How to Tweet Your Book to Top Sales–end of day 1 of the ever so amazing Book Tour

Day 1 of Book Tour and How to Tweet Your Book to the Top of the Sales List So day 1 of the amazing book tour is coming to an end. It was really fun with all the tweets, shares, likes and burps... just making sure you're still reading. :) For those of you who missed the interview on Day 1 of my Book Blog Tour, check out my interview by Digital Journal.com. Here is an excerpt from a … [Read more...]

Twitter Do’s and Don’ts for Authors

Being new to Twitter, I find myself unsure of what is okay or not okay to tweet. I'm still learning and getting used to tweeting. I've been working in the web industry for over a decade so I am very comfortable with lots of forms of social media--except for Twitter. I promote my film and web series on Facebook and Youtube and proudly have a fan base of over 8700 fans. But I have always kept … [Read more...]

Twitter to Build Fanbase Effectively

I'm still learning about Twitter and how to reach my audience. As I mentioned in my previous post, how can I be effective in tweeting my message properly is a question I ask myself lately. With more followers, how can I make sure that my tweet does not end up being noise with all the tweeting that is happening. Also, what are the best practices for tweeting. Like I said, I'm still … [Read more...]

Tweet Reach – interesting tool for authors

Have you ever wondered how far your tweet reached? Here's an interesting tool by TweetReach. TweetReach measures the twitter campaign so tweeters can see the results of their tweet. Try it out for yourself by going to: http://tweetreach.com/ … [Read more...]

Tip for authors: Useful hashtags

Useful tips for Authors: If you are new to promoting on Twitter, I found a helpful article and great tips from Laura Pepper Wu. She explains what hashtags are and why they are effective in sending out your message to your targeted audience. To be honest with you, it wasn't until a few months ago, I was a bit behind with using Twitter and couldn't understand how it would help me gain an … [Read more...]

$100,000 in book sales Joe Konrath – self published author, my thoughts

As I mentioned in my previous posts, I am tired of other bloggers or people who want to dampen self-published authors' dreams. I am one to ignore that kind of talk and push myself to do what I love to do --write books and make movies. Speaking of dreams, I woke up from a dream the other day with a vivid picture of what my next novel, actually a series of novels are going to be. I spoke to my … [Read more...]

Selling Your eBook Globally

Now that Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) has expanded to Japan, a Business Week article says that Japanese love to read but find that there is not enough content. I have always wanted to tap into the global market of ebook sales. My current book Almost a Turkish Soap Opera has an international audience that I need to be able to reach. I found an interesting article by Cinda Fernando … [Read more...]

Review of The Burqa Master by Cid Andrenelli

The Burqa Master by Cid Andrenelli Satire at its finest mixed with a handful of Persian saffron spice The Burqa Master by Cid Andrenelli is a satirical, tongue-in-cheek look at the lives of a multi-generational Persian family living in a cramped apartment in London. The comedy is told in the style of a play with literary elements of a novel. As a film maker myself and also having … [Read more...]

Review: A Song for Nemesis by Len Harper

A thrilling ride…almost like watching an action mystery thriller movie… My rating: 5 out of 5 stars A political thriller that will appeal to readers across multiple genres, A Song for Nemesis is like watching a James Bond movie. With strong characters and a fast paced plot, I could not put the book down once I started. The story’s main character, Enrique, is introduced to the reader as a … [Read more...]

A Toss of a Lemon, by Padma Viswanathan – my review

The Toss of a Lemon is a book that you need a quiet place to read. The story takes place over decades from 1896 to 1958 and is centered around Sivakami a Brahmin girl who married at 10 years old to an astrologer who predicted his own short life. She is only 18 when she becomes a widow with two children to raise. Padma Viswantathan describes the caste and customs that Brahmin women must follow … [Read more...]

Who says I can’t be the next Amanda Hocking?

I've read about four different self published author blogs where the general advice is... If you are self-publishing, don't think you are going to be like Amanda Hocking. Amanda Hocking, if you don't know, is a self published author who sold over 1 million copies of her Kindle books. You can read more about Amanda by clicking here. Sorry, but I'm not going to take that advice. If you do your … [Read more...]

Do you look at your novel as a product?

Before you can really start selling your book, you have to do one thing. You have to look at your creative work as products. My work of art as what??? Products? Ouch. If you asked me this two years ago, I would have reacted the same way.  Two years ago, I finished writing the first draft my novel.  I always wanted to publish a book but had a goal to also make a movie out of the story so I pitched … [Read more...]

Review of Climbing Mountains by Osman Gulum

Climbing Mountains by Osman Gulum My rating: 5 of 5 stars Climbing Mountains is a story about the real life experiences of Osman Gulum, a successful entrepreneur, inventor and loving father. From the days as a child, growing up in a very small Turkish village, Osman had an inherent determination to not only survive his impoverished existence, but to surpass the challenges that confronted him … [Read more...]

For authors, great checklist on how to launch your Kindle book promo

Having spent the past 2 years marketing a film, I'm changing gears now and focusing on how to market books. Here is a fantastic checklist by WikiHow.com on how to market a Kindle book. This article literally guides authors step by step on the different phases of Kindle marketing from Before uploading your Kindle book Pre-book launch stage Official launch On going promotion Free … [Read more...]

Good read: Tendrils of Life by Owen Choi

I read Tendrils of Life by Owen Choi and was very touched by the story. Tendrils of Life takes you through the turmoil of war in Korea at the end of World War II and the Pacific War with the surrender of the Empire of Japan. Choi writes a detailed narrative of the plight of the Korean people during the time-frame when their beloved country is torn in two by outside forces. He weaves the historical … [Read more...]

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