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Is marketing worth it?
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I’ve been reading a lot of threads and forums lately dealing with the topic of marketing your book. It seems there are a lot of “newbies” out there in this relatively virgin explosion of indie…Continue

Tags: middle, grade, young, adult, ebooks

Started this discussion. Last reply by Theresa M. Moore Jun 13.

The miracle way to sell more books
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After breaking contract with a prominent NY literary agency nearly four years ago to pursue the ebook/indie publishing revolution I can now confidently say I know what it takes to sell books. This…Continue

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Bearing the writing soul
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In the nearly three years that my blog ALWAYS WRITING  http://www.neilostroff.blogspot.com  has been active, I’ve seen my following grow and my hit…Continue

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Will people still read?
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I watched a television special the other morning highlighting the electronics show in Las Vegas and what new products are being launched this year. Some of them were absolutely amazing, like glasses…Continue

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Birth of a Book

Finishing a new book is like giving birth to a child (yeah, I know this analogy has been done to death). And as I finish my latest, I’m feeling especially proud of my newest child. Not only for the accomplishment of finishing my twelfth book but because it is exactly the book (and baby) that I wanted to write. What do I mean by this? Since I indie published my first book in 2011, I’m been slowly catering my plots and stories to what I want to write and not the stories I think will sell the most…See More
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The Final Read

Sitting down for the final full read of my latest book AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am reminded of the events leading to this point. Although the book is not as long as I envisioned (only @ 20,000 words) the novella has communicated the story I wished to express. It is complete. I wrote the first sentence to this novella on April 12th 2014. I wrote what I consider to be the last completed scene on December 1st 2014. This is an usually long time for me to write a novella, but the intensity of the…See More
Dec 2

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State of Writing Today!

As I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest novella, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am also getting ready to spend the winter months holed up and marketing my other twelve books. I do this intensive marketing every year around this time because the cold weather keeps me inside and guilt free. I’ve been reading a lot of writer’s forums lately and there seems to be a bit of pessimism in the air regarding the state of indie publishing and publishing in general. Mark Coker CEO of Smashwords just came…See More
Nov 23

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Winter Reads!

Is it cold where you are? Is air carrying a bit of a chill? How about getting a little chillier with a good book? FROSTPROOF is available free for one more day on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083WSXL0 In the mood for a little more chill. DEGENERATES is also free until tomorrow on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007FFN5LY Completely snowed in? Hello Buffalo! My four-book Omnibus of…See More
Nov 20

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Emotion, emotion!

          Being a writer means experiencing dizzying highs and terrifying lows as a novel transforms from mere idea bubbling in the brain into reality on the page. There are times when you believe that everything you’ve written is total crap and there are times when a character reveals something or does something that you hadn’t expected and you find yourself on this emotional high.           Emotions can swing greatly from one day to the next (sometimes hourly). Today is a good day however,…See More
Nov 12

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Results!!

A few days have passed since my Kindle Books and Tips promotion for DROP OUT  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FX0K7U  has finished and I must say the results weren’t that bad. Though I have said in the past that I don’t believe paid promotion on websites has a return on investment and are good for exposure purposes only, this one seems to have paid out. DROP OUT sold several dozen more copies on that day than it usually does so I must attribute…See More
Oct 20

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Promotion!!

Wanted to announce that DROP OUT is being featured today on Kindle Books and Tips!  What would you do if you knew your life was ending? http://wp.me/p2b82w-69U Please check it out. Much appreciated.See More
Oct 16

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Winter writing

Woke up this morning to the first frost of the year. It’s winter writing time. I always look forward to the cold and snow and the isolation they bring. Though I do enjoy the sun, swimming, and warmth of summer it is not my best season for being creative. I found there’s nothing more stimulating than punching out a story while a snowstorm rages outside. Winter is also the time when I do my best and most prolific marketing and promotion of my books. It’s always hard to spend hours plugging…See More
Oct 6

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I just want to write!

If you follow my blog you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been posting about many promotions these days. Except for a few websites that have posted my books without informing me first, I haven’t been too visible for a while. Here’s why. I’ve been writing ferociously for the last 35 out of my 45 years on this planet. Yep, that officially makes me a middle-aged man. You learn a lot about yourself and your needs and what makes you happiest as you get older. Things become clearer and sharper…See More
Sep 25

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Great reviews!

I’m involved in a review program with Choosy Bookworm.com where DROP OUT was sent to @35 top Amazon reviewers who post their reviews on a number of websites reaching a huge audience. So far, so good. Here are just a few of the headers. Check out the rest at –http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FX0K7UThanks.5.0 out of 5 stars BELIEVE!!! Amazing!!, August 25, 2014By deb B…See More
Aug 27

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Interesting Week!

It’s been an interesting week for me and my books. First, I’m involved in a review program with Choosy Bookworm.com. So far nearly thirty copies of DROP OUT and about ten copies of THE END TIME have been sent to anonymous reviews who promise to post an honest review on Amazon and Goodreads in exchange for a free copy of the book. The reviews are just now coming in and all I can say is “Wow”. It’s nice to know that and read how much people like the stories. Check out the new 5-stars for…See More
Aug 21

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FREE TODAY!!

Here’s your chance to sample one of my thrillers… FREE! One week.Two thousand miles.A crazed serial killer.A trip into madness! FROSTPROOFOn a winter night in 2009, Niles Goodman risked his life to try and save a woman and her newborn infant from a terrible car accident. The injuries he sustained left him unable to work and the financial strain is taking a heavy toll on his marriage. Enter Cody Larson and the promise of 1.5 million dollars if Niles chauffeurs him to Seattle to retrieve a dead…See More
Aug 12

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Getting it done!

Okay, so I’ve unpublished all my books except two from Smashwords to concentrate on working promotions with Amazon and have been busy getting my stuff out there. Joining Kindle Unlimited and KDP Select is a risk and it does put small limits on my sales outlets but I still think it is the right move at the right time in book publishing today. Here’s what I’ve got coming up in the next 30 days. On August 18 – 25 both my five-book and four-book Omnibuses will be on Kindle countdown…See More
Aug 5

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Define Novel Length

After almost a solid month of plotting, characterization, pacing, and creating setting, I finally wrote the last sentence to my new novel before I start the revision process. Feeling elated I sat back in my office desk chair and beamed, enjoying the pleasurable sensations of finishing this stage of the project. Then suddenly, I was stricken with horror. I had written the story to completion. There was nothing more I could say or add to the story. It was done in my mind.  But… it is only 16,000…See More
Jul 28

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Amazon Prime is changing everything!

I’m sure if you’re a reader or author you’ve heard about Amazon’s new prime membership for books. For a monthly fee a reader can now purchase an unlimited amount of ebooks for as long as they remain members. I’ve done a bit of research and here’s what I’ve discovered. Although Amazon Prime does sound ominous to the author when it comes to royalty payments it actually does have some pretty fantastic perks. For one, an author will no longer see that dreaded return unit in their monthly sales…See More
Jul 21

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Big Feature Today!

I’m happy to announce that DROP OUT is being featured today on Great Books Great Deals. It is priced at $0.99.http://www.greatbooksgreatdeals.com/ Please take a look. You won’t regret it. Thank you.Neil D. OstroffAmazon Bestselling AuthorSee More
Jul 16

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About Me:
Raised in a rural town outside of Philadelphia, Neil D. Ostroff has been a published author of dark, noir thrillers, romance thrillers, and middle grade sci/fi and paranormal novels for more than twenty years. He is an avid poker player when not working on his novels. Neil also enjoys fishing, hiking, and all things outdoors. He's been interviewed in such publications as PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE, THE PHILADELPHIA INTELLIGENCER, TIMES PUBLISHING, and THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER.

To learn more about him and his books, please check out his blog: ALWAYS WRITING
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Birth of a Book

Finishing a new book is like giving birth to a child (yeah, I know this analogy has been done to death). And as I finish my latest, I’m feeling especially proud of my newest child. Not only for the accomplishment of finishing my twelfth book but because it is exactly the book (and baby) that I wanted to write.

 

What do I mean by this? Since I indie published my first book in 2011, I’m been slowly catering my plots and stories to what I want to write and not the stories I think…

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Posted on December 15, 2014 at 2:21pm

The Final Read

Sitting down for the final full read of my latest book AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am reminded of the events leading to this point. Although the book is not as long as I envisioned (only @ 20,000 words) the novella has communicated the story I wished to express. It is complete.

 

I wrote the first sentence to this novella on April 12th 2014. I wrote what I consider to be the last completed scene on December 1st 2014. This is an usually long time for me to write…

Continue

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 2:18pm

State of Writing Today!

As I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest novella, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN, I am also getting ready to spend the winter months holed up and marketing my other twelve books. I do this intensive marketing every year around this time because the cold weather keeps me inside and guilt free.

 

I’ve been reading a lot of writer’s forums lately and there seems to be a bit of pessimism in the air regarding the state of indie publishing and publishing in general. Mark Coker CEO of…

Continue

Posted on November 23, 2014 at 3:30pm

Winter Reads!

Is it cold where you are? Is air carrying a bit of a chill? How about getting a little chillier with a good book? FROSTPROOF is available free for one more day on Amazon.

 

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0083WSXL0

 

In the mood for a little more chill. DEGENERATES is also free until tomorrow on Amazon.

 …

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Posted on November 20, 2014 at 12:04pm

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At 7:41pm on August 14, 2013,
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Good to read Yrs.

Blessed Be¡

At 10:52pm on December 23, 2012, Anastasia & Demitra said…

Hey!

Ana & Demi, here. Sorry to be a bother, but we just wanted to let you know that we have a giveaway going on at our blog. You could win any December book release, within the Young Adult (YA) or New Adult (NA) genre. If you'd like to join, just click here.

Thanks a bunch!
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At 8:48pm on December 16, 2012,
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Kacii Epicness
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Hey! I noticed you were a member of the group Follow Mine, I'll Follow Yours.

I was hoping we could do a follow swap.I follow your blog and you follow mine.

If you would like to do this, comment on my page and leave your blog link there.

Here's mine: http://thekookybookworm.blogspot.com/

At 5:00am on October 25, 2012,
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Sally
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You are invited to join my group: Social Network !

  

At 10:51pm on September 30, 2012,
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IronFist
said…

Hey Neil. I'm new follower of your blog and added you on twitter. Whenever time allows you visit http://iron2112fist.blogspot.com/ and if you find it interesting follow me back.

Thanks. IF

At 5:19pm on September 7, 2012,
Author
Pauline L. Hawkins
said…

Neil,

I am following your blog. My blog is at http://paulinelhawkins.com. Thanks.

Pauline

At 6:02am on September 3, 2012,
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Sally
said…

Hey there..! :)

I am new here..! I just stumbled upon your profile..! 

 I would really appreciate it if you'd follow my blog @ http://readingwithanacrasia.blogspot.in

P.S: Please do leave a link to your blog so I can follow you back :)

thanks <3

At 6:01pm on August 28, 2012, Leeann A said…

Hi! I'm a new follower to your blog. It would be great if you could follow mine back!

http://www.passionforpages.blogspot.ca/

Thanks!

Leeann

 
 
 

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