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About Rochelle Carter, Publisher

Rochelle Carter is the CEO/ Publisher at Ellechor Media LLC, a company with three publishing imprints, an online magazine and bookstore. She is the author of The 7-Step Guide To Authorpreneurship, Write Success: Inspirational Quotes For The Authorpreneur, and Becoming An Author: A Quick Start Guide, three books she put together to help educate and motivate authors based on her experiences with publishing and her own authors. Through her company, she publishes books with a purpose. Her imprints have published over 40 books in less than three years, 98% of which enjoy 4-star or higher Amazon ratings.

The Savvy Authorpreneur Presents… Build Your Business, Write a Book

The Savvy Authorpreneur Presents… Build Your Business, Write a Book

This has been my topic for the last week, and so far I think most of you get why you should write a book. Be sure to check out my 7 Reasons if you are still confused, and listen to my recently aired podcast with Danette Moss. Some of you ask “what’s next?”. You’ve committed to writing a book, so let’s listen and then take a look at what you need to do to be successful.


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Concept Clarity

When working on a non-fiction book it’s a good idea to have a full outline in place before you start. Your outline makes things easy for you and for your reader: it ensures that you include everything important (and leave out the tangents), and it lets you organize your information in the most logical order. To get to the outline, however, you must know what you are going to write about! To gain concept clarity you must:

  1. Specify your target audience (Examples: customers, employees, suppliers, partners, investors, personal networking contacts, business networking contacts, family, and friends)
  2. Specify what your topic is- What do readers need to learn? What ideas position you as a trendsetter in your field?
  3. Make a promise. What good will your book do, for whom?

Create Your Content Outline

Now that you have focused on a specific topic you can start your outline. What 3-5 things must your reader know? What are the learning goals to help them gain this knowledge? You will need to take these answers and put them into an outline format that works for you. You can always change the order and titles later, but you want to have at least three main concepts and go from there.

Creating Your Content

Now, this is the fun part! You can write whatever comes to mind for each chapter and learning goal you defined above. Experiencing writer’s block? Write the question you want to answer and move on! Can’t write? Say it out loud

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This tool takes dictation as you speak, which will save time and energy re-visiting your content later. Simply speak your sections or chapter titles as you go along and you are set!

 

BONUS TIP: In addition to voice commands and the ability to import vocabulary lists, the tool also allows you to quickly and easily post to Facebook or Twitter at any time – no matter what application is currently active on the screen.

 

MS OneNote

A note-taking and personal information management application for collecting, organizing and sharing digital notes, OneNote is a great tool for self recording and helping you stay organized while you’re at it. 

Using the Insert tab, you can record audio and connect it to the Chapter you are speaking about.

  1. Start recording your audio
  2. Type the name of the chapter or subheading as you say the title
  3. Continue talking about this topic
  4. Once recorded, you can transcribe it yourself, use Fiverr.com or an editor to transcribe it for you

EverNote

Evernote lets you capture photos, articles, and even music you like, storing it and organizing it for you so you can easily reference it later. You can record much the same as with MS OneNote, but with a greater ease of transferring the final output for a third party to transcribe. I also find that EverNote works better on my mobile so you can record on the go and add notes to go with your recording from anywhere.

BONUS TIP: As we start to own multiple devices, things like maintaining an orderly list of articles you want to read or maintaining an organized set of bookmarks or photos you want to keep, becomes a bit more of a challenge. It is easy to send it all directly to your Evernote account, tagged and categorized in its own notebook.

When emailing something to your Evernote account, in the subject line you put the notebook name in front of “@” (so @makeuseof for anything to go into the MakeUseOf notebook, for example) and all tags need to have the hashtag before it (so #makeuseof).  Note that the notebook needs to already exist in your Evernote account.  Evernote won’t create it for you automatically when the email arrives.

 

 

Editing Resources

Editing your book is a very important part of the process. A well-researched book will go unappreciated for lack of editing. Terms you should know:

  • Developmental editing- Deals with the overall organization of a manuscript.
  • Copy editing- Checks grammar line by line, calls out lapses in logic or sequential slip-ups.
  • Proofreading- Checks the finished product, like interior layout, to ensure that the final document is accurately re-created

Check out these resources for finding editors:

  • eLance- a freelance website that allows you to post your job and find editors based on your genre and budget
  • MediaBistro- the leading provider of jobs, news, education, events, and research for the media industry.
  • Craigslist- The easiest way to get a plethora of applications! It may take more weeding out of junk, but it’s still the most used tool

Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?

Traditional publishing is on someone else’s time/ budget. Contracts may come with an advance, and your publisher covers production and pays you a royalty % per sale. Self-publishing requires investment. You set your own timing, earn 100% of net sales, and should have full control of your book. If you choose to self-publish, make sure you find the right team! At minimum you need:

  • Cover designer
  • Editor
  • Interior layout designer
  • Printer

You can also utilize self-publishing companies like EverFaith Press to help you form your required team. You should always retain your rights, and any final files should belong to you.

 

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Rochelle Carter is the Publisher at Ellechor Media LLC, an award-winning publishing company with three imprints. She is author of The 7-Step Guide To Authorpreneurship, a book widely endorsed by bestselling authors and industry professionals that is designed to help authors have a successful career. Carter has received national recognition for her leadership and professional achievements, and her imprints have published over 40 books in less than three years, 98% of which enjoy 4-star or higher Amazon ratings.
 

Selah Award Finalists Announced!

Selah Award Finalists Announced!

Guess what? Alton Gansky, Director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, and Eva Marie Everson, BRMCWC Contest Director, have announced the finalists in the 2014 Selah Awards, awarded to published authors each year during the “Blue Ridge” conference. 

Guess who’s on the list? None other than Ellechor Publishing House author Dianna Torscher Benson! I know I’m supposed to wait for the official press release, but hey, this is my blog right?

The Selah Awards are open industry wide and internationally to authors published by traditional and nontraditional publishing houses during the previous year. The awards will be given during the awards banquet held on Wednesday evening, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The 2014 Book of the Year award is chosen by the contest director from the top scores/first place recipients.

This year, finalists have been named in thirteen categories. For this brief post I am only posting one category, but check out our Ellechor Media blog next week for the “official” official post.

First Novel (Tie for Third)

Dianna T. Benson—The Hidden Son (Ellechor Publishing House)

Carole Brown—The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Aaron D. Gansky—The Bargain (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Tessa Emily Hall—Purple Moon (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Thanks to the generous support of Crossbooks and LifeWay/Ridgecrest, the banquet will be telecast live over the internet. To access the live stream during the awards banquet, click on: http://ridgecrestconferencecenter.org/christian-writers-live#.U2k6Y_ldUuc

 

_DSC2383-Edit-b&w-webDianna Torscher Benson is a 2011 Genesis Winner, a 2011 Genesis double Semi-Finalist, a 2010 Daphne de Maurier Finalist, and a 2007 Golden Palm Finalist. In 2012, she signed a nine-book contract with Ellechor Publishing House. She’s the author of The Hidden Son, her debut novel. Final Trimester is her second release. Dianna lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three children.

Visit her online at www.diannatbenson.com

 

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7 Reasons You Should Write A Book For Your Business

7 Reasons You Should Write A Book For Your Business

by Joanna Penn

Let’s face it, there are a lot of small businesses out there and you need a way to stand out. Writing a professional business book can give you instant credibility and it’s surprisingly achievable with digital technology to reach a global audience with your words. Attention is the first step in the sales funnel and a book is a great way to get you and your business noticed.

Here are 7 more reasons you should write a book for your business.

1. Demonstrate your expertise

You’ve spent years gathering your knowledge in a specific niche. You have notes and seminars, training programs and articles as well as a lot of know-how in your head but how do you quickly and easily prove your ability? A book with your name on front establishes you as the expert and provides an easily consumable version of your knowledge.

2. Increase your credibility and status

Authors are respected because they have achieved the concrete goal of publishing their work. People look at you differently when you say you’re an author. This increases your credibility in the market and will also give you more confidence in promoting your business.

3. Solidify and articulate your knowledge

You may have perfected your one line elevator pitch but writing a book gives you the opportunity to expand and fully express your story. Business books are no longer dry and boring. They contain plenty of personal stories and anecdotes so you can share the unique aspects you bring to your niche. This also gives people a chance to know, like and trust you which is a key component in whether they will hire you or recommend you to others.

4. Expand opportunities for media and speaking

If you have a physical book it can act as a business card, demonstrating your ability to speak coherently on your topic. This is useful for media as there is existing credibility and a focused topic they can interview you about. A book is also recommended if you want to create or expand your own speaking business. The most highly paid speakers have multiple books associated with the topics they speak on and speaking is a great way to bring new people into your business.

5. Create multiple streams of income

You can sell your book online or at your live speaking events. You can also use the book as the basis of a larger product line to expand income streams. The book is your entry level information but you can also have an online multi-media course that expands the material, plus a full day workshop and 1:1 coaching around the topic. People might not be willing to go straight for the higher priced product but they will likely part with a smaller amount to read your book.

6. Grow your business internationally

If you market your books to a wider audience, you can attract new people to your business. They may read your book and then want to investigate your professional services further. You can easily and cheaply publish print books as well as eBooks on Amazon.com. With print on demand technology, you can sell books to the huge US market as well as other countries.

7. The book you write will change your life

Many people have a dream of writing a book, but that dream can now become a concrete goal. You probably started your business because you are passionate about something and want to change people’s lives. You have a story that needs to be told. Well, your voice is important and your words can be heard if you get them out there.  In these days of digital printing, you can achieve your goal of writing a book even with a small budget. So state your goal, and get writing!

Make 2014 the year your business stands out from the crowd!

Live in Oregon? Join Publisher and Author Rochelle Carter and the Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon on Wednesday, May 14th at Madison’s Grill for a unique Connect & Grow Dinner experience. Get step-by-step guidance on how to choose your topic, write your book and publish so that you can Build Your Business! Sponsored by Ellechor Media, LLC.


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Ellechor Presents… “I DIDN’T KNOW” with YVETTE ALLEN- TATUM

I DIDN’T KNOW VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR with YVETTE ALLEN- TATUM

I DIDN’T KNOW VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR with YVETTE ALLEN- TATUM

Today I am happy to present to readers Ms. Yvette Allen-Tatum and her groundbreaking book, I Didn’t Know: Identifying, Confronting, and Overcoming Child Sexual Abuse. As the Founder of Surrounded by Faith Ministries, Yvette has had the opportunity to touch and transform the lives of many women with the Word of God. This mighty Woman of God has a prophetic teaching anointing which has enabled her to cross many boundaries. As such, the Call of God on her life has broadened from transforming the lives of women to transforming LIVES with the Word of God. While she still holds a passion to train and equip women in the life study and application of the Bible, her ultimate goal is to strengthen families. To do so her platform is geared to men, women and children.

Tell us about yourself?

I am an Author, Teacher, Conference Host, Public Speaker, Encourager, Motivator, Ordained Minister of The Gospel, Radical for Christ, the list goes on… To date, I have authored two books Welcome to my Morning Glory and I Didn’t Know, taught numerous Bible Studies, have been a featured speaker at several conferences and hosted numerous ministry events; most notably The Throw Yo’ Hands Up Conferences sponsored by Surrounded By Faith Ministries.

What began as a mandate from God to train and equip women in the ways of the Lord so they would become like the Proverbs 31 woman in the Bible, has expanded to a platform of child advocacy. Actually, my spiritual focus has always been on the family unit – to receive and achieve spiritual wholeness. First, targeting women – to strengthen them as the nurturing forces they were created to be; and now giving a voice to the voiceless – our children.

Tell us about your book?

Wow, the short version is that the book is about child sexual abuse but more specifically, it’s about overcoming child sexual abuse.

How did you come up with ideas for this book?

I just simply had/have the desire share my story, tell the truth and shame the devil.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wrote my book for several reasons:

  1. To expose the enemy (I believe this lessens his power)
  2. To overcome the guilt & shame by being able to confront it head on
  3. To encourage and educate others on how to identify, confront & overcome child sexual abuse
  4. To set the captives FREE

Did you have to do any special research for your book?

Yes, continual research; it seemed like it would never end. I also conducted personal interviews as part of my research.

What was the most difficult aspect of writing this book?

After submitting my first draft to my publisher, writing this book became challenging. It became challenging because she continually pushed me to the next level to make the book “more.” With each submission I received more instructions and direction, as to how to take the book to the next level. With each submission I thought and I hoped I was finished but “No!” In the end I am pleased with the end result because the book was no longer about me but about the victims.

What do you hope readers will learn/discover from reading your book?

After reading my book, I hope the reader will be able to Identify, Confront and Overcome child sexual abuse if they are the victim or help someone else who is or has been a victim. Actually, this book is for more than just the victims. In a family, when one of us hurts all of us HURT!!

What’s next for you?

I’m open and available to wherever the Lord leads me. I personally desire for this to turn into a movement to:
• Identify
• Confront
• Overcome child sexual abuse

How can someone get a copy of the book?

My book can be purchased from Amazon.com (paperback or Kindle), Barnes and Noble or directly from my website: http://www.yvetteallentatum.com/#!products/c17pq

Where can visitors find you online?

Visitors can connect with me online:

 

About the Book

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“I Didn’t Know” is for more than just an audience of one. If you look to your left, look to your right, or directly in the mirror, you will see or know someone who has been sexually abused… even if you look in the mirror, and the person is YOU! More than the tragedy of sexual abuse is the tragedy of the silence of sexual abuse. It must be talked about. Our stories have to be shared; someone’s life is literally depending upon YOU to BREAK THE IGNORANCE OF SILENCE! “I Didn’t Know” brings to the forefront the many hidden faces of child sexual abuse. The author, Yvette L. Allen-Tatum, shares not only her story, but the compelling testimonies of others–everyone from the actual victim, to the offender, to those who standby by in disbelief and allow these heinous crimes against our children to continue. Our voices have to be heard, our children must be free or freed to tell the TRUTH: that someone touched them. Who can they run to? Will it be you?

Paperback: 110 pages

Publisher: Kingdom Publishing Group, Inc. (March 15, 2013)

ISBN-10: 0988312670

ISBN-13: 978-0988312678

 
 

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Stop Talking About Your Book, Start Talking About Your Passion

Stop Talking About Your Book, Start Talking About Your Passion

My attention was recently brought to a discussion in the Author U group on LinkedIn, and it highlighted one tip that sometimes I think we as authors forget (or misinterpret): Stop Talking About Your Book!

Now, I know someone is thinking “If I don’t talk about it, how will they know?“, or maybe they ask themselves “How else will I make my book stand out?“.

To those thoughts, and any similar thoughts I respond: “What if potential readers are so turned off by your tactics that they don’t even give your book a chance?

We have all seen them: groups on Facebook filled with flyby promotions. Groups that ONLY these authors are visiting just to drop off their latest promo. Authors, you should know that your readers have left the building. Besieged by promotion after promotion with no dialogue, they have blocked or left this group and you are not promoting to anyone. Remember the other authors aren’t active either, they just want to drop a line about their latest soon-to-be best-seller.

Promote Your Passion

Elwood Billshot, author at Toolnet.us and a fellow Author U mate says this about how you can more effectively promote your book:

Many engaging comments in a variety of groups and conversations will generate interest in you as a person. Eventually this becomes an interest in your work.

The key to promoting your book is not Spam, it’s about relationships. If you are not sure where the line is, I recommend you read The Unbreakable Rules of Marketing: 9 1/2 Ways to Get People to Love You by Cathey Armillas to fully understand what I mean. The relationships you create with fellow authors and readers is what will generate the interest you need and the sales you want. It’s a journey, it takes commitment, and as Elwood also says, “It’s all about persistence and attrition.”

Talk about why you chose this subject, what about it is near to your heart. People can connect to your passion and your ideas, if you let them in. Readers enjoy books because it gives them something to focus on, enjoy, and escape. Your conversations should be similar: give them something to focus on, allow them to enjoy their interactions with you, and then they may choose to “escape” with a book written by you, an individual who has proven to be interesting. This personal relationship can also make a lifetime fan and an influencer of your book.

A Personal Note…

I met Liv Warfield on my first Girls’ Night Out in Portland. She sang. I mean she SANG! Loved it. I got to talk to Liv after, and she was so friendly I just had to give up my $5 for her CD. I saw Liv Warfield often after that, I went to shows and I visited her store. I dragged my husband and every friend I knew to see Liv, and when her Prince-approved album The Unexpected came out I bought my copy immediately and I promote her every chance I get. To me, Liv Warfield is better than Beyoncé or Taylor Swift because she is REAL! I met her, I see her often and Liv Warfield is always friendly, so I feel like I know her. I also know others who have provided their stamp of approval from their encounters with Liv. It’s all about relationships.

Your Passion Makes Your Book Come Alive

This doesn’t mean you pass up the opportunity to strategically drop a promotional post in the appropriate sections of a group, and some will encourage this. Just remember that when everyone is selling, few are actually buying. As Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd says, “It takes deep, down passion to make a book come alive… it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction or nonfiction.”

What’s your Passion? Post a quick, blatant promo for your book or service here!

RCarter-EventRochelle Carter is the CEO/ Publisher at Ellechor Media LLC, an award-winning book publishing company. She is the author of The 7-Step Guide To AuthorpreneurshipWrite Success: Inspirational Quotes For The Authorpreneur, and Becoming An Author: Your Quick Start Guide to a Successful Book Launch, three books she put together to help educate and motivate authors based on her experiences with publishing and her own authors.

 

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Is Your Fiction Novel Getting the Attention It Deserves?

Adapted from an article by Marsha Friedman

Many new fiction authors are surprised to discover that 1) They have to work just as hard promoting their book as they did to write it, and 2) Getting media attention for works of fiction is really hard!

Most journalists and talk show hosts just don’t seem interested in fiction. Even when the author has great testimonials from people who’ve read their book. And even when the topic is profoundly compelling.

But you can get great publicity – and that’s not a fictitious tale!

Novelists are among the most under-served groups in terms of needing marketing help. One big problem is that many authors, and even marketers, strive only for publicity that overtly promotes the book, such as reviews, articles describing the plot and characters, and author Q-and-A’s about “why I wrote it.” That’s fine for journalists, show hosts and bloggers who specialize in writing and talking about books, but the rest will tell you, “Buy an ad!”

While the media may not be interested in the books – you can get them interested in the author. They’re always in need of expert sources to address topical news, trends and issues. Authors often do extensive research on a topic, place or character to make their novels more plausible. That becomes an area of expertise.

Their novel may be loosely based on their own experiences: growing up during the Depression, teaching in an urban school, traveling to foreign countries. That certainly makes them qualified to offer opinions on those topics or issues related to them.

Often, the themes in a novel reflect the lessons or morals the author feels are important to share. It may be that redemption is possible for any wrongdoers; that sacrifice brings rewards; that conforming to societal expectations is not necessarily a good thing

These themes underlie daily news stories, as well. Fiction authors can add depth and context to events and issues by identifying the underlying themes and expanding on them.

How will talking about something related to your book provide the publicity you need?

It gives both you and your book exposure. When quoted by journalists or interviewed on a talk show segment, you’re “Pamela Samuels Young, author of Anybody’s Daughter.” Your website address may get printed, repeated on air or flashed on TV screens. You may even get asked a couple questions about your book, in addition to the newsworthy information you provide.

Second, being quoted by traditional media is marketing gold; it’s an implied endorsement of both you and your book. If you’re the person journalists and show hosts are turning to for insight and expertise, they must value what you have to say.

Thanks to the Internet, that publicity is now worth more than ever. Almost every print publication also publishes online, where articles are exposed to even more people and can live indefinitely. Post links to these on your website, as well as links to, or clips of, your radio and TV interviews, and they’ll continue to give that credibility that makes you stand apart.

Yes, for many fiction writers, getting exposure can be daunting. But it’s not impossible!

Consider the areas of expertise you’ve developed that are relevant to your book; be willing to share that expertise, and focus more on exposure than overt book promotion, and a whole new world will open up to you.
And that’s no fantasy.

What kind of media coverage have you been able to get for your Fiction novel? What topics did you focus the discussion on?

 

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Portland Named Among Best Cities for Female Entrepreneurs

NerdWallet considers economic and educational environment for businesswomen

San Francisco, CA (February 19, 2014)NerdWallet, a consumer advocacy website, recently conducted a study to find the best cities for female entrepreneurs in the United States – and Portland is in the top 10.

Since 1997, the number of women-owned businesses has grown by nearly 60 percent. As this number continues to rise, NerdWallet wanted to help aspiring businesswomen by taking a look at the cities where female entrepreneurship is thriving. NerdWallet based its rankings on the following criteria:

  • Businesses per 100 residents
  • Percentage of businesses that are women-owned
  • Median earnings for female full-time workers
  • Percentage of residents ages 25 and older with at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Unemployment rate

NerdWallet ranked Portland as the fifth best city in the country for female entrepreneurs. The city has 11.9 businesses for every 100 residents, 31.9 percent of which are owned by women. Median earnings for full-time female workers in Portland are $41,728.

“Portland is a great place for female entrepreneurs. Of cities listed in the top 10, only Seattle and San Francisco have more businesses per 100 residents than Portland” said NerdWallet analyst Sreekar Jasthi.  “Local organizations such as Portland Female Executives and Women Entrepreneurs of Oregon provide support and mentorship.”

Other cities that made the cut include Minneapolis, Austin, and New York. Read the full study online.

For more information about NerdWallet, visit www.nerdwallet.com.

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Authors to Love | The Business of Writing

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Written Voices Blog has been hosting a unique “Authors to Love” series this week in honor of Valentine’s Day.  All the authors introduced write about the business of writing. Authors such as Michelle Stimpson and Barbara Joe Williams have been featured thus far, with more to come the rest of the week. Today, Rochelle Carter, the CEO and publisher of Ellechor Media LLC, introduces readers to her latest book release The 7-Step Guide to Authorpreneurship.

Click Here for the Exclusive Excerpt!

 

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Rochelle Carter is the CEO/ Publisher at Ellechor Media LLC, a company with three publishing imprints and a bookstore. She is the author of The 7-Step Guide To AuthorpreneurshipWrite Success: Inspirational Quotes For The Authorpreneur, and Becoming An Author: Your Quick Start Guide to a Successful Book Launch, three books she put together to help educate and motivate authors based on her experiences with publishing and her own authors.

 

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3 Things Authors Should Do Before Attending a Book Fair or Writers Conference

3 Things Authors Should Do Before Attending a Book Fair or Writers Conference

So, you’ve published a book and you are ready to let everyone see the fruits of your labor. Maybe someone contacted you, or maybe you just read about an event and you are trying to decide if you should go or not. Whether you are self-published or traditionally published, you are probably footing the cost of this venture on your own and therefore need to consider the pros and cons with a business mind.

Putting aside your personal excitement and friendships, does it really benefit you to put your money into this event? Is there a reasonable gain, either in sales or connections, that you will enjoy when it’s all over? Here are three things every author should do before attending an event that will help you make the right decision and make the most of any event:

1. Evaluate

  • Event Presence. How are they marketing the event? Do they have an official website? Is this their first event? Can you reasonably expect a crowd of 100 or more?
  • Event Schedule. Will it provide industry information you need? Is there opportunity to gain exposure for you and your work? What are the benefits of attending, beyond potential sales?
  • Event Budget. Consider your travel, housing and potential printing fees: Is it cost-effective? Are you required to pay both a registration and a vendor fee?
  • Additional Event Opportunities. Are you able to set up additional events, such as a book signing, a book club event, or a speaking engagement while in the city?

2. Prepare

  • Order copies of your book(s). Make sure you have about 30-50 books to take with you
  • Book any tickets or hotel rooms needed in advance, or as soon as you decide to go. If possible, stay at or within a mile of the event venue. Note that if there is no place to stay close by, you may want to rethink attending.
  • Print marketing collateral. Bookmarks are good, but even better you should have your book and author information on postcard size handouts. These are big enough to contain relevant information and not get lost, and small enough to not be cumbersome for attendees to hold on to. Make sure you have business cards as well, some people may want to connect with you post-event.

3. Promote

  • Let your fans know you are attending! Post it on social media and on your website. Include it in your newsletter if you have one.
  • Run a contest for potential attendees. You can offer a free book or giveaway a relevant item to the first five people to visit your booth/ table
  • Live tweet the event. If you have a twitter account, this is a great way to get people interested in visiting you. Use a hashtag associated with the event, or if there isn’t one create your own! Talk about what’s going on and remind attendees about any other campaigns you are running for attendees. For non-attendees, you can offer something as well for orders placed during the event.

These are just a few things to consider, but hopefully you have been given a few ideas on how to determine whether you should attend an event or not, especially ones that are outside of your local area.

Do you have any other criteria for evaluating potential events? Add them in the comments below!

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Rochelle Carter is the CEO/ Publisher at Ellechor Media LLC, a company with three publishing imprints and a bookstore. She is the author of The 7-Step Guide To AuthorpreneurshipWrite Success: Inspirational Quotes For The Authorpreneur, and Becoming An Author: Your Quick Start Guide to a Successful Book Launch, three books she put together to help educate and motivate authors based on her experiences with publishing and her own authors.

 

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5 Simple Ways to Support the Author You Love

5 Simple Ways to Support the Author You Love

Dear Reader/ Supporter,

Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know you loved my book, or that you love that I’ve written one! I truly appreciate your kind words and promises for support. While hearing these things make me very happy, there are a few tangible things that you can do to really say “I love you!” or even just “I like you, you’re cool.” I hope you will take the time to follow-up on your appreciation for my work, since I can’t be a successful author without support from people like you. Thank you again for your time!

5 Simple Ways to Support An Author

  1. Buy A Copy From Me As A Gift For Friends And Family- It truly is a better payout for me as an author, so if you are able please collect your autographed copy of my book from me directly, or at least directly from my publisher
  2. Write A Review- It does not need to be a very long one, but simply write a few words on what impacted you most about my book. You can then copy and paste your review on other online bookstores. There’s nothing wrong with copying review and using it on other sites, like Amazon, GoodReads, Shelfari, Barnes&Noble.com or CBD.com
  3. Tell A Friend or Family Member– I know you have a friend/ family member or two that also enjoys reading. Why not suggest my book to that friend or family member? Word-of-mouth is the best way to help support an author! The more times a person hears about or sees a book, the greater the chances that they’ll pick it up and read it.
  4. Recommend Me At Your Library– Many libraries have online suggestion forms for new books, so fill one out please! If you frequent the library in person, take a moment to talk to them about your recommendation.
  5. Vote for Me In Free Contests- I am probably paying to enter several book awards where readers are the voters. Please take a moment to click on my post and vote.

And reader, if you have another minute you can also:

  • Click the “Like” Button– Please “Like” my author page on Facebook if I have one, and on my book’s Amazon page (it’s near the top of my book page)
  • Share my Book- It can be on Facebook/ Twitter/ Instagram/ Pinterest, whatever social media you use, with a short note on what you enjoyed about my book
  • Click on the “Tags People Associate With This Product” on Amazon– The more tags and the more clicks, the better a book will come up in search results, so please add the ones you feel are relevant

Sincerely,

Your Ever-Grateful Author

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Rochelle Carter is the CEO/ Publisher at Ellechor Media LLC, a company with three publishing imprints and a bookstore. She is the author of The 7-Step Guide To Authorpreneurship, Write Success: Inspirational Quotes For The Authorpreneur, and Becoming An Author: Your Quick Start Guide to a Successful Book Launch, three books she put together to help educate and motivate authors based on her experiences with publishing and her own authors.

 

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