Creating a Book Trailer

Book trailers are one of the best ways to convey the content of your book and get readers interested in buying it. YouTube is the 2nd largest search engine in use today (after Google) and advertising your book trailer on YouTube is one of the least expensive and most...

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Use Social Media to Sell More Books

Did you know that more than 65% of all Facebook users are on Facebook every single day? Or that Twitter is the best vehicle for selling Business-to-Business but not Business-to-Consumer? Do you know how to create your own channels on YouTube? Or why Instagram is...

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Landing Pages are Critical to Author Sales

A common lament among authors is they participate in a lot of marketing efforts, they see their platforms growing and yet their sales do not reflect their efforts. To understand what is going on and remedy this situation, we need to understand three terms: marketing,...

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The Difference Between a Wish and a Goal

Each year I hear numerous authors set a New Year’s Resolution to sell more books. The refrain continues throughout the year as authors release a new book or they decide they want to sell more books. But there’s a huge difference between wanting to sell...

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The Author’s Guide to Blogging

I’m a novelist and when I was first advised to begin blogging, I drew a complete blank. Give me 400 blank pages and I can fill them up with characters, scenes, plots and subplots, but give me a blog and I had a challenge. I had two major issues: what to blog...

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When Did the Industry Turn Writers into Marketers?

I don’t know of any author who doesn’t long for the days when they could focus solely on their writing while publishers provided a marketing staff to promote their books. Unfortunately for both sides, it doesn’t appear that those days will return any time soon. So...

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The Novel As a Business

Last week we discussed the various types of authors. Unless you are writing solely for your own eyes or for a selected group of friends and family, once your writing is published, you become a business and your book becomes your product. If you’re short on time,...

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What Type of Author Are You?

Authors write for a variety of reasons and why you write greatly determines what you should do—if anything—for book sales. For example, some authors write simply for pleasure or to process their own thoughts. Writing can be cathartic, especially when writing one’s...

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Welcome to The Novel Business!

  Welcome to The Novel Business! For more than 15 years, I’ve been mentoring authors from those who are just starting out to those with published books and from traditionally published to self-published. By far, the largest challenge facing authors is how to...

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