Marketing Tips #1

 

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Hello authors,

We are all struggling to market our books, to get the word out there to the public and to reach readers who will possibly love reading our work. We are all here to help and support each other. How do we make use of the internet and other social media to have our own group of fans or followers who are interested in our writing journey?

IBP is going to share marketing tips with you  every week. We will let you know what you can do to have a good support system from fellow authors and bloggers out there! 

So, marketing tips #1 for this week:

Make sure you are on Social Media.

Some of you may say that you are already on social media and it is NOT working. Well, have you ever wondered why your strategy is failing? Who is reading your posts? Are there any interaction? How are you helping other authors and bloggers?

– Professional appearance on social media counts! Have an author page on Facebook, a separate Twitter author account and other social media profiles just for you to update about your writing journey. This will keep your personal life away from your writing updates. 

– If you have a group of author friends, ask their help to post your author page on their profile. Nothing beats personal endorsement. Ask your author friends to introduce you to their fans and get them to follow/like your page. Be sure to return the favour ! 

– Are you updating something valuable for your audience. Well, if you are an author of a Health & Lifestyle book, you can post some interesting tips for your readers consistently. May be giving away a little from your book won’t hurt. At least, they will get to know the level of your experience and knowledge on the topic you write. 

– Some of you also blog consistently. Blogging is essential to keep in touch with your audience. You will be able to create a group of fans even before you are done writing your book. 

Send us your feedback about our very first marketing tips. See you guys again next week. We welcome any guest posts from you, our beloved followers. If you have any writing tips or promo updates, please let us know your blog links and we will repost it!

We invite you to keep in touch with us via the following social media so that we can update you with the latest news from us. Hover your mouse over the following lists.

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Best,

Jasveena

Founder of IBP

IBP’s Interview With Author Erik Nelson

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International Book Promotion is currently working on Erik Nelson’s book trailer and it is going to be really special as we are using the skills and expertise of many professional artists. The illustrations for Erik’s book is done by an artist from the Rhythm and Hues studio. He has worked on movies like Life of Pi and many other Hollywood animated movies. The voice over for the trailer will be provided by an American voice over artist with more than 26 years of experience. We have also hired a music composer to compose a music for the trailer. 

It is our pleasure to work with Erik for his book SomnAgent: The Snake and The Fox. While reading his book, we can only say that Erik has weaved his story so well that it will even hook you into the story even if you are not a fan of fantasy books. He has planned everything very wisely. We will also have a video and written review published on our blog later. 

Meanwhile, check out what Erik says when we interviewed him.

• Where are you from?
I’m from Southern California, and though I’ve traveled, I always come back to my home.

• Why do you write?
I started writing when I was 13 to help me sleep. I had a mind that would not rest. Ideas would keep flowing into my head, so to sleep at night, I’d write them down to get them out.

• What do you write about?
I write whatever is in my head. It’s almost always fantasy related and growing up I was kind of a day dreamer. Many times it’s just short stories or characters that I come up with that I might use for later.

• Do you have a specific writing style?
I like writing from a character’s point of view. I purposefully leave out detail that the character wouldn’t be aware of and include detail specific to how that character sees the world.

• What are obstacles that come in the way of writing?
For me staying disciplined in writing is always my biggest challenge. I am not a full time writer and mostly do it for fun. It was only a few years ago that I decided to take my writing a little more seriously. Since then I’ve tried to set a schedule for when I write, but I rarely stick to it.

• What’s the most memorable thing asked/said by a reader about your work?
I was surprised by how some people related to my characters and how one character in particular changed a person’s point of view. A fan, after reading my first book The Snake and the Fox, said that she hated Fippa when first reading about him. She didn’t like how deceitful he seemed. But by the end of the book she said he turned out to be her favorite, because she realized that if put in his shoes, she might have done exactly what he did.

• When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer?
I think ever since I started writing that I’d always wanted to be a writer. It was always a dream of mine that I never followed until recently.

• What is your work schedule like when you are writing?
The only schedule I really maintain is that I write on the weekends. I make sure to say that I’m writing so that I don’t get disturbed, but also to hold me accountable to make sure I write. Occasionally I write on weekday afternoons after my day job if I feel like it or if a new idea comes up while I’m at work.

• What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
It’s hard to talk about interesting quirks about yourself, but I suppose I’d say that I never really turn off the writing in my head. I’m always thinking of stories and characters and that never really goes away. So sometimes when I’m with family, I’ll randomly tell them about a character or something when in a conversation, just to help me stop thinking about it.

• How long does it take to write a book? (if you’ve written one -published or non)
For me it takes about a year to write a 500 page novel (more or less) and a few months for editing. I know that’s because I’m not a fulltime writer, and if I was that time would be much shorter.

• Do you have suggestions on how to become a better writer?
Yes, as some of my fans have already heard. I tell them, “Just write it! It doesn’t matter if it’s good or not, because it hasn’t even been written yet!”

•What challenges do you come across when writing/creating your story?
One of my biggest challenges is trying to be as smart as some of my characters. In one story, a character is backed into a corner, and I had to come up with a way out for him, but I couldn’t right away. I really had to think about his predicament and how HE would find a way to escape. That took a lot more effort than I usually care to admit.

• What do you think makes a good story?
I always know a good story by how jealous I am after reading it. After reading a good story, I usually tell myself “I wish I had written that!” To me it’s the best compliment and I hope to hear that someday about my own stories.

• What does your family think of your writing?
They have been more than supportive and patient, especially when I want to talk about a character or plot line. I’m always appreciative of them for that!

• Do you see writing as a career?
I hope to make it a career someday. It would absolutely be my dream!

• Tell us about your new book? Why did you write it?
My new book is titled The Shadows and the Innocence and is the sequel to The Snake and the Fox. While The Snake and the Fox focused on the characters Slider and Fippa, The Shadows and the Innocence will focus on two other characters, Pitt and Lilium, even though the other characters will still be present in the story.

• When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I often go to videogames or movies to relax when I’m not writing. However, I find that the more I do those things, the less creative I become, so I try to limit those activities. However, I know that many of my characters or stories have been inspired, even if a little, by video games or movies so I likely will never stop those activities completely.

• What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
If anything, I hope they find my writing engaging and thought provoking. Ultimately, I write about the human spirit and human capacity. I want my readers to identify with the characters, but also ask themselves would they do the same thing if put in the same situation. In any case, I hope my readers enjoy my stories most of all and feel hungry for the next one!

Thank you so much Erik! We value your patience in working with us! 

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Blurb:
Slider, an assassin in training, and his manager Fippa are simply trying to survive in the cracks of society in a realm where each city is run by fierce and corrupt Gangs. The land is struggling under economic pressure and the Royal House has weakened. This has made survival for everyone all the more difficult. However, one of the gangs proposes an offer the two cannot refuse. The terms: Slay the King. The reward: Wealth and Glory that would lift them out of the cracks of society forever with failure leading to death. As Slider and Fippa journey towards the castle to find their destiny, what was once a clear goal becomes clouded along the way as they come to realize that perhaps they have bitten off more than they can chew for not everything is as it seems.

Links to buy the book:

Amazon.com
http://www.amazon.com/The-Snake-Fox-SomnAgent-ebook/dp/B00ACNAEWY

Barnes & Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-snake-and-the-fox-erik-nelson/1113844186?ean=2940015780284

 

IBP’s Trailer: Leadership By Virtue by Author Jaro Berce

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IBP’s official book trailer for author Jaro Berce’s book Leadership by Virtue.

Blurb:

The story is showing from a first-person perspective the internal growing up of a leadership process based on non-Western approach. The main character, brought up in Europe and therefore used to Western “cultural background noise’ although practicing Chinese martial arts, has to learn and understand the differences brought by Far East principles if he wants to grasp leadership from a different angle. On the whole, a Western leadership is thought and understood as an external process of a person that influences others. Most of leadership and management books that deal with leadership and managers describe what and how to do it to be more efficient and successful. They describe tools to use to do it. This is called an external process. Outward, because others see leaders as how they behave or how they use those tools in a leadership style and/or process. But we all live our lives and perceive surrounding environment only from our internal eyes. Therefore, the focal questions raised in a book are the following: Do all leaders have the same fears, problems, and difficulties or happiness, pleasure, and delight in being what they are? What are their feelings when leading people, making decisions, or taking responsibility? How do they sense and perceive their subordinates? In a book, those are called internal issues and are dealt with and described through a different approach-an approach that is based on the Far East mentality and shown through Chinese martial arts and Chinese philosophy. The book has eighteen (18) chapters.

AMAZON: http://www.amazon.com/LEADERSHIP-VIRT…

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/leade…

BLOG: http://leadershipbyvirtue.blogspot.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/LeadershipBy…

TWITTER: https://twitter.com/JBerce

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jberce

GOOGLE+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/1104373…

PINTEREST: http://www.pinterest.com/jaberce/

A Life Worth Living: A Review

A Life Worth Living

I was working on T.L Scott\’s book trailer for the past one week. It was a fun learning process as this time, I hired a voice over artist to provide voice over for the trailer. So you might want to watch the trailer and let me know what you think about it overall. I welcome your honest critique that is constructive!

I read his book before coming up with ideas for the trailer so I thought I would post my honest opinion on the book.

Note: This review is purely based on my opinion and my preference and taste when it comes to books. My thoughts and views may be entirely different from yours if you were to read the book. This review is written constructively so that the author of the book could find better inspiration and idea for his writing journey. 

A Life Worth Living\’s blurb :

Dave and Debbie are a typical middle class family. They work hard to provide for their two children. They have made sacrifices to provide a good home and a good life for each other and the children they love. Somewhere along the way to making a good life they have lost sight of each other.

When tragedy strikes they have to decide if they can make theirs a life worth living.

This is a story of love, loss, and ultimately redemption.

My review: 
I find this book interesting when I got to know a few things about this book. This book is about a man who is workaholic and finds himself spending too much time on his office work. Dave is a hardworking man who equally loves his family. But Debbie, his wife is getting frustrated about his workaholic ways. 
The story uncovers the fact or reality of life as it evolves. It is about the good and bad we face in life. The family faces numerous tragedies in this story. I like the story and the way Scott has planned about the suspense elements in his book. One of it was very shocking to me too when I was reading. If you like stories that is based on family bonding, sacrifices and loss of family members as well as the emotions behind these incidents, then you may like the story of this book. I find it easy to finish reading the book within one to two days. 
Some of the aspects that could have been improved in this book are the writing style, paraphrasing and narration.  
I thought it would have been better if the narration of the story sticks with the first person\’s point of view and specifically Dave. When Dave is away from home, the narration is being made from Debbie\’s point of view, so when the word \”I …. \” comes, I find it a little bit difficult to figure out who is telling the story this time round. There were also some sentences that need to use certain punctuation marks especially dialogues.

I saw a few repetitions in the book. I found sentences being repeated not word by word but they are actually telling the same thing. This can be distracting.

I also thought the blurb should be changed because it doesn\’t seem to be as enticing as the story.

These are purely based on my thoughts and I can be wrong. Another person may not find these aspects of the book giving issues to their reading experience. Different reviewers will find different thoughts on the book. 
so I suggest you to read the book and Scott is looking for reviewers, so if you are interested you can let me know and I will help you with that.

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New Website Taking Baby Steps!

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I have been a book trailer designer on a freelancing site for the past five months now. I thought of doing freelance jobs ever since the beginning of this year. I was still in the university back then and it was my very last semester (now graduated)! Yeay!! 🙂 I had a bad time the previous year and coincidentally started blogging and venting out my feelings on social issues. That is exactly when I started to make friends with authors and writers all over the world who are SUPER SUPPORTIVE! My life has changed tremendously from that point and I never looked back! While I discovered writing as a passion of mine ( I never thought I could write and make sense at the same time, I am so glad I actually started writing), I wanted to channel my attention to other activities that are worth the time and energy, so I decided to freelance as that is the best option for anyone who doesn\’t want to be committed to difficult part time job. All you need is your lap top and your work can be done easily!
I have been learning about Internet Marketing and Search Engine Optimisation lately (I know my post doesn\’t cater to SEO needs, how lazy I am when in fact I provide SEO articles for bloggers!!). These skills apply to promote authors too and I have been enjoying creating trailers. I made the very first step to expand my work and thus created a website. It is still under construction but the basic info is already up there! I will also get a domain name for it soon! I have created a WordPress blog for the site and Google + page too. My YouTube site has been renamed and revamped to accomodate samples of the videos I made before. The starting price is $30 for a 1 min trailer and the trailer will have purchased copyrighted pictures and musics. 
I will have a lot of work to be done about the website before it gets established and may be devoting some time in a day will help. Stay tuned for the updates! 🙂

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