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Top Three Reasons to Submit a Guest Post for womenthrillerwriters.com

Are you a thriller writer who is too busy writing thrillers to devote time to writing regular posts in a blog? Face it. We all are. I am transforming this blog into a forum for thriller writers, primarily written by guest bloggers. Like you!

This is not the place to submit a post simply promoting your latest book. This is an opportunity to share your experiences, concerns, advice and questions with other thriller writers, and promote your book in the author bio at the end of your post. like mine, below. If you send me a short bio and book description, I can add it to this site’s Authors and Books pages. You will also have a link in the blogroll, so that readers can connect to more details about you and your books. And since I will get asked about this, yes, men are welcome, too.

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Top Three Reasons to Write a Post for womenthrillerwriters.com

1. You may already have a post from your own blog that is appropriate to repost here. This is your chance to leverage that work.

2. Womenthrillerwriters posts are short, with a narrow focus, like why or why not Indie writers should pay for PW Select, rather than how to get a review in a national publication. Like the writers of these blog posts, readers of this blog have limited time. They are looking for a quick, personal perspective on a relevant topic in writing, publishing and marketing books.

3. Your posts will inspire fellow writers and may spark discussions that can help all of us to make the most of this revolution in publishing. You will open gateways to other writers and thriller fans.

If you’d like to submit a post, contact me by clicking on the Contact button above, then fill in and submit the form. I look forward to hearing from you.

Pamela Hegarty’s new thriller, The Seventh Stone, combines the action of Indiana Jones with the history of Dan Brown, and takes thrillers to a new level in asking, “What do you believe?” Check out her website at www.pamelahegarty.com. She tweets at @pamelahegarty.

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How Do Readers Choose Books for Kindle?

by Pamela Hegarty

One way Kindle readers choose books to buy and read is Kindle Nation Daily, an e-newsletter promoting books that may otherwise be overlooked. But is sponsorship worth the cost for authors?

Kindle Nation Daily seems like the ideal marketing solution for authors reaching out to Kindle readers. It offers an impressive selection of sponsorship (advertising) programs, from the daily Free Book Alert at $140 to the Thriller of the Week package at $400. Obviously, an author would need to sell lots of books to recoup the advertising costs. The sponsorship is really aimed at building readership more than making a profit. So is it effective?

I’m the type of shopper who obsessively compares prices and reviews before spending, so I decided to subscribe to Kindle Nation Daily to get a better feel for what it offers. Every day, the emails come in. I was especially impressed with the sponsorship that offers a lucky reader a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Fingers crossed on that one.

Frankly, I think that the authors sponsoring their books on Kindle Nation Daily are doing a good job with their promotional materials. However, if the concept of the book doesn’t appeal to me, I’m not going to buy it. Of all the KND emails I’ve received, I’ve yet to buy one of the sponsored books. On busier days (and which aren’t), I barely have time to glance at the KND email.

Usually, when choosing a book, I think many readers, like myself, go onto Amazon.com and search for the type of book they want. Or they already have heard of a title through reviews or word of mouth. I wonder if the KND sponsorship emails are going out to too broad a readership.

Yes, sponsored books are getting in front of Kindle readers, but is it really leaving an impression on them?

I’d love to hear your comments and especially start a discussion with authors and readers sharing ideas and opinions of KND sponsorship opportunities. Have you tried sponsoring your book or are you considering it? Readers, do you subscribe to Kindle Nation Daily? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Indiana Jones meets Da Vinci Code in Pamela Hegarty’s new thriller, The Seventh Stone, available as an e-book and trade paperback through Amazon.com.

Buzz Your Book – Novel Marketing Ideas for Novels

by Shelby Patrick 

I spent a week in New York City recently attending ThrillerFest 2011. While there, I went to several workshops and my favorite was on “Buzzing Your Book”. The presenters were very professional and full of knowledge. After providing an introduction, they asked for volunteers to stand up and tell everyone what their
book was about in one sentence, then the presenter was asked a few questions,
and afterward the workshop instructors brainstormed FREE ideas to market their book. I’d like to share a few with you here now.M.J. Rose, one of the instructors, told us of how she got a new puppy and started frequenting an online forum for the breed of dog she had. At the end of every post, she would put in a simple tag line (M.J. Rose, author of Lip Service). She posted a lot and after about six months time, someone on the board finally asked her what Lip Service was. When she responded, 400 books were sold overnight. Wow! That would be nice, wouldn’t it? Posting to forums is a tried and true method of getting the word out; however, don’t go in there with the intent to advertise straight out. Do it subtly, in a small signature line.

Another idea, as pertains to fiction, is to create short stories centered around each of your characters. People will get more involved with the overall book if other stories use those characters. Popular books and movies do it all the time with their fan fiction. Readers love to see their favorite characters in other settings outside the original one.

Once you have tried that, or even if you prefer not to, then let’s move on. Try picking five things from your book that catch your eye. For example, in my upcoming novel Behind the Masque, I might choose the following: University of Michigan, The Whitney Restaurant, Society of Former Special Agents of the F.B.I., Alcoholics Anonymous, art history majors. Then do a search online using those terms. Find places, organizations, forums, etc. where interest might lie in those subjects and get involved, once again subtly advertising your book.

Books don’t get sold by themselves and most of us probably can’t afford an expensive advertising budget or to hire a PR firm, so we have to find easy and cheap ways of getting the word out ourselves. It’s not as hard as one would think. If you can write, you can come up with new and exciting ways to market yourself. Good luck!

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Shelby Patrick’s  newest book is Behind the Masque, a psychological
thriller that pits nosy reporter, Angelique, against the murderous cult of a
rich socialitee. An alcoholic ex-FBI agent comes to Angelique’s aid, but will his past catch up to him before he can stop the evil and powerful cult?

More Best Websites for Thriller Fiction Writers

by Pamela Hegarty

With the volatile changes taking place in the publishing industry today, it’s more important than ever to polish and advocate for your novel, whether you are published “traditionally” or “independently.”

Your primary promotional piece is your book’s cover. A simple step to making it fit the genre and reach your reader is to search Google Images for Thriller Book Covers.  It’s easy to see in the thumbnail images that many of these covers have a single eye-catching image and use a large font for the title and author’s name. It’s especially important to avoid clutter and smaller fonts when selling a book on Amazon, where the reader will only see a thumbnail image of the cover.

A great website to learn about cover design is thebookdesigner.com.  The host, Joel Friedlander, a professional book designer, offers insights not only on cover design, but on book interiors, publishing timelines, editing, authentic writing and more. I especially enjoy his book design cover awards. I find it inspiring to see so much creativity by many writers taking advantage of the new opportunities to make their books a reality.

On the writing side, check out the Writer’s Toolbox page on Lisa Gardner’s website. The best-selling thriller writer offers entertaining tips from the perspective of an experienced professional. And who can resist reading a post about Plotting the Novel: Or the Real Reason Writers are Neurotic? Her system may not be for everybody, but it’s worth checking out.