Recent chatroom wisdom tends to dismiss the Amazon KDP marketing tools Countdown and Free Books as less than effective for eBook marketing. The reasoning is all about numbers - there are simply too many free books at any one time, too many books offering countdown prices, too many authors altogether. I disagree For those who … Continue reading Is the Amazon Kindle Countdown Effective?
Writing A Review Is Easy
Of course, everybody knows how to write a book review. We all wrote them in grade school. All those summer reading reports due at the opening of school. The formal review styles we were taught in English classes. No wonder we pause when asked to write one. Who's got the time? Times have changed. Book reviews … Continue reading Writing A Review Is Easy
Four Things I Learned In 2014
The holiday Season is upon us. Little is left of 2014 but the memories. I will build my New Year resolutions for 2015 upon the backs of my mischances and lost opportunities of the prior year, and shape them by my successes. My learning curve was influenced by several experiences over the past year. Allow me to share … Continue reading Four Things I Learned In 2014
The Value of Writers Conferences
Do You Know Your Market?
For those of us who got into this business because we want to write, marketing is a huge unwelcome distraction. It presents conflict, and not just because of the time it consumes. There are other, more disconcerting conflicts as well. For instance, market expectations. I was recently told by an agent/publisher that my new novel is … Continue reading Do You Know Your Market?
Free for a Fee
Yes, from Google and others of the same ilk comes the sales concept of "free". Give away meaningful things in a forthright manner and people will remember; you will store up their good will, excite their curiosity, and eventually, there will be a payday. It works. Everything about the publication and marketing of my novel … Continue reading Free for a Fee
Launch Book in your Home Town
Here's a tip - stay local to get started in your book marketing. Consider: out there on the worldwide social media you are one among billions of authors. Where's your edge? On Amazon, and other retail sites, you are one in millions. Even in magazines and newspapers in your country you are one in hundreds … Continue reading Launch Book in your Home Town
Inside your Book
One aspect of the physical appearance of the book we write that many of us might not consider is the interior. We spend a lot of time on the cover, particularly for ePublishing, and the back matter, of course. But the physical appearance of the pages? Even as a reader, I'd not considered it. But … Continue reading Inside your Book
The ISBN Puzzle
Every book for sale needs a specific reference number called an ISBN (International Standard Book Number). While theoretically any book can be researched by this number, I have found that this is not always the case. Some eBook authors do not use ISBN numbers. This limits distribution, as some retailers (Apple, Sony) will not display … Continue reading The ISBN Puzzle
LAWRITERS (for Los Alamos) is intended to serve several purposes. First, to separate my stories, fiction, and essays from the character, leadership, and political articles I publish in "Thoughts from under the Palm" , to offer a space to discuss writing, fiction and nonfiction, agents, publishers, E-publishing, and things writing, and last and not least … Continue reading Welcome!