Archive for October, 2011

My First Mystery Writers Conference

Monday, October 31st, 2011

This is a guest blog by freelance writer and SPAWNews editor, Sandra Murphy. Bouchercon is one of the largest mystery conventions held each year. For 2011, its location was St. Louis. It was my first time to attend. Four days, ninety-two panel discussions and interviews, after-hours activities that included bowling for charity, an auction, a […]

Power Outages Stink

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

We’re experiencing a power outage here in our neighborhood. Power has been out for 7 hours already and word is, they are still a long way from fixing the problem. We’ve plugged our frig and this mini-computer into an outlet from our neighbors to the south. (They are on a different supply arm than we […]

Are You a Professional Working Out of Your Home?

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Do you consider yourself a professional writer? Are you writing articles/stories for money? Do you have one of more books to promote? Are you offering editorial or some other service to writers/authors? Or are you in the process of writing and publishing your first book? Most likely, you work out of your home. You’ve created […]

Tell Us About Your Reading Habits

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Did you read where Books a Million is opening 41 new bookstores—mostly in old Borders’ buildings. This is encouraging for those of us who still love holding the print book in our hands and for publishers who haven’t, yet, figured out how to promote books outside of the traditional bookstore. I notice that most of […]

All About the Author’s Platform

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

I just found out that my book, Promote Your Book, is on the Barnes and Noble Nook. AND, it has risen in rank at Amazon to a respectable spot, this morning. Do you keep an eye on the Internet to learn who’s talking about your book, where it’s listed for sale, where your articles are […]

Why Praise Your Favorite Author

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

How nice it is to hear from a customer who is using one of your books. I received such an email yesterday. The author said that it was five years ago when she won a copy of The Right Way to Write, Publish and Sell Your Book in a drawing and that she has read […]

Amazon’s Book Ranking System

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Do you watch your book’s positioning at Amazon? I have started doing this more often since my latest book came out. I go to Amazon sometimes several times a day—sometimes a few times a week—to see where my book, Promote Your Book, fits into the scheme of Amazon things. Yesterday it was over a million […]

Personality Sells Books

Monday, October 24th, 2011

People often ask me, “What’s the best publishing option?” I respond by saying, “It depends on you and it depends on your project.” Authors also ask, “What’s the best way to promote a book?” And my answer is the same, “It depends on you and it depends on your book.” I’ve written many, many blog […]

How to Sell More Books This Holiday Season

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

What’s your favorite book promotion activity? What book promotion activity seems to be most effective for your particular book? If your answers to these two questions match, you’re probably enjoying the process of book promotion. If not, it would behoove you to find a way to make it more pleasant and lucrative. Some authors go […]

How to Cure Book Promotion Burnout

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

It can happen. In fact, for some authors, it happens much too soon. They get their book on Amazon, have a book launch party, arrange for a signing or two, get a few friends to post reviews or announcements in their newsletters and then disappointment sets in. Book sales aren’t anywhere near what you expected, […]