Articles About Common Author Marketing Pitfalls

“I’m willing to pay someone to promote my book…but who should I hire?”

Q - Angela— I have a question. I’m getting a lot emails from book promotion sites like (name removed), (name ...
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“Should I pay a book review site $1.50 for every copy of my ebook that they give away for free?”

Q -  Hello Angela, It appears that there are lots of book review sites online. One that caught my interest ...
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NICE TRY, FELLA! The FUNNIEST Fake Book Proposal We’ve Ever Seen!

Sometimes competitors and others test BookLocker.com to see if we really do screen manuscripts that we're considering for publication. Yes, ...
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“My publisher is delaying publishing my book, insisting I pay even more money to them for marketing services. What can I do?”

Q - Dear Angela Hoy, I'm in the process of publishing my book with (a large publisher). I did pay ...
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Using Facebook to Sell Books…but NOT in the way you think! by Richard Hoy, BoostABook.com

Long-time readers of WritersWeekly.com know me as the co-founder of BookLocker.com, as well as the expert that authors tap into ...
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SUCK IT UP, BUTTERCUP! How to Handle Bad Book Reviews (Hint: Do NOT Ask Amazon to remove them!)

⇒ Author is upset about legitimate bad book review ⇒ Amazon won't remove those ⇒ How to distinguish legitimate reviews ...
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“My publisher wants me to attend a Hollywood pitch festival but I have to pay them for it. Have you heard of this?”

Q - "My publisher is trying to get me to pay to attend a Hollywood pitch festival, saying my book ...
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Q – “i keep sending out queries but nobody responds what am i doing wrong” (sic, sic, sic…)

Q - angela i keep sending out queries to magazines but nobody response to me and i dont know why ...
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Well-known Book Publicity Firm Refuses to Provide Book Sales Numbers!

I was spammed by a well-known book publicity firm last week so I took that opportunity to ask them a ...
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GOOD ADVICE OR NOT? Should You Rewrite Your Entire Book Just Because One So-Called Literary Agent Says You Should?

I was contacted this week by an author seeking advice. He is in his 70's, and is shopping his very ...
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Five Things NOT To Do In Your Email Query – by T.M. Jacobs

As writers, we all want to make a connection with the editor of a publication - be it print or ...
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How to Revamp Your Old Book Listing for NEW Sales! – by Christie Avery

Whether you released a book a month ago, or a year ago, it can seem as if there’s always something ...
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“A radio talk show host saw my book and wants to interview me. Should I be leery?”

Q -  Hello Angela, I hope all is well with y'all in sunny and wet Florida! My wife received a ...
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“A publicist called me about ‘republishing’ my book. What’s up with that?!”

Q - I was called by a "publicist" about republishing my book that they saw on Amazon. (It's not supposed ...
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“A marketing company says my book was ‘endorsed’ by movie producers but they want $5K! Is this too good to be true?”

A smart author sent me a marketing email (spam) from a firm that implies (in their very tricky wording) that ...
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“Websites are offering my book at RIDICULOUS prices! How can I stop them?”

Q -  Miss Angela, I am sure you have heard about Amazon allowing anyone to sell any product. My interest ...
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“I rewrote my book but I want to re-use the title from the first edition. Will this create problems on Amazon?”

Q - Hello Angela, You may not know the answer to this. I rewrote my book. It's very different from ...
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“Should I pay a well-known company more than $400 to review my book?” NO!

Q - Hi Angela, (Company name removed) wants to review my book. The problem is they want more than $400 ...
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