Why Push Yourself to Write More Books?

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You’ve probably heard, “The best marketing tool is to write more good books.” How can writing more books help you as an author? Here’s a list of reasons that may have potential for you. I hope you’ll add to the reasons in the comments.

Note that I said good books. You can hurt yourself by throwing books together and publishing them or pitching them to agents or acquisition editors.

Reasons to Write More Books


More Books for Credibility

1. Readers recognize you have experience in writing and may be more willing to take a risk on purchasing one of your books.

2. When you pitch a book to an agent or editor at a conference, your multiple books will show you’re serious about writing.

3. When you solicit events for speaking engagements, event planners may be more likely to show interest in you as an author.

More Books for Readers’ Comfort Level


4. Readers want to find authors to read again and again. When many see a cover that intrigues them, they’ll look inside or go online to see if the author has more books. If the author has only one book, many readers will pass and continue searching. 

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5. At a book signing, if you have several books on your table, you will come across as a seasoned author. Shoppers may feel more comfortable to stop by, browse, and chat. If you have one book they may think you’ll be desperate to sell.

6. If you write series, and they like the first they’ll most likely read more in your series. Series readers like to see the next book in the series already exists.

More Books for Marketing


7. If covers sell books, it’s better to have several on your online author page or at your book-signing table. If that first book’s cover doesn’t grab them then maybe another will. And after they like the one with the appealing cover, they may buy the other just for the story.

8. You can give a scene or chapter of your first book in the back of your second book to entice them to read the first.

9. The look and feel of your website may be improved. Your book page won’t look so lonely with one or two books.

10. You’ll have more behind-the-scenes stories and interesting research facts to share in talks and newsletters.

More Books for Your Personal Growth


11. You’ll have learned some lessons for making your books better and your marketing more effective.

12. You’ll find out if you’re a one-book author or have the stamina for more.

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13. You won’t let new story ideas languish until you’ve forgotten them or have lost interest.

14. If you’re a good writer writing good books, you won’t disappoint your readers.

What other reasons do you have for writing more books?


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A Book Promotion Idea Costing Less Than $20

 

One of the best things I do for under $20 is buy Kindle gift e-books for my titles when they’re on sale for 99¢. I have them sent to my email address, then, as I need them, I forward them to readers. The readers click on the gift link and download the book.

Here are some ways I use the 20 (or more) books I purchase.

  • Giveaways for online parties.

Example: I have joined Facebook parties. During my half hour spot, I give away one to two books. Affordable at 99¢ per book. If I’m pressed for time, sometimes I just send memes of my titles that the party organizer inserts for extra giveaways. I offer one to two books. When I send winners their free books, I ask for a review (ask not push).

  • Giveaways for promotion site events.

Example: I pay AXP (Author Cross Promotions) $30 for their Classic Read & Review program. This AXP event is a program to  gain reviews, and the readers know this before they request a book. AXP puts my title on their site. Readers, tell AXP they want to read my book. AXP sends me their email addresses (good for email lists). I take advantage of building relationships with readers and ask if they can accept a Kindle gift book. Those still interested send me an email, then I forward one of my gift books to them, asking for a review. Even though all don’t post reviews, my title does get reviews. Sending 99¢ copies keeps the cost manageable.

  • Blog giveaways.

Example: When a book is coming out, I sign up for blogs to promote my book. Many hosts request I give away a book. For my Twisty Creek series, I’ll be able to send a 99¢ e-book copy of Book 1 to winners of blog contests to interest them in reading Book 2.

  • Thank you gifts to your street team or influencers.

Example:I  searched for popular Kindle books on sale for 99¢, and bought a bunch to give to the people who helped me promote my book. I didn’t give away my own books, because most of my team had already read my books.

  • Spontaneous giveaways. It’s nice to have 99¢ e-books on hand to giveaway for any reason.

Why you should buy twenty Kindle Gift e-books when your books are on sale for 99¢. Click to tweet.

What other ways can authors use 99¢ Kindle Gift e-books?

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Suddenly unemployed, Allie Masterson returns home to Cary, North Carolina where she caddies for her father on the PGA Seniors Tour. There, she encounters a man who possesses an alluring gift of reading the contours of the green. Fascinated with his uncanny ability, Allie is excited to meet the Green Whisperer—until she discovers that the easygoing caddy is actually Shoo Leonard, the boy who teased her relentlessly when they were kids. Despite Allie’s reservations, when Shoo is faced with having to overcome a hand injury, she agrees to use her sport science degree to become his trainer…and then she falls for him.

 Shoo Leonard is grateful to Allie for her singular determination to get him ready for the PGA tour, but he isn’t ready for anything more. Still raw from a broken engagement and focused on his career, he’s content to be her fist-bumping buddy…but then he falls for her.

What seems like a happily-ever-after on the horizon takes a turn when Allie decides she’s become a distraction to Shoo’s career. Is it time for her to step away or can The Putting Green Whisperer find the right words to make her stay?

Writing Character Interviews for Promotions

 

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My guest today is Zoe M. McCarthy (okay, me). Zoe discusses character interviews. Then she interviews the hero and heroine from her book, The Putting Green Whisperer, releasing September 14, 2018. She’s pleased to share that her publisher has a one-time-only 99¢ pre-order special for the Kindle version. The special disappears on the release date.  See the blurb and pre-order links for The Putting Green Whisperer below.

 

Character Interviews

Character interviews can help authors obtain a deeper understanding of their characters. They can also be used in book promotions to tantalize readers to purchase their books.

Are the questions asked for character development different than those for promotion?  Some are. For example, authors need to know their characters’ secrets, but giving away their secrets for promotional purposes would be story spoilers for the reader.

Other questions may or may not be good for promotions, depending on when the reader will know the answers in the book. For example, their past wounds may be revealed early in the story and asking about their wounds in an interview might work. If they only hint at past wounds in the beginning to create suspense, asking them in an interview to reveal their wounds would create spoilers.

Two Tips

  • The character interview questions and answers for promotions should cause readers to have questions they want to know the answers to.
  • The characters’ interview answers should reveal their character.

The Putting Green Whisperer Character Interviews

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Shoo Leonard

1. What do you want to accomplish physically, Shoo?

I want to leave caddying and make it into the PGA, where I hope to be a good example for youth. But before this can happen, I have a couple of challenges to overcome.

2. What are your thoughts about your fellow caddy Allie Masterson?

At first, I thought Allie needed a friend and I was supposed to minister to her. That didn’t go well. Then she revealed one thing that shamed me and other things that helped me understand her. Although she can be intense and prejudges at times, she believes in my dream and works tirelessly to help me. Allie’s my best friend.

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Allie Masterson

1. What do you want physically, Allie?

I’m glad Dad asked me to caddy for him on the PGA Seniors Tour, but when that ends, I want to teach kids in a good golf program. Some problems have come up, and I might have to research youth golf programs sooner than I thought.

2. What are your thoughts about your fellow caddy Shoo Leonard?

Man, I was afraid you’d ask me that. The great thing about Shoo is he has this unbelievable gift to read the greens. Guys who listen to his directions sink their putts. I misjudged Shoo at first because of our past history when we were kids, but now I’ll do anything to help him make it into the PGA. We’re fist-bumping buddies. And that’s a huge problem.

Interviewing your characters in promotional media. Click to tweet.

What are some good questions you’ve used in interviewing your characters for promotional purposes?

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Suddenly unemployed, Allie Masterson returns home to Cary, North Carolina where she caddies for her father on the PGA Seniors Tour. There, she encounters a man who possesses an alluring gift of reading the contours of the green. Fascinated with his uncanny ability, Allie is excited to meet the Green Whisperer—until she discovers that the easygoing caddy is actually Shoo Leonard, the boy who teased her relentlessly when they were kids. Despite Allie’s reservations, when Shoo is faced with having to overcome a hand injury, she agrees to use her sport science degree to become his trainer…and then she falls for him.

 Shoo Leonard is grateful to Allie for her singular determination to get him ready for the PGA tour, but he isn’t ready for anything more. Still raw from a broken engagement and focused on his career, he’s content to be her fist-bumping buddy…but then he falls for her.

What seems like a happily-ever-after on the horizon takes a turn when Allie decides she’s become a distraction to Shoo’s career. Is it time for her to step away or can The Putting Green Whisperer find the right words to make her stay?