Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book, by Tim Grahl

Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book is one of the best marketing books I have read (and I’ve read many!) Tim Grahl writes in a refreshingly humble, down-to-earth manner, and provides much actionable advice on the most ethical, long-term ways to approach social media marketing. Tim’s advice is based on his experiences working with authors and helping them to build their author platforms. I would highly recommend Your First 1000 Copies. Grab it now at Amazon, currently on sale for $0.99! It’s also the number one best selling book in Sales and Marketing at Amazon. Praise for Your First 1000 Copies: “If I could give an aspiring writer one piece of advice, it would be to read this book.” – Hugh Howey, New York Times best selling author of Wool “Tim Grahl is fast becoming a legend, almost single-handedly changing the way authors around the world spread ideas and connect with readers. If you’ve got a book to promote, stop what you’re doing right now and start reading YOUR FIRST 1000 COPIES.” – Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of TO SELL IS HUMAN, DRIVE, and A WHOLE NEW MIND “Your First 1000 Copies is a must-read for authors trying to build a connection with their readers.” – Dan Heath & Chip Heath, co-authors of Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive “I watched in awe this year as Tim Grahl had 5 clients on the New York Times bestseller list in the same week. There is no one I trust more to learn about book marketing.” – Pamela Slim, Author, Escape from...

How to Market a Book

The publishing industry is changing quickly, consequently, so are the methods of book marketing. Authors, whether traditionally or self-published, must learn to market their own books. Ultimately, a successful author platform is all about showcasing an author’s individual personality and writing style through a combination of blogging and social media…try saying that in one breath! I have read (too) many marketing books over the past few months in my quest to develop my author platform. I wanted a book that would show me exactly what I needed to do in order to become a social media superstar, a blogging expert, and a technical whizz! Most of the books I read left me wanting to abandon the whole idea or fling my computer out the window, but that would have defeated the purpose, so I bravely soldiered on and kept reading and researching. Copious cups of tea and too many chocolate bars later, I am happy to bring you my top 5 author platform building books, which I will be reviewing in detail during the coming weeks.   1. APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, by Guy Kawasaki and Sean Welch 2.  How To Market A Book, by Joanna Penn 3. Build Your Author Platform: The New Rules: A Literary Agent’s Guide to Growing Your Audience in 14 Steps, by Carole Jelen and Michael McAllister 4. Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book, by Tim Grahl 5. Book Marketing is Dead: Book Promotion Secrets You MUST Know BEFORE You Publish Your Book, by Derek Murphy  ...

A good place to start: how to find the idea that can drive a novel – Culture & Entertainment News | The Irish Times – Mon, May 19, 2014

Irish writers Emma Donoghue, Dermot Bolger, Liz Nugent, and Karen Joy Fowler talk about where and how they find their inspiration with Irish Times journalist, Sinead Gleeson. (I’ve also added my own comments and personal experiences.) Writers are often surprised by how ideas come to them – online, an overheard conversation, a flash of something while doing the dishes. Kevin Barry has spoken of a murky period in the morning between waking and reconnecting to the world. Here, he believes, is where some of the real gold of the imagination is to be found. “For my first novel, I started with a historical event in which the motivations of the main player were puzzling to me,” says Karen Joy Fowler, the winner of this year’s Pen/Faulkner Award. “Why would anyone do such a thing, I asked myself, and then started the book to answer that question.” The idea of writing what you know, or at least within your own frame of experience – from John McGahern to John Updike – is well-worn. Dermot Bolger, who recently penned the novella The Fall of Ireland, thinks that, while it might seem obvious, it’s a good place to begin. “Start with something that happened in your own life, or the life of someone you know, but be aware that fiction is not written about the real world – it is written about a parallel imaginative universe.” Personally, inspiration and ideas can strike me anywhere. My phone is full of random thoughts and potential one line storylines that have hit me while I’m out and about doing the grocery shopping, at the cinema, watching TV, on a bus. My “Secrets...

Joanne Clancy: Writer of killer thrillers. Kindle addict. Tea fiend.

My name is Joanne Clancy. I am a writer from County Cork, Ireland. I am a self-confessed Kindle addict, a tea fiend, and a writer of killer thrillers. I’m currently working on my seventeenth book. I had to have a glass of wine before I finally wrote this first blog post, because although I have written more than a million words, this is probably one of the most difficult pieces I have ever had to write… Why so difficult? Because I hate talking about myself. Maybe it’s an Irish thing, but I find it terribly embarrassing, always have, always will. Anyway, welcome to my blog. 🙂...