Publicity

What is “native content” and how do you do it? (an example from M&Ms)

Advertising doesn’t work that well anymore. People resent it. Or, maybe that’s not exactly true, but let’s say conversion is down. For many businesses, advertising doesn’t work as well as it used to. People want truer, more authentic experiences. So the best way to reach customers is to put a piece of content into the platforms they’re already using, without ... Read More »

How to turn your nonfiction book into a profitable online course

A few years ago I started publishing nonfiction ebooks to boost my business. I still recommend ebooks as a simple and easy way to generate leads, get more traffic, dominate your industry and establish yourself as an expert. It’s relatively easy to get your Amazon page to rank well in Google. The problem is that it’s hard to earn good ... Read More »

How to get more people to your craft fair or book fair with targeted Facebook advertising

Tomorrow there are a couple of events going on. My mom has a local craft fair in Tigard. There’s also an indie author meetup in Portland, but few people have signed up to attend (at least on Facebook). Then there’s the “Crafty Wonderland” – a massive arts and crafts show in Portland. If you’re involved in an event, even if you’re ... Read More »

How to buy your way onto the bestseller lists (it’s not that hard).

UPDATE: This post was hypothetical, but I’m not actually going to do any of these things. The reason is, it’s important to keep your “also-boughts” clean; which means, you want people buying your books who are buying other books in your genre. There are lots of ways to make that happen. But getting a whole bunch of fast sales or ... Read More »

11 reasons you need a life and business coach NOW

I can always tell when I’m speaking to a life coach. They ask a lot of questions. They are very focused on what I’m actually saying, and what’s behind what I’m saying. They are looking for negative thought patterns, unrealistic expectations, too much energy or worry being focused on the wrong projects… so that they can offer suggestions. Life coaches ... Read More »

Own your ugly: why I have bad teeth and how I’m overcoming my insecurity

Recently I’ve been making a lot of video, doing some webinars, and preparing to launch my first online courses. One thing that’s always bothered me (maybe the reason it took me a year to even feel comfortable enough on camera to begin) is that I have ugly teeth. Most of my teeth needed root canals, then I got posts and ... Read More »

How to use BuzzFeed (or any other site) to grow your platform and sell more of anything

A minute ago I was searching for images for a book cover. That led to a cat gif, which led to a Buzzfeed article called “16 things only spontaneous people can relate to as told by cats.” I spent a few minutes watching short cat gifs. What’s not to like? They appeal to everybody (even if you’re not really “spontaneous”). ... Read More »

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