The Author’s Starter Kit – a 4 book set: Everything an author needs to know about book reviewers, blog tours, book promotion, blogging and their online presence
Are you just starting out and feel lost?
Tired of books that aren’t written in normal language that you can understand?
This 4 book collection puts together everything you need to know about finding reviews from bloggers, creating an on-line presence to network to readers, various ways you can promote your book to gain some visibility and everything you want to know about blogging. All the language is plain English and all the books have extensive glossaries, lists of resources for further reading, lists of videos that walk you through trouble spots and pages of book promotion resources.
Here’s a short list of what you will learn:
-How to find bloggers who will review your book for free
-How to convince them to choose your book
-What do to with a website, newsletter and social media to communicate with readers
-How to set up and optimize your blogging platform
-How to establish yourself on-line to talk to readers
-What book blog tours are and how one can be an advantage to your book promotion efforts
-How to find a book promotion company and how to figure out where to spend your money on promotion
-What is blogging, why should authors blog and how to actually blog
With over 700 pages, this book will start you on the right path to marketing your book. This book will help you understand the world of book promotion and will help you set realistic expectations.
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Is a broken mailing list holding back your author career?
Discover how to transform your marketing and attract dedicated readers.
Does emailing your subscribers feel like shouting into the void? Are you struggling to come up with newsletter ideas that resonate with readers? Author consultant Barb Drozdowich has spent decades teaching writers how to navigate the technological pitfalls of publishing. Now, she’s here to help you master your mailing list.
The Complete Mailing List Toolkit provides a holistic approach to reader engagement through the power of direct communication. This bundle of four essential books provides strategies for list building and step-by-step guidelines for creating content that turns readers into lifelong fans. Through a series of easy-to-follow explanations, you’ll finally discover how to optimize your use of MailChimp and revolutionize your author platform.
In The Complete Mailing List Toolkit, you’ll discover:
- How to create attractive newsletters your readers will eagerly anticipate
- How to troubleshoot deliverability issues so you can reach more readers
- How to understand and measure open and click rates to gauge your success
- How to tailor your message to meet the needs of your unique audience
- Why quality engagement matters more than subscriber quantity, and much, much more!
The Complete Mailing List Toolkit is your how-to guide for mastering email outreach and connecting with more fans. If you like practical solutions, down-to-earth explanations, and empowering guidance from an industry expert, then you’ll love Barb Drozdowich’s career-changing box set.
Buy the box set today to jumpstart a new phase of your author career!More info →
You spend hours at the beach picking up stones. You fell in love with an amethyst geode. You're never without crystals in your pocket. For anyone who has a connection with stones and crystals, this book will expand your understanding of your stone allies and give you new ways to bring their energy into your lifeMore info →
Do you struggle with technology? Are you interested in self-publishing a book, but fear it is beyond your capabilities? Are you looking for information specifically for Canadians?
When confronted with the confusing, multifaceted world of publishing, many authors make the assumption they aren’t capable of self-publishing – nothing could be further from the truth!
Sadly, many authors get taken advantage of by unscrupulous “self-publishing” companies because they don’t really understand the process of publishing a book and therefore, what they are purchasing.
Barb Drozdowich has worked with non-technical authors for years & understands how to break complex topics down using non-technical language. She has self-published 16 books and understands all of the various iterations of publishing. She can cut through all the technobabble & teach you what you need to know to successfully self-publish your book.
Here's some of the topics you will learn from this book:
-You will learn about editing and how to find an editor
-You will learn about ISBNs and where to get free ISBNs
-You will learn about formatting and book structure
-You will learn about where you can sell your book, how to set up the various retailer accounts and how to get paid
-You will learn about book files and book structure
-You will learn what real numbers tell us about book sales
-You will learn what to look for in a self-publishing company if that is the route you choose to go
-You will have access to a huge appendix filled with helpful material, complete with a glossary, articles for further reading, lists of helpful videos, lists of distributors and much more
“The Author's Guide to Self-Publishing for Canadians” is perfect for authors who have finished a wonderfully creative story, but are intimidated by the next steps and are looking for specific Canadian information. Is an editor really needed? How to create a book cover. What the heck are “file types?” How to move forward when you are neither a master of Microsoft Word or capable of understanding some of the complicated instructions found on-line.
Self-publishing is much more straight-forward than many experts would lead you to believe and Barb is the perfect person to explain it to you.
Her books have been described as: “down-to-earth, practical & just thorough-enough explanations,” “excellent primer,” and “well thought out and well organized.”
Don’t let your struggles with technology hold you back from self-publishing. Let Barb help you to learn the language and move forward into the self-publishing world with confidence.
An in-depth, perfect guide for every beginning author - a must read!More info →
Hilarity runs rampant throughout this book as the author pontificates on porta-potties, turnips and tiny pants (read: shorts), the perils of volunteerism, country etiquette, small-town secret societies and community discourse. And sprinkled generously throughout, are quotes that run the gamut from Brigitte Bardot to Voltaire. You’ll even see one from his alter ego, Rural Roberts.
The bite-size essays in CIGS are perfect for ferry rides, nightcaps and workday commutes. And if relocating to a small town is something you’ve dreamed of, pack your shovel, because, to quote the man himself, “Caca occurs!”
Are you a new author & don’t understand the role of Social Media in marketing a book?
Look no further!
Unfamiliar with social media? Didn’t grow up with computers in the house? Frustrated by too much contradictory information? Or are you at the “Now What?” stage.
Barb is an experienced technical trainer with decades of teaching under her belt and 17 books published. She has been helping authors demystify technical subjects for almost a decade. She can help you:
•Learn what is required to set up each of 7 social media accounts
•Learn the demographics of each audience
•Learn to be more comfortable on social media
Barb’s relaxed, conversational style translates to easy to understand books. Her books have been described as ‘down to earth,’ ‘easy to follow,’ and ‘full of actionable advice.’
Pick up a copy of this clear & concise guide today and be one step closer to conquering social media.More info →
In Minerva’s Owl, Carol Matthews reflects on Hegel’s observation that the owl of Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom, spreads its wings only at twilight. Understanding comes late in life and, as Hegel suggests, the past cannot be rejuvenated, only known. For Matthews, the knowing is helpful. Part grief memoir, part love story, this account an exploration of how bereavement after a long-term marriage can be experienced as part of an ongoing relationship.More info →
Have you published a book and struggle to get the word out?
Do you want to target bloggers but don’t know where to find them?
Learn how to find quality bloggers to not only review your book, but also help you build buzz for your book.
Many authors are highly creative people who excel in storytelling but struggle with the marketing aspect of publishing a book. New vocabulary, not very technical, unfamiliar with the online world – all these things are a source of stress for many authors.
Barb has worked in the blogging world for upwards of 10 years as a blogger as well as an author. She has conducted the largest surveys of bloggers to date and her background as a technical trainer makes her good at explaining technical subjects – especially ones that relate to the blogging world.
In this book you will learn:
-How to identify quality blogger/reviewers
-The language of the blogging world
-How to develop realistic expectations
If you are new to the publishing world or if you are struggling to understand how to source out free reviews of your new book, this book will get your feet wet and help you along your journey to understanding more about the book blogger and book reviewer world.
Pick up a copy today and get started learning about the world of book reviewers.More info →
Encounters on the Front Line is a portrait of a nurse’s experience in Cambodia. The story explores three journeys, the first in 1980 when Elaine Harvey worked as a nurse for the Red Cross in the Cambodian refugee camps. Many years later, she returned, as a traveler and a volunteer, working at an orphanage and an AIDS hospice. In this compelling story, the reader will come to know more about Cambodia and its people, who were as 'gracious as the lotus, blooming in muddy waters.' The author shares her profound experience of Cambodia with unflinching honesty and vivid imagery.More info →
|Many people dream of living simple lives on small islands, but few appreciate the complexities that accompany this distinctive lifestyle. Finding the perfect island, negotiating surrounding waters, creating a sustainable home, and making a viable life away from urban conveniences can be rewarding or difficult, depending on myriad circumstances.
Complicated Simplicity draws on the experiences of 20 intrepid people who live on small islands in the San Juans, the Gulf Islands, the more remote Discovery Islands, and in Clayoquot Sound. This book focusses on those who choose islands without ferry service since they deal with special challenges in getting to and from islands, transporting supplies, and living off-the-grid. Their voices are woven through every chapter to share remarkable experiences, skills, and insights gained in very different settings. As the author grew up on Bath Island, off Gabriola, her family’s experiences also serve as threads that tie various themes together.
Engaging, often funny, this book offers readers frank and useful insights on the pleasures and complications of island living. Ingenuity, tenacity and passion for living in these special places shine through, as does concern for safety, sustainability, and thoughtful stewardship.
Do you feel out of your comfort zone when dealing with Book Bloggers?
If book bloggers are the new gatekeepers to 'book publishing success,' do you wonder how you can tap into that source of free promotions?
How you can move comfortably into that world, putting your best foot forward? How can you introduce yourself to these coveted bloggers so that they want to reward you with free promotions?
Look no further, because The Author's Guide to Working with Book Bloggers combines the advice of over two-hundred bloggers, covering all aspects of communication between authors and review blogs.
Whether you are a new author, or have many titles under your belt, let The Author's Guide to Working with Book Bloggers demystify the promotion of your book. You'll learn about whom and where book bloggers are, as well as these essential promotional tools:
* The Query
* The Review
* The Giveaway
* The Guest Post
* The Book Blurb Excerpt
* The Cover Reveal
* ...and more!
Start your journey to publishing success today!More info →
Only Children is a provocative and candid memoir of a life filled with unexpected twists resulting from chance encounters. Opening in February 1955, the four-year old author recounts how he and his mother travelled by train from Calgary to Saskatcehwan to attend a family funeral. When they return home, a new boy comes to stay, but soon leaves, and the two don’t see one another for nearly forty years.
Only Children will be of interest to anyone who grew up in the 1950's and 1960's, people whose parents withheld information about siblings or family. Pat Buckna's insights into relationships, coming-of-age, family and his own actions make for a fascinating exploration of an unique and event-filled life.
Pat Buckna’s remarkable portrayal of his childhood in Calgary in the 1950’s and 1960's takes a surprising turn when, on holiday with his parents and a teenager, he watches his father confront a clerk in a grocery store who turns out to be his brother. That afternoon a young woman knocks on the door of their hotel room and introduces herself as his sister. The author becomes entangled in a series of reckless encounters. He meets a girl on a bus and follows her to the boreal forest of Northern Quebec. He befriends an older married woman with children and becomes an ‘instant’ parent at twenty. One morning, he leaves his marriage and becomes Chris Miller, a country-music singer living in his van. On the road he meets a crazy woman from Oklahoma, gets arrested, then heads north to rebuild his life. The day after his mother dies, an uncle tells Pat a secret she has taken to her grave. After forty years he reconnects with his older brother Gerry, the boy who had come to stay as a child. At Gerry’s funeral, an even more startling secret is revealed.More info →