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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, 2014.

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, 2014.

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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Beginning and end of everything!

It has finally happened. I knew it would. It destroyed the music industry why wouldn’t the publishing industry be next? What am I talking about? Piracy! My wonderful online writers group has just informed me that almost all of my books are being pirated by “legal” websites. This means that with enough research nearly anyone can download my books for free. This being a relatively new menace, I doubt most people know of these sites but it is only a matter of time before all published books will…See More
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Distractions

Well, here I am again finally having time to post what I’ve been up to. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been busy re-writing my three-book middle-grade sci-fi/fantasy series. This series should be available by the beginning of summer which is perfect timing for the summer reading/vacation season. I’ve also begun to outline a new literary/fantasy/spiritual novel tentatively titled, NEVER BORN. This title accurately describes the gist of the novel. Should be a fun write… if I can get to it. Being a…See More
Apr 3

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Time is flying!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since my last post. When I first started this blog four years ago I made it a point to post writing related articles every other day. And I did for years. Just goes to show how quickly time passes when you’re involved in a project. What project you may ask? As I wrote in my last post I have been working feverishly re-writing my three book middle grade sci/fi series. I wrote the original books nearly fifteen years ago. This series is what landed me…See More
Mar 17

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Writing and writing

 It’s been a few weeks since my last post and I’ve been busy. Finishing THE END TIME and AS IT IS IN HEAVEN this year has drained me a bit of my creativity. Though recently I have been getting ideas for my next project. In the meantime, I have taken on the task of rewriting, re-editing, and reformatting my three book middle-grade sci-fi series (adults will love it, too) that I completed way back in 2003. I plan on re-publishing the books individually and as a box set. Each book has been tweaked…See More
Feb 24

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On Sale Now!

My latest dystopian sci-fi THE END TIME is being featured on Free Kindle Books and Tips. It's on sale today! Please check it out. Combined reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars. In the future there is a device that will show you how and when you will die. Bob Bradly has forty-eight hours to save everyone on the planet. http://wp.me/p2b82w-6C2See More
Feb 12

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Everyone loves results!

It’s Monday morning and my weekend promotional blitz is winding down though I am still selling books. I must say the results of my blitz were quite surprising. Four years ago, when I first started indie publishing my large catalog of titles, I spent a small fortune on advertising on reader-friendly sites like KND and Kindleboards. They were considered the biggies and prices and competition were high. I never got a return on my investment. Yes, I did sell a lot of books, and I did get exposure,…See More
Feb 2

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Blitz day two!

My promotional blitz for my literary suspense books, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN (my newest release) and DROP OUT (my best seller) is now on day two. Today DROP OUT is featured on People Reads  http://www.peoplereads.com/  about half way down the site. The second promotion today is also for DROP OUT. It is with Riffle.com a subscription based site that sends recommended books to readers looking for their types of books. If you subscribe you will…See More
Jan 28

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To pay or not?

Now that my latest book is complete I can focus my energies on marketing and promotion. In the coming days my books are going to be featured on numerous websites, blogs, and book listings. I’ve taken out paid promotional spots on some of the top reader’s sites. I’m curious to see how this affects sales. In the past I have not been a big proponent of paying websites to advertise my books. I was relying mostly on my own developed platform and word-of-mouth. This worked for a number of years and…See More
Jan 26

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It's Here!!

I’m very proud to announce the release of my follow up to my Amazon best seller, DROP OUT. AS IT IS IN HEAVEN (Literary philosophical thriller) is now available worldwide. Get you copy today! Thank you.~~~ End of life is only the beginning.  Collin Weaver has died in a horrible car crash. A beautiful woman named Heaven appears at the wreck like an angel of mercy but Heaven is no angel. Transporting Collin into anonymous lives, he embarks on a harrowing journey to observe the final moments of…See More
Jan 15

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To my friends.

Below is the link to my blog where the first chapter to my latest, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN is up for review. The genre is literary and the sub genre is both suspense and inspirational; though I am not a religious person one bit. Thank you all so much for the support over the years. Happy Holidays!! http://www.neilostroff.blogspot.comSee More
Dec 29, 2014

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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
Dec 15, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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.

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Beginning and end of everything!

It has finally happened. I knew it would. It destroyed the music industry why wouldn’t the publishing industry be next? What am I talking about? Piracy!

 

My wonderful online writers group has just informed me that almost all of my books are being pirated by “legal” websites. This means that with enough research nearly anyone can download my books for free. This being a relatively new menace, I doubt most people know of these sites but it is only a matter of time before all…

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Posted on April 16, 2015 at 4:16pm

Distractions

Well, here I am again finally having time to post what I’ve been up to. As I’ve mentioned before I’ve been busy re-writing my three-book middle-grade sci-fi/fantasy series. This series should be available by the beginning of summer which is perfect timing for the summer reading/vacation season. I’ve also begun to outline a new literary/fantasy/spiritual novel tentatively titled, NEVER BORN. This title accurately describes the gist of the novel. Should be a fun write… if I can get to…

Continue

Posted on April 3, 2015 at 1:49pm

Time is flying!

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since my last post. When I first started this blog four years ago I made it a point to post writing related articles every other day. And I did for years. Just goes to show how quickly time passes when you’re involved in a project.

 

What project you may ask?

 

As I wrote in my last post I have been working feverishly re-writing my three book middle grade sci/fi series. I wrote the original books nearly fifteen years…

Continue

Posted on March 17, 2015 at 3:39pm

Writing and writing

 

It’s been a few weeks since my last post and I’ve been busy. Finishing THE END TIME and AS IT IS IN HEAVEN this year has drained me a bit of my creativity. Though recently I have been getting ideas for my next project.

 

In the meantime, I have taken on the task of rewriting, re-editing, and reformatting my three book middle-grade sci-fi series (adults will love it, too) that I completed way back in 2003. I plan on re-publishing the books individually and as a box set.…

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Posted on February 24, 2015 at 2:52pm

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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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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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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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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,
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Pauline L. Hawkins
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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
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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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