Derek Haines informs us about five essential book promotion tools for authors. Thank you so much for your helpful blog post, Derek!
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For self-published authors, book promotion is always a challenge.
It takes time to plan your book marketing ideas before your book launch. Then you need to keep the buzz going after you publish a book.
There are many ways to market a book, yet for an indie author, the most critical factor is your time.
You want to get your book noticed by potential readers, but you don’t want to spend all your waking hours trying to sell your book.
Time-saving book promotion tools
1. Publisher Rocket
3. SNAP Auto Poster
5. Kindlepreneur Book Description Generator
Derek Haines once more provides us with excellent writing advice, this time in grammar and writing. Thank you so much, Derek!
Almost every style guide will tell you should avoid the split infinitive.
But is this generalized rule always valid?
We all know the famous Star Trek example of breaking the rule: to boldly go where no man has gone before.
It would sound awkward if I applied good English grammar. My grammar checker correction says it should read: to go where no man has gone before boldly.
Derek Haines informs us about writing styles and teaches us to know about them to improve our own writing. Thank you very much for that very educational blog post, Derek!
What are the different styles of writing?
There are six general types of writing styles. They are descriptive, expository, persuasive, narrative, poetic and technical.
When you understand the differences between each one, they will help your word choice and sentence structure.
In other words, you can keep to a specific style to suit any particular piece of writing.
A fiction author writes in a different style to a blogger, an article writer or a political commentator.
Derek Haines teaches us about selling books on Amazon. Thanks so much for another one of your valuable lessons. I very much appreciate your educational posts, and I’m sure not the only one, Derek. Thank you!
Selling books on Amazon is a tough business
If you are a self-publishing author, it is easy to forget that Amazon sells a lot of products apart from books.
Listing your books for sale is only a tiny part of what Amazon sells. It sells everything from home-delivered groceries to complex security installations.
But can you imagine that there is a lucrative market for wordless books?
Well, in fact, a wordless picture book can earn far more than you are earning for your fiction book of 100,000 words.
Thank you for all your work and support to us writers, Derek. I think that is such an important article for each one of us.
Don’t advertise your writing mistakes
You might have written and published a perfect book. You could be a fantastic blogger. Your poetry may be astounding.
But you should always be on your guard for the most common writing mistakes.
We all make silly grammar, spelling and punctuation errors when we write. But a good writer will always correct a word or phrase with common mistakes before posting anything online.
You might not think about grammar rules, punctuation marks and complete sentences when you write an email, message or social media post. But people really do notice your mistakes.
Derek Haines provides us with a list of the best free passive voice checkers online. Thank you very much, Derek.
Are you looking for a reliable passive voice checker?
That’s an excellent idea. You should always avoid using the passive voice in writing as much as you can.
But sometimes it isn’t easy to spot when you are doing a quick proofread of your text.
A much easier, and more accurate way to locate a passive sentence or passive construction is to use an online checker.
There are many free online tools you can use to help you. The bonus is that many of them will help you find other grammar errors and spelling mistakes as well.
Derek Haines helps us with the art of blog writing. Thank you very much for all your information and support, Derek.
Every day, millions of people are publishing blog posts.
Most of them fail to attract many readers. This is because they lack the essential elements to get a high ranking on search engines.
When you spend all the time and effort to write a blog post, you want people to read your blog.
The quickest way to get some readers is to promote your new blog post on social media. In the short term, it is useful. You might attract a few hundred people to read your post.
Depending on which social networks you use, you could get some shares and likes and if you are lucky, a few comments.
But after a few days on Facebook or Twitter, your great post will be off the radar and lost forever.
The only way to attract long-term traffic to your blog is to start writing for man and machine.
Or in other words, for readers and search engine crawlers.
But don’t panic at the thought of learning how to use search engine optimization (SEO).
In this article, I will give you some simple tips that you can use to help you improve your blog content. At the same time, they will help you find new readers.
Derek Haines helps us and our books with his valuable advice. Thank you very much Derek!
21 Questions to attract more interest to your book description
If you have ever played the 21 questions game, you’ll know that people really can open up when they answer the questions you ask.
Interesting questions make people think, funny questions make people laugh, and a good question demands a logical answer.
By playing this game, you learn how powerful a great question can be.
There is a natural, almost irresistible, attraction to answering a list of questions.
But have you thought about using the power of questions in your book description to help you sell more books?
Derek Haines writes about starting over and leaving our comfort zone. Thanks a lot for that blog post, Derek. It was very important to me right now.
Change is the only constant in life
Everyone loves to talk about change, but when change happens unexpectedly, it usually means starting over and leaving one of our comfort zones behind us.
It doesn’t matter what the cause is; a relationship, a job or where you live.
When your stability and routine is upset, it can be difficult to know how to start over and find a fresh start.
But when we look back on the changes that have happened in our lives, such as an old job, a previous relationship or where we lived ten years ago, today is better.
It can take time to adapt, but in the end, we generally feel good about the choices and decisions we made.
Change in life is not always easy.
But when it comes to publishing today, making changes is the only way to move ahead.
Derek Haines informs us about the four essential elements we need to sell books on Amazon. Thank you for sharing your experience, Derek. We really appreciate it!
Have you written a book you want to sell?
You have? Well, you are probably very excited about the prospect of becoming a published author, and rightly so.
But before you jump into self-publishing your book, sit back and take a deep breath. You have some work to do before you publish that will help sell books on Amazon after your book is released.
Selling books online today is very competitive. Every year more and more authors are publishing books and ebooks on Amazon, Apple, Kobo and Barnes & Noble.
By some estimates, a new title is published every one minute and forty-five seconds on Amazon KDP alone.
Many of these thousands of titles are never going to succeed at selling on Amazon. Either because the writing standard is poor, the cover is homemade, or in a lot of cases nowadays, many are merely copies of public domain books.
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