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Authors Working Together to Sell More Books

"Your life changes when you meet people." - Sterling Valentine

I want to encourage the authors and publishers on this Book Marketing Network to work together to help each other to sell more books. That's the main reason I created this network in the first place.

There are so many ways that you can help each other. For example, I wrote an article on 30 Ways to Help a Book Author You Love - http://www.bookmarket.com/loveawriter.htm. Most of those ways apply not only to your friends but also to authors helping each other.

In addition, you can do joint ventures, Amazon Bestseller Campaigns, blog tours, and more.

Please use this forum right here to list your requests for partners as well as your responses or offers to help other authors.

You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish if you work together rather than alone.

For example, I'd love to see a fiction writers co-op promotion where each novelist promotes the other members in the co-op on their blog or website or social network. Tweet about each other. Like each others' Facebook page. Do joint blog tours.

Poets can do the same thing. So can business book authors. Spiritual authors. Christian authors. Cookbook authors. Etc.

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Thought I'd give it a try posting here. 

I am releasing a paranormal novel and have been organizing a blog tour. I paid someone to do part of it, but she dropped the ball and now I have to scramble to find hosts for those days. It is an adult book, not really YA, that has violence and some medium description sex (no really x-rated words or scenes and no sex and violence at the same time) I tend to classify it as either paranormal romance or paranormal fantasy as it has elements of both a romance novel (the main characters are a human woman and her vampire boyfriend/lover) and a lot of fantasy elements (I'm in the middle of a three book story arc complete with the evil "master" they must defeat and quests for weapons and such). It seems to do better with female readers, probably just because of the category, but I most male readers who read the series like it, so it's not chick-lit.

I can write guest posts, so interviews, excerpts, character interviews, or send you a free copy for a review, whatever you want. I am also doing a giveaway for an amazon gift card and a t-shirt with this tour. The dates I have open are March 25 - 29th. If anyone would be willing to host me on their blog I would be so, so grateful. 

Thanks again!

Hi John!

Please join me in wishing our very own Joleene Naylor a very successful book launch today.

She is releasing book 6 in her Amaranthine series.

I also just reposted my blog review of book 1 in her series entitled Shades of Gray.

I am new to this site and just wondering how some of these things work.  I would like do some type of co-op promotion through blogging etc. if it helps me to sell books.  My book "Samuel" was released a year ago and I am finding out that the marketing part is harder than I had expected.

Evan,

We all try to help each other here.

I only joined back in December, but took the approach that before I could succeed, first I had to help other indie authors that write in my genres.

We all want our own book(s) to sell.

But very few are willing to help out a fellow writer to achieve their goal first.

May I suggest that you get to know a few other people here-you are welcome to friend as many of my friends as you like.

Joleene Naylor just launched her sixth book in her Amaranthine series and we are all trying to help her make it a successful launch.

Maybe you could introduce yourself to her and read her book and post a review-that would be a big help.

Thank you and we hope you enjoy your stay at The Book Marketing Network!

thank you for the good advice

You never know what will help sell until you do it when it comes to blogs. I have done guest posts on big blogs and sold nothing, then done one on a little blog and has a couple sales. Of course there are things that can increase or decrease your luck, like if you write vampires with lot of sex, posting on a christian blog will probably not help you, or if you write chick lit romance and post to a sci-fi blog (which generally have a primarily male audience). so there is always that to consider, but any exposure is exposure in the end.

I have options on my blog at http://joleenenaylor.wordpresscom that let authors do either a character interview or else have a book excerpt posted. links to details are on the right sidebar - you may need to scroll a little to find them. 

also if you have your own blog it's a good idea to post other author's guest posts sometimes. I've actually made some good friends - and fans - through those character interviews (right, DM Yates?) LOL! 

"...to help each other to sell more books..."  

With that concept in mind John, I've set up a website- newly-published.com - The idea of is to offer a review that is of quality and then promote the e-book on the site with links to the selling pages for the author-Free from charge. 

I also believe that authors can bounce concepts/suggestions/ideas off each other to get an honest opinion on full or part manuscripts (ones that are in the latter stages or pre-press).

I hope this idea works out for you. And pays you well.

John

Joleene Naylor writes very well. Her stories definitely not a typical scenario.  :)

Denis, what are you proposing? Are you wanting to view indie author's work and review it?

A good idea, Denis! 

I am currently presenting a survey on a topic near and dear to all of our hearts and would truly appreciate your input. This will help those of us who design book covers for authors to know what the buying public prefers.

Click here to take this short survey.

Your help in passing it along, too, is always welcome.

Thank you,

Ginger Marks

DocUmeant Publishing & Designs

Done. I'd be interested to see the results you get :) 

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