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January 16, 2011

Promote your book on to the Best Sellers List

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Every writer today knows that writing the book and getting it published is only half the battle.  Much of the marketing and promotion is also left up to the writer and with all the tools on the internet, you CAN get the word out and if you’re lucky, maybe even end up on the BEST SELLERS list.

I did just that with my suspense novel, “When Love Won’t Die”.

Some of the things that I did:

1.      Held a booksigning at a branch of my local library  
         (In the future I’ll post some great ideas on how to attract people to your booksigning)

2.      Created pages on social networks like Facebook
          http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Jacqueline-McMahons-Writing/115755788486062

3.      Joined other sites like Twitter, Linkedin, and Jacketflap and get socializing with other
          writers, publishers, editors, agents etc.

4.      Used FREE press release sites to promote your book online

5.      Sent out press releases to all the media where you live (radio/newspaper/TV)

6.      Got reviews from those who have read it and have them posted online
          (I’ve got some at Amazon.com and Facebook already and also from a couple of
            book reviewers)

7.      Created a website

8.      Made postcards of the book’s cover and on the back put the following info:
          *    name
          *    website/book’s website
          *    where to purchase
          *    an enticing excerpt

9.      Got interviewed in a local arts magazine
          (You can also try getting press with local papers, TV and radio stations, plus online
           ezines and blogs)

10.     Joined online writers’ groups where to mingle, learn and promote

Keep promoting whenever you see an opportunity to network, but also, don’t forget to reciprocate by reading other writers’  books and offering reviews/comments on their blogs and sites.

January 9, 2011

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 1,400 times in 2010. That’s about 3 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 23 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 124 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 272kb.

The busiest day of the year was October 18th with 23 views. The most popular post that day was How to write a novel – web resources.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were rayannecarr.wordpress.com, facebook.com, mail.yahoo.com, en.wordpress.com, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for how to get a play published, how to get your play published, get your play published, ezines for writers, and how do i get my play published.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

How to write a novel – web resources November 2008
3 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

Where to get your play published September 2008

3

Contest entry fees: To pay or not to pay February 2009
4 comments

4

Resources for writers of Suspense May 2010
2 comments

5

Suspense novels – are they really so easy to write? March 2009

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