Does Social Media Sell Books?

Does Social Media Sell Books?

Are you using social media to sell your books? After many years of being active on social media, and having accumulated reasonable followings, I’d have to say that the answer to this question is no, not directly. I don’t know how many times a day I see, ‘Check out my book’, ‘You’re invited to an event’, or ‘Download my book for free.’ My reaction to these messages, which for me number in their hundreds every day, is to ignore them completely. Exactly the same as most people do I think. However, social media offers the logical temptation to sell stuff, especially to those who are new or inexperienced. After all,

When Is A Typo, A Typo?

When Is A Typo, A Typo?

The world is full of typos! While reading two separate posts on Forbes and The Verge in the last two days regarding the annoyance of typos in e-books, it was reassuring in some respects to note that the brunt of the complaints was against large publishers. However, as I read the long list of comments on these posts, a few new pieces of information caught my attention. Although there was one very important consideration that was missing. The new information I found interesting was contained in one comment. I quote: GAP e-books: an explanation for why they are so shoddy I’ve just learned that the production AND PROOFREADING for Bantam/Spectra e-books is

Reading The News

Reading The News

I loved reading the news. When it was news. As a young teenager, I used to go to the airport in Perth on a Saturday morning to buy newspapers from other cites, and countries. Living in an isolated city in Australia, I wanted to read and learn about alternative opinions and attitudes to the news of the moment. Reading the news has for almost all of my life been my means of learning how other people think and react to the issues that confront us all every single day. Through great journalism, I learnt to understand the Vietnam War, changes in society values, Watergate and one thousand other issues. It was my

Are You An Author Or An Ebook Marketer?

Are You An Author Or An Ebook Marketer?

Book marketing is not an easy process During the last few years, frenzied Kindle ebook marketing has become rampant, as anyone who can spell their own name is jumping on the self-publishing bandwagon in search of the rich rewards this new pot of gold promises. I think I have read more ‘Make Money Fast Kindle Marketing Schemes’ than I’ve had hot dinners and can only think that most who go in search of fast money from publishing on Kindle will become disappointed quite quickly. The truth of the matter is that there is no fast money to be made from writing and publishing a book, and there never has been.