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7 Things Authors Can Do While Waiting for A Book to Be Published

Screen shot 2013-10-20 at 11.34.06 PMA client forwarded this article to us today.  You’ll love “7 Things Authors Can Do While Waiting for A Book to Be Published” by Shelley Hitz on The Future of Ink Blog.  Shelley gives us seven things to do while our book is awaiting publishing.  For self published authors you can work on these items while you’re writing the book or better yet hire a Virtual Assistant to do this grunt work for you.  To read the full article click the link in the title above!

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Tell Readers Who You Are

erachTo help potential readers bond with you be open about your life, your past and your dreams.  Don’t reveal information that would be damaging, obviously but help people see the best in you.   Even if you write about business talk about your hobbies.  Got a passion for golf, chess or animal rescue?  Talk about that too.  Nothing is irrelevant if it gives potential readers an insight into how your mind works.  Dozens of famous authors like John Locke and Amanda Hocking shared themselves with potential and current readers and it helped them sell books.  It can work for you too.

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Mini Q&A with Seattle author Wendy Call

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The Writer’s Block: Living a Writer’s Life blog has a mini Q&A with author Wendy Call from the upcoming book “Everyday Book Marketing“.  Wendy discusses her book, book promotion and gives advice for new writers.  Our favorite quote is “This is no time to be shy. Nor humble. Put yourself out there; push yourself a bit past your comfort zone.”  All writers should heed this advice and learn to become their own best supporter.  You can read the Q&A here.

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Write Erotica? Be Careful With Your Kindle Books

Amazon.comAmazon.com has started cracking down on authors who publish erotica.  This popular niche has blossomed in the past year with writers literally coming out of the woodwork to write these racy tomes.  In the past Amazon.com published any and all original erotica stories but a backlash has started.  In an effort to clean up their catalog some erotica stories are getting unpublished and blocked.

According to erotica authors there are ways to avoid having this happen.  The key is to create an inoffensive cover, title and cover.  Then add a disclaimer to the description about the book contents.  If this doesn’t work pick up the phone and call Amazon.com.  Many authors are reporting that a simple phone call can clear up many problems.

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World Literary Cafe Helps Authors Sell More Books

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Another really useful site for authors is World Literary Cafe.  Join the World Literary Cafe community and find opportunities for author interviews, editors, reviewers, book giveaways, beta readers and more.  One neat feature is that you can hold and host a book club discussion of your book.  You will also find all kinds of writing and publishing advice.  Pop over to World Literary Cafe to look for yourself.

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Build Relationships By Replying To Book Reviews

facebookReviews are critical to book sales and it doesn’t matter if you get 5 stars or lower.  In fact, some publishing experts say reviews look more real if they are a mix of ratings.  If you have reviews on Amazon and GoodReads comment on them.  Make your comments positive even if the review is not and you will go a long way to building reader loyalty.  You even have the opportunity of learning how to improve your next book from the readers themselves.  Always take the opportunity to interact with readers and they will remember you the next time they visit the bookstore.

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Use Google+ To Claim Your Online Writing

Everyone creates content on the internet but not everyone has claimed their content ownership with Google.   In order to do this you must open a Google+ account using your normal Google account.  Once you do that you’ll need to setup your profile and tell Google where you contribute content.  To learn how to do this read this article by Caitlin Muir.

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Review Resource For Authors

Selling your book is hard enough if you are self published but getting book reviews is even harder.  The 42Ruleds blog often offers review resources and today we have one more for you.  There is a group of people, on Facebook, who offer book reviews in exchange for a free copy of your book.  If you’d like to join and offer your book for review visit the group here.

 

 

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Why Hire An Editor? by Robert Doran

The Catherine, Caffeinated blog has a great guest post about  hiring an editor by Robert Doran.  Catherine is a great fan of self published authors hiring an editor and has pointed this out in many venues and at various times.  She is hoping this post by Mr. Doran will get through to those stubborn self published authors who don’t believe in using an editor.

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List Your Books For Free At Book Hitch

Book Hitch offers a free option to add your books to the site.  This includes a 60-word description, 5 search keywords and a link to the site where readers can purchase your book.  If you don’t mind paying a yearly fee you have the option of a more detailed listing.  To see what other authors are doing visit Book Hitch and then open your free account!

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