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Bruce Brown, November/December 2019
How Facebook Can Help You Sell More Books »

PUBLISHED NOV/DEC 2019 by Bruce Brown, Author-Publisher — A few weeks ago, I was talking with a Generation Z’er about Facebook and social media. She commented, “Facebook is for old people.” When the area is that of book writers, book readers, and book publishing, Facebook has potential value whatever your age and the believed (or …

Brian Feinblum, July/August 2019
How Book Publishers Can Brand Themselves With the Help of Their Authors »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Brian Feinblum, CMO and Senior Vice President, Media Connect — Book publishers of all genres and sizes need a lot of help with branding-and it can come from working more productively with their authors. So, what is branding for a publisher? I had the opportunity to speak at IBPA’s annual conference …

Meghan Harvey, July/August 2019
Content Marketing: Turning a One-Night Stand into a Relationship »

PUBLISHED JULY/AUGUST 2019 by Meghan Harvey, Executive Director of Independent Publishing, Girl Friday Productions — How to use your book’s content as a blueprint for marketing. When you publish a book and do the hard work to get readers to find it, do you want your relationship with that reader to end at the last …

Bruce Brown, May/June 2019
How Goodreads Can Help Publishers Connect to New Readers »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Bruce Brown, Author-Publisher — Goodreads provides an incredible promotion platform for publishers and their books. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone has heard of Goodreads. Or, if they have, they might not understand the value it can offer to them. It is one of the most useful free online tools anyone …

Sylvia Cary, May/June 2019
Marketing Savvy: Publishing for Your Inner Circle »

PUBLISHED MAY/JUNE 2019 by Sylvia Cary, LMFT — Writing a book takes about 10 percent of the effort; publishing takes about 15 percent; and marketing takes about 75 percent.” — Author Unknown Getting a book published is a big job, but the biggest part of it isn’t the writing or even the publishing; it’s the …

Mark Wesley, March/April 2019
Board Member’s Memo: Your Business is the Product »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Mark Wesley, Owner, me+mi publishing — As an independent publisher, how can you make it easy for buyers to find your company? Something has to get their attention, and it will not and cannot be just about your books. As a publisher, you need to create the best books you possibly …

Deb Vanasse, March/April 2019
Collective Engagement: Authors and Publishers Marketing Together »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Deb Vanasse, Reporter, IBPA Independent magazine – Marketing a book can be complicated, time-consuming, and expensive. Authors and publishers should join forces to implement a plan that works. If ever there was a time when authors could simply write books and cede all sales-related responsibilities to publishers, that era is no …

Anja Skrba, March/April 2019
Influencer Marketing: The Cost-Effective Way to Sell Your First Book »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Anja Skrba, Content Creation Manager — How can indie publishers use influencer marketing to their advantage? Marketing your book on a tight budget is the stuff of nightmares. And it gets even scarier if you’re promoting your first title, or if you’re trying to write within a competitive niche. To make …

Julia Schopick, March/April 2019
Facebook Groups: A Must-Use Promotional Resource For Authors »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Julia Schopick, Author — Active involvement in Facebook groups can help foster organic marketing and guide potential buyers to your book. In my May/June 2018 column, “Using Topics in the News to Get Your Important Messages Out”, I described how John McCain’s July 2017 glioblastoma diagnosis provided me with an opportunity …

Mark Coker, March/April 2019
Autopilot Marketing: Eliminate Friction and Let Your Book Sell Itself »

PUBLISHED MARCH/APRIL 2019 by Mark Coker, Founder, Smashwords — Here, Mark Coker explains how to make your book market itself by tweaking your viral catalysts Note: This is an excerpt from Smashwords’ Smart Author Podcast, episode 12, hosted by Mark Coker. Most of your new readership will come from readers who weren’t originally looking for …

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