Recently Answered Questions:



Q –

Hi Angela,

Is it possible for me to find out about how many of my books have been sold? It was published almost a year ago as an ebook and print book on the major sites.

Up to now, according to the publisher, only 1 print book and 2 ebooks had been sold.
Looking forward to your reply.

Regards,
Sidney


A-

I have your answer RIGHT HERE.

🙂

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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!





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 –

I cancelled my contract with Xlibris. Prior to that, Xlibris uploaded the cover of my book and I’m assuming its catalog to Amazon. I would like to make changes to my book and put it back out in a different format, but not with Xlibris. However Amazon now shows my book as available on-line, as it also does through Good Reads. I contacted Amazon and its representatives were unwilling–a couple years back—to take it off.

Do you have any suggestions ?

– J


A –

Amazon does not remove old book pages because they allow people to sell used copies on those pages.

For your new edition, I recommend using a different cover and, if possible, a different title so people won’t get confused about which one to buy when the new one is released.

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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





THE FALL, 24-HOUR SHORT STORY CONTEST WILL BE ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2020! Only 500 participants permitted so DON’T DELAY IF YOU WANT TO PLAY!!


Q –

Angela,

My book is on Barnes and Noble and Amazon but it cannot be found in a search. I recall selecting a huge quantity of keywords for my book. I have one 5-star review on Amazon so my average review is a 5. Yet, other books with a lower average show up before mine when I search with obvious keywords related to my book’s topic. How can I convince Amazon make my book more “findable?”


A –

Both Amazon and Barnes and Noble have millions of books for sale. They do not share their search engine parameters with anyone because people would then be able to game the system.

I looked up your book online. Amazon has thousands of books on that topic, as well as similar topics. I just typed your book’s title and subtitle into Amazon’s search box and it popped up right on top.

The sad fact is there are so many books for sale on Amazon that someone stumbling upon your book by chance is extremely remote. Most of the people who will buy your book will do so because of the marketing efforts you do, and that would include providing people with the direct link to your book on Amazon and other sites.

Unless you have several books for sale in the same genre, we don’t recommend purchasing advertising on Amazon. You will likely spend far more than you’ll receive in resulting book sales.

If you subscribe to WritersWeekly, you can receive a free copy of 50 Dos and Don’ts of Book Selling.

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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!

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.





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



Q –

I get calls from an online publicist wanting me to hire them — and they now call every day, at least 3 times a day, but so far today 5 times.

How can I make them stop?

– G.


A –

First, please know that, if a so-called “publicist” is soliciting business via telemarketing methods, THEY SUCK at what they do.

I recommend first registering your number with the National Do Not Call List.

The next time they call, bluntly tell them (don’t ask them, TELL THEM!), “Put me on your do not call list. I am already on the national Do Not Call list.

If they then call you again, tell them you are reporting them to the Do Not Call registry. And, DO IT. The form is online RIGHT HERE.

And, if that doesn’t work, there are law firms like this one that specialize in suing telemarketers. They only get paid if/when you get paid.

I, myself, DETEST telemarketers and spammers so go get ’em!!!

You can find a reputable publicist RIGHT HERE. And, if you want to do it yourself, please see:

90+ Days of Promoting Your Book Online: Your Book’s Daily Marketing Plan – THIRD EDITION

55 Dos and Don’ts of Book Selling Has Been Published!Get Your FREE Copy TODAY!!

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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!





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 – 

Angela,

Will your firm simply print my manuscript without publishing it? I would want 20-30 copies for personal use and distribution but I do not want to make it available for sale to the general public. I use real examples from my career and real names (first names only) of people. (My previous publisher) will not accept the manuscript because I won’t change names and they view it as a legal risk to print or publish.

– C.


A –

Hi Christopher,

I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. Please consult with your attorney on this matter. 

That said –

Even if you’re the only one permitted to purchase copies, you’re still planning to distribute them. That is considered publication and you and your publisher could still be sued for libel by anyone appearing n the book who is not happy with what you wrote.

Even if you change all of the names, you can still get sued.

Please see:

Don’t Invite Lawsuits by Real People Featured in Your Book! (Hint: You Can Still Be Sued Even If You Don’t Name Them!)

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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.




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TRAVEL WRITING 2.0: Earning Money from your Travels in the New Media Landscape - SECOND EDITION


Completely revised edition of the ground-breaking travel writing book that provides a road map to success in the digital age. It dives headlong into the entrepreneurial world of blogging and digital books, while still acknowledging the real money to be made in declining print forms.

Drawing on interviews and survey responses from more than 100 successful travel writers and bloggers, this is the definitive guide to creating success instead of waiting for permission. Written by a veteran, award-winning writer with two decades of experience as a book author, online publisher, freelancer, and blogger.

Read more here:
http://writersweekly.com/books/4814.html





 

Q – 

Angela,

I have sent queries to several literary agents. Those who have acknowledged receiving it have said it would take four to six months to respond. Others have not bothered to even respond. I do accept that they are busy people but four to six months is a long time to wait for a response.

Why do literary agents, who supposedly make money when they sign up a client, behave so unprofessionally and arrogantly?

– M.L.


A – 

Literary agents don’t make money signing new clients. They make money when they SELL an author’s manuscript to a traditional publisher. I am not surprised that good, reputable agents have a four- to six-month backlog of manuscripts to consider for representation.

Authors need to remember that real literary agents don’t charge authors any up-front fees. They don’t owe hopeful authors anything and their wait times do not make them “unprofessional.” The busier they are, the better the chances they’re a very good agency.

At our Abuzz Press publishing division, we charge no setup fees to authors, meaning we foot the bill on all the publishing costs. Since the investment is significant on our part, we can only publish a few books through that division each year.

I am astounded by some of the abusive emails I receive from authors whose manuscripts are rejected. They state things like: They were doing us a favor submitting their manuscript; we owe them something for their efforts; our lives and business will be ruined if we don’t award them with free publishing services; etc., etc. Some of the emails are extremely angry and abusive. It’s really bizarre how some people react to rejection.

On the flip-side, authors who are rejected by our fee-based BookLocker division seem much more professional. Go figure…

If someone is offering you a free service (or one with zero up-front fees), and risking their own money and reputation on the partnership, you should not get upset if they take a few weeks or months to make a decision, nor do you have the right to insist that they work with you just because you contacted them. Prima donnas are far more likely to get rejections in this industry.

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Arrrghhh!!! When a so-called “literary agent” is really a fee-based publisher…

How Can I Find A Literary Agent?!

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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.

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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.





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



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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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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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?




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