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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Are you a serious author or are you one of those million other guys?

Time to take a good look in the mirror folks!


That's right - a change is coming! A New Year is just around the corner. I want you to ask yourself if you are taking your writing career seriously. Are you doing everything you can do to become a best seller? Or, are you wandering around like a beggar, waving your book link in the air to every group you can find in social media, hoping for some reason that your book link stands out from the other million book links the readers have already seen that day? THIS DOESN'T WORK. YOU KNOW IT DOESN'T WORK. 

Yet, some of you insist on sticking with that approach. Guys, book links are not interesting to people. They are a dime a dozen.



You have to create a plan to make yourself stand out! Did you really think because you published your masterpiece to Amazon that suddenly it was going to fly off the shelf like the next hottest thing to an iPhone?

NO!

It takes planning and work...and oh, being creative!

Why post a book link when you can post a book trailer video? Why only have print when you can also have audio? People are busy these days. Make it easy for them to like you!

When you submit your book to bloggers and readers, are you sending them a link or simple Word doc? Why not jazz things up with a flip style media kit that includes video, audio and all of the links on how to find you...and your books? All of your books.

Join an authors' book club AND PARTICIPATE! This is a fantastic way to gain sales and reviews, as well as honest, constructive criticism on how you can become a better and more polished writer. Click here to join a great one at Authors' Cave! Readers are always welcome too! Honest Collaboration is a fantastic tool to have in your tool box!

If you want to become a best seller, you have to get serious! It's time. Book links will never turn you into an Anne Rice (my favorite) or a Stephen King.

Here are samples of the items above. Hopefully, they will inspire you.

Audio Book - Listen to a sample.


Audio book are a great way to gain an audience because the crowd you are competing in is much smaller. Lots of people out there love to read but just don't have the time. They do have to sit in traffic though on their way to work, on their way to pick up their children from school, and they want audio books!

Book Trailer


video

Please note: The trailer for Tressie: A Spirit Unleashed is still a work in progress so the images and video have not yet been finalized or purchased which is why you see the Shutterstock image.

Book trailers stand out way more than a book link...and they are super fun to create! Bring your story to life. Give some personality to a character and engage a new reader!


Media Kit





Readers want to know something about you before they decide if you are going to be their next favorite author. Give them more! Tell them something about yourself and show them that you care about your own books enough to give them more than a book link!

It's time to get serious! What are you going to do for yourself? If you need help, Authors' Cave is here for you. Click here to check out our services for authors! 

Hopefully, I have made you think!

-Ginger

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3 comments:

  1. Love it, Ginger! Well said and presented. This is a path paved with success for those willing to walk down it :)

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  2. LOVE what you have done with the Media Kit!

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    1. Yay! Thank you! I'm glad you like it. We are hoping to come up with some more fun stuff for marketing like th kit this year! Love the trailers people are doing too. They are super fun to make!

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