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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.

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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: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #547,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.info .

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Arlene 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Saffrin on December 29, 2012
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This book really does have something for every author minus the hype that is so prevalent in books on marketing. I have read many books on writing and marketing for authors but this book is by far the most comprehensive I have seen. The author combines a well-researched, almost technical manual, with a very practical and user-friendly style. The author provides a great conversation on traditional verses inde publishing without the prejudicial view that most authors have about one or the other.

The author speaks with the voice of one who has been there through the good, the bad, and the ugly of book publishing and marketing. He tells it like it is and offers practical ideas to help those of us who are flooded with confusing and contradictory information.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. Read it once and then go back to it again and again as a reference.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dave Kaster on March 27, 2012
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J. Steve Miller has done it again! If you want to actually make money as an author, thus allowing you to think of yourself as a professional in the field, you must buy, read, and USE this book. Hey, we all love to write about things we are passionate about. If you want to take your writing from being some type of part time hobby into the real world, where you actually get paid and recognized for the value of your efforts, if you want to have the opportunity to develop your talent into something that rewards your efforts, then buy, read, and USE this book. By the time you are done with it, you will have a step by step plan to go out and make some money. And you can use it over and over again, since Steve keeps it up to date with the ever changing dynamics of the publishing world we live in today. Once again, buy, read, and USE this valuable tool.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Candi Deal on September 9, 2011
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As someone returning to writing after 20 years, I've discovered so much has changed in the publishing and marketing world. Sell More Books! is a must read for any writer today because it quickly and efficiently brings you up to speed on how the electronic world of publishing can impact your book sales -- all in good ways if you are a savvy marketer. This book will get you there with lots of nuts and bolts information along the way.
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