Authors: Get Creative With Your ‘Thank You’ Page

I stumbled across a really interesting idea yesterday while reading a marketing magazine. It’s one that I’m going to implement on our site when I get a chance, and I encourage you to as well! Most of the authors I build websites for have a “thank you” page somewhere on …

New and Innovate Ways to Sell Yourself and Your Books

I came across a really interesting blog entry today on The WM Freelance Writers’ Connection. In it, blogger and author Angela Atkinson talks about a contest she had on her own site (with the three winners getting free copies of her e-book), asking readers for the best and most unique …

Is an Author Website Worth the Investment?

Many authors wonder if building an author website is going to be worth it. After all, it’s an investment that may or may not get paid back to you. Building an author website can do a lot more for you than make money. It can raise your profile, build a …

6 Tips for Pre-Selling Your Book

If you’re a smart author — and all our Smart Author Sites clients are 🙂  — you’ll have your website up-and-running well before your book is published. In fact, your website may have even helped to get your book published. But exactly what should an author be doing with the …

3 Reasons Why an Author Website Really Helps Sell Books

There’s been some buzz in the industry this past week regarding an informal survey about why people choose to buy their books. In summary, the survey reveals that: The most common reasons why someone will buy a book is because they like the author and/or because it was recommended by …

6 Tips for Promoting Your Book and Website Through Facebook

Practically everyone over the age of 15 is on Facebook. Which makes it an incredible opportunity to promote your book. Think of it as a newspaper that everyone is reading … and you can advertise for free in it! But just how to do that can be a little more …

Why Would Someone Buy Your Book?

In case you missed my post a few days ago, I provided some really interesting details from Bowker’s newly-released “2009 Book Consumer Annual Review: U.S. Demographics & Buying Behaviors.” Click here to read it. What I touched on a bit in that post, but would like to expand on here, …

The Bookselling Market: What’s Hot, What’s Not

Bowker recently released the “2009 Book Consumer Annual Review: U.S. Demographics & Buying Behaviors.” It was based on responses from 43,000 people in book publishing. And while it would cost you a whopping $1,000 to download and read the complete report, here are some highlights, courtesy of Publishers Weekly. This …

Marketing a Fiction Book vs. Marketing a Nonfiction Book

There are lots of companies that say they can market your book online. And maybe they can. But what they fail to tell you is that there’s not one standard formula that works for all authors. Marketing a teen horror novel is very, very different from trying to sell copies …