My Fiction Book Promotion Plan for January

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The Journey of a Fiction Writer – It’s All Trial and Error

So I have written collection of short stories and I would like to make some money from them. The most important thing I have to do is let the world know that these short stories exist. So I need to figure out how to promote them. This is the plan that I have come up with.

My 4-Point Book Promotion Plan

By being a member of several Facebook groups and writing forums I have learned how different writers have promoted their work and found their audience. I have no idea if these things will work for me but the only way to find out is to give it a try.

Here are the 4 things I did in order to set up my book promotion schedule for January:

  1. I Created a Permafree Book Offering
  2. I Created a Free Gift Offer
  3. I Created a Way to Capture Emails
  4. I Chose 3 Promotional Websites to Promote My Book

#1 – I Created a Permafree Book Offering

At the moment I have published 5 short stories under my pen name. They are stand-alone stories and the theme is love. The first story is about 5,000 words long and was written in order to be the free book offer. Once I was able to make it Permafree (which means that it is free to download from Amazon), I knew I wanted to use this as part of my marketing and promotion.

During the month of December 2016, the book was downloaded about 30 times without any promotion. Now it will be interesting to see how many downloads I get after this month’s promotion.

#2 – I Created a Free Gift Offer

Sometimes it is not enough to offer just one free story. There are many writers who also advertise a FREE GIFT OFFER in their Permafree book. This is a great way to capture the emails of potential customers. If they like your first story, they may be curious to read your next one and will happily provide their information. Once you have the email, you can actively engage with them to see if they are interested in purchasing other stories.

I wrote another short story and have set this up as my free gift offer.

#3 – I Created a Way to Capture Emails

If you want to get people’s email addresses, you need to use the right tools and the system I use is Aweber. You can sign up for a 30 day free trial and then there is a monthly fee. It is possible to collect emails with or without having a website.

I decided to create a simple sign up form that isn’t linked to my author website. I did this because it was quicker and meant I was less likely to procrastinate about getting the page set up as Aweber does that for you.

I just had to add the link to the back of my book so that people can click on it and sign up.

#4 – I Chose 3 Promotional Websites to Promote My Book

There are lots of different websites and services that will promote your book. They all vary in prices and have their own criteria about the type of books they accept. Some will take any and all books, some will only promote a specific genre and others will only promote books of a certain length and with the right amount of Amazon reviews.

I chose to use the three following services

  • Bknights from Fiverr.com
  • Choosy Bookworm
  • Bookshark

I decided to schedule the promotions one week apart. I did this so that I could have a way of measuring the effectiveness of each service. I will be able to calculate how many books are downloaded and see which service is the most cost effective. I have no way of knowing if this is the best strategy so it will be a case of trial and error. I won’t know if it is right or wrong unless I give it a go. So I am giving it a go.

I will report back on the results in a future post.

That’s The Plan

So that is my 4-Point Promotional Plan for My Short Story this January. There are two things I would like to gain from this experiment.  One of my goals for January 2017 is to add 100 subscribers to my author email list. . At the moment it consists of two people – both are me. Lol.

The second great thing would be if this promotional strategy leads to some actual sales of my other stories. We shall have to wait and see. I am a little nervous about this but excited too. Wish me luck.

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My Goals for January 2017

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We have now entered a brand new year and as always, it feels like a fresh new start and a brand new beginning. That is how I am viewing this month. I have lots of things that I want to get done and I am excited to get down to some serious work.

My aim for the year is to build up a full-time income from my writing and blogging endeavours. Here are 5 goals that I will be working on this month and how I intend to achieve them.

What I Aim To Achieve in January 2017

#1 – To Add 100 New Subscribers to This Blog’s Email List

#2 – To Add 100 New Subscribers to My Author Email List

#3 – To Publish 1 Post Per Week on This Blog

#4 – To Publish a New Short Story on Amazon

#5 – To Write and Complete a New Short Story

How Will I Achieve These Goals?

#1 – To Add 100 New Subscribers to This Blog’s Email List

I will publish and promote the 4 new blog posts that I add here. I will create an opt-in offer that people will be interested in seeing. I will comment on other blogs which will help to bring traffic here. I will increase my use of social media.

#2 – To Add 100 New Subscribers to My Author Email List

I will sign up to at least two different promotion sites to promote the free book in the series, which should get good download numbers. I will add a free book download offer at the front and back of this book.

#3 – To Publish 1 Post Per Week on This Blog

I already had a brainstorming session to figure out the type of posts I wanted to write. So now I have a list to choose from. I will draft my posts in good time and schedule them in good time too. This should keep me on track and prevent panic and last minute publishing nightmares.

#4 – To Publish a New Short Story on Amazon

I have a couple of short stories that need to be edited. I want to complete the edit for at least one of them and get it published before the month is over.

#5 – To Write and Complete a New Short Story

I will continue to write short stories for my Pen Name. I already have the outline. It is just a matter of sitting down and doing the work. At the moment I write during my lunch break and am able to produce around 1000 – 1500 words at a time. I know I can do it. I just have to get on and DO IT!!

What Do You Think?

It will be interesting to report back on these 5 goals. I already know that I have a few days where I will not be able to do any writing work. That means I have to organise my time and work on a plan to ensure that I get stuff done in good time. Gaining 100 subscribers is a very lofty goal and the number actually scares me. But, what is that saying, “Go big or Go Home!” Something like that. Hehehehe :)

Interested in My 2016 Income Report?

I thought it would be interesting to look at how and where I made money online during 2016. I say that this is interesting because I earned money from 4 different areas where I hardly did any work. These earnings came from the work I had already done in the previous years.

I also earned some cash from my short stories, again, with very little promotion. I thought I would do a short summary so that I would be able to compare the results of 2016 to 2017. I have added this post to my Resources Page.

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That’s It for Now

If you have decided to make 2017 the best year ever, I wish you all the luck in the world. It’s gonna take some work but I know that we can do it if we make a plan, stay motivated and enjoy the process.

*The pic is me in Cuba last year. One goal I was finally able to tick off my list :)

Have Your Say: Have you set yourself some goals for January 2017? Do you know how you are going to achieve them? I would love to hear about your own plans for your life and business. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

10 Inspirational Books to Read in 2017

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10 Inspirational Books for 2017

One way to help movtiate me to do more and to make 2017 my best year ever is to be inspired by others. There are plenty of books out there that have been written where the author has recorded the lessons they have learned which have provided them with a better understanding of the world around them and led them to a better, more fulfilling life.

This is a list of 10 books that I purchased over the last few months. I wanted to gain extra strength and new ideas about how to push forward and create the life that I truly want to live. This eclectic mix of books offer different ways of facing everday trials and tribulations.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

A Year of Doing Good, One Woman, One New Year’s Resolution, 365 Good Deeds by Judith O’Reilly

How to Change Your Live: One Day at A Time by Stuart Young

The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

52 Small Changes of The Mind by Brett Blumenthal

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

Small Move, Big Change: Using Microsolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L Arnold

Reading Feeds the Mind

I am still making my way through these books. They are either sitting on my desk or are beside my bed, ready and waiting to be opened. I have taken to underlining certain lines which ready stand out for me. Here are a few examples for you.

“Whatever you fear most has no power – it is your fear that has the power.” pg 104

What I know for Sure – Oprah Winfrey

“Good deed no.55: donated £1 at a till of an organic shop to Whole Planet Foundation, which provides micro-credit loans to impoverished women.” pg 58

A Year of Doing Good – Judith O’Reilly

“[The company/Your Workplace] would never stop making demands on our time so it was up to us to decide what we were willing to do. It was our responsibility to draw the line.” pg 127

Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

“The deepest human need is the need to feel appreciated.” pg 46

The Five Love Languages – Gary Chapman

“Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to.” pg 286

Year of Yes – Shonda Rhimes

Time to Read

I look forward to delving deeper into these books over the coming months. If any of these books pique your interest, just click on one of the links above and place an order with Amazon today. Happy Reading :)

Have Your Say: Is there a book listed above that you are interested in or that you have already read? Do you have any other books that you would recommend? I would love to know what you think. Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

My Do-Over Plan for 2017

My Do Over Plan for 2017 – 5 Things That Will Change My Life & Make 2017 My Best Year Ever!

Getting Ready for 2017

I started this blog a few years ago but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I didn’t have a clear idea. Did I want to write a lifestyle blog? Did I want to write about making money online? Did I want to write about my fiction writing journey?

Well I took a few (actually more than a few) months away from the blog and realised that I missed writing and publishing posts. So now I am back and I am determined. This is My Do-Over for 2017. I am cultivating a plan of action to help me to succeed.

I have narrowed down the things that I want to achieve with this blog and with life in general. Here’s goes:

#1 – I Want To Make Money Writing Fiction

addison-falls-in-love-audra-bellI love writing stories. I am a fan of romance stories with happy ever after endings. At the moment I have written a collection of short stories, ranging from 5,000 – 10,000 words.

Short stories are my focus because I am a procrastinator, therefore I know that I am more likely to complete them and get to those final two words: THE END.

Over the year I have written about 10 stories and have published 5. I have stories published under my name, Victoria Virgo, and under my pen name, Audra Bell.

I am pleased to have written the stories and gotten them published but now I want to work hard at making a full time income from my books. I know I still have lots to learn but I look forward to the challenge ahead.

I have earned a little money already but I need to focus more on the marketing and finding my audience.

#2 – I Want To Make Money Blogging

The Internet has helped to create a wonderful way of making money online. You can do this through affiliate marketing, where you recommend products and make a commission.

You can create info-products or you can earn money by writing articles for others. There are several options I would like to explore further and blogging could be a great income stream.

#3 – I Want To Inspire Others With My Journey

I love reading about how other people are doing in their business and their life. I find it inspiring and motivating. I, too, would like to provide the same sort of thing for others.

Each journey is different and by documenting what I am doing, I hope to help keep myself accountable and focussed and I hope to provide tips through my own experiences and experiments.

#4 – I Want To Work On Eliminating My Procrastination

The worst thing about procrastination is that it happens even when you really love what you are doing. I love writing but I sometimes find it difficult to sit down and do the work. I let myself get distracted by the TV, YouTube, my emails, social media and more. Anything and everything can stop me from ticking off my goals. So learning how to beat procrastination is something I want to get better at.

#5 – I Want To live The Best Life Possible

Everyday life goes on whether we make plans or not. So if you want to ensure that you are living your best life, you have to sit down and seriously consider what would truly make you happy. Once you have done this, you can make a proper plan of action. You can see where changes need to be made, big or small, and you can start to take action. This is what I have been doing.

I have a much clearer picture of what I want out of life. I have a rough idea of the changes I want to put in place within the next few months. These will help steer me closer to the life that I feel would make me happy. The changes are very exciting and I look forward to sharing the journey with you here on the blog.

And So The Journey Begins

So those are the 5 things that I want to work hard on. I have a full-time job but I will make a conscious effort to use the spare time I have available to achieve these goals. They are not difficult but they are all very challenging. I am very excited to get started. A new year is fast approaching and I am getting things in place so that 2017 becomes my best year ever!

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Have Your Say: Are you ready for a Do-Over? Is there anything that you would like to work on to make 2017 your best year ever? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.