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.

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

How to Tuesday; How to Create the Perfect Pre Release Package

Hello Readers,

book-launchGetting ready to release a book is one of the most exciting things as an author. It doesn’t matter if you’ve released a book before or not, releasing your 100thbook compared to your 20this all the same. It’s like having a new baby even when you already have two.  So, when it comes to getting ready to release a book, it’s always a lot of fun.

There are so many fun things you can do to get ready for the release, book tours, blog tours, cover reveals, pre reviews etc. So how can you create the perfect pre-release package? Let’s discuss.

The first thing to sort out is what exactly you want to surround this release. Do you think doing a cover reveal will be more exciting for your book? Is your cover so captivating that people will want to purchase your book off the cover alone? Do a cover reveal.

What about a book tour? Are readers going to flock to you off your reading and presence that they will want to purchase your book for that reason alone? Do you have a good following? This might be the right move for you.

Blog tours are basically the same thing as a book tour, but from the comfort of your own home. Are you trying to gain new followers? Schedule a blog tour.

But, scheduling events is just the icing on the cake. Simple organizing and being prepared for the release goes a long away. Here are a few things you need to make sure are set in motion before the book releases.

  • Has the book been through several rounds of editing
  • Have you updated your website about your coming book
  • Are all social media platforms ready for the book you’ve been promoting since you’ve been writing
  • Have you created logos and graphics to help promote.
  • Is the cover finished
  • Has the synopsis been created
  • Is your bio updated
  • Have you started contacting the media about your release
  • Have you created a release date
  • Most importantly, have you budgeted for this release

If you can put together good events to surround your book and then put together a well-organized list to prepare for the release, you are well on your way to having the perfect pre-release package.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Workshop Discount!

Hello Readers!

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Welcome to the Help Me Create a Page Turning Novel Workshop. In this course, writers will be taken through a four week course that will walk them through the steps to write a novel. At the end of the course, writers will be ready to write their next best seller. The workshop helps the writer get their ideas from their head on to paper so that they can prepare for the organization of their story. 

The course starts on September 1st, 2019 ending on September 24th, 2019. 

Writers will also join a Facebook group to interact with the other writers, networking and discussing various topics. Get the help you need in starting and finishing your novel!

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

How to Tuesday: Develop Subplots

Hello Readers!

Subplots are what I like to call the peanut butter and jelly to a PB&J. If the main story is the bread and we ate it alone, it would be a dull and dry sandwich.

Subplots are a secondary strand of the plot that is a supporting side story for any story or main plot. Subplots support the main story and sometimes the main characters or the sub characters. When one is wanting to develop a subplot, here are a few things to analyze

  • Is there something going on in the main character or sub characters life that can take on a life of its own, yet can’t stand alone without the main story?

If so this is a good subplot. Let’s say for instance Mary is a suspect in murdering her best friend. But she’s also the sister of her best friends husband. Her double life is the subplot. Let’s go a step further and say that Mary is a detective who is well respected in her community who is working on a case about the abduction of a single mother whose husband is most likely the culprit. But Mary is also a contract killer.

  • Is there a situation that is going on in the story that runs along with the main story?

If so, this is a good subplot. Insert your character into this situation. Make your character deal or solve this problem while solving their main problem, which is the main plot.

In order to create subplots, you have to first have built and created good characters. They need to be complex, have issues, have problems. Basically, they need to be human. You have to be able to pull something from them. Going through a divorce, a subplot could include emotional issues. Have abusive tendencies, you could create a subplot about this person abusing another character.

Another way is to pull subplots from the main story. If you had a story that was based off a woman getting over a heart break, you could include her now trying to be a single mother to a son who’s being rebellious, skipping school, having sex, being disrespectful. At the same time, her mother finds out she has cancer. She is then told that she has a new job where she is making three times what she’s currently making but the job is four states over. See the dilemma? The idea is to create conflict. So if you are struggling with sub plot development, you must create conflict within a situation or a character but make sure the characters are authentic, or the conflict won’t be true to your story or your character.

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-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique