Writers Block…

What is it and how to get past it!

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There are times in a writer’s life when they have no energy or motivation to write. They may stare at a blank page not knowing what to write. Not knowing where to start.

This can be for a few days or weeks. It is a difficult time for a writer. Most will tell you this is a frustrating situation to be in. So, what is this issue?

Well, according to Wikipedia, this is known as writer’s block. This is how Wikipedia defines it:

a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown.

What causes writer’s block:

There are several reasons for a writer to feel blocked. If you don’t know what is causing your block, how can you overcome it? When you’re blocked it is easy to feel like you are being unproductive. You can feel like your writing career has taken a large step backward. It is not a good feeling to have. it can bring you down and make you feel depressed. Here are some of the most common causes of writer’s block:

  • Fear of failure

All writers tend to have a fear of failure at some point in their lives. They may have family and friends that they are wasting time trying to have a full time writing career. Their told that they are no good and they will never make any money writing. Some don’t let it affect their career. But for others, it can take over their dream of writing. Sometimes it can cause a writer to give up on writing completely.

  • Perfectionism

Some don’t get very far with writing because they are always going over every word they write. There trying to make it perfect the first time around. They don’t feel free to write everything in their head all out on paper or computer screen. It must be perfect. With this holding them back they can’t get anything written. Or if they do actually write something they have to go back over and over it many times. This will take them forever to get any fair amount written.

  • Imposter syndrome

For those who write nonfiction or blog, this is a common one to go through. They may not consider themselves an expert on what they are writing. So what happens? They feel like they are an imposter and that people will see right through them. This isn’t how it actually is in real life, but it is how they feel none the less. It can cause them to give up and not want to write.

  • Exhaustion

It could be that you are trying to do too much too fast. Or you’re trying too do too much in a day. Or you have a full-time day job that you work 60 hours a week and a family to take care of. This can make things difficult. When this happens you may be running on empty and need to take a step back and recharge. Suffering from exhaustion is not a way for you to be productive with your writing. It makes you put it off again and again. Try working only a few hours one day a week when you are off of work. Like a Saturday or a Sunday.

  • You’re distracted

It is impossible to write when you’re distracted. You may have lots of people around you. Or a tragedy has happened in your family. Or, it is right now when we in the world is having to deal with the Covid 19. This has everyone distracted. Kids are home and everyones shut in the house unable to go anywhere other than to get food and necessities.

It’s hard. I understand. I have am shut in the house for the past 2 weeks and I have 5 other people in the house causing all kinds of distractions. This has caused me to be very unproductive when it comes to my writing. My medium earnings have gone down a lot the past couple of months. Mostly because of so many people in the house causing my distraction.

It is my hope that in the next few weeks I am able to get into an apartment of my own with my daughter. I hope that with the two of us I will be less distracted and be more productive. Then my case of writer’s block will be gone completely. What I am lacking is routines. My routines without a house full of people interrupting or changing them on me.

  • Pressure from previous success

Have you had a book or two already published and found some success with them? This can cause you to become blocked also. You may be afraid that your next project will not do as well. Or that your books will stop doing well. Fear is a very powerful thing. It can stifle your creativity. OK so your not afraid that you won’t succeed again, but you are afraid you will. And you won’t know how to handle the situation should it arise. If you have never succeeded at something before and all the sudden you do, it can be hard to handle.

How to overcome writer’s block:

So, now that we know what can cause writer’s block we need to figure out how to overcome it. This can be easy and it can become difficult to get rid of it. Depending on the circumstances and what is causing the block. In this next section, I will talk about several different ways to try and overcome writer’s block. if you want to know more read on and I will tell you.

  • Plot out your book or articles

I know you may be a panser but sometimes doing some plotting can help with writer’s block. It gives you an idea of what you want to write or how to write it. It doesn’t have to be an extensive outline. In fact, it doesn’t have to be an outline in the traditional sense. List some scenes you may want to add. Or topics you wish to write about.

  • Keep a writers notebook

whether it is on paper or on your phone write down all your ideas, quotes you find interesting, writing prompts, and everything else you can think of. This will help you to keep from forgetting things that may find a place in your writing one day. This also helps to give you ideas about what to write about.

  • End distractions

Try writing in a quiet room of the house and close the door. Or you could wake up before everyone else to get some writing done. If you are able you could even stay up a little later after the family goes to bed to do your writing.

  • Read a book

Reading books is very important for writers. This is not only to entertain but also to learn more about the writing process. When you read books in the same genres you write in, you can see how they are written. It ccan even give you ideas for your own book. As long as you don’t copy word for word from them.

  • Free write

You can start out by freewriting until you begin to get into the flow of writing. Sometimes this is all it takes to get your creative juices flowing.

  • Brainstorm

Start by asking: “what if….” Then begin asking questions. Don’t worry if they are impossible or plain crazy. The point is to get your creativity going. Start with a single idea, sentence, or prompt. Then begin asking your what-if questions. See where it takes you.

  • Create a writers routine

Create a routine to get you in the writing mode. For instance: get a cup of your favorite beverage, light a candle, put some background on, and sit down to write. This is only an example. Your routine may be different. But this can help get you into the writing process easier.

  • Write something else

If you are stuck on a work in progress, put it away for a while. Go onto something else. Sometimes when you set a piece of work away then come back a few day, weeks, or months later your coming back at it with fresh eyes. This can bring back your creativity.

  • Take a shower

When you’re stuck on a work in progress take a shower and let your mind wander. Not only will you feel refreshed, but this can also help your mind work it out in the background.

  • Exercise

The same as taking a shower you can work it out in your head. Just let your mind wander while you’re exercising. Sometimes when your doing mindless tasks your mind takes over. You can then come up with ideas you couldn’t before.


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5+ Book Promotion Sites…

…For you to choose to use!

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When you self-publish your book you need to get the word out to let people know about it. Your book won’t sell if no one knows it exists then how can they buy it. The saying, “if you build it, they will come!” does not work with book publishing.

If you’re like me and hate the marketing process of it, I understand. But it is necessary to do it.

I have 3 books up on Amazon that I have self-published. But because of my lack of marketing skills, I have sold very few copies. But I am learning more about marketing every day.

My smoothie book will occasionally get reads through the kindle unlimited program. I have learned enough about marketing that I can market them better to get the word out. But I have decided to wait for a little on that.

See, since I have published them I have learned better editing skills. So before marketing, I want to take one down at a time and edit them all over again. Once I do this I will republish them and market the heck out of them.

I was reading a newsletter article about more than 100 websites for marketing your book or books. Some are free to use their services and some were offering paid marketing services. I was excited to read about those sites.

I had to share some of these sites with you because I was that excited. In this article, I talk about 5 different ones. All these offer a free plan and some offer small payment offers.

In this article, I have mentioned the free plans and paid plans. This will give you a glance at all that they have to offer. Also, don’t forget the extra link at the end of the article with bonus sites.

So what sites can you use for free? Well read on and I will tell you.

1. All author

Free plan:

  • Up to 4 books listed
  • Basic author page.
  • Up to 100 auto-tweets with the tweet scheduler.
  • Listing in the book directory.

Paid plan $59/6mo.

  • Unlimited books listed.
  • Not auto-renewed must be renewed every 6 months.
  • Premium author page.
  • 1 book in the features section.
  • List books that are free, KU, and 99¢ in the book deals section.
  • Author interview.
  • Unlimited 3D mock-up banner.
  • Weekly book mockup banner.
  • Review gif maker.

2. Book Angel

  • Books must be free or 99¢
  • Available also on Amazon.uk
  • The free or 99¢ deal must not only be available on prime or KU.
  • Free to advertise on this site.

3. Book of the day

Free option

  • Open admission

Paid option

  • $9.95.
  • 2 weeks on the front page.
  • 7 days on the sidebar.
  • In the newsletter, Facebook, and Twitter.
  • Added to the categories page.

4. Ebook lister

  • Requires a 3.5-star review
  • Or a fiction book with no reviews.
  • A nonfiction book must have 5 reviews.
  • Books must be $2.99 or less.
  • It does not charge to list your book.

5. Human-made

Regular/free listing

  • Listed under 1 genre.
  • A permanent dedicated page per book.
  • Permanent author’s personal profile page.
  • These pages are shared on social media pages.
  • Takes 3–4 weeks from the submitted data to be listed.

Powered listing

  • All benefits of free listing.
  • Listed within 48 hours.
  • Extensive posting on social media sites.
  • Includes a random book block on the site. This is extra advertising.
  • Costs $4.99

Free books and deals

  • Costs $3.99
  • Will spread the word about your free or discounted promotion.
  • Will be extensively shared and announced.
  • The review process will take 24–48 hours.

Advertise with us

  • $5–50
  • Open to any company, organization or author. for those who want to advertise their products and services. Not just books and publications, through the website.
  • The adds will be placed on one of 3 specific spots that you can choose from.
  • The adds will run either 1 week, 2 weeks or 1 month.

Bonus list of 100+ sites:

Here is a bonus link to the original article that contains these site links. Be careful though, some of the links to these sites listed in this article don’t work. But there are still so many that do work and will keep you happy to use for a long time.

There is one difference between the article I read and my article here. In this article, I listed all the services you receive on these sites and any fees associated with them. The other article doesn’t list the complete services by the site.

There are only 5 sites mentioned in this article but the other one lists many more.

Conclusion:

Now you have some free marketing tools to get you started. Market your book or books. And one site even allows you to market your other services or mailing list if you want.

Try choosing one site per day. Spend no more than 15 or 30 minutes researching and requesting your book or books to be marketed. The next day goes to another site and do it again.

Be sure to keep notes on the following:

  • What sites you started marketing on
  • The date the promotion started on that site
  • How long the advertising will last on that site.
  • How much did you spend on marketing for that site?
  • And the data. Was it a success? Or did it fail? How many books sold due to the site (if the data is available)?

This shows what succeeds and what failed. What you want to use again and what you don’t want to use again.

So have fun with your marketing!


Note: none of these links are affiliates. I do not make any money by sharing this information other than what medium pays me for your read time on this article.


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9 Types Of Digital Products You Can Create In A Day Or Two

Perfect for introverts!

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As an Entrepreneurial Writer, you want to make an ongoing passive income. You can do this with your writing. What writers usually think of is writing books and blogging. But there is so much more out there that you can create. Things that don’t take a long time to do and will continue to bring you income for years to come. I’m talking about digital products.

Why digital products?

Digital products are the easiest products to create. All it takes is a little time and knowledge. You don’t even need any money upfront to create them. This means that it is all 80–90% profit. Even if you price your digital products on the low in $20 or less you will still make quite a bit money.

What expenses are there in selling these products?

If you sell them on sites like Etsy it is a good way to build a digital product store. They take a percentage of each sale. Amazon’s KDP is the same.

If you want to sell digital photos and videos you can use places like shutterstock.com. They pay you a certain amount per photo or video.

If you have a membership site like patreon and substack they have a payment fee and processing fee. They charge you this fee each time they process a payment from one of your subscribers. The site deducts the fees from their payment and you receive the balance.

Then there are fees like marketing ads on Google, LinkedIn, and Facebook. There are editing fees and cover design fees. These fees are not mandatory. If you do all the work yourself you can save the expense.

The downside to this is that it makes more work for you and your marketing efforts will be slower. Unless you have a growing list.

Resources needed to create your digital products.

  • Try using canva for making your printables and digital marketing products.
  • Word and Excel are great for templates, workbooks, and worksheets.
  • You can create an Etsy store to sell your digital products.
  • Pixabay and unsplash are great for free photos.

What types of products are there that you can create?

E-books

E-books that can teach and inform are great products to sell. You can put them on Amazon, Smashwords, or even Draft2Digital.

When you create an email course you can automate it to send on autopilot. You do this through your email service provider. All you have to do is write out each of your email lessons and then set up the automation sequence.

Stock Photos

Creating these can be fun if you love taking photos. You can sell them on places like Shutterstock. People always need photos for their blog posts and book covers. So they go to these websites to get one when they need it.

A membership site

By creating a membership you can earn a reliable monthly income from your members. This is a great way to be able to move towards quitting your main job if that is one of your goals.

Another benefit is people will begin to see you as a respected source of information in your niche. The more respected you become, the more followers and members you will earn.

By building this type of site, your building a community with your members. People usually like being a part of a great community. When they find one they believe in and love being a part of they will tell others. Then those others join and tell others. Word of mouth is a very powerful marketing tool that is free.

Email course

When you create an email course you can automate it to send on autopilot. You do this through your email service provider. All you have to do is write out each of your email lessons and then set up the automation sequence.

Then when someone buys your course you start the sequence for them. This can take all 2 minutes and you’re done. Most people who sell email courses use PayPal to process the payments. So it would be a good idea to set up an account with PayPal.

PDF guide

What’s the difference between the PDF guide and an e-book? The number of pages is how I would categorize the difference. E-books are usually at least 26 pages or more. A PDF guide can be 25 pages or less. You can give these away for free or you can sell them at a good price.

When you sell a PDF you don’t have to go through Amazon or anyone else. This means your profit is larger. Someone buys your PDF and you email it right to them yourself. From point A to point B. No middle man. Then it’s 100% profit.

Printables

You can create printable sheets for people to buy and download. These can help people keep track of all different things in their careers and personal lives. Some examples of printables include:

  • Budget tracker spreadsheets
  • Income tracker spreadsheets
  • Worksheets workbooks
  • Shopping lists
  • Weight tracker spreadsheets
  • Calendars
  • Lesson plans
  • Planner pages

Audiobooks

Audiobooks are not as hard to create as some of the others. You can create them in one of 2 ways. Either way, it is another version of your published books. Here are the two ways you can do this:

  • You can record your book audio and create the audiobook yourself.
  • You can hire someone else to record the audio. Then you can publish the audio version yourself.

Which option you choose depends on your skills and budget to get the job done. If you want to know more about how to create an audiobook check out this webpage:

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Customizable marketing materials

Customizable marketing materials are great products to create and give away. What are they? Well, there are several different things you can create. for instance:

  • Infographics
  • Photographs
  • Swipe files
  • Checklists
  • Discount coupon
  • Testimonials
  • Product or service comparison sheets.

You can use these in your marketing strategies to sell your digital products. Or you can offer to create these products for other business owners. For their ow marketing campaigns. Or as a third option, you can do both.

You can create these products for other business owners. You can create several or all these and put them together into a marketing kit(see below). Your clients can use this kit to grow their business and you make money from the sale.

A kit

A kit is easy to put together if you have several different digital products. What is a kit? A kit is when you combine 2 or more digital products together to create a package deal.

For instance, you have 10 digital products and 4 of them are of similar content and you can put them together into a kit. This then gives you 11 different products. 10 different products and one kit with 4 different products bundled together.

Key takeaway:

In this article, I discussed 9 different types of digital products you can create and sell. You may want to create your own website or an Etsy store to sell them on. Then you can use PayPal for accepting payments. Some of these products you can earn 100% of profit and some are only a royalty percentage as a profit. But, either way, there is a large potential for earning extra money in this income stream. It is always good to have many income streams. In fact, a famous saying has always been:

Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

So are you ready to spend a weekend or two to create some digital products? Products that you can sell as another income stream? If you are, then have some fun with it. I know you can do it.

So what now?

Go forth and create!


Going On A Writers Retreat!

And how to plan your own.

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There’s nothing more exciting than going on a writer’s retreat. Going on a writer’s retreat has several benefits to them. They offer a great chance to relax and get away from your normal everyday life. It gives you a chance to get some extra writing done that you normally wouldn’t when at home. It gives you a chance to learn more about different topics in the writing industry. And finely, it can offer you a great opportunity for networking with other writers. Writers around the area or country.

Being a writer is a lonely business. When writing you are usually in your home holed up in a small office or kitchen table. You are so focused on your writing that even if you are in a public place you’re not talking to anyone.

There are two types of writers retreats you can attend:

  • A full writers event and retreat

This is where you go away for a few days or up to a week. You will be around other writers and attend workshops and other writing events. Your even able to get some writing done while you’re at one of these retreats.

  • A DIY writers retreat.

This is where you can go away by yourself to do some writing that you can’t get done while at home. In this type, you are not around anyone but yourself. You don’t have to go far to have one of these events.

It is good to go somewhere other than your own home. The point of the retreat is to get away so you can concentrate on your writing. No household chores. No cooking for the family. No caring for the family instead of writing. No distractions whatsoever.

But what if you can’t afford to pay for a trip to a writer’s retreat in another state or part of the world?

The travel expenses and the expense of joining the retreat can be pretty costly. But it doesn’t have to be. There are ways to have a good retreat with a limited budget.

Even if you plan a small DIY retreat of yourself, there are ways to incorporate everything in a regular retreat into your small one. In this article, I will talk about how to set up both types of retreats. Keep reading and I will tell you how to plan your own retreat. Both an elaborate one and a small DIY one.

Planning your own full writers retreat so other writers can join you at it:

This one can take a lot of planning and organizing to get it set up for people to attend. It can also take a lot of time to get it going. It could be as much as a year to get it all planned out and organized.

There is lodging to set up, and meals to plan. You have people to contact to give presentations. Materials and gifts to print up. And advertising to deal with.

There are a few costs involved when planning your retreats expenses. Some of them are:

  • Welcome bags and tee shirts

You hand out one of these to each guest. It can include things like

  1. an itinerary of events for the weekend or week
  2. An Amazon gift card for resources on writing.
  3. Menus to the local restaurants
  4. A tee-shirt with a literary quote
  5. Information about the books that are available for sale during the event
  6. A disposable camera to take pictures during the retreat.
  7. A note pad and pen to take notes during the lectures.

These are a few examples of what you can include in your welcome bags.

  • Lodging and conference room

You need to plan where everyone will stay and where the retreat will take place. Is it going to be a big event or a small one? You want to be sure everyone stays at the same hotel. You also need to be sure the place you are going to be staying at has a conference room. This is for all the presentations that will be taking place.

  • Program materials

These are any and all handouts that will go with each of the presentations that will go on during the event.

  • Speaker fees and travel expenses

If you are having speakers giving presentations at your retreat you will need to pay their fees. You will also have to pay any of their travel expenses they may incur. These can be professional authors, publishing agents, or marketers as an example.

  • Event promoting expense

You want to promote your retreat for people to join. What good is planning a major writers retreat if no one knows about it and signs up for it?

  • Meals, Snacks, and drinks

Everyone will need to eat while at the retreat. Most hotels provide free complimentary breakfast for each night you stay. But you still have to plan lunches and dinners for the guests. Or you can charge a smaller price of attending by having your guests provide their own meals. This is one reason to include a list of local restaurants. You also want to include directions to them, and menus in the guest’s welcome pack. You can even note which ones offer delivery.

Once you have the costs figured out you can then decided what to charge each participant for your retreat. You will want to charge a little more than the cost of expenses. This can have 2 benefits for you. It can cover the expense of your own attendance. And second, it can help cover some of your own writing or promotion expenses for your own books.

How to plan your one small DIY retreat.

As stated above a DIY retreat is one where you are the only participant. To plan one you can plan 2 or 3 days in a motel room. What kind of expenses will you have for this type of event? I talk about them below.

Expenses:

Your only expense is the cost of the room and food while you are there. These are the mandatory expenses. Optional expenses can include online courses. Ones dealing with things you want to learn in your writing business.

What do you do when you go on a DIY retreat?

There are many different activities that you can do during one of these types of retreats. The point is that you relax. You can do this while still accomplishing quite a bit of writing and related activities. Some ideas can include:

  1. Take a course on writing, marketing, and running your writing business.
  2. Read blog articles on writing
  3. Listen to podcasts or webinars about writing
  4. And of course, write on your current or new project

Final thoughts:

Getting away to a writer’s retreat has many advantages as mentioned above in this article. So whether you go on an all-out retreat with other writers, or you go on a DIY retreat it is a valuable experience. This is something you don’t want to miss.

When coming up with the money to go on a DIY retreat try stashing $10 a week. At the end of a year, you can go on a retreat. Or maybe you get a good tax check back that you can use part of it. You can then stash a couple hundred back and plan your retreat.


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Marketing 30 Minutes A Day!

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What are your options?

Most writers I have seen are no good at marketing or scared of it. They are the type of person who wants to write. Writing is what they are passionate about. It’s all they want to do.

But the problem is, no matter what they write, or how much they write, no one is going to see it if they don’t market it to people.

For example, look at J.K. Rowling. She wrote the fabulous Harry Potter series. What do you think would have happened if she did not market any of her books? Or her publishers didn’t do any marketing campaigns to get the word out about her books either?

  • No one would know anything about them.
  • No one would have read and fallen in love with them.
  • None of them would have turned into a movie.
  • No merchandise would exist.
  • And as for J.K. Rowling herself, she would still be poor.

This is a sad thought. Luckily for her and the whole world, they did market to spread the word about these fantastic stories.

There was a famous line in a movie that said:

Build it and they will come!

This concept doesn’t work when writing. How can they come to read what you have written when they don’t know that it exists? They can’t. You have to let them know about it. Once you have informed people that you have written something and what it is about, then they will come and read it.

There are thousands of methods of marketing your writing. There are some paid marketing strategies. Then there are free marketing strategies. Which ones should you use?

Well, it will depend. It depends on how much money you have to spend on your marketing. When a person starts their writing career, they don’t have much money to put into their marketing budget.

If your one of these people, then you will want to follow the free strategies. At least until you get the money to use the paid. This is a slower process. It takes longer. But when you don’t have money to throw at this then this is your best option.

This is how I am doing it right now. Because I don’t have any money to put towards my marketing budget. This may change when I get my income taxes back.

So what kind of marketing is there that I can do in 30 minutes?

Well, there is a lot of different methods. In this article, I will cover some of them. Some are free and some paid.

Social media marketing

This option is where I am at right now. There are 2 ways you can do this. There paid ads and there are free ways you can do it. Right now as I said, I am doing the free options.

  • The paid ads way — You go to the advertising section on your social media sites and buy your ads. Thay will run until you have reached your budget threshold. You pay per click.
  • The free version — you join groups that relate to your niche. Then you post in them and on your main timeline Be sure when you post in your groups you follow their rules. You don’t want to get kicked out for spam.

Guest Blogging

This is where you can contact blogs related to your niche. You ask them if you can write a guest post. If they say yes, then you write an article and add a link back to your website in your bio lines. When your guest blogging on someone else blog you need to read the guidelines for the site. You need to follow the rules. If you don’t your post won’t get published.

Online blog tour

This is where you go around to different blogs and do different things. On one blog you might write a guest post. On another, you might answer questions in an interview. In another, you will do something else.

The purpose of these tours is to promote your book. They usually last a week or two. If you don’t know how to set one up, you can pay for one to be set up for you. There are websites that will do this.

Email marketing to your list

This is one of the best types of marketing you can do. The first thing you will have to do is build a list. Once you build one you own it forever. The people on it already want to hear from you and will more than likely buy from you. This is the great thing about having a list

The only money it costs to send your email is the monthly subscription fee. Your email marketing provider Charges a fee every month for the use of their service. An example of these providers is MailChimp, sendlane, and Aweber.

These are a few that are out there. Some even have free subscription service. This usually depends on how many people are on your list.

Paid ads

As I said before one type of paid ad is social media ads. Like Facebook ads. Another is Google ads and affiliate ads.

Your affiliates create emails and promotions to send people to your sales page. They do the marketing. You pay them when someone buys from you through the affiliates link.

This is a win-win situation. You make money when someone buys what you are selling. The affiliate makes money. This is when a customer makes a sale through the affiliates link.

Trade ads with other authors lists

If you have a mailing list and or a website that receives lots of views you could try this option. Get together with others in your niche or genre. Offer to pass their ad to your customers while they do the same with their visitors and or list. It’s great when you can help each other out.

Take advantage of Amazon’s kindle up to 5 free days each 90 day period.

Now I haven’t had any luck with this option. I received a few sales, but not a lot. There have not yet been any reviews yet. But this is my own experience. everyone else has their own different experiences with this technique.

So, I am suggesting that you try it out for a year. If it doesn’t work then you don’t have to do it anymore. There have been many authors that use this and it works great for them. It boosts their sales and makes them even more money.

Conclusion:

These are a few strategies to get you started. Do the ones you think might be fun. Forget the ones that don’t interest you. Some are free and some paid. It is all up to you and how you want to go about doing this. The point is that you need to spend 15 to 30 minutes a day on marketing at least.

You don’t have to do everything I mentioned in this post every day. Pick one and do it. That is all I can do right now so that is all I do. I am on all my social media sites every day promoting my work and checking out other people’s work.


Running A Contest Or Sweepstakes To Build Your List!

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This is a fast way to build it.

You don’t have an email list but want one. There is a way you can build one fast. Try setting up a contest or sweepstakes.

With a contest, the person signing up will have to complete a task to have a chance of winning. Sweepstakes are different. All they have to do is sign up and they are entered.

You can run it in one of two ways. You can run one either solo or team up with other people in the same business as you.

You don’t need an email list to run a contest or sweepstakes. But this is a great way to grow or boost your email list.

Your first step is to offer something your reader will want. For example: A kindle or a book bundle. You will want to give a prize that is relevant. It needs to be relevant to your brand product and niche.

You collect email addresses by offering people the chance to win your freebie prize. The contest must be free to enter. The only rule is to provide an email address. You should not ask for money. If you do, then it becomes a lottery. And this is illegal.

So how do you promote your contest? There are several places you will want to announce it. They include:

  • run your contest on your website
  • Share the contest on all your social media accounts. when you do, start the post with ‘giveaway alert’ or ‘contest alert’ in all caps
  • list on dozens or hundreds of giveaway/contest directories to get traffic.
  • Ask your contestants to share the contest with friends and family.

Your ultimate goal is to get a lot of entrants. This is how your building your list. After people sign up send them an email offering them a free copy of your book. Keep the ones who claim your free book. Then you will want to unsubscribe the ones who don’t. This gives you a better chance of getting a responsive list.

When you’re running a contest or sweepstakes you need to create urgency on your contest page. You might want to add a countdown timer for the last 7 days. Be sure you post your deadline. Also, post the date you will be awarding the prize to the winner.

List your contest rules on your ad. And be sure you make your rules clear. If you have a long list of rules, post them on your website. Then post a link to it in your ad.

When your contest is over you need to notify everyone that you have selected a winner. Then offer all the others who didn’t win a runner up prize.

There are many contest/giveaway sites you can use. Some of these sites are:

  • giveawayfrenzy.com
  • totallyfreestuff.com
  • mix.com
  • giveawaypromote.com
  • winasweepstakes.com
  • giveawaybase.com
  • sweepstake.com
  • bloggiveawaydirectory.com
  • giveawaymachine.com
  • giveawaymonkey.com

These are a few sites you can go to advertise your contest. For more sites to check out and advertise on try and Google: contest/giveaway sites.

When advertising your contest or sweepstakes on these sites do it on as many different ones you can. This will give you a further reach and get the information in front of thousands of people.

Final thoughts:

As stated earlier this is a great way to build or boost your email list. Normally, building a list takes time. But if you create a contest or sweepstakes follow the advice in this article. If you do, you can get hundreds if not thousands of email addresses. Be sure to tend to your list to build a relationship with them and keep them engaged and responsive.

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What Is A Blog Tour? And Should I Invest In One?

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According to penguin random house, a blog tour is:

“A blog tour is a set amount of time, usually a week or two, in which your book will be promoted across various websites and blogs. The dates are set in advance; each blog knows what material it will be posting, and the content should be unique to each blog.”

How does it work?

You contact several blogs at least 6 months in advance to see if they are willing to take part in your tour. Some may and some won’t.

You want to set the actual dates of the blog tour for the week before and the week after you release your book. You can make it longer or shorter than this. It all depends on how much you can commit to.

Keep notes about the dates, the content of each post. Is it a guest post? Is it a review or a Q&A or a giveaway? You also want to keep a list of what the giveaways are. Then don’t forget to include the name and contact information of each blogger.

Be sure to keep track of all your completed stops on your tour. Once it’s over send your thank you and any prizes for your giveaways.

Blog tour services:

Don’t have the time or knowledge on producing a book tour on your own? That’s ok I understand. It seems confusing to me as I was researching this topic.

Participating in the tour itself is time-consuming. So if you have to plan it all out, contact the blogs to set up with them on the tour. It is a lot harder and more time to do. Not everyone can do this.

But that’s ok. There is a solution to this. There are many different sites on the internet that offers their services to set up a blog tour for you. All you have to do is pay them to do it and then show up at each event on the tour.

Pricing varies depending on many factors. How long the tour will be and how many blog stops are on the tour. These are a couple of factors. If you want to know what companies are out there that you can get to do this for you then check this site out.

They have a comprehensive list of services. I have not tried any on the list. I have never actually been on a blog tour. And I am not an affiliate for this site.

You should go through the list and research the ones that sound promising. Then you can choose the one that fits your needs and budget.

How successful is it?

This is the question of the day. Well, I can’t say for sure one way or another. I have never participated in one. But I have read that they can be very useful and successful. Then I have heard of some have completely failed.

It depends on a few factors. How successful each blog is and the number of subscribers it has. Then it also depends on how good of a job the service does at setting it up. And then it depends on how much advertising you and the other blogs do about the tour.

Pros:

  • It gets the word out about your book.
  • It can boost your book sales.
  • It can improve your ranking on Amazon.
  • It can generate reviews for your book.
  • It can help boost the sales of your other books.

Cons:

  • It takes a lot of time and effort to put it together.
  • It takes a lot of time and effort to do the tour every day.
  • It can cost a lot of money to have one put together for you.
  • It can take a lot of time and effort to research how to do it all yourself.

Conclusion:

So now that you know more about what a blog tour is and how it works. Do you think you are ready to take part in one yourself? If you believe that you are, then go for it. When it is all over message me to tell me how it went, how you did it, and if you think it was worth it. I would love to know.


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Discovering the World Of Scrivener And How You Can Too.

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I had done a freelance writing assignment recently and earned almost $80 on Upwork’s. So, I requested the money be transferred to my bank account. It arrived on the same day as the payday of my other job.

I thought this is extra money that I had not planned on. So, I got on my laptop and googled Scrivener cost. I then found a website with a link to Scrivener with a coupon code for 20% off. I thought, cool. So, I purchased it and only paid $36. Regular Price is $45.

Although I had some questions about it I took a chance. The questions I had were:

  • I know this is good for fiction novels. But… what about us nonfiction writers?
  • Can you write nonfiction with Scrivener?
  • Can you create an anthology book of short stories?
  • How can I go about doing so in this program?

Got confused in spots.

I played with the tutorial for a little while but got confused in spots. So, I looked up videos on YouTube to see how the program works.

I was excited to see that I can also use it to write nonfiction books as well. This means I will be able to get plenty of use out of it if I like it.

From what I could see if I worked it right, I could even create short story anthologies with it. Which made me happy to see. I could take this one step further and create blog posts for my publications here on medium. Now I do not create screenplays, but the option is there if I ever want to try it.

Wishing they had an app version for my phone and kindle.

I like programs that have apps that I can download on my phone to sync with. Because I like writing on my phone too. So, I was wishing that there was an app version for my phone and kindle. Unfortunately, there is not. So far this is the only problem I see with this program.

After watching some videos on how to use it, I got into the program and clicked on the nonfiction book button. I created a new file and began to outline for a new book I plan to write at some point. That is when I am finished with the two, I have in progress.

I am even considering moving everything on the in-progress books to Scrivener also. So, I can finish them then format them too.

I am going to like this program, as much as the Hemingway editor. We will see how it goes. But so far, it’s looking good.

The next session I had with this program I opened a WIP that I had in Evernote and word. The word file was my 2nd draft. The Evernote file was the 3rd draft after I ran the 2nd draft through the Hemingway editor.

I created a nonfiction project where I copied and pasted each chapter into the program. Then I began the 3rd round of editing fixing formatting issues. I incurred these issues when I cut and pasted the work from the Hemingway editor to Evernote.

Next, I started going chapter by chapter printing each one. Halfway through a chapter that was four pages printed on one page real tiny. I tried everything I could think of to get it to print. It wouldn’t print properly. I tried skipping that chapter and do the rest. But they all were the same way.

This is very frustrating. Finely I copied and pasted each chapter, one at a time. Right into a word document to print. I did not save them in word. I only printed from word. Finally, they printed.

What happened in Scrivener? I don’t know. But I now have a hard copy that I can go through the next round of editing on. I hope this problem doesn’t happen every time I want to print a project.

Next phase:

The fourth round of editing was done on the printouts I made. This took me a couple of days to finish. Once again, I got back on Scrivener. I started with the introduction fixing the mistakes found on my printouts. I did this going line by line. I also added text here and there as I went along beefing up my word count.

Conclusion:

So far from what I have seen and done in the program, I am having fun with it. I am beginning to believe that it is the best investment I made for my writing career. I believe it to be the best discovery I have made since discovering the Hemingway Editor.

If you want to check out this program for a 2-week free trial…

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17 Book Marketing Strategies to Market Your Book!

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You have a new book out or coming out soon. But your not sure how to market your book. This article can help you to develop a plan for getting the word out about your book. If no one knows about your book how can they buy it? How do you expect to sell a lot of copies and become the best selling author? You can’t. This is why marketing is so important to authors.

Even if you are traditionally published you can’t rely on your publishing company to get the word out. If you are self-published no one but you will get the word out about your books.

In this article, I am going to talk about 17 ways you can use to market your books. There is a lot more than this, but it will get you started.

Before you can start writing your book, you need to identify your audience. This will eventually help you with your marketing strategies. Without knowing who your audience is how can you write for them? How can you market to them?

Without knowing your audience your marketing efforts will be harder to do. You could end up marketing a book to the wrong people and not getting any sales. That would be a massive waste of time and money.

Next, you need to establish your marketing budget. Without knowing your budget, how will you know when you have reached it? Throwing money into it without establishing a budget can make you go broke with little to no results.

If you establish a budget, it can help you keep on track. Try putting a certain amount of money (your budget) into a separate account. Use this account strictly for your marketing. This will help you to keep track of how much you spent and how much you have left. You will also want to keep a spreadsheet on your budget. What you have spent and where you have spent it.

Finely you need to create a marketing plan. Without a marketing plan, you won’t know what to do and when to do it. You will also want to keep track of all your marketing strategies and their results.

What did you do? How much did you spend on it? Was it successful or was it a failure? This will help you with the marketing campaign for your next book. You will want to replicate the successes and forget the failures in your next campaign. Keep all this information in a spreadsheet as you did when keeping track of your budget.

Once you have these three things established you can begin your marketing. So read on to learn about some marketing strategies for your campaign.

  • Build your list

This is the first marketing strategy you want to do. It is the most important one you need to do. Your list is used in all your marketing. The best time to start building your list is when you are still writing your first book. If you didn’t do it then don’t worry. It’s not too late. You can still do it now. But building a list is the number one most important thing to do.

I published 3 books before I began to build my list. And I am still struggling to build it. This is the biggest reason none of my books have sold yet and I know this. So now I am starting over. I am building a list then I plan to re-edit my books and market the heck out of them.

  • Schedule your social media posts

There are sites like tailwind.com that help you to schedule posts to your social media. For instance social media like Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. You can use them to schedule your marketing posts on autopilot. This will save you valuable time and energy. You are then able to focus that time and energy on other marketing tasks. I recently heard of tailwind.com but haven’t learned how to use it yet. But that task is on my too do list. You can also use this site for marketing your blog posts.

  • Promote your ebook for free

When you’re just starting out and don’t have a marketing budget to start with you can still get quite a bit done. There are lots of means to market your book or books for free. I am in this category myself. But I have been learning more about these free ways to book marketing.

  • Create a free giveaway

Whether it is the first book in a series or it’s a short novella offer readers something free when they buy your book. It can even be a character bio for the main character in your book. This is a way to say thank you for buying your book. It’s also an incentive to get people to buy.

  • List your books at the beginning and end of your books

Include a list of your books published either in the beginning or at the end of all your books. This lets people know about other books you have written that your readers don’t know about. You can also include how they can buy your books. This is a form of free advertising for you.

  • Create your press release kit

Create a press release kit. You give these to journalists and bloggers who you want to advertise your book. For instance, if you are setting up a blog tour you will need to give your press kit to each blogger on the list.

What do you need to include in a press kit? Some examples of what to include can be:

  1. A cover photo
  2. Advance reviews
  3. Advance readers’ copy of your book
  4. A description of what the book is about
  • Get early book reviews

If you have a list begin asking your list for reviews. Offer those willing to review your book a free advance readers copy. The way to do this is to email your list asking for volunteers to be your bata readers. When any agree you send them an ARC. Or if your books already out, send them a free copy of it.

If you don’t have an email list to ask go to your writer’s Facebook groups and ask your fellow members. You need to send those who message you and agree to be a beta reader a copy of your email signup form. This is to capture their email address. Then be sure to send them their ARC.

You never offer payment in the form of cash or gift cards for a review. Especially a favorable review. This is frowned upon by everyone including Amazon. You also don’t demand a review from anyone. It is also frowned upon.

  • Insert sample chapters of your next book

Insert a sample chapter of your next book in the back matter of your current book. This gets the word out about your next book to your readers. This can hook them and get them anticipating the next one to come out. Then they will be looking for it when it does come out.

You can even add a note at the end of that chapter. You can say something like:

“for information on when this book comes available, subscribe here!”

Don’t forget to add the form to sign up for your mailing list. This too is free advertising.

  • Set up an online book tour

There are 2 ways to do this. First, you research blogs in your genre. Then ask them if they can take part in a book tour you are setting up to promote your new book. This can take weeks or months to set up.

Or the second way to do this is to go to a blog touring service site and pay to have one set up for you. These sites will set up a blog tour for you to take part in during a set week or two. All the planning and setting it up is done by the service company. All you need to do is pay them for setting it up for you and show up where and when you need to. The more elaborate the tour, the more money it will cost you.

  • Add a contact the author section at the end of your books

You want to add this in case your readers want to know more about you. Give them the following:

  1. Your website address
  2. Your email address
  3. Your social media links
  4. Your email sign up form.

Encourage them to keep in touch with you to learn about upcoming books and events.

  • Encourage your fans, friends, and family to share your book.

Ask your friends and family to sign up for Amazon’s associate’s program and advertise your book too. They can earn a commission when people follow their link to your book an buys it. They will even earn a commission on everything else that people buy through their links.

  • Sell themed merchandise on your website with your book info on it.

Have themed merchandise made up of your book. Some of these can include:

  1. Quotes from your book on tee shirts
  2. Book cover pictures from your book on tee shirts
  3. Bookmarks
  4. Cups

These can make great advertisements. Sell them on your website to help promote your book.

  • Have a Google+ or Facebook live online launch party.

Use Google+ hangout or Facebook live to set up an online launch party for your book. Or you can get together with other authors for the launch of several books by those authors in a related genre. This will help all your authors and you to promote at the same time. Not with only your social media followers. But you will also have all the writer’s followers added to the party too. You reach a lot more people this way.

  • Buy marketing ads

This one will cost money but can work really well if you know what you’re doing. Use paid ads on Amazon, Google, Facebook and other places to advertise your book. Be careful not to go over your planned marketing budget.

  • Create a book trailer on YouTube

Do you know how movies have a trailer to advertise them? Try making one for your book too. You can advertise these videos on your website, YouTube, and social media accounts. People live to watch these to learn more about different books. Try to encourage people to share your video too.

  • Create an email signature

Put links to your website, and book sales page in your email signature. Be sure to add this signature to every email that you send out. This is also great free advertising.

  • Sign up for Amazons affiliate program

You refer someone to buy your book and other products through your affiliate link on Amazon. Then you can earn a commission for it. This is another income stream for you and helps to get paid while marketing your book.

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I will take you through the steps of picking your niche and building your list. I will also talk about creating email campaigns and marketing to your list.

 
I will also talk about what types of emails you can send and when to send them.

 
So if your ready to take your business to the next level come and join me in my 7-day email marketing class.

 
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Creating An E-Book!

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There are several reasons why you would want to write an e-book. They have their advantages and they are easy to create. They can be about anything and any size. You can price it at any amount from 99¢ and up. Although, you don’t want it to be so much that no one will want to buy it.

  1. Reasons and advantages for creating your ebook

There are many different reasons people create e-books. Here is a list of some of them. Some of them are the same as why you want to write one too. Or there are a few different reasons. That’s ok. I am considering a couple of these reasons myself.

  • You’re a travel writer and want to write a complete travel guide to each place you visit. These are packed with valuable information. People will want to have this when they visit the place covered in the book.
  • To have a free product as a giveaway for email list signup. Your in list building mode and need a free give-a-way. These are perfect. Or you can write a report and use your e-book as a bonus up-sale.
  • To teach a course on something you’re knowledgeable about and others want to learn. Helping others solve a problem with your e-book is a rewarding experience.
  • As a complete resource guide. You know of several resources that will help someone is in a specific job. Or they have a specific hobby they love to do. You can write an e-book about these resources.
  • To have a product to sell. You want to create an income stream that makes you money. Writing e-books will help you do that. You can make different ones about a particular niche.
  1. Disadvantages of writing one.

There are a few disadvantages to writing an e-book. Because let’s face it not everything is roses. If there advantages there will always be a disadvantage. It’s a yin/yang kind of thing.

  • It can be time-consuming. Writing an e-book takes some time. It can take as little as a couple of days to a couple of months.
  • It ends up not selling because no one wants to read it. This is a problem people face when they write one. They can’t get anyone to buy it or sign up for your list. You have to do your research to see if there is a need for that topic.
  • It ends up not selling because no one knows about it. You have to market your book. If no one knows about it how can you make money or build your list?
  • You might not be a good writer. If you are not a good writer then creating an e-book is challenging to do. But not to worry. This is not impossible to do. Go on a place like upwork or Fiverr and hire someone to ghostwrite it for you. Another option is to buy some PLR e-books.

PLR means private label rights. This is where you buy an e-book or reports on your topic. You can add to them, delete information from them, change anything or leave it the same. You put your name as an author and can do anything you want with it. It becomes yours. This is all legal to do.

  • You don’t know how to market your book. This is hard if you don’t know how to do it. Not everyone is good at marketing. Unfortunately, it is necessary to do it. So, suck it up buttercup! If you follow me on patreon you can get weekly marketing tips. You will also receive other valuable information.
  1. Choosing the size you want it

The nice thing about e-books is they don’t have to be big. They can be any size. If you write one that’s between 25–50 pages that are ok. You can even make it longer too if you want. I would think though anything less than 25 pages would be considered as a report, not an e-book.

  1. Pick your topic

There are 2 things you need. The first is a niche. Once you have your niche you can brake it down to a particular topic in your niche.

For instance, say your niche was “parenting.” our topic could be “parenting skills for parents with children who have ADHD.”

With a niche like this, you could write many e-books. This is a popular subject.

  1. Coming up with content for your book

There are 3 ways to coming up with content for your book.

  • You don’t know how to market your book. This is hard if you don’t know how to do it. Not everyone is good at marketing. Unfortunately, it is necessary to do it. So, suck it up buttercup! If you follow me on patreon you can get weekly marketing tips. You will also receive other valuable information.
  • Take blog posts that you have written on this topic and put them into a book. You have several blog articles that you have already written on this topic. Great! All you need to do is:
  1. Create an introduction chapter.
  2. Plan your table of contents. Use 1 article as a chapter. If you have 20 articles you will have 20 chapters plus your introduction.
  3. Write your conclusion chapter.
  4. Create your metadata (more on that later).
  5. Edit your book (More on that later).
  • Use PLR e-books as mentioned above. This is the easiest to do because it’s done for you. All you have to do is edit it how you want and put your name on it. Then you are able to publish i
  1. Research your topic.

If you write your book from scratch you will need to research some or all the information. How long this will take depends on how much you need to research. be careful not to fall into the rabbit hole.

  1. Writing your topic

You are ready to begin the writing process after you have planned it out and researched the topic. This can take a few hours or a few days. It all depends on how much information you’re putting into your book.

  1. Editing your topic

Now is the editing phase. There are a couple of ways you can go.

  • Hire someone else to do it.
  • Or, you can do it yourself. there are steps to the process.
  1. Fix all words underlined in red
  2. Run your text through the Hemingway editor. Chapter by chapter and fix all the issues. I start at the very beginning and work my way down to the end.
  3. Transfer your writing back into your writing app weather it is MS Word or some other app.
  4. use Grammarly to finish editing your words in red.
  5. Start reading line by line. Fix any capitalization and punctuation mistakes.
  6. Reread it again did you think of an extra sentence to it’s? you found an incomplete sentence that you need to retype.
  7. Creating your metadata and editing it

Metadata is very important for your book. It’s used to help promote other work of yours, let the reader know who you and what you’re about. So you want to think long and hard about what you will add to it. Here are some of the things you may want to add into your metadata:

  • This is your about the author
  • Other books for sell on the niche
  • The first few pages of the next book.
  • The resources section
  • Contact me page
  • Email signup form

9. Designing your cover

Now comes the cover. You want to make sure it is eye-catching and clean and makes the customer want to pick up your book and read it. When it comes to creating a book cover you have a couple of options.

  • You can pay someone to create one for you.

You can hire someone on Fiverr.com or on Upworks.com to create your cover for you. You can get one designed pretty inexpensive. Be sure you get what you want when dealing with those sites. There are other sites where you can find people to design a cover for you. But most of them are a little to a lot more expensive to have one made.

  • You can buy one that is premade

There are websites like 99 designs .com that will help you to design your cover. The problem with this it gets a little expensive for these types of designers. I looked at 99 designs and their packages are between 199- 299. This depends on what type of cover you are looking for. But I will say that the reason for these prices is because they do quality work. I can’t say for sure because I have never used their services. If you have the money to try them then go for it. I usually go with the third option because I am on a small limited budget.

  • You can create your own cover yourself.

Ok, so here is the third option. This is what I do I go to Canva.com and create my book covers here. For photos, I usually go to Pixabay.com. For my Smoothie diet book, I actually purchased a couple of photos from Canva for a couple of dollars. It turned out good. Despite doing it myself.

10. Pricing your e-book.

Next, you need to decide on the price of your book. People are starting to get used to paying a small amount for e-books. This is because there are fewer expenses involved in creating them. So people are happy to sell at a lower price point. They make more profit with an e-book than they do with the normal paperback or hardback book. You don’t want to price it too high but you don’t want to price it too low either. I admit I am not an expert at pricing but as a consumer who buys e-books, this is what I would suggest.

  • 75 pages or less I would not price it over $4.99
  • 80- 175 may be between $5.99–$9.99
  • 200 pages or more anywhere between$12.99–$19.99

Of course, the price you charge for your book can also depend on your publishing company. Even if you self publishes on amazon you will have to take this into consideration. Most people who buy e-books on amazon don’t pay more than $14.99. Usually, if they do pay this much it is because it is a brand new book. These books were published by a traditionally published company. Say that you publish on Amazon with a book that is 200 pages or more. If you put your book at $9.99, you will make the same amount as a book priced at $19.99. Your royalty will be $6.99 per copy. If your price point is between $10.00–$19.00 you will make less than you would if you priced your book at $9.99. Your royalty payments for this price point would be $3.50- $6.65.

11. Distribution and marketing of your e-book.

There are several websites you can use to publish your e-book. I am not going to talk about these other sites. If it is your interest to see what other options are out there you can use google to learn about these other sites. But the only one I have ever used it Amazon KDP. Well, I kind of take that back as I published my first book through Createspace. Amazon-owned the Createspace site. By the time I got to Publishing my second and third books, Createspace was no longer in use. Amazon switched it over to Amazons KDP site. I use Amason for a lot of things in my life. So you may say I am biased towards Amazon.

But even with Amazon, you are going to need to market your e-book or e-books. This is where paid ads, social media marketing, and email marketing to your list come in to play. Amazon will only market your book with you if it is selling. The more it sales, the more Amazon helps to get it seen. As with anything you want to sell you will have to go through the marketing stage. If you want to keep selling them you have to keep marketing them. Then they will start to sell through word of mouth. This increases your sales.

Conclusion:

In this article, we talked about how to go about creating your e-book and creating your cover. We even talked about your price point and publishing. This was not an all-inclusive guide. But it will get you started on your journey to creating an e-book either to sell or to give away. So if your ready go and create your first e-book today.

Now go forth and write!

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