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Sell Your Books!: A Book Promotion Handbook for the Self-Published or Indie Author by [Young, Debbie]
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About the Author

Don’t be fooled by her name - Debbie Young is old enough to have had 30 years of experience in journalism, PR, marketing and publishing. An enthusiastic writer and blogger, she now draws on all her past lives to help new authors sell their books through the services of her consultancy, Off the Shelf Book Promotions. On the company's website, she runs a highly acclaimed, easy to follow blog of book promotion tips that supplement and complement the advice in "Sell Your Books!" The website also features thoughtful and extensive reviews of the works of self-published and independent authors, including many by SilverWood's clients. She also writes a popular personal blog about village and family life called Young By Name. She is currently working on a book that will bring together the best of her Young By Name posts and a collection of short stories inspired by listening to the radio entitled Tuning In. Both of these are due for publication in 2013. Debbie is an Author Member of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). To the benefit of authors everywhere, she is also helping to raise a new generation of enthusiastic readers by working part-time at the national children’s reading charity, Readathon. Born and raised in Sidcup, Kent, Debbie now lives in a small Gloucestershire village with her Scottish husband and their daughter. One day, she hopes to have read all the books on her "must read” list – and to catch up on her sleep. 25% of the author’s royalties from Sell Your Books! will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, working towards a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. Visit their site here.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 155 pages
  • Publisher: SilverWood Books (23 Oct. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VPG1XA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #353,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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As a self-published author, with books to sell, this book is aimed at people like me. What I especially liked about Sell Your Books! is that it is aimed primarily at the UK market. That's not to say that authors in other parts of the world won't find lots of useful advice contained in these pages, but having researched this topic extensively, it was refreshing for me to find a book that wasn't primarily targeting US authors.

I was given an advance review copy of this book - but I then went on to buy the paperback anyway, because I loved it so much and knew I'd want to refer to it again and again. Debbie Young writes in an engaging and authoritative manner, and clearly has many years of experience helping clients sell their books. Even though I know quite a lot about this topic already, and have tried many of the tasks in the book at one time or another, I still found lots here to inspire me and many techniques or ideas that I haven't yet tried.

This book is informative, eminently useful to any author - self published or not - and manages to cover a wide range of topics without skimping on detail. An absolute must-buy for any new author, and a valuable resource for all.
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Debbie Young writes in a friendly, engaging manner. It's like listening to advice from a friend rather than reading a textbook. Her wealth of experience in PR, marketing, publishing and journalism is obvious.
She leads the reader through topics such as, targeting markets, selling locally, harnessing the internet, pitching to a bookshop and much more. Well worth buying if you want to construct a proper sales campaign and give your book the push that it deserves.
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I came across Debbie Young's book on Twitter - yes, I am living proof that Twitter adverts can succeed!

I've never written a book, but I am interested in marketing, particularly indie books.

Too many authors do all that hard work - write and publish their novel - then sit back and wonder why it isn't selling.

There wasn't anything ground-breaking in Debbie's advice, but I'm not necessarily the target audience. I do know that indie authors often need to have the obvious pointed out to them.

Creating an online presence is essential - be it a blog or a website. We live in the age of Google and there's nothing more frustrating (to me, a potential customer) than finding `zero results' when I want to learn more about an author before I turn my cash into copy.

So when should you buy this book? When you're about to publish? No! Buy it during the writing process. There are days when you need a break from your book and what better distraction could there be than to plan your marketing campaign? Many of Debbie's recommendations need to be in place before you finish writing and when the going gets tough, I think you will be inspired and motivated by her ideas.

Me? Well, I so enjoyed imagining myself at a radio interview, grinning from the cover of a local magazine and being toasted at the champagne-soaked launch party that I may need to write a book of my own...

Debbie writes with authority, especially when she reinforces the need for reviews, particularly those published on Amazon. She cautions against the over the top, five-star-written-by-friends review. And she's right to do so - but this book deserves a five star review, so that's what it's getting!
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The opportunity to self publish your own book is now so easy to accomplish, but it is one thing writing a book - getting it edited, producing it to a high standard, adding it to Amazon is another thing entirely... but then what do you do? Sit back and hope people will buy it? Well, unfortunately, you are possibly going to sit there for a long time. There are millions of books on Amazon - how are potential readers to know YOURS is there, up for grabs?
The answer is to market it, to get the word out - and to do that, this delightfully written "How To" book could be your answer.
Written in a friendly, simple, manner it is full of hints, tips, do's and don'ts. Every Indie author should have a copy!
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Debbie Young leaves no stone unturned in this excellent guide to promoting and selling books. She writes very well, offering clear and concise advice on the many aspects of social media including setting up your own website and the advantages of engaging on Facebook and Twitter. There are good suggestions too on how to use local media and also a comprehensive point by point model for the best way to approach the mainstream reviewers. A very useful handbook for any self-published author looking to increase book sales.
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This is a very useful and accessible book with a practical down-to-earth approach on the dreaded subject of self-publicising. Authors all hate this stuff, but Debbie Young manages to make it feel both less scary and achievable.

I recently spent £90+ on a seminar to learn about self publicity for authors when all I had to do was buy this book - it taught me a lot more for a lot less money.

This morning I was dreading the next stage of publishing my book, now I'm actually looking forward to putting her advice into practice.
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