Book Marketing 105: Choosing a Book Distribution System - This vital mini-guide includes criteria for deciding how you will distribute your books.
Also includes complete info on 30 distributors, 4 library distributors, 89 book publishers who also distribute for other publishers, 27 bookstore wholesalers, 34 library wholesalers, and 23 Spanish-language wholesalers.
Plus a sample book distribution contract. Ebook download, $30.00.
Top 700 Independent Bookstores - This database features 740 stores with address, book buyer, owner, event coordinator, phone, fax, email, website, and more! Cost: $40.00.
This data file features an updated list of the largest independent bookstores that work with authors and buy books from indie publishers.
The report comes as a data file download (your choice of Microsoft Access, Excel, or rich text format). The data files do require that you know how to use a database or word-processing program.
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In this issue . . .
- Online 411 Newsletter: Quora.com
- Nautilus Book Awards
- Book Marketing Tweets You Can Use
Online 411 Newsletter - Internet Marketing at the speed of light
I've created a new ezine where I'll be sharing tips on Internet marketing, blog touring, bestseller campaigns, website launches, joint ventures, and all the other things that go into creating an impact online. In today's world you can't ignore the Internet.
Here is an excerpt from the first issue sent out this week.
Today I want to talk about a website that got me over 1,000 impressions within 4 days. The website: http://www.Quora.com.
Quora.com is a question-and-answer website. And, to my mind, the most useful for both asking and answering questions - much better than Yahoo Answers. I just joined on August 8th and answered nine questions in the first two days.
The first question I answered was: Would self-publishing a novel as an eBook affect the likelihood of it getting published in print by a publisher? That question had been viewed 148 times between July 6th when it was asked and August 12th when I checked.
My answer to that question was viewed 167 times within the first 8 hours! And 186 times in the first four days.
Here was my answer: Self-publishing a novel will not turn off publishers - IF you sell a lot of books via great book promotion. Of course, if you don't sell any copies of your novel, then no publisher will be interested.
Self-publishing offers many rewards if done right. Need some inspiration? See the Self-Publishing Hall of Fame at http://www.bookmarket.com/selfpublish.html. That hall of fame features 400 authors who have successfully self-published, including many novelists.
In 3 to 4 days, my other answers were viewed 125 times, 134 times, 133 times, 126 times, 149 times, 143 times, and 124 times.
In the first two days on Quora, I answered 9 questions. So far, that's created 1,120 impressions in less than 4 days - and that doesn't count one answer I can't track.
While links on Quora.com are no-follow (meaning the search engines don't give them any value), users can and do click through on the links you shared. In my first 9 answers, I shared links to my websites at least 3 times - all resulting in more traffic to my websites.
If you feel comfortable answering questions on your specialty (the topic of your book or website), you should start answering questions on Quora.
My first 9 answers took me about 20 minutes total to find questions and respond to them.
I'll be sharing more online marketing tips in the next issue.
To sign up for the free Online 411 newsletter, go to http://www.bookmarket.com and get instant access with the form on the top left of the page. It's a dramatic red form. You can't miss it.
Book Marketing Tweets you can use
There are some great book marketing lessons and book promotion tips included within these short tweets.
=> Book Promotion Carnival #5 - http://askjohnkremer.com/book-promotion-carnival-5 - Internet marketing tips for book authors
=> The Frugal Book Promoter: Asking for Help from Partners - http://askjohnkremer.com/the-frugal-book-promoter-asking-for-help-from-partners
=> Creative Penny-Pinching: Make a Splash at a Fair - http://askthepublicist.com/creative-penny-pinching-make-a-splash-at-a-fair
=> Listen; there's a hell of a good universe next door: let's go. - e. e. cummings - I love this poet.
=> Need answers to your book marketing and book publishing questions? Check out http://www.askjohnkremer.com
=> 24 Reasons Selling is Better Than Sex | BNET - http://www.bnet.com/blog/salesmachine/24-reasons-selling-is-better-than-sex/17252
=> What Book Marketing Books Should I Read? - http://askjohnkremer.com/what-book-marketing-books-should-i-read
=> Free ebooks on marketing, publicity, business, and Internet marketing - http://www.freebooksforall.com/business.htm
=> What Is the Best Way to Market Poetry? - http://askjohnkremer.com/what-is-the-best-way-to-market-poetry
=> How Tim O'Reilly Bootstrapped O'Reilly Media with Happy Accidents - http://blog.bookmarket.com/2011/08/how-tim-oreilly-bootstrapped-oreilly.html
=> How Do I Market a Christian Thriller? - http://askjohnkremer.com/how-do-i-market-a-christian-thriller
=> The Golden Key to Internet Marketing: It's All About Relationships - http://askjohnkremer.com/the-golden-key-to-internet-marketing
The above are just some of the tweets I sent out during the past two weeks. What more did you miss? Follow my tweets at http://twitter.com/johnkremer
If only God would give me some clear sign! Like making a large deposit in my name at a Swiss bank. - Woody Allen