Tag Archive - marketing

Do Publishers Care About an Author’s Online Presence?

Today’s guest post is by Debbie Emmitt.

When presented with a manuscript, publishers are usually thinking ahead to marketing and how likely a book is to sell copies.

As authors, we tend to think of the audience for our website and social media as being our readers (often including a healthy dose of other authors). We often put to the back of our minds other audiences, who may be fewer in number but are nonetheless important groups. These include the media, agents and, of course, publishers.

But just how important is an author’s online platform for the acquisition process, and what elements do publishers look for on an author site?

To find answers, I contacted a large number of publishers with my questions, and a small number of generous souls replied. Continue Reading…

The Power of Pinterest in Novel Promotion

Today’s guest post is by best-selling author DiAnn Mills.

Writers search for exciting ways to reach readers. We enthusiastically engage in how-to blogs and meeting the needs of others with social media. We hit the road armed with bookmarks, a smile, and passion for our story. We believe a tenacious writer is willing to do whatever it takes to find a new audience.

Are you intrigued with the idea of providing powerful visuals that show your story’s depth?

Are you challenged to share your novel’s theme and purpose in a dramatic and appealing manner?

Are you ready to design a Pinterest board that will entertain and lead readers to your story? Continue Reading…

5 Valuable Insights for Self-Publishing Authors

On Throwback Thursday, we’re looking at excerpts from past posts on Live Write Thrive.

Today’s post is from 5 Things I Learned in My First Year of Self-Publishing. Interesting to note, I wrote this back in January 2013, but the 5 lessons learned are still as valuable and applicable today, in 2016.

After seeing my first few novels come out in print, published by traditional publishers, over the past three years, I decided to venture into the waters of self-publishing. When I launched my blog January 1, 2012, my aim was to explore self-publishing and glean insights from both professionals and authors involved in this brave new world.

The prospect of being in control of my marketing and promotion was at once exciting and daunting, and as I explored and experimented, often confused, disappointed, and frustrated, I was also wonderfully surprised by the many joys I experienced.

So here are just five key things I learned while marketing and promoting three novels I uploaded as ebooks onto various sites. I could give a list of a hundred, no doubt, but these are the points that really stand out to me, and I hope they will help you in your indie publishing journey. Continue Reading…

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