Monthly Archives: September 2013

Using Different Mediums to Promote Your Books

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 You have released your first book and wonder what you can do to promote it. Consider using different media sources to promote your new release. Whether it is TV, newspapers, Internet radio shows, newspapers, magazines, podcasts, video blogs, there are several venues to promote your work. To attract media outlets it might not be as simple as black and white. It might just take some extra effort on your part. Don’t forget there are several social media promotion sites to utilize.  Don’t be afraid to ask for an interview.

1. First consider your niche market. What type of book did you write. What types of media might be interested in that niche. Whether it is a book about the economy or a Christian themed book, there are certain venues that might be willing to listen to what you have to offer.

2. Make your story unique. Find ways to get the media to listen to what you have to offer. TV programs or newspapers receive hundreds of press releases daily. Make yours stand out from the others. Give them something to report. They might be looking for a feature article. If you have written a medical type book, then that gives them something to talk about in their health section. Use your imagination and come up with something different that you can approach the reporters about.

3. Use online media to promote your book. This can be through articles, blogs or book reviews. Use Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, and other social media sites.  Social media is growing drastically and it is becoming an invaluable way to market.

4. Be courteous but informative during your interview. Don’t tell them what they should do. No one likes to be bossed around. Be polite without trying to sell your book. Offer them reasons to host you on their program or on their media site.

5. Offer giveaways during media interviews. This will generate interest in your book but make sure you tell people where they can go to buy your book.

6. Advertise with local newspapers and magazines.  Get the word out that you are a new author.  Some media may contact you about an interview because you are a local author.  Offer them reasons to have you on their show.

After the interview, make sure to thank your host for their time and for allowing you to be a part of their program. Don’t be afraid to ask them to review your book. Reviews are great ways for the readers to see what your book has to offer.

Other links:

http://ezinearticles.com/?5-Tips-for-Promoting-Your-Business-Events-Using-Social-Media&id=7587184

http://ezinearticles.com/?Advertising-Promotion-Branding-and-Marketing-Through-Television&id=786951

http://ezinearticles.com/?Internet-Promotion—Advantages-and-Disadvantages&id=53561

http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Advantages-of-Promoting-Cable-TV-Offers-Locally&id=5323390

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Differences in Narrative and Dialogue Writing

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To fully understand the difference in writing a narrative point of view versus using dialogue, one must look at the way it is written. First look at the definition of the two. A narrative is the way a story or set of events is portrayed using descriptive accounts and experiences in either the past, present or the future. The story evolves around one or several different characters but is usually told by one person overlooking the events as they unravel. A narrative is told in this fashion for entertainment or informally to tell the story.

Now lets look at dialogue. Dialogue is usually written as a conversation between two people sometimes between one person talking to himself. This form of writing is much more fun and is used more to portray the characters in a certain likeness. If their speech is poor, you assume they come from a poor background. If they used refined elegant speech, you assume that they have been well-educated. It’s funny how reading something can show different perspectives according to the actual reader. If the reader is in a bad mood, they might see the whole story as having a dark tone. The opposite can happen if they are in a good mood. The reader has to observe the characters in their own view, as well as the way the writer intended them to be. If a writer tries to write a book for teenagers, they have to limit their vocabulary usage especially if they are much older. A person’s vocabulary is always changing from an early life until adulthood. Not two people on the earth have the same exact vocabulary. This shows how differently one person can perceive a story from another person.

One person might hate the story all together and think it is beneath them. Another person the same age might look at the story and really love it. Narrative writing is much easier to understand because the writer has more control over the intended understanding of the reader.

Other related articles: http://tracykauffman.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/what-is-point-of-view-and-how-it-changes-a-story/

http://ezinearticles.com/?Voice-in-Narrative-and-Dialogue—A-Contrast-of-Writing-Styles&id=31570

http://www.articletrader.com/science/education/writing-narrative-essay-can-be-simple-and-easy.html

http://www.articletrader.com/science/education/creative-writing-how-to-start-your-novel.html

Pricing your E-Book

booksE book sales are on the rise but what is the best price to pay for one. Many writers struggle at what a good price for their book may be. There are many things to take into consideration when pricing your E-Book.

  •  First, Look at the time it took you to write your book. Do you want to simply give away hours and hours of writing for a low price of 99 cents.
  •  Second, Look at what your soft cover sells for. If you are selling a soft cover book for 14.99, then people are more likely going to buy a 99 cent E Book over that price. You might make lots of E Book sales but who is going to buy your book. Most authors like the idea that their book is in people’s hands and others are reading what they have to say.
  •  Third, Adjust price accordingly. You might not want to price your books at 99 cents because you are not going to make anything if you do.  Look at what goes into writing a book. You spend countless hours writing, you pay someone to edit, you pay someone to design your cover art, then you spend money to market your book. You would have to sell quite a few books before you are making any kind of profit.
  • Last of all, people will judge the price of the book and think that it is not a good book by the price of it.  Usually well-known authors don’t price their books that low.  Readers will think that the book has no value or worth if it is priced too low.

Other related links:

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Price-Your-eBook—Some-Factors-to-Consider&id=7307868

http://ezinearticles.com/?How-to-Price-Books-and-eBooks&id=7234410

Inspecting our Writings Imperfections

Writing a story or manuscript should come from within your desire to write, but by inspecting it’s imperfections will only make it better.  No author wants to be told that there are errors in their manuscript. Some mistakes may simply be small such as a misspelled word but other imperfections could be much larger.  No matter how long a writer may write a story, every story has imperfections.  Not one author has perfected writing on their first script.

Don’t be afraid to listen to criticism.  Not everyone is out to get you or hates your writing.  Some are actually offering you constructive criticism and it can only make you a better writer.  Just because you think that you are the greatest writer around doesn’t mean it is so.  You may simply be a writer that makes mistakes with grammar.  That is why it is necessary to get another opinion.  Ask someone that is not related to you to read your manuscript.  Don’t be afraid to edit, rewrite or simply start over.  The writing process is a long one but well worth it in the end.

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