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Sunday, July 12, 2015

HOW TO GET YOUR BOOK NOTICED

 
{Cover courtesy of the genius of Heather McCorkle}

Buy the paperback and
Give to the
"GET ROLAND A COMPUTER"
FUND! 



Victor Standish:
Legend, Abandoned Child, Mocker of Monsters: 
 
“I learned to walk on cat-feet by living on the streets of too many hard cities for six years ...
 
since I was seven. 
 
I know why dogs howl at the dark and why cats prick up their ears after midnight. 
 
All too often I hear the beating of black wings and the scratching of half-seen shapes on the pavement hidden by shadow.
 
  I have always known I am an outsider, a stranger no matter where I roam among those who are still men."
 
 
You can write the most beautiful novel ever crafted ...
     but it will die if you cannot draw internet attention to it.

Most self-published books sell fewer than 100 or 150 copies.

GETTING YOUR eBOOK NOTICED IS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT SELLING YOUR BOOK.

I. HOW DO YOU GET THAT ATTENTION?

1.) Book cover

You can choose a proper image for the book cover that will draw attention to your eBook.
     a.) You need to choose the proper thumbnail with a theme that reflects the contents of your
           eBook.

     b.) Many readers will be drawn to the book cover long before
          reading the description and the reviews.

     c.) It helps if you have a book cover that instantly draws attention.

     d.) Look at the image for CARNIVAL OF THE DAMNED

2.) Pricing

      a.)  it should neither be too cheap or too expensive
      b.) People value what costs them and hold to be inferior what they got cheaply.

3.) TITLE

      a.) Pick your title BEFORE you begin (you'll be with your novel for weeks so have a title that inspires you!

      b.) It's a marriage - LOVE YOUR TITLE

      C.) What a great title does:
            1.) Captures your audience’s attention
            2.) It communicates what your e-book is about
            3,) If it’s your style, it should include a little bit of a “What the Heck?” factor:
                      
Titles tell your audience a little something about you.
Look at these three sets of words:
  • Epic; Awesome.
  • Remarkable; Brilliant.
  • Elegant; Erudite
Each pair of words has a unique flavor. You can almost begin to see the people that would use them in a title or a headline.

Which means that the words in your e-book title need to reflect your style.

       D.) WHO'S AN OXYMORON?~!

           i.) EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE was a great title to an older book because it linked two
                opposites.

           ii.) Startle your reader and snare his attention.

4.) YOUR BOOK DESCRIPTION

     a.)  Most people skim the content.

          1.) You’re also one of them (okay, including me)
          2.) This is where you need to write creatively
          3.) Use short paragraphs
          4.) Use short sentences like this.

     b.) Divide your content into three blocks

          1.)  Introduction (first two to three lines or really important. Tell them a story,
                make them scary, make them laugh, do anything but don’t make them bored.
               They must read your first two lines.

          2.) Middle of the content (this is where your actual MEAT of the content comes in)
          3.) Ending (end with either a surprise twist or question.)

II. HERE BE MONSTERS

   A.) It is the Old West once again.

   B.) Remember the Klondike Gold Madness (well not from actual memory, of course -- unless you're Sam McCord!)

   C.) Wild-eyed dreamers would race to Alaska where they would fall victim to prospectors
          selling fake maps to sure gold mines.

   D.) There are no GUARANTEED WAYS TO SUCCEED or 
 CERTAIN STEPS TO
          RICHES WITH YOUR EBOOK.

   E.) Once again, just write what you love, what fills your imagination with magic and delight.

6 comments:

  1. Description is difficult sometimes, although I struggle with titles even more. At least all four of mine are original - no other books with those titles.

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    1. Original is good. Most of my titles are original, too. Forced to write this with my Kindle Fire hd is the pits!

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  2. I love the way you say, "you'll be with your novel for weeks." Try months or a couple years, as in my case.

    I will be buying the paperback and thus have a good read while you get your new computer!

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    1. I try to be optomistic! Thank you so much! I hope Victor gives you a smile or two!

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  3. Oh wow, I've been called many things, but never genius. I'm blushing over here. :-) Wishing Carnival much success!!!

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    1. I meant it, too. Thanks for the well wishes!

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