What's in a Domain Name: Naming Your Author Website

“What domain name should I choose for my author website?” I get this question from authors all the time. So here are some guidelines and tips. You need to decide on your domain name before you launch your author website, and you should probably decide before you develop your website because it could impact the design if it becomes the title, or name, of your site.

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4 Things to Avoid When Dealing with the Media

Frustration between media and authors can be a frequent occurrence. And warranted on both sides. But since the media ultimately holds the power when it comes to what they decide to cover, here are a few tips to help you avoid certain things that could keep you from having a spot!

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3 Steps to Better Book Marketing Ideas

Did you ever try to solve a jig-saw puzzle? It’s simple, right? The picture on the cover of the box shows you how the completed puzzle should look, so all you have to do is organize and connect all the pieces. Now think of your publishing journey as the puzzle. You have your vision of the end result, but you have to create the pieces to complete it. So when it comes to book marketing, sometimes it's just in how you frame your approach.

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Book Marketing Print Collateral Do’s and Don’ts

You put a ton of effort into getting the perfect cover for your book and the perfect image for your publisher imprint that best represents your author brand. Now, it’s time to apply the same level of effort to creating awesome printed collateral to execute some of your book marketing. In other words, we’re talking about swag. The best pieces of swag are those a fan can keep using long after he or she has read your book. Here’s how you can make your swag the one readers hang on to.

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What Self-Publishers Can Learn from the 2018 Bestselling Books

Publisher’s Weekly shared a list of 2018 bestselling books so far in this article, published on July 9. The books on the 2018 bestselling books list are all traditionally published, but that’s one of the best places to look for insight as a self-publishing author. Looking to the successes of traditionally published books is an easy way to learn from those with more money and years of publishing experience than you may have. In this blog we’ll break down some key takeaways self-publishers can learn from bestselling books.

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How to Write a Press Release - Part Two: Body Copy

You can generate more book publicity, sell more books, and become more profitable if you follow several simple techniques for writing promotional material sent to business buyers. These are people in corporations, associations, schools, and other non-retail organizations.

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How to Write a Press Release - Part One: Headlines

Book publicity is the least expensive and perhaps most productive of the promotional strategies used to generate exposure for books. And a press release is the tool most commonly used to stimulate publicity. However, too many publishers' press releases go unheeded because of one major mistakethey write their press releases about their books.

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How to Create an Author Brand

When you self-publish a book, you’re probably the one doing everything for it. Beyond being its author, you’re its publisher and its entire book marketing team. You want people to read your bookwhat publisher doesn’t?and so to make that happen, you’ve got to do all you can to get your book into your target audience’s hands. Before you can do that, you need to define who you are and what a reader can expect from you. How? A good place to start is where other creatives begin to promote their work: with solid branding.

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Search Engine Optimization: Basic SEO Tips Every Author Website Needs

Ok, so you were convinced that you must have an author website, you now have one, or will have one soon, and now people start mentioning SEO and how important it is. And maybe you start getting emails telling you how you are missing out on website traffic, that you must purchase their services or you will end up at the bottom of the Google barrel, never found by anyone. Then they mention the dreaded meta tags. The stress level rises. All you wanted to do was write a book.

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How Authors Can Leverage Social Media

Social media is a useful tool for promoting virtually any product. That’s why authors should embrace it. With social media, authors can build their author platform and generate hype for an upcoming book launch while also promoting titles that have already been published.

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