How much of 2020 has been challenging for you? I can honestly say that I am happy to be able to escape into a good book and leave reality elsewhere. Between the pandemic and everything else, we need an occasional escape to claw our way back toward sanity!
My mom and her dog lived with me when she was evacuated from one of the many massive fires here in Colorado. Fortunately, she returned home with no damage within a mile or so of her house.
Now that life is moving in the direction of… well, it’s moving anyway, we’ve got many cool things planned for the rest of this year and next.
I’ll give you one sneak preview: we’re opening up guest blogging opportunities in the next few weeks. But rather than just a “thanks” and some great exposure, we’re going to be providing website hosting for authors. Yup, write an article for us, and we’ll spin up a WordPress instance for your website.
Get Your Holiday Book Promotions Scheduled!
For the rest of November, we’re offering 50% off book promotions. Use this code on the payment page:
Get your holiday promotions scheduled for half price! Start here: https://bestbookmonkey.com/promo-packages/
AUTHOR PLATFORM & BOOK MARKETING
Social Media Won’t Sell Your Books – 5 Things that Will
Social media seems like such a great place to sell books, but few authors find much success. Here are 5 things to focus on instead.
Author website must-haves
Pauline Wiles suggests seven must-have items for a successful author website. Plus, she provides some additional hints and tips that can help overcome the challenge of creating and running a successful site.
Does Book Promotion And Marketing Work?
Does Paying For Book Promotion And Marketing Work? In a nutshell: What’s your alternative?
Author Marketing Help Desk: What goes into a media kit?
A quick read on the essential items that you should include in your media kit.
A Few of My Favorite Author Marketing Tools
You might not be a graphic designer, but most authors are creative enough to make some of their own marketing assets.
IDEAS, RESEARCH, & PLANNING
Outlining Your Novel by Kay Keppler
Whether you’re a pantser or a planner, outlining your novel can be very helpful
Writing skills: 9 ways to level up yours
Ready to take your writing skills to the next level? Check out these nine excellent ways to improve your ability to spin words.
Beware of gesture explosions (page critique)
Quit waving your hands in the air and making your characters seem like they are weirdos!
PUBLISHING & DISTRIBUTION
Fool Me Twice: How Victims of Vanity Presses Become Repeat Victims
Check out these case studies and lessons on being taken in by companies that are not really in business to help you sell more books.
Follow @BestBookMonkey for more great author resources.
One Last Note...
How long has Best Book Monkey been around?
The idea for this book promotion business came to me in November 2019. Before the month was up, I laid out the business plan and began the development of the website, social media properties, and email marketing platform.
At the beginning of February, I took the website and social media accounts live, and on February 11 the first email newsletter was delivered.
In the few months that we’ve been rocking the digital marketing space, we’ve promoted over 3,000 books representing more than 2,500 authors!
Best Book Monkey is growing like crazy, and I’m happy that you’ve joined us on this exciting journey.
If you have any questions that you’d like to see answered in our newsletter, please let me know!
Chief Monkey Herder
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