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John Parsons, November/December 2021
5 Things to Know About Online Video for Books »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 by John Parsons, Writer/Consultant at IntuIdeas — Below are five points to consider before venturing into online video as a major platform component. Conventional wisdom holds that an author’s platform—particularly the online, social media bits— are essential to a book’s success. Conventional wisdom also holds that video is, by a large margin, …

Desireé Duffy, November/December 2021
Tapping Into #BookTok: A Case Study, Part I »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 by Desireé Duffy, Founder, Black Château — In the first installment of this two-part series on the TikTok community #BookTok, the founder of a marketing and PR agency discusses the launch of a focused campaign on the social media platform. Article Synopsis: Understanding the platform, the audience, the impact, the nuances of …

Alexa Bigwarfe, November/December 2021
TikTok: The Tool All Publishers And Authors Should Be Using »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 by Alexa Bigwarfe, the founder and creative director, Write|Publish|Sell — The social media platform has entered as a gladiator in the book marketing arena. Synopsis: TikTok is a social media platform in which you can create and share videos that other people can watch, share, and even use to recreate their own …

Deb Vanasse, November/December 2021
Innovative Storytelling Platforms »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2021 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine — Authors and independent publishers are successfully using serialization and subscription apps like Wattpad, Radish, Substack, and Kindle Vella to expand reader engagement and enhance their bottom line. Charles Dickens did it. So did Jack London. So did a host of well-published novelists in the …

Erin Wright, September/October 2021
Wide Is the New Black: 10 Concepts to Implement into Your Publishing Strategy »

PUBLISHED SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2021 Erin Wright, USA Today bestselling author — 10 concepts that you need to accept and implement into your publishing strategy to succeed as a wide author. It seems like every day authors are inundated with stories of the latest Amazon shenanigans: Page reads being stripped. Accounts being shuttered. Stern letters filled with …

Matthew Winner, March/April 2021
Getting Social: Give Your Social Media Presence a Boost to Sell More Books »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Matthew Winner, Head of podcast, A Kids Book About — Give your social media presence and voice the boost they need to draw others in and grow your accounts. Synopsis: The most basic goal of social media is helping others understand the “you” behind the account. it’s crucial to consider who …

Alexa Schlosser, March/April 2021
Q: What Should I Stay Away From in My 2021 Book Marketing? »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 Compiled by Alexa Schlosser, Managing Editor, IBPA Independent magazine — Read below for expert advice on book marketing plans. “Focusing on sales as your goal. Yes, ultimately, you need sales to sustain your business, and that may be why you are marketing anyway, but if your only objective is to sell, then …

Paige Velasquez Budde, March/April 2021
Pop Quiz: What’s the Best Lead Magnet for Books? »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2021 by Paige Velasquez Budde, CEO, Zilker Medis — The ultimate goal with your website should be to extend your interaction with a potential reader and get them on your email list through an effective lead magnet. But what works best? One of the most important strategies in today’s media landscape is building …

Jeniffer Thompson, July/August 2020
It’s Time for Indies to Shine »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Jeniffer Thompson, Founder and President, Monkey C Media — Independent publishers have always had to think outside the box to succeed. COVID-19 presents us with an opportunity to do what we do best: adapt. As we learn to navigate the new normal of social distancing and prepare for a post-COVID-19 world, …

Fauzia Burke, July/August 2020
Sell More Books … Even During a Crisis »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2020 by Fauzia Burke, Founder & President, FSB Associates — Publishers can guide their authors to better market their books. Here’s how. One of the best ways publishers can sell more books is to help their authors become better marketers. Some publishers have already figured out that their best marketing assets are actually …

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