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Turn Freebie Subscribers into Buying Readers

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Turn Freebie subscribersWith so many great opportunities for authors to grow their reader email list through giveaways, a new problem arises. (Or as we’re taught in project management, it’s not a problem, it’s an opportunity!)

When we gain subscribers by giving them a free book (or other giveaway), are we teaching readers to expect books for free?

Maybe. If we’re not using a series of onboarding emails.

But with an effective email automation sequence, you can teach those freebie readers to value your books and turn those new subscribers into fans! Read the rest of this entry »

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Why I Love Facebook Lead Generation Ads

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I’ve been running a new Lead Generation ad campaign through Facebook, and I’m reminded of why I like this type of ad so much!

What is a Facebook Lead Generation ad? 

Basically, it’s an ad that creates an easy experience for the user to receive a free gift (ebook) from you in exchange for signing up for your email list. FB uses the email address on file for that user, so the opt-in process is very easy for the user – especially from a mobile device.

So why do I find value in Lead Gen ads?

  1. Grow Email List. They introduce me to new readers who opt-in to my mailing list. Over the course of about a year and a half, I’ve added over 5,000 new emails to my list through this resource. The targeting for FB Lead Gen ads is excellent, and I’ve seen good newsletter open and click rates from the readers I’ve acquired.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Rule of 5 for Book Marketing

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So many of my posts focus on specific tools or micro details that you can use in your book marketing efforts, but for this post I’d like to step back and talk about a mindset that will increase your ratio of success and help you not feel so overwhelmed. (A win-win, yes?)

John Maxwell, the great leadership guru, has taught for years about his “Rule of 5” daily practice. The Rule of 5 is simply a series of activities that you do EVERY DAY that are fundamental to your success. For John, his Rule of 5 are as follows: every day he reads, every day he files, every day he thinks, every day he asks questions, and every day he writes.special-delivery

Picture a forest of trees in your backyard – massive pecans and oaks. If you choose one tree to strike at with five swings of an ax every day, eventually you’ll cut down that tree. If you take five swings at five random trees each day, what will you end up with? An ugly forest full of scarred trees.

I love this concept for so many reasons, but mostly because it makes succeeding at huge tasks manageable, and helps build productive habits. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Grow Your Email List with InstaFreebie

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Grow Your Email List with InstaFreebie

I’ve been doing some new things to grow my reader email list recently, and together they’ve been adding between 30 – 50 new emails per day. Over the next few weeks, I’ll share what I’m doing.

For today’s post, let’s start with the simplest to set-up: A Giveaway through InstaFreebie.com.

The last I’d heard of InstaFreebie, it was a site where you could upload an epub file of a book you wanted to give to readers, then share the InstaFreebie link with the person you wanted to receive the free book. They could retrieve the file from InstaFreebie and sideload it onto their eReader. I have a different service I use to share ereader files for giveaways (I use BookFunnel and LOVE them, mostly because of their high level of customer support for my readers), so InstaFreebie hasn’t been on my radar for a while.

But I received a tip from a Facebook friend that InstaFreebie has a great little program to help authors grow their reader email list. That sounded like something to check out! Read the rest of this entry »

What do you want to know?

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To help me better tailor my blog posts and free marketing tools, I need to hear from you!

What do YOU want to know to kickstart your next book release? 

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Book Launch Marketing Checklist

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Are you releasing a new book into the world? I talk with so many authors in this position, who are drowning in book marketing advice and just want a simple step-by-step list of what to do to launch the new book properly.

In response to this, I created a simple checklist for a new book launch with “required tasks” (such as adding the book to your Amazon Author Profile) marked separately from “optional tasks” (like a blog tour).

Feel free to use and share it with other authors preparing to launch their latest book baby!

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Bookbub Strategy: Choose the Right Pricing Approach

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I make no secrets of my respect (almost love) for Bookbub.com advertising. My first Bookbub ad is what really kick-started my book sales, back in January 2015. Since then, I’ve been blessed to have my books featured with Bookbub (6) different times. Through these, I’ve identified some clear strategies for obtaining and pricing a Bookbub feature. Over the next week, we’ll talk through these strategies! Read the rest of this entry »