In this issue . . .
-- Why give away a book for free?
-- Red Oak Shopping Cart - Check it out if you need a great web order form
-- Tweets you don't want to miss
-- Make Your Website Sell More Books
-- specialty retailers
-- How to Sell Your Novel Like a Pro
Why give away a book for free?
Give the info on free book promotions during the past few issues of this
newsletter, one reader sent the following question: Why give away a
book for free? I want to make money from my books. I'd appreciate if
you'd explain this sometime.
John's Answer: Here are a few reasons to give a book away free.
Note: When I say to give away a book, I mean give away an ebook
version of your book. Generally that ebook will be in PDF format, but
you could give away a book as a Kindle for a very low price (rather than
free). Some authors have been very successful selling Kindle versions
for only $1.00.
1. Sell more books. That's right: Sell more books. Paulo Coehlo has given
away 100 million ebooks and sold over 10 million copies. He's happy.
2. Get known. First-time authors have one major challenge in publishing
their first book: Convincing people to take a chance on their books.
Giving a book away eliminates the risk and allows more people to become
aware of your work.
3. Generate word-of-mouth. 80% of all books are sold by word-of-mouth.
The more people that get exposed to your book, the greater the chance
that your book will sell well.
Red Oak Shopping Cart Check it out if you need a great web order form
If you need a shopping cart to take orders on your website, or if you
are looking for a better shopping cart, you really need to check out the
Red Oak Shopping Cart service: http://bit.ly/aJjVmn
That's the service I use. It has a great new interface that will make
everything easier to do. I'll be implementing some of the changes in my
shopping cart in the next few weeks.
The Red Oak Shopping Cart now also includes an ezine mailing program
so in the next few weeks I'll be shifting this ezine over to their mailing
service. I expect it will result in better delivery rates and an easier time
in changing your email addresses.
Tweets you don't want to miss
Here are a few more John Kremer-related tweets you might find of value:
=> New Video Boss by @AndyJenkins - Video makes money -
http://bit.ly/98u0Tq (that's an affiliate link, but still good free content)
=> How to Make a Video the easy way by @AndyJenkins -
http://bit.ly/9z2UgK - Good free content.
=> RT @lifestorylady 5 Rules to Happiness: 1. Free your heart from
hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
=> RT @4kaylin The impact of book trailers on book sales? blog on Book
Marketing Network: http://ning.it/bshpVn
=> Coming in mid-May in Los Angeles - No Balloon Boys Reality TV
Showcase. Get your own reality show on network or cable TV. Details
=> Some great information on formating ebooks for iphones, etc:
=> Cheaper ebooks devalue all books, especially when simultaneously
published with hardcover or trade paperback publication.
Plus a little controversy generated by a copyright violation:
In reference to the following blog post noted by AllTop:
=> This entry on entrepreneurs who did not attend college is excerpted
from my College DropOuts Hall of Fame: http://bit.ly/aMxqEt
=> YoungEntrepreneur.com posted the top 100 entrepreneurs who did
not graduate from college. Took details from my site: http://bit.ly/aMxqEt
=> YoungEntrepreneurs.com took content from my website without at
least a token of recognition: Alas. My site: http://bit.ly/aMxqEt
=> Even more alas, AllTop.com reposted YoungEntrepreneurs.com listing
from my site, also without recognition: http://bit.ly/9igcBA
=> The College DropOuts Hall of Fame is a hobby site, so I'd have been
glad to share my copyrighted material if asked by YoungEntrepreneurs.com
=> It is Internet protocol to acknowledge the source of your material.
The source was the College DropOuts Hall of Fame: http://bit.ly/aMxqEt
=> Will YoungEntrepreneurs.com admit their error? Reposting content
from another site without recognition. See AllTop: http://bit.ly/9igcBA
=> From @dmargulis: @JohnKremer Make them take it down.
=> @dmargulis Actually, it's more fun to have the controversy. Perhaps
it will get more traffic to my hall of fame: http://bit.ly/aMxqEt
=> @dmargulis But YoungEntrepreneurs.com should have asked before
posting copyrighted material from http://bit.ly/aMxqEt
Note: The bloggers at YoungEntrepreneur.com still did not recognize
the source of their material or recognize my copyright in that material.
In addition, they deleted any comment I made on their blog post trying
to get a little recognition for my copyrighted material.
They did add this note to the end of the post: For more successful
people who didn’t complete college, including actors, sports stars, and
more, check out http://www.collegedropoutshalloffame.com.
And yet no recognition of the copyright violation. I guess that means
anyone on the Internet is welcome to copy their material and repost it.
As the Golden Rule says: Do unto others as you want done unto you.
Because the College DropOuts Hall of Fame is a hobby site, their
violation of my copyrighted material doesn't affect me monetarily, but
it still violates my sense of rightness and Internet protocol that they
never bothered to recognize the source of the material. That's sad.
Make Your Website Sell More Books
February 17th - Phyllis Zimbler Miller, founder of MillerMosaicPower
Marketing.com and author of What You Should Know about Launching a
Book on the Web. Topic: Make Your Book Author Website Easy for Book
Buyers to Say Yes to You.
If you'd like to take part in this informative series of teleseminars, you
can sign up for less than $1 per seminar here: http://bit.ly/jwu6K.
For more information on the people and topics for upcoming teleseminars,
click here: http://www.bookmarket.com/friendsteleseminars.htm
If you have signed up for this teleseminar series and can't figure out
how to access the current or previous teleseminars, email John Kremer
at JohnKremer@BookMarket.com. Whenever possible, be sure to attend
the teleseminar live so you can get the answers to your questions.
Here are a few specialty retailers who sell books as well as gifts, DVDs,
videos, supplies, and related items.
The Barnhill House Toys and Books, 606 S Austin Street, Brenham,
Texas 77833; 978-836-7519. Features children's toys, classic books,
dolls, games, and more.
Brenham Toy Company and Teacher Supply, 1401 S Day, Brenham,
Texas 77833; 979-836-8484. Features specialty educational toys and
Day Star Christian Bookstore, 208 W Alamo Street, Brenham,
Texas 77833; 979-830-1034; Fax: 979-836-3260.
DharmaCrafts, Dyan Eagles, President, 60 Island Street, Lawrence,
Massachusetts 01840; 800-794-9862. Web: http://www.dharmacrafts.com.
A catalog of meditation supplies and resources.
EdCetera, EdVenture Children's Museum, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia,
South Carolina 29201; 803-779-3100; Fax: 803-779-3144. Web:
http://www.edventure.org. Gift store features children's books, gifts,
toys, and apparel.
An Open Mind Bookstore, Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living,
2801 Louisiana Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87110; 505-881-4311. Web: http://www.cslabq.org. Features new age and spiritual
books, gifts, classes, workshops, and more.
Treasure Gift Shoppe, Discovery Station, 101 W Washington Street,
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740; 301-790-0076; Fax: 301-790-0045.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.discoverystation.org.
This science museum gift shop features science-related gifts, toys,
aircraft models, games, books, and more.
How to Sell Your Novel Like a Pro
I just created a new program called How to Sell Your Novel Like a Pro
- Advice to Authors Who Want to Become Bestselling Novelists (or
Children’s Book Authors.
This is a multi-media course on how to market novels and children's
fiction/ picture books. It includes a beautiful 210+ page ebook, a 2-hour
seminar audio, 4 other audios, and at least 3 Q&A teleseminars where you'll
be able to ask questions related to marketing your novel. Only $127.00.
Note: When you buy this program, you will also get all the updates to
the book, audios, and related materials.
This is not just a book. It is a complete program to teach you how to
market your novels and children's books. And sell tons of books.
God is an unutterable sigh, planted in the depths of the soul.
— Jean Paul Richter
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