Not Selling Books? How To Change That Today!

By Rachel Thompson
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Book marketing is a challenge, an art, either the bane of your existence or how you make your living. I try anything and everything to sell my books, and share those experiences here with you; I also love to learn from you all what you’ve tried in your book marketing and selling activities, and love to learn what has worked (and not worked), so I asked my social media author friends this question: What’s the #1 most successful tactic you use to sell your books? ONE THING…. Continue Reading


Gutting Yourself: How to Find and Use Raw Emotion for Your Writing

By Rachel Thompson
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Please welcome author and sexual abuse survivor supporter Lia Mack as she shares about writing what scares you.    I love the idea of cutting into myself with an Exacto knife, little by little, slice by slice, until the entrails of my being are released, splayed and displayed out in the open. No longer hidden by the depths of my body, before me is the rawness of myself. My guts. Gutted, I am raw. Open. Vulnerable. Real. I’m speaking figuratively, of course, those who are feeling… Continue Reading


3 Awesome Email List Buiilding Tips for Fiction Authors by guest Bri Clark (@Bri_clark)

By Rachel Thompson
3 Awesome Email List Buiilding Tips for Fiction Authors

Joe Brewer asks what a fiction writer can offer as an email subscriber list-building giveaway that isn’t merch. Information? Special stories just for the subscriber? We here you Joe, so we asked Bri Clark to join us with 3 awesome tips for building an email list for fiction authors. Here is a brief overview of the tips you will find in the video below. At the beginning and at the end of all of your books have a link for readers to sign up for… Continue Reading


Email Marketing for Authors: Don’t Discredit what you Haven’t Tried by guest Bri Clark (@Bri_clark)

By Rachel Thompson
Email Marketing for Authors: Don’t Discredit what you Haven’t Tried by guest Bri Clark (@Bri_clark)

Rachel Thompson our fearless and filterless leader of authors and social media practices opened up her blog to answering YOUR questions. It’s my pleasure to have the opportunity to be one of those that provides tips and answers. Apollo Papafrangou posed these questions about email marketing. “Is it essential to have an email list as an author; how do you build a list before having a book released? I’m signed up for to a few mailing lists, but they don’t necessarily make me want to… Continue Reading


How to Price Your eBook on Amazon by guest Naomi Blackburn (@NBlackburn01)

By Rachel Thompson
How to Price Your eBook on Amazon by guest Naomi Blackburn

In the second in a three-part series on navigating Amazon, Cheryl Ives asks “How do I price my books on Amazon?” One of my favorite oldie-but-goodie articles that is worth a read is a post written by author J.A. Konrath, who explain the conundrum beautifully. If he prices a book too high, he loses sales. If he prices a book to low, he may receive an increase in the sale of books, but his royalties are much lower. While he identified his “sweet spot” at… Continue Reading


3 Valuable Tips You Need For Amazing Blog Content

By Rachel Thompson
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Kelly Williams asked me: “How do I know what to blog about? Sometimes I get stuck. Maybe I need a daily prompt generator!” I half-jokingly applied for the job. There’s an easier way though, and that’s what I want to share with Kelly and you all here today. Honestly, I’m never at a loss for topics to write about and here’s my secret: keywords. If you know what your marketing plan is, you’ll easily be able to identify your branding. Most writers (bloggers, authors, any… Continue Reading


Why I Use Different Social Media Networks (And Maybe You Should Too) by guest @K8Tilton

By Rachel Thompson
Why I Use Different Social Media Networks (And Maybe You Should Too) by Kate Tilton

Peter M. Olsen asked, “Do more social media accounts over-saturate the product, or in my case me?” which got me thinking about how we choose our social media channels. With new social media channels popping up every day, knowing the why behind our choices is more vital than ever. Why most people choose a social media network The average social media user chooses their channel based on their own interests. If you took to the streets and asked: “What social media channel do you use… Continue Reading


Why WordPress is the Best Choice for your Author Website by guest @sugarbeatbc

By Rachel Thompson
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Several weeks ago Rachel asked me to write a post outlining the reasons WordPress is the best choice for your blog or website. My opinion about WordPress is based on my years of experience working with this program, the success I’ve had with it and the research I’ve done on it. This post is directed at authors and other creatives. If you have a degree in computer programming, you probably don’t need my help. I’ve been blogging since about 2006 on various platforms. I’ve used… Continue Reading


A Quick 8-Step Guide to Publishing Your eBook on Amazon! by @NBlackburn01

By Rachel Thompson
A Quick 8-Step Guide to Publishing Your eBook on Amazon!

Cheryl Ives asked us how to publish and sell ebooks on Amazon. Since this is a large subject we’ve broken it down into a series called Publishing and Selling eBooks with Amazon. Today I’ll cover how to upload your book to Amazon. Congratulations, you have officially finished your manuscript. It is back from your professional editor. Your beta readers loved it. The cover is magnificent. It is official: your baby is ready to be uploaded to Amazon. But wait, what does that mean? How do you… Continue Reading


Facebook OR Twitter? Here’s Why You Should Choose Both!

By Rachel Thompson
Facebook OR Twitter? Here’s Why You Should Choose Both!

In my new series on answering YOUR questions, Morgan Dragonwillow asks: If you could be only on one, Facebook or Twitter, which would you choose and why? Well, it all depends on what your goal is. Want to build relationships AND improve your overall SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Twitter. Want to build relationships but are not all that concerned about SEO? Facebook.  Just to make your head explode, I’ll throw in a teeny tiny bit about Google+ and why it still matters. And to really frustrate you,… Continue Reading