Central Chapter Series Author Talks
Members and non-members of Arizona Professional Writers are invited to hear prolific novelist Connie Cockrell, Payson, AZ, tell how she manages to to keep her several series going at the same time.
The meeting will be from 10 a.m-1 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019, at Shepherd of the Hills United Church of Christ, 5524 East Lafayette Blvd., Phoenix, AZ.
A salad lunch will be served, $10. R.S.V.P required: 480-620-1358.
Connie says her life, which includes a 20-year Air Force career, time as a manager at a computer operations company, wife, mother, sister and volunteer, provides a rich background for her story-telling.
Cockrell grew up in upstate NY, just outside of Gloversville, NY before she joined the military at age 18. Having lived in Europe, Great Britain, and several places around the United States, she now lives in Payson, AZ with her husband: hiking, gardening, and playing bunko. She writes about whatever comes into her head so her books could be in any genre. She’s published 20 books so far, has been included in six different anthologies and been published on EveryDayStories.com and FrontierTales.com. Her book, Gold Dreams, won a 2019 new Mexico-Arizona Book Finalist Award.
Connie is always on the lookout for a good story idea. Beware, you may be the next one!
“What’s the right price for your self-published ebook? You’ll probably want to stay in the $2.99 to $5.99 range, new data from Kobo’s Writing Life platform suggests — and stay away from $1.99 if you want to maximize sales.” So starts an article at Gigaom.com.
To maximize your profits, Amazon’s pricing/royalty structure encourages low prices. So, if you are thinking of selling your ebook, this is an article you’ll want to read.
Amazon is going to start bundling books with their ebooks, including some books they’ve had available for years. You’ll be able to get the ebook version of books you buy or have bought between no additional cost to $2.00. Authors will receive royalties on bundled ebooks in the MatchBook program based on the ebook bundled price. Amazon expects it to boost overall sales. The program will launch in October. Read more at Publishers Weekly.
Dan Janal, author of Internet Marketing Confidential, writes about a marketing strategy some authors use , that of giving your eBook away for free. This should generate enough interest that Amazon puts your eBook on the “Hot New FREE Books” list so even more people find out about it. Janal explains this strategy and why it is NOT a good idea in “What They “Forgot” to Tell You about “Give Away Your eBook Free.”
His first point is:
1. You’ve blown all your initial launch goodwill not making money. You’ve given the book away to people who hear you speak and to your true fans on your ezine and blog. Those people are the MOST likely buyers because they know, like and trust you.
He goes on in the article to give additional reasons, but bottom line, this strategy is probably not in your best interest.
A little about Dan Janal: He is considered one of the founding fathers of internet marketing. He has written more than 6 books that have been translated into over 6 languages and has spoken all over the world about internet marketing. His website, prleads.com, can help authors get more interviews and more publicity for their books or eBooks.