corrode - destroy or wear away gradually by chemical action (over a long period)

headstrong - willful; stubborn; unyielding; determined to have one's own way; CF. no 'excessive'

flair - talent

irrepressible - unable to be restrained or held back; impossible to hold back

haphazard - random; by chance; happening in an unplanned manner; Ex. haphazard growth of the town

malign - speak evil of; bad-mouth(criticize spitefully); defame; ADJ: harmful; Ex. malign influence

crass - very unrefined; grossly insensible; crude and undiscriminating; Ex. crass behavior

agape - openmouthed

commiserate - feel or express pity or sympathy for

 
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You have written this lovely book, edited it, have a great synopsis, even made a video trailer.  Now what?  You post it on Face Book and you Tweet it.  Try to get some interviews....  There has to be a better way. 

Exposure is the key.  Be a household name.  The best way to do that is to  find good and different ways to market.  I am a huge fan of revealing a chapter and then adding the link on where to buy.  If you have a good enough hook it works.

I have searched the internet for places to post and this is what I have come up with.

http://www.bookdaily.com/free   and  http://www.scribd.com/    They offer excerpt uploads to link to.

http://www.author-promotion.com/BookMarketingTools.pdf     This is a link to 60 sites to announce the launching of a book. 

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/free-ebook-promotion_b52130   Another link to some useful sites to upload your promos.

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/02/10/where-to-announce-your-book-for-free/    More useful sites.

To the best of my knowledge these are all free.   Please be smart and read the instructions for each site.  Some of these may be more obscure than others, but using these links I guarantee you will, come up in more search engines, gain exposure,  and reach people who don't use social media.  These are writer/reader sites for the most part and therefore a targeted source.

I hope this helps!  Good Luck!



 
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So, you have spent months, in some cases years, actually writing your novel.  You know you will have to edit it, that's a given. If you have friends or family to help, it certainly makes the job easier.  You realize the real work is just beginning. 

For the Indie author, it's a daunting task  to self publish.  Most of us know this going in.  Big name publishing houses have many people to do the job that we try to do on our own.   Self publishing is so much more than just the tedious formatting for various platforms.

Even before the book is finished is the time you should start thinking about marketing.  I usually start on the cover first.   In an effort to keep costs to a minimum, I try to find photos or pictures that are free to use, with or without giving credit to anyone.   I like to try and make a composite of several pictures/photos so it reflects a hint of what's inside.  It takes time to get it positioned correctly and look good.  Then of course, you add the text, the title and your name.  The rule of thumb with all of this is that it should be able to be viewed as a thumbnail.   Care in choosing the fonts to use is important as well. You need it to grab interest long before the book is available.  I happen to have a program that makes my job a little easier for putting this all together. (PhotoShop 7)

Writing a good blurb is almost as important as the book itself.  Take time to do it well.  You want to be able to spark interest without giving too much away.  There is a difference between a synopsis and a blurb.   It seems that there for a while everyone was using questions in their blurbs.  I was never a fan of this.  I think telling enough of the story to have the reader ask their own questions is better.  If it's a mystery, be mysterious, if it's a romance, inspire love, it just that simple.  Don't give details, but say enough to hold interest, one or two lines usually doesn't cut it.

More people are becoming techy and I am seeing a lot of videos cropping up.  Like a movie trailer, it helps the reader visualize what the writer is trying to accomplish.  Finding the right content is  the laborious part.  For the writer with no budget, free photos are the best to use.   You can use part or all of your blurb to describe what the viewer is seeing. The last component is the music.  You have to be very careful about copy right infringement.  With this trend in video making, there have been several artists who have allowed authors to use their music for free as long as they get credit in the video.  This is a win-win situation because they are getting exposure as well.  A great simple program that is free to make your own video is Microsoft Movie Maker, I have tried several and this one has a lot of options to use.

With these tools you are ready to do interviews, posts, articles, etc.   Its time consuming, yes, but hopefully by the time your book is ready to upload to the site of your choice, you will have readers waiting for it. 

Indie authors are a brave bunch in the seas of thousands of books to be read.  I admire the ones who take the time to put out a great product that stands up to any of the ones coming from the publishing houses.