FREE Book Marketing Webinar

I’m hosting a very special webinar by my friend and colleague Kathleen Gage. Kathleen has been a mentor of mine for years and has become not only my mentor, but also my friend.

In the webinar Kathleen will show you how to get your book to the top of the charts on Amazon AND a super social media hack that shows you how to sell tons of books in record time!

It’s called…

“How to Get Your Book To #1 on Amazon”

I’m excited to host Kathleen on this webinar. I have learned much from her over the years and I am sure you will also learn a lot from attending this LIVE webinar.

Kathleen is a published author and a book marketing specialist. In fact you might say she is the queen of book marketing. She has been #1 on Amazon many times over and has taught hundreds of authors around the globe to do the same.

So if you are interested in becoming an author or are already an author this webinar is for you. If you want to know how to make great money as an author and generate more business without missing lots of sales opportunities or competing with all the other experts in your field, then you need to attend this breakthrough webinar event!

We look forward to sharing with you on the webinar and helping you move forward in your life as a best-selling author.

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Have a blessed day,



Become A Published Author – How To Write and Publish More Books By Writing Every Day

Writers write. That’s what I learned from a friend of mine who wanted to write back in the 1980’s. He always carried a notebook and a pen with him anywhere he went, and when someone would ask him what he was doing when he took it out to make some notes, he would answer them with those two words. I guess that had an impact on me, because now I do the exact same thing. And, as for my friend, he has gone on to write many things, including two non-fiction books, a mystery novel, and a screenplay. When he heard that I had become an author, he sent me a thoughtful card and a gift to commemorate the occasion.

If you want to write, you must start writing every single day. In 2007 I challenged myself to write one hundred articles during the following one hundred days. The first few days of this challenge were brutal, but once I got into the habit of writing it was wonderful. I believe it took about a month for this to happen, so if you are willing to spend an hour each day for the next thirty days, you, too, can become a writer.

Once I made the decision to publish books on a variety of topics, I went from writing an article each day, which is about four hundred words, to writing about one thousand words each day. These are typically sections of the book I am currently working on, but this may also include short articles to be submitted to the directories, blog posts, short reports, and eBooks. Everything I write will be eventually repurposed into another format, so it’s almost as though as get two or three times the value of everything I am writing about. You can do the same exact thing to increase your writing productivity.

Make the decision to incorporate writing into your daily life and business. Choose topics that you will be able to write about easily, making it more fun to do. Then get serious about writing and publishing so that you will soon become an author and an expert in your field. Remember that the word author comes from the word authority, so this can be an amazing way to change your life forever.

You will find that opportunities will present themselves in a way you never could have imagined, once you take the step to becoming a published author.

Remember that the reason to start an Internet business with your writing is to give you the time and financial freedom to live the life you choose. Download a free teleseminar on building your online business by visiting Get Started Writing Online to learn how to write articles, blog, become involved in social networking and learn the technology needed to build a profitable online business.

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Self Publishing 101 – How to Write a Book Marketing Plan

I’m sure you’re not too surprised to find out that your work as a self published author doesn’t stop when the presses finally start -actually, some of the most important work you’ll do to make your book sell STARTS now (if not a bit earlier…)

How often have you heard other self published authors lament their lack of sales? All too often, I’m sure – and all too often, good planning and a smart strategy could have changed those stories

A sound and sensible marketing plan for your book is just as important as the writing, design, and publication itself – no matter how wonderful your book might be, it won’t sell itself… and it’s highly unlikely for a new author (and even many well seasoned ones) that your book is going to jump off bookstore shelves without some help. Remember, in most bookstores, it has about 8,000 other competitors right next to it!

Your marketing plan should be built to identify the revenue streams you expect to attack. This document should be an outline on how you will achieve your income or sales goals, and it should identify in detail the market you see and how you will reach your sales goals.

Building a marketing plan.

You all know a book won’t sell itself? Right? Surprisingly, many authors DON’T understand this fact until too late – and they are disappointed with their sales performance. Every book needs some sort of marketing plan – something that sets your expectations and creates achievable goals that you can attack in an orderly fashion.

But – how do you create a marketing plan for your book? There is a ton of great freeware, even more that you can spend lots of money on, that all help you create a marketing plan for selling your book. But – before you go to the exciting effort of spending time and money on downloading software, open up your trusty word processor and follow me…

Who will buy your book?

The secret to sales success is to target your marketing as directly as possible to your potential reader – and have it be someone who is reachable.

“Everyone will want to read my book!” Sorry, but that doesn’t work. Even the absolute best selling books – that sell 2 or 3 million copies in a year – only penetrate to about 3% of the reading population. Sales success for your book will be driven by defining a very clear picture of who is interested in your book.

They must be identifiable: Make a list! Which groups would be interested in your book? Why? Who is next? Why should the need or want your book? (remember this – someone is more likely to buy something they NEED before something they WANT)

What is your definition of success for your book? What is your GOAL?

Some authors write for themselves and their faimilies only – they don’t dream of their books as bestsellers in the marketplace. Some authors write for a very specific personal need to tell their story. Some have unique insight into very specific topics. Many have dreams of seeing their book in the front of Borders or Barnes & Noble. Each author is different, but you MUST decide what your real definition of success happens to be. We don’t want to pursue a goal that may not be what you actually feel is important.

Marketing & publicity is a long-term, consistent and concerted effort – it never ever happens overnight, even though it may seem to for some people.

Create a reasonable timeline and budget

All of us have finite amounts of time, energy, and money. Marketing can eat up all three very quickly, leaving you alone, exhausted, and broke. The game is to pace yourself and resources so that you can keep the effort moving along. This is where your planning in Chapter Three works it magic – without looking at the “big picture,” most of us would never know how much of our precious resources should be devoted to each aspect of the game. Organization and prioritizing are the most important part of the process – and you may find yourself returning to and rewriting sections of your plan.

That’s it – the building of a book marketing plan in a nutshell if you will. Let us know if we can answer any questions, and thanks for reading

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May you have success in your creative efforts!

Ray Robinson is a partner in Dog Ear Publishing a self publishing services company specializing in delivering “high touch” services to the author community. His company provides a full range of services to authors, from editorial to page layout to marketing and fulfillment. Visit the web site for a complete discussion on marketing your book.

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How to Survive Being Edited as a New Author

Do you find it hard to accept criticism? I sometimes find it hard to take the criticism of others, but I think it has something to do with the way they do it. If it is done in a loving, caring manner it is much easier to swallow. If it is done in a critical, dog eat dog manner it is much harder to get over the hurt so you can move on to accept the suggestions.

Believe me since I have been online I have had to deal with this from time to time. One of the hardest for me to swallow was a person who totally did not want me sharing Bible Verses. It hurt my feelings, but it was more about the fact they rejected God. It made me realize how He must have felt walking around on this earth and being constantly rejected by people. Maybe this is something He wanted me to feel so I would not feel so rejected myself. Or maybe it was so I wouldn’t feel like I was exempt from rejection.

One of the processes we as author’s have to go through that is hard to get used to is being edited. It is something we all need, but how do we survive it. As a new author this was one of the hardest things for me, because I didn’t know what to expect. When I wrote my first book: The Book of Ruth: A Story of Love and Redemption and got it back from the editor I was devastated.

I felt like someone had torn my baby apart. It took me a day or two to get past the surprise to be able to do the updates. My editor gave me good advice. She said for me to leave it alone for a few days and give myself time to get used to the idea, then go back and make the corrections. It was good advice and it helped. What she did was good, I just didn’t have any idea what to expect.

I have had people edit me who were loving, sweet and kind with their words of critique and suggestions. I have had other people who looked at my work and were critical, mean, had nothing good to say and made me feel like I had just been chewed up by a bull dog. It really hurt my feelings bad. It took me a while to get over it. It ruined my day and I still haven’t went back to look at their comments to see what improvements I can make from them. I did keep them and I hope in the near future I can move past the hurt and see what I can gain from their critiques.

So as we try to help each other and learn from each other my suggestion is that we think about the way we present our critiques to people. Can we also complement something they did right? Can we say it in a way that will not cut them to the core, but make them feel we really care about them and their work? We don’t want people to think everything they did was wrong. Or that we think we have all the answers and they are stupid.

Can we not be jealous of what God is doing in the other person’s life? Not feeling like we have to bring them down a notch or two. Can’t we celebrate one another’s  victories? How can we better support one another and celebrate what God is doing in each of our lives and still help make us all better for His glory?

I am sharing this in hopes of helping someone else who may have experienced the same thing or to help new author’s to know what to expect and not be caught off guard. I am not against editors or being edited or critiqued. I realize we all need to be edited and have our work looked at by other people to make us better and make our work better. But, let’s work together to make each other better and not bitter at the whole process. If we work together as a team, them we can improve the whole process and turn out work we all can be proud of.