Archive for September, 2011

You’ve got your killer read on Amazon, but what can you do to keep your momentum in sales and exposure up?  Two ways…tagging and liking.  Brief descriptions and pointers for each:

TAGGING

Tags are those words or phrases that are about halfway down your book’s Amazon page.  You want tags that pertain to your book, so when people search for, say, “romance,” your romance novel pops up as an option in that category.  Naturally, the more people you have agreeing with your tags, the higher likelihood your book will pop up when the tags are searched!

     Pointer #1

You can tag your own book–15 times.  Absolutely do this.  Plus, the tags you chose are likely to be the first tags visible, without clicking on the “See all ____ tags” link.  Thus, they will be your most important tags, as they will get the most votes.

    Pointer #2

When you’re helping other authors out, click on the “See all ____ tags” link to vote on all tags.

     Pointer #3

Same as with liking, voting on tags for a paperback version of a book does not transfer over to votes on tags for the kindle version of the book.  Gotta take the time to write tags for both, and vote on both!

LIKING

We all know what liking is (thank you very much Facebook!) There are a few places to look for liking on Amazon, and one thing you can’t do, as far as I know!

     Pointer #1

If you only have a US Amazon account, as far as I know, you can’t like books in UK or other regions.  Vice versa.

     Pointer #2

If there are paperback and kindle versions of the same book, liking one does not mean you like the other.  In other words, you have to go to the webpage for each version, and click the like button.

     Pointer #3

You can like the author’s Amazon page!  Just click on the link to the page, and then the like button is in the top right area of that page.

These are just some quick thoughts/pointers regarding liking and tagging on Amazon, and are especially meant to help as the #AmazonLikes hashtag on Twitter continues to grow in usage.  If YOU have any of your own pointers, let me know and I’ll add them here while giving you credit.  Take care and best of luck with your book!

Fullerton PD are under fire right now.  http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/09/16/california.fullerton.police.brutality/index.html?eref=rss_topstories&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+rss%2Fcnn_topstories+%28RSS%3A+Top+Stories%29

First book was loosely based on various incidents of police brutality.  I’ve gotten the question a few times, “Do these things actually happen?”  And, even declarations that these incidents don’t happen.  While we could wish the latter were true, it isn’t reality.  I’m consistently tuned into or referred to stories about incidents of police brutality.  Gonna start posting links to them on this blog, under the topic “Police Brutality.”

Very helpful article by Sandra Beckwith on PR for your work of fiction.  Naturally, they will work for non-fiction as well :)

http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/2011/09/7-proven-techniques-for-promoting-fiction-.html

Great, inspirational article on how to jump-start sales.  http://www.molly-greene.com/how-to-sell-100-books-a-day/