Recently Answered Questions:



Q –

Dear Angela,

I took a call the other day from a company looking to publish/market my books. I was clear about my desire to remain with your company. I’m not going anywhere. That said, this company offered some marketing services that caught my attention.

Given your expertise, I’m hoping you might take a look at their email and share any thoughts. And if you have any information about them, I’d be grateful to know about it. Likewise, the fee structure for what they offer may be something you could reflect on and give me some advice?

I could truly benefit from any help you can offer.


A –

Ingram charges FAR less than that company for an ad in their Advance Catalog. We have offered that option to our authors in the past but I recently asked Justin here to remove it from our order forms because we weren’t seeing any sales from those Ingram Advance catalog ads.

Radio shows are also not big book sellers. I’m not sure if they were quoting you a jaw-dropping $4,000 just for the Ingram advance ad, or for that AND the radio show, but I can pretty much guarantee you that you will NOT see resulting book sales anywhere close to that amount. I found an article about the radio host they’re touting. He was convicted of two felony counts of theft. He stole his client’s advertising money.

Stay far away from that outfit. They’re bottom feeders, meaning they use telemarketing to find authors who have already published their books, and then try to sell them services at extremely high rates.

And, according to one complaint on the Better Business Bureau website: “This is absolutely, positively, without question, the worst self publishing company in America.

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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

BOOK PROPOSALS THAT WORKED! Real Book Proposals That Landed $10K - $100K Publishing Contracts - by Angela Hoy



Peek over the shoulders of highly successful, published authors to see how they landed publishing contracts worth $10,000 to $100,000! An enticing yet professional book proposal is the key!

BONUS! Successful ghostwriter, Anton Marco, shares his secret for landing ghostwriting clients. Don’t miss Anton’s real ghostwriting contract at the end of this book! It provides an example of what he charges and the payment terms he requires from each client.



QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments



Peek over the shoulders of highly successful freelance writers to see how they earn thousands per article! The query letter is the key!
In these pages, you'll find real query letters that landed real assignments for national magazines, websites, and corporations.

Also includes:

  • Abbi Perrets' form letter that brings in $30,000-$45,000 annually
  • Sample phone query from Christine Greeley
  • The Six Golden Rules of Queries and Submissions...and How I Broke Them! by Bob Freiday
  • Your Rights As a "Freelancer"
  • and ANGELA HOY'S SECRET for finding ongoing freelance work from companies that have a stable of freelancers, yet never run ads for them!



7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition


At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!



Read more here:


http://writersweekly.com/books/5635.html





 

 

Q –

I am tired of making changes to my book. I have read it hundreds of times over the past few years. Each time I send it back to my publisher, they find more problems, and send it back to me again. I don’t want to read it anymore. I just want it put up for sale. They’re refusing to do that. I can’t afford to hire an editor. What can I do? Will another publisher take my book and let me publish is as it is right now?


A –

You should be happy that you’re working with a publisher who cares about what they’re putting on the market. Most print on demand / self-publishing service firms do NOT. They’ll slap just about anything up on the Internet for sale. And, that eventually comes back to bite them. For example, some libraries and bookstores won’t buy books that Amazon’s self-publishing division has published. Other firms are in the same boat. So, I’m glad you’re not using an author meat market.

I know it’s frustrating to keep finding errors in your own book. You nor your publisher want to put an error-laden book on the market. Readers WILL post negative reviews – lots of them. And, those will harm your reputation, as well as your publisher’s.

If you can’t afford an editor, please see:

Can’t Afford An Editor? Try These Four Fun Steps For A Much Cleaner Manuscript! By Angela Hoy

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22 Signs That So-Called “Publisher” is an AUTHOR MILL! By Angela Hoy

Disturbing Allegations In The New Author Solutions Lawsuit! By Angela Hoy

What Are the Odds My Book Will Sell?

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Fall 2020 24 Hour Short Story Contest








So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter - How To Make Money Writing Without a Byline


Many freelance writers find it difficult to break into the publishing world. What they don't know, however, is that there's a faster and easier way to see their words in print. It's called ghostwriting, and it's an extremely lucrative, fun, and challenging career.

But how do you get started as a ghostwriter? How do you find new clients who will pay you to write their material? How do you charge? And what kind of contracts do you need to succeed? All these questions and more are answered in So, You Wanna Be a Ghostwriter...How to Make Money Writing Without a Byline.

Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/49.html







33 Worst Mistakes Writers Make About Blind Characters



I admire any writer who wants to tackle a blind character. But so many writers take up this challenge and FAIL. They research blindness by reading other fiction books, by observing their blind colleagues and acquaintances, and by tying on a blindfold and pretending to be blind themselves.



I understand the challenges your characters face, their triumphs, their hopes and their fears, because I've lived them. I work with people who have varying degrees of blindness every day, so I've seen every challenge, every situation you could imagine.



Let me share my knowledge to improve your writing. You can create blind characters that readers will fall in love with.

~Stephanie Green

 

Q –

I found a copy of my book is for sale online for $400! Why didn’t I get a higher royalty for that? It’s not fair that someone would get that much money for my book but I don’t get part of it! My publisher hasn’t responded to my emails. Do you know how it works? 


A –

I assume you are looking at ebay, or at a listing by an Amazon reseller. Amazon reseller listings are full of errors. They’re database driven and humans don’t even look at them. If it’s ebay, some people selling used books priced them sky-high if they can’t find other copies of that book online anywhere. It’s a gamble but many people do it.

As far as your royalties go, whoever originally purchased that copy (if it even exists at all) paid for it and, if your publisher is honest, you’ve already been paid for it, too. However, authors and publishers don’t get paid every time a print book is resold.

If you walk into a used bookstore and pick up an old collector’s edition of The Old Man and the Sea, the only person who will make money on that sale is the bookstore’s owner.

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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing


Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.



The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.





Read more here:


http://writersweekly.com/books/6712.html





90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

Q –

Angela,

I am getting reports from people that they have purchased my book in Ebook format from Amazon already. However the link still shows paperback only. Can you help to clarify this?


A –

I checked and your ebook is definitely not for sale on Amazon yet.

If someone told you they purchased your ebook, ask them for a copy of their Amazon receipt. I’m betting it doesn’t exist. Expect a lot of hemming and hawing, and them telling you they didn’t get a receipt, or they can’t find it, etc.

Sometimes our friends and family tell us they bought our book when they didn’t so they won’t hurt our feelings.

Please see:
EMBARRASSING! When Friends and Family Lie About Buying Your Book

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HOW TO REMEMBER, WRITE AND PUBLISH YOUR LIFE STORY


Angela Hoy's popular online class is now available in book format!


Remember Your Past
Write It and Publish It
in as little as 12 weeks!



Angela Hoy's book will get you started!



  • Using Angela's MEMORY TRIGGERS, recall memories that have been dormant for years
  • Record those memories in chronological order in your memory notebook
  • Using the memory notebook as your outline, write your autobiography!
  • Also works for biographies and memoirs!

Read more here:
http://booklocker.com/books/4764.html

How Many Copies Of Your Book Would You Have To Sell In Order To Break Even?




Q –

Recently, I received an email from the Elite Choice Awards:


I’m Katherine from the Elite Choice Awards and I hope this email finds you well.

Every year, our program reaches out to a select group of authors to invite them to apply to the awards. This year, you are one of them!

We look for authors with fresh and new voices that we think would be deserving of a book award.

Here is some information about our program:

Prizes: A chance to win our grand prize of $5,000 in cash, an editorial review of your book and exposure to key book buying audiences.
Deadline: We have a rolling deadline which means that you can enter all year long.
Guidelines: Your book will be judged on the story or structure, writing style and tone, and originality. Your book must be written in English and have a publication date of 2010 or later.
Categories: A list of our official categories can be found on our website.

Here is a link to our website where you can learn more about how to formalize your application.

I hope that you take some time to apply.

Warm Regards,
Katherine Hughes


I am extremely skeptical that this is a legitimate book awards program. I went to the website and noted that they do not have lists of prior winners of their awards. I am unable to find out any information about the Elite Choice Awards other than through their website. I would like to make sure that other authors are not taken in by Elite Choice Awards, if in fact it is a scam. I thank you for your assistance. Thank you very much for all the good work that you do.

– William



A –

Thank you for alerting us to this, William.

I see several red flags here:

1. “Every year, our program reaches out to a select group of authors to invite them to apply to the awards. This year, you are one of them!”

Total B.S. Their website lets anyone enter.

2. They spammed you. NEVER send money to spammers.

2. Her email doesn’t mention the entry fee. It’s $99 for just one category. It appears you can enter your book in several categories, which is ludicrous.

From their website:

3. “One Of The World’s Most Trusted Book Awards” and “A Trusted Seal of Approval

Trusted by whom? They’ve only been in business since 2017!

4. “Since its inauguration, over 2,500 books have received an Elite Choice Award

2500 winners since just 2017? Seems to me that being a “winner” means nothing at all. Only one winner (allegedly) wins $5,000 each year. What are the other people winning? Looks like NOTHING.

5. “All entrants of the Elite Choice Awards are eligible to win the $5,000 cash prize. The cash prize winner is selected by random draw once per year.

The winner of a “random drawing” does NOT win based on merit so the “distinction” is worthless.

5. They claim honorees have been featured on Oprah. They started business in 2017. The Oprah Winfrey showed ceased airing in 2011.

6. When you click on the “award winners” link on their site, it says:
This page is currently being updated.

There are no winners listed at all even through they claim that 2500 books have received awards???

7. “A Mark of Distinction

HA HA HA HA HA!!!

8. No refunds permitted and “The Elite Choice Awards reserves the right to cancel, suspend, terminate or modify the award competition, without prior notice, including the selection of prize winners in any manner it deems fair and reasonable.

So, they can collect the money and change the award, or simply not hold the contest at all. And, remember, NO REFUNDS.

This is just another low-brow company preying on writers.

Don’t just take my word for it. Check out Patrick Finegan’s take on this racket here:

The latest book award fraud: Elite Choice Book Awards

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7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition


At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!



Read more here:


http://writersweekly.com/books/5635.html





How Many Copies Of Your Book Would You Have To Sell In Order To Break Even?






The Best of Boyd's Blogs: 87 Solutions to a Life of Better Speaking and Listening






Ever wish you could have your favorite blog in book form? There's nothing like flipping through the pages and reading helpful snippets here and there.

In this book, Steve Boyd gives you that very opportunity. He has intrigued his readers and clients for years with his insightful newsletters and blog posts. This book includes some of his most interesting stories and communication tips, from listening to speaking. As he quotes this Chinese proverb, "From listening comes wisdom and from speaking repentance."

You won't need to repent from your next speech if you use these articles to guide both your preparation and delivery. As an avid reader of his blog said, "These articles are priceless! People need what you have to say."





Steve Boyd's articles on motivation and communication-related topics have appeared
in various publications. His books on public speaking have sold over 30,000 copies.
He is a popular after-dinner speaker and conducts workshops for businesses and associations
whose members want to speak and listen effectively to improve personally and professionally.




Read more here:


https://booklocker.com/books/7171.html



Q –

Hi Angela,

I’m hoping you can help me with a writing problem. I have been having trouble getting Freelancer.com to pay me for work I’ve completed for an employer using their platform. 

The overview:

On the Freelancer.com platform, the employer was “verified” and had deposited their money with the platform. That gives writers the green light to work on it, as Freelancer.com is holding the money. I submitted to the employer an outline and first paragraph. The employer loved it. I knew I was on the right track, so I completed the project and handed it in. Then the employer vanished. The employer is supposed to “release” funds to the writer once jobs are complete. I filed a complaint through Freelancer.com’s formal complaint channel. They said if the employer doesn’t respond within two weeks, they would find in my favor and I would get paid.

Two weeks passed and the funds were released. I felt relieved until after two days (the normal time it takes for funds to transfer from Freelancer.com to PayPal), I received a notice that the transfer was being cancelled because they needed more information from the employer. What? Freelancer.com insisted that they needed the employer to verify his identity. Uh, that had already been done! They said so when I took the job or I would not have taken it.

Then they claimed that their system automatically found some information on the employer that needed verifying, but in two weeks, it would likely be resolved. Then the employer’s account was closed. Over a month has passed and lately they’ve been saying that I have to wait until the ghosting employer decides to re-open the account and verify the information they want so I can get the money that Freelancer.com is holding. Yeah, like that’s ever happening! Interestingly, this is the first sizable amount of money I’ve earned through Freelancer.com. I have been paid on several smaller projects just fine.


A –

In my opinion, if Freelancer.com has the money from the employer already, they need to pay you for the work you did. If they erred somewhere along the way, that’s not your fault and you should not be penalized for that.

There are plenty of complaints about freelancer.com online.

Here’s a sampling:

The trouble with Freelancer.com

The Trouble With Freelancer.com: Part II

Freelancer.com is destroying my life – A warning to freelancers

Complaints Board

Indeed

Reddit

Don’t use Freelancer.com

Glassdoor

I always recommend writers avoid bidding sites. Write for real publications that offer firm rates for quality work.

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QUERY LETTERS THAT WORKED! Real Queries That Landed $2K+ Writing Assignments



Peek over the shoulders of highly successful freelance writers to see how they earn thousands per article! The query letter is the key!
In these pages, you'll find real query letters that landed real assignments for national magazines, websites, and corporations.

Also includes:

  • Abbi Perrets' form letter that brings in $30,000-$45,000 annually
  • Sample phone query from Christine Greeley
  • The Six Golden Rules of Queries and Submissions...and How I Broke Them! by Bob Freiday
  • Your Rights As a "Freelancer"
  • and ANGELA HOY'S SECRET for finding ongoing freelance work from companies that have a stable of freelancers, yet never run ads for them!

Make Sure Your Marketing is Targeted at the Right Audience



 

Q –

I noticed you have a page of complaints about specific publishers but do you get involved with finding scam PR sites where you can promote a book? Reason I asked is because I am looking at the possibility of promoting a non-fiction picture book.

There are quite a few PR sites were you just send them your press release and they send it to their list. I actually fell into the “Christian” business label for one such business. After researching their contacts, I actually found many (50%) that were no longer in business. It took me some time to do the research to validate the results.

I don’t now if other authors use such sites, but I thought I would mention it. Hoping to hear your response.

-John J.


A –

We advise authors to avoid press release services. Most of those end up in the physical trash (if they’re mailed), or in the spam folder or trash in people’s email inboxes. Those types of services are sending mass emails to the same publications over and over. And, with more than a millions books published each year now, a “new book” is no longer considered “news.” Many print on demand publishing services firms sell this service to their authors. DON’T BUY IT.

We recommend authors individually contact the media on their own. Please see:

Press Releases Are Boring – News is Not

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90+ DAYS OF PROMOTING YOUR BOOK ONLINE: Your Book's Daily Marketing Plan by Angela Hoy and Richard Hoy



Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

7.625 STRATEGIES IN EVERY BEST-SELLER - Revised and Expanded Edition


At this moment, thousands of would-be authors are slaving away on their keyboards, dreaming of literary success. But their efforts won’t count for much. Of all those manuscripts, trade book editors will sign up only a slim fraction.

And of those titles--ones that that editors paid thousands of dollars to contract, print and publicize--an unhealthy percentage never sell enough copies to earn back their advances. Two years later, most will be out of print!

Acquisition Editor Tam Mossman shares seven essentials every book needs to stay in print, and sell!



Read more here:


http://writersweekly.com/books/5635.html









Q –

Hi Angela,

I hope this finds you safe and well. Interesting time we are living now! There is a problem with Amazon. Three of my readers contacted me to let me know that they tried to upload a book review for me on Amazon and give me a book rating of ***** but Amazon is not letting them do either, despite the fact that they are accredited purchases, and bought the book through Amazon!

I have checked some Amazon complaint forums and it looks, from what I have seen so far, that it is a common problem. A lot of authors are complaining about the fact that their readers cannot post any reviews. (Name removed) tried to put a review for me both on amazon.com and amazon.fr without success despite the fact that she is a verified purchaser and has bought book via Amazon. (Name removed) tried to post a book review for me today on Amazon.com and couldn’t. Same story with (name removed). All have purchased the book via Amazon. 

Safe hugs from far away.

J.


A –

I know this is frustrating but it’s par for the course for Amazon.

Please see:
IS AMAZON REJECTING BOOK REVIEWS FROM YOUR READERS? We Found a Work-Around!

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Promoting your book online should be considered at least a part-time job. Highly successful authors spend more time promoting a book than they do writing it - a lot more.

We know what you're thinking. You're an author, not a marketer. Not to worry! We have more than a decade of successful online book selling experience under our belts and we're going to teach you how to promote your book effectively online...and almost all of our techniques are FREE!

Online book promotion is not only simple but, if you have a step-by-step, day-to-day marketing plan (this book!), it can also be a very artistic endeavor, which makes it fun for creative folks like you!

Yes, online book promoting can be EASY and FUN! Let us show you how, from Day 1 through Day 90...and beyond!

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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing


Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.



The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.





Read more here:


http://writersweekly.com/books/6712.html





Writing FAST: How to Write Anything with Lightning Speed


A systematic approach to writing that generates better quality quickly!


Chock full of ideas, tips, techniques and inspiration, this down-to-earth book is easy to read, and even easier to apply. Let author Jeff Bollow take you through a process that brings your ideas to the page faster, more powerfully and easier than ever before.




Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/3695.html





Q – 

Angela,

Thanks for the warning about “Christian” publishers. Would you please put up a list of questions to ask a publisher, “Christian” or non-Christian? Would you also give authors a range of fair prices for certain publishing services? For example, cover designs can range up to $2000. Having concrete information would equip authors to better evaluate publishing companies.


A – 

COVER DESIGN

Paying $2000 (or anything close to that) for cover design is WAY TOO MUCH!! You can get your own AFFORDABLE, original book cover design RIGHT HERE. Best of all, you’ll own all rights to the file. Almost every publishing service now claims all rights to their authors’ production files. (BookLocker does NOT!).

FAIR PRICING TO GET YOUR BOOK PUBLISHED

As far are fair pricing, you really need to consider what you need to simply get your book on the market. Why spend thousands of dollars up-front, before you even have a book available for people to buy?

Many publishing services now upsell authors on so many ridiculous products and services that their heads start to spin. And, I believe almost none of those services result in enough book sales to pay for said product or service.

My advice is this. Get your book on the market for the lowest price possible, but with a company that has an excellent reputation. If you sign up with one of the “big guys” in the industry, you’ll be spammed and telemarketed to Kingdom Come. Avoid those at all costs. There’s a reason they charge so much up front and that’s because they know they’re not going to make much money on book sales later.

Once your book is on the market, if you don’t want to do the promotion yourself, you’ll have a variety of companies to choose from. Never assume that you must pay your publisher to promote your book. Believe me…their prices are going to be far higher than is necessary for those services. I think that they assume authors will automatically sign up for their marketing services so, like used car salesmen, they give their authors the (grossly inflated!) friends and family special price.

How much should you spend? For a black-and-white-interior book, with interior formatting/conversion, cover design, ISBN, barcode, full distribution, listing on Amazon, etc., etc. I don’t recommend paying more than $875. And, you might qualify for a discount off of that to boot!

QUESTIONS TO ASK A PUBLISHER BEFORE SIGNING UP

  1. How long have you been in business? (If less than 10 years, avoid that company.)
  2. Do you have an overseas call center? (If yes, avoid that company.)
  3. Will I have direct access to the company’s owner if I have questions or concerns? (If no, avoid that company.)
  4. Will I have one person, and only one, to contact during the publishing process? (If no, avoid that company.)
  5. Has your firm ever been sued by any of its authors? (If yes, avoid that company.)
  6. Has your firm ever been involved in a class-action lawsuit? (If yes, DEFINITELY avoid that company.)
  7. Has your firm ever made a late royalty payment to any author? (If yes, avoid that company.)
  8. Do you call authors on the phone for special promotions? (If yes, avoid that company.)

And, again, I always recommend avoiding firms that use Christ’s name in their pursuit of profits!

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The Best of Boyd's Blogs: 87 Solutions to a Life of Better Speaking and Listening






Ever wish you could have your favorite blog in book form? There's nothing like flipping through the pages and reading helpful snippets here and there.

In this book, Steve Boyd gives you that very opportunity. He has intrigued his readers and clients for years with his insightful newsletters and blog posts. This book includes some of his most interesting stories and communication tips, from listening to speaking. As he quotes this Chinese proverb, "From listening comes wisdom and from speaking repentance."

You won't need to repent from your next speech if you use these articles to guide both your preparation and delivery. As an avid reader of his blog said, "These articles are priceless! People need what you have to say."





Steve Boyd's articles on motivation and communication-related topics have appeared
in various publications. His books on public speaking have sold over 30,000 copies.
He is a popular after-dinner speaker and conducts workshops for businesses and associations
whose members want to speak and listen effectively to improve personally and professionally.




Read more here:


https://booklocker.com/books/7171.html

 

 

Q –

Hello Angela –

I have been receiving your newsletter for quite a while and I look forward to opening it every week. I have written and sold devotionals for several of the organizations you have featured. Thank you for providing this wonderful service.

I do have a question. There are so many links online that claim they will help you market your indie published book (specifically Christian books). How can I know which ones are legitimate and which ones are, or border on, a scam?

My book is selling modestly but consistently on Amazon (it was the number 1 new release in it’s category) but I would like to promote it further, effectively.

Thank you ahead of time for your help!

Susan


A –

I can tell you that almost every “marketing service” for books is going to cost far more than any resulting book sales. They’re not necessarily scams. However, they won’t tell you about their many failed marketing campaigns where authors spent hundreds to thousands, only to see a handful of book sales (if any at all).

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