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Monroe’s Motivated Sequence was established in the 1930’s by Alan H. Monroe at Purdue University. It was developed as a technique for organizing speeches that persuade people to take action. However, you can use the same sequence whether you are giving a speech,...read more
Change the menu link from “Blog” to “Articles” if your blog is part of your website. This changes your website visitor’s perception from casual musings to worthwhile reading. Remove the meta data—the author’s name, date of post and tags. The author’s name is...read more
Neuromarketing is a fascinating concept that reaches beyond consumer behavior into the subconscious processing taking place within the consumer’s brain—potentially a reader’s brain while they are assessing whether to purchase your books. You may find it intriguing...read more
Visitors to your website will process color before they read the first word, and 93% of buyers will be influenced by the colors you’ve selected. This means that despite your best efforts to attract readers and entice them to purchase your books, the color of your...read more
Bowker has released its latest report on Self-Publishing in the United States, encompassing 2011 through 2016. Even if you are traditionally published, the report is valuable. Though brick-and-mortar bookstores continue to be dominated by the largest New York...read more
There’s a reason most animals stick with their own species in the wild; it’s the best defense mechanism to avoid being eaten. Because one individual can’t constantly be the lookout and participate in other activities to ensure their survival—such as eating, sleeping...read more
If you haven’t begun preparing your marketing plan for the upcoming holidays, it’s time to get started. Your plan should be a multi-pronged approach, beginning with a detailed identification of your ideal target market. Don’t make the mistake of assuming “everybody”...read more
There are countless ways in which authors harm their careers, sometimes ending them before they’ve hardly begun. Many of their actions are meant as shortcuts, attempts to propel them to success without the customary years of career building. Here are just a few:...read more
Authors have debated the use of profanity or vulgarisms in their books for years, often citing so-called experts that advocate for or against its use. This past weekend, I encountered an author that claimed her books would not sell (according to her publisher) if she...read more
A few years ago I was discussing a great book I’d read with a friend of mine, highly encouraging her to read it. It had been on the New York Times bestseller list in 1996, but let’s face it: some books are great regardless of their initial release dates....read more
An author has a unique opportunity to create a work that can withstand the test of time. Sometimes their work is not adequately recognized during their lifetime but decades—or even centuries—later their work survives and their legacy truly begins. Consider some of...read more
He was born. Decades later, he died. And in between, something so profound happened in his life that it transformed him forever. That microcosm is what you need to capture in your novel. Sample ebook downloads average 20%, which means if your book is 300 pages the...read more
Thanks to the Internet and social media, it is now possible for every person to have an international platform, and whether or not you’ve realized it every tweet, every post, every picture or video in your feed helps to create a public persona of who you are as an...read more
I’m very happy to introduce my guest today; award winning author Maggie Thom loves the challenge of creating a web of secrets, lies and deceit. She doesn’t want you to figure it out until the end and as someone who loves twists and turns, I can say that she...read more
Scores of authors use social media to build their platform and many more use it in an attempt to get instant sales. But when a social media presence isn’t garnering additional sales, it could be time to step back and ask yourself if you’re so busy trying to get new...read more
Did you check your mail yesterday? Stop and think about that for a moment. What was it like when you checked your email inbox? Did you delete one email after another without opening it? That’s what most people do these days; they’re slammed with emails they didn’t ask...read more
The number one reason that authors don’t sell enough books is they fail to connect with their ideal audience. And the number one reason that occurs is because authors think their book is appealing to everybody. What exactly is an ideal audience? The ideal audience is...read more
Last week it was reported that a particular book sold less than 11,000 copies in the first week after its release and those sales were “disappointing”. The news prompted me to recall a husband-and-wife writing team whose book sold 100,000 copies the first week and...read more