Free Book Marketing: Converting to Direct Sales

Free book marketing When I began as a new author, I was advised to put a free book out to get my name out there.  I wrote an 8K story in one day and put it out there for the five days free, and later converted it to permafree on Amazon. I don’t know whether it helped raise my visibility or not. I certainly did have a ton of downloads, and three years later, it still is being “bought” but in retrospect, I don’t...

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Why You Shouldn’t Put your Book on Amazon Pre-Order and Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited Options

Kindle Direct Publishing has a few new options for publishers. The jury is still out on them, particularly Kindle Unlimited, as we don’t know what authors will end up getting paid, but I’ve got the quick and dirty here on both. Amazon Pre-order Don’t do it.  That’s my expert advice.  Here’s the scoop:  unless you are close to reaching New York Times or USA Today’s Best Seller lists, it will only hurt you. Why? Because if you’re like...

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Audiobooks – The Full Scoop on Producing via ACX

My third audiobook just released this week, about a year and half from the time when I decided I wanted to have audio versions made of my books.  My initial idea was that I would record them myself. I figured I have a sexy reading voice, and I am entertaining when I read (at least my kids think so when I read bedtime stories!) so I can totally do this, right? Wrong. Well, maybe I could have, but the fact was, a year and a half later,...

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Using Amazon Affiliate to Generate Revenue from your Blog

I was chatting with spanking romance author Patty Devlin about the presentation she was giving on using social media to promote one’s brand as an author. I reminded her that she was the one who introduced me to Amazon Affiliate links when I first got started blogging. She snorted and said she made about $.50 a month on it.  This made me think that maybe bloggers don’t realize how lucrative and informative Amazon Affiliate...

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Getting it up: Blog Hits and Web Traffic

I meant to have a mini-celebration when it happened, but I crossed half a million page hits without noticing last month.  I know it’s neither here nor there. Some of you have far more than that, some fewer. And ultimately, page hits don’t matter if you’re not getting the right people to visit your blog or website. While I don’t consider myself an expert, I have learned a few things about free methods of...

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ASA clarify rulings on sponsored content and review posts

Are you a sex toy reviewer or book reviewer that writes in exchange for products or erotica? Are you a sex toy business, publisher or author that send out products or books for review? Today the Advertising Standards Agency have issued a statement clarifying the position on review posts, disclosure and the law. You can read the full copy here, but I’ve pulled out some pertinent points; All paid for review posts need to include a...

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