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Never pay for a review

Though I’ve touched on this subject before on my blog I think it warrants repeating. I will never pay someone to read and review one of my books. Period! Most paid reviewers give glowing reviews on…Continue

Tags: middle, grade, young, adult, ebooks

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The miracle way to sell more books
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After breaking contract with a prominent NY literary agency nearly four years ago to pursue the ebook/indie publishing revolution I can now confidently say I know what it takes to sell books. This…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Alice Apr 5.

Getting on the bestseller list

 I read an article recently defining what it meant to be an Amazon bestselling author these days. Keep in mind this is an Amazon bestseller not a New York Times bestseller. The general rule is if…Continue

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Started Mar 8

Websites all writers should be on.

I’ve been doing a lot of marketing/promotion lately for my books and have come up with a “must-be-on” list for writers who want to promote their books. These website provide free services that can…Continue

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Started Feb 26

 

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Something About Me and My Book:
Author of dark, noir thrillers and middle grade sci/fi and paranormal novels. I graduated from Elmira College with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy/Critical Thinking. Briefly, I wrote psychological evaluations for the Elmira, NY courts. I was raised in a rural town outside of Philadelphia and have been a published author for more than twenty years. My science fiction and fantasy stories have appeared in numerous presses, zines, and websites. I have several published novels available at all online booksellers under the name N.D. Ostroff or at http://www.Neilostroff.com. I am an avid boater, gardener, and poker player when not working on my novels.


My book INSECTLAND
Be frightened! Be very frightened! Tiny, dragon-like creatures hiding in our homes are going to harm us. They will shrink us to the size of ants, enslave us, and turn our world into their own. But there is hope. Legions of insect robots intent on stopping them have recruited high school sophomore Dan Larson for help. Thrust into danger, Dan risks everything in a desperate attempt to thwart an attack and prevent the end of society as we know it.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005P81J48
Website:
http://www.authorsden.com/neilostroff

www.authorsden.com/neilostroff

Author of gritty, noir thrillers and middle grade/YA science fiction and paranormal.

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Neil Ostroff's Blog

Never pay for a review

Though I’ve touched on this subject before on my blog I think it warrants repeating. I will never pay someone to read and review one of my books. Period! Most paid reviewers give glowing reviews on the books they read even if the book is not up to par. Why? Because they want your money and repeat business. Think about it. Would you pay someone a second…

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Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:29pm

Creating characters from scratch

          I’m often asked by media and friends how do I create my characters? At last count I have somewhere in the neighborhood of over one hundred spread over my nine published and three unpublished books. These characters have detailed histories and vivid personalities. Some are absolutely terrifying, some are…

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Posted on April 11, 2014 at 1:53pm

The miracle way to sell more books

After breaking contract with a prominent NY literary agency nearly four years ago to pursue the ebook/indie publishing revolution I can now confidently say I know what it takes to sell books. This revelation comes after spending thousands of dollars on every marketing and promotional tool, sponsorship, and gimmick available. I can say that although some of these applications yielded modest sales, nothing compares to the secret I’m about to reveal. So here it…

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Posted on March 26, 2014 at 12:06pm

Getting on the bestseller list

I read an article recently defining what it meant to be an Amazon bestselling author these days. Keep in mind this is an Amazon bestseller not a New York Times bestseller. The general rule is if your book sells between 150-500 copies in a twenty-four hour period its ranking can get low enough that it can be considered a bestseller.

 

That said, I am an Amazon bestselling author three times this year. Once in…

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Posted on March 8, 2014 at 11:40am — 2 Comments

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At 8:47am on August 30, 2012, Kim Hope Smith said…

Oh, I miss typed my email address, sorry,

It's kim@econobay.com

Too many things going on, haha

At 8:44am on August 30, 2012, Kim Hope Smith said…

Neil,

It's not a secret at all. The reason sales go in waves is SEO.

Look at it this way.

You chose your key words for your book or blog. Say you chose novel today, and it has a low competition and 2 million searches done last month, very good words to chose.

Now if tonight, someone who wrote a novel wins a huge award or worse, dies, the internet is flooded with the key word novel. all of a sudden, it has a high competition rate and you are pushed to the back of the pages. Now your traffic drops off for that given geographic area.

Most people set their keywords once, then forget about them. To have an even amount of traffic, keywords have to be updated often, and if a major event happens, as I said above, you have to update them immediately.

When Thomas Kinkade passed away, the keywords for artist went crazy, well, you may have also been affected, depending on your keywords chosen for a particular book.

170 people searched your name last month, yet 11 million searched the single word mystery and it has a very low competition rate at this time. Now if a huge story breaks in the news and it is a mystery, that keyword is out the door for you.

See there is no secret. In one of your blogs, you are considering hiring a publisher, that is completely different than a marketing person, which in my opinion is really who you need. You have great success with your books, you already have the social media set up and in the case of an author, don't let them convince you they need to take it over, that would be very costly and it would cause you great harm.

Use great caution when using keywords, keyword stuffing will do far more harm to you than not having keywords at all!!

In all honesty, you simply need to have someone monitor your daily SEO and you can go through your sites and update each day or week.

Don't let someone con you into a huge package, remember they are sales people and up selling is what they do best.

If you would like me to do an interview or a story on you to submit to Yahoo contributor just give me a shout. It's a lengthy process to see if they will publish it but it may be worth the try. Free publicity is always a good thing. :-)

Good luck and if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me at kim@econibay.com

At 5:31pm on August 29, 2012, Kim Hope Smith said…

Neil, I was reading some of the posts and was wondering if you have found an answer to your question on June 28, 2012 Can’t figure it out"

If you are still searching I will gladly help you understand the roller coaster sales you are having.

I have spent many years promoting musicians, marketing businesses and individuals all over the internet.

There is a very simple answer to your question.

Thank You

Kim

At 1:57pm on August 28, 2012, Gene Cartwright said…

Congrats, Neil. 3D Book Image of your titles would really kick _ _ _! Check out http://ifogo.com/3D.

At 6:47am on June 18, 2011, Author Aleja Bennett said…
Nice to meet you here in the world of book marketing. I'm Aleja Bennett Author of Ten paper backs and eight available on the kindle. Here is my fan page, stay in touch when you can. I know we both may have hectic schedules at times but I will always follow you back. Below is my fan page hope you like it and thanks again for your support it's appreciated very much. http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlejaBennett Enjoy the book video
At 5:57pm on April 09, 2011, Lorilyn Roberts gave Neil Ostroff a gift
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I am curious, Neil, with the plots of your books. Are they written from a Christian viewpoint?
At 12:04pm on October 21, 2010, Kate L said…
Welcome :)
 
 
 

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