Grace Harney’s Advice on KDP Select

First of all, what is KDP Select? It’s pretty unlikely that you don’t know already what this is, but for the sake of full disclosure and those that don’t know, it’s basically a 3-month, optional contract you can enter into with Amazon. If you’re like me, and you have just one book– –don’t do it! […]

via Enrolling Your Only Book in Kindle Select = 3 Months of Regret. Here’s Why. — Grace Harney

Monolith

Hello folks — here’s a chance for a short story submission. Monolith will be accepting short stories starting in June via Monolith. For all the details you can join Creative Writers on Facebook for details. Post questions if you need more info and cannot find it.

Antony M Copeland

I recently had a hare-brained idea to make an anthology. That’s a short-story collection in case anyone knows. Have you ever had a nagging thought in your head saying, “That doesn’t seem too hard? I bet even I could do that!”? In my case, it rapidly evolved from “Maybe I should try?”, through “Do it do it do it do it do it…”, to suddenly finding myself posting this in the Creative Writers group on Facebook:

Anthology

Soon the group was discussing the idea at length, getting excited and helping me pick out a font for the cover.  Before long the group had a brand new pinned post and I was challenging the group to coming up with a cover image that would be appropriate for both the series title, Monolith, and the theme of book one: New Beginnings.

Here are some of the early mock-ups for the front cover:

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Even Carrie Had a Prom Date

The origin of IntrovertPRESS is a selfish one. Upon completing my novel and not having a traditional publishing contract I was faced with the Indie Author conundrum:

  1. I wrote a book
  2. I now want to sell the book
  3. Commence bashing head into desk

It’s a bit like getting yourself all gussied up on a Saturday night and then hoping a date will materialize at your door.  It is infuriating, even Carrie had a prom date.

So I created IntrovertPRESS to accomplish a few things:

  1. Make me feel like I’m actually DOING something to market my book
  2. Give my book a traditional publisher feel
  3. Create a network to put my book in front of buyers
  4. Garner a peer review of my novel until I land a qualified industry review
  5. See #1

In addition, I’m going to purchase my own ISBN so I can put my book on local bookstore shelves. The local paper has agreed to do a book review of my novel, so — assuming it is positive — my book will have a local push. If anyone else is interested in purchasing ISBN’s for their work, the costs are far more reasonable when you purchase in bulk:

  • $125 – 1 ISBN
  • $250 – 10 ISBNs – if IntrovertPRESS buys 10, super cheap to IP members
  • $575 – 100 ISBNs – super cheaper here!
  • $1000 – 1000 ISBNs – super cheapest…ISBN’s all around bartender!

Apparently buying ISBN’s is like buying mayonnaise, the 5 gallon vat of condiment is cheaper in bulk — and so it goes for literary birthmarks.

Respond if you are interested in joining our band of merry authors.

I am a serial killer.

I sit, in the dark, alone.

The thoughts come to me about my next victim. I know where she goes for coffee after her run. I know where he picks up his fifth of Bourbon after work. I see the silhouette of a family playing board games at their kitchen table through their drawn shades. I have groomed them all with love and care.

I know my weapons. I know how they feel in my hand. I see them on my basement table, gleaming in the light from the single exposed bulb shining down from the ceiling.

It’s just a matter of time now. I know their routines. I know the date they will die. I know which weapon will undo their lives. I know I will kill them.  I revel in the upcoming slaughter. The woman I kill slowly. The man I kill quickly. The family — oh that precious, sweet family — I will kill one at a time starting with the youngest as the others watch.

It’s my passion. I savor their struggle at my hand like I the salty taste of a fine caviar on my tongue. People die to sate my longings. Their pain, to me, is sublime beauty

I am a serial killer.

Or perhaps I should say, my character is a serial killer…

Come write with us.

I’ll Show You Mine…

 

My novel, Sheltered, is coming out next month. In preparation for the release I have done some thinking on how to market my title so I can create revenue from my work. Since we are a network of authors supporting authors I thought I’d share an outline I’m creating about how to market my book. My book is about a homeless man in Columbus OH battling mental illness. The story begins inside a homeless shelter and follows my MC as he finds stability in his life. My marketing thoughts are such:

1. Who is my target audience?

  • 20 years old and up
  • Literary fiction readers
    • Mental Health & Homelessness Groups
    • Community Organizers & Co-housing Advocates
    • LGBT Groups (my MC is gay)
    • Chess Enthusiasts (there is a neighborhood chess tournament in the book)

2. What are my marketing goals

  • Research specific national groups from target audiences (above) & send copies for review
    • NAMI
    • Mental Health America (all local counties)
    • The Advocate
    • National Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Create revenue from writing through Amazon and KDP ad/keyword targets
  • Create audience for future sales
    • Local book fairs
    • Book signing/Release event
  • Create traffic to my social media outlets

3. Marketing Tools

  • Letters
    • Regional/national contacts where subject matter is related to organization
    • Local letter of introduction highlighting local landmarks and locations
    • Individual letter/email/link to online book sharing and promo groups
  • Promotional Package
    • Copy of book
    • Introductory letter with bio, upcoming work and contact into
      • include excerpts from positive reviews
      • Include accolades from industry people
    • Business card with links to sales sites for book and contact into
  • Book Fair Tour
    • Contact independent bookstore
      • Arrange for them to carry your book
      • Arrange for book signing event
  • Sit in front of computer and tweet.post/tweet about book wherever it is ok to post

4. What about the future?

  • Create my BRAND: edgy, literary fiction
  • Produce novels fitting my brand in diverse areas to bring more readers in
    • Re-write letters for new novel
    • Add/Subtract organizations based on their being pertinent to subject matter
  • Sustain my life through writing
  • Foster other writers to create a small publishing press

So this is a basic concept for marketing. What are you doing to market you title?