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How to Create an Amazing Author Website
Without a website, an author is unknown.
You get the point. An author website is crucial. But too often, authors are simply told to set up a website, yet rarely are they given specific tips on how to make it AMAZING. This article will offer several key elements for successful author websites, in addition to various links to existing author websites that personify those elements.
But before you begin designing your website, remember WHY authors create websites:
*To sell books and/or products
While there are many other goals specific to each author, each of the above goals is paramount in ALL author websites. And if you want to accomplish these goals, consider some of the following tips.
AMAZING AUTHOR WEBSITE #1: www.sethgodin.com
AMAZING AUTHOR WEBSITE #2: www.gitomer.com
AMAZING AUTHOR WEBSITE #3: www.antion.com
AMAZING AUTHOR WEBSITE #4: www.hellomynameisscott.com
AMAZING AUTHOR WEBSITE #5: www.bob-baker.com
AMAZING AUTHOR WEBSITE #6: www.parapublishing.com
AMAZING AUTHOR WEBSITE #7: www.jeffreymagee.com
AMAZING AUTHOR WEBSITE #8: www.drphil.com
AMAZING AUTHOR WEBSITE #9: www.fredgleek.com
AMAZING AUTHOR WEBSITE #10: www.life-after-college.com
It's a lot of work to create an amazing author website. But the bottom line is, if you don't exist on the web, you don't exist at all.
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Scott Ginsberg is a professional speaker, "The World's Foremost Expert on Nametags" and the author of HELLO my name is Scott and The Power of Approachability. He helps people MAXIMIZE their approachability and become UNFORGETTABLE communicators - one conversation at a time. For more information contact Front Porch Productions at http://www.hellomynameisscott.com.
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Book Club Sales -- Increasing the Odds
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The Lecture Experience: Part I
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How To Promote A Book
Nowadays it's no longer a matter of whether or not an author should promote his or her book, but how aggressively one should go about it. The sad truth is that publishers often fail to promote books, and if we, the authors, don't promote your own book then it may be destined to a lifespan between that of butter and yogurt, to paraphrase Calvin Trillan.
Colour and Book Covers - What You Should Know if Youre Self-Publishing
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Why write a book and get attention and loads of contacts?Expertise can sometimes be defined by the articles, columns, responses and books you write. It does not take a lot of effort to write the articles and columns but it does take effort to write a book.
Your Book Marketing Plan - Winning Strategies and Tips
Many authors hit a roadblock when it comes to putting together and implementing a book marketing plan. You know you need to have one, you have a vague idea of what it needs to include, but pulling it all together into a step-by-step plan of attack is not nearly as easy as it sounds.
Writing a Book's Marketing Plan for Maximum Profit
Much has been written about book proposals. But less has been written about book marketing plans.
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Many of us are trying to do business and don't know how to define these words. We read articles and think, this could have just as easily been about me! We wonder why the reporter picked that person instead.
Distribute Your Self-Published Book Online 8 Ways - Part 2
If you are discouraged because traditional methods of book or product distribution haven't brought you the profits you wanted, think Internet distribution. This Online promotion method is good for the long haul and costs you little time or money.
Sell More Books With an E-mail Newsletter
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Poetry Chapbooks: Ten Tips for Promotion
There are several ways of publishing your chapbook. You can do it yourself with a printer and a heavy duty stapler; you can submit a manuscript to a literary entitiy that publishes chapbooks; or you can try a self publishing company.
Book Signing for Experts
Think of your book on the bookstore shelf trying to attract the attention of potential new owners. Crammed together with hundreds of other books, only the spine visible to the roving eyes of readers, your book needs a little help from its creator.
FSBO Author believes in Bookswaps
Hi Noel,I absolutely love your website, As an MS sufferer I intend to buy your book and get "Back onto my feet." My motto this year is, "Again Alive In 2005!"I have published a book also.
4 Questions to Answer Before Contacting a Book Agent
Obtaining agency representation is your first step toward getting profitably published. Most publishers won't even look at unsolicited manuscripts.
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