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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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Started this discussion. Last reply by Lisa Orchard Jul 5.

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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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
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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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Being a writer

Writer’s are transport machines. We put words on the page and transport reader’s minds to other places and times. But at what cost to a writer’s psyche? A great author once said that being a writer is like having to do homework every day for the rest of your life. There is always something to do; editing, rewriting, better setting details, characterization, etc. Not a day goes by that I don’t spend time working on one of my books or upcoming projects. Tens of thousands of hours spent plotting,…See More
Jul 15

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Stand out!

It never fails to amaze me how we have become such an instant society, a society in which entertainment, whether television, movies, or books can be had at the ready with the press of a button almost anywhere in the world and at any time. As a writer, you must have a constant presence in order to stand out among all the clutter. I have been on vacation for the last few days and have not written any new posts to my groups or made my presence known on the internet. You would think that such a…See More
Jul 10

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The marketing secret!

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 “newbie authors” out there in this relatively virgin explosion of indie publishing and many can’t understand why their book isn’t selling. When asked if they market and promote their books most do say yes, but often complain of the time it takes in a world where we all have limited time.  Well, here’s a hard truth. To be a successful indie author you have to market…See More
Jul 7

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Five Books!

That’s right! Get a summer’s worth of sci-fi/fantasy and adventure for one low price! Let your imagination run wild!http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L0K5FWW AFTER - On the day we’re born we’re destined to die. But what lies after? For fifteen–year-old Nick Murray, death is only the beginning. His entire human life has been an illusion in preparation for the epic role his soul will play in the destiny of the universe. DREAM TRAVELER - 300,000 years…See More
Jul 3

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Origins of a novel

Thanks to everyone who purchased DROP OUT, the book continues to affect lives. For those of you who don’t know the origins of the story and its message, I thought I’d share a portion of a biography interview I did when the book was published. Then please decide if it is right for you. I’ve been a thriller, sci-fi writer for more than twenty years and over that span of time my books garnered the attention of numerous literary agents and publishers. In 2005, I signed with a major literary agent…See More
Jun 30

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Reviews are personal

             Touching again on the subject of unpaid reviews from unknown readers, I would like to point out just how personal taste is reflected in each review. I’m not going to mention the 23 – five star reviews I’ve gotten for DROP OUT, http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005FX0K7U but mention quotes from the two worst reviews I’ve received. Why focus on the worst? Because they are perfect examples of opinion and preference. The first quote is from a…See More
Jun 23

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Good things come…

          Nobody said it was going to be easy making a living as a writer. Nobody said it was always going to be fun. Nobody promised me that after spending twenty-plus years holed up in my office writing novels that anyone would ever read them. Nobody promised me anything would ever come of my writing, and yet I still do it.            Day after day, year after year, I sit in front of this keyboard and tap out characters and worlds. I’ve been to other planets, experienced other dimensions,…See More
Jun 9

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Reviews for sale!

I’ve touched on this subject many times but it warrants repeating. Never pay someone to read and review one of your books. Paid reviewers give glowing reports on the books they read even if the books are terrible. Why? Because they want your repeat business. Would you pay someone a second time if they gave your book a bad review the first time? Of course not!  Fake reviews are one of the main reasons why indie books have been getting a bad rap. For sometimes enormous fees an author can get…See More
May 28

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Writing withdrawal

 I recently completed and published my tenth book. It took nearly fourteen months working at my computer from three to five hours a day. Seeing the book for sale worldwide is both exhilarating and relieving. I had planned to finish it while on my recent vacation but since I completed it a month ahead of schedule I found myself on vacation with nothing to write. This has never happened before. I’ve always had a project that I could tweak while sitting on a dock or with my feet in the ocean. I…See More
May 22

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Is marketing worth it?

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 publishing and many can’t understand why their books aren’t selling. When asked if these new authors market and promote their books most say yes, but complain that they have limited time for the endeavor, maybe a few hours a week.  These authors wonder why they have little or no sales. Well, here’s a hard…See More
May 11

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Getting sales

When it comes to marketing and promoting your book nothing beats grassroots marketing and word-of-mouth promotion. That said, I’ve joined an exciting new online writers group devoted to paying it forward through various methods of promotion, including tweets, Facebook, and word-of-mouth promotion. Getting noticed above the massive flood of new books is hard, but the task becomes easier when authors help each other. That’s what this group is all about. Please take a moment to check out my…See More
May 9

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Neil D Ostroff posted a discussion

Is marketing worth it?

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 publishing and many can’t understand why their books aren’t selling. When asked if these new authors market and promote their books most say yes, but complain that they have limited time for the endeavor, maybe a few hours a week.  These authors wonder why they have little or no sales. Well, here’s a hard…See More
May 7

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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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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…

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Posted on July 28, 2014 at 3:18pm

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…

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Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:56pm

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. Ostroff

Amazon Bestselling Author

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 3:22pm

Being a writer

Writer’s are transport machines. We put words on the page and transport reader’s minds to other places and times. But at what cost to a writer’s psyche?

 

A great author once said that being a writer is like having to do homework every day for the rest of your life. There is always something to do; editing, rewriting, better setting details, characterization, etc. Not a day goes by that I don’t spend time working on one of my books or upcoming projects. Tens of thousands of…

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At 11:30am on July 6, 2014,
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Please come promote your book(s) at the Cafe: http://coldcoffeecafe.com/

At 7:41pm on August 14, 2013,
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At 12:42am on January 21, 2013,
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Daniel de Culla
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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.

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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
said…

You are invited to join my group: Social Network !

  

At 6:17pm on October 4, 2012,
Author
Leti Del Mar
said…

As a brand new indie author, i enjoyed looking at your blog.  I'm now following!  take a look at mine and if you like what you see, follow back.

Leti

www.wordswithletidelmar.blogspot.com

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

 
 
 

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