Upcoming Workshop; The Organization to Fiction Writing

Hello Readers!!

normal_The_Organization_of_Fiction_Writing_Workshop-1In this workshop we will break down each section in your book. The beginning, the middle, the climax, the preparation for the ending and then the ending. We will discuss prologues and epilogues. This course is five weeks. You will be able to start and complete your novel during this one on one workshop.

Everything is online and all assignments are broken down into five weeks. So pace yourself and have fun while writing your book.

Writers will also join a Facebook group to interact with the other writers, networking and discussing various topics. Let’s start and finish your novel this year!

This course starts on October 28th, 2019 and ends on November 29th, 2019.

Reserve your spot today!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Authors in business; Buffer

Hello Readers!

Happy Thursday!

image1So today I want to introduce to you a new app, if you’ve never heard of it, it’s called Buffer. Buffer is a social media app that allows you to post on various social media accounts. It can be used for free if you use up to three accounts but you will have to pay a subscription for more.

I have been using this app for a long time. I used to use Hootsuite but I just didn’t like the format anymore. Then when I found Buffer, I was in love. I think Buffer upped their prices and this is why I started using the free account. However, the free account is enough for me.

If you promote on Instagram, you can also post on your Twitter and Facebook account if they are connected. So I use the free account to post on Instagram and then post on Twitter and Facebook. BTW: the app alerts you when it’s time to post to your account.

You create posts in the app and then schedule them. You are able to schedule up to ten posts. I love Buffer.

This app is great for anyone who needs help in promoting on social media. I call this my social media assistant!

Check it out in your app store!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Authors in Business; 4 Elements to Selling a Book Online

Hello Readers!

I-Wrote-A-BookSo last week on Wednesday I wrote a blog about the five elements to selling a book in a book store. Today I want to talk about the four elements of selling a book online.

If you missed the blog last week, check it out here.

So the question is what makes a person buy a book when they go into a book store. What makes someone pick your book over the hundreds of books that are in the store if they didn’t have the intentions of buying your book?

When we go to an online store such as Books a Million, Barnes and Noble, Amazon or iBooks, we browse in different genres, look for our favorite titles but most times, there are new releases advertised on the home page. Books that are on sale or books that are relevant to your resent searches.

So what are the four elements to selling a book online? Let’s take a look.

  1. It’s going to be the cover/title. That’s for sure. No matter where any reader is, it’s going to be the cover and title that gets the readers attention.
  2. The reader is then going to click on the cover and read the synopsis. The synopsis should be error free and detailed enough to sell the book after the cover.
  3. If the synopsis is good enough for their liking, they are then going to the reviews. Now this can’t be done in a book store, however, readers who are browsing online are going to read the reviews. This is why you want to promote readers to leave reviews. Reviews are extremely important. They can sell your book.
  4. After readers read the reviews and are sold they will do one of two things. They will either download the sample or download the book. 

So in the elements of selling a book online, there are only four but the elements are mostly the same. Make sure the cover can sell. Make sure the synopsis can sell. Make sure readers are leaving reviews. Sell them with the first paragraph or chapter of the book. And if a reader decides to go outside of the book store or the online store, make sure your website sells them. Make sure your social media sites and bios sell you and your work. Cross all your “T’s” and dot all of your “I’s”.

Sell your books in any way you can. All elements are important.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Motivational Monday; Not Everything is Shaped like a Square

Hello Readers and Happy Monday!

Dare-To-Be-Different-LogoNot every day is going to be shaped like a square, four even sides. Some days are going to bend a little more to the left, a little more to the right. Some days may seem like they are a circle that just keeps going. What should be so motivating about this is that every day is different. Last Monday might have been the worst. Last month but have been unbearable. However, that does not determine what this week will be like or what today will be like.

Hold on to the fact that everything is changing. Nothing stays the same. There will always be good days and there will always be bad days. Get motivated!

Do not worry about what it was like yesterday…get motivated that everyday is not the same!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

Become a VIP Client 50% Discount

Hello Readers!

DMP has a sale going on this week. Our VIP package is 50% off this week and it ends tomorrow!

Becoming a VIP client allows you to customize the services we offer to fit your needs. This subscription is on a month to month bases and can be stopped at anytime.

Subscribers can pick between any 3-4 services to be provided to them once a month.

Such as:

Synopsis editing/writing

Bio editing/writing

Manuscript critiquing

Story organization

Target marketing

Publication progress

Writing coach

Media kits

Press release creation

Writing/web content

And more!

If you think this might be something you’re interested in, contact us today!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

Authors in Business; 5 Elements to Selling a Book in a Book store

Hello Readers!

I-Wrote-A-Book

Did you know there are five elements that sell your book when you aren’t around? They do this selling when you aren’t able to say, “Hey! This is a good book. Buy it!”

When a reader is in the store, do you ever wonder what exactly gets them to purchase your book amongst the hundreds of other books in the store if they didn’t come in to buy your book intentionally? Let me tell you what it is.

  1. The cover/The title. This grabs the readers attention immediately if they don’t know you. If they did, it would be your name alone but the first thing to grab a readers attention is the cover and/or title.
  2. Now that they have the book in their hands, they are flipping it over and reading the synopsis. You’ve reached step two. Good job on having an eye catching cover.
  3. The next element to sell your book is the first line, maybe even the first paragraph. If the reader has time to open the book and read the first line, you are more than half way there to getting this reader to buy your book. If you sell them on the first line or paragraph, then the reader is headed to step four.
  4. The price. There’s really nothing you can do about this step. If the price is right and their want for the book is great enough, they will buy it.
  5. The last two steps go together so technically there’s six but most of the time readers stop at five. It’s the bio. If your bio is on your book as it should be, the bio should sell them. If this is a series or you’ve written quite a few books in the genre or been around for some time or simply are a new author all of this should be in your bio and they should be interested enough to want to buy it. Now after they’ve done all of this, most readers, like myself, go online and google the author. They look for websites, social media pages, amazon author pages and more. And this should seal the deal in purchasing your book.

This is why it is so important for authors to have every one of these elements well put together because you just never know what is going to cause the reader to buy your book.

Tune in next Wednesday when I discuss the these five elements and apply them to purchasing a book online.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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How to Tuesday; How to Create a Landing Page

Hello readers!!

3594980022A landing page is a page where your readers, followers will land after they’ve clicked your link. Creating a landing page is extremely easy however, understanding why you should have one is the tricky part.

When we are asking for directions to a destination, we are hoping that the person giving the directions will give us point A and point B directions. Sometimes those directions come A.1 and A.2 and A.3. 1-3 is unnecessary. We just want to know what to do to specifically get there. This is exactly how your readers and followers feel.

If you are advertising your book, and you are giving away a discount or something and you want your readers to get there, you don’t want them to be stopped along the way. You want them to have clear instructions on what to do to receive the item. This is where a landing page comes into play.

You should have a link or page that is the final place the reader or follower needs to go to get to what they need. It’s as simple as that. When they click your link, it should tell them exactly what you were advertising. They shouldn’t get a ‘wait there’s more’ message. If you are giving them a free book, take them to the free book page so all they have to do is grab it.

So how do you create a landing page?

Simple (but first there’s more)

Your social media cannot be a landing page unless all you want them to do is to follow you on that social media page. Social media will cause people to go searching and we don’t want this when it comes to landing pages.

So, you need to make sure your landing page is coming from your website. You will create a separate page that’s all about what you are offering or what you want the reader or follower to do. On this page it should only include a sign up or purchase link or anything that’s hardly anything else you want them to do.

The goal for a landing page is for the reader or follower to simply land…and do nothing else.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominque L. Watson

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