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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Over Ten Thousand Page Views and Counting

The first thing I have to say today is THANK YOU! I have hit my first mile marker with Church of Christ Women Authors Blog. Today this blog has exceeded 10,000 page views! It is because of you the authors and you the readers that this blog is becoming a success, and truly from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

If you've just located the Church of Christ Women Authors Blog you may not know that this blog started July 15, 2015. I had already started the page and group Church of Christ Women Authors on Facebook, when someone suggested we have a catalog of books.

Well, I had no funds to make a catalog, but I knew I wanted to keep on helping all church of Christ women authors succeed, so I clicked on Blogger, created the blog, and I guess the rest is history. In the last couple of months this blog has become my baby, and I am so excited to watch it grow.

So, with that said, if you are a women author who is a member of the church of Christ, let me know and I will do a blog post about you and a link to your books. Also, keep an eye open for new authors and new books, as well as writing tips, articles and book sales.

Thanks again, and I am so happy to be able to talk to you every day through this blog!


THANK YOU!!!






Best Places to Buy Material for Ladies Class, Devotionals and Bible Class


It was brought to my attention that there are many people who don't know where to buy good sound Bible material. It's really no surprise, because wading through the plethora of Bible class materials can be tricky.

Many people turn to local bookstores, or Christian books stores and hope to find material that is usable. Thankfully, there are better options. After all, it's always better to use material written by a faithful Christian than material written for a generic religious purpose.

The following is a small listing of places to purchase good Bible material (Some of the sites have free material). As always, search the scriptures to make sure the teachings are accurate! I know there are many more, and I will update the list periodically.

Apologetics Press
Christian Courier
Colley House
Gospel Advocate
Hopkins Publishing
Pryor Convictions Media
Publishing Designs
Winkler Publications
Psallo Publications


Thanks for reading!



Why You Should Use Kindle Free Promotions and Monetize Your Blog


Greetings authors, and reading enthusiasts! In the last  month I've written several times about the importance of using social media to enhance your books sales. Most of us writers would much rather be writing than marketing, but if we want to make a living as an author, we have to do both.

We have to learn how to drive traffic to our books. If people don't know they're there they won't be bought. We also need to teach our friends and family the importance of rating books on Amazon, and we must become book raters for our author friends.


A couple of things I don't think I've touched on are also important and really crucial for driving traffic to your books and making a little extra coin.

Amazon Kindle Free Promotions

Notice the book above it's free today through the 10th!

If you're an indie author you're already familiar with using Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, but you may not realize the importance of running promotions. Running a free promotion gets your books into readers hands. To run a free promotion your Ebook has to be exclusively listed on Kindle.

There is a great fact page on Amazon for anyone who wants to know the complete details, but I did find this information regarding sales ranking that I thought was extremely beneficial. The question was asked, "Will my sales rank be affected [by a free promotion]?"

This is Amazon's reply: "For the Kindle Store, Amazon Best Sellers lists are divided into Top 100 Paid and Top 100 Free. During the period when your book is offered for free, it will have a sales rank in the free list. Once the free promotion period is over, your book enters the paid Amazon Best Seller ranking.

It usually takes several hours for books to transition between the free and paid lists before and after promotional periods. In some cases, the transition may take longer due to system latencies. Since the start and end times of promotions are based on midnight Pacific Standard Time, the exact time your book reflects a free or paid sales rank will vary depending on the time zone from which customers are viewing your book in. For example, customers in time zones other than Pacific Standard Time may not see books reflected in the free list until much later in the day, depending on local time.

The Amazon Best Sellers calculation is based on Amazon.com sales and is updated hourly to reflect recent and historical sales of every item sold on Amazon.com. Your book will drop in sales rank in the paid list from the time your free promotion begins to the time it ends. However, since sales rank takes previous sales into account as well as recent sales, your previous paid rank will influence your new rank when your book enters the paid categories again." (Amazon)

I recommend using the free promotion option every few months. If you're book is with a publisher and also on Kindle ask about running a free promotion of your book. Remember your book marketing is important!

A Little Extra Coin

Another easy thing an author, or any blogger for that matter, can do to earn a little extra coin is to become an Amazon Affiliate. It's free and easy to set up an account. I often have authors ask if they need to send me book photos for the posts I write. The answer is no.

I always locate the place the book is sold whether Publishing Designs, Hopkins Publishing, Pryor Convictions Media, Start2Finish or wherever. I try to link the books to the publishers, but if possible I also always link the books to Amazon.

Amazon has the option of using great picture links (such as the one of the book pictured. If you didn't know -- you can click on the picture to see it in the Amazon store!) You can also use in text links, or add sidebars or banners to your blogs. The great thing about using Amazon links as an Amazon Affiliate is that they will pay you a small percentage of whatever sales (and I mean small -- but every little bit adds up.)

With that said, bloggers and authors should be aware that this is a free program that can actually enhance your website. Notice the sidebar adds I've added to my site. Many of us sale Kindle books. A lot of people don't know they can get a free Kindle app. So, if you run an author's blog putting a widget or banner in a post or in the layout is actually beneficial to you and your audience! (You might also consider an audible banner -- notice the right sidebar of this blog.)

Notice the banner I've plopped down in the middle of this post. You can get the banners or widgets in all sizes.



One of the best things about being an Amazon Affiliate is that it costs nothing extra to the people who follow the links to purchase the products, nor does it take money from the authors. It's truly a win-win!

If you do participate in the Amazon Affiliate program make sure to post that somewhere on your blog. For example, if you look at the attribution section of this blog you will see I am an Amazon Affiliate.

I hope these tips will help with your future book sales, as well as making a little extra coin.  After all we all want to sale more books and we can all use extra coin!


What ideas do you have for making extra money or book sales?









Free Books Alert on Kindle by Susan Elliott and Arwen Chandler


I wanted to let you know that there will be more free books on Amazon Kindle this week. Make sure to check them out!

-Susan







These books will be free September 8-10th.


Hai!

"Hai! introduces children to a beautiful culture through food. Hai! features brilliant watercolor images and a Japanese word list defining unfamiliar terms. This picture book is great for young children, and for anyone who has a love for sushi."






God's Creation

"God's Creation is a full color picture book full of watercolor images of plants, animals, birds and scenery. It is a great book for a small child who is learning to read, or for a child who likes to look at pictures of animals"





Steal My Heart: The Greatest Love Poems of Days Gone By

"Steal My Heart: The Greatest Love Poems of Days Gone by is a collection of beautiful romantic poetry. This collection spans the centuries and features poetry from Shakespeare, Keats, Browning, Poe, Byron and many, many more. The end of the book also includes poetry written by Susan Elliott."








Odds & Ends: A Collection of Short Fiction

"Arwen Chandler lures readers into a world of crime, murder and intrigue with her latest collection of short fiction. Arwen Chandler's "Odds & Ends" collection of short fiction leaves nothing off the table. Step into this wild ride of short fiction at its finest."








Blue Springs, Kansas

"Laura had followed Clark on the rodeo circuit for years. She was his photographer, girlfriend, and biggest supporter. He was her life. But what will she do when she finds herself abandoned at the bus depot in Blue Springs, Kansas in the middle of the night? Arwen Chandler's first piece of short fiction is a gripping ride."






Amazon.com - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices


Don't forget to download the copies and write a review!

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