Every audiobook you do through ACX will be given 100 US and UK promo codes that you can use to market your audio and get reviews. And now, the narrator, that’s me, also gets codes. These are basically free money; we get paid every time someone uses a code for our audiobook. This is a great way for us to promote each other.
The following are ways in which you can use them! We can also work together, doing a large giveaway or an audiobook tour. Just let me know what you want to do!
While there are some Audiobook specific sites where you can market, promoting the book in different ways (like Bookbub, Fb, Twitter, newsletters etc.) will also have a great impact on the audio!
Make sure that Whispersync is set up for the Audiobook. If it has not been set up, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get the book synced. Most readers will grab the audio if whispersynced because it is offered at a discount that way.
- Audiobook Boom– audiobookboom.com is a great way to get reviewers! Cost is $12 per book, but you make that back and more. Enter the title, and in the next week, you will receive a link to people who want to review your book. You simply email people on the list with the code and link.
- Love & Lace Inkorporated– (ROMANCE GENRE ONLY) https://www.dragonflyinkpublishing.com This is an online and physical quarterly publication designed for Romance readers! It is extremely affordable to put an ad in for a spotlight, Audiobook Feature/new release, Character Interview, Author Interview, etc.
- AudiobookObsessionReviewTeam– These ladies offer a team of over 400 audiobook reviewers. You simply give them your codes and they get you reviews. They also do Release tours, blitz, IG tour, etc. GREAT resource
- Audiobook Obsession– https://www.facebook.com/AudiobookObsession/ They also do Release tours, Release Blitz and IG tours. The Review tour is probably the best at getting the word out! Many authors have had great success!
FACEBOOK GROUPS FOR GIVEAWAYS AND PROMOTION
Audio Bookfly– https://www.facebook.com/groups/AudioBookfly/
Audio Loves– https://www.facebook.com/groups/AudioLoves/
Aural Fixation– https://www.facebook.com/groups/auralfixationaudio/
Sisters Spotlight https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1220382514763566&ref=br_rs
I’m a member of all these groups and have seen the fantastic work they do to help us authors and narrators. Other ways I help promote is through my podcast. Gina Talks Books. In my podcast, I talk about books I’ve narrated, wrote, or reviewed. It’s a great way to connect with other authors and have special guest.
Another great engaging tool is for the narrator to upload a video to facebook groups who promote audibles with a reading from the booth to help build buzz for the author we are producing for. This will build recognition for when the book is live.
I hope all this information helps you with the success of your audible and always feel free to reach out to me with a question or concern.
Do you want to work with Gina? Find her here:
Author page with audio samples- Gina A Jones
The authors can also contact me personally for DYI production on my webpage.
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Today, on the blog, I have Elisa Leigh and I’m just going to put it out there – she is awesome! She’s my “go to” when I need to ask how to do something, book cover advice, or even for a pick me up after a bad review. Everyone needs an Elisa in their life – I’m just sayin’! Anyway, here she is.
An Interview with Elisa Leigh
Tell me about you and your books (how many books have you written, when did you start, what type of books, etc.)
Hi J I’ve been publishing since April 2017 and have written 27 books including short stories, novellas, and full-length novels. I recently quit teaching elementary school and became a full-time author. I write a little bit of everything, but all romance. All of my books have an HEA and there’s always plenty of steamy scenes.
How do you come up with your ideas for your books?
Sometimes I’ll hear a line in a song that makes me want to explore it and turn it into a book. Other times I’ll see a real-life situation and think hmmm that would be awesome in a book lol.
What are your tips for choosing a cover?
When choosing a cover picture you want to choose something that really catches your eye and makes you stop and want to know more. It just has to pop!
How do you deal with writer’s block?
If I’m stuck in the middle of a book, I’ll go back and reread what I’ve already written. This usually helps to give me ideas about what should happen next or helps me remember an element I need to touch on again. If I’m stuck on starting a book, I’ll read a book in the genre I’m writing in to help get my juices flowing.
Do you write to market? Why or why not?
I think I’ve unintentionally written to market and the book did well. When I tried writing to market to replicate my success with the previous book it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. Now I just write what I want to write. I do not think writing to market is bad, in fact I think it’s smart. You are giving readers what they want, so how can that be a bad thing?
What are five things you do to market your book, after you hit publish?
- Claim my book on BookBub. If my book is long enough, they will send an alert out to all of my followers on BookBub that I have a new release. BookBub is consistent with sending out alerts while Amazon sends alerts, but you don’t know when they will go out. Building your followers on BookBub can be very helpful.
- Claim my book on Author Central. This makes my book visible on my author page of Amazon.
- I have a part of a group of authors who all share everyone’s new releases. Finding authors with similar readers is great. They put your book in front of their readers to promote you and might eventually give you a try.
- Share my new release on my Facebook page, Facebook profile, and in my Facebook group. I also share my new release in book groups that allow sharing.
- Finally, I send out a newsletter to all of my subscribers to let them know about my new release.
What do you do if a book is just not selling?
I move on to the next book I’m working on. Dwelling on a bad book release won’t help me in the future.
What advice would you give a brand new author, just starting out?
Don’t give up. I’m not saying it won’t happen but having a bestseller on your first book is unlikely. Don’t compare yourself to authors who have been doing this for a while. They’ve built their brand and their readership. They’ve done the time just like you will need to. The best advice I received from another author was “I didn’t really start selling any books until my 8th release.” That was the same for me. I’m not saying you won’t sell books, but if you’re writing and wanting to make this a career, you’re going to have to keep at it and keep publishing to see some success.
How do you deal with negative reviews?
If the reviews are constructive and give feedback that I can learn from to improve my writing I listen to it and move on. The bad review stings, but at least it helps in some way. If the review is pure bashing, I will vent to another author about it and then get over it within a couple of days. It’s not easy, but the best thing to do is move on.
How do you build relationships with your readers?
I enjoy interacting with my readers in my reader group Elisa’s Book Beauties. When you make an engagement post, you need to engage with your reader’s responses by replying to a comment or at least liking it. Also, the more real and personable the posts are, the more people can relate. Also, half naked guys and food posts get lots of responses lol. I’ve started doing Facebook Lives in my group and while scary at first, they are really fun.
How do you build relationships with other authors?
That’s a hard one. I guess I start out by sharing author’s posts and commenting on their posts. I’m kind of shy, but I love to help so I offer my support whenever I can.
What are your plans for future books?
Honestly, I want to finish all of my open series so that I can focus on all of the new series ideas I have. The problem is, I keep coming up with new ideas and wanting to write those books instead. Probably not the best idea lol.
Is there any other advice you would like to give?
I’d like to reiterate not to give up. You’ll get out of it what you put into it. I also find that publishing once a month helps too. I hope something I said helps. Also, if you have any questions feel free to message me on Facebook or send me an email at email@example.com.
Do you want to know more about Elisa Leigh? Find her here:
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/eleighauthor/
Reader Group: www.facebook.com/elisasbookbeauties
Forever Love Covers & Design: www.facebook.com/groups/foreverlovecoveranddesigns/
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My Take on the 7 Kindle Keywords
Ok, so I’ll admit it, when Kindlepreneur released the article, 7 KINDLE KEYWORDS: USE ALL 50 CHARACTERS OR NOT?, it sort of blew me out of the water. (If you haven’t read the article yet, read it now. None of the below will make sense without it)
I don’t like change. I mean, really don’t like change. I had this strategy that I’ve used to get keywords and it was really working for me.
But I figured since I’ve been singing their praises for so long, I knew they wouldn’t lead me wrong. So, I incorporated their new keyword strategy with my last two releases and these are my results.
Just a little back information, I have used this strategy to get my keywords in the past.
For the last two releases, Ford (released October 16th) and Cooper (released October 23rd) I used the strategy that I have always used for three of the keyword boxes and then for boxes 4-7 I filled them in with words that best describes my book (as explained in the article 7 KINDLE KEYWORDS: USE ALL 50 CHARACTERS OR NOT?).
Here’s my sales graph from Amazon for October 16 – October 27
Here’s my KU Borrows from Amazon for October 16 – October 27
So, I am not a scientific person. You’re not going to get a bunch of percentages, pie charts, or anything else from me. LOL. When I look at this and also look at my income, I do see a steady rise from the first week to the second. Does everyone else have a midweek slump? Every one of my weeks slump in the middle, usually around Tues – Thurs. But even my KU slumps are ‘higher’ than the week before.
Also, when I compare first seven days of the two books, Ford and Cooper, to the first seven days of Abby (released the week before with my old way of doing keywords), I experienced 2-4k more KU reads per day on the two new books.
Now, there are many factors to consider with this. Time of month, time of year, etc. One of them being, these two books were book 3 and 4 of a series. I do great with series. However, I did look at one of my old series to see if there was a jump like this and there was not one.
Also, I had my highest day EVER on October 27th. Coincidence? Maybe.
However, I have seen a steady climb since I changed my keyword strategy so I’m pretty sure I’m going to keep testing it out.
So, here are some questions I’ve had:
For the boxes that you ‘word stuff’ do you need to check the competition score for these word or phrases?
No. You don’t need to check the competition score for the boxes 4-7. (I do check the competition score for boxes 1-3). However, I do check to see the number of searches on Rocket to make sure that they do have a search volume.
When thinking of search terms, I would want to focus on short story romance, not just short story. And I don’t think people would just type in alpha man – they would type in alpha man romance. So, my question – would I need to use romance in each box – or only one box? If I just have romance in the first box, would Amazon use it when using the 2nd box keywords. Or do the keywords not cross between boxes?
I had to get help on this one. I emailed Kindlepreneur and there is not any testing done on whether or not Amazon will combine terms in different boxes.
So I would recommend that if alpha man romance has a high search volume, and even if it has a high competition score, I would still use this term in my “stuffed” boxes. And as the article states, you are not penalized for using a term more than once. Therefore, when I do my “stuffed boxes” I do use a keyword more than once (not in the same box) if I deem it necessary.
Do I really need Publisher Rocket for keywords?
Yes, with this new article, I feel that you need Publisher Rocket more than ever. It is so useful in finding low competition keywords for those first 1-3 boxes. And it is even helpful for the boxes 4-7. I use Rocket to check the search terms for these also.
Plus, it’s been said the less work that Amazon has to do to form a phrase, the better you rank. So even with my last boxes I still put my niche words into Rocket and check some of the phrases to make sure they are in the best possible order I can put them in.
Do you work for Kindlepreneur?
LOL. No I do not. I have never worked for them or even met anyone that does. (I do email them a lot though). I just truly believe in Publisher Rocket. I am, however, an affiliate for Publisher Rocket. All that means is that I receive a small commission, at no cost to you, if you make a purchase using the link. Any post I make has this declaration at the top of it, if it has affiliate links on it.
Plus, I hope by now, y’all realize that I would not “push” something that I truly didn’t believe in.
Did This Help You?
I hope this helped you. If you have questions you are more than welcome to ask me, but also Kindlepreneur. Their customer service is EXCELLENT!
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I think this is important. And I think it should be talked about.
I’ve been told I’m crazy for putting as much information out as I do. It’s been said that I give too much and I’m just helping my competition. So, this is just my opinion, but I’m going to say it. If you think that helping another author is going to hurt you, then you’re wrong.
And I’m not saying you should co author a book with someone just to help them. I’m not saying you should “associate” yourself with someone that could potentially hurt your author brand (for example, a sweet romance author working with an erotica author).
What I AM saying, is that if a new author or even an established author asks you for advice or how to do something, you should help them if you can!
Well, by now you know that I’m all about lists. So, here you go:
5 Reasons To Help Your Fellow Author
1 – When you help another author, you are building your network. You may be helping them now, but they may help you in the future. You are building your team. A team of people that you can talk to, vent to, and strategize with. Y’all, being an author is sort of lonely. You want to have these people on your side.
2 – When you share another author’s new release with your Readers, you are helping that author, but you’re also nurturing that relationship that you have with your reader. Your readers want to know you. They want to know what you’re reading, who your favorite authors are, and what reading suggestions you have. So when you help promote another author, you are in turn also helping yourself.
3 – Help because there is enough to go around. I’ve had people send me emails to thank me for helping them and then tell me that they feel bad for doing so because they plan to write about curvy women like I do. You know what I think about that? That’s ‘effing awesome! I want there to be more stories about curvy women. Hell, we need them. Am I worried about competition? I already have it and it goes back to the theory that there is enough to go around. Plus, maybe if we get more curvy women books there will be a demand for more stock photos of beautiful plus size women. LOL – Just sayin’
4 – Learn and Grow! I have learned so much by helping other authors. I get asked questions all the time and some of it I don’t know the answer to. So I research it, ask other authors, or ask companies (Kindlepreneur) that are super helpful on how to do something. This alone has helped me grow so much as an author!
5 – Karma! I always say that I am where I’m at because of my keywords and my publishing schedule. If you’ve been here long at all, I know you’ve heard it a few hundred times. Well, for now on I’m going to add this – I am successful because I help others. I spend around an hour or more a day, Monday through Friday answering emails for Short Story Side Hustle. I also receive emails from authors thanking me. And let me tell you – it makes my day! Honestly, knowing that I have helped a few authors is what keeps this blog going. Here is a recent thank you I received:
Hey, girl! I just wanted to thank you. I’ve been publishing for two and a half years… Losing money all that time under multiple pen names. I even got trad published with one pen (all of those books tanked). It wasn’t until I found out about you that I started feeling like I could actually make a living at this. It’s been a month and a half and my new pen is the most successful I’ve ever had. You are AMAZING and an inspiration
I’m attaching a screenshot of my KDP from Aug 14-today. You can see exactly when I published my first short. That’s because of you, lady.
Y’all! I mean I can’t even. Do you know how amazing this is? I’m so stinkin’ proud of her!
I truly believe that if you have a helpful heart, it will come back to you ten fold! I know that I am 100% proof of that! I know I don’t know everything. Heck, there’s so much I don’t know! But I’m always willing to lend an ear if nothing else.
“In Helping Others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.” – Flora Edwards
Do You Want To Help?
Like I said there’s so much I don’t know. Are you an author that knows something and wants to share it? Here’s your platform! Write a blog post. You don’t have to be super in depth if you don’t want. Make a list. Write a paragraph. Write a book! Whatever you need to do to teach us something. Send it to me and I will be more than happy to post it here with links back to you!
Here’s a list of things that I’ve been asked about and I would also love to learn more about!
Making the most of BookBub
What do you do in Goodreads – step by step
Everything about audiobooks
Building your FB or IG Followers
Or anything else you want to teach us!
Send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Take 3 – Answers to Your Questions
Today I’m answering more questions I received.
Question 1: How do you get your books in the proprietary categories i.e. “One-Hour Romance Short Reads?” Do you email Amazon and request it? Use a keyword? Just plain lucky?
It is my understanding that the category “One Hour Romance Short Reads” is a category that Amazon puts you in. It is a best sellers category so it’s not a category you can request.
Question 2: Do you set monthly income goals?
No. I just try to do better than the month before.
Question 3: Hope, how long are your books? Is 6k-7k words ok I publish weekly? Thank you!
In the beginning my books were around 5,000 words. Now, I write anywhere between 10,000 and 12,000 per book. Whatever length you want to write – and the book is a complete story – that’s what you should write. Publishing weekly is great!
Question 4: How did you get so good at writing romantic fiction?
First of all, thank you so much for this. I still struggle with comparisons and “I’m really not that good” feelings all the time, so your very kind words mean a lot to me.
I would say the number one thing that has helped me, is being an avid reader. I read all the time. Isn’t it great that now instead of calling it ‘reading’ I call it ‘research’. But I ‘research’ all the time. I love reading a book and I take a mental note of all the different feelings that a book evokes. When I write, I want to do the same for my readers. I am not always successful, but I really do try. I want them to feel sad, happy, longing, satisfied, wanting, etc. If you can do that, if you can make your readers “feel” what they’re reading, you will do fine.
Question 5: Have you written fanfiction before?
No. I’ve never written fan fiction.
Question 6: Do you recommend pre-orders and when do you suggest we start our own FB group? Thanks!
Pre Orders: My brain doesn’t work that way. As of now, anyway. I create a cover and blurb after my book is finished. Plus, I do such a rapid release, I have not organized myself to be able to do a pre order yet. So, I’m not really able to give you any good advice on whether to do a pre order or not. I have heard that now you get a bump on preorder release day, but again, I don’t know if that is true. I would suggest testing it out to see if it works for you.
FB Group: This is sort of a biggie. My first inclination is that once you have x amount of subscribers to your email ( I think I had 400), you should do a group. However, before you start one, I recommend that you make sure you are in it for the long haul! Groups are a lot of work. You are socializing with your readers and you want to make sure the group is active and involved. If you are not able to do that on a continuous basis, I would recommend just using your email subscriber list as a way to connect with readers.
However, if you have the time and are willing to put in the effort, definitely do a group! I have gotten to know so many of my readers and it has been AWESOME! Have I mentioned I have wonderfully, supportive readers! 🙂 Really, it is a great way to connect.
Question 7: I know you are working on a course on creating book covers. But I need one now. Any suggestions where I can get one?
I have two author friends that also create covers! You should definitely check them out. Here is a link to their Facebook Groups! (Not an ad. I get nothing for promoting them. I just like their covers.)
Covers by Juliet – Sweet Romance Covers
Forever Love Covers and Designs – PNR, MC, Sweet, Steamy, Suspense
Ok, that’s all for today! If you have any questions, please fill free to click HERE and I will be happy to help!
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How Do I Get My Keywords?
This is a common question I get. Probably because I make sure to tell anyone that is interested that two of the main things I attribute my success to is my publishing schedule and my keywords.
If you are interested in reading more about my publishing schedule, you can read about it in The Short Story Romance Handbook.
For keywords, I use Publisher Rocket to research all of my keywords. It is a great resource for authors. It has helped me get to the first page of searches on Amazon. That is huge! It does many things, but my focus today is only the keyword search function. Keywords are important to authors because it is how you are found on Amazon – especially if you are a new author.
What Are You Going To Learn In The Course?
- How to Brainstorm Keyword Ideas
- How to Use Publisher Rocket to Check the Keywords
The FREE Course Break Down
- Video 1 – Keyword Brainstorming
I show you the four different categories I examine when coming up with search ideas
- Video 2 – Keyword Brainstorming Example
A summary of a book is given and then I provide an example of how I would fill out the Keyword Brainstorming Form (The form is included)
- Video 3 – Publisher Rocket Overview
A basic overview is provided of Publisher Rocket and what to look for when searching for Keywords
- Video 4 – Publisher Rocket Keyword Search
In this video, I go through Publisher Rocket and show you how I come up with good keywords.
Get Access Now – Click on FREEBIES up in the Menu
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