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

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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Motivational Monday; Coming out of your Comfort Zone to get Motivated

Hello Readers! And Happy Monday!

images-2Coming out of your comfort zone can cause anxiety for a lot of people. If you are anything like me, you are a person of habit. You get the same thing from your favorite ice cream store. You get the same toppings on your pizza. You drink your coffee the same way every morning. So, when it comes to coming out of your comfort zone, it’s hard.

But I encourage you to come out of your comfort zone and try something new. If you are stuck and need to be motivated, come out of your comfort zone. This will for sure motivate you to get back into doing what you love and you never know, you might find something new that you love.

Don’t sit around waiting to get motivated…get out there and find something to be motivated about.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Release Day Blitz Pied (Once Upon A Villain Book 7) by Brooklyn Knight

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She cannot see me, but she can hear me; and that is all I’ll need to make her fall in love… with me.

 

Everything I’ve ever needed, is right here in my Paradise, including the whining brats I led away from their parents eons ago with my magical flute; but when that sorceress, Celeste Dubois, shows up and suggests that things need to change – that I need to change, I know she has lost her mind. That is, until she presents me with a brown beauty named Melodie, who awakens something deep inside me with her own music. I thought I had everything, but suddenly, I’m considering that maybe I don’t. I’m full of magic and music, but will those be enough to win Melodie’s heart? Especially when she learns that I’m the villain she despises from the folktales of old?

 

I can’t see him, but his music is like magic, and it restores my belief in true love.

 

Patrick appeared out of nowhere – not that I can actually see him, but the aura and the vibe he carries is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. Sometimes, I think I can actually see his radiance, and when he plays that flute of his, the sound is like healing magic. But my son, Rafael, has reservations. He says he recognizes Patrick from somewhere, though he’s not totally sure. Rafael is my eyes. I want to follow his lead, the way I always do, but Patrick is like magic, and his music is beckoning me closer…

**READER ALERT**
This story contains extremely passionate and descriptive sex scenes. Not suitable for readers under the age of 18 years, or those who may be offended by somewhat graphic descriptions of sexual encounters. This story also contains scenes which include expletives. Brooklyn’s characters exhibit real emotions and desires, and though she is their creator, she is also very sensitive to their needs and wants, and works in partnership with them to create their unique HEAs.

***Each book in the ‘Once Upon A Villain’ series is a standalone. This series does not have to be read in order. Be sure to read the other books in the series here.***

Publication DateSeptember 13, 2019
SeriesOnce Upon A Villain Book 7
GenreMulticultural & Interracial Romance, Paranormal Romance, Romance
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ABOUT BROOKLYN KNIGHT

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Brooklyn Knight was born and raised in the beautiful islands of Bermuda, where she currently resides. She is the mother of three and the wife of one.

By day, Brooklyn uses her Clinical Mental Health Therapy Master’s degree and works as a high school Adjustment Counselor. By night, after family time, and after every one is fast asleep, she burns the midnight oil completing assignments for her doctoral program and designing characters to go along with the narratives in her head.

Since self-publishing her debut-novel in July 2018, she has sold almost 10,000 books, accrued more than 1.6 million page-reads in Kindle Unlimited, been invited to international author conferences and expos, and has been featured on local and online radio programs and podcasts. She is the founder of 16 Weeks to Published: The Ultimate Writer’s Workshop, where she assists aspiring authors in achieving success with their own stories.

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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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Upcoming Workshop: Creative Writing

Hello Readers,

The Creative Writing Workshop is coming to DMP on August 24th.

21730953_10212734019179362_2148778960585649880_nJoin in a seven day workshop that will help bring out your creative juices through writing prompts. Writing prompts will give you the inspiration and ideas to push through your own story. These prompts are specifically for writers who are having a hard time seeing the vision of their story.

Writers will join a group on Facebook to be able to network with their fellow writers.  Writers will have the freedom to go through all seven lessons at their own pace being sure to turn in all of their work by the end of the desired day.

Writers will receive questions about the days prompt in hopes to get writers really thinking about the exercise and then apply the days work to their own work.

It will give writers the ability to network, draw ideas from this workshop to their own stories and novels as well as get the help and guidance they need for their story.

Get more info and see what others are saying about this workshop!

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Guest Blog: To the Beat of my Book

Article by: Ashley Robinson

book-headphones“I met this girl when I was nine years old and what I love most she has so much soul. She was old school and I was just a shorty never knew that through my life she’d be there for me”. Lyrics from rapper/actor Common’s “I use to love her” paints a perfect picture of childhood love. The same way lyrics can tell a story, it can also inspire or provoke more depth to an author’s tale.

Both arts seem to always coincide. Songs and books create feelings, evoke thought as well as vivid imagery. It allows imagination that is from a consumer standpoint. What about a business standpoint? How do the two arts collide?

Simple, both artists and authors are faced with giving the fans what they want. This isn’t a easy task! Everyone has an opinion just like everyone has an asshole. Face it you’re not going to please everyone.

You’re music and book isn’t for everyone. You’ll have to zone in on your Target Audience. And even then you can’t please everyone. Also, artists and writers are faced with contracts that may or may not affect royalties (payouts). Also, protecting them from plagiarism of any kind.

Note: Authors using song lyrics in books shouldn’t use more than four bars.

What sets the bar any higher for music and books to coexist is the constant song titles or lyric quotes that become urban book titles such as “Love even when it hurts” the song by  Avant then turned into “Love even if it hurts” the book by Tamicka Higgins. You see it’s easy to intertwine the two.

Music can create books but books can create music as well. Song lyrics are made up of vast vocabulary that is either learned from the street and/or book i.e. Webster’s dictionary and/or published sonnets. Artists must have a decent love of words and wordplay to make words rhyme such as wine and time or to elevate complexity with a metaphor such as “You’re immature like roger so go home!” (lyrics from Wale’s Fuck you ). The double meanings in that metaphor is situational and educational via words. Let me explain! The character Roger from the hit 90’s television series Sister, Sister played by Marques Houston was in a singing group called Immature. The word immature in the context meaning child- like. The television show itself is reminiscent of childhood while the person wale is addressing in the song is a level of childish. Wordplay and meanings both affect music and books. But that’s more for another blog, another day.

About the Writer:

Ashley robinson, born at st. agnes hospital in west Baltimore in October 1990 to teen parents paulette and cedric had a stereotypical upbringing. Once her father was incarcerated ashley was raised by mother paulette whom had the support system of her parents elaine and joseph lyle. While mom was at school and/or work or church Ashley found her love of writing at home with her grandmother whom taught her to write and read cursive at the tender age of five so that she was quiet during the young and the restless. Ashleys love for writing grew and her curiousity peeked for words and story telling. At the age of seven she began crafting short stories and poetry that she often present at school for showing tell. Now as an adult and mother of one she wants nothing more then to have her work as a muse for those who want to follow their passion and needs life lessons learned through the pages. Ashley currently resides in maryland where she pre- school teaches, donates to charties, and working toward more entrepurneal affairs. Her debut novel released august 2016 entitled Imani. The series can be currently found on amazon.

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The Importance of Business Mentorship

Hello Readers!!

images-9I’ve had the pleasure of having many people who have been there done that in business help me get to the next level…we call them mentors.

It’s very important to have a mentor in whatever business you are in. It’s hard to find now a days, to be honest. Too many people are afraid of others who are on their tails for the title of success and no one wants to share. But every now and then you find someone who’s willing to be of help.

Having a mentor is also good because they can answer questions you may not have been able to answer yourself.  Business mentors should push, motivate and encourage you in business. When you find the one mentor to give you what you need to succeed in business, make sure to build on that relationship.

Now having a mentor doesn’t mean you need someone in any type of business to help you. It’s better to find a mentor in the same business you are in. If you are in design and your mentor is in construction, the two of you won’t be able to relate much. Finding a mentor in your own business field is a must. You can find a business mentor by simply making connections with people in your line of work or hiring someone who’s speciality is mentoring.

Anyone can be a mentor but people feel more comfortable with someone who has some years invested in what they are doing, someone who has some experience under their belt. Build your resume to reflect your experience. Make yourself welcoming and open to mentoring.

Whether you are looking for a mentor or looking to become a mentor, think about this one important thing: Help is always needed. Accept it and/or provide it! Remember where you were a few years ago in the beginning of your business…looking for help and wondering how to get started.

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Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique

Keep Good Business Relationships

Hello Readers!

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Business relationships are very important.  They are two sided just like any other relationship, require a bit of compromising and are sometimes bridges you don’t want to burn.

If you are in a business, any type of business, eventually you will build relationships. Some business associates you will speak with more, tend to help more, tend to partner with more. No matter what you do in the relationship, it’s business and in the end, you will need each other.

When running a business, it’s always good to have a good relationship with your business associates; keeping your word, being honest, showing integrity and drive, this will make people want to work with you more.

Do things so that your business associates can remember you, want to work with you and will praise you. When in need of a favor they come to you because of your work ethics and the things you’ve done for them. Don’t burn business relationships, especially with people who know a lot of other people. If you’ve done them wrong they will surely tell others to stay away from you and your business.  You would rather they spread your company’s name on positivity rather than negativity.

So keep the business relationships open. Help each other out, extend a hand and watch the foundation of your business relationship grow. You never know what people will do for you and your company when you have a good business relationship!

Your Literary Mentor

-Dominique