What is Audio Book Crave?
Audiobookcrave.com connects audiobook listeners to authors, narrators and publishers of audiobooks and distributes their free promotional codes. Emails are sent out to listeners every Monday and Friday with new audiobook release information as well as posted on Audiobookcraves Facebook and Social Media Accounts.
How is Audio Book Crave Different?
What sets Audiobookcrave.com
apart from some of the other platforms is that you can easily add more free promotional codes at any time. Plus, and this is a big feature, you are connected to your listeners, so you know who is receiving your codes and they allow you to contact them. Additionally, if you run out of codes, your listeners are waitlisted and emailed the moment you upload new codes. There are reporting features to allow you to see how many codes have been claimed (so you can reconcile with ACX) and plenty more features!
How Much Does Audio Book Crave Cost?
The cost per audiobook is $15, but you can save $5 by using the coupon code HOPESAVE5.
supports ACX (Audible and iTunes), but there are plans to support the other platforms.
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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 email@example.com 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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5 Tips to Beat Writer’s Block and Find the Joy in Writing Again
I think as writers, we’ve all been there. We’ve all hit that burnout phase, better and more horrifically known as Writer’s Block. It’s the bane of every writer’s existence. We strive to make art…and then, one day, for no reason at all, we can’t make anymore. Maybe it lasts for a day, maybe it lasts for a month. Maybe it lasts for a year. But for however long it lasts, to not be able to do the thing we were meant to do is absolutely soul-crushing.
How do we beat it? How do we refuse to let it get the best of us?
Here, I offer 5 tips that have proven effective for me in cases of mild to severe writer’s block. I hope they help anyone dealing with it, too.
Tip 1: TAKE A BREAK.
Now, this seems like a “No sh*t, Sherlock” statement. Isn’t writer’s block essentially a FORCED break? Yes and no. Reframe the block in your mind. It’s not that you cannot create. It’s just that your mind is telling you it’s tired. It needs rest. If you have the urge to write, but are having trouble focusing, and you spend your designated writing time staring at that little blinking cursor on your screen, that could be your mind begging you to give it some reprieve. So, what do you do? You draw a big X through the production day on your calendar, and you take a break. For the whole day. No writing. What to do instead? Read a book you’ve been dying to start. Read a magazine with a glass of wine or maybe some coffee or even a refreshing cup of tea. Take the furbabies for a walk. Relax in the bathtub, then put on some movies, or catch up on that new Netflix show that’s been on your radar. No matter what you choose, make it relaxing and soothing to your mind with as low cognitive load as possible. If the next day you’re still having trouble focusing, repeat until you feel refreshed to start writing again.
Tip 2: EXERCISE.
Sometimes, we spend hours at our computer, trying to pound out the words to meet deadlines and stay on track. We’re demanding a lot from our bodies by being sedentary for such long periods. Exercise is a wonderful thing. Not only is it good for our bodies, but it’s good for our minds too. Whatever exercise looks like for you—whether that’s a fifteen-minute stroll with your dog or on the treadmill, dancing for twenty minutes in your bedroom, running a couple miles, or a grueling, hour-long MMA workout or weight-lifting session, make it a regular part of your week. Start with one or two days a week, then work up to four or five. You might be surprised at the mental clarity you have each day when you return to your computer. Want bonus points? Every hour, get up and stretch and move your legs a little around the house. Or, every thousand words, do ten jumping jacks or crunches. Make sure you’re giving back to your body so it continues to fuel your mind.
Tip 3: SLEEP.
This might seem counterproductive, but sometimes, sleep is the very best thing you can give your body and your mind. Did you know that the vast majority of Americans are chronically sleep-deprived? You’ve heard that statistic a thousand times—we’re supposed to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night. Raise your hand if you hardly ever hit this range. I know my hand is up. But I’ve discovered from serious firsthand experience what a chronic lack of sleep does to me, and it’s not pretty. Like exercise, this is a habit that needs time to build up. Start shooting for one extra hour from where you currently are. If you get four hours a night now, go to bed one hour earlier, no excuses. Build from there until you hit 7 hours. Then shoot for eight. Then shoot for nine, just to finetune the right number of hours for you. And no, lying in bed scrolling Facebook or playing games for an hour before bed is NOT sleeping.
Tip 4: DRINK WATER.
Yeah, this one will send you running to the bathroom every hour, but hey! In Tip 2, I told you to move your legs every hour, right? Like sleep, most people are chronically dehydrated. This affects in a number of really awful ways, from our mood to the way our organs function to our skin and hair. Earlier this year, I made a conscious decision and effort to drink a minimum of 75 ounces of water a day. A gallon is better. This sounds like a lot of water, and it is. But you know what? In days of practicing this, I noticed some crazy things. My skin, suffering from hormonal acne breakouts for the better part of a year, started to clear. My hair, which had been thinning and brittle, started to become a little more lush and then, after a while, it grew like crazy. I had more energy, I had better mental focus, and my mood even stabilized. Water is a beautiful thing, and our bodies NEED IT TO THRIVE. So drink up!
Tip 5: CLEAR THE COBWEBS.
Sometimes our brains become like attics, where dust and debris and other crap just builds up until there’s no more room for anything else—like the effort we want to put forth in our WIP. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to write—we just can’t write the current project we’re working on. So, just for a day or two, or even an hour here and there where you need it, clear out the mental attic. Freewrite for a while, even if it’s nonsense. Work on that short story you’ve had on your mind that’s totally different from your WIP. Write a blog post. Write a poem. Outline another novel you’ve had bouncing around in your mind. Flex those creative muscles in a different way and sweep the cobwebs out, then go back to your WIP with a fresh, clean space in your mental attic.
I hope these tips help!
For more information like this, or if you just wanna chat, please drop me a line at mazzyking.com or visit me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter at @mazzykingwrites.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 am on the mailing list for Alessandra Torre and she sent out a super helpful email last week. I wanted to make sure you get access to what she shared. (Let me go ahead and say here, I am not an affiliate for Inkers Con or Alessandra Torre. I just really enjoy all of the the information she shares)
Lately, I have been looking for ways to be more productive on my Instagram Profile. Well, when I got this email from her I knew it was good stuff and had to share it.
There is a video and a downloadable cheat sheet. Here is the link: Alessandra Torre’s 5 IG Hacks
She teaches you how to:
- Quiz your readers
- Use your desktop
- Post text-only story posts
- Create Peekaboo Images that tease readers with future covers, WIPs or teasers.
- Use the Creator Profile
Plus the *bonus* hack: Using the countdown timer!
While you’re on her site, you may want to check out her Inkers Con Conference. I attended the digital conference last year and it was awesome. I have learned so much and having it in digital format has been really nice because I’m able to rewatch the videos.
Some of the things I learned were:
- Marketing Strategies for KU
- Everything about Goodreads
- How to have a successful backlist
- and my favorite, Newsletter Success
How do you use Instagram?
Do you have some hacks on using Instagram? Please comment below!
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