Self-Publishing

Promoting a Book – Should You Hire a Book Promotion Company?

Researching Book Promotion Companies

How Do I Promote My Book?

Even before you get published, you need to start promoting your book! Should you hire a book promotion company? These five tips will help you answer these questions: What is the best book marketing service for me? Which promotion companies should I contact? How much will it cost to market and advertise my book? How can I trust the book promoters to do their job effectively?

Before the tips, a quip:

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” ~  Zora Neale Hurston.

Why a quip about research? Because before you hire a book promotion company, you must research your options thoroughly. Your purpose in searching for book promotion companies online is to find a company that is legitimate, inexpensive, and one that is owned and operated by trustworthy people.

Here are five tips that will save you from spending potentially thousands of dollars on an illegitimate book promotion company…

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How Do I Write an eBook? 5 Writing and Self-Publishing Tips

Question from a blogger: “How do I write an ebook?” These writing and self-publishing tips are based on my experience – I wrote four Quips and Tips ebooks in six months.

It’s easy for me to write, format, and self-publish ebooks. Marketing is the hard part! I know how to market them and I’m not afraid of self-promotion, but I’d rather be blogging. (Time to hire a publicist, you say?).

“I need to hear that [ebook writing] is doable,” says this blogger, who self-published a book and CD. “I tend to procrastinate when I don’t know how to do something. But, when I hear firsthand another person’s experience, it makes it easier for me to take my next step.”

Reminds me of Sir Isaac Newton’s quip: “If I have seen further, it is only by standing on the shoulders of giants.” If you want to your writing career to succeed, fellow scribes, you need to learn from those who have gone before. You don’t necessarily need to seek out the most successful, famous, wealthy, or productive writers. You can learn from little writers like me – or books like Dan Poynter’s Self-Publishing Manual, 16th Edition: How to Write, Print and Sell Your Own Book.

Okey dokey, let’s dive in to this blogger’s questions and my answers…Read More »How Do I Write an eBook? 5 Writing and Self-Publishing Tips

After Writing an E-Book – Pricing, Marketing, and Landing Pages

What do writers do after writing an eBook? After all, writing eBooks isn’t just about researching, editing, and making money! Successful authors also need to know about pricing, creating landing pages, marketing, and selling their eBooks.

Here’s what one successful writer says about his line of eBooks:

“Since writing my first eBook, I’ve learned better formatting tricks,” says UK-based freelancer Andy Hayes. “Out with the clipart, in with the whitespace. I’ve started to get more comfortable with this medium, and have rediscovered my writer’s voice, relaxed tone, and flow. I’d rather my eBooks read like a story, not like a stuffy brochure. I think my first book was a little too ‘rehearsed’…”

Here, Hayes answers all my questions about what comes after the writing part. If you’re working on an eBook – even if it’s not your first – you’ll find How to Write and Publish Your Own eBook in as Little as 7 Days helpful.

And, here are several tips on eBook pricing, landing pages, marketing, and selling…Read More »After Writing an E-Book – Pricing, Marketing, and Landing Pages