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Is Your Book Networking in All the Right Places? Self-Marketing Tips

“Go where you know.”  This holds true in social media networking and marketing your book.  Although the important arenas for connecting with the masses are Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+,  an author may need to go beyond the place where everyone is, and find “where you know” to connect with potential readers. Authors have a specific goal that’s common among them, to sell books.  Creating works of art with words and illustrations, and sharing this creation with their audience is why writers write, whether it be for recognition of their work, promoting an issue, or their chosen career in which to make a living, all good reasons to sell books.   As an author, where are you spending your social media time? There are an immense amount of users on Facebook (800 million), Twitter continues to lead, LinkedIn connects you professionally, and Google+  allows connection more specifically with those in your “circle” of expertise. While each of these networks, and many others not mentioned are truly important in the big picture, authors must figure out how to break them down into …

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The Top 10 Self-Promotion Mistakes

Most of the tips in the following article are related to books and authors, however, no matter what you’re promoting, whether it be an author, website, or *gasp* yourself, this article has some timely advice and pitfalls to avoid. By: Cynthia Sterling (originally posted in 2011) Since most publishers do little to promote individual books or authors, self-promotion can help authors reach the attention of readers, booksellers, reviewers and others who can help forward their careers. But the wrong kind of self-promotion can do more harm than good. Savvy self-promoters avoid the following mistakes: 1. Not targeting your audience, or targeting the wrong audience. Self promotion begins with a plan. Decide who you want your promotion efforts to reach: book sellers, romance readers, other readers? Different types of promotion are effective with different groups. Book sellers might be receptive to Advanced Review Copies (ARCs) of your book, or shelf-talkers or other material that might help them sell the book once it’s in the stores. Readers might be better approached with a bookmark or newsletter. 2. Spamming More …

Giving JOYFULLY: Alternatives to Black Friday and Reducing the Stress of the Perfect Gift!

With all the stories in the news today, Black Friday, expressing the ends to which people will go towards getting that “good deal,” let’s take a serious look at the facts: Wal-Mart Employee Trampled to Death by 2008 Black Friday Shoppers   Gas money spent, at well over $3 a gallon: wasting resources. Getting up in the middle of the night: wasting your resting time. Standing in lines: wasting your emotional well being. Risking danger: just a total waste to put your life at risk. Over spending: in this economy we can’t afford to make impulse buys, a waste of your money. Solutions? When making holiday gifting decisions, think first! Think about your family and friends, the most precious resource. Save gas and stay home with them, enjoy the time you have to spend with them. Bring back the memories, or make new ones. Think about the holiday itself.  You’ve just spent a wonderful day (Thanksgiving) preparing and eating a meal gathered among those you love giving thanks for your many blessings.  Let that experience flow …

The Truth About Your Book Publishing Deal

  If the bookstore sells them – the publishing house get paid money.  If the bookstore doesn’t sell them- they can return all the books if it’s ok to hold the books for several months and then send them back. Archaic? You bet. And still, the vast majority of New York houses embrace the model; and authors scramble to enter into these medieval contracts for the “prestige” of being “under contract.” Authors literally give their rights and souls away for the “honor” of being published by a “real” publisher. Here’s the truth: it’s very, very difficult to get a deal that has any bones to it today. For every Tim Ferris breakout (The Four-Hour Work Week), there are 10,000 wannabes that have books fall on their written faces. Unless you, dear author, land in the top five percent, your big time publishing experience will most likely be one big time let down, sucking wind. Deals are hard to come by; every major publisher is downsizing and editors are downright fearful. We suggest you breathe deeply and consider …

Vito Colucci and Rosemary Harris Talk Mystery and Crime!

Crime Time with Vito Colucci, P.I.  features anything crime related. Current high profile cases or trials are discussed in detail with commentary from experts in law enforcement, investigators and lawyers. Tune in each Sunday night at 11PM Eastern to hear Vito and his guests on Business TalkRadio.  CLICK HERE and hit “Listen Live” for the live show, or you can always listen later by going to the Archives/Podcasts. Vito Colucci, Jr. Vito Colucci, Jr., owner of Colucci Investigations LLC, is a former member of the Stamford, CT Police Department where he worked as a Narcotic’s Detective and Undercover Organized Crime Investigator. One of the main investigations Vito spearheaded during that time was uncovering the organized crime ties within his own police department. Vito has been a private investigator for the past 22 years, working many high profile cases; Michael Skakel/Martha Moxley case, Jayson William’s case, and honeymooner, George Smith’s case . Vito Colucci is a regular commentator on various news programs including: Fox News MSNBC, Catherine Crier/Court TV, Star Jones, Glenn Beck, Nancy Grace, Larry …