My Book Marketing Secret

This is great stuff.

Nicholas C. Rossis

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksThis is a guest post I wrote for Chris, the Story Reading Ape’s blog, and it describes my marketing strategy – which is really very simple. In fact, it can be summed up as follows:

  • Be real,
  • be fun,
  • be helpful.

If you do that, people will buy your books simply because they will like you and will want to support you. In other words, “if people like what you’re saying, they’ll buy what you’re selling.”

I have read many marketing guides, but have come to realize that it all boils down to how people perceive you. In marketing speech, your brand.

Having a consistent author brand is liberating. It allows you to publish pretty much anything you like, irrespective of genre. People will read your books because you have written them – and they trust you to offer them a good time.

That’s great. How about some…

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THE FRONT PORCH

Large porch

Copyright: Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Here we are again another week. We’re gathered this time on a virtual large front porch of a home in a warm part of the country. We’re here to discuss our original stories for the Friday Fictioneer’s group. The hostess for the group is the talented and gracious artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The prompt this week was also supplied by her. Thanks again Rochelle. The challenge of this group is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box to read the other stories.

The link to the other stories is as follows:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/13-february-2015/

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE FRONT PORCH By P.S. Joshi

I remember the large front porch of the house where I was born. It was a magic place.

On rainy days, my friends and I felt protected as we played. There was a woven grass mat on the floor, mats to be let down for protection from sun on a hot day, and a large swing suspended from the ceiling.

On days I played alone, Mom put my small table and a chair out so I could draw or paint.

When I was older, my boyfriend got down on one knee in front of the swing and proposed to me.

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THE FOOL

Lake fishing

Copyright: Barbara W. Beacham

This is my weekly contribution to Monday’s Finish the Story hosted by Barbara Beacham. Every Monday , Barb supplies a new picture prompt along with the first sentence to be used for the story. The original story to be written should have only 100 to 150 additional words. I’ve bolded the first sentence given with the picture prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box to read the other stories.

The link for all the other stories is as follows:

http://mondaysfinishthestory.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/214/

Genre: Speculative Fiction

Word Count: 150+13+2=165 Words

THE FOOL By P.S. Joshi

Dropping her line into Fool’s Lake, she patiently waited for something to bite.

Sarah and her husband had decided to take a vacation here this summer.

Since she was an early riser, she had awakened this first morning at six and gone fishing. She thought, “That’s an odd name for a place. I wonder why they called it that.”

Shortly, a man about in his fifties joined her. He sat down on the edge of the dock and cast in his line.

Sarah decided to be friendly first. “Do you live near here?” she asked.

He smiled and said, “I’ve been here for some time.”

After an hour, she decided to quit fishing and go back to the cabin. “Bye.” she said to the man

He just smiled and said, “You can now say you met the darn fool who fell into the lake and drowned.”

Later, her husband smiled and said, “I heard there’s a ghost fisherman here. Did you meet him?”

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Formatting your own Ebook – Q & A with David Cronin

Great series. This piece gives all the links.

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

We have now reached the end of this series that David posted on formatting and publishing your Ebook professionally. It is now time for the Q & A and if you have not read all the posts or specific ones of interest to you perhaps you might like to take the time this week  and then if you still have any questions make a note of them in the comment section.. David will then answer those here so that everyone who might have a similar query gets the answer too.

You should find most of what you need here but if not then you will find an email address at the end of the links. Thanks very much to those of you who have shared and commented on this series and glad that you found it interesting and helpful.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/the-ebook-doctor-making-your-own-ebooks-by-david-cronin-part-one/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/the-ebook-doctor-part-two-which-ereaders-for-format-your-books-for19394/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/the-ebook-doctor-part-three-anatomy-of-an-ebook/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/16/the-ebook-doctor-anatomy-of-an-ebook-continued/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/writing-your-own-ebook-part-four-what-ebook-format-should-i-use/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/making-your-own-ebooks-part-five-what-can-you-do-with-your-word-processor-to-make-your-ebooks-better/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/23/writing-your-own-ebook-part-six-creating-the-ebook-framework/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/26/making-your-own-ebook-part-seven-finishing-the-framework-for-the-book/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/making-your-own-ebook-part-eight-how-to-clean-the-formatting-in-your-word-file/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/01/30/making-your-own-ebook-part-nine-making-a-fresh-start/
https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/making-your-own-ebook-part-ten-metadata-your-digital-book-cover/

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THE GREAT BOUDICCA

Chariot and rider.

Copyright — Alastair Forbes

This is my contribution to Sunday Photo Fiction for February 8, 2015. Every Sunday a new picture prompt is supplied by Alastair Forbes, the host. The weekly challenge is to write an original story with no more than 200 words. It’s supposed to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the picture prompt for the week. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box to read all the other stories.

The link for all other stories is as follows:

http://sundayphotofictioner.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/sunday-photo-fiction-february-8th-2015/

Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count: 194 Words

THE GREAT BOUDICCA By P.S. Joshi

She stood straight and determined in the chariot, holding the reins in a firm grip, giving forth an air of confidence. It was about A.D. 61. This was the great and powerful Boudicca, woman warrior and leader, Celtic queen of the Iceni tribe, widow of the Celtic king Prasutagus of East Anglia. She was filled with righteous anger, a determination to fight back.

Upon the death of her husband, their kingdom had been unjustly annexed by the Roman Empire under Nero, as if conquered. She had been stripped and beaten, and her daughters raped. Now she was leading her people and the Trinovantes, who joined them, on a revolt, an attack on the Roman-held city of Camulodunum (now Colchester), and capital of Roman Britain. After that, they would drive on to Londinium (now London) and Verulamium (now St. Albans), destroying both cities with a death toll in the thousands.

She was finally defeated by the Roman army led by Paulinus.

It isn’t known for sure whether she was killed, poisoned herself to avoid capture, or died from illness. A statue exists in her memory, while Emperor Nero’s name lives on in infamy

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Conclusions from Author Earnings, January 2015

Interesting piece. We should all take note.

Nicholas C. Rossis

You may remember that I study Hugh Howey’s and Data Guy’s quarterly Author Earning Reports religiously, so that I can offer you the highlights. The Passive Guy alerted me to the January 2015 report (if you don’t already subscribe to his free newsletter, The Passive Voice, I urge you to do so – he’s one of the greatest resources for publishing-related information I have found so far).

Now that everyone’s been properly credited for their hard work, what nice things can we gleam from the latest report?

Gimme the Highlights

  • AuthorEarnings reports analyze detailed title-level data on 33% of all daily ebook sales in the U.S.
  • 30% of the ebooks being purchased in the U.S. do not use ISBN numbers and are invisible to the industry’s official market surveys and reports; all the ISBN-based estimates of market share reported by Bowker, AAP, BISG, and Nielsen are wildly wrong.
  • 33%

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..on a (partially, at least) serious bum note, to all the gents out there…

A serious message to any men reading this done as only Seumas can do it regarding your prostates.

Seumas Gallacher

… when this ol’ Jurassic was growing up in Docklands Govan in Glasgow, there was no concept of cusswords and swearing being unacceptable language… the ‘F’-bombwas as familiar a verb/noun/greeting/adverb/adjective/ as any other WURD in circulation… likewise, terms of backstreet slums endearment, particularly if scampering away from more senior kids chasing we junior terrors, included the ubiquitous catch-all, ‘Up-Yer-Bum!’… attended generally with shrieks of laughter and built-in naughtiness… not until decades later, do I feel inclined to visit the same greeting to any and all of my fellow fellows on here… especially in pursuit of sum’thing I think vitally important… getting yer prostate checked

man

…for years far more than I care to recall, I suffered from severe prostititis, which, as any of yeez who’ve ‘been there’ will know, is extremely uncomfortable at best, and excruciatingly painful at worst… eventually, some eight years ago, I was able to…

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THE MAZE

 

garden-maze

Copyright–Melanie Greenwood

Here we are again another week, gathered this time at the virtual estate of a wealthy family. They have an especially beautiful maze in the back yard. We’re here to do more than sightsee. We’re going to discuss our original stories for the Friday Fictioneer’s group. The hostess for this group is the talented and gracious artist and author, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. The prompt this week was supplied by Melanie Greenwood. Thanks Melanie. Using this prompt, our challenge is to write a story with no more than 100 words. It’s to have a beginning, middle, end, and follow the prompt. Be sure to click on the little blue frog in the blue box to read the other stories.

The link to the other stories is as follows:

http://rochellewisofffields.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/6-february-2015/

Genre: Detective Fiction

Word Count: 100 Words

THE MAZE By P.S. Joshi

Chief Inspector Burton was interested in the cold cases. In his spare time, he was always working on something concerning them.

He found the disappearance of ten young women, some twenty years before, especially curious. Few leads had turned up, and the cases had to be closed.

Checking further, he discovered the women were all from the same general area east of the city, not far from the estate of wealthy arms manufacturer, Mr. Joseph Birmingham. He decided to visit Sunday afternoon.

Mr. Birmingham had died and the estate was for sale.

On the grounds, he noticed a luxuriant maze.

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