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


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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…

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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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


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How to Tuesdays; Schedule Book Releases

Hello Readers!

img_0367It is a very good idea to schedule book releases for the coming months and year. Now this doesn’t mean that you have to follow this schedule to down to a “T”. There should always be room for change but scheduling your releases helps you plan for a few things.

Scheduling your book releases allows you to have enough time to finish the book and get it to the editor. It also allows you time to get it to the cover designer and save room for error.

Other things to keep in mind are simply the pre promotion of the book. Scheduling events around the book and more. All of this comes into play when you are releasing a book so it’s only right to prepare and plan for your release.

So how do you schedule book releases for the coming months or year?

First, you want to get out your calendar to be able to view the coming months. You then want to get a paper and pen to use to write out this list because we are going to place this list somewhere visible so we can be reminded of it.

Secondly, you need to think about the books you are looking to list within the next six months. (You don’t want to go further out than six months. Let’s keep it right at six months.) Think about the previous book you released. Are you working on a series? If so, it’s not smart to allow too much time in between releasing your books. (Unless, you’re James Patterson) So, you want to list the books starting with the book that needs to be released the most and the timing is right now.

How do I determine when exactly to publish a book?

Do not release a book once a month. You can, if you want. But, do not release a book every month unless you don’t really care if a book does not get as much attention as the others. Let me explain. When we release books, we spend a lot of time promoting that book. We dedicate time and energy to make sure it gets in front of our readers. But, if we are constantly releasing books and saying, “Oh, buy this one. Now buy this one. Wait! I have another one.” the books are not getting their proper time in the spotlight. Don’t do this. You will kill your book. One book or two will not get the proper attention and you will lose out on book sales, then the book gets lost in the pile. So schedule to release a book every quarter. (Jan-Mar) (Apr-Jun) (July-Sept) (Oct-Dec) Which means you are releasing about 3-4 books a year. If you release anything more than this, you won’t have time to edit or anything else. You won’t be focused on the book you are getting ready to publish because in the back of your mind is the one you just published or the one you are getting ready to publish.

Once you have made your list, you then want to place months and possibly days next to the title. This may change, but it gives you a road map to publication for that particular book.

I’ve read that publishing on a Tuesday is the best day of the week to publish a book. It’s the time when people are actually spending money to purchase books. The worst day, of course, would be Sunday. However, Friday is a good day too, simply because people shop the most on the weekend. But keep in mind, we are living in the digital age, where purchasing anything is at the tips of our fingers.

-Your Literary Mentor



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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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How Descriptive is too Descriptive…or is it Enough?

5ed897fa46229adb2a884a5418051545As authors, as we move forward in our book and we consider storylines, we must ask ourselves are we being too descriptive or not descriptive enough?

For me as a reader, I like detail but not too much. I don’t need to know about all the irrelevant information that has nothing to do with the book. I like straight to the point, get me to the good stuff description. On the other hand, we have readers who love to be able to feel as if they are walking that life just as the characters are. If a gun is fired in a crowded room where people are elbow to elbow, make your reader feel that. One important thought to keep in mind is that you must keep the story moving. If you are providing information that does not progress the story, it needs to come out.

A book is the complete opposite of a movie. We can watch our characters move about, see what they see and feel what they feel by their reaction and facial expressions. But we can’t see that in a book. It has to be described to us.

How can you make your scene more descriptive?

  • Ask yourself, what’s going on around the character or within the scene? Who’s there? What’s there? Describe what’s important.
  • Is there something that the reader needs to feel? Talk about that. Bring them to the scene.
  • If a character is in the scene, show us what they see and what they are sensing.
  • Describe the scene from beginning to end with all important information that will make the reader forget they are reading and forget what is going on around them.

How can you keep from making your scene too descriptive?

  • Do not include information that doesn’t progress the story.
  • Be cautious with backstory or flashback scenes. This can easily be too much
  • Don’t go on overload with descriptions of what the character is wearing or how they look or description of the object. This can easily become an overload.

So authors, when writing a book and it comes down to the description, make sure we know enough. Make sure your description is good enough for us to picture them in our mind and be able to “feel” exactly what the characters are feeling. You have to be able to read and read and read your manuscript to know this. Of course, if you have a good editor, they will tell you if your have too much going on in a scene. They should be able to point this out to you.

Are you in need of writing successful scenes and learning to be descriptive enough? Hire DMP! We will work one on one with you!

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NEW RELEASE; Hunted by Author Dominique L. Watson

Author Dominique L. Watson has released her 18th book, Hunted. The second book in the Scarlett Fry Series. Read about the book below and purchase your copy!

About the Book

hunted-ebook-1Someone’s out for blood…

Detective Scarlett Fry is back in the highly anticipated follow up to Murder for Justice. Scarlett Fry has finally taken a vacation with her husband but somehow murder seems to follow her.

Away in southern Spain at the Cabana Resort, a couple is found dead. The locals can’t seem to figure out what has happened but it definitely looks like foul play. With no jurisdiction, Scarlett quickly gets back to her reason for the trip and forgets about the case…so she thinks.

Back in San Diego, Fry and Carr are handed a case.  A missing person?

A father is found dead in his car. His wife and son are missing. There’s no foul play but something just doesn’t seem right.  Eventually Scarlett’s time in Spain catches back up with her and she quickly learns that she’s hunting a man out for blood.

When revenge is best served cold, Scarlett and her team will do anything to bring this mother and son home safely.

Follow Detective Scarlett Fry in ‘Hunted’ as she travels across state lines to catch a heartless killer. A story with twists and turns you never saw coming.

Purchase your copy of Hunted today!