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Product Details

  • Paperback: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Hilliard & Harris (March 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591331161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591331162
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,769,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeffrey Marks was born in Georgetown, Ohio, the boyhood home of Ulysses S. Grant. Although he moved with his family at an early age, the family frequently told stories about Grant and the people of the small farming community. At the age of twelve, he was introduced to the works of Agatha Christie via her short story collection, The Underdog and Other Stories. He finished all her books by the age of sixteen and had begun to collect mystery first editions. After stints on the high school and college newspapers, he began to freelance. After numerous author profiles, he chose to chronicle the short but full life of mystery writer Craig Rice. Marks has three mystery novels published as well as four mystery short-story anthologies. His work has won a number of awards including the Barnes and Noble Prize and he was nominated for an Edgar (MWA), an Agatha (Malice Domestic), a Maxwell award (DWAA), and an Anthony award (Bouchercon). Today, he writes from his home in Cincinnati, which he shares with his dog. Visit Jeffrey Marks at his website: JeffreyMarks.com

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
In Intent to Sell, mystery author Jeffrey Marks offers other authors practical, ingenious advice on how to market the genre novel affordably and effectively.

The book covers all major topics of book marketing, from getting blurbs from famous authors and requesting pre-publication reviews, to writing successful press kits, organizing book tours and signings, standing out at conferences, working with publicists, to designing your own website, joining lists and online groups, creating your own newsletter and placing ads, among others.

At the end of the book there's an appendix with all the general resources an author should be familiar with, such as: review publications, newswire services, distribution networks, bookstore chains, airport bookstores, clubs and catalogues, lists servers, media directories, and organizations.

Besides being useful, Intent to Sell is also an enjoyable read. Marks' writing style is straight-forward and to the point, his prose engaging. While this book may be too simple for experienced marketers, it is the perfect reference for first-time authors who are new to book marketing, as it offers a clear, broad view of the business without getting into too much detail.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nash Black VINE VOICE on January 2, 2009
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When Jeffrey Marks wrote INTENT TO SELL in 2005, many of his ideas were brand new. Since then others have flocked to print, the web, and blogs with the same ideas, but Jeff was a ground breaker for the new novelist who needed help with the promotion of their book.
There are hundreds of people out there willing to take your money to promote your books, but INTENT TO SELL provides sound practical advice for both the novice and expert on where the few dollars available should best be invested to obtain the greatest results. There are no "pie in the sky" best sellers without some very hard work on the part of the author.
INTENT TO SELL is worth both a first, and later, a second read for anyone who is serious about making writing a career.
Nash Black, author of WRITING AS A SMALL BUSINESS now available on Amazon Kindle.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Herring on June 6, 2007
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I just finished my second read of INTENT TO SELL. The first time through I was bowled over by the complete coverage of the subject, a little awed at the size of the task before me. Still, publication is looming and the book is very readable, so I read it again, this time taking notes on the specific advice provided. After twice through I'm starting to feel that it's possible, even for an amateur like me, to handle what is to come. From reading the book I know what I have to do, why it is necessary, and how it can be done well.

Jeffrey Marks did a great job of pulling together all the information a person needs to begin marketing a novel. Will I be able to do it effectively? Only time will tell, but if I don't, it won't be his fault. I got all the information I needed in his book, INTENT TO SELL.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. L. Cooper VINE VOICE on October 3, 2008
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In Intent to Sell, Jeffrey marks provides realistic advice for authors marketing their books. Authors new to book marketing and publicity will appreciate Intent to Sell as a guide to the process; however, veteran books marketers may only find a few helpful ideas they have yet to try.
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By K. KASKA on September 9, 2012
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Jeffrey Marks' Intent to Sell is a must for any writer who is planning on, or has published a book. No longer can an author expect a publisher to handle all the marketing, nor will a publisher do so. There are more avenues for marketing today than ever before and Marks' book guides you through the paths you must take to navigate your way through. Intent to Sell is comprehensive, practical, and easy to follow, and should be on every writer's shelf.
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