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About the Author

Patricia Fry has almost forty years of experience as a career writer. She is the author of more than thirty-one books, most of which relate to writing and publishing, and has contributed hundreds of articles to magazines and newsletters such as Writer’s Digest, the Los Angeles Times, and the Artist’s Magazine. Fry established her own publishing company, Matilija Press, in 1983, and is the executive director of the Small Publishers, Artists, and Writers Network (SPAWN). 
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581159226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581159226
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,251,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. William Benitez on January 20, 2013
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Once again Patricia Fry has created invaluable information on book and ebook promotion. I almost missed out on this book even though I am a writer/publisher because I also have a full time job as a network administrator for a large hotel and was certain that I didn't have the time for public speaking. I'm really glad that I chose to buy "Talk Up Your Book" anyway.

As with the first two of Patricia's books that I purchased, "Talk Up Your Book" is loaded with down to earth how-to information that will help you promote your book even if your time is limited. In her clear and easy going manner Patricia covers the benefits of public speaking, attitudes about it, and how to become more comfortable with public speaking. She goes on to cover how to find and create speaking opportunities and even how to set up your own speaking events.

Everything you would ever need to know to create and deliver a good speaking presentation is described in great detail. She not only tells you how she does it but also presents the methods of other well-known and not so well-known writers who promote their books with public speaking.

Whether you will be promoting your book at conferences, festivals, Interviews, Webinars, Podcasts, etc., Talk Up Your Book will help you make the presentation and the promotion of your book a success.

Bill
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As much as we love the freedom of publishing in the 21st century, one truth remains: books don't sell themselves.

According to Patricia Fry, the reality is that personality sells books. And here in "Talk Up Your Book: How to Sell Your Book Through Public Speaking, Interviews, Signings, Festivals, Conferences, and More," she tells us exactly what that means. If you're serious about successfully promoting yourself as an author, this is the book you've been missing.

"Talk Up Your Book" is a guide to what it really means to market your book. It is a wake-up call to authors who think their book will be discovered and sell well without effort. Marketing requires much more than book signings or store events. Fry, author of more than 30 books, gives you the tools you need to handle self-promotion, public speaking, interviews, and conferences. The book is filled with ideas and a blueprint for success with speaking skills, getting paid to deliver workshops, write press releases, and sell more books at festivals and events.

Fry has a unique first-hand perspective and helps the reader prepare to handle unexpected circumstances and conduct successful events, as she shows you how to pitch a conference, get paid for speaking, and become a pro at radio, television and social media. Her ideas work because she shares her first-hand strategies for critical skills, such as building rapport, with your audience.

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One of the cool things about being a writer these days is if you have an excellent product between the book covers, you will stand out. Patricia Fry does just that by distilling her decades of knowledge in the publishing industry.

You've all heard this advice before, but it's worth repeating here. If you are even contemplating writing a book, whether fiction or not, Talk Up Your Book is a must read. As the author explains, public speaking and just chatting about your book one-to-one are the top methods for selling books. Buy the book. Read it. Take notes. Create a strategy. Practice. Implement. Repeat as needed. It will pay off for as long as you are willing to pursue it.
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As an indie writer myself, I cannot speak too much about the knowledge necessary to SUCCESSFULLY market one's book. Writing is a labor of love, marketing is labor, period. However, this book gives you so much info, in such a way, that you quickly acquire it, and you will find yourself developing your own ideas from the suggestions and instructions found within the pages. For newbies, and for independently publishing writers, who are wondering, 'how do I get this out there,' this is one you will want to read! Best of luck to you All.
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This is a well written book filled with advice for an author who intends to give talks on his/her book. Though I have given many talks on my book already, I have learned a great deal more about preparation and the time after the talk by reading this book. You will come away from this book more prepared to take on the task of speaker, which is both exciting and potentially profitable for book sales.
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For writers, speaking is nightmarish. To go from seclusion at the computer to an audience is like jumping from snow into fire. It's just not going to feel good. Patricia Fry, however, with thirty+ books to her credit and an immense library of knowledge about succeeding in a career of words, has now produced a book that addresses speaking as a writer. As someone who's written about the fear of writing, and traveled for five years on book tours and the conference circuit, I understand this fear well. She empowers writers with tools, preparation ideas, and skills to pull of a public presentation and feel good about it. This is an excellent book for the author or writer who seeks to expand his or her platform with public appearances.
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