A couple of months ago we bought a new TV for our front room. We went to the shop and looked at all the TVs, the different sizes and prices. And then what? We came home and looked at all the reviews on Amazon.
What better way to find out the quirks and quibbles of a range of items than by looking on Amazon at the reviews?
The views of ordinary people like you and I, with no vested interest in convincing you to buy a product, just their honest opinion on what they thought.
When readers are browsing online, they will do exactly the same for your book. They’ll look at its reviews for the social proof – should they buy it, or not. Bad or negative reviews are bound to put potential readers off.
So, can you do more to encourage positive reviews on your book? Of course you can. Here’s how.
It’s the holy grail for busy writers. Building your audience in advance of publication, so that when you launch your book, there’s a steady stream of interest and sales.
But for self-published writers who have day-jobs, kids, and a million other things going on, this can seem like a mammoth task. Without chunks of time to devote to plans and action, how can you go about building your audience?
Don’t despair. You can make an impact in as little as 30 minutes a day. Here’s how.
Does it seem a little strange that we’re writing a blog post about how to start writing blog posts?!
Well, lots of people will advise you as an author to start a blog. We advise it ourselves too – see point 7 in our blogpost about how to sell more books.
A blog is a great way to help readers who are interested in your topic or subject to find you online.
When you are looking for something online, you probably open Google and search from there. The more content you create online, the more likely Google is to show you as one of the search results to others.
So, more fans and readers will be able to find you online.
That’s effectively the purpose of starting a blog. And you have a HUGE advantage over others, writing is your thing!
So, how do you start blogging, and what do you blog about? Read on….
How the interior pages of your book look are just as important as the cover design and editing. You need text that is comfortable and easy for your readers to read.
The little details that make up an easy-on-the-eye interior are so subtle you may not even notice them.
So here are some tips on how to get the details right.
Copyright. Wow, it sounds boring doesn’t it?
You’re probably asking yourself: Do I really need to know about this?
Well, if you’re about to publish your creative work, then there are few things you should know. But don’t worry, it’s not complicated, and not even that boring.
You may be aware that creative works have a copyright attached to them, which protects the original work from being copied or redistributed.
But does this apply to books? And if so, how can you protect YOUR creative work, and do you actually need to?
Once your book is for sale on Amazon, your author page is a fantastic tool to help you promote your book.
Firstly, you’ll have an advantage, as lots of authors don’t know how to make the most from their author page, or just skip this step entirely, as they’re focused on getting their book out there for sale.
It really pays to spend some time making sure the information Amazon lets you add (for free) is complete.
Imagine if someone asked to you to summarise your whole life so far in one page of text.
How would you go about it?
Which events would you describe, and which would you leave out? Which loved ones, family and friends would you include, and how would you talk about them?
It seems like a difficult task, doesn’t it?
Many authors feel like this when trying to write the blurb for their back covers. How on earth can I sum up my whole book in just a few paragraphs? Then there’s the added pressure of knowing readers will make a judgement on the whole book, based on just this brief bit of text.
It’s a tall order, but if you follow these tips you’ll be able to write a blurb that shows off all the features of your story, and will have your readers dying to get to the rest of the book.
Like many authors, you may be worrying that using social media sites to promote your books will look too much like cheap advertising. You don’t want to seem pushy and salesy. You’re uncomfortable trying to sell your books, as you don’t see yourself as salesperson – you’re a writer after all!
But if you’re serious about writing as a career, you also need to be serious about how you’re going to pay the bills. There’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Think of all the brands that market to you on a daily basis – Starbucks, Coca Cola, Kelloggs. They’re not worried about trying to sell you their products in case it puts you off and you think they’re too pushy.
There are many simple ways you can promote your book to make it easy for your fans to find. And Twitter is one of them.
Here are three ways you can use Twitter to help spread the word about your book, without being too pushy.
One of the stumbling blocks for the self-published author is the question of ISBN numbers.
Lots of authors come to us struggling to get their heads around what’s required:
- What’s an ISBN?
- Do I need one?
- How do I get one?
- Where from?
So we’ve put together a list of the most frequently asked questions about ISBNs, and some answers to help you.
Are you stuck for what to include on your author website? Don’t worry, it doesn’t need to be complicated. But it does need to be easy to read, and convey your message in a simple way to your fans.
Include the content listed here, and you can be sure you’ll have an author website that will keep your fans happy, be easy to maintain and update, and will help improve your book sales.