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Author trainer, Barb Drozdowich started teaching in 1986. Early in her career, she used her degrees in Science and Education to teach sciences & applied sciences in colleges & universities. She then took her technical training skills to the banking industry to serve as a corporate trainer. Since 2010 Barb has brought her technical experience & decades of teaching to the author & blogging world to help authors develop the skills they need to succeed in today’s fast-evolving publishing world. She delights in taking technical subjects and making them understandable by the average person. She owns Bakerview Consulting & The Book Blogger List and manages popular blogs where she gets to chat about technology, romance novels and gluten-free cooking.
She is the author of 27 books, over 60 YouTube videos, & several online courses, all focused at helping authors & bloggers. Barb’s books aim to teach a subject, not convince you that your books will make you a millionaire. Barb lives in the mountains of British Columbia where her primary duties are serving as a taxi driver for kids and a treat master for the puppy princess. Her household runs on coffee!
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Are you looking for ideas on how to find more readers for your book?
Have you considered blogging as a method of connecting with readers?
Technical trainer Barb Drozdowich has been blogging for over 10 years. She has grown her blogs to thousands of visitors each day & understands what authors need.
Finding readers is the key to success. One of the best ways to connect with these readers is through the establishment of a blog - one that isn’t just a billboard for sales & releases, but a method for establishing long term relationships with readers.
Do you feel uncertain about the technology or what to blog about?
In award winning Blogging for Authors, Barb teaches not just how to set up a blog but how to turn it into a powerful tool of communication with readers. She brings several decades of teaching experience to help even the beginner author.
In this book you’ll discover:
- How blogging can help to improve communication with readers
- How to create powerful topics to blog about that generate shareable content and grow your audience
- How to create optimized blog posts that will get people talking
- How to maintain, protect & backup your content to keep your site safe for years to come
Through a series of short & easy to follow chapters, Blogging for Authors helps you choose the right platform, understand the technical aspects & get started today.
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Have you published a book and struggle to get reviews?
Do you want to target book reviewers but don't know where to find them?
Learn how to find quality bloggers to not only review your book, but also help you get attention for your book.
Many authors are highly creative people who excel in storytelling but struggle with the marketing aspect of publishing a book. New vocabulary, not very technical, unfamiliar with the online world - all these things are a source of stress for many authors.
Barb has worked in the blogging world since 2010 as a blogger as well as an author. She has conducted the largest surveys of bloggers to date and her background as a technical trainer makes her good at explaining technical subjects - especially ones that relate to the blogging world.
In this book you will learn:
- How to identify quality blogger/reviewers
- The language of the blogging world
- How to develop realistic expectations
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Are you a new author & don't understand where social media fits into the promotional “puzzle”
Frustrated by books that are too technical? Too overwhelming?
Barb is an experienced technical trainer with decades of teaching under her belt and 27 books published. She has been helping authors demystify technical subjects for over a decade. She can help you:
- Learn what is required to set up each social media account
- Learn the demographics of each audience
- Learn about some tools to manage your social media accounts
Barb's relaxed, conversational style translates to easy to understand books. Her books have been described as "down to earth," "easy to follow," and "full of actionable advice."
★ This book is aimed at beginners and seeks to educate. ★
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Some good tips in here. I found a couple of ideas that were new to me, so a worthwhile read.
Extremely helpful and explained so that beginners can understand, without being patronising
~ Ann Thomas
Every author knows that book reviews are an important part of author success
How do you find someone to review your book?
Have you exhausted your personal contacts & want to explore the online world of voracious readers & reviewers?
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Award winning The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers explores the world of Book Reviewers and Book Bloggers. Based on survey answers from over 700 bloggers, this book contains down to earth, basic information that will help every author understand the book blogger world. Although there are many sources of book reviews, this book will focus specifically on the benefits the online reader world can bring to you and your book.
In this book you’ll learn about who book bloggers are and where to find them as well as learn all about these essential promotional tools:
- The Query
- The Review
- The Giveaway
- The Guest Post
- The Book Blurb/Cover Graphic Feature
- The Cover Reveal
- …and so much more!
Discover how to move comfortably in the blogging world, putting your best foot forward. Learn to introduce yourself to coveted reviewers to obtain valuable reviews and promotion of your book.
Whether you are a new author or have many titles under your belt, let the award-winning The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers demystify the promotion of your book.
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"So, the low down is: this wonderful, well organized book will assist any author in their goals of self promoting their work. I highly recommend it, both for the almost step by step format the book follows, and for the perspectives it offers. Understanding your audience is the only way to be able to reach them, and this book will help in that." ~Amazon reviewer
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In a survey of 700+ book bloggers and book reviewers, the question was asked:
"If you could give an author one piece of advice about promoting their book, what would it be?"
The answers show authors what is important to book bloggers & reviewers; what they need to promote your books. This raw list is unedited – straight from the “horse’s mouth” as the saying goes. The repeated answers drive home how many share the same thoughts; how many want to share the same advice; how many experience the same pain points. The rawness brings forward the honesty in the answers.
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The simplicity of this guide is its strength and I really enjoyed getting the many different perspectives. ~ Joshua
A list of results from a survey might sound like a sleep-inducer but not in this case! I devoured it! Yes, a lot was repeated, which made me see that book review bloggers want the same basics, and these cannot be repeated enough! ~KayWhile this is a short book it is chock full of useful information. It is a quick and easy read but one that will teach ever author many valuable lessons. I love how the book was formatted - one to three sentences from bloggers sharing the do's and don'ts. So many of the bloggers had the same tip (said differently). So as you read, you really learned what is truly important! Highly recommend! ~Jess
Feel like it’s impossible to get more reviews for your book? Discover a comprehensive guide to every single review gathering method in publishing.
No idea where to start to get reviews for your book? Worried about hiring a professional service or contacting blogs to get those five-star marks? Award-winning author and professional reviewer Barb Drozdowich knows reviews inside and out. As the owner of the world’s largest reviewer database, let her break down the complex and confusing world of author testimonials to help you get the feedback you need to make your book a success.
Book Reviews for Author Success is a step-by-step handbook that describes all possible methods for getting more reviews for your work. From contacting literary and commercial services to bloggers and readers, Drozdowich’s conversational style demystifies the jargon in her laundry list of strategies. Intended to educate authors of all levels, the book leaves no stone unturned in the quest for your first or thousandth review.
In Book Reviews for Author Success , you’ll discover:
- The rules and guidelines authors must use to earn professional reviews
- A list of every type of review and how to start getting them
- The power of social proof and why authors must seek testimonials
- Practical exercises to help you better understand review gathering
- A full glossary, pages and pages of extensive resources, and much, much more!
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Are you focused on attracting more interested readers to your mailing list?
Do you struggle to understand why more aren’t joining?
Do you feel that the current expert advice on growing mailing lists falls short or seems to resemble an episode of ‘Hoarders.”
Let Barb Drozdowich, multi-published author and technical trainer to authors help you take a more holistic view of the topic of mailing lists.
Strategies to Grow Your List is part of a 3-book box set – The Complete Mailing List Toolkit. Each book attacks a different facet of the subject of communicating with readers. In this book you will discover:
- how to take a holistic view of attracting readers to join you
- how to harness all the access points readers can find out about your mailing list
- how to overcome the common stumbling blocks
Strategies to Grow Your List will provide you with actionable items to step up your game. You will have a better understanding of how to attract more readers and move on to the next step of communication with readers and potential fans.
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Are you struggling to find readers to review your book?
Is no one responding to your emails?
Find out where you have been going wrong. Read what 700+ bloggers have to say when asked 38 different questions – the largest survey in recent history.
Let THEM tell you how to succeed in obtaining those coveted reviews. Listen to them tell you how important THEY think a mailing list is.
Stop listening to what the so-called experts have to say and get your advice from the source!
Barb Drozdowich, author of numerous books focused at helping authors and bloggers, repeats her 2012 survey - which lead to the creation of her award winning book – The Author’s Guide to Working with Book Bloggers. Find out what has changed, and what hasn’t.
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Lots of great information on book blogs and book bloggers. Diving into the survey results this book conducted shows you a lot of insight into the world of the book bloggers. I learned a lot about book blogs with this information. ~Rob
An interesting look into the book blogger world. Honest responses from hundreds of book bloggers about their preferences and perspectives on the blogging world and review requests. This survey gives a really interesting peek behind the curtain to the changing attitudes and climate of the book blogging world ~ Crystal
“This is a very thorough, detailed resource that is a must-have for anyone considering self-publishing a book” ~Jane
Are you interested in self-publishing a book, but fear it is beyond your capabilities?
When confronted with the confusing, multifaceted world of publishing, many authors make the assumption they aren’t capable of self-publishing, but nothing could be further from the truth!
How to Self-Publish a Book: For the Technology Challenged Author is perfect for authors who have finished a wonderfully creative story, but are intimidated by the next steps. The step-by-step, friendly format will make it easy for you to shake off the anxiety of the unknown and find your way safely and quickly to the fun and profits of self-publishing.
Many books on publishing focus only on Amazon. This book helps you understand the full range of choices available to all authors.
Author & Technical Trainer Barb Drozdowich, has worked with non-technical authors for years and understands how to break complex topics down using non-technical language. She has traditionally published and self-published a total of 27 books and understands all of the various iterations of publishing. Barb cuts through all the technobabble to teach you what you need to know to successfully self-publish your book in a down-to-earth and practical way.
Some of the skills you will learn from this book include:
- How to find an editor & cover designer
- What an ISBN is and where to get one for the country you live in
- How to structure and format your book
- Where you can sell your book, how to set up all the retailer accounts, and how to get paid
- What real numbers tell us about book sales
- What to look for in a self-publishing company and how to decide if it’s the right option for you
You will also have access to a huge appendix filled with articles for further reading, lists of helpful videos, lists of distributors, a multi page glossary and much more.
Don’t let your struggles with technology hold you back from self-publishing. Let Barb help you to learn the language and move forward into the self-publishing world with confidence.
"As a first time novelist who is also a techno-phobe, this book was just what I needed." ~Susan
"It's easy to read and is packed with well researched information as well as practical advice." ~Willy
"I expected to find surface level information about self-publishing a book but I was pleasantly surprised when that was not the case. Not only it's useful, currently applicable and wasy to read, but also fun." ~Lady Elizabeth
Are you hoping to build your business – grow your audience - using blogging?
Have you considered blogging as a method of connecting with the existing audience of a small business?
Technical trainer Barb Drozdowich has been blogging since 2010. She has grown her 3 primary blogs to host thousands of visitors each day. She understands how to build an audience and how to build a business using blogging. She supports her family using money earned from her blogs.
One of the best ways to connect with an audience and grow an audience is through the use of a blog. A blog can provide entertainment or provide education. A blog can show that you are the “go-to” person for information in your niche.
Do you feel uncertain about the technology or what to blog about?
How to Build your Business with Blogging is aimed at a beginner to intermediate audience. Barb teaches not only how to set up a blog, but how to turn it into a money-making tool of communication with your audience. She brings several decades of teaching experience and common everyday language to what many see as a complicated subject.
In this book you’ll discover:
How blogging can help to build and improve communication with an audience
How to create powerful topics to blog about that generate shareable content and grow your audience
How to create optimized blog posts that will get people talking
How to maintain, protect & backup your content to keep your site safe for years to come
How to monetize a blog and how to understand the actions of your audience
Through a series of short & easy to follow chapters, How to Build Your Business with Blogging helps you choose the right platform, understand the technical aspects & get started today.
If you like an easy-to-understand book that cuts through the technobabble that exists in many tech manuals, this book is for you!
Pick up this great deal today & start blogging right away!
Are you being told you need an author platform or an online presence but don’t know what the heck that is? Tired of wasting valuable writing time trying to figure things out by yourself? Everyone is offering advice, but not the details you need.
You have come to the right place.
The Author’s On-Line Presence is a clear primer covering the topic of an author’s platform and how to use it in language that will have you feeling confident of your abilities. It will start you clearly on the road to finding readers for your work as well as effectively communicating with them.
Barb Drozdowich is the author of 27 books and has a background as a technical trainer. She started teaching in 1986 and has been breaking down complicated subjects for non-technical people ever since.
★ ★Be sure to read the 90 reviews & ratings for this book on Goodreads ★★
The Author’s On-Line Presence is aimed at beginners and breaks down every part of an author’s platform in language suitable for even the technology challenged.
In this book you will not only learn all about the parts and pieces of a platform, but what the rules are that need to be followed. It will answer the question “why” without overwhelming.
You will learn:
- What is the difference between a blog and a website and why do you need one
- What are the popular blogging/website platforms
- What content is needed on your blog/website to share with readers
- What is Twitter & who uses it
- What is a Facebook profile, page & group
- What are Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram?
- Why do you need an Amazon Author Page and a Goodreads account
- Why is a mailing list so important
- Most importantly, you will learn how to use an author platform to connect with and communicate with readers
This book is different than the others on this topic. It doesn’t try to convince you it is easy to sell a million copies or that being an author is an easy way to make a living. It isn’t an “I did” book.
If you are looking for help aimed at your skill level to help you along the road to marketing your book, pick up a copy of this book today.