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Why Authors Need Lots of Marketing Skills

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Social Media floods the market with content producers, e.g. writers. If you want to make it as a writer, you will have to separate yourself from the crowd so your work can be found and appreciated. Here are some tips for your writing success:
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# 1  is to know the industry
Even after they get a book deal, many authors are surprised to find the majority of the marketing depends on them. Get to know the publishing industry and what kind of writing sells and what can be marketed.  It will save yourself a lot of time and effort in the long run. Keep up with what’s hot by reading Writer’s Market, Goodreads or Script. Knowing the publishing field also means knowing what rights you have as an author.
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Make friends with Google+, Pinterest, Twitter and network
As a good writer, you already have the ability to write concise, interesting, and funny prose. It should be a breeze for you to build a following of people that includes literary agents and book editors that could assist you in getting the word out about your work, or even offer you a deal eventually. Don’t use this as a chance to hit them over the head with your book, yet demonstrate what a good writer you are and they will want to read it on their own. Content Marketing!
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Get to know the E-publishing route
For an unknown author, it might be the best way to get your work in front of people.  E-publishing is one way to get your material into a professional, digital format that can be downloaded. Learn how to converse your book – or hire an e-book formatting company to prepare your work for listing on the Kindle, iPad, Sony Reader etc. – but only after it is carefully edited!
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Create your own website & blog
It shows far more professionalism if you have your blog on your own website, or get a self-hostedWordPress.org page.  Consider making chapters of your writing available for free on your site, and don’t sell ads, it just looks plain cheap.  Learn how to operate a digital store.  Paypal is the industry standard for accepting payments, including the major credit cards. And to protect your customers, learn how to use save webpages and procedures (https).
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Maximize your web traffic and sell online
Maximize your visibility on search engines by using clear and accurate keywords in your site title, description, and body. To move up to the top of the search list, you need to have lots of links from other web sites to your page; submit your web pages to various sites that deal with your topic and encourage them to link their readers to you in return of the favor. Tips how to get more inbound-links.
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Create a media kit 
Microsoft Publisher is all you need to make a professional press kit to send out to newspaper- and magazine editors, radio and TV journalists, or agents. Include in your materials the market research you have done to show how many readers could profit from your new book, and include the best bits of material from your work.
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Create a book trailer*
Rent or buy an inexpensive camcorder or just use your laptop webcam. Shoot an introductory video of yourself for your site and your latest book project, or upload a highlight reel to YouTube of key points in your work. Keep it simple.  Read even more how to create a book trailer in my e-book:
111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer, featuring valuable tips and links to video tutorials, free music downloads and free images, as well as tips how to market your book video.  Available at Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y15YYO
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Brand yourself as a writer.
Establishing yourself and your writing as a brand involves knowing what your core strength is. Create your “Elevator Pitch”  to convince readers why they should get your book.  Be available for: an interview for a blog or a neighborhood weekly, a “local authors” day at a small bookstore, or even speaking engagements across the country.  It may not be easy first, as being upbeat and on your game at all times requires work. Traditional media outlets like radio and TV are turning more and more towards the new wave of internet writers and bloggers.
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With the tools described here, and using social media, your book marketing doesn’t require any financial investment.  Depending on your level of involvement, it may demand  quite a bit of time commitment, at least in the beginning.  However, as more you use these marketing tools, as faster you can handle them and as more visitors and buyers you will get.
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More about Search Engine Optimization:

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/23-questions-google-is-asking-you/

https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/thanks-joel/

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Why Authors Need Marketing Skills – Lots of Them

The advent of social media has only served to flood the market with content producers. If you want to make it as a writer, you will have to separate yourself from the crowd so your work can be appreciated.

Here are 7 tips for your writing success:

# 1  is to know the industry.
Even after they get a book deal, many authors are surprised to find the majority of the marketing depends on them. Get to know the publishing industry and what kind of writing sells and can be marketed and you will save yourself a lot of time and effort in the long run. Keep up with what’s hot by reading Writer’s Market, Goodreads or Script. Knowing the publishing field also means knowing what rights you have as an author.

Make friends with Google+ and Twitter and network.
As a good writer, you already have the ability to write concise, interesting, and funny prose. That’s all social media is. It should be a breeze for you to build a following of people that includes literary agents and book editors that can assist you in getting the word out about your work, or offer you a deal if you don’t have one. Don’t use this as a chance to hit them over the head with your book, yet demonstrate what a good writer you are and they will want to read it on their own.

Get to know the E-publishing route.
Do it like the pros do and tap into the e-publishing market, because it works.  And for an unknown like you, it might just be the best way to get your work in front of people. E-publishing is one way to get your material into a professional, digital format that can be downloaded. Learn how to use Adobe Acrobat or similar software – or hire an e-book formatter to have your work listed on the Kindle, iPad, Sony Reader etc. – but only after it is well edited!

Create your own website & blog
It shows far more professionalism if you have your blog on your own website. Purchase a copy of “Teach Yourself Dreamweaver” and download a trial version of Adobe software. Consider making chunks of your writing available for free on your site, and don’t sell ads, it just looks plain cheap.  Know how to operate a digital store.  Paypal is the industry standard for accepting payments, but you’ll also need to make arrangements to accept the major credit cards. And to protect your customers, learn how to use https.

Maximize web traffic and sell online.
Since you don’t have a personal SEO (Search Engine Optimization) employee, you will need to learn how to maximize your visibility on search engines by using clear and accurate keywords in your site title, description, and body. The way to move to the top of the search list is to have lots of other sites linking to your page; submit your web pages to various sites that deal with your topic and encourage them to link their readers to you. Tips how to get more inbound-links.

More about Search Engine Optimization:
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2011/12/10/23-questions-google-is-asking-you/
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2011/08/12/thanks-joel/

Create a media kit and videos.*
Microsoft Publisher is all you need to make a professional press kit to send out to newspaper and magazine editors, radio and TV journalists, agents or publishing houses. Include in your materials the market research you have done to show how many readers could profit from your new book, and include the best bits of material from the work. Find the right balance between providing enough pertinent info and overwhelming the audience with data.
Rent or buy an inexpensive camcorder or just use your laptop webcam. Shoot an introductory video  of yourself for your site and your latest book project, or upload a highlight reel to YouTube of key points in your work. Keep it simple. Don’t zoom in and out, don’t use lame screen wipes, and don’t sound like you are reading from a script.

Brand yourself as a writer.
Establishing yourself and your writing as a brand involves knowing what your core strength is. Create your “Elevator Pitch”  to convince readers why they should get your book.  Be available for: an interview for a blog or a neighborhood weekly, a “local authors” day at a small bookstore, or a speaking engagement across the country.  It may not be easy first, but being upbeat and on your game at all times requires work. Traditional media outlets like radio and TV are turning more and more towards the new class of internet writers and bloggers. If a TV show or radio program calls, wanting to interview you, you will need to be prepared to be beamed into millions of homes around the world. Do your homework and watch how other authors and writers handle their interviews.

To get more ideas and inspiration learn about “Book Marketing on a Shoestring” 

With the tools described here, and using social media, your book marketing doesn’t require any financial investment. Depending on your level of involvement, it may demand lots of time commitment, at least in the beginning. Yet, as more you use these marketing tools, as faster you can handle them and as more visitors and buyers you will get.

* Read even more how to create a book trailer in the brand new e-book: ***** 111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer ***** featuring valuable tips and links to video tutorials, free music downloads and free images, available on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008Y15YYO

Good luck for your book’s success!

And as always, please comment with even more marketing ideas for your book. Thanks.

 

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How Agents work and How to work with Agents

LITERARY AGENTS

Is it really necessary to use the services of a publishing agent?

Except for those publishing houses which deal exclusively with agents, authors don’t really need an agent to submit their work for publication consideration. In Canada, just to name one country, very few book deals are done by agents, only under five percent.  An author can do everything an agent does, though an agent might have better knowledge of the market and what the publishing houses are buying.

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For those writers who might think they need an agent have a look at the do’s and don’ts of both sides:

  • Reputable agents will not charge you a fee up front to represent your book. They earn their living by selling your book to a publisher and gaining a commission. That commission is a percentage of the proceeds your book earns. For one thing, this gives the agent an incentive to actually market your book around to various publishers likely to buy it for publication. This is another reason why many agents pick submissions carefully. They know what publishers are looking for and they will not accept anything which isn’t ready for submission or close enough that a few days of editing will make the difference.
  • Most agents these days charge 15% commission on domestic sales (USA & Canada). Never under any circumstances should you pay expenses or any fees up front: the agent only receives money by deducting his or her 15% commission from your eventual earnings.  An agent telling new writers that she/he was charging 15% commission plus expenses — that’s a rip-off; don’t agree to it. The Association of Authors Representatives (professional organization of literary agents) also forbids the charging of “reading fees.” If an agent asks you to pay a fee for his or her “evaluation” of your manuscript, refuse!
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  • Agents have differing commission rates though you will not have the option of shopping around as much as you might like. Most important, the agent has to be willing to represent your work.  Once an agent offers representation, the author better takes the offer. After having established a great reputation as a novelist, one can shop around for a better deal – if it is to be found.
  • If a manuscript is truly marketable in the agent’s opinion but needs editing, most agents will tell so but not recommend a particular editing service.  A good agent might name some without recommending any editing service in particular.  Some agents have even been known to go above and beyond the call of duty in assisting with the editing themselves when they feel they have a sure winner to represent.
  • But authors should have ensured that a manuscript was edited prior to submitting it to any agent or publisher. Remember that the editors of a publishing house are not there to edit out any mistakes, they are the decision-making managers.
  • The agent is also the money manager besides being the one responsible for getting the best deal for the author with any publishing house. When the manuscript sells to a publisher, the agent is the one who receives the money. The agent subtracts the appropriate commission and pays the remainder to the author.
  • An inquiry letter is not a submission. Use an inquiry letter when contacting publishers who deal by invitation only.  If your inquiry letter gains the publisher’s interest, the publisher will then request to see the manuscript.
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Market instability or other factors make agents reluctant to take on any new writers, especially not first-time authors, no matter how well the writer writes. However, if you feel you must have an agent, then you must sell both your manuscript and yourself / your platform to the agent. A good query letter is the key to pitch your book.

  • Do not send manuscripts to agents unless the agent’s guidelines expressly state that those are acceptable within initial correspondence.
  • Email messages should be kept to a length of one or two pages unless explicitly invited to send a manuscript or sample chapters.
  • Go to the agent’s sites and follow their submission guidelines to the letter.
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Find Addresses of Agents in these Books:

  • 2015 Writer’s Market  the best Resource for Authors
  • Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
  • Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
  • Poet’s Market, Writer’s Market
  • Publish Your Non-fiction Book
  • Guide to Literary Agents
  • Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book Publishers
  • Writer’s Digest
  • Editors, Literary Agents
  • The Canadian Writer’s Market
  • The Canadian Writer’s Guide for Canadian agents
  • Literary Marketplace
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Since the US is the largest market with the most potential for sales you should seriously consider getting an agent there, before you commit to anything in Canada or the UK.  However Canadian Publishers don’t require always agents, while American Publishers are almost always insisting on it.  Important for success is not only perfect writing skills and an enticing story, but also to have more than just one book, and also to show a great Social Media author platform with thousands of potential readers. 

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