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Self-Publishing Central / Re: How to promote
« on: July 13, 2018, 05:41:02 AM »
Since I have several blogs and have been blogging for several years now,
I do think that I can give you some ideas about what you could do to
promote your work.

Not only promoting your work, also possibly actually building a Fan-base
for your work. That's the thing with Blogging when you create a
web-log (blog), you basically have something like an online diary
that is easy to update and place new (blog) posts on.

Those blog posts are (keyword rich) content that will help to
attract organic traffic to your blog because people will
find you because of the keywords you use.

O.K. now for what the promoting of your work is concerned,
there are a lot of things you can think about to promote your
writing. Besides writing blog posts about your upcomming writing,
your writing proces, or sharing samples of your writing
and things like that, by sharing samples you can start to
make a connection with your future audience/fan-base!

Possibly even asking readers what they think about
certain story-lines and things like that, to actually
get them involved, while you are in the process
of creating a new story, as you go! 

You could also for example also make, 

a Book Trailer, somewhat like a 'Film Trailer' making a
- Photo Slide show - with images that are related to your
writing, with some little text fragments, and info about
your story.

You can put such a 'Book Trailer' on for example
on YouTube that has lots of daily visitors, and also
- embed - your own Book Trailer
on your own blog!

You can also create a Twitter account and write short

messages on your Twitter to announce what content you
write about on your blog, and get people become your Twitter follower.

on Twitter you can create Hashtags (#...) that people use to find you
with their searches, you can have a look on my Writing Blog to
find my Twitter page, and become a follower yourself,
to keep up-to-date about what I write about on my blog(s)! ;)

Hope that this has given you
a few ideas…?


The Writers Circle / Re: Murder before the Story
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:27:19 AM »
When I saw Titanic in the Movie theatre some years ago I
thought, 'What can I expect from this movie?',

I already know that it sunk...., does it give room
for telling a story with such a
big - Spoiler Alert -?

Than when the movie started, with a scene at the 'End of the Story'
with a Shipwreck at the bottom of the sea, that morphed into
a Flashback Scene about what happened before it,

I thought, oh yeah this will work, and does give
room to a story.

The Coffee Shop / Re: It's all in the eye of the reader.
« on: November 24, 2017, 10:29:39 AM »
This is an interesting kind of logic,

In the Sports Collection of our online webstore we actually have a special
- Tall - (Smile Cartoon Design) Tennis T-shirt, with occasionally limited time discounts,

Only with this type of logic I wonder if instead
I should charge a little extra for it? :)


The Writers Circle / Re: Received another rejection
« on: October 30, 2017, 11:55:17 AM »
Some years ago I worked in telesales making Phone calls to sell
products to Businesess.

One way to look at it that I sometimes used, was to make a possible
assumption about a number of companies you need to address
before you get a sale.

For example when you say something like:

'I expect to need to address at least 25 companies to get a sale'
than when you have a 'NO' you can keep your motivation,
thinking, 'This is my first 'NO', I only need to have 24 more NO's'
before I will get a YES.

Talking about sales we have two online webstores,
with lot's of (Christmas) products you can say - NO - to
something that might have a therapeutic effect...? ;)


I don't think that it needs to be rocketscience, simply writing,
telling how somebody speaks.

With a trembling voice, heavily breathing (running) shouting

'It's a Lion!' :)


Self-Publishing Central / Re: Very First Publish Made Today
« on: September 22, 2017, 07:40:38 AM »
Thanks for your post, it reminded me to
look more closely at how to get readers to take
a look inside my own little (non-fictional) e-report.

On my writing blog I created a link to a few Samples,
(with a slightly bigger font to stand out)  
and in the Storefront itself there is a
6-pages free preview.

Do you also have yours in pfd format?

There are a lot of online shops that look somewhat complicated,
and indeed only seem to be concerned for you to buy more and more,

For what our own online webshop is concerned I have most of the Shopping Experience
'Outsourced' to a platform we work with, so that I can't mess it up :)
(BTW most of the engineers at that platform are women)

We only create the graphical designs to put on products like
Pens, T-shirts, Coffee Mugs etc. they pretty much do all the rest,
packaging sending it etc. etc.

I used the whole system myself to test-buy my own
writers coffee mug design, and it worked very good.  


Self-Publishing Central / Re: What tools do you use when you write??
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:29:06 AM »
I frequently do use simple pen and paper to get ideas flowing.
while having a cop of coffee in my self-designed writers coffee mug :)

Recently I also got a few of our own Pens
from our collection in the mail,

It felt somewhat excited to unpack them and now I can also
actually write with some of our self designsed Pens.

(that are nr. 2 in our Top 5 Most Popular Products) 

Self-Publishing Central / Re: best self publishing tools?
« on: September 19, 2017, 06:20:58 AM »
Some things you might want to consider is to think
about what you want to offer, and how you want to offer it.

For example you might want to consider to have some free samples of your writing
on a blog and a free or low-price e-book version for your readers
to be able to better get to know your writing.

And a higher-priced actual print version (with a Publishing on Demand service)
for readers that want to buy a print version and that perhaps already
got somewhat familiar with your writing.

you might even consider to create an audio version?


Some years ago I did a Screenwriting course and
they had a book from Syd Field for learing the basics.

All the Write Questions / Re: frustrated unpublished author
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:40:24 AM »
I don't think that all Self Publishing has to be scams,
Also when you for example start with a blog to Self publish,

You might start attracting an audience for your writing, and
when that happens, you might receive valuable readers feedback
making your writing more Fun & Fruitful, and you never know
- when you really start getting an audience for your writing -
real publishers might actually come to you!

Talking about attracting an audience, I recently started to
give my writing blog a little more focus to make it
more interesting for you to read.

(Also aiming to add a little Fun, for example in a recent post
you can read about Humor texts on products.)

So feel free to become a frequent Commenter and
Reply writer with your valuable readers feedback :)

P.S. what is the Most Funny Text you have ever seen
on a T-shirt or other products?


The Coffee Shop / Re: Your favourite song - today
« on: September 19, 2017, 05:23:34 AM »
Just turned on the radio and the first thing I did hear was
'Pump Me Up' van the Rolling Stones.

Not something I am inclined to write about on my Music Blog,
But at least it sounds a little better than the leaf blower outside! :)

As you can read in a recent blog post, I recently decided
to write blog posts with a more tight Focus,
to make it more into a blog you want to read.

I also like to make it a little more 'Inter Active' with
asking readers about their thoughts, for example

In a recent blog post I wrote about Humor Texts on
T-shirts and other products, asking the reader
about what's the most Funny Humor Text they
ever saw on a T-shirt or other products.

Self-Publishing Central / Re: Blogs, good or indifferent
« on: September 08, 2017, 12:45:02 PM »
A blog can be a good way to immerse yourself in your field
Share your journey of discovery, the story behind your writing,
Creating a connection with readers, write about the type(s)
of writing you are interested in, and writers you
are inspired by etc. etc.  

Especially when you have a clear focus on your blog, you can
inspire other readers, and Chances are that you
will attract readers that are inspired by
similar types of writing.

They might even inspire you by giving you inspiring readers
feedback or you can use their feedback
to test new ideas etc. etc.  

For example in a recent blog post I wrote about
Funny Humor texts to put on products like for example
on T-shirts etc. etc. asking you as a reader
for your opinion.

Some time ago I wrote a short nonfiction e-Report.
and directly after finishing it I did put it on my blog.

It didn't generate a lot of attention,

So now - to create anticipation - in several blog posts about it,
I show little Samples of it.

That way giving you an opportunity to get a better idea
about what you can expect from it. 

How Do You Create Anticipation and Attention
for Your Publications?

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