Chances are as a self published author you're already taking advantage of one or two Google tools. You've likely caught onto Google + by now, but have you taken Google Hangouts for a test drive yet? Their latest social tool in connectivity, Google Hangouts helps you interact with your target reader audience near and far.
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Writers as a whole may not be the healthiest people on earth. We love our coffee, sit at a desk all day, and tend to unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail on a pretty frequent basis. In the middle of it all is a body that's slowly gaining weight, because we can't justify the time to go to the gym. Work out? There are deadlines to meet and marketing to do! No more excuses. Exercise adds oxygen to your system, which fuels your brain for better writing. Do some simple exercises without ever leaving your desk area and you might find yourself losing a little bit of that desk chair rear end.
It's a simple fact: people who are happier in their environment are more productive workers. According to the Harvard Business Review, the level of worker's happiness affects worker's productivity, creativity, and commitment. Writers may work in their own home environment instead of in an office cubicle, but the same concept applies. If you make your work environment more pleasant and user-friendly, your word count and quality of work will likely increase.
Want a way to market your eBook that hits hundreds of thousands of buyers, is proven to be productive, and can bump your book onto the hot sellers list? You can find it with targeted book emails. These companies, such as BookBub, Pixel of Ink, and Ereader News Today, together reach millions of dedicated readers who use them as shopping catalogs every day. Not every book offered gets picked up by these review emails, but you can take steps to increase the odds that your eBook will be one of the featured stars on some future date.
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Facebook can be either the best way to grow your writing career or the biggest waste of marketing time, depending on how you use it. Writers constantly give up on Facebook, moaning about the fact that they got very few sales from spending their valuable time there. When done right, Facebook can be an important part of a long-term writing career plan, one that can help your entire catalog sell instead of just one book.
Your cover is what grabs their eye and makes potential readers look into your book. But people look at interesting things hundreds of times a day, and most of them don't call for a second glance. The way to entice them, to make them read on and want to buy your book, is with a fantastic book blurb.
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It's your book's identity, all rolled up into a few simple words. Your book title is the shortest part you'll write, but it may be the most important few words you'll create. Imagine if you'd read Rhett & Scarlet and Rabbits Finding a Home instead of Gone With the Wind and Watership Down. They'd probably be a bit less memorable, less magical. A good title sets the stage and gives readers a hook on which to hang their emotions. Your perfect title can come from the most surprising of places.
There's a frustrating circle most self-published or Indie authors have to go through. Readers rely on reviews to judge whether to buy their books, but readers have to buy their books before they can leave a review. For most, it's a matter of hoping some random customer will take pity on them and write down his thoughts after finishing your book. One of the problems with this method is that most of the bigger indie advertisement companies only accept ads from books with ten or more reviews. Getting to that magic number can be difficult, but there are things you can do to increase your odds.
There's a popular view of writers that says they scribble down inspired prose whenever the muse hits them, working frantically whenever inspiration arrives. This might be the way to capture new topics and ideas at the beginning of the writing process, but finishing your books means making a commitment to writing on a regular basis, whether you feel like it or not. If you're used to only writing as a hobby, when you're in the mood, writing on demand might feel like a foreign process. Use some tricks and techniques to turn your mind in a creative direction more often, and you'll increase your word count considerably.
First there was hardcover, then there was paperback, and now there are eBooks. Books are always evolving for the needs and desires of the readers. Along the way, somewhere on the side, the concept of audiobooks continued to grow. First on cassette tape, then CDs, they now exist in a digital form for audio only MP3 players and computers of all shapes and sizes.