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Get Podcast Interviews [5 of 105 Ways to Promote Your Book]

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Get Podcast Interviews

[5 of 105 Ways to Promote Your Book]

Getting podcast interviews has a lot of benefits for you.  In fact, those benefits reach beyond any potential book sales you might get from being on the show. Here are just three benefits.

Expand Your Reach

When you’re a guest (or possibly a co-host) on someone’s podcast you gain access to their audience. This means you are expanding your reach and people, who may never have heard of you otherwise, will not hear about you but from you. This certainly makes every podcast you can get on worth your while. The size of the podcast doesn’t even matter. You just never know who might be listening or who knows who.

Build Your Crediblity

The more you’re interviewed the more credible you become. People may hear you in numerous places, but even just being able to say you’ve been interviewed x number of times helps place you in a position of authority. For example, Rob and I have been interviewed somewhere around 120 times. That’s impressive to many people even though to us it’s just old hat 😉

Build Your Confidence

The more you speak about your book, the more you’re interviewed or put on the spot about your writing style, writing process, characters, topic, etc. the more comfortable you become in such situations. This boost to you confidence can come in handy in many instances – especially if you’re looking to do presentations around the topic of your book.

These extra benefits will help you increase the chances of selling more books!

Many different ideas when marketing your book

There are so many ideas when it comes to marketing your book.  If you’d like to see all 105 Ways to Promote Your Book, grab the free pdf of it now! Click here.

Get creative with the possiblities! And, have fun with your marketing!!

 

Do Speaking Events on Your Topic [4 of 105 Ways to Promote Your Book]

Do Speaking Events on Your Topic

[4 of 105 Ways to Promote Your Book]

Readings and signings are excellent ways to promote your book, and we recently shared articles with you about that. If you missed any of those, click here to go back and read one or more of them now. Doing speaking engagements around the topic of your book can open you up to new audiences and new potential fans.

What topics can you speak on?

If your book is non-fiction, the answer to “what topics can you speak on?” may come easily enough. However, if you’ve written a fiction novel, you may be wondering what the heck you can speak about. Let’s just say that that list can actually be quite long. Admittedly, without working with you personally, we can’t give you an exact list, but we’re going to give you some ideas to get you started.

Outside of the direct topic of your book, give talks about your writing process, your research methods, self-publishing, your marketing journey, and so forth.

Why did you choose the topic of your book? That is an excellent angle to create a talk around. There is a reason – some story that can help readers relate to you even more.

Take a deeper look at the topic of your book

Take a deeper dive into what your book is written about. Let’s say you’ve written a fiction novel about vampires. Create and give a talk about the history of vampires. Talk about whether vampires are just legend or if there’s evidence to suggest they really exist or existed. Do your research and then talk about the psychology behind why people are drawn to them.

Ah, but what if you’ve written a wholesome romance novel? What is the dilemma that the main character faces? Create a talk around that issue. You could even give a talk about the need for wholesome love stories for those who don’t want a 50 Shades of Gray read or even just a spicier read.

Or create a talk around the location that your book is based in.

As I, Janelle, am writing this I’m working on a new fiction series that is based in a variety of locations -one of which is Panama City Beach, FL. The main character is involved in protecting and saving sea turtles, but she has traumatic history involving her mother and she’s afraid to love again. There are numerous talks that could be created with the end including a mention of my book.

What in your book inspires others?

Yes, it does. Even if it’s a mystery novel or a horror novel or something completely different. If you take a good look at it, you can find something from one of your characters or the setting or your journey writing it that can be turned into an inspirational talk.

When you offer your audience a chance to connect with you, the place or your characters on a deeper level, they’ll be salivating to buy a copy of your book and just maybe copies for their friends.

Many different ideas when marketing your book

There are so many ideas when it comes to marketing your book.  If you’d like to see all 105 Ways to Promote Your Book, grab the free pdf of it now! Click here.

Get creative with the possiblities! And, have fun with your marketing!!

 

Elicit My Heart – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Shauna Pendleton

A highly unique book, Elicit My Heart is the second book in the Kiss Me Deadly series. Author, Shauna Pendleton continues Marjolaine’s story of tumultuous experiences as she faces life-threatening choices. The excruciatingly destructive consequences she faces if she gives in and makes the wrong choices nearly rip her demon heart in two. Marjolaine’s lost love is in danger and engaged to another woman. Whether or not she’ll be able to save him from the invisible and unknown danger -let alone save him from the danger she herself is- courses throughout Pendletons’s Elicit My Heart. Marjolaine has believed she is utter evil, but in this second book she faces demonic forces stronger and far worse than her own kind. Pendleton keeps readers wondering page after page as to whom will still be standing in the end.

On some levels, Elicit My Heart could be read as a stand alone novel, but it would be easier for readers to relish in the story sooner if they have read the fist book in the series, Kiss Me Deadly. Pendleton doesn’t appear to give much background when it comes to who or what Marjolaine (Len) is. The tale is gripping early on, but it takes a good bit of reading to piece together Marjolaine’s relationship to Jared and her relationship with Durante. Being better prepared to understand the intricacies of these relationships could help readers get into the story a bit quicker, but that is the only real drawback to Elicit My Heart. Shauna Pendleton has written a fascinating, paranormal tale that will not only keep readers turning pages, but Elicit My Heart will have them craving the next book in the Kiss Me Deadly series.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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Living in Italy: The Real Deal – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

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Stef Smulders

In Living in Italy: The Real Deal – How to Survive the Good Life, Stef Smulders details how he, his partner, Nico, and their dog left their lives behind to start a new life in Italy. Once there, they aspired to start their own bed and breakfast, Villa I Due Padroni. However, as Dutchmen, Stef and Nico were completely out of their comfort zone in the eccentric Italian landscape. Thrust into the midst of a difficult restoration project and a sea of quirky characters, Stef and Nico struggled to find their way. They needed to discover, as the title suggests, “how to survive the good life.”

At first glance, Living in Italy seems to be a sort of travel guide or emigrant’s handbook. However, it is nothing of the sort. In fact, it is primarily a memoir about two immigrants and their hilarious escapades in Italy. Although there are bits of advice sprinkled throughout, there is not nearly enough to fully commit to the genre it appears to be. Aside from its misleading first impression, Living in Italy has a few other quirks, as well. It’s poorly organized in some areas, jumping around a lot in focus and setting. Some chapters seemed entirely disjointed because of this. Other times, there seems to be errors in the translation of the book; abundant grammatical errors and untranslated Italian phrases can lead to a fair bit of confusion for readers. Much Stef Smulder’s writing was quite abrupt, too; chapters seemed to end as soon as they started and the storytelling was not as strong as it could have been. 

Despite its lack of organization and clarity, Living in Italy was certainly an interesting read. The characters that Stef and Nico encounter during their exploits are humorous and entertaining, as are their stories about acclimating to Italian culture. Also, for fans of home renovations and DIY projects, this book has plenty to interest you. Living in Italy: The Real Deal – How to Live the Good Life could use a bit of renovation itself, but is still a fascinating read for anyone considering moving to Italy and starting anew, as Stef and Nico did.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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The Healing Wound – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Cristina Dior

Cristina Dior’s The Healing Wound is her personal memoir about her complicated and often traumatic childhood. Born to teenage, interracial parents, Cristina was immediately thrust into a situation she never asked for. Her father, Steven, had a nasty temper and was prone to violent outbursts, often beating her young mother. To protect her infant daughter, Tama allowed her foster family to adopt Cristina. Cristina’s new adoptive family was not as Tama remembered it, though, and they inflicted tremendous abuse on their new ward. When Cristina finally escaped, her new haven was not at all how she imagined it. From then on, Cristina funneled her strength and spirit into breaking the cycles of abuse, racism, and depression she had endured and finally, once and for all, healing.

Though undoubtedly intriguing and immersive, The Healing Wound is a bit of an exhausting read. Ripe with child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, attempted suicide, and mental illness, this book forces a lifetime of pain and sadness on its readers with little relief. Though it is a story that deserves to be told, it’s a difficult one to endure as a reader. It takes a strong mind and a healthy amount of determination to reach the end of The Healing Wound. Aside from the themes of negativity, the promised themes of healing felt rushed and like an afterthought. An entire book later, only a mere chapter or two seemed to contain any hint of healing, and even then, it was not as fully or deeply explored as it could have been. In that regard, readers are given little resemblance of a positive note to end this book on.

Despite its difficult premise, The Healing Wound did have its redeeming moments. Cristina Dior’s writing seems honest and forthright, descriptive without being too graphic, and fully captivating. Her story is striking and vivid, carrying readers along on her journey to healing. The Healing Wound is well-written and interesting, to be sure, but it still would have far more impact if, among all the wounds explored, Cristina Dior had thoroughly discussed her supposed healing, too.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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How Mommy Got Her Groove Back – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Rebecca Undem

How Mommy Got Her Groove Back is Rebecca Undem’s touching memoir about her departure from and eventual return to her rural upbringing. Raised in Oakes, North Dakota, Rebecca cherished growing up in the country with her loving family. However, she yearned for a more exciting life in the city. After a series of corporate jobs in big cities, though, Rebecca began to feel like her heart wasn’t really in it. She and her husband, Jeremiah, returned to Oakes to help her parents with the family business. Once there, she struggled to balance her desire for a successful career, her familial role as a farmer’s wife, and her new, most important job as a mother to their three young children. A long, zig-zagged road of trial and error later, Rebecca found herself and her calling in the one place she least expected to do so: her own hometown.

How Mommy Got Her Groove Back is a true gem in a dozen different ways. The most significant is that it is so easy to relate to; at times, it feels so very personal. Although it is a memoir of her own life, Rebecca Undem’s trials and triumphs are ones that we all, as human beings, have faced at one point or another. She is all of us, in that she is a determined woman who is just trying to do the right thing for herself and her family. Her words are poignant, yet casual; witty, yet friendly; humorous, yet so strikingly hard-hitting. It is sometimes difficult to become so wholly invested in the life of another, but Rebecca Undem achieves that captivation immediately and maintains it until her last page.

This book is anything but just a memoir. How Mommy Got Her Groove Back is an epic adventure, full of love, sadness, faith, and above all, life. Also, perhaps without intention, it is brimming with friendly advice and confident support. All in one short book, How Mommy Got Her Groove Back is a shoulder to lean on, a picture of nostalgic love, and a beacon of light to lead its readers to their own callings, serving to cement Rebecca Undem as a forever “Nestie” for all of us.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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Shame Proof Parenting – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Mercedes Samudio

Mercedes Samudio’s Shame-Proof Parenting is a helpful guide to aiding parents in becoming the best parents they can be. Through sharing her own childhood experiences and her experience as a family counselor, Samudio provides valuable insight on overcoming the crushing weight of shame and societal criticisms about parenting. By utilizing reflective parenting methods and acknowledging the various sources of the shame inflicted upon parents, Samudio argues that parents will then be able to better communicate and grow with their children. Above all, she hopes to help parents feel empowered and confident in their ability to “raise whole, healthy children.”

Shame-Proof Parenting is not an omniscient, one-answer-solves-all book; rather, Samudio acknowledges all different sorts of family structures and parenting styles, and the fact that there is no truly “perfect” way to be a parent. Her approach is wise and supportive, simultaneously letting parents know that it’s okay to not be perfect and that they’re not alone in their daily stresses and worries. Her advice is vague enough to be relatable to anyone, while still feeling overwhelmingly personal; oftentimes, reading Shame-Proof Parenting felt like Samudio was speaking directly to me, like she understood. And, of course, she does.

Especially reading this as a parent, Shame-Proof Parenting was a refreshing and incredibly kind approach to a parenting book. Mercedes Samudio removes all guilt or blame from her narrative, and never pretends to be a magical genie who can solve every parent’s problems with an on-trend, bottom-line solution. Her guidance can be summed up as, “Hey, I get it. Let’s try this instead.” That gentle support is a welcome embrace for struggling parents; in that regard, no matter what their struggles may be, Shame-Proof Parenting is a must-read for all parents. Ditch all the other so-called parenting books; this is the one that will really help you.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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Happy! And Other Feelings – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

5 Stars

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Jeff Whitcher

A wonderfully themed collection of poems for children, by Jeff Whitcher, Happy! And Other Feelings was a joy to read. The poems in this book are based on dozens of different emotions. They range from the basic emotions of feeling happy or feeling sad to feeling safe, ignored, overwhelmed or even adventurous. Jeff Whitcher does an excellent job painting a colorful picture of each of these emotions from a child viewpoint. He also includes a number of basic, but impactful handdrawn images as well. With rhyme and flow, these poems can help children realize they are not alone when they encounter one or more of these emotions.

Without question Happy! And Other Feelings: Poems and drawings by Jeff Whitcher would be a great addition to any child’s home library. This book would also make a great addition in educational settings as teachers could use some of the poems to help students talk about different emotions or behaviors -of their own, of classmates or those surrounding current events. Likely my favorite was “Empathy”. It is short, but it clearly expresses the concept that we’re all alike in some way, that we’ve all had similar emotions and experiences now and again. Furthermore, it expresses the importance of just being with another instead of leaving them suffer (or celebrate) alone. I highly recommend parents, teachers, librarians, homeschool parents, etc. pick up a copy of Happy! And Other Feelings to help the youth in their charge to better understand and embrace the various feelings we all experience as human beings.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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Do Readings Online to Get in Front of Readers [3 of 105 Ways to Promote Your Book]

Do Readings Online to Get Front of Readers

[3 of 105 Ways to Promote Your Book]

You can reach people all over the world by doing readings online. This helps you expand your reach beyond doing local readings or having to travel to do readings. But, remember doing a reading isn’t really enough – give them a show. If you missed our last article on this, go read it now. Click here.

They’ll start to feel like they know you

Doing a reading and putting on a bit of a show helps readers and fans gain a better understanding of who you are. When people watch you again and again it doesn’t take them long to feel like they know you.  Make your videos entertaining and readers and fans will start watching more and more of your videos. Once they feel more connected to you, they’ll get even more excited to tell others about your book(s).

Go live…

A great way to directly connect with readers and fans is to do a Facebook Live video. You can do these on your personal page, but be very careful about using your personal page as it’s against Facebook policy to use it in place of a business or fanpage.  Therefore, we actually encourage you to do your lives via your fan page.

Don’t just sit in at your desk and read from your book. We can’t express enough the importance of making it highly entertaining and more of a show. Think of the “show-don’t-tell” method when it comes to writing. Add flair and some pieces of the story or book to your video instead of just reading that section.

Can’t go live…or too nervous to do so?

It’s okay. The majority of people have stage fright and are afraid to be on camera as well. If you’re uncomfortable to do a livestream, consider pre-recording and uploading it to Youtube. You’ll need to create a Youtube account if you don’t have one yet.

Or, you might consider doing a video conference call. We like Zoom or Skype for these. You’ll be back to doing it live, but it won’t be public unless you record it and upload it to Youtube, Facebook, etc. after the fact.

Forget being live…you’re just afraid of being on camera?

Yep, we know. Lots of people are far too nervous to be on camera. Just get more creative. Do you have friends or family who would act out some of the story or book? If so, you could do the reading overtop of their actions – a narrator in a sense.

Go further and video a setting or animals or something wild like your book dressed up as one of the characters 😉 You just do the narration or reading as a voice over then.

You see you don’t have to be on camera to do live readings.  In fact, you could even just do audio. But, if you do audio only, you must make sure you use a lot of inflection to support the reading. If it’s a serious book, make sure you add just the right amount of gravitas in your speech.

The point is to be creative, entertaining and/or impactful to touch your audience and keep them coming back and buying your book.

Many different ideas when marketing your book

There are so many ideas when it comes to marketing your book.  If you’d like to see all 105 Ways to Promote Your Book, grab the free pdf of it now! Click here.

Get creative with the possiblities! And, have fun with your marketing!!

 

The Sparrow’s Spirit – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest

4 Stars

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Bill Welker

The Sparrow’s Spirit is Bill Welker’s autobiographical memoir about the tumultuous early years of his life. Having come from a long line of champion wrestlers, it was expected that Bill would wrestle in school, too – and he did. Nothing mattered more to Bill than wrestling, and after a series of impressive victories, he even received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Pittsburgh. Once there, though, his life began to spiral out of control. Bill’s struggles with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and depression caused him to abandon wrestling and turn to alcohol, subsequently getting in trouble often. From then on, Bill Welker was faced with defeating his most challenging opponent to date: himself.

Unfortunately, it is almost immediately evident that The Sparrow’s Spirit is quite poorly organized. Many of its passages (notably those about his elementary years) read more like individual diary entry blurbs than a connected, coherent memoir. Sometimes, certain stories within this memoir feel like irrelevant tangents. Other times, the storyline jumps around a bit, which can lead to confusion. This lack of organization is especially disappointing because Bill Welker’s memories are fascinating and well-written; they could just use some reorganization and better transitions between them.

Aside from this one glaring drawback, The Sparrow’s Spirit is an enchanting and overwhelmingly relatable memoir. Bill Welker manages to capture the naïve innocence of childhood, the uncertainty of adolescence, and the dark reality of depression all in this short book. Although some of his content is certainly more serious and straightforward, Welker’s narrative is always compassionate and introspective, injected with just enough humor to leave the reader feeling lighthearted and engaged. This book is sure to resonate with any reader, as we can all surely see bits of our own transformative journeys in the one that Bill Welker shares with us in The Sparrow’s Spirit.

Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.

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