When Science Meets Book Marketing

In this post, author Nicholas C. Rossis summarises an article in The Economist about how arbitrary advantages given to start-up projects can be beneficial. (The results may surprise you.)

 

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“I love it when science meets book marketing!  If you wonder what I’m talking about, just read on. I am an avid Economist reader.  Every issue has a small section about Science and Technology …”

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Tips for Creating Your First Freelancer (Writing) Site

An excellent resource for bloggers.

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First site guide | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's booksContinuing my paying-it-forward series of posts, I present to you today another one of my new friends, Duke Vukadinovic.

You may or may not be aware that in my day job, I’m a web developer whose company, Istomedia, has developed over 450 websites and blogs since 1995. This, however, is an expense that many authors would rather not make. And yet, they still need to have an online presence. So, what are they to do?

Duke has come up with a great resource, the First Site Guide. Freelancers – and writers in general – will find there all they need to build their first website on their own, along with helpful tips, how-tos, and loads of free advice.

Take it, Duke!

Tips for Creating Your First Freelancer (Writing) Site

First site guide | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

If you’re a freelancer, you need your own website. It doesn’t have to be great or fancy…

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It’s Up To You

When considering how to market your self-published books, it’s worth considering the consumer. In this article, Kristine Kathryn Rusch discusses some creative ways of marketing music in the past and how they can be used by self-publishers to market their books.

From Kristine Kathryn Rusch: “Normally when I have blog with this title, I’m discussing the choices writers make in this new world of publishing. But this blog is different. This blog is about consumer choice…”

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How to Create a New Book – Without Writing | Savvy Book Writers

I discovered this article, originally posted on Savvy Book Writers on August 28, 2015, in another article about “passive marketing.” Does anyone else have ideas to share about  ways to make one’s book more visible with little work?

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Just found this on Amazon: The Dresden Files Collection 1-6 (The Dresden Files Box-Set) Kindle Edition.  A box-set creation or bundling of your titles can be done in e-books, print and even in audiobook format.

You don’t have to be a multi-book author before you can start “bundling” your book. One book needs only to be in print and digital format – and voilà! you have a bundle. At Amazon it’s called “Kindle Match Book”. Customers will also be able to buy inexpensive e-copies of books they have previously bought in hardcover or paperback.

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Source: How to Create a New Book – Without Writing | Savvy Book Writers

The Makings of a Good Author Interview

I couldn’t resist reblogging this excellent advice by Ionia Martin. An individual with multifarious interests and talents, in this post she explains what interests readers and how to prepare for an author interview. Read some of her interviews on the Readful Things Blog to see how to successfully implement these tips!

 
The Makings of a Good Author Interview
 

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When I posted my interview with Sarah Solmonson earlier this morning, it reminded me that a couple of people have asked me to put up a post on the finer points of doing an author interview. I’m not sure I would call me an expert on this topic, but I try to answer those who ask me a question, so this post is for them.

I will share my opinion here, not saying that anyone should take my words as gold, but here is what I think:

A successful author interview begins with an interesting author. I am not pointing fingers and calling anyone boring, but if you want your interview to shine, choose authors that have something to bring to the party. I like it very much when the authors I interview have a very personal interest in their story. This doesn’t mean it can’t be fiction, just…

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Promoting your Series: Free vs. 99c

Here’s another great summary of what the statistics are telling writers about book sales and promotions by author Nicholas C. Rossis. Click on the link to read the complete article. (It also includes some great advice on cross-promoting your books.)

Promoting your Series: Free vs. 99¢

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From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: blog.acton.org

I was reading Tara Sparling’s interesting post on free books, where she complains about authors pricing their books too low.

Amazon agrees with her. I believe that’s why they only start offering 70% royalties for books priced at $2.99 and above (under that, royalties are only 30%).

However, a common mistake for first-time authors is to price their work too high. Sure, you can ask for the same price as Steven King. But only if you write like him and have an established fan base. Until then, you’ll need to do whatever it takes to fight the obscurity that inevitably befalls us all in a marketplace where 6,500 new books are published daily… and part of that may be a free or 99c book – albeit for a short while and as part of an overall marketing strategy. Or you could do it to gather reviews, as I’ve done with

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