Tuesday, June 30, 2009
How to Publish a Book: David Terrenoire and the Book Blog Tour
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Well, it is officially the end of June and I have had the bestselling month of my life. I am up to 2,024 copies of CLAWS and
The Colorado Sequence for the month of June alone. Add to this nearly 800 books sold in May, and I am creeping toward 3,000
units total sold in a month and a half. This is so far beyond my expectations, I am fairly astonished.
just finally found a receptive audience who has embraced them. I've gotten nearly 25 reviews on Amazon from readers, and I
can barely stay on top of all the emails and phone calls.
This is what a "break through" feels like.
Today, I am guest blogging at my buddy David Terrenoire's place
. Come by and drop a comment about the funny photo David posted!
Friday, June 26, 2009
How to Publish a Book: Blog Book Tour Stops & a Skype Interview
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Hey, folks, I am guest blogging today at Roberto Scarlato's blog
where I did an interview. Thanks so much, Roberto, for the excellent questions and for having me at your place!
Also, I am guest blogging at Mitch Wallace's place
, where I reflect a little bit on the past 5-6 weeks and how the book has been doing on Kindle. Thanks, Mitch, for the opportunity!
Also, did an interesting Skype interview with author Holly Christine:
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
How to Publish a Book: Author Interview with Michael R. Hicks
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How to Publish a Book Readers,
I'm excited to bring you a Skype video call interview with an author today... this
one was with Mike Hicks, the author of In Her Name. We ended up chatting quite a great deal about his writing process and about some of his thoughts regarding how to publish
a book online via Amazon Kindle. In addition to his epic sci-fi fantasy novel, Mike has also written a How To Publish a Book for folks who need help uploading their online books to Amazon Kindle. Mike has been with Kindle as an author pretty much
since the beginning, so his insights into how to publish a book online are grounded in knowledge, experience, and credibility.
Enjoy this interview, and as always, thanks so much for visiting us here at How to Publish a Book.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
How to Publish a Book: Blog Book Tour & Author Diane Chamberlain
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My blog book tour rolls onward today with a visit to bestselling author Diane Chamberlain's blog
. Diane is the author of nearly 20 novels and has a large and loyal readership. If you haven't checked out her books, I definitely
recommend Secrets She Left Behind
Thanks so much, Diane, for the opportunity to write at your place today!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
How to Publish a Book: Technology and Today's Author
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
How to Publish a Book: Mit, Mitter, Mittany & Online Book Review
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Hey, folks, my blog tour has a four-day layover along the sunny shores of MitMoi.blogspot.com. Come bask in the sunshine, lather up in cocoa butter suntan lotion, and enjoy the crashing waves along the beach... while
I chatter on about the launch of my new website onlinebookreview.org
For all the aspiring writers in the house, my new
website onlinebookreview.org is my attempt to revolutionize book television and entertainment for the 21st century. We're looking for writers and videographers
to develop video stories for a global audience. Come check us out!
Our first original interview at onlinebookreview.org
is with bestselling suspense author Jon F. Merz. Jon waxes on the state of publishing, digital technologies, and what it was
like appearing alongside Stephen King in the anthology From the Borderlands. A great first interview of what will hopefully
be many more to come!
Thanks so much for stopping by How to Publish a Book. And have a great week, everybody!
Sunday, June 14, 2009
How to Publish a Book: Guest Blogger Dawson Vosburg
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Hey, folks, I'd like to welcome guest blogger Dawson Vosburg to howtopublishabook.org today. Dawson is a fantastically talented
young author of the novel Double Life. Enjoy!
Thanks for having me on the blog, Stacey.
I would like to introduce my book. The title is Double Life, and it’s an exciting science-fiction young adult adventure
that takes place in an imaginary secret government agency called the BLUE. It follows Josiah Jones on his mission to defeat
the evil crime syndicate, the RED Agency. It’s available in print and on the Kindle on Amazon.
Today I’d like to discuss with you podcasting and blogging, two words that have started
to become ubiquitous if you hang around the Internet a lot. I’ll give you a brief explanation on each and tell you how
they can help you market your book in today’s Internet-oriented book market.
something more and more people are doing. Millions of blogs are out there and more and more are popping up every day by the
thousands. You should probably know what a blog is, otherwise you don’t know what you’re reading.
blog can be very helpful because it can connect you directly to your readers in a personal, conversational, and sometimes
even deeply emotional communication. If people read your blog and say “Hey, I agree with that guy,” or “That
was a well-written post,” or “This definitely makes me want to read that guys’ book,” then you’ve
accomplished your goal as a blog—to convey emotion or information to someone who could potentially buy your book. Even
if they don’t, forming a connection with your readers can never be a bad idea.
is basically chunks of video or audio information recorded an episode of a time and released out to the public usually in
a regular manner. It’s basically a blog, except audio or video. Today I’m going to talk mainly on audio podcasting,
since I’m not an expert with doing video blogging.
Audio podcasting, sometimes called Internet
radio, has become very popular with authors because it connects with your readers like a blog, but it connects more at a human
level because you can hear the voice talking to you and you can hear their tone as they convey ideas, emotions, and information.
It’s also a useful tool because if someone else needs to be promoted and is less known, you can set up an interview
with that person and get dual exposure.
Another option to consider is to have your show co-hosted
with another expert in your field or just another author. I started this with Stacey Cochran last night and it was much easier
to play off of his answers and thoughts than to just sit with a cell phone on Blog Talk Radio, hoping someone will call in.
A useful site for audio podcasting is www.blogtalkradio.com. Stacey and I used this site, and it was extremely good at handling everything, though if you live outside of New York, you
might want to host your show in your cell phone plan’s evenings or weekends so you don’t have to pay pesky long-distance
I’m glad to help authors market their books, and good luck with your reading and marketing!
Friday, June 12, 2009
How to Publish a Book: The Blog Book Tour Visits Podioracket.com
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Hey, folks, my blog tour rolls on today with a visit to podioracket.com
, where I discuss some of the contributing factors to my Kindle success the past few weeks.
Thanks so much, Rhonda
and Heather, for having me!
Monday, June 8, 2009
How to Publish a Book: Blog Book Tour Day 25 - First Offenders
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While out of town in Indiana today, I am guest blogging at First Offenders
for my 25th day of the blog tour. Read and enjoy!
Friday, June 5, 2009
How to Publish a Book: CLAWS Book Tour Day 22 - Interview and Kindle Book Sales
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Day 22 of my 45-Day Blog Book Tour for CLAWS finds me answering questions in an interview at Megalith's Blog
. Thanks so much, Megalith for the interview. You did a great job!
My Kindle sales seem to be holding steady. In
less than two weeks, I have sold 1,048 copies with very minimal (and certainly inexpensive) marketing strategies. I have no
idea if I can maintain this pace; that's the big unknown right now. But if I could, that'd be somewhere in the neighborhood
of 35,000-40,000 Kindle copies sold per year. That's a lot of readers for a self-published author.
name of the game at this stage is establishing your base. And even if the numbers turn out to be half that (or even a quarter
of 40,000), that's still a very solid base to work from should my books ever be picked up by a major and my name starts showing
up in bookstores around the country on paperbacks or hardcovers. It's all about building a career, and the Kindle has given
me an opportunity to reach an audience like nothing I've seen before.
A lot of newbie authors want a book deal.
But 9 out of 10 debut authors tank and don't break even. And if an author tanks like this, there's a huge chance his/her publisher
will not ask for more novels. I've seen this happen over and over with debut author friends who are dead in the water before
their careers even get started.
Part of the reason why 9 out of 10 debut authors can't break even is that these
debut authors have no base (having 50 friends and family buy your book is not a base, but having 20,000 Kindle readers who
have bought your book before is a base). What the Kindle is doing is helping to construct a framework for writers on the verge
of their first major book deal to build a base readership, name recognition, and hopefully fans who will buy an author's book
and write reviews, when it comes out from a major book publisher.
Monday, June 1, 2009
How to Publish a Book: Blog Book Tour Day 18 - Bad Hair Day
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The blog book tour for CLAWS rolls on...
Today (Day 18) I'm at Murderati
discussing the worst haircuts of my life! Come join in the hilarity....