Simple Book Promotions for Authors

Since the release of my co-authored book – Chocolate and Diamonds for the Woman’s Soul I’ve been working on various areas of promoting. One area that I found and enjoy doing is, Vending. Finding authors selling their books at events is nothing new, most times authors & speakers will have a table at various events, and events that they are speaking at. Most speakers will make an announcement that their books are on the table available for purchase or the MC will make the announcement. One of the key things I found while being a vendor is everyone is a reader, so they will walk up to your table to see what the book is about. Once they are at your table then you can start the dialogue by telling them about your book and start a dialogue by asking these questions: What type of books they like to read What type of book they are currently reading Then you have the opportunity to tell them about any upcoming books, and ask if they would like to join your mailing list. Of course you should let them know what they will types of updates they will be getting from you. To add a different touch, I decided to take pics with every person who purchased my book (with their permission). You can click on the link–> YouTube to see video I created from the last vending event I attended. I decided to share what worked for me, I invite you to try and see how well this works for you too. Share...

Comfort Zones

Why do we like the comfort zone so much? It is our comfort area, we don’t want to step outside of that area, because we don’t know what to expect. It could also be part of control, we can control what’s in our comfort zone, but we can’t control what’s outside of that area. Take a moment and think back to your younger years, those years when you were super fearless and you did anything and everything. But as we get older for some reason we allow fear to stop us from stepping out of the comfort zone. We become thinkers, and we think about the repercussions of doing certain things and what will happen if something goes wrong. Understand, Of course the journey of life is not always easy, but you can’t go through life thinking everything will be easy. I had to get back to the younger years, step out of my comfort zone! The illustration below, is on point to what some perceive about what happens inside of the comfort zone. . Picture Credit – http://talent-technologies.com/new/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Your_Comfort_Zone.jpg Share...

Anthology or Co-Authored Books which is better?

Have you been considering a an being a part of an Anthology or Co-Authoring a book? I’ve had people ask me a lot about Anthologies and being a part of a book that is co-authored. Sometimes people are mistaken about the difference between the two, so I will share the difference. An Anthology is a collection of literary works chosen by the compiler. It may be a collection of poems, short stories, plays, songs, or excerpts. – per Wikipedia. The anthology can have any number of authors in the collection of stories. An Co-Author is a more than one author discussing 1 story, so co-authored books can be about business or whatever subject or genre you prefer. The choice of which type of book you prefer to be in. If the book is promoted & marketing with a plan, the book will do well no matter what. But of course if you have a compiler or publishing company that you have a contract with, you need to find out about the promotion & marketing aspect. Share...

Resilience

This word was not my word of the week, but it is word that popped into my head today after the networking event that I attended today. I’ve written about networking as well as doing periscope videos about getting yourself out there and networking. After today’s event – the stories that were shared, were real & raw. It takes a lot to share your story in front of strangers, people who aren’t like your safety blankets.  So when I think about the ladies who shared their stories, the word that comes to mind is Resilience. “It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up” – Vince Lombardi Share...

Networking for Authors, Writers & Bloggers

It is said that Writers, Authors & Bloggers are introverts – that may or may not be true. But I’ve found out that they do get out and network with others in there field. Networking is key for them, because getting out they are able to talk about their writings and get input and ideas. Authors, Writers & Bloggers need to look for mentors, make connections and bounce their ideas/stories off of other just as any other business owner would need to. Now that I’ve started writing & blogging more, I find myself looking for various writing groups.  Recently I attended 2 events hosted by writing groups, both were very open, inviting, informative and helpful. They were all there to help one another in getting your writing accomplished. If there are any Writer, Authors & Bloggers reading my blog, do yourself a favor and get out there and network with others in your field. They will give that spark you need, and can hold you accountable if you choose. Share...