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Times are a changing!

As most authors now know Amazon is going to start paying authors for the amount of pages read and not for each complete book. I’m not certain how I feel about this. On the plus side, it could free…Continue

Tags: middle, grade, young, adult, ebooks

Started Jun 25

State of Writing Today!
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As I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest novella, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am also getting ready to spend the winter months holed up and marketing my other twelve books. I do this intensive…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Spelling Dec 3, 2014.

Author’s Legacy

When you buy a book in a bookstore, what do you look for? Is it the cover that attracts you? The fiery description on the back? The author’s profile picture? With ebooks, consumers can’t take it off…Continue

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Started Sep 29, 2014

Define Novel Length
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After almost a solid month of plotting, characterization, pacing, and creating setting, I finally wrote the last sentence to my new novel before I start the revision process. Feeling elated I sat…Continue

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Something About Me and My Book:
Raised in a rural town outside of Philadelphia, Neil D. Ostroff has been a published author of dark, noir thrillers, romance thrillers, and middle grade sci/fi and paranormal novels for more than twenty years. He is an avid poker player when not working on his novels. Neil also enjoys fishing, hiking, and all things outdoors. He's been interviewed in such publications as PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, THE PHILADELPHIA INTELLIGENCER, TIMES PUBLISHING, and THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.

To learn more about him and his books, please check out his blog: ALWAYS WRITING

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

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Never give up the dream!

It was very exciting last week when my contemporary suspense novel, DROP OUT hit #5 on the paid Amazon best seller list. I was thrilled to have Nicholas Sparks as my #4 competitor. How I got to this list is no secret. I booked promotional spots on high-traffic websites and spent the days leading up to the spots marketing and promoting my a*s off. I stayed at that #5 position for an entire 36 hours before slowly slipping back into the 100’s; about where I am now.


Did I ever in…


Posted on August 23, 2015 at 7:00pm

Sooooo close!

So as my promotional blitz winds down and sales are beginning to slow to normal, I got all the way to #5 in the country right behind #4 Nicholas Sparks. Not bad.…


Posted on August 14, 2015 at 7:00pm

More Promotion!

In my quest to have the #1 downloaded paid book in America, Day 2 of my two day promotional blitz for my previous bestseller DROP OUT finds me on these major ebook sites.


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Ereader café (Deal of the day) –…


Posted on August 12, 2015 at 12:31pm

Going for #1

In my quest to have the #1 downloaded paid book in America, Day 1 of my two day promotional blitz for my previous bestseller DROP OUT finds me on these major ebook sites.



Posted on August 11, 2015 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

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

Oh, I miss typed my email address, sorry,


Too many things going on, haha

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


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

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


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

Congrats, Neil. 3D Book Image of your titles would really kick _ _ _! Check out

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. Enjoy the book video
At 5:57pm on April 09, 2011, Lorilyn Roberts gave Neil Ostroff a gift
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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