I loved watching my friend Terri Sjodin on Today this morning promoting Scrappy: A Little Book About Choosing to Play Big. As I watched, I noticed a few things she did extremely well. Here are a four quick nuggets from her interview that may help you promote your book:
- She never says “buy my book!” (There’s no better way to turn off listeners and ensure you won’t be invited back.)
- Instead, she appeals to the audience’s need to connect with interviewers by offering valuable advice. When you do an interview about your book, the interviewer and audience don’t really want to know about you or your book. They want to know how you and your book can help them. They’re asking WIIFM (what’s in it for me). That’s what the conversation needs to be about.
- She drops the name of her book into the conversation naturally–smart and Scrappy!
- Her book came out in August 2016 and she’s still promoting it! SUPER Smart. The message: Keep sharing your message–and then share it again and again!
Jane Atkinson is a pro at helping speakers launch their careers. In this interview for Jane’s Wealthy Speaker Podcast, she and I talk about the different ways you can use a book to build credibility and expand your reach. Listen in… and then start writing!
Author Webinar: 3 Ways to Monetize Your Message
Maybe you’ve invested a lot of time, energy and money into writing and publishing your book—and you need to recoup your expenses.
Or maybe you’re wondering if you can afford to publish and market a book.
Either way, this webinar is for you!
Jen McDonough and Erin K. Casey are hosting a webinar Wednesday, May 25 to help you monetize your message and use it to boost your income.
What if you and your book are “not about the money”? Why should you care about earning more when all you really care about is sharing your message and helping people? Consider this: the more you earn, the more people you can help.
With this webinar, you’ll learn a few effective and legitimate (a.k.a. non-sleazy) ways to monetize your message. And as always, we’ll have the chat room open for questions.
Space is limited, so go ahead and reserve your spot on the webinar. You’ll receive a recording after the call, so sign up even if you know can’t attend live. BTW, this isn’t a marathon webinar. We get that you’re busy, which is why we’ll keep this session to about 30 minutes.
Just a little background on your hosts:
Erin K. Casey is an author and ghostwriter of 7 books. She’s a book coach who takes authors (30+ and counting!) through the publishing process—from crafting a powerful message to packaging that message in a beautiful, professionally produced book. Her passion is helping people share their message by creating books that get awesome reviews and build credibility.
Jen McDonough is a 4x author who has developed a speaker’s platform that has taken her all across the country. As a resilience coach, she helps people pull the very best out of themselves. One of her passions is helping authors and speakers build platforms so they can effectively share their messages.
Wednesday, May 25 at 11 a.m CST
See you soon!
What You Need to Know before You Write Your Book
Free / Live Webinar – Tuesday, May 17
Join me and Jen McDonough (a.k.a. The Iron Jen) to learn what you need know before you write your book. Why? Getting started right makes it easier to keep going!
See you soon!
Writing is very often a solitary task. We think and write in solitude. We rethink and revise the confines of the booth at the local coffee shop or home office. Alone.
That aloneness allows for productivity, banging out words and clarifying thoughts as they turn into words on the screen. But working with others is a unique experience that may help you become an even better writer.
Books are judged by their covers. Authors know that. It’s why self-published authors spend weeks or even months—getting their covers just right. A traditionally published author doesn’t always have the freedom to choose and nitpick every detail of his or her cover, but the publishing house’s design and marketing teams likely spend even more time creating a cover that will sell. Colors, images, and font choices are all important, but a great cover begins with a great title. In fact, your book’s title may be even more important than the design you choose for your cover.
A Twitter follower asked me the above question the other day, and her inquiry sparked a blog post. What do you write about when you haven’t endured some sort of crisis? Is disaster a prerequisite for a good story?
I remember sitting in a conference and getting a little ticked off as I listened to a publishing house editor promote the idea that the best and only way to write is from one’s pain—not discomfort or struggle but tragic, devastating pain. Without that kind of pain, she suggested, it wasn’t possible to be an excellent writer.