15 Reasons Why Your Book Isn’t Selling…

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by Joel Friedlander:

We’ve all been there: a book we were excited about, one that we worked on earnestly.

But when it hit the market, all that came back was a big yawn.

No author wants to be in that situation, most of all a self-published author. We gamble our own time, money, and commitment to our books, and we really need a positive response sometimes just to keep going.

But there it is: your baby isn’t selling.

What went wrong? Is it something you can fix, or is it embedded in the DNA of your book, a flaw so grave it can never recover?

Take a look at this list and see if you’ve been guilty of any of these oversights.

And don’t feel too bad, we all make mistakes, miss important road signs, get confused on the journey to publication.

Take heart, one book won’t be the beginning…

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How Can Authors Protect Their Works in Progress?

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by RJ Crayton  on Indies Unlimited:

This question gets asked by readers a lot here at Indies Unlimited: How can I protect my manuscript from being taken by someone I let read it? And as common as the question is, it’s an easy answer: you can’t.

That’s not the answer most people want to hear, but Indies Unlimited is an “Alternative Facts Free Zone,” so only the truth appears here. And the truth is, you really can’t stop someone from doing unauthorized things with a document you give them.

The good news is that most people don’t do untoward things with your document. Most people do what was asked: read your manuscript and then either provide you feedback or write a review. However, occasionally, an unscrupulous person may share your book. Like I said, there’s really no way to stop someone who wants to do wrong with your file, if they…

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It has arrived!!!



Her newest release, WHEN ANGELS FLY, a multiple award winning and deeply touching memoir of a mother’s love and loss by S. Jackson, A. Raymond and M. Schmidt.

To read reviews, listen to a preview and to purchase, please visit Amazon.com, Audible.com and iTunes.

This entry was posted on March 19, 2018. 2 Comments

What is the value of a like?

A Better Man

Brands and advertisers poured tens, often hundreds, of thousands of dollars collecting Likes, and Facebook had us convinced there was value in doing so. Today, there are various advertising opportunities and objectives, but Likes are still widely considered an indicator of brand loyalty and growth opportunity.

The question remains, however: What is the value of these Likes? This is the million-dollar question, and it’s one that few marketers dare to dive into. We’ve been accustomed to avoiding it, only going so far as to concede that “there’s gotta be some value there.”

In my opinion, there is value in a Like, but maybe not in the way you might think.  It can certainly be stated that there is relationship between a follower Liking a brand on a social platform and that follower spending more on the brand than non-followers. But is that relationship one of correlation or causation? Here is…

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To Sequel or Not to Sequel – It’s a Good Question

Archer's Aim

Hello to all the Archer’s Aim readers. Life has been a whirlwind lately but I’ve been making some progress on several writing projects. However, I wanted to pause and answer a question that seems to get bigger and bigger with each month:

Will there be another book to The Bow of Hart Saga?

Based on the number of these questions I’m getting, there likely will be another book but not as part of the core trilogy that is currently out. I know that I left the door open for another book or two and that was somewhat by design. I understand that, while I’ve wrapped up the series nicely, there are fans who want more. Honestly, the request for a sequel cropped up from my daughter who also asked for a prequel series. So, I left the saga with a bit of an opening to move toward a sequel as…

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Who Is Most Important in the Fridge?


Who Is Most Important in the Fridge? by Mrs. D.

My review follows the author’s book blurb found on Amazon.

“A playful arrangement of all types of food gives this yummy story a different look at how to make healthy choices, which are mostly stored inside the fridge. This delicious book shows veggies and fruit so juicy and alive, children will wish they could jump off the page right into their mouth. Even vegetable haters will find it hard to resist the vibrantly colored illustrations, which make each food look scrumptious and tempting. Serve this splendidly illustrated book to all who relish a good, healthy feast! It can be fun!”

This is book 3 of 3 in this series about Frank the Fridge and the food items inside the fridge. This time Stacey opens the fridge door and peers inside, and once again, the foods are arguing about hat item Stacey should eat first. Children learn the value of nutrition taught to them via the food items in the fridge. When a strawberry pops out, Stacey sneezes and children learn that some people are allergic to them. The same ca be said of some of the other fruit and veggies. I find this part a wonderful addition in helping children learn that allergies are important to them and to their friends. Stacey learns how to cook a nutritious meal by combining different foods from the fridge. Highly recommended and Five Stars! I received a digital copy of this book and voluntarily chose to read and review it for no compensation giving my honest opinion.


This entry was posted on March 10, 2018. 2 Comments