Set book marketing goals for 2015

Tony Robbins goal quote

You’ve heard that saying about how failing to plan is planning to fail, right?

Or about how if you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know if you’ve arrived?

The point is: You need to set book marketing goals. And now’s the best time to do it.

Earn more by translating your book

languages around the world

Jen Minkman writes young adult fiction. In her home country, the Netherlands, she is published by Ellessy and Storm Publishers. Across the border, she self-publishes her work in English. Jen currently works and resides in The Hague, the “second capital” of Holland, with her husband and two noisy zebra finches. Learn more on her site.  

Earn more by translating your book

By Jen Minkman

Indie writers don’t always realize that a finished novel is in fact a very multifaceted product. You can publish it as an e-book, arrange for a paperback edition to be created through a POD service so you don’t have any upfront costs, or even get a narrator to turn it into an audiobook for you. This way, one single story can become three separate products catering to different audiences.

Why you shouldn’t give your book away

grazing cows

Our guest blogger today is my friend-in-real-life Rhonda Penders, who I have known for almost 20 years. Rhonda is president and editor-in-chief of The Wild Rose Press, Inc., a publisher of mainstream fiction including women’s, romance, historical, murder/mystery/thrillers, and erotica. She’s also an author using the pen name Roni Adams. When she told me over lunch recently about the negative impact free giveaways were having on her authors’ royalty checks, I asked her to write about it for us. Here’s her perspective.

Why you shouldn’t give your book away

By Rhonda Penders

Why buy the cow when the milk is free?

What do Facebook’s new rules mean for authors?

Group of friends using smartphones in the campus

On November 14, 2015, Facebook announced new rules for posts from Facebook Pages that mean you’ll be seeing fewer posts from Pages in your timeline starting in January 2015.

Facebook is making the change because its research shows that’s what users want. Facebook said:

Talking writing and books on the radio

Evan DawsonYou never know what might lead to your next opportunity.

In my case, it was a brief telephone interview with local author and radio talk show host Evan Dawson as I fact-checked a few details for a short piece I was writing for a regular magazine assignment. We also talked about his popular book, Summer in a Glass, for a few minutes after we took care of the details.

Later, when he was assembling a small panel for a one-hour conversation about book writing and publishing for his “Connections” show on the local NPR affliliate, WXXI-AM, he remembered our brief chat and invited me to be on the show.

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