energy from this point forward, I did him the favor of taking him off my list. This way, he can find someone else to get upset with. LOL

Using Twitter to Market Your Books

As an author, it’s your responsibility to market your books. Regardless of what your publisher promises, you still need to get on board with you own strategies for marketing.

A great way to gain visibility for your book(s) is through blogging; both on your own and as a guest blogger.

Yet, you don’t want to stop there. There’s a lot you can do with the posts.

Start by making sure you have a link to your Amazon page for the book in the post. When guest posting, you need to get permission from the blog owner before posting your book link. Most blog owners are glad to have you do so. Some may want to use their Amazon Associate link. You can work out the details prior to writing the post.

On your own blog, post a link to your book Amazon page in the body of your post.

Permalinks Rule

Once the post is written, copy the permalink and post in as many locations on social media as possible.

For example, with this post, I will put the permalink in Faceook and LinkedIn groups and I will tweet posts on Twitter. Of course, I can do more, but for the purpose of this article, I wanted to show you how simple this is.

Using another blog post for this example, the images show you exactly how this is done.

Twitter Love

For a long time, I didn’t use Twitter. Mostly because I didn’t understand how valuable Twitter actually is. One thing I now know and appreciate is that my readers, my clients and my audience are already on Twitter. So are yours.

One of the most difficult things to understand is how to get your message across in 140 characters. This is why some people don’t understand the value of posting on Twitter. Yet, once you get the hang of it, it’s actually very easy to post a power-packed message.

Hashtags are a Must

A huge part of the success of posting on Twitter is to use hashtags (#) in your tweets. A hashtag is any word beginning with the # sign (an example might be #blogwriter).  It is a way to categorize messages to help them show more easily in Twitter search.

Hashtags can be used to organize conversations, themes, groups, interests, celebrity mentions and topics.

The best thing to do is develop a routine that you adhere to on a daily basis. As with just about anything, a hit and miss effort will get you minimal results. But a consistent, daily effort will yield great results over time.

Ready to learn Insider Secrets to Get to #1? Click here to join in on my FREE webinar.

 

 

Save