Writer to Writer

May 2012 - Issue One

 

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EDITORIAL:

 

Thank you to everyone who sent me an email of support following my last newsletter.

Your support and good wishes are greatly appreciated.

Things are definitely improving on the home front, and now it looks like we'll get the sort of support (for the grandchildren) that we should have had already.

We've got appointments organised for the near future, that will hopefully provide some assistance and respite.

Before I get onto this issue, I'd like to share some marketing information I stumbled on recently.

You may have heard of GoodReads, but regardless of whether you have or not, if you're like me, you would have no idea they have some free marketing available for authors.

Any author can create a free account and add their books, reviews etc.  What I wasn't aware of was the fact you can have a 'giveaway' on their site, which is virtually hands free.

You must have an account to do this, but once you have an account, just go to 'Explore' across the top of the page, then choose 'giveaways'.

On the right hand side is a link to 'list a giveaway'. Now go ahead and add the details of your giveaway, including how many books you are giving away. Once approved, you'll receive an email from the admin.

They do all the administration, including selecting a winner.

The only cost to the author is the cost of the prize.

In my case, I chose to giveaway one copy of my book.  I chose a three-week window to run the giveaway so that it wasn't a long drawn out affair, but you can run it over whatever period of time you want.  Some people only run it over a week.

In my case, 878 people joined in my giveaway.  That means 878 people - who may have never heard of me or my book - eyeballed my book, and were presented with a brief overview of the story.  What you add in the way of a description is up to you as the author.

In addition to those 878 people learning about my book, 43 of them added my book to their to-read list on their GoodReads account.

I don't for one moment expect each of those people to buy or even read my book, but guess what?  They just increased the exposure of my book.  The reason is when they add my book to their list of books to read, everyone who goes to their page sees my book cover and sees a blurb about my book.

All of this is totally free - except for the cost of sending a copy of the book to the winner, who incidentally, is chosen totally by automated selection by GoodReads.

At this point I don't know if it's increased sales of my book, but any opportunity for me to get my book in front of new readers is a bonus, and if I can do that for just $14 (the cost of my book via Book Depository) then I think it's worthwhile.

I'm looking at doing this every 2-3 months, but I'll wait and see how it pans out sales-wise.

I also wanted to let you know about "Your Daily Success Plan" I found recently.  This has been offered by my friend Dennis Becker, and he's giving it to you for free.

http://nanacast.com/vp/105689/107310/

This is a 139 page pdf and has been sold for $47 in the past, so you're definitely getting a bargain.

I can't tell you much about "Your Daily Success Plan" because I've only just downloaded it myself, but I can tell you that I've known Dennis for quite some time now and have always been impressed with his ethics.

Okay, now onto this issue.

Dawn Carrington's series of articles on book trailers has now finished.  Our article from Dawn this time around is about finding content for your website.

Til next time…

 

p.s. Kevin Riley has kept the low price on his Product Creation Lab Private Workshop.  You can read my review here, or click here to go directly to Kevin's website.

 

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Finding New Content
for Your Website


ęDawn Carrington - All Rights Reserved

 

How many times have you visited a website only to discover it had not been updated in six months or even a year? How is a reader supposed to know you’re still writing if you don’t refresh your pages now and again? The mere existence of a website doesn’t give a reader much information.

Any reader who visits your website wants to see recent information. They want to return a week later and see more news has been added. Why? Because you wouldn’t go to a grocery store week after week if you thought for one instant their stock had not been upgraded or they ran the same sales week in and week out.

It’s all about creativity. Constantly changing your content will bring visitors back to your site and the article, 10 Website Essentials to Increase Your Sales which you can read here provides a list of excellent pointers, one of which is providing your visitors with fresh content on a continual basis. Ms. Lowery even lists several websites which provide free articles for publication on your website. So if you want to sell books, but you just don’t have time to pen articles as well, these places might be an excellent source for new content.

Here are some other helpful ideas to keep your website fresh:

Add polls. Ask your readers what they think about something that’s important to you, or just ask them to vote for their favorite cover of yours. Post the winning cover on the front page of your website as a Reader Favorite. It’s a great way to keep visitors involved.


 

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