Overcoming Literary Rejection With Rituals

By | 2017-03-07T04:34:47+00:00 March 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

My daughter and I have a good night routine and ritual that we practice every night before bed. First we begin with our bedtime routine of showering, putting on pajamas, brushing teeth, and snuggling up in bed with a good story. We read for about 20 minutes and then turn on night-lights while my daughter [...]

Use Your Competitor’s Page To Boost Your Book Sales

By | 2017-01-14T02:30:18+00:00 March 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

A friend once called me a liar. Another friend rose to my defense and said I was not a liar, but I got more mileage out of the truth than anyone he’d ever met. So when I say there are ethical ways of using your competitors to catapult you into a Top 10 category, I’m [...]

Picking Amazon Categories For Your Book

By | 2017-01-14T02:04:48+00:00 March 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

Amazon allows you to pick two “browse categories” for your book. Think of them as the section of the bookstore you’d like your book placed (literature, fiction, history, etc.). You can select up to two categories.   How to Sell Books On Amazon   Categories are important for selling your books on Amazon because so many [...]

Letting Go Of Self-Criticism

By | 2017-02-22T17:48:48+00:00 February 28th, 2017|Uncategorized|

  “Part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.” –John Lennon After 15+ years of teaching elementary school, I resigned from my first grade teaching position in the middle of the first month of school.  The stress had gotten so bad that I wasn’t able to [...]

By | 2017-02-27T10:24:47+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Can You Eat What You Want & Still Lose Weight?     Yes, but with a lot of qualifiers, contends this nifty little book that hit the Wall Street Journal’s best seller list.  The author dispenses with the idea of dieting, calling it a failed strategy with so many studies debunking its effectiveness that it [...]

Buyers Find You By Ranking High On Amazon’s Search Engine

By | 2017-01-13T00:50:57+00:00 February 22nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

There are five ways a book buyer can find you:   Keyword Search Results Putting a search term in Amazon’s box (“books on infertility,” “Cleopatra,” “Vampires”)   An Association With A Competitor Appearing In A Competitor’s “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought…”   Category Listings Clicking on the category link of a competitive book, [...]

Writers Tools: Developing Resilience

By | 2017-02-22T17:52:43+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

  Does literary rejection discourage and bog you down or does it inspire and motivate you to work harder? Do you succumb to the pain or do you surmount the discomfort? As mentioned in last week’s post, research suggests that personality traits such as resilience are vital to how we process pain. If resilience is [...]

Want To Attract More Customers? Invest In A Great Book Cover

By | 2017-01-12T22:15:41+00:00 February 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

“If you have already passed that hurdle of having a customer be attracted to the cover, and then they pick up the book,” said Patricia Bostelman, vice president for marketing at Barnes & Noble, “an enormous battle has been won.”   –New York Times     When have you ever bought a book with an [...]

Why Literary Rejections Hurt So Bad And How To Cope

By | 2017-02-06T21:55:37+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Uncategorized|

You receive that first or that twentieth or that hundredth publisher rejection letter. It doesn’t matter how many rejections you’ve gotten because they all hurt. Well, it turns out there is science behind the pain of rejection.   Literary Rejections   In Nicole Fisher’s Forbes article, Rejection And Physical Pain Are The Same To Your [...]

Attracting Buyers With A Kick Ass Title

By | 2017-01-12T00:33:19+00:00 February 8th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Developing an attention-getting title is perhaps the most challenging aspect of book marketing. Do not take it lightly as it will have a profound effect on sales.  A kick ass title is one of the keys to selling an ebook.   How to Sell Books Online   The first thing you have to know about [...]