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Friday, April 01, 2011

Authors Unite! A New Promotional Opportunity for Writers

Today I'm bringing you an article from gossip-blogger Babs Queen - also known as The Coffee Break Queen (see caricature, left!).

Babs is launching a new promotional site for writers called Authors Unite on May 2, 2011.

And - as you'll see - she is offering a special launch deal for any readers of my blog who would like to take this opportunity to generate some extra publicity for their book.

I'll let Babs herself explain...

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Every author needs publicity for their books, and you can never get enough. The more publicity you get, the more books you are likely to sell.

Publicity can be a crap shoot. You spend your money and hope the targeted audience you want will read the information that you provided, but there is rarely a guarantee. You might do well if you can target a mailing list for people that like to read your genre. And you can hope that they will share your information with their friends. But how many of you can target that tight a group? Or is it more likely that you are running press releases that go out into the air waves...

You can start a page on one or more of the social networks, but that takes time to build a following. Is writing and selling your book a hobby, or do you want to make a living at it?

Some of you may have an event at the local book store. That will give you a boost in sales, but then what happens tomorrow? How do you get that flow of income to continue?

Authors Unite is the latest in publicity for authors.

  • Every month, Authors Unite will feature authors in the various genres.
  • Avid readers that want to see what is the latest available ebook for their ereader, in the genre they prefer, will bookmark this site.
  • The featured authors will be linking back to it each month for their own readers and mailing lists.
  • This will give each of the featured authors great publicity.
  • These links will be there for you to use as long or as often as you like.

As readers of Nick’s blog, I have an offer for you. The first 15 authors to contact me and confirm that they want to be featured on the site will get a 50% discount on whichever option they choose. And if your book does not come out until December and that is the month you want to be featured, you will still get that discount if you are one of the first 15 to contact me.

Please email me at authors at coffeebreakqueen dot com. Again, if you are one of the first 15 to send that email, I will give you a 50% discount on the option you choose.

I look forward to working with you,


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Thanks again to Babs for this information, and her kind offer to my readers. I did have a few questions for her, so I have published them below, along with her replies.

ND: Am I correct to assume that Authors Unite is open to both e-book and print book authors, world-wide? And that it is open to both self-publishers and those with conventionally published books?

BQ: Yes, this is open to authors of both e-books and print books world-wide, self-published or conventionally published

ND: Is non-fiction allowed as well as fiction?

BQ: Yes, fiction and non-fiction. I will stay away from erotica/X-rated, though.

ND: Can you give some idea of the charges for authors? Of course, I appreciate that you may not have definite figures right now...

BQ: Actually, the prices are on the web site already: those that are interviewed pay a one-time fee of $40 and those that are only featured pay a one-time fee of $20. Here is a link with the info:

Thanks again to Babs for answering my questions, and for the half-price offer to my blog readers. If you would like to take advantage of the latter, please email her directly at the address above. If you have any other comments or questions for Babs, of course, feel free to post them below.

Authors, Share Your Book with Millions of Readers

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Anonymous Babs said...

Thanks Nick for allowing me to share with your readers! I look forward to working with some of them in the near future.

Authors march to the tune of a creative drummer

3:22 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

No problem! Good luck with Authors Unite.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Deb Ling said...

Hey Nick,

Great post on Authors Unite!

I am fortunate to be one of the featured authors and I am very excited because this is a great deal for those of us looking to get inexpensive publicity!

Deb Ling

10:48 PM  
Blogger Nick said...

Thank you for your comment, Deb.

11:50 AM  

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