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Reviews… what do they mean?

The free promotion for my book, IMAGINATION is long over and now, as I had hoped, reviews are starting to roll in. This got me thinking as I read people’s opinions of my story… what do reviews really…Continue

Tags: young, grade, adult, God, religion

Started Apr 29

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, 2015

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

Tags: middle, grade, young, adult, ebooks

Started Sep 29, 2014

 

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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
http://www.neilostroff.blogspot.com
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Author of gritty, noir thrillers and middle grade/YA science fiction and paranormal.

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Selling books

I’ve been an indie writer going on five-plus years now and on a whim I decided to try and calculate the number of books I have sold throughout my career. Results were a bit unexpected. Combining my eleven published ebooks with my print versions (when they still existed) I have sold more than 100,000 books.  Another 120,000 books have been given away as free promotions. That’s nearly a quarter million copies of my stories circulating the…

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Posted on June 22, 2016 at 1:07pm

Nice new reviews!

Got a couple of nice new reviews for DROP OUT and IMAGINATION from some awesome readers! Thanks for taking both books to the #1 bestseller spot on Amazon!

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DROP OUT - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FX0K7U

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story.

By paula on June 7, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition|Verified…

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Posted on June 8, 2016 at 12:33pm

Judging success?

Neglecting to market my books and myself has always been my weakness. While I love the process of writing (creating new characters, worlds, and plots) the arduous task of promoting my work can seem dauntless at times. After writing consistently for 25+ years, I recently made the conscious, and I must say extremely difficult decision, to take a break from it all. I have gone thirteen months without publishing an original book and as of right now, two months have passed without me writing an…

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Posted on June 3, 2016 at 1:13pm

Reviews… what do they mean?

The free promotion for my book, IMAGINATION is long over and now, as I had hoped, reviews are starting to roll in. This got me thinking as I read people’s opinions of my story… what do reviews really mean?

 

If you’re trying to do marketing on major sites such as Bookbub or Booksends, reviews mean you must have a minimum of them to even be considered for an ad spot, and the majority better add up to four stars or more. Logic being, higher reviews helps weed out books not quite…

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Posted on April 30, 2016 at 10:00am

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At 5:17pm on February 26, 2016, Cold Coffee Cafe said…
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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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