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State of Writing Today!

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 11 hours ago

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

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

Tags: middle, grade, young, adult, ebooks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Emma on Friday.

Amazon Prime is changing everything!

I’m sure if you’re a reader or author you’ve heard about Amazon’s new prime membership for books. For a monthly fee a reader can now purchase an unlimited amount of ebooks for as long as they remain…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
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Author of gritty, noir thrillers and middle grade/YA science fiction and paranormal.

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Neil Ostroff posted a discussion

State of Writing Today!

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 marketing every year around this time because the cold weather keeps me inside and guilt free. I’ve been reading a lot of writer’s forums lately and there seems to be a bit of pessimism in the air regarding the state of indie publishing and publishing in general. Mark Coker CEO of Smashwords just came…See More
11 hours ago
Emma replied to Neil Ostroff's discussion Define Novel Length
"As a reader, if the price is right, I will happily read shorter stories. Quality is more important than quantity, after all. But at the same time, I really do love a good long book/series. If the world is a good fit, I want to stay immersed in it as…"
Friday
Michael Spelling replied to Neil Ostroff's discussion Define Novel Length
"This is just great! You have this one published though. I have seen one self-publishing company, I don't know if you have heard about them but you can check it yourself though. The site is http://www.bookventure.com/."
Oct 1
Neil Ostroff posted a discussion

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 the shelf and feel its texture, skim through the pages, or get a sense of the thickness and how long it will take to read. They must rely on the ‘look inside’ feature, good unbiased reviews, a blurb that excites and entices, and the promise of a captivating story to make their decision.  Ebooks are…See More
Sep 29
Kima Prince replied to Neil Ostroff's discussion Define Novel Length
"My first published work came in at just under 15,500 words. It's the first book of a series. I consider it a novel, but I guess it's more of a novella size? I don't like adding too much extra writing, Fluff as I call it, if it's…"
Sep 8
Paulo André Pinto Magalhães replied to Neil Ostroff's discussion Define Novel Length
"Like you said, It's not an exact science. I suppose it falls more to the taste of the reader. A short story may be adequate to someone who reads pocket books on the bus, or simply does not have a lot of attention to keep all the details of a…"
Sep 7
Neil Ostroff posted an event

Free Today!! at Amazon

August 12, 2014 at 6pm to August 13, 2014 at 7pm
Here’s your chance to sample one of my thrillers… FREE! One week.Two thousand miles.A crazed serial killer.A trip into madness! FROSTPROOFOn a winter night in 2009, Niles Goodman risked his life to try and save a woman and her newborn infant from a terrible car accident. The injuries he sustained left him unable to work and the financial strain is taking a heavy toll on his marriage. Enter Cody Larson and the promise of 1.5 million dollars if Niles chauffeurs him to Seattle to retrieve a dead…See More
Aug 12
Neil Ostroff replied to Neil Ostroff's discussion Define Novel Length
"Thanks Elizabeth. Go ahead and check out some of my books. I think you'll be highly entertained. Good luck in all your efforts. Neil"
Jul 28
Elizabeth Foshee replied to Neil Ostroff's discussion Define Novel Length
"Hello Neil, great blog! I'm amazed at all the books you've written. They look fascinating! I always did like action stories. Insectland looks especially entertaining. :D I agree with you on your point in this blog. My first self-published…"
Jul 28
Neil Ostroff posted a discussion

Define Novel Length

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 back in my office desk chair and beamed, enjoying the pleasurable sensations of finishing this stage of the project. Then suddenly, I was stricken with horror. I had written the story to completion. There was nothing more I could say or add to the story. It was done in my mind.  But… it is only 16,000…See More
Jul 28
Neil Ostroff posted a discussion

Amazon Prime is changing everything!

I’m sure if you’re a reader or author you’ve heard about Amazon’s new prime membership for books. For a monthly fee a reader can now purchase an unlimited amount of ebooks for as long as they remain members. I’ve done a bit of research and here’s what I’ve discovered.Although Amazon Prime does sound ominous to the author when it comes to royalty payments it actually does have some pretty fantastic perks. For one, an author will no longer see that dreaded return unit in their monthly sales…See More
Jul 21
Neil Ostroff posted an event
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Big Feature Today! at Great Books Great Deals

July 16, 2014 at 6pm to July 17, 2014 at 7pm
I’m happy to announce that DROP OUT is being featured today on Great Books Great Deals. It is priced at $0.99. http://www.greatbooksgreatdeals.com/ Please take a look. You won’t regret it. Thank you.Neil D. OstroffAmazon Bestselling AuthorSee More
Jul 16
Neil Ostroff posted a discussion

The marketing secret!

I’ve been reading a lot of threads and forums lately dealing with the topic of marketing your book. It seems there are a lot of “newbie authors” out there in this relatively virgin explosion of indie publishing and many can’t understand why their book isn’t selling. When asked if they market and promote their books most do say yes, but often complain of the time it takes in a world where we all have limited time.  Well, here’s a hard truth. To be a successful indie author you have to market…See More
Jul 7
Neil Ostroff posted a discussion

Origins of a novel

Thanks to everyone who purchased DROP OUT, the book continues to affect lives. For those of you who don’t know the origins of the story and its message, I thought I’d share a portion of a biography interview I did when the book was published. Then please decide if it is right for you. I’ve been a thriller, sci-fi writer for more than twenty years and over that span of time my books garnered the attention of numerous literary agents and publishers. In 2005, I signed with a major literary agent…See More
Jun 30
4-LAN replied to Neil Ostroff's discussion Reviews for sale!
"I agree, having a book gifted to you is payment enough. I truly enjoy reading and only write reviews for books in the genres I love. Helping out a fellow indie author is a noble enough cause. However, I always try to keep the review real. I will…"
May 30
Nate Fleming commented on Neil Ostroff's blog post Reviews for sale!
"Good stuff!  Thanks for the post.  I just went and added a request for reviews at the end of Thimblerig's Ark.  The Choosy Bookworm looks pretty interesting, too!"
May 28

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State of Writing Today!

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 marketing every year around this time because the cold weather keeps me inside and guilt free.

 

I’ve been reading a lot of writer’s forums lately and there seems to be a bit of pessimism in the air regarding the state of indie publishing and publishing in general. Mark Coker CEO of…

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Posted on November 23, 2014 at 1:26pm

Winter Reads!

Is it cold where you are? Is air carrying a bit of a chill? How about getting a little chillier with a good book? FROSTPROOF is available free for one more day on Amazon.

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083WSXL0

 

In the mood for a little more chill. DEGENERATES is also free until tomorrow on Amazon.

 …

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Posted on November 20, 2014 at 9:58am

Emotion, emotion!

          Being a writer means experiencing dizzying highs and terrifying lows as a novel transforms from mere idea bubbling in the brain into reality on the page. There are times when you believe that everything you’ve written is total crap and there are times when a character reveals something or does something that you hadn’t expected and you find yourself on this emotional high.

          Emotions can swing greatly from one day to the next (sometimes hourly). Today is a good day…

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Posted on November 12, 2014 at 11:30pm

Retrospective

Since I started this blog nearly four years ago, I never in my dreams thought that it would receive several hundred thousand views. My base of followers has grown steadily and my page views per day are increasing nearly every week. I would like to thank all of my followers and interested readers for that.

 

Looking back years ago at my first few posts, I can clearly see an old-soul writer trying to understand a twenty-first century technological world. Many of those first…

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Posted on November 8, 2014 at 10:30am

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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
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