December 24, 2012
christmas, Self-Publishing, Writing
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all my readers! Unfortunately, there are many people who will not have the joyous holiday they imagined this year. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting. Despite the tragedy they are recovering from, I hope they are able to enjoy the true meaning of Christmas: faith, love and family. For those of us who are blessed to be in the company of all of our loved ones, please keep those who need your support in your thoughts and prayers.
Too often, Christmas is associated with expensive gifts and frivolous spending, but Christmas should really be about love and family. This year, I challenge you to take a few moments to appreciate your blessings and to help those who are less fortunate. One of the easiest ways to do this is by spending a few minutes writing this holiday. You could write a poem, a letter, a short story, or even begin a chapter of the novel you’ve been putting off. Write about Christmas or your family, or use writing as a way to cope with the heartbreak that is saddening our country. Whatever you write, let it come from your heart.
||ABOUT JODEE THAYER: With over 20 years of experience in sales and management, Jodee Thayer works as the Manager of Author Services for Outskirts Press. The Author Services Department is composed of knowledgeable customer service reps and publishing consultants; together, they all focus on educating authors on the self-publishing process in order to help them publish the book of their dreams. Whether you are a professional looking to take your career to the next level with platform-driven non-fiction or a novelist seeking fame, fortune, and/or personal fulfillment, Jodee Thayer can put you on the right path.
December 21, 2011
Book Marketing, Kelly Speaks
Book Marketing, christmas, ForeWord Book of the Year, Kindle, new year resolutions
The holidays are here and while you are probably busy with holiday parties, baking, family gatherings, etc., don’t forget about book marketing. Here are a few things you can do this month to promote your book:
- Give copies of your book away as holiday gifts.
- Add a Kindle edition (or other ebook format). Many people will be giving away ebook readers as holiday gifts. Make sure your book is available in at least one e-bookstore for potential readers who will be browsing for books to read after they receive their gift.
- Enter your book in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award contest. Deadline is January 15th, so submit it now before it’s too late.
- Start planning for 2012. As you make your new year resolutions, consider your book marketing efforts and how you will increase or modify them in the new year. Reflecting on what worked well over the last year and what didn’t will help you plan for a bigger and better 2012!
- Enjoy the season! Take a break for a few days to enjoy your family and maybe even begin writing your next book.
DISCUSSION: How are you planning to promote YOUR book in December?
||ABOUT KELLY SCHUKNECHT:
Kelly Schuknecht is the Vice President of Outskirts Press. In addition to her contributions to the Outskirts Press blog at blog.outskirtspress.com, Kelly and a group of talented marketing experts offer book marketing services, support, and products to not only published Outskirts Press authors, but to all authors and professionals who are interested in marketing their books and/or careers. Learn more about Kelly on her blog at http://kellyschuknecht.com.
December 25, 2008
christmas, self publish
We just wanted to wish all of our self-published friends a very Merry Christmas!
Keep on writing!
Karl Schroeder and Kelly Schuknecht