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February 13, 2011

Sellingbooks.com: Great promotional tool for writers

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Writers are always looking for resources, whether it be for some aspect of the writing craft or for promotion and marketing tools.  FREE promotion and marketing definitely fits into everyone’s budget and this author was lucky to find such an opportunity at sellingbooks.com.

Run by Cathy Stucker, this website contains articles on everything from agents to writer’s block.  Many contributors provide the content and although no monetary fees are paid to contributing writers, links to their websites can be provided on all articles submitted.

Any author with a published book can contact Cathy for information on being interviewed.  That’s exactly what I did and my interview is now up on the site at the following link:

http://www.sellingbooks.com/jacqueline-mcmahon-when-love-wont-die

I hope you’ll find time to read it and find out more about my suspense novel, When Love Won’t Die.”

Please let me know if you end up using this resource and provide the link to your interview and I’ll be sure to post it here.

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December 20, 2010

Book Reviews help authors promote

It’s been exciting getting feedback on my novel, “When Love Won’t Die”, from those who’ve purchased it and read it.  Today, I got a google alert and to my surprise, The Pen and Muse Book Reviews posted an amazing review of my book on their site.

Here’s the link:  http://networkedblogs.com/bMYZu

Here’s an excerpt of what reviewer, Tammy Elizabeth Southin, had to say about my writing:

“McMahon’s writing successfully captures the trauma women in abusive relationships must deal with and the emotional scars that are carried for life. For readers who wonder how the Eleanors of the world cope, McMahon provides a strong narrative that avoids hysterics and focuses on the individual with compassion and understanding. To the women who have been there, no explanation is necessary; for the women who have not, no explanation can be given.”

It’s reviews like this that help an author sell more copies of their book.  My publisher submitted my book to several review sites but it’s also up to the author, yes that means me, to also seek out reviewers and get as many reviews as possible if I want to really sell a lot of copies of my book. 

Don’t know where to start?

Check out these sites:

http://www.ebookcrossroads.com/book-reviewers.html

http://www.midwestbookreview.com/links/othr_rev.htm

http://www.topbookreviewers.com/authors/author_info

Remember that as an author, your job doesn’t end when you finish the book.  Now it’s time for promotion and marketing.

Soon I’ll be posting a “how to” for hosting a book signing, another great promotional tool for authors.

What are you doing to get the word out about your book?

October 25, 2010

When Love Won’t Die Reviews

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The ebook version of my suspense novel, “When Love Won’t Die”, has been out for about three weeks now and the reviews are starting to come in.  I’m thrilled to say that so far, it’s been two thumbs up from everyone who’s read the book. 

Here are a few quotes:

Sandy Carlson (novel writer and columnist from Michigan)
McMahon makes her characters seem so real and alive, I seriously recommend that this gripping story not be read after dark.

Cyndy Fairbrother (avid novel reader from Saskachewan)
I’ve probably read over five hundred books, and I only remember the good stories. I’ll remember When Love Won’t Die!

Erin-Brie Warwick (Warwick Life Strategies – Winnipeg)
The book is fantastic!! I’m about 1/3 of the way through…probably won’t sleep well tonight though haha.

Alison Gigliotti (avid reader of ebooks – Thunder Bay)
BTW wicked good score on the cover. I have bought many many ebooks and I gotta say, some of the covers are horrendous.

As an author, it’s definitely encouraging to read comments like these and know that what you have written has been well received by those who have purchased the ebook. 

But what if you haven’t published a book?  How can you get feedback?  Do you trust the opinions of your family and friends?

Do like I did:

  • Join a writing group in the city where you live
  • Join a critique group (either online or in person) where you can get constructive
    feedback
  • Attend writing conferences
  • Read books in the same genre as what you are writing
  • Learn everything you can about the publishing business
  • Research publishers that you feel have the right fit for your book by studying their submission guidelines and reading books they’ve published
  • Make sure the manuscript you are submitting is nothing short of your very best writing

Now…on to plan the booksigning.  I’ll post info. on the event when I’ve nailed down all the details.

And don’t forget – getting the book out is just the first step.  Now it’s up to you to seek out marketing opportunities and sell those copies.

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