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tips and tools for writing, publishing, and marketing your book from Amelia & Pete Nikolai (Publisher at HarperCollins Christian Publishing - the parent company of Thomas Nelson and Zondervan)

How to Do a Giveaway to Get Subscribers

screen capture of lead magnet copyYou’ve seen them on just about every blog you visit — the offer in the upper right corner for a free ebook, white paper, infographic, etc. We all know we are opening the door to even more email in our inbox if we accept the offer, but sometimes the offer is just too good! That offer is Continue reading

How to Use MailChimp to Email Blog Posts to Subscribers

screen capture of Subscribe for Free Tips sign up formOnce you’ve launched your WordPress blog, a couple of good next steps are to set up a an automatic email campaign so that a message is sent to your subscribers every time you publish a new post and then add Continue reading

Maximizing Results from Writers Conferences and Events

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As I mentioned last month, I’ll be speaking at the Southern Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on June 5-6, 2015, and will be at other conferences this summer including  Continue reading

How to Add Editorial Reviews to Your Book on Amazon

Amazon Editorial Reviews pageAfter doing a couple of giveaways for Write Your Book on Goodreads recently, I was delighted to see that some of the recipients wrote reviews for the book on Goodreads. However they did not post reviews on Amazon which should arguably be the primary space where authors want reviews to appear to drive Continue reading

Mission Accomplished: How To Successfully Crowd-Publish Your Book

crowd-publishNote from Pete Nikolai: In this guest post, U.S. Marine pilot Jason Ladd shares the background and secrets behind his successful crowd-funding and crowd-publishing campaign for his book One of the Few. Crowdfunding is a viable option for creatives of all kinds, and authors are tapping into the help available from friends, family, and others who want to support them and their work. Jason speaks from experience–this is how he did it successfully. Continue reading

How to Do a Book Giveaway on Goodreads

As Amelia and I were continuing the marketing for our book Write Your Book recently, we decided to try a Goodreads giveaway to raise awareness and obtain firsthand knowledge about a tactic that is included in many marketing plans.

screen capture of Goodreads giveaway page for Write Your BookAs I mentioned in my post on How to Join the Goodreads Author Program, Goodreads offers a free program for published authors with a variety of features to help make Continue reading

How to Join the Goodreads Author Program

Goodreads offers a free program for published authors that offers a variety of features to help make readers aware of books and even help facilitate book giveaways to help drive awareness and reviews.

screen capture of Goodreads Author Program dashboardEach published author can Continue reading

How to Edit Your Book’s Page on Amazon

As I mentioned in last week’s post on “How to Claim Your Author Page on Amazon Author Central”, over 15% of your book’s sales will probably come from Amazon if you’re the author of a nonfiction book and over 50% for a novel.

screen capture of Books page on Amazon Author CentralSince so much of the sales for your book will Continue reading

How to Claim Your Author Page on Amazon Author Central

Over 15% of your sales will probably come from Amazon if you’re the author of a published nonfiction book and over 50% of your sales for a novel, so your Author Page on Amazon should be as polished and professional as possible.

screen capture of Amazon Author Central Welcome pageAmazon gives authors Continue reading

Quality Control – Traditional Versus Self Publishing

Many traditional publishers have been in business for decades and have policies and audit procedures in place that eliminate most opportunities for errors ranging from minor spelling mistakes to costly legal issues such as defamation, invasion of privacy, or failing to acquire permissions.

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In addition, the mere fact that a traditional publisher has chosen Continue reading

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