Create Your Best-Selling Plot in Just Hours

Source by Steve Manning

Get ready for a whirlwind of information for writing a novel. With the strategies in this single article, you could have a unique, best-selling plot in your hands in the next 72 hours. It’s one of the most painless ways of creating a surefire winning plot and this single strategy makes writing your book a complete pleasure.

Ready? Here’s what you should do first. Realize that creating a plot, any plot, is very difficult. Creating a plot that an agent or a publisher or the public will want is darn near impossible. Creating a best-selling plot? It’s really, really difficult. Just ask any author who tries it.

Think of the numbers. Millions of plot ideas are produced, but they’re not good enough to result in full-fledged novels. Tens of thousands of novels written, but only a handful will be accepted. And a still smaller percentage of novels that go on to become best sellers We’re talking odds of many millions to one, against.

But there is a much better way. I’ll give you the step by step procedure in just a few seconds, but I want to remind you that all this and so much more of the book-writing bonanza can be found in my writing system.

Unabashed self-promotion over. Let’s get back to the strategy.

Get hold of a novel that is between five and 10 years old. On the front cover, it must say it’s a national best seller. I don’t want it to be written by a best selling author, that’s not its claim to fame. I want the book itself to be a best seller. Now I know that the plot of this book is a best-selling plot. No questions asked.

You can find any number of these books in a relatively small building near you. It’s called a ‘library.’ Let’s say it together, L-I-B-R-A-R-Y.

Read the book as quickly as possible, but at a pleasurable speed. Remember, normal speed, but try to read it in a day. Next day, do the same thing. Read the book, for the second time.

Third day, go through the book and for every page, write down one or two sentences (no more than two sentences) of what is happening in the story on that page.

This is your primary plot. It’s the plot you’re going to use. No, for the millionth time you’re not infringing on copyright. Copyright deals with the expression of an idea, not the idea itself. Plots are worth even less than a dime a dozen. In fact, they’re free. It’s the actual specific sequence of words that is copyrighted.

From this point, you can go in two different directions, but I’ll give you the easiest one.

Return the book to the library and never look at it again. If you bought the book from a used book store, throw it out. It has served its purpose. It has given you a best-selling plot and you don’t need it anymore.

Got your plot outline with a sentence or two telling you what’s on every page? Great. Now re-write the book. I’m serious. Do it as quickly as you can. You don’t have to worry about what’s coming next in your story. You already know that. Writer’s block will never be an issue. Your only challenge will be in getting the words down fast enough.

Next job? Once you have your manuscript written, change every variable you can possible change. Start with the genders of the characters. That’s easy. Now change their names. Anything that applies to gender, like clothing or grooming, will have to be changed as well.

Change the time. If it originally happened in the past, place the new version in the future. If it was in middle America, put it on the coast, or Mars. Put a modern-day thriller into the old west, or in a caveman setting.

Taken to the extreme, every noun in a story can be changed to another noun and the whole story becomes something quite different. Next, change the ‘event’ of the story.

You also noticed, as you were reading the original book, that the protagonist had to overcome several obstacles to achieve the sought-after result. Change each of the obstacles, change how each was overcome, change the result if you can.

Finally, in every novel your protagonist is seeking something. It’s the result of the quest, and the whole novel is the retelling of that very quest. Change that something. It might have started out as money, but turn it into precious stones, or a piece of art, or the release of a prisoner.

I hope you can see that with just a few minor changes, your old best-selling plot can easily be reworked into something very fresh, yet all of the elements that made it desirable to the publishing world.

The Benefits of Becoming an Amazon Bestseller

Source by Nickolove Lovemore

First of all, becoming an Amazon bestseller is not about selling a load of books and getting rich fast.

In fact, running an Amazon bestseller campaign can be quite expensive unless you are personally co-ordinating the campaign yourself and even then it will at least be very time-consuming. It’s how you leverage your bestseller status that will make the difference to your career.

Hence, if you decide to incorporate an Amazon bestseller campaign into your book marketing strategy you need to think strategically and have a long-term vision of what you want to achieve. This will help prepare you for some of the opportunities that can come your way as a result of becoming a best-selling author. You will also be better placed to evaluate the opportunities that may come your way because certainly you may not want to run with all of them.

So 10 potential benefits of running an Amazon bestseller campaign are that you can:

1. Turn an unknown book into an overnight success.

2. Gain massive exposure among your peers, their followers and other individuals. A well-run campaign will potentially expose you to hundreds of thousands, if not millions of individuals.

3. Gain expert status in your chosen and as such be recognised as the ‘go-to’ person in your field.

4. Receive offers of speaking engagements and be able to command higher fees for speaking.

5. Charge more for consulting or coaching services.

6. Fill your live events more easily.

7. Attract foreign publishers interested in publishing your book.

8. Substantially increase your own opt-in list.

9. Create other great joint venture partnerships and or strategic alliances with the people who helped you to co-ordinate the campaign.

10. Drive massive volumes of traffic to your website and or blog where you can sell other products and or services.

This really is the tip of the iceberg as to what you can achieve through a successful Amazon bestseller campaign. However, from this list of benefits I’m sure you can appreciate why so many people go to the trouble of running such a campaign. The work involved is well worth the potential rewards.

Book Review of the Best Seller, A Fighter's Heart

Source by Connor R Sullivan

When one thinks of the background of athletes in the sports of boxing, mixed martial arts, and kickboxing it is very rare that anyone would think of a former Harvard student being an expert in that field. However, that is the case with author Sam Sheridan, who wrote a novel a few years ago called A Fighter's Heart. As previously mentioned, Sheridan is a graduate from Harvard and when he was in school at the Ivy League university he got involved in boxing, which prompted further interest in pugilistic sports. The novel profiles Sheridan and the sports he covers as he traverses the globe to get a feel for why people fight and the mentality of the competitors. One of the drawbacks of combat sports is that often times on the mats that people train on, they can pick up an infection such as toenail fungus since the mats are unclean. This can result in needing to use fungus toenail laser treatment or Long Island fungus toenail treatment. Along the way he also experiences the different sports for himself, completely immersing himself in the culture of whatever sport he is profiling at the moment. A fairly simple read and very intriguing, it is no wonder that A Fighter's Heart was at one time on many different best sellers' lists.

The novel begins with Sheridan briefly explaining his interest in fight sports and his background. After graduating from a prestigious prep school on the east coast he went into the Merchant Marines for a while to participate in the military. After that adventure, he went to Harvard and graduated with a degree in art. Fresh out of Harvard Sheridan went on a boat trip around the world on the yacht of a family friend and wound up in Australia. Australia is the setting for Sheridan's realization that what he really wants to do is explore the culture of fighting. Working out at a gym in Australia in the art of kickboxing, Sheridan is told that training at a gym in Thailand for Muay Thai, a form of kickboxing, for a few months is worth years at any other school in any other country.

Needless to say, Sheridan winds up going to Thailand. Working out at one of the more famous gyms, called the Fairtex gym, Sheridan finds out some incredible facts and gets top notch training. Sheridan learns that Muay Thai is a way out of poverty for many people, much like boxing in the United States, and that fighters typically starting having fights at age six or seven and are considered at their peak at seventeen. After participating in a Muay Thai fight of his own, which he wins, Sheridan moves back to the United States.

The novel continues as Sheridan travels to Oakland to train with and pick the brain of an Olympic medalist in boxing and then moves on to Rio de Janiero and subsequently Japan to work in Brazilian jiu jitsu with famed heavyweight mixed martial artist Antonia Rodrigo Noguiera. The lowlight of the book for many people; is when Sheridan discusses dog fighting and how it is popular in many different countries. Since his attempts to explain it away as a dog showing love for his owner, there is really nothing that can take away from the disgusting brutality and senselessness of dog fighting and it really taints the book that it is even bought up.

Despite the obvious low point, the novel is still an excellent read and very satisfying to those already interested in combat sports and people who may be looking to learn more.

The 4 Reasons Why Everyone Will Want To Read Your New Book

Source by Brent Hollister

There are four reasons why people will want to read the new book you are writing, and if you include them all, you will have a best-seller.

The 1st Reason Why People Will Read Your New Book

First and foremost, people like to be entertained. And while it may seem like by deliberately setting out to entertain people with your writing that you are dumbing it down or selling out, you really aren’t. People read books or watch television because it is an escape, and an escape has to be entertaining on some level or people will avoid it. Even if it is good for them.

And if you want someone to actively seek out your book, you will have to make it entertaining so they will look forward to reading it as much as they like watching videos on YouTube.

The 2nd Reason Why People Will Read Your New Book

People need to be inspired. And the highest thing your book can achieve is to inspire someone to do better. An inspiring book is something that a person will never forget reading, even if it only helps them change one aspect of their life.

And besides writing about your own success story, the story of others’ triumphs is also something to explore as you write your best-selling book. Telling your reader how you (as well as many others) achieved certain goals can be so motivating, that once your reader finishes your book, they will be able to do it too. This kind of writing also lends itself to a best-selling and inspirational title.

The 3rd Reason Why People Will Read Your New Book

Readers have to walk away from a book feeling like they have learned something new. People love to tell others about what they are reading, and especially what they are learning from a new book. So you have to imagine someone telling other people how excited they are about what they are learning from your book, no matter how small a fact it is.

There isn’t one person alive who doesn’t like to brag about the knowledge and education they have and where it comes from, and their latest resource for new information should be your book. Even if you are writing a novel, the reader can learn something new about a rare disease, investigative procedures, a place they have never visited, or new vocabulary words.

The 4th Reason Why People Will Read Your New Book

Let’s face it. People read a book because someone else tells them they have to read it. In fact, many people are told that if they want to be included in a certain social group, be considered smart, or graduate from a school – they have to read certain books. This mandate can come from a teacher, a professor, an employer, a family member, a book club, a best friend, a best-seller list, a neighbor, a minister, a website, an organization, and the list goes on.

This is an often overlooked reason as to why people read books, but it will certainly help your book sales if you check out what kind of books are being recommended by these social leaders & institutions and also why. Because in spite of what the media tells us (that people would much rather watch a video instead of read a book), we live in a time where more people are required to read than ever. And there are more people on the planet now who have the ability to read than in the whole history of the world.

Not to mention, it is now easy to translate books into every foreign language you can possibly imagine. And the fact that enough people from so many countries are interested in new ideas, and make so many books written in English international best-sellers so quickly, indicates that the entire world is much savvier than it used to be.

So take advantage of the new, literate world we live in and make your book entertaining, inspirational, educational, and also recommendable, and you will have a best-seller on your hands.

How to Write an Amazon Bestseller

Source by Jackie Barrie

At the time of writing, my first book is sitting at #8 in its category, with 7 x 5* reviews (I took a screenshot to prove it). I’m thrilled! I never imagined it would get ranked at all!

Amazon sales rank is a mysterious thing. I oversimplify, but it seems to be based on the number of sales per hour, with a weighting to adjust for long-term bestsellers such as Harry Potter.

OK, so I don’t know how many other books are in the ‘sales and marketing’ category, or how long it will stay in the top 10 (it’s dipped in and out at least three times so far, to my knowledge – not that I’m tracking it incessantly!). And, to be fair, I don’t yet know if that represents sales of 2,000 books, 20 books or 2 books! My printer, Lulu, prints books on demand (minimum quantity 1), and is due to send ‘creator revenues’ into my PayPal account after 6 to 8 weeks.

That said, I think it’s still an impressive achievement. In fact, it is an underestimate, as I also sell copies direct, so they are not counted in the Amazon ranking.

‘The Little Fish Guide to DIY Marketing’ is my first venture into publishing – it’s a compilation of the tips and stories that have been issued in my newsletter over recent years. The book was available from June 2010, but people only started buying it when it ‘went live’ on Amazon in October. It’s as if it suddenly became real as soon as it was available on Amazon.

So here’s how I did it.

Let’s assume you already have a good idea, a title, a target market, some writing skill and someone to design your book for you. Although the content took me about two years to complete – fitting it around everything else that I do – I found that was the easy bit!

Getting testimonials

When selling anything, what other people say is more convincing than anything you say yourself, so I knew my book needed testimonials to be printed inside and on the back cover. I sent PDF copies to volunteers, but found less than half of them actually contributed their comments (hopefully due to lack of time not because they didn’t have anything nice to say!). Of course, it’s hard to ‘chase’ people when they’re not being paid, so it caused another delay in the process. Eventually, I collected some lovely reviews and was ready to go to print at last.

The next stage was a huge learning process, with a number of key decision points along the way.

Traditional publishing or self-publishing

First, you need to decide whether to find a publisher/agent or to self-publish.

If you want to find a traditional publisher/agent who will look after everything for you (and take a percentage), your best bet is the latest copy of The Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (available in all good bookshops) and there are lots of other resources online.

If you need help with your content, there are a number of book coaches/midwives, independent book publishers and short-run printers/publishers for you to choose, for a fee (email me for a list of recommendations).

Despite warnings all over the Internet about their deteriorating customer service, I chose to self-publish through Lulu.com. I also found an email address for someone there who was tremendously helpful (although there was always a delay exchanging messages between the UK and US time-zones).

If you do the same as me, you then need to decide whether to self-publish or let Lulu be your publisher. Being a bit of a control freak, I decided to become a publisher as well as an author.

Buying ISBN numbers (or not)

To do that, you have to buy a block of ISBN prefixes from Nielsen BookData (minimum quantity is 10 which currently cost 111.86GBP inc. VAT). You have to download, print and fill in a 4-page form, but it’s not difficult (except you have to work out the meaning of unfamiliar words like ‘title verso page’ – it’s the inside page that backs on to the title page and includes the publisher name, copyright and ISBN details).

Search “nielsen isbn” for everything you need to know.

Be warned, it takes a while for your ISBNs to be issued, so you can’t rush this part of the process. Also note that, as a publisher, you are also obliged to send a copy of the printed book to Nielsen and the British Library Legal Deposit Office within one month (they send you the instructions along with the ISBN information). If/when you make changes, you have to publish another edition of your book with a new ISBN, so make sure everything is perfect before you approve the final proof.

Top tip: If you are also producing an eBook version, it needs its own ISBN. When setting your pricing, be aware that printed books don’t attract VAT, but ebooks do.

If you don’t want to go through all this, just let Lulu be your publisher, and get your ISBN free.

Designing the cover

Next decision: Are you doing your own cover design or using Lulu’s cover design wizard? Happily, I have access to a talented graphic designer who worked with me on my own lovely book cover. Lulu automatically produces the barcode for your ISBN, which you then download to include on the back – it has to go in the bottom right hand corner with a ‘quiet zone’ around it. Between us, we designed the cover of my book (using copyright-free images of course), and uploaded the print-quality artwork to Lulu.

To do a one-piece (wraparound) cover yourself, you need to download Lulu’s front and back ‘cover image templates’ for your book size, and overlay them on the left and right sides of your design. Adjust your page size and margins to match. Use Lulu’s ‘Spine Width Calculator’ tool and add that measurement in the middle.

More information is in Lulu’s “Book Covers FAQ”.

Designing the inside pages

Compared with that, dealing with the inside pages was relatively easy – they were already designed and saved in PDF format (single pages, not spreads). I just had to make sure the title page and title verso page were included at the front (which changed all my page numbers) and upload the file. If you don’t have access to design skills, you can upload Word files instead, for Lulu to convert into PDF. Then you have to order a ‘proof’ of the book and ‘approve’ it when it is finally perfect (I did this several times, and sold the proof copies at a discount).

Top tip: Authors pay a bit less when ordering their own books, and Lulu has monthly special offers that may be worth waiting for.

Getting onto Amazon

My next decision was easy – I wanted the book on Amazon, so I paid Lulu about 50GBP for Global Reach Distribution. (If you choose Lulu as your publisher, you get free Extended Reach Distribution instead.)

Here, I hit a snag. I’d originally designed my book at A5 size, with lovely white paper, but it turns out you can only have a few sizes for distribution, and A5 is not one of them. I had to change the artwork to fit US trade size – I just added bigger margins and re-uploaded it. Trouble is, I couldn’t have that size on white paper, only cream.

I found that Lulu’s explanation of sizes is not very consistent. In some places they refer to the name of the size, in others they quote inches, and in others, centimetres.

For further information, search Lulu Help for ‘Which books are eligible for distribution’ and ‘What paper will my book have for the cover and interior?’ The information you need is scattered throughout their online Help, so please email me for my handy summary of sizes and paper colours that are eligible for Lulu’s Global Reach distribution.

Once all the size, paper and distribution is sorted out, it takes 6-8 weeks for your book to appear on Amazon. I found that almost unbelievable in this Internet age! And then, I found it also takes a while for ‘Look inside’ to be activated, even after you’ve uploaded another PDF of your whole book to Amazon. But eventually, my book was online and the sales suddenly started rolling in.

Top tip: Other sellers may offer your book as ‘used’ or ‘as new’ at a discount. If it doesn’t cut your margin too much, you could set yourself up as a discount seller too, to compete with those sales.

Marketing your book

As a self-publisher, you have to do your own marketing. I invited everyone who bought the book to review it online (happily, they have all loved it so far). I did online marketing at no cost, using social networking sites such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. For example, I ran a Twitter ‘retweet’ competition that promoted it to new followers. I also did local PR and announced it in my newsletter. And finally, I keep a small stock of books to sell at events I attend (such as training courses and local networking meetings). People love the shiny cover, and sometimes even ask me to sign my book, just like a real bestselling author!

Disclaimer: Please note these instructions apply to the UK. Even if you do exactly as I did, I can’t promise that your book will actually become an Amazon bestseller.

Top tip: You can track sales at Novelrank.com (it’s fascinating, but don’t become too obsessed!)

Do You Know Your Amazon’s Best Sellers Rank?

Source by Gin Williams

Or how you got there? What kind of algorithm are they using? According to Rob Nightingale, in his April 2014 article, “8 Things Most People Don’t Know About Amazon’s Bestsellers Rank (Sales Rank),” few people know how to promote their works through Amazon for sales rank and even Amazon won’t specifically state how the Bestsellers Rank is calculated. Do you think your Sales Rank is achieved through reviews?

The good news: It’s not. (The bad news: It’s not.)

If you’ve self-published your novels and are beating your head against the wall trying to market and promote your book by badgering friends and relatives to post a review, you can relax as it really won’t make a difference.

So then what Is the Amazon Bestsellers Rank? (Remember I’m specifically referring to the sale of books.)

In all Amazon book categories (including Kindle paid and free books–notice I included “FREE”), your title will include a “Product Details” section where all the stats are located. Included in those stats is the “Amazon Bestsellers Rank”. Nightingale, as well as Amazon’s own explanation for rank, is that the “calculation is based on Amazon.com sales and is updated hourly to reflect recent and historical sales… ” Well, updated hourly for those who actively achieve sales per hour (in other words, the top 10,000 books are calculated hourly).

The rank is based on sales, not reviews or ratings. But sales made when or through which outlet? (Because that can change the computation too.)

The common idea about rank is that it takes into account more than sales (and both you and I were hoping it was reviews). But nay, it’s sales. “Sales” though, can mean more than dollar and cents out the door.

Rates and reviews can be good for the soul, of course, and still may help indirectly with your sales through positive, descriptive reviews or recommendations, however achieved. (Word of mouth is a positive sales tool.)

Ready for some additional insight? Books are weighted the same (well, almost) whether they are free or paid (keep reading).

In other words, these are sales relative to other products within the same category. Amazon then splits “paid” and “free” into separate categories. Included in the algorithm is a predictive feature based on historical data. (Huh? It’s becoming as confusing as the algorithm Google uses in their search engine ranking.) What it means then is that their rank is really not a measure of overall sales, but actually sales compared to others in the same category.

If you are experiencing some awesome sales then, how would these compute in sales ranking?

Sales of approx one book a day equals Amazon Best Seller Rank 50k to 100k

Sales of approx 5 to 15 books a day equals Amazon Best Seller Rank 10k to 50k.

According to Teresa Ragan in her calculations, it would take sales of 3,000 to 4,000 books a day to achieve an Amazon Seller Rank of 5 to 20 and sales of 4,000+ per day to achieve a Best Seller Rank of 1 to 5. Something you can really appreciate the next time to see a #1 ranked Amazon book. That’s a LOT of sales per day!

When I investigated the ranking for one of my grandfather’s books, I found on Thursday, December 3rd, the following: #6,281 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biographies & Memoirs > Reference & Collections. On Monday, December 7th, the same book ranked #317 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Biographies & Memoirs > Reference & Collections.

Apparently, the sub-category ranking change can be attributable to the sale of a single book that week and shows even a small ripple in the pond can create a sizable wave. Watching those stats can begin to give you an idea of when and how the ranking changes. Knowing that–you can be armed with the ability to do something about it. So don’t give up!

How To Sell Books On Amazon – Why Selling Used Books Online Is Now The Perfect Home-Based Business

Source by Steve Johnson

More and more people buy used books online, making this niche market the perfect home-based business to start with little money and low risk. People want information. They don’t really care that a second hand book has a few handling marks, the owner’s name is printed on the inside front cover, that some of the pages are dog-eared. They expect this. Ultimately, what they really want is to save money. And this is where you can help… and make a profit at the same time!

When you sell books online you will enjoy a lot of advantages over traditional used book stores by starting out selling at the most popular website offering used books for sale, Amazon Marketplace. These advantages include:

  • You don’t need to write a business plan. You don’t need to pay expensive overhead like rent and insurance. You’ll work from home in your spare time. You can just jump in and start the same day!
  • You can start small just offering the books you already own, the ones taking up space on your bookshelf that you haven’t read since college.
  • Speaking of college, there are lots of people searching online for good quality, current textbooks. Maybe your school textbooks still have some value.
  • You can set up your Amazon Marketplace seller’s account for free and list books at no charge. Amazon only takes its cut when a book sells, so you’re not out anything to list books.
  • With practice you can list a book for sale in less than 2 minutes.
  • You can start with what you have. You probably already have what you need to get started right there in your own home. If not, you can buy most of the items at your nearest discount store cheap.
  • You get paid cash within 2 weeks of starting to sell books on Amazon.
  • Used books are plentiful. You can find good quality used books and CDs at yard sales during the Spring and Summer months.
  • Supply is constant. Thrift store and library book sales offer quality non-fiction titles at low prices. Wait for final day and look for bag sales to stock up on product to earn even more profits.
  • You don’t need a lot of room to get started, as you can store over 1,000 books in a hallway, alcove or spare walk-in closet in your home.

Selling books on Amazon also saves you time. Since Amazon has branded itself as the top destination on the Internet where you can save money on books, they can deliver the most traffic of ready and willing book buyers to your front door. But you’ll also save time because the Amazon Marketplace does most of the work for you.

It posts the picture of the book, provides a description of the book, shows the sales ranks of books, and even reveals what others are selling that used book in like condition for, so you know if you have a winner to list online or a dog to put out at your next garage sale. They have a variety of simple listing and social media sharing tools to help you make money, learn the business, and offer ways to scale your business into a full-time national or global used book online store.

But while this is indeed the perfect home-based business, there are some things to know to keep from losing money and buying the wrong books to sell.

You will need to do your research early on, focusing on the most profitable, fastest selling books, while avoiding the slow movers. These probably won’t be books that you would buy for yourself, but that doesn’t matter. You’re buying second hand books that customers are wanting to buy online.

And even though the Amazon Marketplace is the perfect place to start your used book business from home, you’ll want to keep learning and expanding your knowledge of where to sell used books at other websites to grow your home-based business.

How to Buy Best Selling Books for a Dollar or Less

Source by Chuck Peters

Walk into any bookstore and you may be surprised by the rising cost of books. New hardcover best sellers can reach prices of $25 or more. The thought of paying such prices makes me shudder. That’s why I’ve found several ways to obtain these very same books for a fraction of the price.

My best source for inexpensive books is the Friends of the Library (FOL) Book Sale. Here you’ll discover a wide assortment of gently used books, usually priced between 50 cents to one dollar! Friends of the Library (FOL) are volunteer organizations dedicated to improving their associated libraries. Friends of the Library (FOL) accept donations of used books from the local community, and then once or twice a year sell these books to the general public at their FOL book sales.

Depending on the library, the book sale may contain anywhere from a few hundred books to tens of thousands of books. FOLs use profits from these sales to improve library facilities, to buy new equipment, or to buy new books for the library. As a result, these sales create a win-win situation for everyone. You buy gently used books at great prices, while profits from the sale are used to improve the library.

Generally FOL book sales last 2-3 days, usually occurring on a weekend. As always, the early bird gets the worm. Those who arrive on the first few days of the sale get a crack at the best assortment of books. Additionally, many FOLs have a preview night, lasting two or three hours, on the evening prior to the sale. These preview sales are only open to members of the FOL, but are where the absolute best bargains are found.

In fact, such good deals are found at preview night that many people line up early. By attending preview night I usually spend $20 and get 25 or more books that would have easily cost me $300-$400 at a local bookstore. You too can attend these preview nights by simply becoming a member of a library’s FOL. It’s easy and usually costs between $5 and $10 for a yearly membership with no other commitment required.

If you can’t attend the preview night, then definitely attend the sale on its first day. Another lucrative day for FOL book sales is the final day. On the last day of the book sale most FOLs hold a bag sale. Here the FOL allows you to fill a bag full of books. You pay only a dollar or two for each bag of books. Doing this you can literally get books for pennies. Because FOL book sales usually have large amounts of children’s books, these sales can be goldmines for parents, especially on bag day.

My strategy is to target FOL sales in affluent suburbs. As FOLs get their books donated from the local community, FOL sales in affluent suburbs tend to have the nicest books, as well as the greatest number of recently released best sellers.

To find FOL book sales near you, visit booksalefinder.com. This website lists the dates and times of FOL books sales, organized by city and state. By attending FOL sales you can purchase gently used books at a fraction of their original cost. If you’re a frequent reader, the savings can be amazing.

How to Promote Your Children’s Book – 13 Tips to Make Your Book a Bestseller

Source by SP Wish

Congratulations! You have published a children’s book. Now, comes the next and most important step- Promotion. Children are loyal readers but difficult to interest initially. This article includes sites for promotion of children’s and young adult books.

1) EzineArticles- This is a site where you can write articles on almost everything. Include the link to your book (buying page) and your site in the author SIG box to drive traffic. E how and other sites that are similar can also be considered a promotion tool.

2) Bookmarket- This is a page that advises you how to go about with promotion. John Kremer’s 1001 ways to promote you book is a great resource for all authors. Writer’s Digest’s Children’s writer’s and illustrator’s market provides a list of publishers and some advice on writing books.

3) Reviews- Reviews are a great way to promote your book. Send requests to all blogs and sites big or small for giveaways, reviews and interviews. It helps your book a lot.

4) Readings- Read your book in a local children’s library or donate one to a school. You can leave books in all the

places children go to.

5) Podcast and trailer- A trailer promotes a book well. A podcast is the solution for all those children who are too lazy to read.

6) Script- Usually, scriptwriting is considered completely different from a novel. Most famous books get made into movies and radio shows. However, you can use this move to promote your book in the first place. BBC and other broadcasters accept manuscripts. However, getting one accepted can be difficult. Many scriptwriting contests are also open for amateur writers. Children like watching television.

7) Testimonials- Testimonials by famous people can help your book.

8) Press release- This is a great way to get children to know that your book is out. This works better for books aimed at older audience. Announce the release of your book in s magazine or newspaper targeted at children. This may cost money. Another way could be becoming a writer for a children’s magazine or doing interviews to promote your book.

9) Flyers, posters etc.- These cost money to print but can be effective especially where children are concerned.

10) Advertising on websites- Advertising on websites that have content featured in your book or similar content will help boost sales. Advertising on television is the best way to capture kids’ attention but this is very expensive and kids may not like to see a book advertisement.

11) Be included in children’s book catalogues.

12) Awards- Website awards or literary awards can help boost book sales. This is again a difficult thing as literary awards have strict criteria for selection. Many librarians prefer to buy books that are award winners. This also gives the book more exposure.

13) Befriend librarians- A lot of children get into the habit of reading books available in their library. For kids below the age of twelve, their school library is their door to the world of books. Be sure to have your books stocked in local school libraries and even public ones. Children don’t have much spending capacity but if they try out one of your free books and like it, there are chances that they might buy others.

Usually, I would recommend social networking but it is futile if your books are aimed at kids below the age of twelve. Promote on teacher’s websites and student websites. Recommend it for any class read or book weeks. Try to influence the people and schools around you as much as possible. Websites are not very useful where kids are concerned because most of their internet viewing is censored. That’s why I don’t recommend e books for them either. YA audience are more open to e books and are more influenced by the internet. Also, while cost is very important it is not a very big role playing factor in children’s books when compared with books for adults.

All the best with marketing!

The Rules on How to Make Money With Kindle Books

Source by Rob Hillman

How do you make money with Kindle books? Undeniably, most people experiment on this endeavor to make money. This is not a bad thing. The realities and challenges of life give us the right to dream and aspire for a better income for our families and for ourselves. More so, venturing on this side of business is actually not a gamble. It is a sure go if you just follow the rules.

What is your main purpose in doing this? In writing, you should always take note of this question. The answer to this question will serve as your guide in finishing your book. Your topic will be based on the purpose of your pursuit. If your main reason for writing is to make money then these are the rules you should follow:

a.) Listen to your Market. Since your main purpose is profit and the only way to make sales is through your readers then you must listen and know what their beats are. A beat would be the interest of your market.

b.) Recent. Keep things fresh. Fresh topics that will suit to the needs of your readers will surely get them flocking to your book. People want something new; something fresh and something they have not read or heard about. The originality of your work will also make them feel good. They would feel one step smarter to other readers because they have grasped new information that probably has not yet been read about.

c.) Appeal. Attraction is very important. A book without appeal will never sell. They go unnoticed. You would not want this. The goal of profit will not be met if your book is pale and dry.

d.) Promotion. If the promotion of your book is poor then sales would also be poor. This then will defeat your purpose of profit. For you to get sales you should be creative in your marketing strategies.

For you to make money with Kindle book, you should be very competitive as well. The world of business is very competitive. Many entrepreneurs aspire to be the best and be on top of their sales. If you will not be creative and innovative enough then you will fail in this pursuit.

Being creative is not hard; all you have to do is take ideas from the heart while listening to the needs of your market. Do not be hindered by negative thoughts and always believe that you will achieve.