The Best Contests for Self-Published Authors

Book contests offer extra exposure, recognition, and the chance to claim “award-winning” during your marketing efforts  as well as the chance to win cash and prizes.  Here are the Book Contests I recommend for Self-Published Authors: _________________________________   Benjamin Franklin Awards The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards, which includes fifty-five categories recognizing excellence in both editorial and design, is regarded as one of the highest national honors in small and independent publishing. $190 for first title, which includes one year’s membership in IBPA; $90 per title, Read More +

Tips for a Book Launch Party

  Here are some tips and ideas for a Book Launch Party: 1. Set the date early You should start planning and promoting your Book Launch Party at least two months in advance. 2. Venue Your venue should be local. Many bookstores and other businesses looking for exposure may be willing to host your party for free or at a low cost. 3. Make it a party! Remember it is a Book Launch PARTY, not just a Book Launch. Make it fun. Offer food and Read More +

Tips To Promote Your Self-Published Book on Amazon

Once your self-published book is published and available on Amazon, here are some simple, yet very effective, things you can do to promote your book on Amazon. 1.       Get customer reviews You need to have customer reviews for your book on Amazon.  Reviews establish that your self-published book is credible and enjoyed by someone besides the author.  If you don’t have any reviews on Amazon, it is unlikely that anyone will purchase your book from Amazon. Get family members and friends to write reviews for Read More +

Facebook for Authors – Part 2

Getting to 500 Friends If you don’t have friends added to your friends list, being a part of a social networking site is rather pointless. On Facebook, you can be average or you can be a superstar. Obviously, since you are using Facebook for promoting yourself as an author and your published books, you want to be a superstar. First you should note that fewer than 200 friends on an author Facebook page isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s an average thing. However, again, Read More +

Facebook for Authors – Part 1

Finding Facebook Friends Some of the most famous authors have found that the social networking site is more than just a way to connect with old friends and to meet new friends, it can also be used as a valuable marketing tool. Authors around the world have found that Facebook allows them to interact with people on a more personal level, which in turn builds even greater trust and stronger relationships with readers and potential readers.  It has even been said that social networking, especially Read More +

Famous Authors Who Have Self Published

If you are thinking about self-publishing your book, you’re in good company. This is but a very small list, as thousands of famous writers have successfully self-published including: Edgar Rice Burroughs Zane Grey Rudyard Kipling DH Lawrence Gertrude Stein Virginia Woolf The Shack by William Young has sold 12 to 15 million copies since the book was originally self-published in May 2007. Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You To Know About is a self-published book by Kevin Trudeau and has sold over six million copies. The Read More +

Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Self Publish

When considering whether or not to self-publish your book, keep in mind that traditional publishers publish much less than 1% of all unsolicited manuscripts they receive each year. Many industry insiders estimate the amount to be 0.1%. If you fall into the 99.9% that they reject, you will probably be very frustrated with that process, but you won’t be alone. With self-publishing, you take control of your own destiny. Make your book a success yourself! Here are a few questions you may want to ask Read More +

SEO for Self Published Authors – Part 2

If the guidelines I outlined in SEO for Self Publishing Authors – Part 1 is not sufficient to get your author website on the first page of the Google Search results for your author name or key word phrase, then you should supplement the items I discussed with these additional Search Engine Optimization steps: 1.  Regular SEO Optimized Press Releases Links are very important in Search Engine Optimization. The best way to help your website is with SEO-optimized press releases done regularly. This should give you Read More +

SEO for Self Published Authors – Part 1

I am often asked, “How do I get my book to show up better on Google and other search engines?” Here is what I tell authors: You need Search Engine Optimization (SEO). That is, you need to help the search engines find your book and/or Author Name and encourage them to post this result near the top of the search engine results. To get started, you can do this: 1.       Website First of all, you have to have a stand-alone website; otherwise, you don’t have Read More +