Two new titles are available on Amazon. The first is the fourth of the State of Arizona series, STATE OF CONFUSION. It takes Tan and a new Governor to new heights of trouble at the southern border along with trouble in the capital between the new Governor and everyone else, particularly Tan.

The second book is the second of the DEACON series, DEACON UNDERGROUND. The Deacon is caught up in three or four problems that all wrap around Gold. He has to go underground to get to the bottom of it all.

See posts and link here soon.

Archives: marketing

Sales and Service

Lately I have been digging to find ways to market my books and a couple of friends books also. We have all been stymied by the hundreds of options, cost, methodologies, and just plain questions about what each site will do for us.

I listen to a lot of blogs on the subject. Amy Porterfield has a great blog about on-line marketing. While it is focused on selling seminars, much of the info is also very helpful to the writing. She has a freebee with every blog session. Some are very simple and others are pages thick for all aspects of on-line marketing. Great seminars.

BookMarketingTools.com has much to offer.

My personal favorite on how to put the words together in all my communications concerning sales in NIKKI ELLEDGE BROWN – The Communication Stylist. Free videos, lotsa print outs, and some great on-line seminars..

All in all, I have a lot of work to do in the coming months. I have a feeling my investment is going to be lot of time and a bit of money.

Be blessed and write.

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Looking for a voice

After you have published your book, the next step is Audio. ACX.com is the place to go. It isn’t the easiest site to navigate, but that’s the place to get your books recorded and place them in Audible’s vast library.

The procedure is simple once you navigate through the site.

The biggest problem is finding a voice to do your recording if you do not want do record it yourself. It is possible to record your own voice and use that for the final product and I would recommend that route if you have a good voice, can do different voices for your characters, and have 50 or so hours to do the job. Some special equipment is also recommended and may even be required depending on what you already have.

You can contract a voice for your book on ACX. There are two possible contracts. The first is you pay by the length of the book. This can range from a few hundred dollars to thousands depending on the frills and the reputation of the voice. The second way is to split the revenue from audio book sales. It’s a straight 50/50 split on the Audible sales. Unless you are a good selling author with a great volume of ebook and/or paperback sales there are not too many who will join you in the effort.

The nice thing is you approve every chapter before final print. You will audition the voice. Both of these are part of the process.

One word of caution here, if you use ACX and Audible you tie up your book for digital audio format for 7 years with Audible.

A voice I will recommend without reservation is Charles (Charlie) Baker at www.cbvoice7.blogspot.com. To contact him directly at cbvoice7@gmail.com. He has done two of my books and I am extremely happy with the result.

Something you should never do, but I did

My most recent book, WHAT OUGHT TO BE, went live a month ago. It is a poor excuse of a book.

Why? I published it in a hurry because a friend, a good friend, asked me to get a pamphlet, that I had copy machine published for a youth group years ago, republished for a conference he was hosting. I had no digital copy of the pamphlet any more, sooooooooo I scanned it and spent hours untangling the mess before adding some other pertinent materials and comments to make a book out of the whole thing. Consequently, we gave it away at the conference to rave reviews and an upswing in demand from my stock with cash going directly into my wallet.

Amazing.

I will be revising the book over the next few months and smoothing it, along with many typo errors, and one or two formatting farbles. It is available only in print as yet, but once it is updated it will be up on KDP, kindle.

In the meantime, I now have six works in progress, along with four or five projects in other fields of my life. WAY TOO MANY.

How’s your writing, your life, your bank account?

Keep on keeping on.

Blessings.

MARKETING

Every author I know and read says that their marketing takes up much of their time. I can agree to that without reservation. Every one of the blogs, newsletters, and websites I follow are discussing marketing as we approach the bloated commercial season that begins the end of this month.

I don’t know what has worked for you, but the only thing that has worked for me is word of mouth. I have given away about two thirds of the printings of my books and even the really commercial books (Westerns and other fiction) have slowly, very slowly been getting read and reviewed and then beginning a market.

One thing that has really helped is donating copies to my local library. I live in a small town of basically non-readers. BUT, the word has gotten out that my books are in the library and due to being a local boy the library leaves them on the new books shelf for a longer time than all them high dollar books written by them foreigners. Word of mouth is causing them to be checked out frequently. Those who like them have bought personal copies and gift copies.

Read a book, tell a friend.

© 2017 Doug Ball – Author