MKTG #21 – BookStores

Excellent local-bookstore marketing advice from Jan Sikes1

Story Empire

Hello, SE’ers! It’s Jan here to talk about another marketing avenue for Indie Authors. Unless you live in a tiny town, there is most likely a bookstore near you. So, I want to talk a little about how to convince them to take a chance with your books.

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There are a few things an author should consider before approaching a bookstore about carrying your book or books. That’s what I want to focus on today.

This first tip is a ‘don’t.’ Booksellers do not want to hear about your success on Amazon. Independent booksellers are in competition with Amazon, so even the mention of the giant will not be well-received. Also, it’s good to note that booksellers will not stock books published through Amazon KDP.

Before a bookseller will consider putting your book in their store, your book must have a valid…

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Lisa Burton visits to introduce the latest Hat Series book: The Midnight Rambler…

Discover a chilling new tale by C. S. Boyack! Thanks, Chris.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Its so cool to be back here once more, Chris. Youre looking fitand hairy. You must have some good conditioner. Really brings out the silver back.

Anyway, Craig will bust me if I dont talk about his books. This time its called The Midnight Rambler. This is the newest entry into The Hat Series. This one has kind of a science fiction angle to it, and you know robot girls are all into science fiction. Okay, its mad science, but you catch my drift.

Theres this guy, Ray, and hes kind of a Frankensteins monster, but hes not a bad guy. Lizzie wants to help him, despite the hats concerns. He needs medicine and will die without it. This is a magical concoction, so he can

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What I’ve Learned in Nine Years of #Blogging #WritingCommunity

Thanks for the ideas ane experiences, Jacquie!

Jacquie Biggar-USA Today Best-selling author

Nine years of blogging!

The best thing I’ve learned from blogging is the sense of community. Bloggers come from all over the world and from different walks of life and are from a wide range of ethnic and religious backgrounds. I think that’s what makes each post uniquely entertaining and beneficial from a learning standpoint- plus it’s nice to say I have friends all over the world 🙂

Social entrepreneurs like Sally Cronin of Smorgasbord Blog have taught me the value of giving back to the community that supports them.

Inspirational writer’s groups like The Story Empire share a vast knowledge of writing, publishing, and promoting with their readers.

This is from one of my first posts back in 2014-


Today marks the one-week anniversary of the release of my first-ever book, Tidal Falls.


When I began this journey, I did it just to see if…

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#BadMoonRising Eternal Road: The Final Stop by John W. Howell #supernatural #paranormal

Great news about John W. Howell’s new release and more shared by Teri Polen. Check out John’s books and subscribe to Teri’s blog.

Books and Such

Most of you will probably recognize today’s author and, like me, became devoted fans of his furry friends Lucy and Twiggy from their first appearances on his blog. He also puts smiles on our faces every week with his Fri-yay/Good News posts. If you’ve read Eternal Road, some exciting news waits for you below. Find out why he’d like to be cast in the movie, Halloween. Welcome John W. Howell!

Which Stephen King novel unsettled you the most?

This one is easy. Since I always wanted to be a writer, I bought the book Misery. The blurb promised an exciting read about an unusual relationship between a fan and an author. How bad could it be, I thought to myself. OMG, what a wake-up call that one was. If you haven’t read the book, I’ll try to keep the description from being a spoiler. The fan was mad at the…

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Sunday Book Review – The Necromancer’s Daughter by Diana Peach #Fantasy

D.G. Kaye is right–you don’t need to be a fantasy-first reader to find any tale by D. Wallace Peach compelling.

Welcome to my Sunday Book Review. Today I’m reviewing Diana Peach’s newest release – The Necromancer’s Daughter. For those of you who regularly read my Sunday reviews, you will know fantasy is not one of my most go-to genres. But besides the beautiful cover, and the fact that I devoured Diana’s last book too, The Ferryman and the Sea Witch, the concept of this story had piqued my curiosity. Read my review below to see why. And let me add. I was addicted to the story and found it difficult to put the book down. Judging by the wide great reception this book is getting, I urge you to grab yourself a copy and prepare for a great adventure escape – especially while it’s on sale now for 99 cents!


A healer with the talent to unravel death. A stillborn child brought to life. A father lusting for vengeance…

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