Book Marketing 105: Choosing a Book Distribution System - This vital mini-guide includes criteria for deciding how you will distribute your books. Also includes complete information on 30 distributors, 4 library distributors, 89 book publishers who also distribute for other publishers, 3 sales representatives to the chains, 27 bookstore wholesalers, 34 library wholesalers, and 23 Spanish-language wholesalers. Plus a sample book distribution contract. Ebook download, $30.00.
Top 700 Independent Bookstores - This database features 740 stores with address, book buyer, owner, event coordinator, phone, fax, email, website, and more! Cost: $40.00. This data file features an updated list of the largest indie bookstores that work with authors and buy books from indie publishers. The report comes as a data file download (your choice of Microsoft Access, Excel, or rich text format). The data files do require that you know how to use a database or word-processing program.
Interviews with John Kremer
"Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn't carry a book around for those inevitable dead spots in life." - Stephen King
Few joys rival being outside on a beautiful day in the company of a good book. - Oprah Winfrey
More great quotes at http://www.quotablebooks.com
The Art of Living: Artists, Poets, Photographers, Architects, Designers, Cartoonists, Writers, Novelists, and Critics on Art and Life: http://amzn.to/ccAJh8
The Business of Life: Business people and others on life, business, careers, the workplace, economics, investments, jobs, money, and more: http://amzn.to/bXp3Pd
How to Act: Advice on How to Live and Act from Actors, Models, Comedians, Directors, Producers, Playwrights, and Screenwriters: http://bit.ly/bJnqvz
The Big Bad Book of Blonde Jokes: http://amzn.to/9hdFRr
In this issue . . .
- Publish an Ebook Today Using Kindle - New developments
- Don't believe in 10,000,000 eyeballs? How about 15,000 eyeballs?
- Page 99 Test - Feature a sample page of your book and sell more books
- Tweets you can use
- See you at the Florida Publishers Association
- How to Create a New York Times or Amazon.com Bestseller
- Book interview and giveaway program
Publish an Ebook Today Using Amazon's Kindle - New developments
Don't forget to attend tonight's webinar with Daniel Hall and John Kremer on how to get your ebooks up on Amazon's Kindle platform within an hour.
This webinar is Wednesday, October 6th, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time, 6:00 p.m. Pacific.
Space is limited. Reserve your free webinar seat now at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/905029264.
Important facts about the Kindle: 44% of Kindle owners make more than $80,000 a year (Nielson); 83% of their parents would allow or encourage their children to read books on an e-reader (New York Times); 27% of Kindle owners have Master’s degrees or doctorates (Nielson); for every 100 hardcover books Amazon is selling, it sells 143 Kindle ebooks (Jeff Bezos); and some publishers are now considering including advertising in their ebooks (Wall Street Journal).
New developments about ebooks:
=> Barnes & Noble has just launched PubIt!, a digital self-publishing platform that allows authors and self-publishers to publish ebooks for the B&N platforms. The neat thing is that PubIt! will convert your Microsoft Word, text, or HTML files to ePub format at no cost! Details on this new service here: http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=pi_reg_home. PubIt! support: http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=support.
=> http://www.zinepal.com allows users to convert a blog or website to a PDF, ePub, or Kindle ebook. Try it out. See if it works for you.
=> Amazon now offers a Kindle program to allow anyone to read a Kindle ebook via the web. Details: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/?docId=1000579091.
=> Read the above Amazon page because it also tells you how you can embed a Kindle ebook sample on your blog or website and earn referral fees from sales.
Don't believe in 10,000,000 eyeballs? How about 15,000 eyeballs?
I've found that many authors hesitate to order my Ten Million Eyeballs course because they don't believe I can deliver on that promise. Alas. So I've decided to offer another, more believable program: Get 15,000 eyeballs in one week or less - my new 15,000 Eyeballs Program. Just $50.00. And you can repeat this program as often as you want to get another 15,000 eyeballs, and another 15,000 eyeballs, and another 15,000 eyeballs, or more! It's a strategy you should be able to implement in one hour or less and duplicate as often as you like.
There is no sales letter for this program. The entire promotion is detailed in the above paragraph. To sign up for this 15,000 Eyeballs Program, click here: http://bit.ly/9WJM79.
Page 99 Test - Feature a sample page of your book and sell more books
Novelist Ford Madox Ford once said that you can "open the book to page 99 and the quality of the whole will be revealed to you." Someone is now putting his idea to the test by launching http://www.page99test.com in a few weeks. This new site will allow any authors (or aspiring authors) to upload the 99th page of their books and allow readers to comment on whether they would buy or like to read the rest of their books.
Another blog already offers a similar service (although the uploads are moderated). Check out http://page99test.blogspot.com.
Check out your own book. Would your page 99 convince you to buy your own book? Test it with other readers and friends. If you like your page 99, then submit it to the above websites. They could help you sell more books.
Tweets you can use
Be sure to read and follow these tweets. There are some great book marketing lessons and tips included within these short tweets.
=> Now 500 booksellers on the Twitter bookstore list - http://twitter.com/#!/JohnKremer/bookstores
=> Apparently you can't create a Twitter list larger than 500, so the Indie Bookstore list will remain at 500. Alas.
=> 23 bookstores and booksellers on http://twitter.com/#!/JohnKremer/bookstores2 (2nd list, 1st list has 500 booksellers)
=> Join me on Wed 10/6 at 9 pm Eastern for a webinar on how to publish an ebook on Kindle in one hour or less - http://bit.ly/bcYhtg
=> Want to sell your ebooks on great eproduct sales sites? Check out http://www.bookmarket.com/eproducts.htm
=> Looking for a great list of video-sharing websites? Check out http://www.bookmarket.com/videosharing.htm
Follow more of John's tweets at http://twitter.com/johnkremer
See you at the Florida Publishers Association
This weekend, on October 9th, I will be speaking at the Florida Publishers Association's Publishing Ed-U Conference in Sarasota, Florida. I'll be giving two dynamic presentations: The 10 Most Important Things I've Learned in 25 Years of Marketing Books and The 10 Most Important Priorities When Launching a New Book. Details here: http://bit.ly/bkiD5j
How to Create a New York Times or Amazon.com Bestseller
At the recent 21st Century Book Marketing Event, I made a special offer to all the attendees. I thought I should extend that offer to you. Here it is:
Buy my New York Times Bestseller Program for only $497, and get all the following as bonuses:
Book Marketing Magic: How to Sell Your Novel, Children's Book, Memoir or Nonfiction Book Like a Pro by John Kremer -- This multimedia program (consisting of ebooks, reports, audio seminars, and videos) teaches anyone the latest effective techniques for marketing books, especially the so-called hard-to-market books: novels, memoirs, poetry, and children's books. Includes Nine Ways to Sell Your Book, Especially for Novelists and The Ten Most Important Priorities When Launching a Book - value $127.00.
1/2 hour personal book marketing consultation with John Kremer - value: $250.00.
Ten Million Eyeballs Internet Marketing Self-Study Coursewhich details the 4 major ways to expose your book, your ideas, your website, and yourself to ten million people via the Internet. This online course also shows you how to create relationships with the top 30 websites for your key audience and your key search terms - value $500.00.
Top 700 Independent Bookstores database in Excel format. All the details you could want to contact the top 750 indie bookstores in the U.S. (and a few in Canada as well). Useful for selling books, setting up bookstore appearances, and setting up reading group discussions - value: $40.00.
Children's Book Consultation where John goes into detail on how to market a children's book - value: $39.97.
Read more on How to Create a New York Times or Amazon.com Bestseller by clicking here: http://www.bookmarket.com/nytbests.htm
To order the program plus the bonuses, click here: http://bit.ly/9zyKPD
When you place your order, I'll know right away and will send you info on how to redeem all the bonuses as well. By the time you finish the New York Times bestseller program or any of the bonuses, you'll find yourself ready and able to sell a lot more books. These are the same strategies I've taught to New York Times bestselling authors and million-selling self-publishers over the past ten years (the latest techniques from my 25 years in book publishing).
Book interview and giveaway program
Here's something that Linda Clarke, one of the members of The Book Marketing Network (http://www.thebookmarketingnetwork.com), is doing that is getting her website some great traffic:
There is something else that I'm doing that seems to be working really well. Every Monday I post an interview of an author with a book giveaway. This seems to attract a lot of people to my site because they want to meet a new author and perhaps win a free book. I just ask the commenter to post something they liked about the interview.
My blog is family friendly, and I only post books that are for children, young adults, and adults who want to read clean books. It's fun and I get to know so many authors this way. I've found out that many authors are just as human as I am. I love it. In fact, I've been receiving requests from authors, asking if I would interview them and host a giveaway of their book. I've even had a few bestselling authors ask for an interview.
So far, I'm now booked up until December. I never imagined this would become so popular. I just thought I would do it for fun, hoping to draw attention to my blog. By the way, we're here to help one another, right? So if there are any authors here at Book Marketing Network that would like me to interview them and let my followers get to know you, I would be glad to. My blog site is http://lindaweaverclarke.blogspot.com.
Any author with a website or blog can duplicate what Linda is doing. Invite related authors to an interview and book giveaway. If you need to find some other authors to network with, join the free author network at: http://www.thebookmarketingnetwork.com.
Sometimes it's risky never to take a risk. - Harvey Mackay
Next: Encouraging people to tweet your book or service / getting your books the distribution they deserve / author success stories / tweets you can use / Do you want to be a celebrity? / blog carnivals / Any New Books?