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April 2007 Blog Posts (54)

Selling Books on the New York City Subway

The following post is excerpted from Fred Gleeck's ezine, Fred Gleeck Insights. Fred is a great marketer. He tells a great story here:

I love New York! One of the days when I was running around like a chicken

with it's head cut off on the subway I saw this guy hawking something

further down the subway car. In my typical NYer style I averted my

gaze, hoping not be accosted to give him money.

Lucky I couldn't do it. I squinted…

Added by John Kremer on April 30, 2007 at 10:57pm — 1 Comment

Publishing Blues

My artist wife wrote a book for artists - Passion and Paint in Creating "Great Art". We did our own layout work using Microsoft Office Publisher, and a computer we had built especially for graphics work. I am printing the books on a Xerox laser printer and binding them with equipment from the Maping Co. in Finland. This has been an enjoyable process, and the finished product is quite satisfying. Marketing, to date, is neither enjoyable nor satisfying.

We "put together" a…


Added by John Dahlsten on April 30, 2007 at 10:38pm — No Comments

Looking for a distributor/need advice

Hello Everyone,

I am looking for a distributor. I do have the names of several, but it seems that most of the authors I speak to are not happy with the distributor they have. I have heard stories of books being sent back at the author's expense and not much of a profit being made.

Right now my book is only at and on my website, but I have had people email me telling me that they looked for it in Barnes and Noble and couldn't find it, so I guess now would be a good…


Added by Christina Rowe on April 30, 2007 at 5:57pm — 4 Comments

TLC for Parents of Seriously Ill Children Offers Hope to Cope

Author, Rita Gray, has “been there and felt that” as the mother of a seriously ill child. The terms “seriously ill child” and “emotional roller coaster” are synonymous. On September 25, 1996, she buckled her emotional roller coaster seat belt. “At times," she says, "the unforeseeable twists and turns of childhood cancer seemed to catapult me out of my seat. Eight words accurately describe this…


Added by Rita Gray on April 30, 2007 at 9:48am — No Comments

Death of Boris Yelsun

It is interesting to see the public reaction in Russia to the death of Boris Yelsun. If memory serves me correctly it was not long ago when the citizens of Russia did not have the privilege to many of the rights that they have access to today.…


Added by Darryl Williams on April 30, 2007 at 7:00am — No Comments


On a dreary Sunday afternoon, I have an idea. Morgan Mandell invited me to join her social network, and I did. Judi Lake and starinrose are committed to social networks. There a great many other such networks involving books and publishing in all facets. Most of us, or at least the authors, are trying to get into the elitist world of commercial publication by the major publishers. If we organized and told the commercial publishers that we would not buy any more of their books until they dealth… Continue

Added by T. R. Catanzarite on April 29, 2007 at 4:04pm — 2 Comments


Just when I thought that I could relax the muscles in my face that held my eyebrows in a permanent raised position do to the torrid details of the sexual abuse and sex scandals that has plagued the church especially the Catholic Church here in the our country over the past few years. I see that the morally upstanding good old boys of our religious institutions are in the news again. Over…


Added by Darryl Williams on April 29, 2007 at 6:30am — No Comments

Not only winning but sustainable winning

Sustainable Winning

Cause winning effects and you will double your thrivings

Lately, after releasing a book about learning and winning I have given a lot of thought to…


Added by Cristina Andersson on April 28, 2007 at 8:25am — No Comments


Now I am sure all of you are like me and have an opinion one way or the other about the fall out of the whole MSNBC and the firing of you know who for his comments “Nappy headed Hoes”. I just think that we all need to stay focus on the fundamental issue here. Individuals that are on the airways that are on public airways that are funded by the public can not say what they want. There is a…


Added by Darryl Williams on April 28, 2007 at 6:50am — No Comments

Book review request

I'm looking for some fellow authors or book industry experts to review my book.

I am looking to use the reviews on my website and in my marketing so if you have written a book too I'd be more than happy to include some info on your book next to your name. Could be good for your marketing too!

If you are interested, email me at and I can organise a free download version for you.

I look forward to hearing your comments!


Added by Rebecca Kepple on April 26, 2007 at 3:47pm — 2 Comments

Tracking Books on

I subscribed to Amazon Advantage a month or two after my book came out and I have found it to be the best way to get readers to purchase copies. Buyers are able to find my book using the tools that Amazon provides. I know that folks are buying my book who did not hear about it from me.

Checking sales with is a good tool as well as I am able to see where my ranking is without having to go to my Amazon page. Looking at the page is…


Added by Lorne Epstein on April 26, 2007 at 1:49pm — No Comments

The Evolution of a Blog by a Cromagnon Man Eager to Develop

I must admit that Blogs tend to confuse me, but I gather they're rather wide-open with regard to chosen content. My main objective is to promote my novel, Silent Battlefields, best obtained on Amazon (my web site address: However, I can write about a wide variety of subject encompassing such topics as creative writing, psychology, psychotherapy, philosophy, morality and so forth. any advice from others as to how to proceed. It would be… Continue

Added by Hugh Rosen on April 26, 2007 at 11:56am — 1 Comment

Becoming a Co-Agent

I just became a co-agent on a project. I don’t know if agents often invite clients to share in commissions when they bring good stuff to them, but mine did. I didn’t refuse the offer. The whole story of how I became a co-agent is worth reading on…


Added by Bill Stephens on April 26, 2007 at 10:56am — No Comments

15 Favorite Ways to Develop Your Author Platform

The term author platform is popping up all over the place, but what exactly is an author platform? Essentially, your platform is based on your expertise--a specific nonfiction topic about which you write or your genre and unique voice/style as a fiction author. Having a strong author platform is becoming increasing important in marketing your books or even landing a deal with a major publisher.

Here are my 15 favorite ways to develop your author platform:

  • Get credentials…

Added by Patrice-Anne Rutledge on April 25, 2007 at 2:04pm — 4 Comments

How do I contact Mommies?

Hello Everyone!

Sorry I haven't been more active on my blog. I just got out of the hospital (mental) after being struck by a 2X4 board (figuratively) in the middle of the forehead. You see, for years I have been marketing my books (on gymnastics and cheerleading) primarily to club owners and coaches.

Recently, the imaginary 2X4 described above, whacked me in the head and the realization struck me that my real market was the Mom's. What mother wouldn't pay $19.95 for a book that…


Added by Rik Feeney on April 25, 2007 at 11:37am — No Comments

Book Excerpt and Jiri Kylian Ballet


Added by Adrienne Zurub on April 25, 2007 at 9:40am — No Comments

Reality: A Potent Brew of Spirit & Science

The Living Word of Kuan Yin: The Teachings & Prophecies of the Goddess of Compassion & Mercy, © 2006 Hope Bradford CHT & Lena Lees, ISBN# 1419646400, 376 pp.…

Added by Hope Bradford CHT on April 25, 2007 at 9:09am — 2 Comments


Glad to be here. I joined this group to learn, network, and of course promote my forthcoming book,

'Notes From the MotherShip~Naked Invisibles'!

Please feel free to drop me a comment. I welcome your thoughts.

Adrienne Zurub…


Added by Adrienne Zurub on April 22, 2007 at 9:21pm — No Comments

The Truth about Making Money on the Internet

The Internet can be one of the most effective ways to market a book (if you know what you are doing). Unfortunately, many authors don't know how to use the Internet to their advantage. I have been marketing on the Net for many years and make my living from doing so. I have written and developed a great resource that addresses a lot of the areas you need to know about to gain visibility, credibility and revenues from your Internet presence. To access go to…


Added by Kathleen Gage on April 21, 2007 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

Whale Song is an Amazon Bestseller

Four days after the launch of my controversial assisted suicide novel Whale Song, it made Amazon'ca's bestseller list. What a thrill! And I have been told that the first print run has nearly sold out. Then to top it all off, some major Hollywood film producers requested to see Whale Song and a package was sent out 2 weeks ago. I think that makes about half a dozen Hollywood film companies interested.

I am in 'mega marketing mode'…


Added by Cheryl Kaye Tardif on April 21, 2007 at 9:10am — 3 Comments

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