Get smart advice: Consultations and Advice in Actions

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One thing is always good advice: get insights from those who have gone before us.

I mentioned yesterday that I do consultations for authors who have questions or want to get feedback/improve sales, clicks, marketability, etc. I’ve often found it helpful to get feedback… not always does it need to be mine, however. One of the most valuable things I’ve taken from author conferences is public reviews/manuscript critiques from industry pros of attendees’ works. I take the relevant info and apply it to my own works and have learned a lot.

Here is a sample critique… Continue reading Get smart advice: Consultations and Advice in Actions

State of Writing

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My state of Writing posts have become pretty infrequent as of late. Many irons in the fire, plates spinning, etc. This blog is not abandoned, however, and I have been working on some new content between writing projects. one of them is a graphical layout of my marketing plan that is organized like a flowchart. I was hoping to put it together as an online course this year… but I’ve not quite put it all together, yet. That’ll happen with a huge writing load. I will have written something like 9 books in 2020 (thanks for the downtime, coronavirus.)

I’ve also done quite a bit of consulting with authors on how to improve their books and/or get their book into print or republish books.

“Any Time Reviews” is an old scam re-emerged

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Anytime Reviews, or http://www.anytimereviews.com is like a zombie plague for authors; it keeps resurfacing after its death. I’ve said it before, but you will never be cold-called/cold-contacted by a legitimate service or publishing agent/publisher unless you’ve sold a million books (and likely in a single title).

I was BCCed by somebody with the address fatlossplrryo2e@gmail.com… That’s a suspicious start—not exactly the email address you’d expect from a legitimate book review company. A little internet research on the old google box brought me down the rabbit hole.

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State of Writing

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I Know, it’s been a while since I last blogged about anything writing related… I’ve been, well, writing. And learning a lot about marketing. My books are selling quite a bit better than ever online, which has been helpful due to the pandemic situation and the cancellation of all my in-person events (I estimate a $30,000 net loss from the shutdown.)

Anyway, I’ve still been pretty active and responding with questions on the blog and doing some consulting. I’ve also been working hard to grow my newsletter list to 4,000 subs and monetize it. Currently in the middle of FOUR books! A nonfiction one, two more books in my new high fantasy series (the Esfah Sagas) though one of those is co-written, and another one that is a rough outline.

Just thought I’d pop in because I do have a new blog post coming out this week!

 

How to create an online bookstore

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Do you wish you could keep an online bookstore for your website so you can sell autographed books and a few pieces of branded merch? Maybe you’ve tried to do it before but can’t find a cheap or free option? I’ve finally found a solution!

Now authors can sell the books they have on hand (even take directions for personalization/autographs, etc) rather than just sending folks to amazon, or trying to tell people to email you and send money via paypal or venmo on your promise to send books.

Here’s what I found!

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1 Easy Hack for Authors to Increase Profits at Book Sales Events

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You’ve probably heard a bunch of others talk about why they write fiction in series, why you should write in series, or why standalones are bad ideas. While I’m not going to put anything down that might work for someone else, and I have a love/hate relationship with the series/standalone models, there is some wisdom I’ve been able to harness over the last year that has greatly spiked my sales numbers and  I’ve discovered a little tweak that helps me maximize my profits while selling directly.

Here’s the skinny on why you should write in series, and how to make it earn you the most money… Continue reading 1 Easy Hack for Authors to Increase Profits at Book Sales Events

State of Writing

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New draft of Wolves of the Tesseract 3 is done 🙂 I’m pretty excited for it and feel I wrapped up the whole story neatly (although I don’t think the ending is predictable at all) . The new draft comes ahead of schedule and should be ready for my ARC team in the near future. It weighs in at about 105k words, so roughly the same size as book 2. Artwork was completed before I’d even had a workable outline due to my fear that i might lose contact with the cover artist and so I made sure to get that right away after launching book 2.

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Why is My Mailing List not Growing?

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Are you unhappy with your growth? Do you request newsletter swaps with other authors and have them rejected or ignored? Maybe you get accepted into group promos but nobody ever clicks to signup off of your swaps or your efforts? I may have some answers for you.

I’ve talked about my usage of Story Origin before (it’s like BookFunnel, ProlificWorks, etc.) You don’t need to have been around for very long to know that mailing lists are an author’s best friend. Many times have I said, “I wish I would have started my mailing list two years before I did, or even 6 months before my first book launched had I known the benefits.”

Maybe you’ve been working hard to acquire new members for your list and discovered the hard part: how do you get actual numeric growth? In roughly 10 months I’ve generated 3,369 new contacts via Story Origin, which is not superhuman numbers and I only sent my Newsletter once monthly, at mid-month. I also did not join more than a half dozen or so every month. After half a year I also started promoting and organizing my own group promos. In 2020 I hope to shift to 2x newsletters per month.

Below are the do’s and don’ts I’ve come to learn while being a regular SO user and group promo organizer.

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State of Writing

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Success! I have finished Wolves of the Tesseract 3! I completed the epilogue last night at about 11pm. It still needs a lot of polish and I made numerous notes for scenes I need to add or places and characters I need to revise/add/inflate before I even put the story down, so I’ll try to do some of that over the next couple days so I can put this story away for a few months and come back to it in the new year.

What I’m really happy about, though, is that I completed two stories in two months, like nanowrimo, and then double nanowrimo. I began Gunslinger of Dystalgia on October 15 for my first book and then launched the very next day into The Architect King and burned through another 90k words to complete it by Dec 15.

No celebrations. No fanfare or banner waving on sites like 20Booksto50K… just the pride of doing it. Now, somebody buy or review, dangit 😉

I need a nap.

Holiday Idea: Autographed Books

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With the holidays coming up, I wanted to remind you that books make great gifts! I do have a stock of paperbacks and I am totally willing to sign it to whomever you want if you want to pick up an autographed copy (send me a message and I can make it happen–but do it quickly to account for holiday shipping time).
You can check out all of my titles on my amazon author page here:

http://amazon.com/author/christopherdschmitz