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Three Tips to Boost Sales: Editor's Notes #165
May 15, 2014

The free-lance writer is a man who is paid per piece or per word or perhaps.
--Robert Benchley

In this issue:

1. Three tips for self-publishers
2. Tickled my funnybone
3. Interesting Web site
4. Letters to the editor

1. Three tips for self-publishers to boost sales
These three tips for self-publishers will boost sales.

Get endorsements
When your book is in its final editing, and before the printing is done, contact those with clout in your genre for an endorsement. You don't need a full review. A sentence or even a phrase from someone others respect holds weight.

Of course, it helps if you know the person you are asking for an endorsement, but do ask those you don't yet know. The worst they can do is turn you down.

Ask for the sale
Place an order form in the back of your book that allows someone who enjoyed your book to order additional copies. Include the cost and how to contact you.

Enter contests
There are contests strictly for self-publishers. But don't stop there. Terry Fallis entered his self-published novel, The Best Laid Plans, in the Stephen Leacock contest for humour, won, and changed his life.


2.Tickled my funnybone
Recipe typo: Or make a mound of rice in each owl and spoon the soup around it.


3. Interesting Web site
Visit Terry Fallis's Web site to learn from the master.


4. Letters to the editor
I wanted to give you some resources:

Scrivener - it's $40 per platform, but it works amazingly well. It has a better tutorial than Celtx & free blogs that teach you all the tips and tricks. I love it... $10 ONCE - any platform. (Copy and paste URL into your browser)
Write or die works to keep you from distractions. You have complete control over time/word count, and it will actually start un-writing your creation if you don't meet your goals. Once you meet your goal, it allows you to save the text. But you can't get to facebook or your email till you meet your goal. I suggest turning off the phone till you meet it, too. I set it for anywhere between 250-500 words, and as long as I don't stop typing for more than 30 seconds, all is well. If I do stop, the screen begins to turn pink, then red, and characters begin to disappear... Ominous, right? But it keeps me writing till I meet my goal, and then I have a paragraph or two to add to my manuscript. Used with prompts, it can get me through a block, just writing ANYTHING is helpful, then!

Just wanted to share...
Morgen Marshall

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