Authors & Speakers Network Blog with Larry James

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

How to Promote Your Book on Amazon

Filed under: Amazon.com,Author Tips,Guest Author Articles — Larry James @ 8:00 am
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Andy Baldwin, Bookstand Publishing, Guest Author

Amazon.com is the largest bookstore in the world. In addition, they are also one of the largest online book communities in the world. Once your book is listed on Amazon, there are numerous actions you can take to increase your sales there. Here are some of the basic steps you should take to help promote your book on Amazon:

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Set Up an Amazon Account. If you have ever bought something from Amazon (www.amazon.com), you already have an online account. If you don’t already have an account, buy something from Amazon and set up your account. You cannot promote your book on Amazon unless you have an account.

Set Up an Author Profile: Go to www.amazon.com/gp/pdp and set up your Profile Page. Please be sure to include an author picture and a brief biography that includes your published books.

Post a “Listmania”: Your Listmania should be a list of books similar to yours, and should include your book as well. For example, if you’ve written a book on white water river rafting, you should create a Listmania of your favorite white water river rafting books, being sure to include your own book on the list. This will allow customers who have already read the other white water river rafting books to become aware of your book. You can add a Listmania here: www.amazon.com/gp/richpub/listmania/createpipeline.

Write Reviews: You may want to consider writing reviews for other books similar to yours on Amazon.com. Always write meaningful reviews. Conclude each review with your name and the words, “Author of ________ (your book’s title).”

While Amazon is the largest online bookstore, many other online stores also offer a variety of similar online services for authors. Barnesandnoble.com, for example, also offers an Author Profile page and opportunities to post reviews. The more of these online “bookstore communities” you can participate in, the better.

BONUS Article: Answers About Amazon.com

Copyright 2012 by Andy Baldwin. Bookstand Publishing is a full-service self-publishing company that has been helping authors self-publish using print-on-demand technology since 1996. Bookstand Publishing (formerly eBookstand) has been providing the tools to authors so they can publish and market their books at very affordable rates. They take your manuscript and transform it into a professionally published book. You are in control of the process and approve your book and your cover before anything goes to print. Your final book will look exactly like you want it. Visit their Website!

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Paper Rater – A Powerful Online Proofreader for Authors

Filed under: Author Tips — Larry James @ 8:00 am

If you are a writer, you need to know about PaperRater.com. It’s is a FREE resource, developed and maintained by linguistics professionals and graduate students. PaperRater.com is used by schools and universities in over 46 countries to help students improve their writing.

screen-bgPaperRater.com combines the power of natural language processing (NLP), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, information retrieval (IR), computational linguistics, data mining, and advanced pattern matching (APM). They offer the most powerful writing tools available on the internet today.

Paper Rater offers three tools (each a sum of their parts): Grammar Checking, Plagiarism Detection and Writing Suggestions.

To make use of these tools, click “Use Now for Free” and scroll down on the new page. There, you will be able to copy/paste your title, your writing, the works you cited (which I guess is only of importance for students… like me? Unless you’re working on a non-fiction piece of course), select your education level, the type of paper you’re submitting (options are essay, email, research paper, short story, and many others) and you can select the “originality detection”, which is slower but I suggest you select “include” it because it offers some interesting insights. Then, you can select “get report”.

It may take some time to load. Then, you’ll be sent to a new page where you’ll be offered insights on a few points. If your score on one or more of these points is low, it’ll suggest some ways to improve your paper. If it’s high, you can gloat and be proud!

The Vocab Builder – In case you got a less than good score on Vocabulary Words, it’ll offer you the Vocab Builder, which is another tool that Paper Rater offers. I’ve found that, even if you do get a high score on Vocabulary Words, this is a great way to practice your vocab. Not only will it just randomly offer your words and a few synonyms, it will also offer you some examples of how the word is used in a sentence. Pretty neat, if you’d ask me.

Let Paper Rater assist you in your proofreading!

They also feature an Online Proof Reader.

Larry’s Note: A special “thank you!” to Manon Eileen for calling these writing tools to my attention!

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Copyright © 2012 – Larry James. Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Monday, May 14, 2012

22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue

Filed under: Author Tips,Writers Block — Larry James @ 7:00 am

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BONUS Article: Scribble, Scribble… Write, Write!

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Add Larry James as a “friend” to your Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/larry.james
Follow Larry’s “once daily” Relationship Tweet at: http://www.Twitter.com/larryjames
Follow Larry’s “Relationships” BLOG at: http://CelebrateLove.wordpress.com
Follow Larry’s “Networking” BLOG at: http://NetworkingHQ.wordpress.com
Follow Larry’s “Weddings” BLOG at: http://CelebrateIntimateWeddings.wordpress.com

Saturday, May 5, 2012

How to Avoid “Wardrobe Malfunctions” and Other Live TV “Oops!”

Marsha Friedman, Guest Author

It’s bad enough when you stick your foot in your mouth at a dinner party or walk out of the office bathroom with the back of your dress tucked into your underwear (no that wasn’t me, thank goodness). It’s a whole lot worse when your red-faced moment is beamed to thousands – or millions – of television viewers.

janetJacksonOPPSI’m sure Janet Jackson never intended to bust out of her bustierre during the Super Bowl halftime show in 2004. Talk about a shot heard ‘round the world! More recently, President Obama demonstrated that even the leader of the free world is not immune from the live slip-up when he was caught on a hot mic asking Russian President Medvedev to wait until after he’s re-elected to talk missiles.

Less memorable – but preserved on the Internet for all the world to share – are the TV anchors and show hosts who forget the cameras are rolling, drop four-letter words or explode in giggles.

You can avoid the “oops,” though, by keeping these don’ts in mind:

Don’t look at the monitor: The first thing you’ll notice when you take a seat on the TV set are monitors showing all the camera angles, cameramen (or robots!) rolling the cameras to different positions and producers darting around the set. Forget them. Look at the person interviewing you, as if the two of you were at your kitchen table having a cup of coffee.

Don’t let a stumble stop the interview. Most interviews are either live or “live to tape,” meaning they’re taped but not edited. In either case, whatever happens during the interview, mistakes and all, is what they run. If you stumble over your words, cough or accidentally spit out the gum in your mouth (which, by the way, you should have spit out before the interview), you just have to smile and keep going. In most cases, you’ll get just one take. don’t stop and say “Cut, can we do this again please?” because that is what will air.

tv3-2Don’t do your “elevator pitch.” Pay close attention to the host’s questions, so you can answer them directly; don’t go into your stock pitch right off the bat! That will annoy almost any host and prompt them to repeat the question, which will make you look a bit foolish. If you’re concerned about getting a question for which you’re unprepared, try to talk to the producer in advance about what you’ll be asked. If the producer is vague, or doesn’t give you the exact questions, prepare the best you can. If you don’t know the answer to a question, be honest and tell the host, “I don’t know because it’s not my area of expertise.” Don’t wait for the host to respond; instead, immediately move on to your talking points.

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Larry James with Barbara Walters on “The View”

Don’t distract with movements. A news segment is not “Dancing with the Stars,” so don’t wiggle around while you’re being interviewed. If you naturally gesture when you talk, then gesture, but be conscious of it. Sweeping hand gestures are distracting. If you’re standing during the interview, try to stand still. Place your feet at shoulder width for good balance. Bobbing, weaving, pacing or other nervous movements are distracting. Moreover, if you’re sitting, don’t bounce your knee – we can get away with it in meetings when we’re sitting around a table, but there’s no table on TV and the camera will pick it up. Remember, being stationary and relaxed will help you exude confidence on camera.

Don’t wear clothing that may slip to reveal undergarments – or more. Janet Jackson had help from Justin Timberlake during her wardrobe malfunction, but believe me, it can happen all by itself! Don’t wear clothes that you know have a tendency to slip, slide or bunch up.

The main “don’t,” however, is don’t try to perform. Be yourself and represent your book, product or company professionally. Allow the expert in you to rise to the surface.

Take it from me – you’ll receive few opportunities as valuable to your marketing as a TV appearance, so it’s important to be a success. If you ace your interview, not only are you more likely to be invited back, but when other TV producers Google you, they’ll find that clip of your informative and entertaining guest spot and be interested in getting you on their own show.

BONUS Article: Can You Survive the Emotional Crash of an Affair? (Larry James on TV Channel 3, Phoenix)
Want to Make Sure the TV Cameras Love You?

Marsha-with-Signature Copyright 2012 by Marsha Friedman. Reprinted with permission. Marsha Friedman launched EMS Incorporated in 1990. Her firm represents corporations and experts in a wide array of fields such as business, health, food, lifestyle, politics, finance, law, sports and entertainment. She consults individuals and businesses on a daily basis and is frequently asked to speak at conferences about how to harness the power of publicity. Outside of the office, she is also the founder of a non-profit organization called the Cherish the Children Foundation. In 1996 the White House recognized her charity which sets out to raise awareness of the plight of underprivileged and foster children. Visit Marsha’s Website!

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Larry James is a professional speaker and the author of three relationship books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” His newest book is “Ten Commitments of Networking.” Larry James also offers “Author & Speaker” coaching. Contact: AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. CelebrateLove@cox.net – More than 110 articles especially for Authors & Speakers at: www.AuthorsandSpeakersNetwork.com

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

NOTE: All articles and “LoveNotes” listed in this BLOG – written by Larry James – are available for reprint in magazines, periodicals, newsletters, newspapers, eZINEs, on the Internet or on your own Website. Click here for details.

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Add Larry James as a “friend” to your Facebook page: http://www.Facebook.com/larry.james
Follow Larry’s “once daily” Relationship Tweet at: http://www.Twitter.com/larryjames
Follow Larry’s “Relationships” BLOG at: http://CelebrateLove.wordpress.com
Follow Larry’s “Networking” BLOG at: http://NetworkingHQ.wordpress.com
Follow Larry’s “Weddings” BLOG at: http://CelebrateIntimateWeddings.wordpress.com

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