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 Do You Have a Website/Blog?

If not, you need to get one going ASAP. This website is built with WordPress. The software is free, but you must pay someone to host it.
There are some free options: Google Blogger and for examples. Being free comes with limitations, but hey–it’s free!  And it’s a good way to get up and running fast.

Do you have your name as a dot com? Book title? Series title?
Dot coms are cheap and essential for branding your name.  Think of yourself as a product and start marketing that product. Buy those dot coms now, even if you’re not ready to build a website. You don’t want someone else snatching them up!

I use my name rather than “Murder Blog Mysteries, because I plan to write other books in the future that will not be part of the series, so building my author name is my best choice.


How to Create a Banner For Your Website


StartABlog123-2How To Start A Blog For Writers
A Step-By-Step Guide


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Guest Blogging

Digital Book Today is always looking for additional content to share with our book reading fans and/or authors. Maybe you have written an article that would be interesting and applicable to our blog. The ideal post is of interest to our readers, but is not directed toward authors (ex: how to publish a book, creative outlining, etc


World Lit Cafe

Here’s a sample of what World Lit Cafe has to offer:

  • AUTHORS HOSTING AUTHORS Host and be hosted. Connect with other authors  to facilitate interviews, guest posts, discussions, and giveaways.
  • AUTHOR, READER FORUMS: Connect with readers about your books, post reviews, hold a book club discussion. The possibilities are endless. 

Selecting Amazon Kindle Browse Categories
Selecting a browse category for your book is a lot like deciding
where your book should be shelved in a library.  Read More…





SELF-e is an innovative collaboration between Library Journal and BiblioBoard® that enables authors and libraries to work together and expose notable self-published ebooks to voracious readers looking to discover something new.

Finally, a simple and effective way to catalog and provide access to ebooks by local authors and build a community around indie writing! Read More…


Using Google Alerts to Market Your Book

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While you may have set up Google Alerts to track your name and the title of your book, are you fully utilizing this feature, said to be one of the most useful free author marketing tools on the Internet? ( By also entering keywords related to your book, you can potentially find bloggers who may share similar audiences, book clubs your book may be pertinent to, and bookstores that carry similar titles. By searching for other author names in your genre, you can see what insights they are offering their readers.

Monitoring organizations in your field, being up-to-date with upcoming events, and knowing when your favorite services are on sale are other good uses for Google Alerts. Have you experimented with and/or benefited from using Google Alerts?



Kindle Direct Publishing Merchandising Tips


Free Keyword List Generator

Is Your Amazon Author Page a Dead-End?

One of the most overlooked, underused and abused promotional tools in our indie universe is the Amazon Author page accessed via Author Central. Whether you are traditional or indie published, you may register for an Author Central Account.  Read more…



Want to know if you’ve got a killer title for your novel? Now, for the first time in literary history, you can put your title to the scientific test and find out whether it has what it takes for bestseller success.

Are you brave enough to put your title to the test?
FYI: This is just for fun.



Ten Book Marketing Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make



Media-Kit-Red-cheerleader_megaphone_10973-262x300Creating Your Author Press Kit

Fiction Press Kit Example
Non- Fiction Example

Putting your vital details into an electronic media kit can save journalists, bloggers and you a lot of time and energy.

Media people are busy working to meet deadlines day and night.  If they can easily check the facts about you by finding a press kit on your website, blog, social media profiles, etc., they won’t be trying to telephone you at all hours. Or worse still, spiking (dropping) your story because they can not verify something.

Here are essential elements to include:

  • Biography
  • High res (for print) and low res (for online use) downloadable photos of you, your product, book cover, etc.
  • Contact information – extremely important and often overlooked.
  • Social Media links
  • Video links
  • Press Releases
  • Past media coverage – written credits and/or links to coverage

Position yourself as a bona fide and media savvy professional by giving reporters and editors everything they need to know about you in one place.

The media world is moving faster than ever. If you are looking for positive publicity with accurate and effective coverage, get an online press kit working for you around the clock.
Thank you to: Your Media Moment and Beyond





The Business Of Being An Author Entrepreneur



Content Marketing, Google Plus
And Book Marketing Tips With Penny Sansevieri

Putting Your Indies Unlimited Features to Work for You

Your book’s feature is finally live on Indies Unlimited. Now what? You’ve gone through the trouble of querying and submitting. We’ve gone through the trouble of vetting, preparing, and broadcasting your feature through our enormously impressive social media channels. What have you done with it?

Here are some tips to help you get the most from your book’s feature (and/or guest post). Most of these tips will work for you even if you’re running a feature somewhere else, although we really can’t imagine why you’d choose any site other than Indies Unlimited. With our sick Alexa ranking, it’s clear we’re all that. And a bag of chips. And maybe some dip, too.

#1 – Share it on social media when it goes live. Feel free to use the share buttons on the bottom of your feature, and post it not just on your Facebook profile, but also in Facebook groups, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, etc. Get the broadest coverage possible.  Read more…


Social Media Just For Writers


Ten Ways to Use a Professional Review


6 Things to Consider When Writing

Promotional Copy for Your Book


When you’re setting up your book for sale on Amazon or some other outlet, one of the tasks will be to enter a description of the book. This is where you put the promotional copy for your book, and the writing of this small block of text is one that many writers find difficult. After all, in a very few words you’re trying to write down the essence of your entire book, while simultaneously convincing people to buy it. Furthermore, there are some stylistic conventions to this book-description text, and if you stray from those rules your text will look amateurish and thus drive customers away. Read More…


This is Super-Exciting!
Have you wondered why some authors have bold fonts and orange highlighted words?
I sure did. And then I discovered this handy tool from Author Marketing club.
How To Sell More Books With Awesome Amazon Descriptions
A free pdf booklet from Author Marketing Club
Here’s My Before:

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To use the Description Generator, you will have to become a member,
but this site has so many tools and learning modules, that I think it’s worth it.
Of course, if you’re good at coding, you won’t need the generator.

81vmQr5Ha7L._SL1500_How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle
An Easy-To-Follow Self-Publishing Guidebook 2014 Edition

In  2012 Martin Crosbie’s self-published eBook “My Temporary 
Life” hit Amazon’s top ten overall bestseller list. The next month Amazon posted a press release revealing that Crosbie had made $46,000 in one monthwith one book.
Prior to this, his novel was rejected one hundred and thirty 
times by traditional publishers and agents.
In the months that followed, 
“My Temporary Life” and its sequel have been consistent sellers, often sitting atop Amazon’s rankings. Crosbie’s story has been mentioned in Publisher’s Weekly, Forbes online, and other media outlets around the world. In fact, Amazon referred to him as one of their 2012 success stories in their year-end press release. “How I Sold 30,000 eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle-An Easy-To-Follow Self-Publishing Guidebook” tells the story of how he became a full-time writer, detailing the specific steps he took to find and connect with his readers. Plus, it describes how he adjusted his strategy when Amazon changed their systems.



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Advancing the practice of author marketing for story-tellers (fiction) and problem solvers (non-fiction) around the globe.
The Author Marketing Institute (AMI) mission is to advance the practice of author marketing for writers of any kind, in any genre, in any part of the world. We strive to provide a network of tools, training, data, learning and helpful insight and advice from today’s top selling authors and author services providers.

Grab This Video Course Free
How To Sell Your First 100 Copies

Getting those first 100 books sold is a challenge, and (sad to say) a goal
that many  Indie Publishers never accomplish. Hope this link helps!


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How to Prep for Author Events

By Julie Musil, @juliemusil

Author events are fun for traditionally published authors and indie authors alike. Most readers don’t care who published a book, they simply care about a good story. Author events are a great way to connect with the reading public. 

When participating in an author showcase or book signing, it’s smart to think ahead. More…

e2d10f1ae2bcf7b5a3663cb9c8dc00f9Never miss a sale again because your
potential book buyer wasn’t carrying cash.

 Square Reader plugs into the standard 3.5-mm headset jack of a smartphone or tablet. Square Reader is compatible with most Apple devices running iOS 6.0
or later and Android devices running 2.3 or later.


The Book Sales Accelerator


5 Tips to Writing Your Author’s Bio


The educational arm of the WLC, Fostering Success, brings authors affordable and effective courses on book marketing, creating a strong platform and online presence, and self-publishing, as well as offering pre-publication services such as cover art and formatting.


Kindle user forum! Great Kindle books and tips.
For readers and authors.


We love free ebooks. We help you find them.

Are you an author?
Get featured on Freebooksy and boost your sales.


Great Reads, Free Reviews, and Author Promotion.


BookBub is a daily email featuring deals on acclaimed eBooks. Readers join to get alerted to limited-time offers on bestselling books matching their interests, and publishers and authors partner with BookBub to advertise the price promotions they’ve made available at major eBook retailers.


News, resources, book promotions, interviews, guest blog posts and more including The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books List.
We help readers find authors in a digital world.


Authors can increase their visibility of their Free Day Book promotions by getting listed on The Top 100 Best Free Kindle Books list which is updated daily by Digital Book Today


Promote Your Discounted and Free EBooks
List borrowed from Indies Unlimited

My promotions go out to those  newsletter recipients who have asked for books in the Mystery Genre.

A suggestion:
Sign up for the site’s newsletter, so you can see it’s quality before plunking down your money. Some of these websites are sending newsletters that look like very antiquated and out-of-step with the times. Also, check how many people are on the mailing list. Obviously, if only a few thousand are getting the newsletter, you will not have many sales – so don’t pay more than $5-10 for the promo.  Good Results – Not worth it  I had decent results – Not worth it  AWESOME RESULTS! – AWESOME RESULTS I had okay results –AWESOME RESULTS
BookGorilla Author Page Form – great site with lots of good info for writers, but did not do well for book promo – Expensive. If anyone has tried it, let me know what your results were. Good Results had good results Not worth it

Face Book Groups
With the changes that Facebook made this past year, it’s not likely that these groups will build sales for writers. Let me know what your experiences are. 

OTHER COUNTRIES ( (German site for English books) (German site for English books)


CONVENIENT LISTS OF PROMOTIONAL SITES  (they have a list of sites on their home page)