Category Archives: author tools

tools and techiques authors can use to improve their writing

In-Transit Viewing of Book Trailers – A Potent New Book Marketing Venue

Book Vid Lit by Sheila Clover-English Sheila Clover English, the CEO of Circle of Seven Productions, is a pioneer in book video production, marketing and distribution for authors and publishers. Can out-of-home markets be the secret to stimulating books sales?  … Continue reading

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The Sticky Goodness of Testing Book Titles with Google AdWords

Tim Ferris wrote his highly popular book, “The 4 Hour Workweek, about how to become one of the NR (the New Rich), back in 2006.  But rather than relying on his or his publisher’s intuition about a catchy book title, … Continue reading

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The Novel Always Rings Twice – Books on Mobile Phones

Mobile phones are now emerging as a viable distribution channel for publishers.  In this respect, the international publishing community is far ahead of their US counterparts.  According to a recent post on TechCrunch, in Japan, half of the top selling … Continue reading

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Beneath the Pale Surface of Book Marketing – An Interview with Author Janey Bennett

Here’s a scary story for you.  Imagine laboring on your novel for seven long years.  Finally – it’s complete.  You deliver your finished work to your publisher, who, at that decisive moment, closes his business.  As far as the marketing of your book goes, … Continue reading

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On Being Visual – Author Video Blogs

Authors have one more tool they can use to build community around their work – the video blog.  A video blog (also called a vlog) is essentially a blog that uses video vs. text as its primary way to communicate.  According … Continue reading

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Author Lofts and Pyramids of Value

Why do authors write?  They want a wide exposure for their ideas and stories.  Publishers have generally focused on playing the role of Darwinian gatekeeper for those ideas; determining which will live and die accoring to often opaque criteria.  This … Continue reading

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DIY Book Widgets May Soon Be Sprouting Up All Over

Today, authors and publishers have a number of powerful online book marketing tools at their disposal.  One example is the book trailer or book video.  In just a few years, this has become an important adjunct to the book PR … Continue reading

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Booktour.com – A DIY Publicity Tool for Authors

Whether authors like it or not, more publishers now expect them to shoulder a significant portion of the marketing and publicity for their books.  A variety of useful tools is now available to ease the burden.  We’ll talk briefly about … Continue reading

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Smart Tradeoffs in the Battle Against Book Trailer Trash

Book Vid Lit by Sheila Clover-English Sheila Clover English, the CEO of Circle of Seven Productions, has been a pioneer in book video production, marketing and distribution for authors and publishers. A key consideration when producing a book video is … Continue reading

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Four Quadrant Zooming – An Interview with Max Quick Series Author Mark Jeffrey

Most of us have enough on our hands just keeping up with our day jobs.  But Mark Jeffrey, author of the ultra popular Max Quick series of books and podcast audiobooks has two day jobs.  His first podiobook, Max Quick 1: … Continue reading

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