The Writer's Corner Archive

The past year saw a lot of changes in social media. Google’s social site, Google+, saw huge growth and more activity, LinkedIn really got in the game, and Pinterest continued to pull in more traffic and more sales. Visuals also really became front and center and led the way for infographics, Vine video, and Instagram. To some degree, however, we’re still finding our way in social. So many sites, so little time has driven us to be more particular about the sites we are on and, instead of talking at our user, we speak to them – we communicate. In the coming year you’ll see more of this and I think that by the end of 2014 the social media landscape will look very, very different. Here is where I think we are headed:


Fifty Things Under $50 Bucks to Promote Your Book

By Penny Sansevieri

These days it seems like everyone's book marketing budget is a little tighter. If you're feeling the pinch, or if you're just looking for some great free stuff to do on your own, here are some tips that can help keep you on track.


When you submit a book proposal, we ask you to list other books currently being sold on the same topic and describe how your book will be different.  The article below explains why knowing what others in your field are doing is important to the success of your books.

The following articleis reprinted from “The Book Marketing Expert newsletter,” a free ezine offering book promotion and publicity tips and techniques.

Why Spying on Your Competition is a Great Way to Be Successful

by Penny Sansevieri

There’s an old saying that to be successful you have to stop obsessing about the competition. I agree with that to a certain degree, but to not be aware of what other folks in your industry are doing is never a smart idea.


There is so much technology available for everything these days.  What’s out there for writers?  Check out these free and inexpensive software products and apps you might find useful:


In honor of the holidays, this column is devoted to favorite food scenes in great literature.  Books can evoke such great memories.  When reading a book by a good author, you can practically smell and taste the food described.  Many authors are even including recipes in their books!


Many websites have tips on becoming a better writer.  Here are a few of the frequently suggested tips:

1.  Start writing!  The more you write the better writer you will become. Write at least 30 minutes a day. Creating a writing ritual – a time of day when you can write without interruption – will get you in the habit of writing. 

2. Read great writers and learn from them.  Pay close attention to their style and mechanics, in addition to their content.  Emulate them.  Experiment with their style, voice, mechanics.  See what works for you.  This will help you find your voice.

3.  Plan your writing.  Keep pen and paper handy to write down thoughts and ideas as they come to you.  As you are exercising or cleaning house or sitting in traffic, think about what you want to write.  By the time you sit down to write, you can just crank it out - the thinking will have been done.


An article in the Book Marketing Expert newsletter talks about discovery – how do you get your book discovered when there are thousands published each month? Here are some suggestions gleaned from the article and adapted to writing books on maternal/child health.

1.  Publish - a lot.  The most successful authors are pushing out a lot of books.

2.  Bundle.  Many romance authors partner with other authors to bundle short books into one book.  This can work for nonfiction authors, also.  Do you have a friend or colleague with information to share?  Consider combining your books.  

3.  Reader book reviews.  Do you check out what other people have to say about a book or product before you buy?  If so, you are like a lot of readers.  So how do you get your readers to write a review?  Engage your readers and encourage them to review your book.



If you are thinking of writing a book or have published a book, it’s time to think about a website to promote the book. A book website is a great tool for marketing your book and building an online following.

Here are some things to include on a book website:

·      The book cover, a summary of what the book covers if nonfiction or a catchy overview if fiction, the Table of Contents for nonfiction books, and an excerpt from the book to engage the reader and encourage them to buy a copy.

·      Any other books or articles you have written, or any products related to your book.

·      A way to order your book and other items.  You can either sell the items directly or link to sites that sell them. 



You’ve written your book and it has been published.  Now you are just waiting for those royalty checks.  What?  Your royalty checks are pretty skimpy?  Your book is not flying off the bookshelves like you expected? 

It takes a lot of time and effort to write a book and go through the editing and publishing process.  Afterwards, you are ready for a break. But if you want your book to sell, you’ve got to help market it.  Beyond making sure conference coordinators include your book in the conference bookstores where you speak, are there other things you can do to market your book?  Absolutely, here are some ideas:


Many authors wrestle with whether to publish their book through a traditional publishing company or whether to self-publish.  This article explores the advantages and disadvantages of each.



·      You are in total control of your book from start to finish – you get to make all the decisions about content, design, cover, and back matter.  You get to market and sell your book.

·      You receive the entire sales price when the book sells.