Friday, September 09, 2011

Selling Ebooks: Some Advice From The Experts - Confession 679

I've now moved from creating ebooks and am in (apologies in advance) full-on marketing and sales mode. A full-time job if ever there was one.

I've been correcting a few things I missed, like:

Updating the front pages of my Kindle books to accommodate the new 'Look Inside' feature. I found this article 'Look Inside' For Kindle Books - 3 Tips For Authors' (scroll to 26th August 2011) on the very handy ebook blog Password Incorrect.

Having a blog on my main site. A crucial element of any website apparently.  It drives readers and the constant updates keep Google happy. This is my How To Publish An Ebook - An Author's Guide Update Blog. Because everything moves so fast in the world of ebooks I am constantly updating the master text. Now I keep a note of anything I find really useful, and anything readers have emailed me about, and put them together on the blog before I update the ebook. This way anybody who buys my ebook (now in paperback as well!) (sorry) can go online to see future updates. There's also a new review I couldn't help but feature, from a happy reader who's just published his novel on Kindle and Smashwords by following my guide. It starts, "I'm 83 years old.... " !

Blog headings I now put my 'Confession' number at the end of the blog heading rather than at the beginning. This is because there are going to be tens of thousands of Google searches looking for "selling ebooks" but none at all for Confession No. 632.... SEO you have to know...

http://www.buttonshut.comHaving a Facebook 'Like' page. Across all industries now, not just ebooks, Facebook Like pages are a major cog in the social media marketing wheel.  This annoyingly makes my FB "Group" useless. I have to start gathering friends and followers all over again. Tarting myself on my 'home' personal page and now here as well. But there IS a completely free ebook offer there, via the Federation of Children's Book Groups. If you'd like details of the free ebook book offer or should have a moment to click the black 'F' there and 'Like' I'd be hugely grateful. The offer is valid until Dec 1st.

There's more, but I think that's enough on ebooks. For future ebook news please see the tip page link in the sidebar. 

My aim now is to split my days 50/50 between touting & tarting and writing.

Back to roots time for the writing blog.

There's an interesting series of writing events happening in Notting Hill, starting on Monday night 12th September - 5 X 15 STORIES - CROWD BOOK PUBLISHING!

No one has ever attempted this before - it's like a cross between Dragons' Den and election hustings. Here's the idea: you will be treated to an evening of riotous literary entertainment as 10 authors go head-to-head pitching ideas for books they would really like to write. Authors include the international bestselling novelist Kate Mosse, Booker shortlisted comic novelist Tibor Fischer and creator of cult 90s TV show This Life, Amy Jenkins. Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge, Carpool) will be presenting his utopian fantasy, News from Gardenia. Graham Smith will offer up We Can Be Heroes - a lavishly illustrated insider's account of London's club scene in the early 80s. Vitali Vitaliev, the Russian Bill Bryson, presents Cattivo Recordo, a journey through italy in search of a bad meal. Read on here......

I can't make it unfortunately but hope to get to one of the later gigs.

Bye bye, thanks for visiting, come again soon. 


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