Easy E-Book Promotion Tips

Written by Lisa Maliga

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Join e-groups. Yahoo is where youíll find online communities on a myriad of subjects. And if you donít find what youíre looking for, you can always create your own. The purpose of joining e-groups is to let people know your e-book exists. Therefore, if you wrote a novel, youíll want to persuade readers to take a look at your book. You donít want to hard sell them, risking ejection fromrepparttar group, but you do want to get a feel ofrepparttar 108521 online community and ease into your promotional tactic. If youíve written a non-fiction book aboutrepparttar 108522 Civil War, youíll want to investigate any group affiliated with that time period. Should your e-book be concerned with savingrepparttar 108523 whales,repparttar 108524 groups that are environmentally conscious, along with whale lovers associations, are categories to check out. Fiction writers can become associated with other authors, but donít expect to rack up too many sales from them! You will oftentimes receive excellent advice and probably make countless online pals. Always read whatrepparttar 108525 groupís rules are and follow them. For example, Iím a member of a few soap making e-groups and know which ones accept advertising and those that forbid any type of promotion.

Write Articles. You have a distinct advantage over someone who doesnít like crafting words and wants to sell their product online but canít even think up an opening sentence, let alone several hundred words worth of literate text. Depending uponrepparttar 108526 subject of your e-book, you can always count on one thing Ė youírerepparttar 108527 resident expert when it comes to that book you wrote. Should you have a hide-under-the-covers horror story or a derring do romance/adventure saga, you can always find an online outlet to freely market your tale. You might write aboutrepparttar 108528 geographical aspects of your bookís Scottish setting in a travel magazine or on a Scottish online site. Maybe your book on how to crochet will be widely received byrepparttar 108529 crocheting community after you contribute an article [with a byline including your bookís URL of course!] to a crafting site. Well-written articles are always appreciated and as long as you have a byline, youíll notice an increase in sales.

Yahoo Display Classified Ads While there are many places online that offer free classifieds, Yahoo display classifieds are definitely a good place to begin. Why? Yahoo is well known. The ads are free. You can include a photo of your bookís cover. And you can see how many people actually looked at your advertisement. Just remember it runs for 30 days and it has to be renewed monthly.

Due to space limitations I can only listrepparttar 108530 other methods of online e-book promotion such as getting reviews, sending out press releases, posting on message/bulletin boards, and being interviewed. Remember,repparttar 108531 more time you devote to publicizing your e-book,repparttar 108532 more sales that are likely to result from your efforts.

For more information about Lisa Maligaís writing, e-publishing, onsite newsletter, unique recipes and various other topics, visit Lisaís Library of Writing at http://www.lisamaliga.com.

How Not To Get Published

Written by Michael LaRocca

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You see where I'm leading by now. I wrote two new novels, and signed contracts to publish all three novels plusrepparttar new short story collection in 2001.

It's a common sight among new writers, and really it's a bit sad. People who haverepparttar 108520 story --repparttar 108521 part that can't be learned -- but tell it badly. They rush in onrepparttar 108522 adrenaline high that all authors know so well, then get rejected and give up.

What defines a great story? That depends on which reader you ask. If you're writing a story that moves you, someone somewhere with similar tastes will like it. Some stories will be more popular than others, but every story will be considered great by someone. But if it's badly written,repparttar 108523 reader will simply putrepparttar 108524 book down and read something else.

As a teenaged author, gathering up enough rejection slips to wallpaperrepparttar 108525 room, I didn't give up. I just got arrogant and decided "You don't understand me, ya eejit." That's no solution either. Nor is paying to be published.

Nope, if you want to get published, learn how to tell your story. Spelling, grammar, punctuation, pacing, dialogue... all that stuff that you may have slept through in high school will become second nature with enough practice.

I did quite well in high school English, byrepparttar 108526 way, but it's not like they taught pacing and dialogue and real story-telling there. To learn that, you've gotta read. But that's no problem for an author. If you don't enjoy reading, I don't think you can write something that others will enjoy reading.

Also, you must listen torepparttar 108527 criticisms. Accept some and reject others, but always listen. I believerepparttar 108528 Internet makes it much easier to get those criticisms.

I work as an editor now, and one of my authors told me that he sees movies inside his head. It shows in his writing! I don't write that way, unfortunately, but I still know how he feels. When "the Muse" pays me a visit, I've gotta write it down as fast as it comes to me. That'srepparttar 108529 one part that can't be packaged, taught or mass-produced. That part comes from you,repparttar 108530 author, and no one else can do itrepparttar 108531 way that you do.

Kurt Vonnegut, whose works I greatly admire, writes one sentence at a time, and makes each one perfect before he beginsrepparttar 108532 next. But I don't write like that, nor do most ofrepparttar 108533 authors I know. We just let it fly, then go back and fix it later.

But if you don't want to get published, don't go back and fix it. Pass that raw copy around to your friends and family and let them tell you how wonderful it is for fear of hurting your feelings. Then send it torepparttar 108534 publishers and collectrepparttar 108535 rejection letters. That's what I did "in my younger days," and I wasn't published.

It took me twenty years to learn my lesson. It would genuinely make me feel good to hear that most writers aren't taking quite so long.

Oh, and whenrepparttar 108536 day comes that you finally are published, it's best not to sleep until 11:00 PM Eastern Standard Time and hear about it inrepparttar 108537 wonderful but chaotic way that I did. (Not that you can know what day that'll be.) I barely had time to bask inrepparttar 108538 moment before I had to fire uprepparttar 108539 publicity machine and see how many copies I could sell.

I'm very proud of VIGILANTE JUSTICE, byrepparttar 108540 way, and not just because itís an EPPIE 2002 finalist inrepparttar 108541 Thriller category. I wrote what I like to read; something that says what I want to say, and my readers are genuinely enjoying it. That's why I write.

Michael is an American living in Hong Kong. He has been working as a full-time author for over two years and as an editor for over a year. He has 4 novels scheduled for publication. Heís proud of the fact that he rarely writes in the same genre twice. One of his novels is an EPPIE 2002 in the Thriller category. His website is at http://free_reads.tripod.com.

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