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Book reviews VS. Feature Stories – Which Sells More?

Book Reviews VS. Feature Stories - Which Sells More?

I personally don’t believe that book reviews sell as many books as do feature stories. Yes, they have a role to play, but it’s actually a very limited role. The real gains are to be made with galvanizing feature stories. The key to understanding this is that book reviews tend to simply show and tell […]

Book Publicity for Fiction Writers

22 Questions for Fiction Writers to Answer and Use to Get More Book Publicity One core set of quality content that’s entertaining, educational and sheds light on your personality and the unique things you bring to your writing and the value it has for people all make for a good recipe for author success with […]

Don’t sell the book

Don't sell the book

Don’t just say, I wrote a book. Please buy my new book. Do your best and make a really good impression. Let your book go. Go beyond the book. Give people news. Educate. Entertain. Explain. Exhort them to take action. Do your best at whatever you do. if you are a comedian, make people laugh. […]

Timing the transmittal of a news release

One of the members of the POD Publishing discussion group asked the following question: When do you recommend going out with the press release (i.e. on the release date, a month before, etc.). ——- Timing news releases depends what you are trying to accomplish and where you are at in your publishing or product release […]

What Really Happens When You Send Out a News Release?

What Really Happens When You Send Out a News Release? Marketing and Promotion Using News Releases

Marketing and Promotion Using News Releases When you write a news release your goal is to get publicity – media coverage about you and your book – either an article or an interview. To do that you have to write a news release that is persuasive and interesting and then make sure it gets to […]

Is it worth it to hire a publicist?

Evaluating whether to hire a publicist for marketing and promotion

Since I’m a publicist and do a lot of work with authors and publishing companies, I’ll give you my spin on this. Is it worth it to hire a publicist? My response: It depends. I don’t really ascribe to the amount of money invested in the book as a decision factor myself. Lots of my […]

Getting Books Reviewed (Favorably) and Getting Media Coverage That Sells Books

Book Publicity Strategies for Getting More Media Coverage That Sells Books

I’ll talk the point of view from someone who gets books reviewed day in day out as a book publicist. I do this for a living, so I’ll share with you how I do it and what it takes to do it well. I’m not a fan of book reviews, I believe that they have […]

Incredible book publicity & promotion innovation demonstrated on the NYC Subway

Incredible book publicity & promotion innovation demonstrated on the NYC Subway

Hats off to The Book Bench and the Book Department at the New Yorker for a great snapshot of a truly innovative approach to book promotion. Timely topic, Great energy and enthusiasm, and almost free! (cost of a subway token!) http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2009/12/1000-words-diy.html Do note that they are asking for more picture tells a thousand word book […]

Free Book Publicity Podcast – Are News Releases Effective for Marketing Your Book?

Are News Releases Effective for Marketing Your Book? You betcha!

On November 19th, 2009 I had a wonderful time being interviewed for Authors Access with Victor R. Volkman and Irene Watson about whether Press Releases are still revelant to marketing and promoting books. We covered a wide-range of talking points, including: * So What Exactly Is A News Release? * Why Is This So Hard […]

Getting Publicity for Children’s Books

Tactics and strategies for publicizing and promoting children's books

Using other people’s opt-in email lists to try to sell a children’s book won’t make you any friends. Marketing and publicizing this way has not proven to be very effective. On the other hand, you can create a children’s book news release and send it to the right media. I can tell you from experience […]