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I'm not clear on whether you see this is a pitch session (i.e., with the explicit goal of interesting the publisher in your novel), or simply an opportunity for a one-on-one conversation. Either way, though, I think the best way to go here (and to get through your nervousness) is to take this excellent advice from Janet Reid, classily entitled: Pitch ...


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The question that will answer your question is: What do you expect people to comment about? I mean, what is there to say to a movie review? That you write well? That you accurately summed up the plot? That you missed the beaver shot at 0:34? Most people read movie reviews to decide if they want to see a movie. They read the review, then they see the ...


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1) Leave comments: There are many film review blogs. Comment under their reviews. Like: "Interestingly, we have really different view on quality of the movie. some detail from your review" Btw, The comments should be on topic, interesting and not bragging ones. Everyone hates "hey, visit my awesome blog!" comment 2) Do giveaways and promos Do you have ...


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This is a practice called psychological pricing: . In a statistically-driven 20th century marketers realized that customers tended to ignore, or at least underweight the odd cents in calculating the price of products. Once this realization took hold, the practice became widespread. It is a practice to sell more booka, or whatever. There are different ...


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Just a long comment. It is important to note that x.99 is not the only price threshold. Others may lie around x.20 or elsewhere. Price thresholds are not determined by the raw numbers alone, but also by the prices of comparable products, the type of product, the monetary system (the smallest coins in some currencies are .05 or even 1.00), and so on. Also, ...


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You're assuming that the choice is between "sell a book through a channel where I make $1 per copy" versus "sell a book through a channel where I make $5 per copy" (or whatever the numbers are). But unless you are a very famous author, the choice is almost ALWAYS between, "sell a book for $1 per copy" versus "not sell a book to that potential customer". ...


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One of the most difficult challenges of being a self-published writer is having to do the self-promoting and the self-distributing that comes along with it. There are so many different options to consider and so many different factors to take into consideration, and I can guarantee these questions have been asked at least a thousand times on a thousand ...


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I'm going to add some things to the already great answer given by Pavel above. 1) Have a Twitter box and Facebook box. I want to follow you on Twitter or like you on Facebook, but you're not doing anything to help me. I have to search for your Twitter handle on Google and for most people that's just cumbersome. I can't even get to your Facebook page btw. ...


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In the U.S., anyone can sue anyone. That doesn't mean they win, and you can counter-sue for your damages incurred defending against a baseless lawsuit. Plus, of course, most celebs wouldn't want to be seen as bullies. Stick to the facts and you will be fine. However, start injecting your opinions in there, and you could get into trouble. This is ...


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I think that the majority of readers want to identify with the characters, setting and events of a story. That is why fiction featuring common characters taking place in well-known places and dealing with problems everyone encounters are the most popular. Of course all novels have an element that is uncommon and not everyday, like the murder, the stranger, ...


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FYI, I am not lawyer and I don’t know the background behind the book which I am about to show you. I just want to let you know, that something similar was already done. Take look at book Inside Steve's brain by Leander Kahney. it is mixture of Apple history and author's opinions about why Apple was so popular, with added business how-to (How to make another ...


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(I am not a lawyer.) If you are writing an unauthorized biography of a celebrity, I imagine that falls under journalism and libel rules. So as long as you could cite every source you used, and you did not write anything which is demonstrably false, you would probably be okay. You are describing what's basically an extended case study or an academic thesis. ...


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I would hesitate to ask: "What are you looking for?" because you should already know this. Publishers usually list this info on their submission guidelines or blog posts by their agents. Do some research. Find out what they are looking for, then list the ways your writing fills what they are looking for. Once you have that info, ask something like this: ...


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In my experience, as a general rule-of-thumb, if you look at the number of reviews a book has on Amazon and multiply by 100, you'll be in the ballpark of their sales on Amazon. Some books might be double or quadruple this, and others might be half or less, but it gives you a general idea of whether you're talking about a book that sold 1,000 copies, 10,000 ...


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15 minutes isn't a lot of time so make it short and sweet. Here's a possible list of questions: What do you think of my novel proposal? Are you interested in publishing this novel? How could I change this work so that you would be interested in publishing this? Are there other publishing houses who would be interested in publishing this? Would you be ...


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My guess is that the average reader does not know Lulu and CreateSpace from any other online store. But some people would recognize those as POD companies. And some of those would guess that you are a small publisher. And some of those would assume that your book is less professional than a traditional publisher's book. Here's the reason I don't link to my ...


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I'd say always end with some questions & appeals for comments, like "What did you like or dislike about the movie? Am I being too harsh when I criticised $Actor for the way they portrayed their character in $Scene? How should they have done it? What would you like me to review or cover next time?" Then when you do get comments, engage them in a ...


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First, in demand and interesting is the proper goal, but it has no relationship with popular and trending. Or rather, topics that are "in demand and interesting" usually become "popular and trending" after a delay at which time they will no longer be "in demand and interesting". Just increasingly popular. What does "in demand" mean? It means that the ...


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Yes, you can, but it's expensive and not 100% reliable. See http://www.nielsenbookscan.co.uk/controller.php?page=48 There used to be a $85 book research service through a company called The Book Standard, but they are no longer in business. You can try and extrapolate what current Amazon sales are like. See http://www.fonerbooks.com/surfing.htm Also, see ...


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A google search for 'fiction genre sales' includes these results on the first page: http://www.therichest.com/rich-list/which-5-book-genres-make-the-most-money/?view=all http://www.thegeekgirlproject.com/2012/06/06/the-basic-facts/ http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/19321b10-2a20-11de-9d01-00144feabdc0.html which answer your question for the USA, and go some way ...


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I haven't come across any specific data regarding the effect being carried over into print but I doubt it does--right now at least. Firstly, what kind of reading do people do in print? Usually it's of the attention-demanding kind--novels, textbooks--for which they've already made the mental commitment. Certain types of print material (magazines, newspapers) ...


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Capitalizing 'the' gives a strong impression of "one and only", which might bring a feeling to the reader of the advertisement that the advertising company is very confident about the product. For example, "Discover THE best meal in XYZ restaurant." is more impressive than "Discover the best meal in our XYZ restaurant. "


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If you sell through CreateSpace, you can link to the work on Amazon. Since like every book known to man is on Amazon, you should be fine. What I have done is made the eBook separately and put on Amazon and then published the print version and then through the Amazon Author program I linked the two together. As long as you aren't using KDP Select ...


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By "narrow keywords" do you mean long tail keywords or highly niche-specific keywords? Long tail keywords are much more descriptive/qualified (think "shoes" versus "red satin dancing shoes for children") and as such may target leads further along the sales funnel. A study published in Search Engine Watch did find long tail keywords to be associated with ...



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