Readers Can’t Find Your Book: Internet Marketing for Authors (Guest Post) By: Steven Capps

Steven Capps published a guest post on The Story Reading Ape’s blog that might help many of us with our internet marketing! Thank you Steven and Chris!

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According to UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) over two million books have been published this year. That does include everything written before or all of the books that will be published in the future. If I had a penny for every hundred books ever published, I’d certainly have a lot more pennies than I do now. While this statistic seems a bit detached, it is crucial for your success as an author. In order for a reader to find your book, you have worse than a one in two million chance.

There is one major problem with this statistic; launching a book isn’t the same as buying a lottery ticket. Luck might be a bit of a factor, but if you are not seeing sales, there is likely something you are doing wrong. I know this sounds harsh, and no…

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Help Wanted: Apply Within

Author Tracee Ford asks writers for help, publishing articles, poetry and posts for her blog, once a month on “Teaser Tuesday”. Check it out, you’ll love it.

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Tracee Ford

All of you know that I ask for article submissions many times during the year. I also ask for authors to send teasers for Teaser Tuesday. Here’s what I’d like to do for 2017: Tuesday’s Tales: Inspirational Works.

So what does that mean?

I would like to find people willing to submit poetry or positive works of any kind. I would like to feature it on the last Tuesday of every month. If you write positive articles, heart-felt short stories, engaging poetry, or anything else that would be considered “inspirational,” please send it my way. I have many spots open for this year. You don’t have to be published either. Anything that you consider to be uplifting, please think about sharing it on my blog.

Additionally, I have spots open for Teaser Tuesday. If I have not featured teasers for you, please contact me. I filled a lot of…

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Selling Books—The Struggle is REAL but Not New & What to DO!

Kristen Lamb provides us with an excellent article on book sales. The struggle is real, but not new and what to do. Thank you so much Kristen!

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I know a lot of authors feel overwhelmed in the digital age of publishing and that is perfectly understandable. But today I would like to pan back and maybe offer a refreshed perspective to keep you pressing.

Today we face the challenge of creating a brand. But you might be thinking, “What exactly is a brand?” There is a lot of misinformation floating around so that is a reasonable question to ask.

A brand is the power of a name to drive sales. Our name alone compels action.

No easy task. Overcoming inertia is critical for any author who wants to make a living doing this writing thing. In an age of instant? This is going to take a while, but hopefully I can help 😉 .

But first…

The Struggle is NOT New

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Publishers have always struggled to help authors…

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…where have all the bank services gone?… long time passing…

Seumas Gallacher on bank services… where he’s right, he’s right! Thanks for this phenomenal, humorous and true blog post, Seumas!

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Seumas Gallacher

…’fess up time… in a different life, this ol’ Scots Jurassic scribbler was once a banker… a Trainee Master of the Financial Universe… I skulked around as a manager of treasury departments and headed foreign exchange dealing rooms for a coupla decades and threw in some service for another coupla decades as a customer-facing senior executive as well… however, it seems so loooooong ago, now, Mabel… and sadly, as most of us have also experienced, things ain’t what they used to be… I don’t wanna sound like the old generation ‘we did it so much better’ kinda thing, but let’s consider a few issues here: first up, there’s a permanent place in a burning hell awaiting the genius who devised the ‘customer call centre’ concept, where yer first response is a mechanical voice menu that takes yeez on a ten-minute (minimum) merry-go-round, waiting to talk to a ‘real’ person……

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January/February 2017 Writing Contests

Rachel Poli has provided us with this early year’s writing contests for the first two months of 2017.
Thank you Rachel!! You’re great!

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january-february-2017-writing-contestsJanuary 2017

Genre: Fiction
Theme: Family Matters
Website: Glimmer Train
Deadline: January 2, 2017
Entry Fee: $18
Prize: First place – $2,500

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry
Theme: N/A
Website: Glass Mountain Magazine
Deadline: January 9, 2017
Entry Fee: $5
Prize: $100

Genre: Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: Literal Latte
Deadline: January 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $10 for one entry or $15 for two entries
Prize: First place – $1,000

Genre: Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry
Theme: N/A
Website: Women’s National Book Association
Deadline: January 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $20 for non-members, $15 for members
Prize: $250

Genre: Fiction
Theme: N/A
Website: The Masters Review
Deadline: January 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $20
Prize: $2,000

Genre: Short Short Story
Theme: N/A
Website: Writer’s Digest
Deadline: January 16, 2017
Entry Fee: $25
Prize: First place – $3,000

Genre: Nonfiction
Theme: Dreams, Premonitions, and the Unexplainable
Website: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: January 31…

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