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Jump Start Your Book Sales by Marilyn & Tom Ross

Writer's Digest Books, April 1999.
Paperback, 348 pages.
ISBN: 0918880416
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Jump Start Your Book Sales
by Marilyn & Tom Ross These days many authors are involved with the promotion of their own books, especially authors who are self-publishing or trying the new ebook publishing angle. This reference provides instruction on book marketing concepts, including promotional ideas and suggestions. The book covers numerous marketing strategies including: writing marketing copy, endorsements, reviews and galleys, publicity, author tours, book signings, radio interviews, television, distribution, libraries, education, catalog sales, internet strategies, public speaking and internet strategies. Each section introduces the marketing concepts, gives tips and suggestions and provides links, addresses or phone numbers related to the promotional idea. The book also provides real-life anecdotes, checklists, outlines and samples to help readers easily recreate the promotional ideas introduced in the book.

Jump Start Your Booksales is an excellent guide to self-promotion and self-publicity. This book provides an enormous amount of valuable ideas useful to publishers and to authors promoting their own books. Highly recommended.

You Can Write for Magazines by Greg Daugherty

Writer's Digest Books, March 1999.
Trade Paperback, 124 pages.
ISBN: 0898799023
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You Can Write for Magazines
by Greg Daugherty You Can Write for Magazines introduces beginners to the business of freelancing for magazines. The book includes tips, information, inspiration and examples. Coverage in the book includes: how to find markets, finding ideas, writing queries, manuscript mechanics, writing leads, fillers, interview skills, quiz writing, sidebars, reviews, finding time to write, accounting, writer's rights and reference resources. The information in the book is conveyed in a concise manner with lists, outlines, examples and facts. Some of the features in the book include the five types of magazines most open to new writers, a section about interviewing written in a question and answer format, a final manuscript inspection checklist and a glossary of magazine writing terms. You Can Write for Magazine is a short, but information-packed magazine freelancing writing guide and an excellent introduction to the business for beginners.

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