Two new authors:
Chellis Jensen and Dana Quade!
Another new book: Pam Pree's and Mike "Darkside" Beakley's Betrayal,
Murder and Greed
Another new author!
Please visit Gerry Bradley's page on our Northwest Author's site.
Thanks, G. F.!
Our new author, G. F. Skipworth, has graciously given us mention on a page
on his website:
Give it a look (the link is on the top left corner of his homepage), and
stop by his page on our site to read about his new novel!
One of our authors, A. L. Finch (Child P.O.W.) has just gotten
a movie deal! More information to come!
Things are quiet right now. Buy from each other.
Selling Your Books
Selling books takes practice.
My sales have been improving. Here are some of the things I've done:
1. I'm working on keeping the readers' focus on my books, not on all of the clutter on my
table. The last book event I took off all of the brochures, promo signs, etc. I did much better.
2. Learn which markets are best for you. At street fairs, I don't do as well in Steilacoom
as I do at Proctor. Heck, at Steilacoom one year, Bruno sold a German book to a guy named Garcia--now that hurt!
3. If you're not selling, change what you sell. As fiction, my books didn't turn as many
sales as they did when I admitted that my books were actually autobiographical fiction.I got this tip from Elfi,
who at one show was selling more of my books than I was! Thanks, Elfi!
4. Try to give away something. Maybe a bookmark. I thought about giving away pencils one time,
but they didn't pencil out (tee-hee!).
5. Drop emails or postcards to your friends and readers to let them know where you're going to
6. Are you using all the resources on our site? I sent around an offer to post marketing, press,
and other materials on your page, and got little, if any, response. Check out the bottom of my page on our main site for ideas.
7. Keep in mind that your goal is not only to sell books, but to build readership for the
more to come...
In the news:
|Book-signing, Judy Comer Franklin, Cold Passion, May 8, 2010
|Pam Phree & Mike Beakley, Betrayal, Murder and Greed book-signing
|Aline at a reading/signing in Oroville, Wa, June 1, 2008
We now have 11 authors for our November 13th book event at Freighthouse Square. A few notes:
We won't offer Visa, but there is an ATM right outside the building.
If you have a white cloth for your table, that would be great, but don't go out and buy one.
Signed up so far:
Pam McPhree & Mike Beakley
Judy Comer Franklin
The holiday book event at Freighthouse Square is on!
Date: November 13, 2010
Time 11 AM-6PM (setup --I'm checking)
Fee: $15 per author
Deadline: Kristi would like to have the check by November 1st.
Make check out to FHS (Freighthouse Square)
c/o Nine Lives Vintage Wears
602 East 25th St., Suite 63
Tacoma, WA 98421
Update: So far, we have eight authors interested in participating.
From Judy Comer Franklin
Event: Fern Hill Days
August 8th (Sunday)
Contact: Linda at Park Avenue Books
She is not the one in charge of the event, but she has information and can
put you on the contact list.
From Charlie Brough
Event: Crosby Days
Where; Seabeck, WA
August 14, 2010
Sat. 9-5 PM
Vendor info to send in:
Type of craft
You want inside or outside space?
Need a table?
Need amenities? (May cost more)
cost per table or space: $15.00
Please call: 360-830-4270 for more info.
Please return entry to:
P.O. Box 179
Seabeck, WA 98380
Please make checks payable to:
Crosby Community Club
I'm having trouble getting this brainchild (the apple graphic) of mine to work. I'm deleting it from our main website.
It may be back later. I was going to use it on our main site to alert writers to check for messages.
I haven't heard anything about the Google Settlement for months. Has anyone
There is a Google Settlement
going on. The deadline for action
is being moved, I think, to give people
more time to react.
Search Google Settlement
on the Internet for more info,
and see my blog on this site.
On the Internet
Here are some links that
mention how to
increase sales of your books
Angela Hoy, March 27, 2008
more to come...
J.A Konrath, why do I even bother?
It and more is all in his free eBook:
"It's easy, after all, not to be a writer. Most people aren't writers, and very little harm comes to them." Julian
"If you can't annoy somebody, there's little point in writing."
Kingsley Amis, courtesy of The Tacoma News Tribune
"I'm either going to be a writer or a bum." Carl Sandburg
"This is a smorgasbord of violence." Robin Williams (Popeye) in the Popeye movie.
“Writers are a little below clowns and a little above trained seals.” John Steinbeck
"Always read stuff that will make you look good if
you die in the middle of the night." P.J. ORourke, AARP May/June/2002
with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking,
unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write
-- Edward Gibbon
"I expect to be revising in my coffin as it is lowered into the ground" Charles Simic, The Monster Loves His Labyrinth:
Notebooks, courtesy of Copper Canyon Press.
We have a professional editor among us. Val Dumond, the author of several grammar
books (among other things), can offer expert advice on editing your manuscript. Contact her for her fee schedule: JazzyVal@aol.com
Contact me before you contract with iUniverse.
Rare Arts ( Kindle@RareArts.com ) did the first cover for my Bears in the Hibiscus book. It was changed by the paperback publisher when the
book came out in paperback.RareArts did such a nice job! What a nice job! But it wouldn't work in the 9x6 format.
Five Rainbows Services (Walt@FiveRainbows.com) did the interior book design for my Kindle books. They did a very nice job. I highly recommend both of these
Sometimes, the simplest things can turn a sale. I do
it all, as long as it's free, so I call it my shotgun method of marketing...
Do you have a signature at the bottom of your email?
Do you have a book card? This is the size of a business
I tried to post some of your book cards, but the type
wasn't readable. What a disappointment. Some of you have great cards!
Do you have personalized letterhead?
Do you keep a customer mailing list? Nowadays, because
of the cost of mailing, mine is mostly email addresses.
Almost every year, I send out a Christmas card with my
new book on it. This year, the cover wasn't ready in time. One year, I also did a Valentine email.
Don't forget to copy the address off of a check before
you cash it.
Do you have bookmarks with your book and info on it?
Do you enter book contests? They're expensive sometimes,
I seek out the more reasonable ones that will accept pod books.
Some writers put their name and web address on their
car. The idea bothers me. You decide.
Exchange links with other writers if you have another
Don't forget to add your book-signings to our calendar.
Email the info to me, I do all the work!
I have begun adding one of my bookmarks inside the bills
I mail in. Why not? They sure load me up every month with their stuff.
Join Facebook and other social networks.
No publisher is perfect and some have worse flaws than others. Be sure to check into
ownership rights, ongoing fees for "services" (this seems to be a handling fee on some publishers' sites for listing your
book that they're going to make money on...go figure), and other problems.
Tate is interesting because they offer audio recordings for an additional fee.
|Elizabeth Lyon's new book!
All of Elizabeth's books are loaded with how-to and how not-to information. Get your