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Resource Monday: Go A.P.E. yourself

In Great Resources, Its resource Monday!, On Marketing, On writing on February 3, 2014 at 10:49 am


 I read quite a bit.  Most of my reading consists of books that are informational, educational self help in nature.  I read more fiction as a youth but much less now.  (I’m working to remedy that!)

I want to recommend for today’s post a book that will give a tremendous hand to those either just starting out or even those who perhaps need a refresher after having published a book that is not doing as well as you might like.

APE: author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to publish a book by Kawasaki, Welch

This book covers the following areas

Why write a book

The self-publishing revolution

Tools for writers

How to write, finance, and edit your book

How to avoid that self published look

How book distribution works

How to convert your files

How to sell books directly

And it goes on and on.

On and on it goes.  This book to me is THE reference book for any beginning indie writer period.

One of the things I loved about the book was he also provided you what his method was for using the concepts he write about to get his book in your hands.  Its one thing to talk about how to its another to share with fellow readers the exact map YOU used to achieve your success.

The book is full of helpful links to the sources mentioned.  It is simple and I think a quick read. The author uses a very conversational tone, and it has a wonderful interactive table of contents that allows the reader to quickly navigate to any relevant section that is most useful to you.

I’ve read countless books about writing, editing, layout and design, publishing and marketing.

This book above all I’ve read provides the most comprehensive road map on the self-publishing process I have ever read.  It’s a must.  As someone who has now published my first novel.  If you asked me which book would you recommend for new authorpreneurs—this book hands down is the clear winner.  I wish I had this book when I started out, but I’m very glad I have it now.

Five stars.




Resource Monday: The 99 designs logo store

In Great Resources, Its resource Monday! on January 20, 2014 at 8:00 am

99 designs

Every Monday I try to bring to the audience helpful tips that will assist my fellows writers.

Today I would like to introduce a wonderful store that I have recently come into knowledge of.  For those of you have followed me you might know that I have used 99designs in the past to find the graphic artist for my current cover of my novel.  99 designs allows you to essentially find a freelance artist who will bid against other artists to design your work.  It’s a exceptional mechanism to obtain professional help at affordable prices.

What I have recently discovered is that 99desings has a store.  If you are like me you might have started to create a publishing business, if you plan to self publish.  So if that’s the case, have you thought what your logo will be?  Well let’s say that your budget doesn’t afford you the opportunity to have a logo created from scratch.  Well the 99 design stores allows you to browse their selection of logos, and purchase them for 99 dollars.  Per their website…

99designs1. Choose a logo you like

We have 40553 unique logos to choose from, all crafted by our experienced community of designers. All logos cost just $99, or if the logo has not been purchased before, you can buy it exclusively and own the full rights to the logo for an extra $199. More about the license agreements.

2. Our designers customize the logo for you

Once you’ve found a logo you like, let us know what customizations you’d like and we’ll get our experienced logo designers to do it for you. More on the customization process.

3. 24 hours later, it’s ready for review!

Within 24 hours, you’ll be emailed your customized logo.  You then accept the revision or request further changes if it’s not quite right. Logos are supplied in the standard industry formats of JPEG & EPS. More about what you get.

It’s a great service, and I plan shortly to utilize it myself to brand my publishing company.

Take a look-see!  I think you will be pleasantly surprised with what you find!

It’s resource Monday: Story Cartel

In Great Resources, Its resource Monday! on December 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

Greetings fellow human being and authors.  Yes I make a distinction.  Today I bring you another resource to assist the fellow author in their quest to achieve the heights of best seller status, or at the very least assist you in your publishing goals.

Today’s resource is a gem that I have stumbled upon (no pun intended) called Storycartel 

In their own words Storycartel is a website that allows you to post your book on their website for free.  Yes I said free. Don’t panic.  In addition to posting your book for free you will be asked to provide a giveaway to readers who in exchange for getting your book for free acquire a chance to receive the giveaway, will give you an honest review.  Only those who actually post a review are eligible for the giveaway.

You have several options available to you to give away; again per the website, “We help every author on Story Cartel hold a drawing to give their reviewers one of the following prizes of the author’s choice: five print copies of their book, three $10 Amazon gift cards, or one Kindle eReader.”  The presumption here is that the eReader will draw more people to download your book, and subsequently to write a review.

In any event I chose the gift card route as it costed out to be the most economical choice in my case.

The authors book is posted for four weeks.   During this time Story Cartel will give you an estimate of the number of reviews you can expect to obtain based off of the numbers who are downloading your book.

Story Cartel keeps track of the number of downloads and gives authors access to a spreadsheet of the reviewers’ names and email addresses.  Remember, these individuals have wanted to read your book.  So used carefully these emails are a marketing gold mine.

After the conclusion of your campaign Story Cartel will email your reviewers reminding them to post their review and only those who submit a review are eligible to receive the final gift.

I found it to be a very rewarding experience, and if your an author in need of reviews I believe you will find it well worth your time as well.


Want Your Self-Published Book in Stores? Consider this…

In Great Resources, On Marketing on July 12, 2013 at 2:24 pm

thCASV650KEvery author dreams of having their books in brick and mortar stores.  This author is no different.  However, self-published authors have certain barriers to overcome that those going the traditional route don’t have to contend with.

In my efforts to promote not just my own works but also those of others I have come across an article that answers the above question.  Chocked full of great information you will find in this article a path to help determine how best to distribute and get your work to consumers.

The link can be found below


15 Places to post your online content

In Great Resources, On Marketing, Uncategorized on July 9, 2013 at 7:31 pm


15 Places to post your online content

“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.”

Ec 11:1

The internet is a huge space.  To become noticed it helps to have some knowledge about where to post your content if you desire for it to be seen.  To that end I have found a link on squiddo that gives 15 places anyone that is seeking to expose their content to the masses online should consider.  It’s a great start, but are there other options and ideas that you can think of?

Feel free to comment and share what you have learned and or what works for you.


12 Best in class software to write your novel!

In Great Resources, On writing on June 30, 2013 at 4:05 am


12 Best in class software to write your novel!

Is the only writing tool you are familiar with with Microsoft Word?  Is it too clunky for you?  Doesn’t seem like its designed with the novelist in mind?  Well never fear.  In my search to bring you the best resources possible in completing your masterpiece.  I present to you this article in hopes that you will find that writing tool that works for you.


How to use hashtags to find your first 100 twitter followers – Wheatmark

In Great Resources, On Marketing on April 14, 2013 at 3:02 am

How to use hashtags to find your first 100 twitter followers – Wheatmark.

Yay its resource Monday: But on Friday. :-)

In Great Resources, Its resource Monday! on March 15, 2013 at 4:27 pm

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Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I’d like to present…drum roll please….Authors marketing Club!

Let’s give them a hand shall we!

Well I found this gem of a site while looking for resources to better market my own wares.

Here’s a quick video that talks about what they do.

But overall you can…

Upload book trailers and have them reviewed!

They have dozens of helpful videos to help you understand how to market your book, and build a great platform

There are some great forums to participate in and get feedback

They have a book featured portion that sends your book out to over 3000 people via email lisitng.  That’s a huge number of people

Finally one of the nicest things is their book submission tool which allows you right from their site. “No longer do you have to dig up your links to the best places to submit your books. We’ve put them all together here for you in one spot. Just click on the logos below to load each site’s form, fill in your details, and you’re done.”  There are 20 different sites that once you complete their submission requirements gets your book in front of thousands of people.

I can’t speak more highly about this site which is why I became a member.  If you are marketing a book, especially if its digital this site is a godsend.

Here’s the link!

Yay its resource Monday: But on Thursday. :-)

In Great Resources on March 7, 2013 at 1:26 am


Ok each week I am scouring the net for great resources of all kinds.  Primarily for writers but it can be whatever fancies me.

This week I’d like to present…drum roll please….HubSpot’s Marketing Grader!

Let’s give them a hand shall we!

Well I found this gem of a site while looking for resources to better market my own wares.

Per the website Marketing Grader does the following.

“HubSpot’s Marketing Grader allows you to evaluate the effectiveness of your marketing by looking at many factors, including your website, social media activity, mobile responsiveness, blogging activity, email marketing, lead nurturing, and analytics. As a marketer, you need to be aware of how each of your marketing efforts affect your lead pipeline, and spend your limited time on the activities that will give you the most return. Marketing Grader does just this by analyzing all aspects of your marketing efforts and letting you know where you’re succeeding and what you need to spend more time improving.

Marketing Grader also outlines why you should take particular steps to improve and what your top priorities should be. With customized action items to help the top of your funnel, the middle of your funnel, and your analytics, Marketing Grader makes it easy for you to figure out your next steps.

Marketing Grader will help you understand:

Blogging Is my blog driving results that justify the time investment, or are we wasting time doing the wrong things?

Social Media How effectively are we using Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter in our marketing?

SEO How optimized is my website to be found by people searching for my services online?

Lead Generation Are my marketing efforts generating enough leads and sales?

Mobile Marketing Is my web presence optimized for mobile devices?

Competitive Benchmarking Is my marketing more or less effective than my competition?”

Now I don’t know about you.  But if you have a blog or website I think all of us want increased traffic, and having an objective outside entity look at your website and see if it can be improved can go a long ways.

I would say look at its results as foundational steps of what you might want to do further with your marketing of your site.

Since authors HAVE to market in order to get their work exposed.  And authors are not necessarily marketers and need help in this area.  I thought I’d share this lil nugget.  I hope you find it useful.  The link is below.

Until next time!

Oh and PS!

I want to hear from you!

To prove it and show my love, for the month of March, everyone who leaves a comment I will put your name in a hat. If you comment and link back to my blog on your blog, you get your name in the hat twice. If you leave a comment and link back to my blog, and mention my book The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars in your blog…you get your name in the hat THREE times. What do you win? A guest blog appearance!  Yep I’ll feature you in my blog and help promote you!  How about that?

I will pick a winner once a month. So at the end of March I will pick a winner for the monthly prize. Good luck!

Free media files you can use

In Great Resources on September 16, 2012 at 7:44 am

Free media files you can use

I am always on the look out for great media.  Great media such as songs, graphics, etc, can inspire or be used to help promote your work.

Today I am introducing you to  a site called Commons Wikimedia.  This site has tons of great media.  Enjoy!

Oh I take check, cash, and great book reviews!