A November to be Thankful For - ALMOST

So, it’s been quite a while since I posted last. What have I been up to? Good question, that’s something I’ve been asking myself.
Let’s see, I…

created a company to build websites, Facebook pages and help people market online
drove a U-Haul from Lewisburg, PA to Madison, Wisconsin - packing with one son, [...]

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Kindle Book: Dogs, dogs, Dogs - Free on Fridays in July

Just a quick post to say that Dogs, dogs, Dogs (on Kindle) will be free on Fridays in July.
The paperback version should be available on Amazon by July 25th! FINALLY!!! We had some challenges creating the paperback version. First the ratio of height to width had to change. The [...]

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Book Marketing: Author Non-Promotion on Goodreads

Wow, tonight I had that feeling of realizing that I had REALLY thought something was a lot more complicated than it was.  Maybe I should back up.  I’ve known for a long time that Goodreads is a great place to meet “book people”, people who LOVE books.  As an author, like most authors, I love [...]

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Interview with Sammy the Bookworm

I bumped into Sammy the Bookworm on Goodreads and invited back here for the following quick interview. Sammy usually calls SammyTheBookworm.com home.
Me: So can you tell my readers, what IS Sammy the Bookworm?
Sammy: Sammy the Bookworm is me on a web page. It’s reviews of just about anything I’ve read recently and [...]

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Getting Legit Amazon Reviews (my experience)

Another writer on a forum commented to me that I seemed to have a lot of good reviews and where had I gotten them. After I replied, I realized this info would make a good blog post, so here it is:
For The Day I Met Dr. Seuss, I went ahead and asked friends and family [...]

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Self-Publishing for Profit

Even though I officially became a self-publisher in 2007 when Poster Girl rolled off the printing presses and arrived at my home, I think it’s only been in the last month that I actually became a publisher.
What do I mean by that?

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How Can Amazon Stop (or Greatly Reduce) Paid Book Reviews?

While a few people, primarily Joe Konrath, think authors buying fake book reviews on Amazon is not a big deal, most of us would rather it stop.
I was going to outline the evils of paid Amazon reviews, how they reward people who lie, but let’s cut to the chase:
How [...]

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How I Became a Bestselling Author

First, what I didn’t do.
I did not become a bestselling author by:
- paid reviews
- carefully researching niches in Amazon until I found one that looked soft to break into the ‘bestseller’ rankings
- being rich, famous or having a big list who I could convince to buy my book
- offering fabulous bonuses if you [...]

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Start Early for Effective Book Promotion

In the last post, author Edward Trayer (a.k.a Billy Bob Buttons) wrote that he believed an author needed to consider marketing strategy before writing the book.  I asked other fictional authors when they thought was the right time to develop a game plan for promoting your book.
Here is Deanna Proach’s, author of Day of Revenge [...]

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Book Promotion Services

Here are two services that I just learned about in the last few months that can be very helpful with book promotion.  These aren’t new services, just things that I recently discovered (sometimes I’m the last to know) for making connections either in the media or online. 
The one is HARO which stands for Help A Reporter Out.  [...]

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Publish or Perish. No, no, no…Market or Perish - Part Two

In the previous post, Edward Trayer (a.k.a Billy Bob Buttons) wrote that the best time to consider how you will market the book is before you have written the first word. Today he continues with some specifics to consider and more of his reasoning on why a marketing plan can’t be an after-thought.
I sold thousands [...]

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Publish or Perish. No, no, no…Market or Perish

Guest blog entry by Edward H Trayer
When you plan your ‘Bestseller’ you can do it in one of two ways: write the story you want to read in the bathtub or write the story everybody else wants to read in the bathtub. Occasionally, for example, the wonderful J K Rowling and her Harry Potter books, [...]

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