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Author 101 Bestselling Book Publicity: The Insider's Guide to Promoting Your Book--and Yourself Second Edition Edition

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About the Author

Robyn Freedman Spizman (Atlanta, GA) is no stranger to success. As an award-winning author, she has written dozens of inspirational and educational nonfiction books during her accomplished career, including Make It Memorable, The GIFTionary, The Thank You Book, and When Words Matter Most. This year debuts her first work of fiction, titled Secret Agent, a novel for young adults. As a seasoned media personality and consumer reporter for more than twenty-three years, she has appeared repeatedly on NBC Today, CNN Headline News, and is featured regularly on the NBC Atlanta affiliate WXIA and Star 94. A sought-after speaker nationally on book-writing and motivational topics, Spizman is considered one of the most dynamic how-to experts in the country. In addition to her writing, reporting, and speaking, she is the cofounder of The Spizman Agency, a highly successful public relations firm that specializes in book publicity.
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Product Details

  • Series: Author 101
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media; Second Edition edition (May 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593375247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593375249
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,694 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's the area where many authors cringe--book promotion. Most of us would rather delegate that role to someone else. Yet if you give this role to someone else, will anything be accomplished? For the majority of books, the answer is no. Rick Frishman and Robyn Spizman are experts in this area and bring current, honest and relevant insight to every author about how to promote your book.

As they write in the introduction,"Books exist to be read; that's their primary purpose. However the competition for readers is fierce...Every author--from the most noted, perennial bestseller to the complete novice--needs to publicize his or her book. Even if your publisher's in-house team is promoting your title full steam, you also must promote. It can be the difference between its being widely read and not read at all."

This book covers the gamut of tools for the author from adjusting your own attitude about promotion to creating a book publicity tool kit to building bridges with the media to websites and blogs to email blasts to how to interview and hire the best publicist. The resources in this book will give you plenty of ideas to carry out and promote your book.

As the authors say, "No single formula, guaranteed method, or foolproof recipe can make every book succeed; however, many approaches do work." Add this book to your arsenal.
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While I own all four of the "Author 101" books by Rick Frishman and Robyn Spizman, I feel this one is the most valuable. In fact, I wish I had it BEFORE I started writing my first book. The information and helpful tips included from these industry insiders is worth a hundred-times the price of the book. I have met and spoken with both Rick and Robyn, and I will attest that what they tell you in this book is gospel truth.
After you read this book, you will gain insight into how best to plan the marketing and publicity of your book even before you write it. This is key information whether you are using a traditional publisher, or if you are self-publishing. In fact, if you are self-publishing, READ and MEMORIZE chapter 8 on Interviews -- this will be the primary source of your income.
I highly recommend this and the other three books in the "Author 101" series.

Happy reading and successful writing,

Stuart Gustafson, Author
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If you were to meet 100 "specialists" in book promotion, each one would encourage you to use their services for what they do best. But a book promotion requires breadth, depth and staying power. As a result, you could spend $100,000 promoting your book and not be as effective as you would be spending almost nothing and following the excellent advice in Author 101: Bestselling Book Publicity by top pros Rick Frishman and Robyn Freedman Spizman.

One of the best pieces of advice in this book is that you should seek to make your money from writing by selling other products and services after people become familiar with your book. In other words, the book is part of a marketing program . . . not the whole program.

This book is absolutely up-to-date in featuring such cutting edge methods as e-mail blasts to create Amazon best sellers such as the methods taught by the talented Randy Gilbert and Peggy McColl.

The information in chapter 13 on how to set your promotional deadlines is worth more than the price of the book.

I also thought that the advice on how to get publicity bookings and how to handle interviews was better than I had read elsewhere.

Buy, read and apply this book, or you'll miss your best chance to promote your book and yourself.
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Solid.

But dated. As of this writing, it's nearly 10 years old and that's a problem in the media world. There is some discussion of online promotion (web site; email blasts), but now book publicity is primarily online and that's where a book marketing book needs to focus.

Also, it's dry. I realize it's a practical business guide but working through it is a real slog. It feels too much like attending one of those weekend-long business seminars in a hot, stuffy room with awkwardly thick binders of study material. It may be good info but I prefer that even business authors have a sense of style.

In spite of its flaws, does it provide a useful plan of action that can still work today?

Yes. Many of the ideas are still current and will help me market my book. The discussion of a marketing plan is key--I think it should have been the first chapter--and other concepts like "slicing and dicing" are powerful.

While there are many better book marketing guides on the market today, this one, written by industry professionals, holds up pretty well over time. I'd recommend it as a decent secondary resource.
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As you learn to market and promote your book, you'll find there are a many hucksters who attempt to tell you about publicity based on having promoted one small book themselves.

You have to ask yourself.. "How much experience can you get doing it once?

On the other hand, there are a few people like Rick Frishman who really know what they are doing. Rick has been focused on book promotion every day for decades, plus has several other best selling books.

Read any of the Author 101 series. And more important.. DO WHAT THEY SAY TO DO. It works. The suggestions have worked for me and countless others, including the most successful names in publishing.

This book is a MUST READ. Get your copy today.
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