In this issue . . .
- Knock-your-socks-off questions that draw readers in
- Real Fast Book Marketing
- BlogWire's SheBlogs.org and HealthyBlogging.net
- Tweets you can use
- Author success story
Knock-your-socks-off questions that draw readers in
A reader asked the following question: Could you give me an example of
what you would call a knock-your-socks-off question that would draw
Here are a few great leads that I think worked well. These leads can
work for press releases, back cover copy, catalog copy, etc.
Have you ever wanted to tell God to go to hell?
Imagine if you will a novel that combines the fashion savvy of Sex and
the City with the brassy British sense of humor in Bridget Jones's Diary.
Now, just for fun, throw in an Agatha Christie mystery, a Rough Guide
travel book, and a steamy romantic passage or two from a Barbara
Cartland novel. The result? Backpack by Emily Barr.
Would you like to live to be 100? It's your choice: Live to be 60 with
a 100-year-old body or live to be 100 with the body of a 40-year-old.
All you have to do is change how you feed and care for your body.
In most people's minds, life in the military does not seem very poetic.
Where in the world of drill instructors, sharpshooters, and grunts is the
stuff of poems?
Are you tired of not being heard? Would you like to inspire your fellow
workers to greater success? Do you want to be known as the leader
who gets things done? Then learn how to tell stories. If you know how
to tell stories, you can communicate with anyone. And that is the key
ingredient to success in any business.
Have you ever wondered how the story would have ended if the three
little pigs were real? Would they have had loved ones to watch over
them? What sort of home would they have had? Would they have been
saved from the big bad wolf?
How did the guy who calls himself the laziest, most unemployable man
in America start two companies that were both featured on Inc.
magazine's list of the 500 fastest-growing companies - one of them
listed twice and ranked #2, and the other growing from a one-man
operation to $300 million in sales and 1100 employees? [John's note:
This question is too long. I'd probably have broken it down into a few
How are your news releases? Do they ask good questions? Do they tell
great stories? Do they draw editors and readers into your pitch?
Would you like John Kremer to critique your news release or promotional
copy? Check out http://www.newsreleasecritiques.com for more info.
Real Fast Book Marketing
Last Tuesday, I did a webinar with Daniel Hall on how to publish your
books fast and then market them within two weeks. For the marketing
section of this webinar, I had three criteria on the six actions you could
take to market your book fast:
1. It must be doable in two weeks or less.
2. It must be capable of selling 100 or more copies of your book.
3. It must be something a novice author can carry out.
You can watch the replay of the Real Fast Book Publishing and Real Fast
Book Marketing webinar at
BlogWire's SheBlogs.org and HealthyBlogging.net
BlogWire powers 2 websites that connect companies and organizations
with bloggers. One is called SheBlogs at http://www.sheblogs.org
(featuring women's blogs); the other is called HealthyBlogging at
http://www.healthyblogging.net (featuring health-care and green blogs).
These are paid services that help you to connect to 250 health bloggers
and 2,500 female bloggers (that reach 30 million unique visitors every
BlogWire uses a four-touch approach to outreach for the blogging
community they service – utilizing a community Website, weekly
newsletter, Twitter and Facebook outreach to maximize non-invasive
press outreach. Among the features BlogWire offers, PR pros can:
* Distribute press releases – much the same way that they would
issue media alerts and releases through a traditional wire service –
but to a targeted market of bloggers
* List their companies in the SheBlogs.org Blog-Friendly Company
Directory – where companies can feature corporate information,
stock images, and press contact information for bloggers
* Announce contests and giveaways targeted at the blogging
* Participate in themed guides that range from holiday gift guides to
spring cleaning and car buying guides
Tweets you can use
Here are a few more tweets from John Kremer you might find of value:
=> @JohnKremer Quick poll: How'd you rank most effective media for
selling books: national TV, NPR, local radio & newspapers, social media,
etc? -- question sent to me from @KevinHeisler
=> My answer: @KevinHeisler Me: National TV has the greatest impact.
Then Internet marketing by creating relationships with high-traffic
=> I teach how to create relationships with high-traffic targeted
websites in lesson one of http://www.tenmillioneyeballs.com
=> Don't ever scale back your dreams. And don't ever set limits on
what you can achieve. - Michelle Obama
=> Want to engage people? Run a poll via http://twtpoll.com. Or
create a top 10 list at http://toptentopten.com and ask for feedback.
=> http://twtpoll.com is a great tool. Running two polls now:
http://twtpoll.com/mdx2ny and http://twtpoll.com/26bl4k. Thanks for
the great comments.
=> For some great book cover designers, check out:
=> A Facebook fan is worth $71.84. Details here: http://bit.ly/cPsDaS.
I wonder what a Twitter follower is worth?
=> Real Fast Book Publishing and Real Fast Book Marketing - Watch
webinar replay at: http://www.realfastbook.com/johnreplay.html
=> RT @steverubel How to Audit Your Social Media Efforts:
20+ Questions to Ask Yourself http://j.mp/agnhPc
=> Men are rich only as they give. He who gives great service gets great
rewards. - Elbert Hubbard #quotable
Follow more of John's tweets at http://twitter.com/johnkremer
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Author success story
I received the following email from a reader of this newsletter. It tells
about her success as an author:
Wanted to send a quick note to thank you for the inspiration that you
have provided me the past two years, as a result of your book and
Thanks to your tips and a lot of hard work, my book, Sparkles the Fire
Safety Dog, has sold almost 15,000 copies. I am so excited that it is
getting ready to go into its second printing!
The book has been credited with helping save the lives of two families
(http://www.sparklesthefiresafetydog.com/saves), has been
mentioned on the floor of Congress and in a Senate meeting, as well
as being mentioned in several national magazines.
I have worked hard to develop some creative partnerships utilizing
many of your tips and can't wait to share those with you someday.
Those creative partnerships are what have helped me not only sell
more books, but keep more children and their caregivers fire safe.
- Dayna Hilton, author, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog
Sparkles has his own blog: http://sparklesthefiresafetydog.blogspot.com
A friend sent me a link to this site, which allows authors to create epub
versions of their book (for the Apple ipad), and do it for free. Also allows
your book to be converted to an Mp3 audiobook. Looks interesting. You
might want to check it out: http://www.offthebookshelf.com. Note:
audiobook coversion costs $10 to $20 per thousand words.
It is a free community where authors (published and unpublished) can
set up their own bookstore, market themselves, sell books at the price
they want, connect with like-minded writers, create their own cover
art, and convert their books to epub FOR FREE!
Maybe you feel like your destiny was written the day you were born,
and you ought to just rein in your hopes and scale back your dreams.
But if any of you are thinking that way, I'm here to tell you, stop it.
Don't ever scale back your dreams. And don't ever set limits on what
you can achieve. And don't think for one single moment that your
destiny is out of your hands, because no one's in control of your
destiny but you. — Michelle Obama, first lady
More great quotes and quotable books at http://www.quotablebooks.com
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