Books to Believe In Congratulates Brett Wilson on a best-selling launch of “The Milagro”!

the-milagro-book-coverThe Milagro just launched to instant best-seller status is #conspiracy and #military for both the paperback and Kindle.

Congratulations to the author Brett Wilson!

The Milagro is a story of conspiracy, terror, death and hope… all rolled into an innovative story line and delivery.

Get your copy of The Milagro at the-milagro.com.

New ways to market old books

Even if your book has been on the market for a while, there are all sorts of new tips and tricks for you to give it a new push and have it develop a whole new readership!

Book marketing is a marathon, not a sprint – but most authors give it a really good go right out of the gates and put so much time, money, energy and effort into launch, that they’re too overwhelmed to think of doing that again and again to keep momentum going. But that’s exactly what you have to do – keep that momentum going, or else, you’re just going to be a ‘flash in the pan’.

What you need is a plan, a calculated plan. You need to know what your whole next year looks like and plan book marketing events around special events in the calendar. Aim for at least one a month. The anniversary date of your book’s release is one. Your birthday is another. The start of an ‘awareness’ month for some cause is another. Holidays that relate to your readerships are great (Father’s Day for example). Important dates in history – anniversaries of important events. Or those random holiday calendars – like ‘blue cheese day’. Find a reason that relate to your book, you or especially your readership can relate to and amplify using your book.

With a plan in place, you’re going to feel less overwhelmed, and likely much more forward-looking and never find yourself in a place where you say, “Now what?”

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EJ Thornton, owner of Books To Believe In has been publishing books since 1998 when she first published her own novel Angel On Board. Since then, she has published hundreds of books for other authors and sold hundreds of thousands of copies of those books with those authors.

Every book published by Books To Believe In has reached Amazon best-seller status by following the advice in the book: “Launch Your Book Big“.

She teaches them marketing and shows them their book’s full potential.

 

Find out more about Books To Believe In here: http://bookstobelievein.com – feel free to ask us questions about your book project!

Why does Partner Publishing work so well and why is Books To Believe In so special?

As the publisher at Books To Believe In, I get asked these questions all the time by the authors I meet and this is what I tell anyone who wants to publish a book.

Most authors are intimidated by the fact that the publishing industry has so many choices and that there is so much to learn. Couple that with the fact that the industry is changing almost daily as to where to best put your efforts for the biggest bang.

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When you truly partner with Books To Believe In and the team led by EJ Thornton, you’ll be led through the publishing process. We save you the effort of learning publishing the way I, EJ Thornton, did  – through brute force and ignorance (emphasis on the ignorance). I didn’t know what I didn’t know. Therefore, I didn’t know what was possible.

But we do – and we can save you hours of anguish and frustration by leading to the easiest, quickest and best way to format your book, market your book and most importantly, GET YOUR BOOK READ!

Here’s the deal. Call us, we consult with you – we don’t just ask you to upload your book. We look at it and tell you where you are making mistakes or help you really ramp up your book’s strengths making it an easy sell.  Selling books and getting books to the marketplace have some counter-intuitive parts to it, but experience speaks the loudest and we’ll guide you past those land mines that make self-publishing books such a frustrating experience for most people.

You don’t know what you don’t know – and just a couple of hours in a consult with us – and you’ll feel so much more empowered either to partner with us, or to try it on your own.

Your book has merit – let’s get it out to the people who need it the most – your readers! They’re already reading something… we help them find you with our exclusive methods.

Call EJ Thornton at Books to Believe In – at 303.794.8888 or e-mail her at ej@ejthornton.com

To you, your book and your readers! Let’s get you all together – and soon!

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Real Life Angel Stories – inspired by a fiction novel (by EJ Thornton)

For centuries, it has been said that “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life” and the case of Angel On Board.

I, EJ Thornton, the author of Angel On Board experienced something unexpected when meeting my readers. Once I broached the topic of Angels and having angelic experiences, it made it safe for others to talk about their experiences without fear of judgement. I listened to story after story after story of these people who just wanted to tell about their incredible experience in the loving way they experienced it.

Because I was open to this, I literally heard hundreds and hundreds of stories about amazing coincidences, amazing times of being protected or guided. Each story was stunning and the teller and I connected at a very special heart-based level.

What I began to realize was that there were more people out there with angel stories than I ever expected. Angel On Board – the novel – helps you remember your own. There is something incredibly familiar in those pages – or so I’m told.

Because these stories were so spectacular, I decided to compile them in a spin-off non-fiction series called “Angel On Board – Real Life Stories.” This is a collection of 40 stories from 12 different authors – including myself where I tell my angel stories. AND I explain which of the angel stories in Angel On Board were based on real life – or – “Art imitating Life” so to speak.

Broken up into 6 sections, the book has stories about Incredible Coincidences, Angelic Protection, Physical Proof, Signs and other Miracles, Birds and Winged Creatures, and being able to find Peace at Last.

This is just book one of a series. I will collect 50 stories for all future books and publish them as the stories come in. If you have had an angelic experience, near-death-experience or a coincidence that is far too amazing to have been a coincidence, we want to hear your stories.  Please write to me ej@ejthornton.com and use the subject line: Angel Story. We will consider your contribution for the next installment of Angel On Board – Real Life Stories.  Please keep all submissions to a maximum of 2500.

Bless you all!

Coincidences or angels… you decide.

This afternoon as I was reworking one of my books called Angel On Board – Real Life Stories (Book 1), and adding several new stories to the Kindle version – getting it ready for print, I suddenly found a new review on Angel On Board – Real Life Stories.

We published AOB-RLS originally in November of last year and since then it has only had one review come up. Today, WHILE WE ARE WORKING ON THAT VERY BOOK, we get a review… asking for more stories. I swear this is not a stunt, it is very real. It fits amazingly well into the last blog post I did – “Where attention goes…”

I just like to share strange stuff with you guys. We are in the process of putting the new version of the book up. I’ll post links when it is ready!

Have a great day!

Write with reckless abandon

Today, we quoted Colorado’s most prolific author and my friend Othniel J. Seiden in our company’s newsletter. His advice to authors is to just “Puke it out!”  Or a less brutal way to say it is to “Write with Reckless Abandon.” When you’re in the mood to write – just write! Leave the second guessing out, leave the editing to others, just write!

Othniel Seiden

Colorado’s Most Prolific Author

Othniel Seiden has been writing for decades and he has been successful beyond most people’s dreams having books published by commercial publishers, translated into tons of new languages and selling hundreds of thousands of copies over time.  So, his advice is pretty valuable.

Otti also has a way of taking an epic novel and breaking it down into novellas or an encompassing non-fiction book and breaking it into separate microbooks.

These smaller versions or excerpts are more highly targeted and work to reach their market share quite effectively.

For instance, he wrote Coping with Arthritis and in that book, he had a chapter about Fibromyalgia. He decided he wanted to write a book called Coping with Fibromyalgia. Instead of starting a new book, he just chopped out the non-Fibromyalgia parts out of Coping with Arthritis and published what was left as its own book.

People who have Fibromyalgia using are searching for Fibromyalgia over Arthritis, so this book sells wonderfully well, even though the niche is much smaller.

My favorite set of questions, when an author comes to me with a book project is, “Is your book really a book?” “Is it only a book?” “Is it only one book?” The last time I asked that question, the book went from 1 physical book to 2 versions of the physical book and 13 e-books. Most times you have more potential than you thought you did. Let us help you figure that out!

Call us for a consult today! 303.794.8888. Or find out more at http://getting-published.com

What you think of me is none of my business – so too, book reviews.

Publishing AdviceGreat Lesson! Stop worrying about what others may think… because, ‘They know not what they do!’

Love this fresh perspective.

This very much applies to book reviews – good or bad, you need to keep on an even keel. Good reviews shouldn’t build up your ego, nor bad ones tear you down. Book reviews, good or bad help sell books. Look at the best sellers, most of them have dozens of bad reviews. Those don’t even show up on most best-selling author’s radar. Dan Brown has 1130 ‘negative reviews’. He has 2252 favorable reviews. So 1 in 3 people wrote a bad review. Does he care? No, he’s laughing all the way to the bank! Every review, good or bad is helping him sell more books!

Everyone that gives your book attention is doing your book a good service. So be grateful for the attention, positive or negative.

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That being said, getting reviewed is still something you need to work on:  http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/ – This is a list of 241 Indie reviewers. Get reviews – good or bad, just get them.

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Getting funding for a book project with a crowd-funding site. Many people are doing this, some with great success and some not. We are doing it with a product and a cause project for a book.

The book itself is not going to be what makes or breaks the project, what will is the social media sending traffic to it. That being said, get this project on every possible website, social media platform and e-mail list that you can. Traffic – exposure – getting seen – is what will truly make this project work.  I post all my blogs to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google +, LinkedIn, PingOMatic, StumbledUpon and a couple of other proprietary sites. Every blog, every day… get traffic, get seen!

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New books are on Books To Believe In’s website. Some just released this week.

If you like Epic Fiction, then choose: Triumph of the Spirit

If you like Short Stories then choose: Secrets of the Hog Farm – sisters saving sisters

If you like Military Bios or Women’s History, you’ll love: WAF – Bonnie

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Enjoy

Feb 5 – Valentine’s day starts now!

So what happens you have two conflicting celebrations on the same day? Today is “Disaster Day” and “National Pancake Day” and #IHOP is trending right now. Seems to me the Pancakes have it… I’d rather talk about them anyhow! Who’s with me?

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Well, football season is officially over and that tends to get me looking toward spring, spring activities, new growth and all that lot! Even the groundhog said we’d have an early spring, not to mention global warming. It also feels like people’s pocketbook strings are loosening and more people are buying books right now.

The publishing side of the business is cyclical. I started noticing that the second year I was in business and it has held true ever since. Right now we are in the “I’m going to get this book published this year – New Year’s Resolution” phase. A ton of new projects begin right at the first of the year and this year is no exception. What that means to our business is that those projects will launch in the spring. That’s cool because that takes us through the lull of late February/March when everyone is doing their taxes instead of writing books!

Our next really big commercial holiday is Valentine’s day and if you have a book that deals with love – on any level – you need to work that tie-in from this moment on, until midnight on the 14th. We publish some and we list them on “Great Relationship Books” like “Finding Your Fortune” and “Autumn Romance”. We will be giving them some serious attention between now and the 14th.  We publish several books that are just about relationships, and those are easy to tie into Valentine’s Day. But my challenge to you is, whether there is an obvious tie-in or not, is to come up with 5 tweets about why Valentine’s Day is important to your book.

The moral to today’s story – there is ALWAYS a connection to current events. There is always a way to make your book relevant to what is going on. Sometimes it is challenging to make a connection, but you can do it… You’re smart! You’re an author!

Go ahead – give me a challenging book to tie into a Valentine’s day campaign – I’ll do my best. Write it below in the comments!

Feb 3 – Online is where it is at!

50 Seasons of Quarterbacks by Don Nichols

50 Seasons of Quarterbacks by Don Nichols

#NothingFeelsBetterThan is trending right now. It is Super Bowl Sunday and Cordova Ice Worm Day…

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This year Barnes & Noble is closing about 1/3 of its stores. That’s somewhere between 190-240 stores. It was hard enough getting on those bookshelves when they were in their heyday, but now, they have pulled back, now they aren’t willing to take any risks of any kind on unknown authors. So, stop trying to chase after book store shelf space. That model of doing business is dying if not dead. The same is true with traditional publishers. If you’re still waiting for someone to discover you or appreciate you, guess what – they can’t right now. Their industry is crumbling around them.

What hasn’t stopped happening is how much people are writing. In fact, I think that has increased. And in fact, the methods to get the books out there has become more and more diversified. So, it is a great time to be an author – as long as you’re keeping up with the times.

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Yesterday, I told you about a book launch for Peacemaker 2564AD. It was a successful event. Lots of people came, lots of books sold. But his reach was just his friends and family in the local area. He has a ton more people in his direct circle of influence who would love to go to a launch party for him. So, how do you do a launch party with a much greater reach? Go online!

Don’t just limit this to a launch event. If you have a new class – new lesson  – new anything, think about doing a virtual event!

  • First, become a reseller on Amazon.com for your book. List at least 50 copies (or as many as you have in inventory).  Truly, I hope you’ve already done this.
  • Second, find the link to your book in your Amazon store (not Amazon’s main store.) Angel On Board in my store  vs. Angel On Board in Amazon’s store – note the differences (quantities – ship from location etc).
  • Third, set a time and place for a phone call  1-2 hours long.
  • Fourth, find a free teleconference service like FreeConference.com (http://www.freeconference.com/) . There are several. Test it a couple of times with a small group of friends to get a feel for it.
  • Fifth, send out an e-vite for your time, place, with the phone number / pin # and the link to your book in your store.
  • Sixth, execute the call. Greet everyone. Do a reading. Take questions. Enjoy the visit. And every 15 minutes or so, repeat the web address for your store on Amazon.com.

What a virtual event does is give your extended friends and family a chance to celebrate your accomplishment with you and they’ll buy your book from you to be sure to get an autographed copy. This sale goes through the Amazon.com merchant account, so you don’t have to do any credit card processing. Best of all, Amazon.com registers a multitude of sales of your book and you get to see your sales rank improve dramatically – very likely to a best-seller status at least in one category. All this gets done in 1-2 hours!

Try it you’ll like it!

If you want help coordinating a virtual event, it is a service we provide. Call us at 303.794.8888 or e-mail publisher@bookstobelievein.com!

Go team go!

 

Feb 2 – Happy Candlemas and congrats to Gordon Savage…

Happy Groundhog Day – or Candlemas, which is the half way point between the Winter Solstice and Vernal Equinox. Now that I know the name “Candlemas” – I want that to Trend, so at least one of your tweets today should contain the word #Candlemas. You can make a difference… rah rah Twitter Power!

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Okay – seriously folks… Today I attended the launch party celebration for Peacemaker 2564AD – a great new sci-fi novel. There was a good turnout and several people I’ve known for quite some time were there, at Gordon’s invitation (not mine), but I’d also known them for many years. One of them is a staple in the Denver book marketing community named Joe Sabah. Joe is 80+ years- young and he’s still going very strong, as an author and a book marketer. He still gives several seminars a month about public speaking – another of his passions.

I can’t really demonstrate in this blog how easy it is to go out and just talk about your book, I must let you know that I do it any chance that I get. If I can get a captive audience of 3 or more, I’ll give a presentation – on angels, on publishing. It doesn’t matter. Today I was asked to speak quickly about the best way that these launch-party attendees could help their author friend. I didn’t have a speech prepared, but I was asked to go up and deliver one all the same. I did. It was fun. I hope it will help out Gordon.

What I taught the attendees was the importance of reviewing the books that they read on Amazon.com. That alone will do so much good for any book. But better yet, in the title line for the review – describe the book by naming its niche. So, in the case of Peacemaker, instead of saying “Great book” – say “Great Sci-Fi book” or “Peacemaker 2564 is a stunning Sci-Fi novel.” Amazon.com looks at the titles of the reviews and uses those words to develop relevance for their search engines. So anyone looking for a Sci-Fi Novel will have a better chance of finding Gordon’s book if his reviews all say Sci-Fi in their title.

That list of keywords you have by your side – those are the words that need to be in your reviews. If you know who gave you the review, and if it doesn’t contain a keyword, ask them to update their review with it – as a personal favor. They likely will and it will mean the world to your future sales!

Congratulations to Gordon Savage and to his new Sci-Fi Novel Peacemaker 2564AD!