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A guide for writers with or without published work. A comprehensive resource that every writer should have in their library in order to learn how to publish, promote, and market themselves on the Internet.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Article Distribution - The Fastest Way to Build Quality Inbound Links

By Sean R Mize

It's every internet marketer's dream to get their websites to appear on top 10 search page results. These people are aware that when that happens, they'll be guaranteed of enormous traffic that will definitely lead to more sales leads and revenue.

There are so many ways to improve your page rank. One of the best and most popular is article distribution or article marketing. This is the process of submitting short and informative articles to several directories. Article marketers are allowed to insert their site's URL and talk about their products and services on the resource or author box. If their articles are accepted by the publishers, they'll instantly get quality inbound links for their site. As you know, inbound links are being considered by search engines when they're indexing websites. The more links pointing to your site, the better page rank you'll get.

If you're really serious about outplaying your competitors, you must find ways to build unlimited links for your site. There's two ways to do this. First, multiply the number of articles that you produce. If you're busy to do that, I recommend that you ask for the help of freelance article writers. Then, distribute your articles to all popular directories, ezines, and relevant blogs. Yes, it will take a lot of time but you can be assured that it will worth it. If you do this on a regular basis, you'll have better chances of getting your website to appear on the top 10 search page results.

Some Powerful Tips to succeed in article distribution

Article marketing or article distribution is really effective in pulling up page rank and in attracting high quality traffic. But remember, it will only work to your advantage if you do the process right. Here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure your success in this field:

Offer quality articles. Some article marketers tend to sacrifice the quality of their articles in their attempt to multiply their copies. This is something that you must not do at all cost. Remember, you're trying to win the trust and confidence of your readers and that will not happen if they're not impressed with your articles. So, ensure that you give these people great reading and learning experience. Load your articles with useful, valuable information and ensure that they're well-written and interesting to read.

Make your resource box powerful. Get more people to click through your resource box by simply making it enticing and very powerful. Tell your readers who you are, what you do, and give them reasons to trust you. Insert your site's URL using anchor texts. Some directories will allow you to use up to 3 links. Before you push that publish button, ensure that you use the preview feature first. This is to make sure that your articles will appear exactly how you want them to and that your links are working just fine.

By the way, do you want to learn more about using articles like this to drive traffic to your website and increase online conversions?

If so, I suggest you check this out: article marketing traffic.
Do you want to learn how to build a big online subscriber list fast? Click here: Secrets of List Building
Sean R Mize - EzineArticles Expert Author
Download the book that will help you understand your journey on the Internet. ONLY $5!

Monday, November 29, 2010

[Motown Writers Network] Fw: FREE IS MY LIFE fwd: REVIEW: "Essence of Motown Lit

REVIEW: "Essence of Motown Literary Conference" - Is there a Book in you?

Essence of Motown Literary Conference
Nov 13 - Northwest Activity Center

On Saturday, November 13th, I attended the Essence of Motown Literary Conference at the Northwest Activity Center on Detroit's Northwest side.  I was invited to attend the conference by it's organizer Sylvia Hubbard. Oprah better move over because Sylvia is a mom, a blogger, an author of 14 books, an editor, a self publisher, the founder of the Michigan Writers Network, and the owner of a literary radio network. Sylvia has been a very supportive follower of my blog and I was very pleased and honored when I received her invitation to attend this conference.

Is there a Book in YOU?
Even though I write as part of blogging, there is no way that I consider myself a writer. But the theme of this conference "Is There a Book in You?" did make me wonder what goes into being a published author and this conference gave me a brief, but very informative look into the business of book publishing.

During the conference, I met some wonderful people who were all at different stages in their books. I met the "want a be" writers who have not yet started a book, but really want to be authors one day. I also met the writers who have started one or more books, but have yet to finish any of them. Most of the writers that I met have finished their books and are in the process of getting them published. And this is where the Essence of Motown Literary Conference plays a role in educating writers on the process of publishing their books.

Education is Key in the Business of Book Publishing
Sylvia started the Essence of Motown Literary Conference to educate writers because she was sick of seeing writers being taken advantage of by predatory publishers. If writers are not careful they can spend thousands of dollars with the wrong publisher and have nothing to show for their money. This conference featured workshops and panel discussions on writing, publishing, and marketing. Writers could also get 1:1 help with publisher pitches, social media coaching, and manuscript critiques.

Author Valerie L. Coleman
Book Publishing 101
Most of my book reading these days are e-books and Sylvia did a wonderful session on self publishing e-books. It turns out most of the same rules that apply to regular publishing also are part of e-publishing and there is precise formatting needed to submit a book to an e-publisher.  One of the best sessions that I attended was by Valerie L. Coleman who is an author, editor, and publisher. Valerie's session called "Self-Publishing Made Easy Cash Machine!" was fast paced and delved into many of the aspects of self publishing from setting up an LLC and obtaining a vendor's license to how to get a copyright and how much to spend on printing.  Valerie was funny, informative and a "trial by fire" expert in the area of self-publishing. She is also pretty darn good with branding since everything from her books to her business cards leads back to her website called PenOfTheWritER.com.

Relentless Aaron
A Brand called Relentless
The keynote speaker at the conference luncheon was Relentless Aaron.  I will admit I did not know anything about Relentless Aaron before I read his bio at the conference, but I have to say I was impressed by how much he has been able to accomplish in the literary world dispute some very bad setbacks in life.  Relentless Aaron is the author of 30 books that focus on street culture, most of which he wrote while in prison. Writing allowed him to be in his own world during his incarceration where he was able to observe human nature and routines as the basis for his stories. He took the brand "Relentless" to express how he planned to live his life in pursuit of his dreams. He spoke about how all his experiences built one upon the other and when he was ready to put in the work, how everything came together in the form of book deals, magazine publishing and television shows. He stressed that there is a book within everyone and all that is needed is the "relentless" drive to bring it out.

I totally enjoyed my time at the Essence of Motown Literary Conference. I love learning new things and I was overloaded with new information about self publishing. While I don't know if there is a book in me, I do know where to go to get one published thanks to Sylvia Hubbard :).

Author Sylvia Hubbard
Now everyone should know by now that I like to end my reviews with either a freebie or a giveaway. Well, it turns out that Sylvia Hubbard is an author that is not afraid of freebies. She has some of her older books and her short stories available on her website for FREE. So if you love a good book like I do, keep reading for an offer that you cannot refuse.

FREE on SylviaHubbard.com (WARNING: THIS STUFF IS HOT)
Free Download PDF stories by Sylvia Hubbard

Follow Sylvia on Twitter at http://twitter.com/sylviahubbard1

Sylvia Hubbard with Relentless Aaron - photo courtesy of Sylvia Hubbard

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I will do a GIVEAWAY when I reach 300 followers !!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

[Motown Writers Network] Motown Writers Meetup Group Monthly Meetup - Holiday Ga

Dec 11 Sat 10:00 AM


Warren & Cass in Detroit, MI 48202

Detroit, MI 48202

This Meetup repeats on the 2nd Saturday of every month. 

As we speak about our annual successes and challenges, we invite all writers, authors, poets and more to come out with a gift to exchange with someone else.

See you on December 11th .

Also bring your literary challenges, new books to announce and achievements.

View details: http://www.meetup.com/michiganliterarynetwork/calendar/15390873/

Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network & The African American Electronic Literary Network

Author of Romance & Suspense and Internet Marketing for Writers & Business

NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties order your copy now
Coming Soon: Tanner's Devil www.redrosepublishing.com

Article Marketing Tips - How to Do the Process Right

Sadly, some of these people are not even aware on how to do the entire process right. This is the reason why they fail miserably in this endeavor. This article is for them. In here, I'll share some useful tips and techniques to put these people back on the right track. If you're one of them, you better read on!

Quantity vs. Quality. I am not going to deny that article marketing is a game of numbers. Article marketers are right when they say that more articles will most likely to lead to success. But if you sacrifice the quality of your articles along the way, there's no way that you can reap the kind of rewards that you're hoping for. You see, your articles, no matter how many they are, will not help you convert your readers to potential clients if they're useless or considered a piece of garbage. Who would trust you if you cannot even produce decent articles? So, keep in mind that the quality of your articles is the top priority here. Give your readers articles that are very informative, useful, and enjoyable to read and you can be assured that they'll click through your resource box.

Use mind-blowing titles. One of the most common mistakes of some article marketers is that they don't care about the kinds of titles that they're using. As long as they can put something on the headlines, they're fine with it. The danger in doing this is that you run the risk of leaving your articles unread or unopened. If online users do not find your titles to be interesting, they will not possibly waste their time on your articles. You don't want that to happen, right? So, take the time and exert as much effort as possible to ensure that your titles are nothing but perfect. They must be extremely catchy and thought-provoking. I suggest you communicate the strongest benefits that your articles can offer and that you summarize the gist of your content.

Use as many article directories as possible. Give your articles more exposure by simply distributing them on sites that have impressive page ranking and those sites that can attract thousands of people from across the globe worldwide. You can skip those sites that are not really popular and those that are not indexed by major search engines as they are considered waste of time and energy.

Offer fresh information. Don't be one of those article marketers who are too lazy to do their research and those who just rewrite the articles they see online. To ensure that your articles will stand out from the crowd, you better do extensive research and find fresh information that your readers will surely love to know.

By the way, do you want to learn more about using articles like this to drive traffic to your website and increase online conversions?

If so, I suggest you check this out: article marketing traffic.
Do you want to learn how to build a big online subscriber list fast? Click here: Secrets of List Building
Sean R Mize - EzineArticles Expert Author
Download the book that will help you understand your journey on the Internet. ONLY $5!

Fw: TheBookDesigner: 52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers

I just had to share this because it was so awesome.

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TheBookDesigner: 52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers

52 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers

Posted: 23 Nov 2010 12:01 AM PST

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Editor's note: This is an updated version of a post originally titled 36 Great Blogs for Self-Publishers. I'll be taking the next a couple of days off. I wish you and those close to you a fulfilling holiday, and I'll see you on Friday. Thanks for reading!

I guess the first really "social" media was blogs. Blogs were an early sign of a fundamental shift in the media firmament. The idea that the broadcaster (the blogger) would interact directly with the audience (the readers) was explosive. And given the chance, we became social to an extent undreamed of before social media roared to life.

Blogs have become one the largest sources of news, information and opinion in the media landscape. There are few newspapers, fewer television stations. But there are millions of blogs.

Blogs for Self-Publishers

For the latest news, trends and analysis In self-publishing, support for writers, insight into the publishing process, and the transition to digital books, these are the blogs I read. No, they aren't all self-publishers or even self-publishing advocates, and their appearance on this list doesn't imply any kind of approval on their part.

No, I've curated this list myself. We need a lot of perspectives to really see the field of indie publishing. Change in the publishing industry is accelerating. Every blog on this list teaches me about how to publish, what to publish, and what's coming in indie publishing. I hope you enjoy them.

Because you may want to click away from the list to visit these blogs, here's a link you can bookmark when you want to come back:

READ MORE AT: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/11/52-great-blogs-for-self-publishers/

Monday, November 22, 2010

ARTICLE: Can Facebook Stop Other Sites From Using "[Fill-In-The-Blank] Book"?


Update - November 22, 2010

Can Facebook Stop Other Sites

From Using "[Fill-In-The-Blank] Book"?

Owners of the website, Lamebook, filed a lawsuit earlier this month in federal court in Texas against social networking giant, Facebook, seeking a declaration that its site doesn't infringe Facebook's intellectual property rights.  Lamebook is a self-described parody site which, according to Lamebook's complaint, features "funny, absurd and often lame" content from actual Facebook posts.  Lamebook further states that it is not a social networking site and therefore doesn't compete with Facebook.
One week after Lamebook brought its action, Facebook filed its own lawsuit against Lamebook in federal court in California alleging trademark infringement, trademark dilution and related claims.  This isn't the first time that Facebook has sought to prevent others from using the suffix "book" in a website name.  In August, Facebook sued Teachbook, a social networking site for teachers, claiming both infringement and dilution of the "book" portion of Facebook's trademark.

For more information about legislation or litigation involving technology, intellectual property protection of information technology assets or any other Information Technology law issue, contact your Miller Canfield attorney or Kathy Ossian , Leader of our Information Technology Team, or call her direct at 313.496.7644.

In its complaints against both Teachbook and Lamebook, Facebook claims that its mark could become generic if other social networking sites are allowed to use "book" as a suffix.  Lamebook has asserted that its site is a parody site protected by the First Amendment and/or the "fair use" doctrine, which is a legally recognized defense to trademark infringement.  For more information about the lawsuits, follow this link.

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EVENT: Register now for Accelerate Michigan, Dec. 9-11 @ Techtown in Detroit

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Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

November 22, 2010

Pitches are being perfected. Executive summaries are being honed. Semi-finalists compete for the $500,000 Grand Prize.

Join in the excitement of the inaugural Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, December 9-11, 2010.

Connect with the investment, business, and entrepreneur communities at the Midwest's premiere $1 million business competition. Registration is now open for the 3-day event (Dec 9-11) and the Gala Award Brunch (Dec 11).

Event highlights include 3-days of experiencing innovative company pitches, exciting student ideas, keynotes from leading entrepreneurs and investors as well as multiple receptions and networking opportunities. A full agenda of the 3-day event is available at www.acceleratemichigan.org.

$175 3-day event pass
$75 Saturday only
$125 Student 3-day event pass - ID required
$75 Student Saturday only - ID required

Register for the Competition

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is an international business plan competition which highlights Michigan as a robust and vibrant venue for innovation and business opportunity. The competition fuels innovation-based business growth by uncovering the best and brightest new business concepts from local and global entrepreneurs, exposing those opportunities to potential investment capital and fostering their growth within Michigan.

The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition targets mid-to-late-stage business start-ups with potential to generate an immediate impact on Michigan's economy, as well as student concepts with longer-term business viability.

With more than $1 million in cash winnings, plus in-kind awards of services, staffing and software, the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is the world's largest business plan competition.

RT @mashable HOW TO: Use Social Media to Enhance Your Event

HOW TO: Use Social Media to Enhance Your Event

Meaghan Edelstein has gained national media attention through her blog, I Kicked Cancer's Ass, which she started to document her battle with end stage cancer. She is an attorney, the founder of the non-profit organization Spirit Jump, and works for the Real Time Marketing Group.

Using social media to enhance events might seem like a no-brainer, but many conferences — even social media ones — fail to take full advantage of the low-hanging fruit that social platforms offer, like ways for attendees to communicate with each other, broaden their participation, share information and have fun. If you're planning a conference, here are some ways to incorporate social networking into your big day.

READ MORE: http://mashable.com/2010/11/21/social-media-events/

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

PODCAST: How to Get Some Action: IMfSP Radio #3



It was an unbearably hot night. In a run-down apartment in the seediest neighborhood of Hollywood, the gift shop manager flicked on the discount computer his dad had just bought him.

He started typing.

A small email list of friends grew to a thousand, then ten thousand, then one hundred thousand. A few months later he cobbled together a simple website.

A few years later, he was an international icon.

Regardless of your opinions of Matt Drudge, he became a contemporary hero of trust, authority and social proof — to his readers. He used atomic headlines and the art of the link. He got some action. By mastering the basic principles of direct response copywriting, you can too.

In this episode Brian Clark and I discuss:

  • The rock-solid path to building a successful online business
  • Why brand advertising will crush your business
  • Who can change the course of your marketing and how to reach them
  • The two most important responses you should be obsessing over
  • How to stop chasing customers, and get them running to you
  • What to do if all you have is sweat and time



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Amazon.com Launches Amazon Studios -- a New Online Business to Discover New Talent and Develop Motion Pictures

Amazon.com Launches Amazon Studios -- a New Online Business to Discover New Talent and Develop Motion Pictures
Amazon Studios will award filmmakers and screenwriters $2.7 million with the purpose of developing movies under a first-look deal with Warner Bros. Pictures

SEATTLE, Nov 16, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) today launched Amazon Studios (http://studios.amazon.com), a new online business that invites filmmakers and screenwriters around the world to submit full-length movies and scripts to make money, get discovered and get their movie made. Through the monthly and annual Amazon Studios Awards, Amazon Studios will offer a total of $2.7 million to the top submissions received by Dec. 31, 2011, and will seek to develop the top Amazon Studio projects as commercial feature films under its first-look deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.

Writers are invited to add scripts to Amazon Studios. Filmmakers are invited to add full-length test movies to Amazon Studios. Test movies may be made from your own original script or from any script submitted to Amazon Studios. Test movies must be full length (more than 70 minutes), but they don't have to be "full budget." While test movies must include imaginative stories with great acting and sound they don't need to have theatrical-quality production values. Film fans can review Amazon Studios scripts and test movies, or even upload alternate, revised versions. Full-length test movies will introduce public test screenings to the earliest, formative stages of the movie development process; the Amazon Studios test movie process is intended to guide a film's development and assess its potential. Amazon Studios has produced five test movie samples, in different styles and genres, which can be found on its Getting Started page (http://studios.amazon.com/getting-started).

"We are excited to introduce writers, filmmakers and movie lovers to Amazon Studios," said Roy Price, Director of Digital Product Development. "Full-length test movies will show stories up on their feet and attract helpful feedback at an early stage. We hope that Amazon Studios will help filmmakers experiment and collaborate and we look forward to developing hit movies."

It is the goal of Amazon Studios to produce new, full-budget theatrical films based on the best projects and it will give Warner Bros. Pictures first access to the projects Amazon Studios wishes to produce in cooperation with an outside studio. Under the Amazon Studios development agreement, if a filmmaker or screenwriter creates a project with an original script and it is released by Amazon Studios as a theatrical feature film, the submitter will receive a rights payment of $200,000; if the movie makes over $60 million at the U.S. box office, the original filmmaker or screenwriter will receive a $400,000 bonus. If Warner Bros. Pictures is not inclined to develop a particular project, Amazon Studios can then produce the project in cooperation with another studio.

Winning screenplays and full-length test movies will be selected on the basis of commercial viability, which will include consideration of premise, story, character, dialogue, emotion and other elements of great movies. The first Amazon Studios industry panelists will include: screenwriter and chair, Writing Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Jack Epps, Jr. ("Top Gun," "Dick Tracy"), producer Mark Gill (former president of Miramax and Warner Independent Pictures), screenwriter Mike Werb ("Lara Croft: Tomb Raider," "Curious George," "Face/Off," "The Mask") and producer and chair, Production Division of the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Michael Taylor ("Bottle Rocket," "The Pursuit of D.B. Cooper").

"Amazon Studios is a great idea. Getting feedback is essential for creative artists to improve their work," said Jack Epps, writing chair for USC School of Cinematic Arts. "By letting anyone submit a movie or screenplay to be considered for a major motion picture, Amazon Studios is really opening the doors to Hollywood."

In the 2011 Annual Awards, Amazon Studios will award $100,000 to the best script and $1 million to the best movie submitted by December 31, 2011. To be eligible for the first monthly awards, test movies and scripts must be uploaded by January 31, 2011. Winners for the first monthly awards will be announced near the end of February 2011-- $100,000 for the best full-length test movie and $20,000 each for the two best scripts. The rights payments associated with releasing a full-budget commercial film (the $200,000 referred to above) are separate from and come on top of any money awarded to top submissions through the monthly and annual Amazon Studios Awards.

To learn more about Amazon Studios, check out our video at http://studios.amazon.com.

Amazon Studios web site is operated by Amazon Services LLC.

About Amazon.com

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers Earth's Biggest Selection. Amazon.com, Inc. seeks to be Earth's most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices. Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished and used items in categories such as Books; Movies, Music & Games; Digital Downloads; Electronics & Computers; Home & Garden; Toys, Kids & Baby; Grocery; Apparel, Shoes & Jewelry; Health & Beauty; Sports & Outdoors; and Tools, Auto & Industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business. Kindle, Kindle 3G and Kindle DX are the revolutionary portable readers that wirelessly download books, magazines, newspapers, blogs and personal documents to a crisp, high-resolution electronic ink display that looks and reads like real paper. Kindle 3G and Kindle DX utilize the same 3G wireless technology as advanced cell phones, so users never need to hunt for a Wi-Fi hotspot. Kindle is the #1 bestselling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon.

Amazon and its affiliates operate websites, including www.amazon.com,www.amazon.co.ukwww.amazon.dewww.amazon.co.jpwww.amazon.fr,www.amazon.ca, and www.amazon.cn. As used herein, "Amazon.com," "we," "our" and similar terms include Amazon.com, Inc., and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management's expectations. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that include, among others, risks related to competition, management of growth, new products, services and technologies, potential fluctuations in operating results, international expansion, outcomes of legal proceedings and claims, fulfillment center optimization, seasonality, commercial agreements, acquisitions and strategic transactions, foreign exchange rates, system interruption, inventory, government regulation and taxation, payments and fraud. More information about factors that potentially could affect Amazon.com's financial results is included in Amazon.com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent filings.

SOURCE: Amazon.com, Inc.

Do you want to sell more books on Amazon?

HowtoSellMoreBooksonAmazonTypepad Maximize Sales and Profits on the World's Largest Bookstore!

Amazon.com accounts for the vast majority of online book sales and about 19 percent of total book sales in the U.S. Wouldn't it be great if you could sell even more books on Amazon?

The good news is that there are a number of ways to get better visibility on Amazon.com and boost your book sales. The problem is that Amazon doesn't exactly make it easy to figure out how to take advantage of the site's many features.

To solve this problem, I have just released a brand new ebook, How to Sell More Books on Amazon. In this information-packed ebook, you'll learn how to:

* Increase the sales appeal of your book on Amazon.

* Help shoppers find your book amid the millions of competing books.

* Give customers a real bookstore experience by letting them sample your book's content.

* Use reviews to draw customers to your book and persuade them to buy.

* Profit by selling your content in alternative formats.

* Enhance your personal profile and author page.

* Boost your profits with Amazon's affiliate program.

* Sell to Amazon more profitably when you bypass their Advantage program.

What would it be worth to learn how to earn more money from Amazon? For just $12 in PDF format or $7.95 in Kindle format, How to Sell More Books on Amazon can help you boost your sales and profits in the world's largest bookstore.

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To your bookselling success!

Dana Lynn Smith
The Savvy Book Marketer

About the Author

Texana Publishing Consultants, LLC, P.O. Box 116, Coupland, TX 78615 USA

ARTICLE: Learn How to Maximize Sales and Profits on Amazon - The Savvy Book Marketer

Learn How to Maximize Sales and Profits on Amazon

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 01:07 PM PST

HowtoSellMoreBooksonAmazonTypepad Amazon.com accounts for the vast majority of online book sales and about 19 percent of total book sales in the United States. But how can you make your books stand out from the huge number of competing books on Amazon and turn shoppers into buyers?

My new ebook, How to Sell More Books on Amazon, outlines the top strategies for maximizing your book's exposure and boosting sales and profits through this vital sales channel. You'll learn how to:

• Enhance your book description, personal profile and author page.

• Help shoppers find your book and sample its contents.

• Use reviews to draw customers to your book and persuade them to buy.

• Sell your content in alternative formats.

• Increase your profits from Amazon.

Get the tools you need to understand and access the range of options for promoting your book and maximizing sales and profits on Amazon. You'll even find special tips for authors publishing in Kindle ebook format. As a bonus, the last chapter offers advice on prioritizing your Amazon promotions to make the best use of your time.

Let How to Sell More Books on Amazon be your guide for maximizing your sales and profits on Amazon.To view the table of contents and sample pages, download this excerpt.

read more: http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/2010/11/learn-how-to-sell-more-books-on-amazon.html

Monday, November 15, 2010

[Motown Writers Network] REMINDER: Road To Publish Conference Nov 20th

November Writers Conference!

Learn What It Takes To Write, Publish and Market Your Work Successfully!

Road to Published
Writer's Conference

Saturday, November 20, 2010

At The Barnstormer
Whitmore Lake, MI
(click for directions)

Join successful published writers and learn the tips of the trade to make your dream a reality! Workshop speakers will share the ups and downs of their own journey to getting published, as well as lead you through hands-on writing exercises with time for critiques and discussion.

Conference topics include:

- Breaking into the Writing Business
- Learn how to overcome procrastination
- Set a writing schedule that works
- Banish writer's block
- Write stronger and better prose
- Knowing your genre/niche
- Lunch and a Storyteller's Workshop
- Finding the right agent
- Researching your topic
- World Building
- Public Relations and Marketing yourself

Spend a few hours with us and see how you could see your name in print – and on a check!  You may be closer to success than you think!

Friday, November 12, 2010

[Motown Writers Network] See you tonight and tomorrow for The Essence of Motown

Event: Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference 2010

Date: Friday, November 12, 2010 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 6:00 PM (ET)


Last Minute Notes:


Bring Chargers for your laptop and phone

Bring Lots of Promotional Material to pass out

Have some way of keeping up with all the people you will meet.

Know your Twitter handle and don't forget to socialize your event. (use the #eomlit hashtag when possible)

Don't forget to purchase the extra ticket for the added event "The Literary Afterglow"

Don't forget there will be a LIMITED open mike on Nov 12th and LIMITED lunch ticket Nov 13th

2010 Conference Details

Essence of Motown Literary Conference & Jam

November 12 - 13, 2010
Detroit, Michigan

Nov 12 - 5:30pm to 9pm
The Detroit Impact Center
9930 Greenfield, Detroit, MI 48227 (Nr Plymouth)

Networking, Poetry Performances & More!

Nov 13 - 8am to 6pm
Northwest Activity Center

18100 W McNichols, Detroit, MI 48235 (nr Meyers & Outer)

Writing, Publishing & Marketing Workshops, Literary Kidzone, Author & Expert Panels, Publisher Pitches, Social Media Coach Sessions, Manuscript Critiques, Awards Presentations & More!

Nov 13 - 7pm to until
Pub Rub Restaurant
Adams & Woodward 48226

Jazz with Spoken Word Artists. Detroit artists bringing music and words to celebrate the written word and an ending to a great affair. $5 entrance charge (separate from Conference fees or a five book donation).

All donations made go to support Pro-Literacy of Detroit & The Detroit Impact Youth Center and Library. Contact us for more information or make a monetary donation by clicking here.

Conference Site

Registration Site


Send Promo Items to:

Motown Writers
Attn: Sylvia Hubbard, Chairperson
PO Box 43439
Detroit, MI 48243

Ship Book Donations to:

Detroit Impact Center
Attn: Book Donations
9930 Greenfield, Detroit, MI 48227


Twitter Stream


Sponsors Include:
Penguin (NY), Miller Design Studio, Rolling Out Magazine, HubBooks, Pub Rub Restaurant, 220 Communications, Scribal Press & More.

Various Locations - See Website
Detroit MI

For more information click here: Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference 2010

Sylvia Hubbard
Author, Blogger and Founder of Motown Writers Network & The African American Electronic Literary Network

Author of Romance & Suspense and Internet Marketing for Writers & Business

NOW AVAILABLE: Secrets, Lies and Family Ties order your copy now
Coming Soon: Tanner's Devil www.redrosepublishing.com

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

[Motown Writers Network] Essence of Motown Literary Conference 2010 Itinerary |

Posted: 08 Nov 2010 01:47 PM PST

Note: I want to thank everyone for their patience as we prepare for our conference and with my illness, it's not been very productive, but I know we are going to have a great year! I do advise you print this out for your records.

7th Annual Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference 
November 12th & 13th, 2010
Itinerary Sheet & Notes

Conference Website:

Registration Website:

The Detroit Impact Center
9930 Greenfield, Detroit, MI 48227 nr Plymouth
5:30pm – 9:00pm

- 5:30pm Vendors and Authors should arrive for check in and assignment. Limited open mike sheet will be available for registration at this time.
- 6pm Welcome and Opening Ceremonies for The Essence of Motown Literary Jam
- 6:30pm Limited Open Mike Poetry Performances
- 7pm Networking
- 7:30 Chairperson thanks sponsors and last minute instructions for Nov 13th
- 7:45pm Poetry Pages & Scribes All Stars Take the Stage!
- 9:00pm The Essence of Motown Poetry Showcase Ends

The Northwest Activity
18100 Meyers Detroit, MI nr Outer Drive
8:00am – 6pm

- 8 am Registration opens.
- 8:30am Continental breakfast will be available for a limited time.
- 8:45am Opening Ceremony for Day #2 by Chairperson of The Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference
- 9:15am Conference Sponsor Recognitions
- 9:30am Workshop Set One
  • - Writers Toolbox - Monica Marie Jones
  • - Poetry Marketing & Promotion - Ber-Henda Williams
  • - Children's Writing & Marketing - Sherry Wells & Cheryl Pope

-10:30 - Workshop Set 2
  • - Social Networking for Writers - L. Martin Pratt, Social Network Expert & Author
  • - Freelance Writing Panel - Janaya Black, Chris Campbell, Sylvia McClain, Michael Dwyer
  • - Copywriting - Pam Osborn

- 11:00 Literary Vendor Fair Opens in Lobby – Kidzone, Author Tables
 - 11:30 - Lunch w/Keynote Speaker Relentless Aaron
- 12:30 Literary Vendor Fair Opens in Ballroom – Sponsor Tables & Literary Service Tables Open to the Public
- 1:00 - Workshop Set 3
  • Independent Publishing - Valerie Coleman
  • How to Find An Agent & Write Queries for a Traditional Publishing Contract – Karen White Owens

- 2pm Workshop Set 4
  • Finding and Using Reviews to Sell Books – Tyler Ticheler
  • Ebook 101 – Writing, Publishing & Selling Electronic Books Valerie Coleman & Sylvia Hubbard

Author Genre Panels (in Ballroom)
Facilitated by Monique Mensah, assisted by Octavia Lesley. Authors please make sure you've reported and signed up before lunch and be at the panel tables five minutes before genre panel start.
  • - 1:00-1:30:  Murder, Mystery & Mayhem
  • - 1:30-2:00:  Nonfiction & Poetry
  • - 2:00-2:30:  Romance (Mild & Wild)
  • - 2:30-3:00:  Author Platform & Branding – Hajj Fleming & Pam Perry
  • - 3:00-3:30:  Christian, Inspirational (Fiction & Nonfiction)

- 3:30-3:50:  Independent Publishing Roundtable – The Business of Publishing hosted by Glenn Murray of 220 Communications.

-3:50pm Presentation for Young Adult Writers and Readers hosted by Versandra Kennebrew
- 4:00-4:30:  Relentless Aaron takes candidly about his writing, books, business and being an author in the 21st century.
- 4:30-5:00 – Networking & Sponsorship Recognition
- 5:30 Vendor Area Closes Down
- 6:00 The Essence of Motown Literary Conference Day Program Ends

The Pub Rub
18 W. Adams, Detroit, MI 48226 nr Woodward
7:00pm - until

Featuring Jazz Saxophone Artist, Yancyy & a Spoken Word Poet. Two Detroit artist bringing music and words to celebrate the written word and an ending to a great affair. $5 entrance charge (separate from Conference fees or a five book donation). Pick up tickets at Registration desk or pay at door.

Sponsors Include:
Penguin (NY), Miller Design Studio, Rolling Out Magazine, HubBooks, Pub Rub Restaurant, 220 Communications, Scribal Press & More.

  • Volunteer meeting Wednesday 11.11.10. Please contact Andrea Daniels for more information adaniel0089@comcast.net 
  • Facilitators please email your workshop sheets to motownwriters@yahoo.com for upload for participants after the conference
  • Facilitators, Sponsors, Authors and Vendors: Please check in at registration before setting up at any table
  • Purchase tickets for the after conference jazz & poetry performance at registration desk. $5 per ticket OR bring 5 books to donate plus $2.50. Tickets will be available at the door.
  • Please send an invite to your social networks, mailing lists and emails of interested readers and writers.
  • Twitter hashtag #eomlit. Please use this when tweeting or referring to conference day of event.
  • Foursquare User we are still working on an Essence of Motown Literary Jam & Conference event location, but for now, don't forget to check in to each spot with the hashtag of #eomlit.
  • Flickr users please use the hashtag of #eomlit so we can all download your photos after the conference.  

Thank you.
Sylvia Hubbard
Chairperson of Essence of Motown Literary Network

PS If I have missed anything, please contact me asap 313-289-8614 or email me at motownwriters@yahoo.com

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