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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Hello Readers!

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Dominique

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

Hello Readers!

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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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Upcoming Workshop: Boost your Business with a Book

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Join in a five day workshop that will help you write a book surrounding your business.

This five day workshop is $85 for the entire five days. It provides step by step information on how to write a book that surrounds your business.

This course touches on topics that encourage you to write a book surrounding your business and why this can be a great profit and promotion for your services and business. It also teaches about target market, marketing and organization to help you create the best product for your business.

Students will join a Facebook Group that requires participation that allows you to talk with other students as well as have discussions about the days lessons.  Homework assignments are included and are daily.

This workshop is the best start in getting you to write a best selling book to surround your business and services. Sign up today!!

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

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PiedABOUT THE BOOK

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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Authors in Business; Hashtags

Hello Readers!

I came across this app a few weeks ago that really caught my attention. It’s called Hashtag Expert for IG.

If you are anything like me you have a hard time thinking of hashtags to include with your social media posts. I will sit there and sit there trying to figure out what I want to say to make this post, like every other post, stand out and grab attention. So while I was in the App Store, for iPhone, I came across the Hashtag Expert for IG.

It allows you to try it for one week. Then you have to pay to use the app. It’s $19.99 for a year. You type in a word then it generates hashtags for you to use in your post. It copies it then you head on over to the social media of your choice and you paste it. Simple as that. It takes the guess work out of hashtags!

I think it’s definitely worth having for Authors in Business when promoting in Social Media.

Check your AppStore to download!

-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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Upcoming Workshop: Characters and Outline Workshop

Hello Readers!

IMG_6244Are you struggling with your plot and characters? Get the assistance you need in this three day workshop to create well developed characters and create a compelling and organized story.

In this workshop, attendees will have two assignments they will receive that will help them create their characters and their plots. They will have several lessons that will assist in some of the hurdles authors face when trying to write a story. Tips and advice will be given throughout the workshop to assist. Daily participation in our Facebook group is required.

Sign up today for this workshop! 

Course starts on September 27th, 2019 and ends on September 29th, 2019

Price $45

-Your Literary Mentor
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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