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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 […]

Actions to help people will get you more publicity

Best professional branding publicity comes from problem solving tips articles and advice

This is one of the most common suggestions I have for people who seek publicity. Help the people you can help the most. When you write a news release the best professional branding will come when you ask media to publish something that helps people and show them you can really do it well. You […]

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 […]

The History of Valentine’s Day – Results of a Media Campaign

Mini-brag about the results of a media campaign

In late January I conducted a news release campaign for Maggie Lamond Simone, author of the hilarious book about adulthood titled From Beer to Maternity. Would you believe that the campaign netted her over 50 media requests for review copies, interviews and column requests? Among the accomplishments: An invitation to blog regularly (whenever she wants […]

Getting more book reviews for self-published books

Getting more book reviews for self-published books

Self-published authors often complain about how hard it is to get book reviews. Many of my clients are self published authors. I don’t think that media distinguish books by whether they are from self-publishers or quality publshers that much any more. Some do, but it’s because they make an assumpition of quality. That is what […]

Being bumped by the media – what do you do when this happens to you?

Tactics for responding to media when interview is postponed by other news

One of my clients just shared his experience of being bumped by a big media for a TV interview. This does happen people some of the time. The question is ‘what do you do when it happens to you?’ You can strategize and come up with actions and ideas to best position yourself when it […]

Getting Book Reviews – Submission Guidelines for 21 Top Book Reviewers

Getting Book Reviews - Submission Guidelines

I keep this list pretty current. Some book review sites will only look at galleys or advance review copies three to four months prior to publication. Others will only look at recently pubished books. Look before you invest the money and send off a package to be sure you send the right package to the […]

Getting Publicity & Making the Most of Book Expo America (BEA)

Tactics for getting publicity and making the most of the Book Expo America (BEA)

Getting Publicity & Making the Most of Book Expo America (BEA) I won’t be at BEA this year, opting to stay home, work with clients (oh yeah, and go fishing for walleye on the Columbia River). Many of you may want to hear my personal observations about working with the press at BEA. If you […]

Why book reviews news releases don’t work

Why book reviews news releases don't work

OK, you’ve written a book and now want to get some publicity? I recommend that authors stay away from news releases that simply say “I’ve published a book and am marketing it…..” It may get you local publicity and it may get you some book reviewers, some of which my end up getting published. But […]