So, you wish to pursue an Indie Author Self-Publishing Career? (Part 2)

By far one of the toughest challenges anyone will ever take on in life as a career is the self-publishing lifestyle. If you’re one of those recently starting out on the journey then you have already experienced just how hard it can be to write and market those books at the same time.

In the first part of this series, we explored just a small taste of what it is like to pursue this type of career. In this second installment, I’ll give you some inside information to shorten those headaches you probably develop from banging your head against the wall trying to find what works the easiest.

Well my friends, there are few easy solutions to what will work for you to sell thousands of books month after month. Your greatest ally is time. Yes time, because you have more of it than any other resource. What do you do with it? Do you waste yours? Do you invest it in learning? Do you just use all your time writing? Those are great questions to answer for yourself and surely, you can think of some more to ask yourself.

If you are a beginning Author with only a couple of books under your belt, the top advice that can be given is to continue to write more. If you’re writing a second or third book already, you need to be promoting the first one(s). On my site, you can find many ways to promote and market those books. That material comes out of my books published on Amazon. Sure, you can call that a way of marketing. I offer you free advice from material out of my books. By the way, I have another new book coming out soon, “SEO, What’s my Rank?”

If you are looking for ways to market books after you published them, then follow some of the steps listed here. Get you an author website going right away. Add a sign-up form on your landing page to gain an e-mail list of followers so you can reach out to them easier with a newsletter or a new book release. You might not convince everyone to sign but gradually the list will grow.

Many refuse to put all their apples into one cart, with that being going solo with Amazon. I don’t care what anyone else might think. A new Author needs to learn and grow! That being spoken, Amazon has the best platform with the tools and goodies to help. There is too much to overwhelm a new Author trying to self publish on other platforms so that is why I personally recommend Amazon alone.

Over time, you can always move books to other self-publishing outlets or publish new ones over the various others. I guarantee you that the bulk of your sales will come from Amazon. Another thing that will help you is to keep track of everything that you do with each book.

Make you a chart sheet to record the Title, blurb information, publish date, etc. Include on this chart, all the sites that your book is listed online. You see, if you have a handy little chart like this on each book, it makes it much easier to reference all the information on that book in nanoseconds. This is great for when you need it in a spur of the moment to post the information on a site for a free book promo or to publish through a paid ad. It keeps you from having to open several sites at once trying to gather the information.

Seek out all the places or sites that readers are going to in search of what your book is about. That means you are looking for that reader audience where they congregate. If your book is a fiction novel, you want to scour the universal web for those readers in hopes of grabbing attention on your book. If it is a non-fiction book about cooking with recipes, you will be looking for those readers at websites about food preparation, cooking cuisine, etc. On the Internet, the sky is the limit because the web is never-ending.

You might find many opportunities to guest blog a post on a site once you randomly begin to seek out those marketing venues for your books. Most everyone that has a decent size following on their sites offer guest blogging to Authors in the hope that it helps bring more visitors to their websites.

Try to spend at least one hour each day marketing your books in some shape, way or form. You might spend it one day commenting on a few sites. The next day you could spend it on social media. The following day you could spend it on Author or book forums commenting on posts. These little things help establish you as an Author. Bookbuzzr is a great place to use to gain additional exposure for your books. Nifty tools there to help you get sales on your books. For a small monthly fee of a few bucks, you have an arsenal at your fingertips to help you in your marketing tactics.

It has already been mentioned in past post on my site about offering a new book free and the sites are there written on a post if you will do your research. Doing a little preplanning before a free promotion can net you a lot of free downloads of your book. Many sites request advanced noticed before posting your free promo. The negative side of the free promotion is the possibility of getting one star reviews but if you are so fearful of reviews, why bother to publish? At one time, the free promotion could net an Author with many sales. That isn’t the case now but still many new Authors are finding decent sales after a free promo run on a new book.

Using all social media outlets will help you market your name, brand and those books that you write. Use them all, from twitter to Tumblr, from linkedin to pin-it, from your website to other websites. There are so many opportunities out there now to use media to get the word out about you and your books and by not taking advantage of it all is just like throwing it away.

A remarkable opportunity is a book series. It is the hot item going today to make an unknown into a well known. The secret? Making the first book in the series perma-free. I don’t know how long this marketing strategy will continue to succeed as many more Authors are finding it the key that unlocks the door to their success.

Alright, We covered a lot here. So, what is Social media? Goodreads, Twitter, facebook, google+, yahoo, linkedin, tumblr, etc. Next we have Content media, which is? They are Press releases, articles, guest posts, book bloggers, etc.

Those two, Social and Content go directly hand in hand with your website. That website is your Author Platform base. You are gaining an email list of followers to your site as an addition through hits. Your website is the foundation or house that supports everything else that you do. Now then, we are finally getting somewhere on what it takes to sell books.

I’ll continue this series later so look forward to it. All of my books are listed on Amazon and my site. You have to market every way possible. Have a nice weekend!

BM

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Satisfied Customers

Money! Money! Money!
Money! Money! Money!

Nothing is quite as sweet in the Indie Publishing World than having happy readers. The great thing about them is if you please them once, they’re more inclined to buy another book from you in the future!
That’s the great thing about your customers. They show their love and loyalty to you when you please them. They also have this delightful manner of obtaining referral customers for you by emails and word of mouth.
To earn this repeat business from past readers, offer them more quality and value in any future books you write to publish. Earn that extra word of mouth and Internet referral business by doing the things that you have learned in the past.

If you know who some of your readers are, email them, phone them in person or just target an article on your website to them and ask them to tell their friends about you and your books. This is a great referral opportunity for you as a publisher to reach out to those readers that love what you do and ask them for a little tenderness.

Always treat your loyal readers with love, loyalty, devotion, consideration and professionalism. That will always keep them happy and satisfied. The more satisfied your reader’s stay, the more satisfied readers you’ll gain in the future.

Satisfied readers not only buy your books but they are one of your greatest allies in selling more books!
That is a powerful sentence written above! It deserves to be repeated again!
“Satisfied readers not only buy your books but they are one of your greatest allies in selling more books!” It runs a complete circle around their friends and right back to you in more books sales! Now how nifty is that?

You see the image above? Yes, my image with my money but used here for the pupose to drill into you a business sense to make sure you’re doing everything that you can to make those customers happy. Those customers being the ones that buy a product, service or book from you!

In the business environment, the only way to make it work is by top quality customer service. That goes into any type of business enviroment. Oh, but I’m only an author writing books someone might say. Think again! If you write to publish books online to sell, then you are a business. You’re also the manager and ceo of said business.

Not everyone knows who their readers or customers are that buy books from them. Yes you do! They leave reviews about your books, you may be talking to customers who buy your books on book forums. People that like you on FB or follow you on twitter might be some of your customers. They might be on a email sign-up form from your website.

Always find time to thank your customers for purchasing from you. In closing this article, here is a great way to thank them without lifting a finger. At the end of a book, Always leave a sentence or two explaining to them how grateful you are to them for purchasing one of your books.

You never know, they just might buy another one from you! Have a nice week.

BM

Three ways to market Books

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Many Authors look for every opportunity to promote their books and their names. The Select program at Amazon giving away a new published book is still a good way to get exposure. Rather than spend hours searching for those site links, I thought I would post some of them here from one of my books so others would have a copy too.
Some of these sites need to know in advance when the free promo is scheduled, so do your homework and check out each one before you set up your promotion. Those free book promotions still work if you have a fantastic story to read so never give up and use all promotional opportunities.

http://www.Snicklist.com
http://www.indiebookpromo.com
http://www.ArmadilloeBooks.com
http://www.Ereader.com
http://www.BargainEbookHunter.com
http://www.Freebookdude.com
http://www.freebooksy.com
http://www.BookFreebies.com
http://www.DigitalBookEnd.com
http://www.BookGoodies.com
http://www.eReaderUtopia.com
http://www.eBookDealoftheDayUK.com
http://www.ebookshabit.com
http://www.PixelofInk.com
http://www.eBookDealoftheDay.com
http://www.freediscountedbooks.com
http://www.ereadercafe.com
http://www.FreeBooks.com
http://www.awesomegang.com
http://www.Hunt4Freebies.com
http://www.freebookclub.org
http://www.FreeDigitalReads.com
http://www.addictedtobooks.com
http://www.FrugalFreebies.com
http://www.Ebookbooster.com
http://www.FreeKindleBooks.com
http://www.getfreebies.com
http://www.addictedtobooks.com
http://www.It’sWriteNow.com
http://www.justkindlebooks.com
http://www.ThatBookPlace.com
http://www.PinYourBook.com
http://www.KindleBookPromos.com
http://www.bestebooksworld.com
http://www.KindleFreebies.com
http://www.sweetiespicks.com
http://www.TheDigitalInkSpot.com
http://www.PixelScroll.com
http://www.indiebookpromo.com
http://www.thatbookplace.com
http://www.justkindlebooks.com

Here is an additional way to get even more exposure if you wish to explore. Add your books to some of these directories and gain more eyes on those new books that you write.

http://www.ebookfreeway.com
http://www.ebookpalace.com
http://www.shefari.com
http://www.ebookjungle.com
http://www.goodreads.com
http://www.bookbuzzr.com
http://www.published.com
http://www.free-ebooks.com
http://www.goodreads.com
http://www.librarything.com

Want more exposure for your name, books and website or blog? Read on. Article Write and submit those articles to the many sites on the web. Great way for you to build an additional following by readers who will love the articles you wrote that they read.

Just like your books, make sure that the articles are spelled correctly and good grammar basics are followed. Most of the sites accept articles on a variety of content. Those articles can be anywhere from 400 words up to 2000 word articles.

Writing great article content can bring you more sales of those books but you never will know what you’re missing if you won’t give it a try. Here are many sites that you can write articles for submission. These sites let you sign up and your website or blog with your books are where those readers come to if they like the content you write.

http://www.hubpages.com
http://www.ehow.com
http://www.examiner.com
http://www.squidoo.com
http://www.goarticles.com
http://www.amazines.com
http://www.technorati.com
http://www.ezinearticles.com
http://www.articlesbase.com
http://www.articlestars.com
http://www.brighthub.com
http://www.articletrader.com
http://www.thefreelibrary.com
http://www.articlecity.com
http://www.articlerich.com
http://www.gather.com
http://www.ezinemark.com
http://www.articlesfactory.com

The above will get you on a good start if you consider using that option. There is still other ways to help gain sales of books. The above are only a few ways to market your products or books to people and readers. In the future, I may post other ways to gain readers.
Have a great holiday weekend!

BM

Keys to help Sell Books

Sell More Books with More Keyword Placement

Do you use power words or the correct key words in your sales copy? I bet some of you hardly give the subject of key wording or power words any attention. If you wish to make sales of your products or services, you better study this topic intently.
It’s true, 99.9 percent of those that use proper Key Wording, and Power Words make more money than those who think they are doing it effectively. What do the best Internet Marketers have in common? They all have an effective sales page to promote their products! Most of them research Key Words and Power Words that best fit the description for their particular product and insert them into their sales pitch or promotional page.
Whether it’s for books or for a system to make money, many Marketers are two steps ahead of the game when it comes to promoting the product effectively. These people have learned how to take it to the next level when writing those sales letters and promotional methods.
Any Product or service you might sell can be a make or break of making a sale just by your sales pitch or letter. That’s why you need to do your research and pick the most effective Power Words and Key Words to insert into your promotional page. For those of you to take notice, Power Words and Key Words are inserted into this first chapter here in this little book.
Have you taken a moment to notice them? Can you locate them without a hint? What does the phrase “I’m about to reveal to you” really mean? The answer is simple! It’s an explanation that the Marketing Professional is going to explain in detail just what you will receive from their product. People are attracted to brand new products or services. Since new is synonymous with excitement, words such as “excitement’ and “hot” are good draws for advertising new products.
Products or services available for a limited time would have words in the sales copy related to words such as “direct,” “limited,” “immediately,” expressing urgency to buy the product now. Let’s use an example here. You just wrote a fantastic brand new fiction novel that you are going to sell online. In your sales pitch to promote your unknown novel, what do you think would be most important in drawing interest to that new book?
If you answered that with your book description, you’re correct but what helps increase the likelihood of getting a sale from that description? The answer is properly wording the description with Power Words and Key Words so more people are drawn into clicking on the “Look Inside” feature to read more about that new novel you wrote. You could write a best seller or already have one written online. That novel might be losing sales just by the description you written for the book. It’s true!
Always take a hard look at your book description page and make sure you made the most of it by inserting Power Words and Key Words in that description which really is a sales pitch to promote interest in that novel! Another area many fail to think about is the cover image on that book. You should always be sure to Key Word that image in the tags before you upload it to Amazon to make it is enriched with words that will bring customers to your site from their word searches. Beginning with your first chapter or prologue of your book, insert Keywords and Phrases to draw interest in that novel.
With the amount of books around today, every effort you achieve to promote yourself and your work will only increase the amount of sales you can make. Did you know that almost 92 percent of sales are made within the retail industry when the product goes on sale for a reduced price?
People are conditioned to wait for a product to go on sale before they make the purchase to buy. What Power Words can you think of right this moment to use as a sales copy to promote your product to entice that customer to buy? Using words like “Only,” “Discount,” “New” and “Special” come to mind very quickly.
Then you can add in the phrase “Huge discount special, this week only!” Do you see the power in that Power Word Phrase? If you are into mass media marketing, could you use that phrase in the promotion of your product on such avenues as twitter or Facebook?
The answer to that is absolutely! You want to use the best Words and Phrases you can possibly come up with to get the customer’s valuable attention on your product. So what do you have to do in order to find great Key Words?
Find a great Key Word Suggestion program that gives you the best words based on what people are searching for. A good one to use is http://ubersuggest.org
Easy to use and produces some great keyword results. This keyword research tool is renowned for its ability to pull data from all the major search engines along with getting information from the less popular ones. It is probably next only to the Google Keyword Tool in terms of its usage and popularity.
Remember, every little thing that you can do helps in marketing. I hope that this information provided to you is extremely helpful as well as opening your mind to the possibility of finding another avenue to increase your book sales. As always, you’re welcome to comment or send me a personal email at http://bookmaster007@hotmail.com

Another New Book Coming

Writing books, and marketing can take up huge amounts of time. Most that take on the challenge of Indie Self-Publishing never realize what is involved in the process. I was talking to someone the other day. They agreed that it can be one of the toughest jobs on the planet. They also told me that once you become established by building your brand that the opportunities are endless. I tend to agree with them on that.

Last year, I published nine books under my name. I have another one to publish shortly. Here is the cover and title for my latest book on Search Engine Optimization.

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Here are the covers for the others below.

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There is one thing that you have to have in this business, and that is plenty of drive to continue the process. Some of you have heard it before, “Rinse and Repeat.” My goal for this year is to publish at least 20 books which would double my output in 2013. My time was limited during the past year due to a variety of issues. This year, nothing stands in the way of completing that goal.

Many feel overwhelmed once they get into Self-Publishing, but if they take the time to learn as they continue to write the process becomes easier. The great thing about it is that once you have a back-list to continue to build on, it makes you more reputable to others.

As this New Year continues to unfold, More books will be added to my back-list. Maybe by the time July rolls around, I can take a needed two week break from it all to rest on vacation. That remains to be seen as I’m always focused on the goals that I set for myself. To be able to be given this opportunity to self publish by a great company like Amazon is a dream that I cherish each day.

The purpose in this thread post is to give hope to others that might not feel as though they are doing well in this business. I’m here to tell you that it takes time and commitment in order to succeed. Keep pushing forward while learning all that you can about Self-Publishing. You just might find that that ship you’re sailing on isn’t going to sink with you on-board after all.

I’m always easy to reach if anyone wishes to get in contact with me. You can drop an email to me at bookmaster007@hotmail.com and I’ll be glad to answer. Any of my Titles you might be interested in can be found at http://www.amazon.com/Book-Master/e/B00CKAJ36A/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Have a great weekend!

BM

Market those Ebooks to the Masses!

Yes, we have all heard this before, but how many of us follow what will work? It can be a tough job writing, and getting our books ready to publish. Having the marketing issue to deal with makes the process that much tougher.
Not only do we have to market that freshly published new book, but also we have to keep the wheels turning by writing that next book. How are we supposed to do all of this in so many hours per day?
Many follow the 80/20 rules. Eighty percent means writing and the other twenty percent is given to the marketing process. With the fierce competition in the marketplace these days, it makes sense to devote as much time as possible to marketing.
Now some Authors are using 70/30 rules to the process. I think 2014 will be much tougher than 2013 because of the ever-increasing amount of books published. Things will continue to tighten as the year unfolds.
For those with quite a few books on the storefront, the increased time devoted to marketing make good business sense. Part of my New Year goals was to implement more time to marketing. I decided to go with 65/35 rules since I have a backlist of books published. New Authors with one or two books have to go less with marketing to devote more time writing.
So many ways exist to market books that it is insane. Blog forums, mailing lists, blogs, websites, writing articles, paid ads, free ads, free promos and advertised to the free promotion sites, perma-free first book in a series, guest interviews on blogs and social media outlets like twitter or facebook. Don’t forget Linked-In or sites to make money doing freelance writing.
A few must below. You need to be in front of those readers on these sites.
Ereader News Today: http://www.ereadernewstoday.com/
Kindle Nation: http://kindlenationdaily.com/
Pixel of Ink: http://www.pixelofink.com
Inspired Reads: http://www.inspiredreads.com
Kindle Reader: http://kindlereader.blogspot.com/
GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com
IndieReader: http://indiereader.com/author-promotional-opportunities/

Make sure you use good keywords in the blurbs. Do a word search on what readers are looking for and place the top keywords or phrases in your seven keywords when you upload your new books.
Everywhere your footsteps are on the web should leave your marks for people to follow you home. This means placing your website link into your signature so when you leave comments at other sites, those people might find their way directly back to your website or blog.
The prices of your books make a huge impact on sales. Don’t place a 4.99 price on a 15-page book! It just can’t happen, unless it is a new formula that makes money out of thin air.
Price books accordingly. .99-cent eBooks sell if marketing is used correctly. A 150,000-word novel priced at 2.99 is a good selling price if the story is a great one that captivates a reader audience. Books priced higher than 2.99 still gain sales if they are higher in word count.
Many Authors are now finding success with books with a lower word count such as 15,000 to 20,000-word count. When it comes to self-publishing, you never know what will work unless you try it.
The wise words “Think outside the box,” are so true when it comes to each individual writer or author. If you are having problems with sales, try something else until you find what works. Once you find that formula, rinse and repeat it until the sizzle begins to fizzle.
The problem with success is that Authors will tell the world what worked for them, and then you have a flood of others repeating that process. Very soon, you have everyone cashing in on what worked for that one Author. This is why you will always have to find ways to keep those wheels turning.
No matter what your current formula for success is, one day you will have to implement another new strategy to stay competitive in the self-publishing game. You have to keep writing, stay on a smart marketing formula and continue to learn new ways to get those books in front of millions of readers.

How Thou can Count up those Sales?

Recently, I was doing some research for another possible new book in the future. Many Indie Authors are figuring out their own way and producing quite remarkable results indeed.

One Author does their marketing in this manner;
Uses 3 pen names.
Publish across all retailers.
Writes in BBW werewolf romance and psuedo-incest.
Writes new stories each month and uploads them to the platforms.
Writes in series, probably making the first one perma-free.
Prices those books according to length, from .99 – 9.99, books are in 3,000 to 150,00 word count.
Uses paid advertising.

You notice a system in the above? Sure you can see it. Multiple Author Pen Names with many Titles listed under each one makes more sales. Of course, the paid ads put those books in front of readers. The Author uses the book series formula, making the first book free to hook the readers into buying the rest of the series.

Another Author found his way with this;
Writes what they love to write about.
An Active Facebook Page, website and a mailing list.
Uses newsletters to find new readers such as BookBub, BookBlast, etc.
Writes in Series because that is where the most sales originate.
Released a new novel every two months to keep that boost going.
Priced books 2.99-3.99 range.

Here, I laid out examples of two successful Authors basically using the same formula. No need in making this post any longer. By the way, did you learn anything?

BM

So, You Wish To Pursue An Indie Author Self-Publishing Career

A fascinating idea for an adventurous journey in the self-publishing business. One might respond with a question to this young man with such a genious plan.”Do you believe you’re ready to follow through with this goal? He might reply with a simple, “Sure I can do it just as well as anyone can.”

Let’s take a hard look at this process the young lad is eagerly itching to jump into, the kindle publishing fire! Afterall, it never hurts to research a project before you leap.

First things first, you do need money to make money. Very few people can make a success out of a business or other venture without having enough money to invest. You should think about maintaining that current standard of living you have before rushing out to quit your “job.”

Now that we have those tiny obstacles squared away, what should be the first steps taken to get a book self-published? Bottom line, write a great story that many people will find interesting enough to read! Search what sells the best on the Amazon Online Book Store. You want to write in a niche that gives you comfort and ease of writing. Never try to write about a subject that you have no interest in. Pour your heart and soul into that story!

Once the book is written and edited by a professional editor, have a few others read it to get their opinions on the new story. You want the best out their in publishing la la land. If they like it, approve it, and say publish it, find a quality cover designer to make you one awesome killer cover that will woo those readers out in the Amazon Book Jungle.

Wow, a cool book cover and a great story go hand in hand! Yes, it cost the bank account a nifty little bundle, but what a book that you have to behold. Next up, write an attraction pulling blurb that will move those interested readers to open the book by clicking to look inside.

Its ready to go! Time to upload that masterpiece and hook those sales! WAIT! Locate as many free sites you can advertise this masterpiece on as possible. Some of them have a waiting period or you must let them know in advance. A few of them will want some of your money in that hefty bank account so go ahead and pay up. Once you have your book scheduled young man, go ahead, upload that new book at 2.99.

Welcome to Indie Self-Publishing, you’re officially in the big time limelight. You think all you have to do now is sit back and wait on the thousands of purchased free downloads!

Oh no you don’t! Go build yourself a new website or start a bookblog site. Once you have it going with your book included, have a go at starting both a facebook page site about you and that book, plus a twitter account.

Now you think that you can breath a little, right? Wrong again! You need to get with it young man. Start creating a character outline about the people in your next book. Outline what the new book will be about, a plot maybe, who are the people in the book? Are they male, female, young or old? Do they have any handicaps? Weight problems? General things that everyday people in the real world go through. Are they rich? Poor? Married? You want an idea of what each chapter in that book is going to be about. It makes writing much easier than stringing it along on a whim out of your imagination.

No young man, you can’t rest now! Not between writing chapters. You have to continue marketing that first new book you published. It has come off the free promotion now and actually ranking decently on Amazon Sales.

Tweet it once in awhile.Once a day is good and have your Facebook account linked with twitter so it shows there also. That will save you a few minutes of time. Since it is making you some decent money, and a few 4 star reviews have shown up, go ahead and advertise it to a few more paid booksites. The more you can afford, the better for your Author name and the book.

You can take a day off to rest young man, but while you are getting lazy, take some time to visit a few of your allies. Those will be your new friends, your competion in a competitive business. Yes, they write books too!

The above is a great way for anyone to start an Indie Self Pub Career. Anyone can start one but it takes sincere effort, diligence, know-how, and above all that deep down thirst inside to succeed. Oh yeah, don’t forget to bring some money with you.

Merry Christmas to Everyone & Have a Safe New Year!

BM

What is in your Book Covers?

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Finding that Ebook Gold
Power Words and Key Words to Profit

You can spend countless hours designing your own covers from scratch or you buy spend that money buying custom designed covers. However, do you take the time to really discover what your goal is when you place a cover on your book?

How many times have you searched Amazon to see thousands of books with covers that don’t relate to the stories inside them? Authors compete against each other to maximize sales, but sometimes they fail in producing the right cover to get their message across to readers. Great book covers should blend into the story that is inside the book. A good title is essential in selling a book. Titles with three or less words are easy to remember and make more sales than longer titles.

A book cover that tells the story inside the book from just the cover will sell more books. Your book cover should be perfect in color, graphics, fonts, title, sub-title, and brief description to maximize it’s selling power. You have heard it before, ” think outside the box.” Why not throw the box away?

Always take your time to get the perfect cover for those stories that you write for others to read. You should spend many hours researching into that perfect image or graphic design to be on the front of your book. Experiment with colors and various fonts. Adjust the size of the fonts to get the best look. Make sure you place your Title, Author name and a brief description in the correct positions on your cover so they don’t distract from the image on the cover.

Overall, make sure that the cover you place on your book is the cover you won’t have to go back to change in the future because it turns readers off. Fiction books are much harder to design covers for than non-fiction. Readers searching for a non-fiction book are after the information, whereas those searching for a fiction book generally want to see a beautifully designed cover before they will look inside.

You want those eyes on your book? Spend more time on those covers to maximize the selling power of what is in your book covers. That great story, perfect title and perfect cover are the three key elements in all book covers so make yours the best it an possibly be.

Character Development and Tricks for Authors

How do you use the characters in your book stories? Any story you write must have interesting characters that serve a unique purpose. Sometimes authors pick characters out of their minds which is pure fantasy. Other moments, those characters might be from real life people they use in the story.

Many factors are involved in those characters. How old they might be for an example. Male or female. Their weight, height or build might play an important part in the way the story is told. What will be the role they play, a lover, a detective, a cheating husband, or any other role ideas that might come to mind.

Another great idea is choosing the names of those characters very carefully. the last thing you want to do is have two characters with the same names and mix them up in some way during the writing of the story.

Suspense and the mysterious make great stories as well as high sales to readers. Also keeping the reader guessing as to who done it or in other words, who done the dirty deed keeps their interest growing up to the ending of the story.

Your characters should remain human. Unless they have super human strength or unknown mental powers, keep them real. another point to consider is what you write. Using repeated words over become a nuisance to the reader. always check your work as you move along writing the story. It saves you a little work when the editing process begins.

If you must use many characters in a story, be sure you have each and everyone fulfilling their roles completely until the end. Pick out a best-selling book and you will see what I mean.

No matter how great a book is once it is published, usually something can be made better in a revised edition in the future. Never forget those past stories you may have written. You never know what you might have missed that you can rework in a future edition.

Another trick that helps is to read what others write often. it keeps those creative juices flowing inside your mind. Sometimes watching a movie can trigger you to head over to the desk and write on that next story.

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