Why Authors Aren’t Selling Books

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...

Protected: Week 21 YouTube

Every author has, at one time or another, seen a book advertisement on television and fantasied about a commercial for their own book. However, television commercials are expensive and it’s nearly impossible to know if you are tapping into your ideal target market....

Book Sale Expectations Deciphered

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...

Protected: Week 20 – Other Social Networks

Over the past three weeks, we’ve taken a close look at Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest but there are a variety of additional social networks available. With so many options, an author can’t possibly be on all of them and do them justice, so how do you know where you...

When Your Marketing Campaign Is Not Working

You’re doing everything you can to promote your book, including blogging, social media, public appearances, signings and even advertising but your books aren’t selling. What can you do? Here are ten tips below: Write the Best Book Possible First, make sure you have...

Protected: Week 19-Pinterest

This week in the 52-Week Marketing Plan course we’re focusing on Pinterest to further your reach to prospective readers.   Why Pinterest? Here are a few statistics: There are 150 million users on Pinterest. It’s estimated that a tweet’s lifespan is 24 minutes and...

Protected: Week 18 – Facebook

It’s Week 18 in the 52-week Marketing Plan Course, and we’re taking a look at Facebook. First, the basics: There are two types of accounts you can have on Facebook: personal and professional. If you have a personal page, it will look similar to this (see below)....

Protected: Week 17 – Twitter

This week we begin exploring a variety of social media platforms to raise awareness of you and your books and lead to greater sales, and this week we’ll be focusing on Twitter. In a few weeks, we’ll look at paid Twitter advertising but for now, we’re focusing on free...

Protected: Week 16 – The Author as an Expert

All of the lessons thus far have pertained to books already written, but this lesson is particularly useful for future books you wish to write. By looking at your writing from the standpoint of marketing, you can greatly increase your chances for media exposure. If...

Protected: Week 15-Special Interest Stories

This week we focus on creating buzz through special interest stories. Your first assignment is to read the book you wish to promote. That’s right. Read your own book. And this time, you should focus on all those stories hidden within your book; stories of the research...