EP 014 – What Do I Do To Sell My Book?

EP 014 – What Do I Do To Sell My Book?

On the 14th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re clearing up the confusion on what to do on the book marketing front. Hilary is spilling the tea on what the most effective tactics have been for Bookmark authors.

Just like everything in life, forging a successful book marketing path comes down to knowing what the heck you’re doing–and making sure that you are executing a few selective initiatives well. These are the topics we covered in this week’s podcast:

  1. Social media and other marketing. The biggest mistake you can make is releasing your book to radio silence. It might feel uncomfortable, but this is the time to be a big mouth. This is the time to share your incredible undertaking. Make a plan, like any other campaign, and stick to it!
  2. Podcasting. Get on podcasts and start your own. Period. Talk about your book in the easiest and most economical venue available. Get in on it. 
  3. Listen to the show…hahaha! You knew that was coming! (We have to make you work for it a little bit!)

Today, marketing your book has become almost as important as writing it. When you work with a publisher, it’s absolutely expected that you will have a large part in advertising. And whether you are self-publishing, or publishing through a publisher, commit to rolling out a strategic plan to get people to buy your book. 

That’s it for this chapter of the podcast! Now, it’s time to Go Book Yourself. Until next time authors, write on! 

 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

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EP 013 – Get Disciplined When Writing A Book

EP 013 – Get Disciplined When Writing A Book

On the 13th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we’re cracking the proverbial whip! Face it, we all need a little whip-cracking in our lives to help us stay on task–especially when it comes to writing a book. And why is that? Because when we look at everything that must be done to get that book to publication, it can be quite overwhelming!

Effective discipline comes down to understanding your personality type. You aren’t going to take the steps you need if you aren’t gelling with the process. So let’s talk about these major personalities and get you going on the right track to clobber that book to-do list in a way that makes the most sense to you. If you are a person who blazes through their duties, you might not dig checking a box. 

Three of the Five Ways to Get to the Same Place: The Finish Line (Hey, we can’t give it all away…yet!)

  1. If you are a blazer/attacker and even a procrastinator… Schedule a chunk of time or getaway to a place that will take you out of your world.
  2. Chip, chip, chiparooooo. Every day schedule a time that is non-negotiable. 
  3. Where can you make time in your day? Yes, you do, too, have time!

The goal is not to make it overwhelming! Make it doable. I’ve helped a ton of authors with their books, and those who finish all have one thing in common. THEY DID IT! Sorry to yell, but that’s worth hollering about!

That’s it for this chapter of the podcast! Now, it’s time to Go Book Yourself. Until next time authors, write on!

 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 012 – What Does A Book Editor Do?

EP 012 – What Does A Book Editor Do?

On the 12th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, you’ve got the question. We’ve got the answer. What the heck does an editor do anyway?

 

Some writers think editors are writers…

We are and we aren’t. 

Some writers think we only fix punctuation and grammar.

We do and we don’t.

Some writers think we wield the red pen with ferocity…

We…uhhh…well, we kinda do.

But there’s so much more to our jobs. Here are three areas of focus that I identify in this episode. If you want to hear the other seven, tune it! 

  1. We hold no judgment. And aim to coax you to strengthen your work.
  2. We will help you tell a story with proven storytelling tactics.
  3. We encourage you to be reader-centric–meaning, that you need to write for the reader first and yourself, second.

When talking about the roles and responsibilities of an editor, the keyword is “advise.” Of course, we can’t make you do the work. But we can hold space for you while you do it. When appropriate, we can help you finish your train of thought, organize your details so they are the easiest to digest for your reader, and competitively structure your book so it stands up to others in your genre–which we will also help you select.

That’s it for this chapter of the podcast! Now, it’s time to Go Book Yourself. Until next time authors, write on! 

 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 011 – Writing and Publishing Children’s Books

EP 011 – Writing and Publishing Children’s Books

On the 11th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are honored to be in the presence of the booger queen and best-selling author, Angela Halgrimson. Nobody Likes a Booger is the winner of the Mom’s Choice Award, the Independent Publisher Book Award, and children everywhere have awarded it their favorite, giggliest, funniest book ever! 

We wholeheartedly concur!

 

If you want to experience the same success with your children’s book, then tune in to learn how to tackle these children’s book writing tasks:

  1. Crafting the story.
  2. The difference between writing a kid’s book and a grownup’s book.
  3. When to engage an illustrator and formatter–and can they be the same people?
  4. The cost to self-publish.
  5. Pitching, yay or nay?

The most memorable message that Angela delivered hands-down is to never give up on your dreams! We wholeheartedly agree. So listen in and then get to work, creating your own unforgettable children’s book. To get in touch with Angela, check her out on IG @ angelahalgrimson_author and angelahalgrimson.com.

To take a page from last week’s podcast (see what we did there?), remember that writing your book begins before you write it. Figure out your story, why it’s salable, and then build the platform to support it. Instead of feeling intimidated by all that needs to be done, take it one step and one page at a time. 

That’s it for this week’s chapter. Now, it’s time to Go Book Yourself. Until next time authors, write on!

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 010 – How To Become  A Best Selling Author

EP 010 – How To Become A Best Selling Author

On the 10th episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, we are answering the question on everyone’s lips: “How the heckfire do I become a best-selling author?

 

Boy, if it were just as simple as answering this question with one simple answer. But the truth is, like everything else in the world right now, it depends on the criteria of the algorithm, whether you are talking about hitting the Amazon best-seller list or the bigger fish to fry: Wall Street Journal, USA Today, or even the biggest fish of all… The New York Times!

The good news is, it is possible! You just have to understand what you have to do. And you need to make a time and money investment (like everything else under the sun!)

If you are interested in busting onto the Amazon best-seller scene, these are the criteria that have to be executed. (But also note, there are specific levels and numbers you need to hit):

  1. Pageviews
  2. Reviews
  3. Categories
  4. Initial pricing
  5. Overall activity and interest
  6. Sales

Hilary gets into detail on each of these points, so make sure that you listen close. Also, tune into the tale of two Stus, two authors who trod two different paths to reach the status of Amazon best-seller. 

Stu #1, upon publication, generated so many sales and reviews, in short, bombarding Amazon so hard that his ranking couldn’t be tabulated for 13 hours!

Stu #2 has sold over 5000 copies due to his consistent branding and marketing. 

It should be noted that both these gentlemen also have tons of reviews on their books. This is a huge contributing factor to grabbing that best-seller sash. So, as you are writing your book, prepare to get those reviews in and coach your readers to get them uploaded to Amazon on time. 

Writing your book begins before you write it. It begins with defining what you are saying and the building blocks of your platform. Doing all this work beforehand makes a huge difference.

That’s it for this chapter until next week. Now, it’s time to Go Book Yourself. Until next time authors, write on! 

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Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

EP 009 – How To Save Money Publishing Your Book

EP 009 – How To Save Money Publishing Your Book

On the ninth episode of Go Book Yourself, the podcast that helps you Master Writing, Marketing, and Publishing One Byte at a Time, our hot topic will help you save money! Save money writing a book? You heard that right. It’s possible and Hilary and her Bookmark team helps peeps do it every day. This is the beauty of bundling and unbundling with a caring crew.

Just as authors aren’t one size fits all, and there are massive variations in book length, author aptitude, the services needed, and heck, even how the needs of the digital publishing company have changed, you don’t and shouldn’t approach writing and publishing your book with a broad brush.  On this episode, get ready for some truth bombs (is that still a thing?) concerning three areas where you need to invest your time and money, and more where you don’t. And we’re not talking about a few hundreds here and there, but actual savings that can turn writing a book from a pipe dream into a realized vision. 

A few hints:

  1. You never want anyone to question your book’s professional appearance.
  2. Make sure that if there is a task you don’t want to do, or can’t do well, you hire out.
  3. Examine whether you have more money or time resources–and what the tradeoff is. 

As always, reach out to us if you have questions, and especially if you are ready to get started writing. Even if you have just a glimmer of an idea. That’s how all books start and catch fire, after all. Visit GBYPodcast.com for guidance. 

Thanks for tuning in! If you like what we have to say, please share this episode and leave us a review–especially if it’s a nice one. And if you really liked this episode, subscribe and get updates on upcoming episodes, as well as read all the show notes. (You know you want to). 

It’s easier than you think to become an author. You just need a little faith and a solid team. 

That’s it for this chapter until next week. Now, it’s time to Go Book Yourself. Write on! 

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Music Credits:

Happy Excited Intro 04 by TaigaSoundProd

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6802-happy-excited-intro-04

Bright Hopes Corporate by MusicLFiles

Link: https://filmmusic.io/song/6352-bright-hopes-corporate

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/