Interview with Book Marketing Expert Penny Sansevieri, Part 2

Interview with Book Marketing Expert Penny Sansevieri, Part 2 by Frances CaballoI hope you enjoy Part Two of my interview with the wonderful and talented book marketing expert and author, Penny Sansevieri.

As I mentioned last week, I first met Penny when she spoke at the Bay Area Independent Book Publishers Association several years ago. We reconnected last fall when we were both speakers at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference. I attended her session and was again amazed at her depth of knowledge, especially about Amazon.

Now, here’s Penny in her own words.


Explain what a publicist does? Do you think every author needs to hire a publicist?

I think that every author should, at the very least, spend some time consulting a professional or someone they trust to give them solid feedback on the marketability of their book, quality of their cover, etc.

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Podcast: Hot Book Sales Tips for Indie Authors


Episode 15- HOT BOOK SALES TIPS

To read previous episode show notes, refer to my earlier Friday blog posts.


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This week’s segment includes summaries of four blog posts with awesome book sales tips that will help you push your books off the shelves, and, of course, I have your tip of the week.

Let’s start with your weekly tip.

I usually talk about social media, but today I want to talk about book sales.

Every author wants to sell his or her book, right? Sure, we write for the pleasure of creating something and we write because well, we are driven to write.

Some people may say that they don’t care if their book sells or not. Typically this comment comes from a well-established author such as Cormac McCarthy. But it’s easy for a Pulitzer prize-winning author to make that statement

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Blogging, Twitter Tips and Resources for Indie Authors

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for the weekly Roundup of the week’s best posts. I hope

Blogging, Twitter Tips and Resources

32 Web ‪Writing Tips for Better Blog Posts and Social Media Posts, Buffer Blog: Content Crafter Kevan Lee joined us for #Bufferchat to talk about the unique nature of writing for the web. Check out the full Storify recap here, and continue reading for 32 web writing tips from Kevan and the community about how to write successful blogposts, tweets, status updates, and more.

20 Simple Tips for Writing a Blog Post that Begs to be Read, Jeff Bullas: On average, 8 out of 10 people will read headline copy, but only 2 out of 10 will read the rest. This is the secret to the power of your title and why it so highly determines the effectiveness of the entire article.

Top 30 Websites for Indie Authors, Penny Sansevieri of Author Marketing Experts: Trying to build your writing and publishing career is a challenge. There’s a lot of information out there, and trying to discern a solid piece of advice from fluff or inaccurate data isn’t always easy. We are lucky to know a lot of really outstanding industry people who offer great insights, super tips, and valued feedback on a variety of marketing topics and publishing options. Here’s our list of the top 30 blogs and bloggers we really respect. We hope you’ll follow them, too!

4 Ways Authors Can Rock on Twitter by Frances Caballo, on Joel Friedlander’s blogOver the years, I’ve learned how to improve metrics on this platform, and I’m going to share with you four key steps to rocking on Twitter.

Secrets to a Powerful Blog Post by Rebekah RadiceAs a blogger, finding the right words can make all the difference. And today, with more than 152 million blogs on the Internet, that difference can determine your success.

Blogging Just for Writers by Frances CaballoBlogging Just for Writers: Written for new and experienced bloggers, this book provides, tips, ideas for topics and a review of the best blogging applications.

 

 

About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter and the San Francisco Writers Conference. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

Practical Tips for Marketing Your Books on the Social Web

Creative Book Marketing Tips from the Pros

8-22-14 600 2Today’s Roundup includes a range of book marketing tips from industry experts. I hope you enjoy the selection.

Why a Newsletter is a Marketing Must and How to Double the Number of Readers You Get by The Future of Ink: Electronic newsletters have been around for as long as I’ve been in business; prior to that, I can remember getting them in the mail. Newsletters seem very 1990’s don’t they?

How to Promote Yourself and Your Books on Social Media by Terrible Minds:  In my experience, most authors dislike self-promotion. Some downright despise it. And they detest it for good reason: becoming a marketing or advertising avatar for your own work feels shameless. It feels adjacent to the work — like it’s something you didn’t sign on for.

5 Creative Ways to Market Your Book by Author Marketing Experts, Inc.: Are you ready to take your exposure and your book sales up a notch?

5 Tips From a Bestselling Author (and Former Luddite) on Overcoming Blog Phobia by Problogger: There’s no such term as “blog phobia” as far as I know, but the condition is very real, I assure you. I know authors who quake at the mention of blogging, as I once did before I got a handle on it. My professional writing career began in an era when authors were expected to do only one thing: write a kickass book. And maybe go on tour if there was a marketing budget for said book. My first novel,Garden of Lies, was a New York Times bestseller and my publisher sent me on a cross-country tour that was a blur of TV appearances, print and radio interviews, and book signings.

 

Social Media Time Suck Final 200About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter and the San Francisco Writers Conference. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

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Blogging, Video and Bookselling Tips from Penny Sansevieri

8-8-14It’s August yet it feels like fall here in Sonoma County, which is located about 55 miles north of San Francisco. The mornings are dreary, the dew is heavy, and lately we’ve had very little sun. We’re definitely feeling the dog days of summer. (I love dogs, by the way.) However, these posts did brighten my week and I hope you enjoy them too.

26 Ways to Bring Your Blog to Life from Entrepreneur: We all want more engagement on our blog posts. I mean traffic numbers are nice, but when no one comments or shares your posts, you just feel so alone. (Is anyone listening to me!?) User interaction is the soul of a blog. Not only does it help build your confidence, but it could help turn your blog into a cash cow. Here are 26 ways to bring life to your blog.

How to create a video with PowerPoint from Build Book Buzz: Confession time: I view creating videos as a necessary evil. It’s not something I look forward to, and that’s not just because good hair days don’t come around very often.

Never Sell Your Book: Tip #16 of 52 Ways to Market Your Book from Author Marketing Experts, Inc.: So you’re all ready to promote your book. You’ve got a great press kit, a polished bio, and a letter-perfect press release. Now you’re ready to sell, sell, sell, right? Wrong. One of the biggest mistakes authors make is selling their book. Remember it’s not about the book; it’s about what the book can do for the reader.

Twelve Things You Should Do on Your Personal Google+ Account Right Now from KISSMetrics: Like it or not, Google+ is becoming more important in the digital marketing landscape. Google+ is not just a Facebook redux. Instead, it comprises a huge part of the social milieu of your online existence. Google+ has subtly creeped into your emailing, browsing, article writing, creating Google+ business pages, and a variety of other activities across the web.

13 Ways to Impress an Agent from Books & Such : You’ve been trying to crack the code for getting an agent’s attention, whether in a query or a face-to-face meeting. You’ve been searching high and low for the secret to making an agent sit up and say “Wow!”

 

About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter and the San Francisco Writers Conference. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.

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Blogging, Twitter and Viral Book Promotion

7-18-14 2jpgEveryone wants to host a popular, well-read blog, right? If you’d like to learn additional learn tips from a pro – namely ADAM CONNELL – you should consider subscribing to his Blogging Wizzard. Adam’s posts are comprehensive and informative and to get you started I’ve included a recent post by him in this roundup. Another great post I found was on book promotion. Who wouldn’t love to get their books in front of 37,000 industry professionals, right? Well, this post purports to explain how to achieve that incredible goal. There are other great tips below as well from Penny Sansevieri, the Buffer Blog and Lindsay Buroker. I hope you enjoy them.

Book Promotion When Time Is Limited — What’s Most Worth Doing? from Lindsay Buroker: A blog reader sent me a note asking what I would do to promote a series like my Emperor’s Edge if I was starting from scratch and had an hour a day to work on the marketing side of things. I rambled a bit and tried to give a helpful answer, but I wasn’t sure I articulated myself well, because the truth is… enh, there’s not an easy answer or one specific thing you can do to find certain success. Oh, I know what I would do if I were starting from scratch (I recently laid out my plan for launching a pen name in a different genre and getting — I hope — reviews and sales as a new author), but what should you do if you only have a few minutes a day for book promotion?

The 7 Key Ingredients of a Powerful Twitter Bio from Buffer Blog: Your online reputation is your reputation. And it better be good. The way you describe yourself on Twitter has everything to do with how people perceive you online. So how the heck do you do it right? In this post, we’ll go over the 7 key ingredients of a powerful Twitter bio–whether you’re a novice or a social media pro.

Where to find ideas and inspiration for a blog post from The Next Web: One of the most common questions I get asked as a writer/blogger/content marketer is where I get my ideas from. Publishing as often as I do (multiple times per week, up to every weekday sometimes), ideas are certainly something I need a lot of.

How To Create Viral Content (Really) from Author Marketing Experts: Want your next blog post to go viral. Here’s a tip: Start with a headline. People open blog posts based on the headline, that’s really key so you have to start there. Headlines cause blog posts to go viral, the blog content, while important is not as key as the headline.

Get your book in front of 37,000 book industry professionals from Indie Reader: Seeing your book on a friend’s Kindle is great, but every author longs to see their title on a book store shelf. Not just another listing, IndieReader In-Store (IRIS) reviews and catalogs your book as part of a branded collection on Edelweiss, an online catalog service used by a majority of independent bookstores (plus B&N!), a social network platform for industry professionals and an interactive research tool for librarians, bloggers and reviewers.

 

About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter and the San Francisco Writers Conference. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.

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