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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Children's Books- Special - World Of Ink Network -

Join in the fun for the very first Nick and Natalies Children's Book Club Show on November 4 at 8PM CST 9PM EST This is going to be a great show for Children's authors. Joining  Marsha will be Rebbeca Lyndsey, Kim Carmichael and Solera Winters, J D Holiday, Jan Britland and Arnold Rudnick.

 Call in with questions - (714) 242-5259
for more info

Link to the show

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Where Do Story Ideas Come From? The Daily News #amwriting

News Text On Retro Typewriter
They say truth is stranger than fiction. I sure have found that to be the case. Whenever I’m searching for a story idea, I never have to go much farther than my own television. The daily news is a beehive of honey when it comes stimulating an idea.
My first book Sealed In Lies was based on a story about a man who broke into a prominent Virginia Senator’s home and was discovered by the man’s wife. The thief, feeling he had no recourse, kidnapped her then later let her go. My brain took off with this idea. I always ask the question, “What if?”. My question here was: What if the wife didn’t want to be set free? What if the kidnapping was her only means of escaping an abusive relationship?  And a novel was born.
Keep a notebook at your side at all times, and while you’re watching the morning or evening news. be inspired!
Share with me where some of your story ideas come from. You might see them in a future post (with all credit to you of course!).
Books by Kelly Abell     Cover Designs by Select-O-Grafix

Copyright 2014 by Kelly Abell
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Happy Halloween

It's a Paranormal night!

Special Halloween -Show

Please join Marsha Casper Cook and Kelly Abell on October 28 at 9 PM EST 7PM CST for a very special Halloween show.

It's going to be fun and there will be a lot of surprises! Our guests for the evening are C J Ellison, Marianne Morea, Sharon Buchbinder, Alexandrea Weis and Melanie Nowak. You can find out more about the authors by going on the Paranormal Guild's website.

The phone lines will be open -(714) 242-5259 Bethany Cross will be opening the chat room

Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Join Marsha and Willow on Wednesday October 22 at 11 AM EST 10 AM CST 9AM MT 8 AM PST for a very special show featuring Jo Michaels. Jo Michaels has been The World of Ink Networks sponsor for the month of October. 

Jo is a graphic artist, editor and fascinating blogger. Her wonderful heartfelt imagination will become your guide as you read about the magical world that her characters live in. Her female characters are powerful beyond compare and her writing makes you proud to be a woman and also makes you want to share everything about Jo's writing. Her blog is terrific especially for new authors because she explains her technique and that is so very helpful to new writers.

Join the fun.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Smashwords / Nano

Smashwords/NaNoWriMo Promotion

Publish, Share, Track and Promote your NaNoWriMo Work-In-Progress

About NaNoWriMo
NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, takes place every year in November. Writers are challenged to start and complete a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 30. This year, over 200,000 writers are expected to participate. Learn more at
Smashwords is providing this promotion as a free public service to NaNoWriMo participants and their fans. Smashwords is not an official sponsor of NaNoWriMo, although we are a huge supporter and we encourage all authors to participate and to financially support the great work of NaNoWrimo. To make a tax-deductable donation to NaNoWriMo, visit
About the Smashwords/NaNoWriMo Promotion
Smashwords is opening up the Smashwords platform to allow all NaNoWriMo participants to publish, share, track and promote their works-in-progress.
All NaNo books will receive promotion via:
  1. A special catalog hosted at
  2. A special catalog in the native catalog of Stanza, the #1 most downloaded (2.5 million +) e-reading app on the iPhone and iPod Touch.
  3. A special catalog in the native catalog of Aldiko, the #1 most popular e-reading app for Android phones
  4. Promotion in the Smashwords blog, on Twitter, and elsewhere!
How to list your book as a NaNoWriMo title at Smashwords:
  1. Sign up for free with Smashwords (if you're not already a member)
    Between November 1 (12:00am PST) and November 30 (11:59pm PST), publish your NaNoWriMo novel:
  2. You can set the price of your book to FREE (recommended if you want to get the most readership), or you can set a price let readers pick their own price if you want friends, fans and family to financially support your month of writing madness. Free is better! If you do charge people to read your book, we suggest you donate your proceeds during November directly to NaNoWrimo to support their great program.
  3. During that same time period, whenever you feel like it, upload a new revision of your novel by going to your Dashboard and clicking "Upload new version" next to the title:
    And yes! readers will always be able to fetch the latest version!
    A dynamic display of a bar graph and other statistics on your book's public info page will help you and your fans follow your progress.
  4. Please note: Our word count may not match the official NaNoWriMo one!
    Send your friends, fans and family to Smashwords to read your novel, other NaNoWriMo novels, and to discover thousands of other great ebooks!
  5. If you write 50,000 or more words by November 30th, you'll see "Goal reached!" (If you finish after November, we'll show your latest progress, but also point out that you eventually did reach the goal.)

  6. REMEMBER: Smashwords is providing a fun way to publish (and sell, if you want) your new novel. You still need to sign up for NaNoWriMo and submit your book there, too, to participate in the offical contest!

    How to Promote your NaNoWriMo title at Smashwords:
    1. Use the social media links on your book page to share your book with friends, fans and family
    2. Encourage your friends, fans and family to share your work in progress with friends, using the social media links
    3. Celebrate your Nano entry by posting links to your Nano book at Smashwords, so fans can download your work-in-progress, readable in multiple DRM-free ebook formats!
    4. Review our free ebook, The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide, for additional marketing tips. Smart book marketing begins before you release your finished book, so star now!
    The Details
    • Since you cannot begin your novel until NaNoWriMo starts, you cannot add your book to Smashwords until then, either. (In other words, your book must have a "published" date at Smashwords within the month of November, or it won't be listed on this page.)
    • The book must be within the Fiction category at Smashwords.
    • During the month of November, whenever you upload a new revision of your work, its NaNoWriMo word count will be updated automatically.
    • Your book's participation in NaNoWriMo will be listed on the book's info page at Smashwords, along with the latest word count we saw during November.
    • Even after NaNoWriMo is over, please keep updating your book at Smashwords. And when you finish your novel, remember to uncheck the Work in Progress setting for your book!
    • PLEASE NOTE: Smashwords does not send your book or word counts to the official NaNoWriMo site! To officially participate in the contest, be sure to sign up at and update your book there, too!
      Click here to register at >

    After NaNoWriMo is Over

    How to Publish Your Finished Book on Smashwords
    When you finish writing your novel, and after you get it properly edited and proof-read (ALL books need many revisions and edits before they're truly ready to publish), and after you have carefully formatted it per the requirements of the Smashwords Style Guide, you can return to your Smashwords Dashboard, upload the finished version, and uncheck the "Work in Progress" setting to make it 'live' on Smashwords and eligible for free, Premium distribution to major online retailers such as Barnes and Noble, Sony, and others to be announced soon. Learn more about how Smashwords can distibute your book on our Distribution Information Page.

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Working With a Book Cover Designer

    I couldn’t have said this better myself. Good information to know when working with a cover designer. Thanks to Peter Fritze for writing this useful tip.
    Originally posted on Peter Fritze:
    Blog 27Last post in my series of blogs on how to self-publish, I wrote about what a book cover design should achieve. As an author, to get the best result for your cover, it’s useful to know some tips about the process of working with a designer. I’m assuming here you’ve hired someone to create original art for your cover.
    First off, if you’re expecting your designer to read your book as part of the design process, don’t. She’s unlikely to have the time (or interest), and depending on the schedule for your book release, your manuscript might not be in proper shape anyway.
    Instead, be ready with a good, short synopsis, preferably written. Also, be clear about the book’s genre, mood and tone, perhaps comparing them to those of well-known books.
    Next, have some ideas ready for her. In my first book, The Case for Killing, an abandoned railway track features (have…
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    Writing Tip #1 – Passive Voice

    One of the most common errors people make is writing in passive voice.  This slows down the action of your story and should be avoided as much as possible.  How do I recognize passive voice you ask? Passive voice always consists of a form of “be” and the past tense of the verb   Placing “had” or “have been” in front of your verbs is a quick way to recognize passive.  For example, The squirrels had been barked at by the dogs.  (passive voice)  The dog barked at the squirrels.  (Active voice -much more clean and it moves the action of the dog into the present and moves the story forward).
    In Active Voice the subject acts
    In Passive Voice the subject is acted upon.
    Only use passive voice when the actor (subject) is unimportant or unknown.
    Please add your tips for recognizing and dealing with passive voice.
    Books by Kelly Abell     Cover Designs by Select-O-Grafix
    Copyright 2014 by Kelly Abell
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    Welcome to Write with Kelly

    Welcome to my blog. I’m so excited you decided to stop by and join me on my journey. I was inspired to begin this blog by another author who visited my author website and found a page there where I’d posted some writing tips. She was so intrigued by the tips and how much they helped her, I decided to begin a blog and write about my experiences as an author and the work I’ve done in the publishing industry.
    Not only am I a published author with over 10 works to my credit, but I’m also a graphic artist, who works with book design and formatting. Through my company Select-O-Grafix, LLC., I have learned a great deal about the do’s and don’ts in the publishing industry and am eager to share them with you. We’ve dealt with everything from book cover design, book trailer design to building author promotion packages. We know what works with social media and what doesn’t. I’ll discuss topics like Building Your Author Brand, What Makes a Cover Eye-catching, and more…
    My hope is together we can learn more about how to improve our craft and present ourselves to publishing houses and agents, or create a self-published work that is professional and engaging to readers. Because after all, we wouldn’t write if we didn’t want someone to enjoy it, right?
    Please subscribe and follow me along this journey. I know you’ll discover many valuable tools to make you even better than you are today.
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    Books by Kelly Abell     Cover Designs by Select-O-Grafix
    Copyright 2014 by Kelly Abell
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    Tuesday, October 7, 2014

    From Jo Michael's Blog

    Tuesday, September 23, 2014

    How To: Start a Book Review Blog - Series on Becoming a Book Blogger Introduction

    Happy Tuesday, good people of the blogosphere! Today, I'm giving you some information about a new post series that'll walk you through the steps of creating your very own book review blog. So, if you haven't subscribed yet, and you're interested in reading great, free books (and making money doing it) get on it. You may subscribe on the right ------------>

    For this first of many posts to come on this topic, I'm giving you all a topic list that'll be updated as we go through the process. Why? Well, it's so I can show one link (to this page) and folks can find the information they're looking for. I love simplicity and organization (yeah, have you seen my link list?). Haha! In order, here are the post topics I'll be covering:
    When you see the following image, you'll know you're on one of the building a blog pages:

    I can't wait to get started. May the odds be ever in your favor!

    What do you think? Interested?

    Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!


    Thursday, October 2, 2014

    Special Mystery and Thriller Authors


     link to the show

    Please join Marsha on Tuesday October 7 at 8 PM CST 9PM EST 7PM MT 6PMPST for a terrific show when her guests will be three great writers with new books, Kelly Money, Cindy Cromer and Stacy Verdick. They will be reading a selection of their book. Don't miss this discussion and reading! Murder and thriller stories are really popular so save the date you won't want to miss this show.

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    Monday, September 29, 2014

        Meet Jo Michaels - 

    Author of the month  -World Of Ink Network


    Links to Books

    This is a bibliography for the author Jo Michaels. Any book shown with a Smashwords link is also available on iBooks.

    Yassa - Historical Fiction

    Paperback $7.99
    Paperback (large 14 pt type) $17.99
    NOOK $2.99
    Smashwords $2.99
    Kindle $2.99

    Temujin is the given name of one of the fiercest conquerors in history, Genghis Khan.

    Before he became a Khan, he was just a man in love with a woman his best friend tried to steal.

    Temujin tells his tale as a look over the life he's lived. He speaks of love, fear, friendship, and betrayal. What once was, can no longer be. Now, he questions his life and realizes the wrongs he committed. But it's too late to go back and fix them.

    In this riveting portrayal of his story, you learn about Yassa law, the struggles young Temujin faced growing up, and how one decision changed his life, igniting a conquering of the greatest contiguous empire in history.

    Isn't it funny how it all comes back to the love a man has for a woman?

    The Abigale Chronicles - Book One - Young Readers (Series)

    Paperback $5.99
    NOOK $0.99
    Smashwords $0.99
    Kindle $0.99

    Abigale Fontenot is a 12 year old girl living in West Bluff, Louisiana, who believes she is perfectly ordinary. When she is threatened by a bully on her way to school one day, what happens causes Abigale to begin a new journey. She has to ask herself, "Is it real or is it all just a dream?" As Abigale learns in Book One, things are rarely exactly as they seem. Friendships are formed with unlikely people: a wizened old woman and Abigale's arch nemesis, Emmett, and with their help Abigale learns she is far from ordinary. Book One of The Abigale Chronicles will leave readers itching for more to find out for themselves just what in the World is happening to Abigale.

    The Abigale Chronicles - Book Two - Young Readers (Series)

    Paperback  $5.99
    Kindle $0.99
    Smashwords $0.99
    NOOK $0.99

    Twelve-year-old Abigale Fontenot is struggling to figure out whether her adventures are real or imagined. After an adventure with Amazonion women in book one, Abigale and Emmett have formed a bond through mutual trust and secrets, but Kristy has turned against Abigale because of it. Now, Abigale again finds herself in a precarious situation with a city full of talking cats. Emmett is once more by her side as she faces down a vicious cat queen in an attempt to avoid certain death and restore the leadership of the city to its rightful owner. Will they succeed, or will they be roasted alive? What will happen when Kristy overhears the discussions about the adventures with Ada?

     The Indie Author's Guide to: Building a Great Book - Guide

    Kindle $2.99
    Paperback  $6.99
    Smashwords $2.99
    NOOK $2.99


    Indie authors struggle every day with formatting their books for both digital and print. This handy pocket guide is meant to walk you through, step-by-step, to creating the most attractive, easy to read book possible.

    Stop wasting your time and smashing your head on your desk in frustration. Balding authors with permanent red spots make us all look crazy.

    Your answers are inside these pages. It's everything you need to know about self-publishing your book.

    It's broken into six easy sections:
    1. Branding Yourself
    2. Formatting Your Manuscript
    3. Building a Digital Cover
    4. Final Checks
    5. Business Considerations
    6. If Your Book is a Print Version
    Each of those sections contains a wealth of information. There's no babbling here. You need short, straight, and to the point. Why waste time reading words you don't need to?

    Help yourself and grab a copy today. There's even a look inside preview where you can see that table of contents and each section within. Go take a look for free!

    Bronya (Book 1 of the Mystic series) - Paranormal

    Paperback $8.99
    Kindle FREE
    Paperback - DRD Edition $5.99
    Smashwords FREE

    This is book one of the Mystic series. A set of New Adult Paranormal novellas that speak out against issues faced in the world today, showing how strong women can overcome anything.

    Bronya Thibodeaux is a senior at Houma High School whose life is about to be changed forever. She's always felt like an outcast, but thinks she may have found a friend when a strange, new girl named Markaza who has blue hair, a number of tattoos, and a strange way of dressing appears.

    Bronya's life choices make her a pariah in her small town. After getting thrown out of school, not being able to find a job, and being subjected to ridicule and cruel treatment, Bronya chooses to leave her old life behind forever when she receives a compelling invitation from a mysterious company named WSTW.

    What Bronya doesn't know, is the mysterious company is owned by Markaza; a mystic who knows the end of the world is coming and is gathering together the only people who can stop the evil that's threatening to take over. Bronya is just the first. But going to New York is only a baby step toward her true journey. As Bronya races against the clock to unlock a power she never knew she had, Markaza races to collect the others: Lily, Shelia, Melody, and Coralie.

     The Abigale Chronicles - Book Three - Young Readers (Series)

    Paperback $5.99
    Kindle $0.99
    Smashwords $0.99

    Abigale Fontenot is turning thirteen. Just when she thinks her birthday couldn't possibly get any worse, a new adventure takes hold. Abigale and Emmett are whisked away to a world of fantasy where knights, dragons, and princesses are the order of the day. Abigale is kidnapped by an evil prince in a nearby kingdom, and it's up to Emmett to rescue her. But Abigale finds that escape is not the most important thing; restoring the evil prince's kindness that has been locked away in a magical book by a wicked sorceress must come first. While Emmett is trying to rescue Abigale, she is trying to free the prince from his curse. Will she succeed in her quest before the evil prince kills Emmett, or will she fail and lose her new best friend? Will death matter if the whole thing is a dream, or are the adventures real and truly dangerous?

     The Abigale Chronicles - Book 1,2,&3 - Young Readers (Series)

    Kindle $2.99

    Now, get all three of The Abigale Chronicles books in one easy Kindle download. Buy all three with this bundle and you're saving $2.98!

    Lily (Book 2 of the Mystic series) - Paranormal

    Paperback: $8.99
    Kindle: $0.99
    Smashwords $0.99

    This is book two of the Mystic series. A set of New Adult Paranormal novellas that discuss the ugly truth of things happening in the world all around us, showing how strong women can make a difference.

    Lily Conyers is a twenty-year-old who has it all going for her. One wrong decision changes her life forever. When she meets a strange young woman named Markaza, Lily begins to re-build with encouragement from her new friend.

    One rough night, Lily finds a letter on her step from a company called WSTW; promising her a new life.

    Lily packs her bags, bids Markaza goodbye, and sets off for the city. But going to New York is only the first hurdle Lily must jump. She must learn to use the power inside herself to help defeat an evil that is threatening to destroy the world. Once in New York, she meets a girl named Bronya and the two help one another re-build what was so negligently broken.

    As Lily is boarding the plane, Markaza gets on another headed to Tennessee so she can collect the next young woman on her list: Shelia.

    Shelia (Book 3 of the Mystic series) - Paranormal

    Paperback: $8.99
    Kindle: $0.99
    Smashwords $0.99

    This is the third book in the Mystic series. A set of New Adult Paranormal novellas that uncover issues faced in the world, showing how strong women can make a difference.

    After a horrible accident takes the lives of her parents, Shelia Morgan is placed in the care of her Aunt Ivy and Uncle Melvin.

    When she turns nineteen, her world is flipped upside down. When a girl named Markaza shows up and tells Shelia she's part of a group of young women destined to save the world, Shelia begins to dream of a new life and true freedom from her personal demons.

    She boards a plane destined for New York and her new life. Once there, she meets Bronya and Lily: Two other young women with special powers they must learn to harness in order to fight an evil that will rise on December 21, 2012, and destroy the world.

    Markaza heads toward Atlanta to save the life of a young lady named Melody before her mind destroys her from the inside out. As Markaza fights for Melody's life, Shelia, Lily, and Bronya throw themselves into their studies and learn that even power from within can get out of control.

    The Bird - Fantasy

    Paperback: $12.99
    Kindle: $5.99
    Smashwords: $5.99

    Stormy Terrebonne's life is about to change forever. A cardinal, a prince, and magic acorn soup are only the beginning.

    She soon finds herself being whisked away from all she's ever known to save an entire race of people known as Trobodytes.

    How? By killing an evil wizard named Bordash Bladeslinger.

    But not all is as it seems. Stormy has a handful of friends, and she's not sure they aren't enemies in disguise.

    Fantastical twists to the fairy tales you know and love abound in this tale of quests, witches, wizards, and a strange race of people known as Trobodytes. Suitable for those age thirteen and up, this young adult crossover fantasy novel is packed to the gills with action, adventure, and love.
    Melody (Book 4 of the Mystic series) - Paranormal

    Paperback: $8.99
    Kindle: $2.99

    This is the fourth book in the Mystic series. A set of New Adult Paranormal novellas that uncover issues faced in the world, showing how strong women can make a difference.

    Melody Acworth sounds like an angel. If she's not careful, she'll become one soon. Enrolled in  singing lessons at age seven, she took to the stage and began to get fan letters. Some were good,  some were detrimental to her psyche.

    By the time Markaza, a mystic with purple hair and tattoos, shows up, Melody's on her last legs.  Markaza works furiously to try and repair the mental damage done so she can get Melody to New  York; where she must learn to use a power hidden deep within herself to save the world.

    They're running out of time. As December 21, 2012 approaches at an alarming rate, Markaza's  visions turn dark and foreboding. The creature grows stronger every day. Soon it will rise and  destroy mankind unless all six women band together to fight it.

    Just one lady left to recruit: Coralie. But she's in a world of trouble.

    Coralie (Book 5 of the Mystic series) - Paranormal

    Paperback: $8.99
    Kindle: $3.99

    This is the fifth book in the Mystic series. These new adult paranormal novellas deal with social stigmas, judgment, and hate.

    Coralie Meyers is struggling to find her footing as an actress in New York. A malicious attempt to thwart another girl's career ends in catastrophe and Coralie soon finds herself in a precarious situation.

    As the sixth and final member of Women Save the World, a company created by Markaza Turner, Coralie possesses all the cunning the young ladies will need to defeat the evil that's rising under Central Park. If the women fail to save her, evil will rise and destroy the world.

    Now that Markaza has gathered four of her chicks: Bronya, Lily, Shelia, and Melody, all that's left to do is bring in Coralie, train her, and go to war. But the ladies are struggling with their powers and their personal demons. Will they find the power within themselves in time to destroy the monster and save the world? Only time will tell; and that's one thing they're short on.

    This fifth installment of the Mystic series is a lesson in what lies, hate, and judgment can do to the world when left unchecked.

    I, Zombie - Young Adult Horror

    Paperback: $14.99
    Kindle: $3.99
    Hardcover: $31.49

    Recommended for ages 13+ due to a mild amount of gore.

    It's the end of the world as we know it.

    Trixie Collins is a normal teen making her way through high school. One night at a party, a boy comes on to her and won't take no for an answer. As she jerks her arm away, his fingernails cut into her skin.

    When she finds her dog's mutilated body and realizes she's to blame, she starts to think maybe the zombie apocalypse they've been screaming about on the news isn't a hoax after all. Worse, she begins to think maybe she's one of the infected.

    Now it's a fight for life as she joins together with her brethren to stop the humans intent on destroying them. Are zombies all bad, or is it just a huge misunderstanding?

    Mystic Anthology (Books 1-5 of the Mystic series) - Paranormal

    Paperback: $24.99
    Kindle: $3.00

    This is the first five novellas in the Mystic series. If you buy them individually, they're $44.95 for the paperbacks and $4.95 for the Kindle versions. Now, you can get all five and save almost $2!

    And, if you purchase the paperback, you get the Kindle copy FREE.

     Markaza (Book 6 of the Mystic series) - Paranormal

    Releasing sometime in 2014

    Synopsis to come!

    M - Young Adult Urban Fiction

    Releasing sometime in 2014!

    Synopsis to come!

    Monday, September 22, 2014

    Have a little magic!

    Isabella Pimpinella‘s Magical Potion is a fun imaginative read for the early reader as well as the more advanced. The true test of bravery begins with thirteen little girls and a cat named Bogart who have the time of their life at the greatest sleepover ever when they get the chance to make a magical potion and learn to believe in themselves. It’s not only fun and fast paced it’s magical. 

    Amazon Link 

    Paul Jarvis - how are books sold?

    How to Market a Self-Published Book

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    The advice you see on blogs telling you how to get people to buy your book is all pretty much awful. Guaranteed in 5 easy steps!

    This isn't because of bad intentions or even some sort of trickery, it's just that there's no one-size-fits-all solution to generating sales for your book.

    You can achieve success -- however you define success -- by doing practically anything that goes with or even against current advice online for self-published book marketing. The "self" in self-publishing means you've got the reins.

    Save the silver bullets for werewolves (especially if you're writing a book about werewolves). If there was a silver bullet, everyone would be doing that one thing, and it would get so watered down that it would become completely ineffective.

    Tactics that game the system also tend to stop being able to game the system fairly quickly. So by the time you're reading about it, it's already too late to use it.And keep in mind, if you simply try every piece of advice out there on marketing your book, you're going to spread yourself way too thin to be effective.

    Marketing your self-published book involves a lot of focused work, typically as much work as it took to write the book in the first place. And there are no guarantees. But without marketing your book, no one beyond your friends and family will read it.

    The good news, if you're still with me (and I hope you are), is that the best person to market your book is you. You know the book inside and out, you know your own story, and you know your audience.

    I've always approached book marketing as experiments. I try something that may or may not work, and if it does, great! If it doesn't, then I don't try it again. I've given away llamas, run contests simply because it was Thursday, launched books in every platform that would have me, and tried so many things even my own head spins a little (you can read about the specifics in this PDF).

    I've sold, given away, bundled, and sold the foreign rights to my books to the tune of almost 100,000 copies. I'm no Stephenie Meyer (probably because none of my books have werewolves), but for a self-published guy who knew nothing about the industry when I started, I've done alright.
    For every book I've written, I've tried at least a handful of new ideas to get it to the right people. Mostly though, I've learned that as long as I'm having fun marketing the books I write, and enjoy trying weird and interesting ideas, then I'm happy to keep going.

    Base your marketing plan on your intentions
    The way you market your book should be based on two things: your values and the intentions for the book. If something feels slimy or inauthentic, don't do it. You should never let a bit of exposure trump your values. Short-term gains that feel wrong seldom result in long-term growth as an author. They can also decrease your social capital.

    The intentions for your book can really be anything -- credibility and status in your industry, increased bookings for speaking, consulting or projects, building your brand, further educating your audience with a new point of view on a subject they care about. Your book, your intentions. And however odd -- because anyone can write a book now -- books are still a strong signal that you're an expert on a topic or in a field.

    If your intention is to sell a million copies or get on a best-seller list, that's more the result of many things going right, since it's really out of your control. Plus, most of the time, you're just going to be disappointed with that for a goal. Only a handful of books sell a million copies or get on the NYT or WSJ lists. And you don't need either to make money or build credibility (or even to have fun with your book).

    A few of my books are "best-sellers" and it was really just a result of trying lots of things that slowly pushed sales higher. It's a war of attrition on experimenting, failing, learning, and continually pushing for more exposure and connections.

    Your intentions also have to match the content and message of your book. For example, if you write a book about American Condors (which are EPIC, seriously), your intention can't really be to get more gigs speaking on the web design circuit. Or, if your book is about a super specific topic that relates to a teeny-weeny group of people, it'll never be a massive best-seller (but can definitely become a phenom in that small group).

    It's them, not you
    Once you've got an intention, move onto your audience. Who are they? Why will they care? Where do they currently get their information from?
    If you don't know who your audience is, consider this:
    1. Why did you write the book?
    2. What do you want people to get from it?
    3. Why would those people be motivated to get information from your book?

    From there, think about what motivations people would have in common who would find that end result of your book valuable.

    An audience of "everyone" is typically too big to grasp or connect with. Where does "everyone" get their information? There's no single source. What motivates "everyone" to learn something? There's no single motivation. What does "everyone" care about? There's no single topic.
    You get the idea... "Everyone" is not your audience.

    Your audience is a specific set of people with specific motivations and values. They're much easier to reach and connect with than everyone.

    Your audience is probably awesome, but they are also self-serving and need to know what's in it for them (it's just human nature). What are they going to learn that can't be found anywhere else? How will they benefit from this knowledge? How can they apply that knowledge to better their lives, careers, or wallets? They're putting both their money and their time into the book, so they need to be sure it's worth both. Even free books have a large investment of someone's time.

    Meet your audience where they hang out
    Once you have a handle on your audience and what motivates them, you've got to go to them. Where are they currently getting their information? Which blogs, podcasts, publications, influencers, media outlets do they consume?

    Make a list that includes contacts at each source. Their name, email address, and social media profiles. Then start to follow them, interact with them in a way that fits with you, help if they ask any questions or need assistance. Get on their radars. Keep notes about your interactions.
    If it's a publication that accepts guest posts, start pitching them. If it's a podcast, ask to be a guest. If it's a blog that does interviews, ask to be interviewed. In each instance, lead with what's in it for them and their audience. Also, keep notes on which people you've pitched, and if they accepted or turned you down (so you don't pitch the same person the same idea twice).

    Not many people are going to promote you and your book out of the goodness of their hearts, unless you've built strong relationships with them first. It's better to pitch yourself and your book on how it relates to their audience and how it will benefit their audience. Just like figuring out the motivations of your audience in order to sell books, you've got to figure out the motivations of the sources your audience consumes to pitch what's in it for them to feature you.

    Marketing tools
    As I said at the start, there's no single way to market a book that's guaranteed to fit with your personality and also have massive results. What you can do is align your book with your intentions and values, and constantly work at moving in that direction.

    Selling your book and selling what's in your book is the same. You wrote a book because you wanted to convince people of an idea. Marketing your book is really just convincing people that the idea is worth the purchase price and time to read it.

    The tools you use to market aren't just creative or design decisions, they're marketing choices that need to align with your intentions and your audience.

    These are tools you need to have in place to launch any marketing plan:

    Book title
    What are you delivering in the content? Is the title easy to remember? Is it both descriptive and captivating? If necessary to explain the premise more, use a byline to push just a little more information on the cover. Use it to narrow down your audience (who it's for, who it's not for), get more specific or describe the key point.

    Book story
    What story are you telling with your book in 1-2 sentences? Use this for pitches to media, your mailing list, or as the call to action on your site. Why is the story interesting? Test different one-sentence stories on social media (and measure the resulting clicks) or on your newsletter (using A/B tests). Adapt your story based on what performs best. Your story is how you describe your book in writing or in interviews.

    Does it look professional? This is the biggest factor. Because anyone can publish a book, you don't want your cover to look like you made it yourself (unless you're a pro book cover designer). It has to look as good or better than the biggest books in your category.

    Author bio

    You need three of these: one sentence (for things like social media bios), one paragraph (for bylines on guest posts), and one page (for all the details). Include your relevant accomplishments, relevant credentials, previous books, press mentions ("as seen in X"), and anything interesting that your audience will think is interesting, too. If you have a hard time writing something that balances being criminally egotistical and not boastful enough, ask a friend, editor, or reader to help write it. Sometimes it's easier for someone else to talk about you than it is for you to talk about yourself.

    Author photo
    For self-published books, you want more professional and less Instagram selfie. Use a pro camera or hire a professional to make sure you've got a photo that looks as good or better than the top authors, and also matches the style of your writing (if it's casual writing, wear a t-shirt, if it's formal, wear a suit or sleek black dress, etc.). Make sure your face is the biggest part and the focal point of the shot. Save your creativity for your next poetry-slam.

    Book description
    You also need three of these: one sentence, one paragraph, and one page. This is less a summary of the content and more the sales pitch on why someone needs to read it. What's interesting, noteworthy, or newsworthy about it? What's the most important thing your audience will learn? Why should anyone care that you wrote it? What is the benefit of reading it?

    These prove that someone, typically more well-known than you, not only wanted to read it, but liked it enough to publicly endorse it. There are three general types of book blurbs: press mentions from recognized media sources (places where your audience gets their information), key industry influencers (names your audience will immediately know and be impressed with) and clients/customers (who benefited from reading it).

    Landing page
    This is the sales page for your book on your own site. Include all of the above, with links to buy the book through your own payment processor (like GumRoad) or Amazon, B&N, iTunes, etc.

    Mailing list

    Hands down the most useful tool, however you use it, is your mailing list. Start collecting emails before your book is ready (with a coming soon landing page), use it as an announcement list when your book is ready, and use it to consistently communicate with your audience. There's no better way for an author to talk to their audience and sell books than a newsletter.

    The grand finale
    These tools are all opportunities to sell your book using whatever marketing method you feel resonates the most with you and your audience. Your choices on cover, title, blurb, and bio all need to be carefully crafted with your audience in mind.

    The key -- the absolute key -- to marketing a book is to have written a great book that people actually want to read and then talk about.

    Write for your audience, not for yourself (even if it's a memoir). If the quality doesn't happen within the pages of the book, no amount of marketing is going to help in the long run (even if you pay for it).

    Books are sold by word-of-mouth and regular people talking to other regular people about what they read. Press and publicity help, but the best promotion comes from people telling the people they know to read something. Write something worth reading and worth gushing about. Is it difficult to do? Totally. It requires lots of work, revisions, editing and testing. If is it impossible to do? Hell no.
    Less convincing and hard selling needs to happen if people can easily grasp your concept and want to get your insight on your chosen topic. So be clear, be useful, and be unique.

    Have all of the above in place well before you launch your book. Plan out exactly how you're going to market your book, using the tools above as laser-focused weapons to slice through the existing noise of everyone else's self-published book.

    Curious for more details on my book marketing strategies? Grab my "Anatomy of a Self-Published Book" PDF here. I break down what I did for marketing each previous book, as well as the exact costs for my latest book.