Lets talk about the different avenues you can take to promote your book before it’s even published. You can start to spread word of your books arrival weeks before the book hits the market. For those of you who have already published a book—you may find something here of use to you on your publishing journey—but for those of you who have a book in the pipeline, you may want to copy and paste this article into a Word document and follow up on some of the things we are going to talk about. Ready? Let’s go…
The book industry is split about the actual real-time use of blogging. Does it sell books? I’d have to say that it can help sell books—but has to be done in connection with other forms of promotion. But blogging shouldn’t be seen as a tool to sell books. It should be seen as a way to grab your audience and keep their interest. Take, for example, this blog. I write about a lot of things, but you’ve found this article, and this article may have some information that may be relevant to you. Try writing about all manner of things—and see all manner of people visiting your blog.
Some authors, and promotion experts, will say that social media is overcrowded, but so is the world. If you consider that every single advertising campaign on television is vying for the same attention, then you could see it negatively. However, if you consider that many campaigns are successful, you will see opportunity. When you join social media, don’t see it as an easy thing to break. See it as a challenge, a puzzle. Join groups and try to make friends with different administrators of those groups. Try to build friendly relationship with those who can help you. When you’ve built a marketing platform that you can post to—and people who will help you post—you may see results.
One of the most useful tools in the book business is mailing lists. Places like BookBub can help you gain important exposure, but beware! Mailing lists can cost money, so weigh up how successfully your book will entice their audience. A good mailing list can help you gain a lot of success, but a bad one will hit your confidence and make you less likely to want to use one again. That would be a shame, as the right one will really help you gain crucial exposure.
The 9/11 Tourist
Shortly after 9/11 a strange photo began to crop up showing a tourist standing atop one of the World Trade Centers with one of the infamous airplanes in the background of the shot about to strike the tower. The accompanying story explained how the camera was found in the wreckage but the tourist remained missing. Aside from all of the very inconsistent details in the picture the story already seemed completely improbable and several people came forward claiming to be the prankster responsible. It wasn’t until recently, however, that the real culprit was discovered in Hungary. This photo is still circulated, freaking people out around the world.
The Daddy Long Legs Killer
There has been a persistent rumor, over the last few years, circulating for some time that the common daddy long legs spider is one the most poisonous in the world, but cannot kill humans because its fangs are too small to penetrate the human skin. Where this rumor started no one knows but one thing is for sure, the daddy long legs is certainly not the most poisonous spider in the world.
Gators In Your Sewer
This strange story tells of how several alligators were brought up from Florida to be kept as pets in New York City. After they got too big and violent they escaped into the sewers where they now live freely. This story originally dates back to the 1930s and spread by newspapers of the time. The story is completely untrue yet continues to be circulated to this day, and people still hunt the sewers of NYC trying to find these mysterious gators.
The Body Under The Mattress
This legend tells the story of a couple spending the night in a motel room that was filled with a foul smell. After a while they can’t take it anymore and call the front office to get the smell dealt with. When the staff arrive they discover the smell is coming from the bed after which they remove the mattress only to find a rotting body beneath it. As crazy as this story sounds, unlike the previous legends on this list, it has actually happened. Even crazier… it’s happened more than once!
Walt Disney Will Return
This is another one of those popular stories that most of us have probably heard. It says that Disney supposedly had his dead body frozen in hopes that future technology could bring him back to life. Unfortunately for all the gossip magazines though, records show that Disney was cremated in 1966.
After writing a book, many people want to know how one goes about publishing a book. A well-known author once said recently that “it’s no great feat to get one’s book published—it’s no great mountain to climb.” He is right, but his opinion is subjective. To you, reading this blog, it is a huge mountain to climb to get your book published. There are many paths you can take up that mountain, but it is still a huge feat.
There are several platforms that allow you to publish an eBook online. Knowing their strengths and weaknesses will help you decide which platform will help you achieve your writing goals. In this article, we will be taking a look at four of the major platforms.
Hundreds of thousands of books are published and sold on Amazon each year. It is said that Amazon is the biggest player in the book business. As a writer, you may find it hard to achieve any success without the platform Amazon offers. Amazon is a company that rewards loyalty. By joining the Amazon KDP program, you will gain a 70% royalty share—but you will have to have your e-book exclusively on Amazon. There are many pros and cons to using Amazon… but, as many authors are discovering, success in the book world can be made much tougher if you don’t use them.
Barnes & Noble
A traditional bookseller with a large online platform that you may be tempted to use. Barnes & Noble are one of the easiest platforms to become part of. Their formatting process is one of the easiest to navigate. Just remember that because you have your book published online with Barnes & Noble, it doesn’t mean you will automatically be available inside stores.
For some time, people thought that iBooks was going to overtake Amazon. That has been proven as folly. Many authors consider the iBooks platform to be a mess—without any real co-ordination or easy access. This platform is easy to get onto, but the chances are that you won’t have instant success here.
One of the more interesting platforms. Smashwords has been around for a long time now and has a proven track record. If you have a free book, Smashwords may be the one for you to go for. It’s easy to release and market a free book with them. If you are looking for paid sales—it may be tougher for you to get any traction on Smashwords. The formatting is easily navigated, though, so don’t worry about the technical side of things.
Vampirism is often noted as being something that is contained to Eastern European countries. But have you ever heard about a French vampire named Viscount de Morieve? An evil man in life who, after his death, became a terrifying nightmare.
To be a French aristocrat during the revolution was a dangerous occupation, and as noblemen around him were killed in public executions, Viscount de Morieve kept his wealth, position and estates throughout one of the bloodiest and most violent portions of French history. A cruel man who hated those he deemed the “common” folk—he enjoyed executing those who worked for him, one by one—his evils eventually caused him to be assassinated.
After his death, as those who had lived under his fearful reign of terror relaxed and returned to normal, children started dying. Over the next 70 years, many children of those who lived on his estates kept dying, and all the reports indicate that all the victims had puncture wounds from the jagged teeth of a vampire on their necks.
Toward the end of the 1870s, De Morieves’ descendants became interested in the persisting local rumors that his grandfather was, in fact, a vampire. He had the family vault opened and invited local dignitaries and religious leaders to investigate the contents of the tomb with him. All of the other corpses interred in the vault had become decomposed, as normal; but when the Viscount’s coffin was opened, he was found to be in the same condition as he had been the day he had been interred. With no sign of decomposition, his body was removed from his tomb and a stake was driven through his beating heart. As blood poured from the wound and the corpse cried out in pain, he was beheaded and his remains were burnt.
After the Viscount had been destroyed, there were no more unnatural child deaths on the estate. There are those who believe that De Morieves was born in Persia, married an Indian and then moved to France. It is also believed that his wife brought his vampirism from the East.