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  1. Mikeyboy_esq

    Results of my 2017 Amazon Ads

    In case my fellow indie authors are curious how well AMSads perform, below are the results of the ads I bought for my 2 nonfictionbooks in 2017. Of the 733 total books that I sold last year, about 1/3rd of them came from AMSads (Sponsored Products). AMS ads for my 1st book (about college...
  2. Mikeyboy_esq

    Anyone see a Big Sales Jump on Cyber Monday or Black Friday?

    Just curious to hear if other authors noticed a sales increase on Cyber Monday or Black Friday. I didn't do any special sales pricing or advertising on those days, but I did see a few extra sales of both of my books on those 2 days. What was your experience?
  3. Mikeyboy_esq

    September Sales Slump?

    Not sure why, but sales of my 2 non-fiction books suddenly dropped off since the 1st of this month (after 6 months or more of very consistent numbers). Has anyone else noticed a significant sales slowdown this month? Maybe it's just me.
  4. Mikeyboy_esq

    Just another BOOK MARKETING TIP

    Find opportunities where you can give a speech to your book's target audience. For example, my local community college allows anyone to give (unpaid) lectures or workshops through their Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) program. A few months ago, I sent an email to ALL and proposed giving a...
  5. Mikeyboy_esq

    Book Marketing Tip of the Day...

    I hope this tip helps a few folks here. Step 1- Occasionally Google your book titles & authorname to find hard-to-find book reviews. Step 2- Share any positive reviews that you find on yourbook's website and social media platform. Just did this yesterday and found a "5-StarReview" of my...
  6. LadyF

    How To Define The Compelling Need Of My Reader

    I am in the process of revising my book and I started reading a little about marketing. I got this wonderful e-mail by Jeff Bullas, who explained to me the basics of selling: It is not trying to convince someone to buy something they do not want. Selling, true selling is about giving the people...
  7. Mikeyboy_esq

    Book Award Contest Costs vs. Benefits

    As one of many marketing strategies that I'm experimenting with, I entered my first book in 10 book award contests (spent ~$850 total entry fees plus the cost of the print books submitted) and my latest book will eventually be entered in a total of 6 contests throughout this year (spent ~$400...
  8. Mikeyboy_esq

    Do More Book Website Visits = More Book Sales?

    QUESTION: Do more book website visits equal more book sales? At the beginning of this year, I noticed a connection between my books' website visits and the monthly number of sales (note: both of my books are sold via Amazon, BN and other websites, but NOT directly from my website). For example...
  9. Mikeyboy_esq

    My Book Sales Update

    I'm happy to report that I sold a little over 50 books last month. Not a record breaker, but still a solid month for a newbie author like me. I'm sure that number is unimpressive to many folks, but I can tell you that I'm grateful for each and every sale and hope my books continue to help...
  10. Mikeyboy_esq

    Google Ads?

    Has anyone here had good results using Google Ads to advertise their book's website? If so, please share your experience. I decided to try Google Ads about a week ago, and so far I'm not impressed. The cost per click seems a bit high compared to other ads I've tried (e.g., Amazon's sponsored...
  11. Mikeyboy_esq

    Is it TRUE that most published books SELL LESS THAN 100 Copies???

    Is it TRUE what they say about most published books only selling less than 100 copies in its lifetime? One book marketing consultant that I spoke to last month told me that something like 87% of all published books (including both traditionally published and self-published) sell less than 100...
  12. Mikeyboy_esq

    COSTS to Self-publish my new book...

    When I began writing my first book a little over 4 years ago, I never stopped to consider how much it would cost to produce the final product, bring it to market and then spread the word to potential customers. I simply started typing and assumed the cost would be minimal. Fast forward to today...
  13. Mikeyboy_esq

    10 Lessons from Writing/Self-publishing my 1st Book

    Writing and self-publishing my first book took 4 long years and countless hours of staring at a computer screen. Alas, my hard work is not yet done as I continue to try a variety of marketing activities to promote my new book. I’m happy to report that it was well worth the time and effort to...
  14. R

    Hungry for work - Where to get clients??

    Hi everyone! Like many people here, I'm sure, I am one of those writers constantly looking for work. All of my income comes from my writing, but I am craving some new ventures and projects. I was wondering if any like-minded/like-niche writers would be willing to share their tips on finding...
  15. siliconpoetry

    Kickstarter Question, any marketing ideas for a Graphic Novel

    I am starting a Kickstarter Project sometime in the next year, maybe 2. My brother is a skilled artist and I hired him to draw the Graphic Novel for a Nominal fee to start with. I would write it. We came up with the idea of using a format that would leverage the writing as much as the showcasing...
  16. W

    Does my book even fit into a genre?

    I've spent two years on my debut novel, finishing at age 18. Its coming along very nicely as I'm getting close ot the 2nd draft. But, I have a problem. The book, Death Valley, is a unique tale that I'm afraid might be TOO unique to market. Here's the plot: An American missionary in 1870s...
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