eBooks

Marketing Indie Authors: Find readers for your eBook



As an Indie author, you are in charge of everything: Self-publishing your eBook, creating your eBook, and of course, marketing your eBook. One of the more fun methods of marketing is to send your book on tour. Book blog tours are becoming increasingly popular, with great guest posts, interviews, cover reveals, book news, and giveaways for the new readers and fans. With our $5,000 Indie Author Writing Contest, marketing has never been more important!

BookRix would like to thank you all so much for participating in our third book blog tour, featuring The Long Way by BookRix author Aaron Redfern. We’re pleased to announce the three winners for the big Between the Lines Blog Tour Giveaway:

Congratulations, Glendalys Hernandez! You are the FIRST PRIZE WINNER! You have won a $100 Amazon gift card, a BookRix Sampler Pack (several great eBooks published by BookRix members), an eBook copy of The Long Way, and also some great swag!

But it now!
Congratulations to Pauline Jim Creeden! You are the SECOND PRIZE WINNER! You have won a $50 Amazon gift card and two free eBooks!

Congratulations to Mary Preston! You are the THIRD PRIZE WINNER! You have won a $25 Amazon gift card and a free eBook!

Winners check your inbox for an email notification from the author!

The sequel to Aaron’s book – The Forgotten Way – is now available in the eBook stores. Check out the blurb:

Two years after the events of The Long Way, Spiff still bears his scars both outside and in. Haunted by his memories, he is compelled to leave the peaceful existence he has known and set out on the second great journey of his life, accompanied by his friend, the Merai girl Miriel. Together they strike out, knowing only that they travel south–to the end of the world if they must.

Stories never really end. The Forgotten Way is about what happens after the world is saved and everyone else has gone home.


Aaron Redfern’s The Long Way will be offered as a free eBook for a limited time, starting next week in the eBook stores!


Another way to market your book is to find blogs and websites that feature eBooks by Indie Authors. Like BookRix, there are many sites devoted to helping unknown authors make their way in the all-encompassing world of publishing. Me, My Shelf & I is a great example of an Indie friendly site, offering a variety of features such as reviews, graphic design services, and our personal favorite – My Indie Monday – featuring a new book and author each week.

BookRix and Me, My Shelf & I have decided to become friends, and this past Monday our very own Aaron Redfern was featured and next week, our very own AnnaRose Vittoria will get her moment to shine. Check out the site and support Independent Authors.

Ronald Reagan’s Daughter Self Publishes



Getting published by a traditional publishing house these days is tough. Ask any writer about their publishing experience and you’ll hear a variety stories with poor results. The process can induce nerves and anxiety, even for those who have a thick skin. But when you think about celebrities and the famous people of the world, it’s hard to imagine them on the receiving end of a rejection letter from a publishing house. After all, they’re popular. Don’t people want to read about them? That’s what we thought. But yesterday we learned about Patti Davis, Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s daughter, who struggled to find approval with her latest book. Although she sings her literary agents praises in interviews, she says she was unable to get a book deal for her latest book Til Human Voices Wake Us. This fictional piece focuses on a mother who falls in love with her sister-in-law while mourning the loss of her husband.

But this wasn’t Patti Davis’ first literary rodeo. She penned her first book Home Front back in 1986. Unfortunately, it was not well received. This was rumored to have been caused by her families’ political involvement. Since then she has written 8 more books. Her struggle with publishing Til Human Voices Wake Us was the motivating factor behind self publishing. “With each of my traditionally published books”, says Patti, “I felt like I was dropping off my child in a strange city, in the senseless murder district, with, ‘Hope you make it’”. Sadly, many authors are familiar with this feeling.

BookRix was created to give writers a platform to publish and distribute their work while having a sense of control. Self publishing also eliminates the waiting game many encounter with traditional publishing houses. Getting your book out there shouldn’t be that hard. And when people, even famous people, are taking control of their book, it’s really encouraging.

“There is now a boundary line in my career separating being conventionally published and self published”, Patti says. “And I’m very much at peace on this side of that boundary line.”

Good for you, Patti. Your determination is commendable!

With the weekend approaching, that means more reading time. So let’s take a moment to focus on BookRix author Stanley McQueen and his witty tales of the people within the Muddy Fork community. He has penned a variety of enjoyable eBooks on our site. Today we recommend Mail Order Bride.

Blurb:

Willie North is a successful, hardworking pig farmer, known all around Muddy Fork as a kind man and a good neighbor. However, due to his weight and looks, Willie couldn’t attract a woman, no matter how hard he tried. He was the only single man in Muddy Fork, so in an act of desperation, he pays $1000 for a mail order bride. When word spreads, the whole of Muddy Fork is at the train station to greet her. Will she turn out just as he imagined, or will he end up with a broken heart? A Muddy Fork Short Story.

Free Writing Contest: Enter Your eBook to Win a Marketing Package



Be The Best Seller You Can Be!








The BookRix Young Adult Contest: Be The Best (Seller) You Can Be

Writing is your talent, your skill, and your greatness! Unfortunately, being an Indie Author comes with a downside: The grueling task of self-marketing. It’s a big, book-filled world out there, and without marketing, readers won’t know about you or your work. It’s kinda hard to be a Best Seller when nobody knows about your book, so let’s get you noticed!

Entering this contest could ease some of the pressures of marketing because BookRix will help you get your eBook out there to the world. Yes, we’re cool like that!

PRIZES:
The top 2 winners in this “Be The Best (Seller)” contest will each receive a MARKETING PACKAGE for special book promotions, when their winning eBook is distributed via the BookRix Self-Publishing Service. This Marketing Package includes being featured on the BookRix website /blog/Twitter & Facebook fan pages/newsletter, external book reviews, possible blog tours and exposure on external sites with a possible feature in an eBook shop. A custom cover and editing service could also be thrown into the mix because, like we said, we are cool like that!

GUIDELINES:
* You can only submit ONE entry so make sure that it’s your best work
*Anyone can enter however your story should be written for YOUNG ADULTS (YA) which is typically 13-17.
* Your entry CANNOT BE A BOOK FOR SALE
*Your entry MUST HAVE A COVER
* Your entry should be a novelette, 7,000 – 17,000 words and be a complete story (beginning, middle and end)
OR
*Your entry should be PART ONE OF A SERIES with a minimum of 4,000 words
OR
*If you are an over achiever (which we love!), feel free to enter a novel length book.

CONTEST DATES:
Submit your story in the thread, between April 3, 2013 through June 27, 2013 11a.m. EST, 4 p.m. London Time/GMT in the BookRix Free Writing Contests Entry Thread.

VOTING:
* One winner will be chosen by the BookRix Team and another winner will be chosen by the BookRix writing community, in a separate voting thread, from June 28 through July 8, 2013 11a.m. EST.
* Only quality books will be chosen so make sure that your entry is 100% proofread for spelling, grammar, syntax, etc.

HOW TO ENTER THE CONTEST:
Submit a link to your eBook in the contest entry thread, on or after April 3, 2013, in the group Writing Contests on BookRix.com.

BookRix is always looking for great books to have published and we are there to help you get the exposure you need to market your eBook to become a more successful author. This contest is designed to inspire great writing to give you the push that you need to get your best out there and for us to help you get it further.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Kiss Me Challenge: Only 3 days left, so Pucker Up!

kiss

For some of us, the idea of “kissing” was introduced as far back as the playground: “Sally and David sitting in a tree -
K. I. S. S. I. N. G!”

Some of you might kiss as a formality or give a ritual good night kiss. Some of you may even kiss as a prelude to other activities.  Wink, wink!

The Kiss Me Challenge started on July 6th, otherwise known as International Kissing Day to remind us about the simple pleasures of a kiss.  Maybe you celebrate this every day or maybe you think kissing is gross and filled with cooties.  Whatever your feelings might be, there is one thing we all have in common: We all love writing.

Here’s your chance to join in the fun – we have asked you to write a little something about…you guessed it…A KISS!
It’s that simple!
Anything at all that relates to a kiss, about a kiss, with a kiss, a kissing scene, a kiss in the rain, kissing on a camel… Whatever you like – just Pucker Up!  The contest ends July 23rd!

GUIDELINES:

* You can submit more than one entry.

*There is no word or page limit required.

* Your entry must NOT be one that you have created previously on BookRix or from previous BookRix contests.

* Your entry must be in the form of a book and MUST have a cover. Click HERE to see how to create a book.

* Submit your entry between June 6 – July 23, 2012 11a.m. EST, 4 p.m. London Time/GMT.

*Any entry that does not adhere to these guidelines will be removed from the contest without warning.

*There is no page or word limit. However, the recommended word count is: 500 – 1,500

VOTING:

* The top 3 finalists voted by the community from July 23-30, 2012, will each receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

Click HERE to get more info on how to enter contests.

If you have any questions, please post them here: BookRix.com Support.

eBook Distribution Services Now Available at BookRix!

My friend Josh wrote a book years ago. He didn’t talk about it a whole lot, but I knew he published it on his own and it cost him quite a bit out of pocket. Every once in a while he’d ask me or whoever else was around if we thought eBooks were a good idea. Granted, this was 2006, and I told him that I wasn’t sure. I knew I loved the feel of a book in my hand, so the thought of a virtual book didn’t have much appeal. Now, in 2012 my feelings have completely changed. Not only are eBooks dominating the book market, but who doesn’t love their eReader? There are countless titles to choose from, and it offers instant gratification in the form of a clickable button: Download. What’s not to love?

landing page imageBookRix feels similarly and is excited to announce the release of their eBook distribution services this week. These services are available to everyone and have been carefully molded into two simple packages designed to meet the unique needs of today’s modern, independent author. At BookRix, we pride ourselves on being honest and upfront. BookRix membership has always been free and we intend to keep it that way. But now, writers seeking the opportunity to publish and distribute their work can do so at very little cost. Want to sell your work on Amazon, Apple, Kobo, or Barnes & Nobel ? Now you can. We make the process easy and the prices affordable!

Writers are given full creative control, and can set the price of their eBook themselves! Our packages equip eBooks  with a unique ISBN, and package/royalty fees are upfront. Interested in learning more? Log onto BookRix.com to see what we’ve got to offer!

Is Amazon Losing its eBook Domination?

As digital publishing explodes, more and more players are tossing their hats into the ring—including authors, publishers and device manufacturers. How is this affecting the long-time industry leader, Amazon?

ereaders-ebooks-kindle-amazon

Since launching its revolutionary, best-selling Kindle eReader in 2007, Amazon enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the digital book market until recently. In the third quarter of 2010, the Kindle device retained a smaller, yet still impressive 41.5% market share, representing 1.14 million of 2.7 million eReaders sold during that period.

However, the online giant is rapidly losing ground to up-and-coming competitors like Apple’s iPad tablet, Sony, Pandigital, Kobo and the Barnes & Noble Nook, which now claims 25% of the eReader market.

When it comes to eBook sales Amazon still reigns supreme, boasting 950,000 digital titles that represent 60-65% of the market, as announced at BookExpo America last month. This past January, Kindle sales surpassed paperbacks in the Amazon online store and as of one month ago, they are outselling all printed books offered by the company.

If the iPad2 and Nook Color continue gaining in popularity, Amazon will be challenged to maintain its domination of the eReader and eBook markets. They have already responded by offering a lower-priced, ad-supported version of the Kindle, and it will be interesting to see what comes next.

Stay tuned and we’ll be sure to keep you updated at Between the Lines, our BookRix blog!

Archives

Grab the BookRix Button

BookRix Between the Lines

HELPFUL BOOKS

BookRix Between the Lines

BookRix Blog Buddies

Reading Addiction Blog Tours Me, My Shelf and I Parajunkee Design When A Southern Woman Rambles