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Product Details

  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Wisdom Creek Press (June 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981875637
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981875637
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve and Cherie Miller love to write, publish, and help fellow authors. They live on Lake Allatoona in Metro Atlanta. Cherie serves as president of the Georgia Writers Association. Steve is president of Legacy Educational Resources. Contributors Brian Jud and John Kremer are two of the most highly respected names in book marketing. Blythe Daniel is a Colorado literary agent and book publicist with experience in the traditional publishing industry. Stephanie Richards is a Georgia publicist.

More About the Author

Steve is the founder and president of Legacy Educational Resources, providing global resources for teachers of life skills in public schools, churches, and service organizations at http://www.character-education.info. A self-styled "wisdom broker," he collects wisdom from many fields and packages it for teachers and writers via his published books and the Web.

Steve is an educator (teaches at Kennesaw State University), entrepreneur, and speaker, having taught audiences from Atlanta to Moscow. He's known for drawing practical wisdom from serious research and communicating it in accessible, unforgettable ways. His wife, Cherie, and their seven sons continually remind him what works and what doesn't. Connect with him at http://www.jstevemiller.com.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Miller on September 12, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a first-time author, I have devoured this book by J. Steve Miller! All authors, whether first time or seasoned, self-published or traditionally published, will benefit greatly from this guide to marketing your book. Mr. Miller has left nothing out; he starts at the beginning with a brief history of publishing, describing the recent revolution in publishing and how it affects authors.

In a clear, easy-to-understand, and friendly tone, Miller talks about everything you want to know about marketing your book, beginning with the title selection and book design. He discusses marketing before the book comes out and then marketing for the life of the book, which can be a very long time (fortunately for us author/marketers).

The best things about this book:

1. It is complete. Miller stresses that authors cannot do everything in the book, but he helps authors decide what is best for them, considering the book and the author's personality. Love the options!

2. Miller gives tons of links throughout the book. Love the links!!!

3. Miller has been through this and gives personal experiences as well as the advice of other experts. Love the inspiration of others!

Yes, there are other books on book promotion, but I find Sell Your Books to be the most complete and easy to use. Authors: This book will help you immensely!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lorilyn Roberts on September 11, 2011
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When I read the title, Sell More Books!, I couldn't imagine anything that would help ME to sell more books. After all, I had done nearly everything that had been suggested by marketing gurus and experts. What else was there that I hadn't already tried?

Originally my marketing plan consisted of a little bit of this and a little bit of that, hoping something might work. I was so afraid that if I didn't try everything, the one thing I didn't do would be the difference maker. Why I took this approach, I don't know, except to acknowledge that marketing is far more overwhelming and complicated than writing a book.

Oftentimes we are bombarded with a zillion suggestions from well-meaning marketing folks, and being the newbie that I was, I tried most of them. What I found, however, is that many of those highly touted things didn't work (and don't work for most new or low-profile authors). Do you really need a publicist, for instance? What about all those press releases that cost a lot of money? And a drawing up a marketing plan? What would that consist of, anyway? Sell More Books! will help

Once I began reading Sell More Books! I realized what I needed were not new methods or ideas but a strategy to help me evaluate what I had already done. And Sell More Books! did not disappoint. I never thought about incorporating what had worked into a marketing plan that would fit my needs and budget into the future. I think it's just human nature, like a cow, to think the grass on the other side of the fence is greener. Whatever we haven't done is what we think we need to do because somebody somewhere says so--and we think they know more than we do.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Mark Hoerrner on October 19, 2014
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I didn't buy this book. A bit of a disclaimer - the author and I are longtime friends. This year, my son has been tasked by his high school literature teacher to write a book. So we recommended Steve as a mentor and he dropped off a copy of this book for my son to use as a resource. As a writer myself, I let the book sit on the counter a couple of days. Then I cracked its cover one night and couldn't stop reading. I am used to Steve's non-fiction style - he's creative and engaging, but he leaves out the sugar-coating. As an author of multiple books, some traditionally published and some self-published, Steve writes from a point of view that comes from logging thousands of hours of research and practical toil when it comes to the subject of writing. He offers advice and case studies, as well as advice from other authors, that are the basics for anyone looking to publish any manuscript. While most "author self-help" treatises focus on a specific genre, Steve talks about how any person - whether its a first fiction novel, a young adult horror read, a technical manual for a camera or a family history with very limited readership - can find the right tools to get that book published. He talks concisely about the aftermath of the digital revolution and prepares writers to journey forward with future developments in the industry. He brings the challenges of marketing into stark relief, and he presents people with advice they probably have not heard before - that maybe you SHOULDN'T write that book you were planning, given a marketing analysis and publishing outlook, and definitely what mediums will be crueler to others. He tackles agents.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven Lowe on March 17, 2014
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I am not finished with this book yet but already have learned quite a few, scratch that, I have learned many tips already on how to approach my next book and will be more successful with it. Thanks Steve for putting this book together and sharing your experiences as well as others. I will take this book and read it many time. I have made notes in areas where I will need to come back to read again so I can apply them to my next book.
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