Message From My Friends & Team At AllAuthor.com …COVID is Hitting Them Hard in Their Country & Suspending Activity Until Mid/Latter May 2021. Prayers as Several Tested Positive…


As most of my author friends know, one of my favorite “go to” places for readers and a promo site that I add all my author clients on? Of course, it is my friends of All Author here>>> https://allauthor.com/

Many of you may NOT know they are located out of the country in India as Mady, Vaveen, and the team work hard to provide exceptional promotion and marketing for DIY authors.

Sadly, many of the team have tested positive for COVID-19 and could really use some help from the Reader, Writer, and Author Community Right Now and why I am sharing the notice they sent out. We have seen on the news here in States just how DIRE it is in India right now. The have to suspend the services for a few weeks due to so many have tested positive.

Here is what All Author sent out and shared. I hope all my friends will help out a little with a DONATION.
I just made one and I hope you will too! 💝✝✨✨✨📚 Please keep the team in your PRAYERS TOO!



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Hi Catherine,

The last year has been tough on all of us with the pandemic taking a toll on our physical and mental health.

As you might have heard on the news, the situation in India is worsening every day with the coronavirus spreading rapidly.

Today we are coming to you with some unfortunate news — our co-founder, Naveen Joshi, and most of our staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

Due to this dreadful situation, We’ll be pausing our operations and development work until May 12 to give time for our team to recover fully. So, there’ll be a delay from our side in responding to the support queries. We request you to please bear with us until our team recovers.

That said, our platform will be functioning as usual and you can continue using our tools and features.

Things are getting extremely tough as many of our employees’ family members have also been tested positive for COVID-19. So, we need all the support we can get to recover and get back to work in full force.

Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers for the speedy recovery of our team and their families.

If you wish to donate to the medical expenses of our AllAuthor team and their families, please use the below link.

Click here to make a donation

Every small gesture and action would mean so much to us.

Thanks ahead for your gifts and for your understanding.

Stay safe!,
Mady & Naveen
Team AllAuthor


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Here is more about how they help YOU get AMAZING Book Exposure
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What’s New For Affordable Book Promoting Options? Cat’s Sharing Some Marketing Tips For Authors Just in Time For Holiday Book Sale Season!

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Hello and Welcome Authors and Writers!


Since it has been too long since I have posted and shared some of my book marketing and promoting tips, I thought it was a good time to do it and Right Before The Holidays! Is it me or does it seem book sales have been a wee bit sluggish? Then it is time for an e-book promotion perhaps? When summer begins to wind down, kids going back to school, and mom’s and dad’s are busy getting them ready, they are thinking about grabbing a new book to read.


So it’s the perfect time to give them an incentive to do so. Many will be taking the last summer vacation of the summer season for Labor Day weekend and why not take a great book along for some relaxing reading time readers? Even authors and writers are avid readers. So here are some tips and advice for getting a jump start on selling some books when it is a slower time of the year. And hopefully, the book reviews will follow.


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Author Branding and Promotions on All Author

Let’s start with promoting your books and branding all in one new place I came across called “All Author.”  It is a great place for authors to set up a free Author Program profile and can add up to 4 books and use a few of the boo marketing tools. Placement in their Book and Author Directory and more. When I place all my author clients on All Author? Since they have a huge readership all my authors get views and click’s to all their books like crazy!

They have a Pro Plan which is $59 for a 6-month plan (still pretty affordable for 6-months promo blast) that comes with all the tools, bells and whistles and authors can use them as much as they want for a whole 6-month duration! Like a free personalized website, “make your own” book banner/teasers, many nice themes for your profile, free Twitter scheduler and much more. You can see pricing for both plans, Free or Pro here: .“All Author Pricing.” 


All Author
is an exceptional place for all avid readers to find new releases and discounted books and e-book sales too!

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(Banner Made Courtesy of Author Shout – 3-D Book Banners)

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Author Shout Is A Great Book Ad and Banner Place!

Another amazing book promo site that is extremely affordable and has a large readership is my good friend Terry and his team at “Author Shout.”  They have an awesome “Author and Reader Member Zone” where authors for just $25 a month recurring can get all you need to effectively promote your book and brand as an author. If you pay a whole year in advance? He gives you an even bigger discount!

What I love about both Author Shout and All Author? They do an email list and newsletters out to all their readers, but Author Shout even sends text alerts for new releases for those readers who subscribe to both services! Pretty cool right?

Now just like All Author, Author Shout has many affordable services if you don’t want to do the Membership. They have affordable book ads, low-cost beautiful book banners, (like the one above), teasers, and even book trailers made the way you want them! What I like the most is that they promote through many social media channels like Twitter, FB, Google+ and even Instagram and Pinterest. And they connect readers to authors Worldwide.

Now, along with marketing advice and videos unlimited use, here are some of the Member Benefits for promoting your book:

As a monthly Author’s Club Member, you will also get the following:


Book Promotion Benefits

  • Book Promotion: Every month that you are a member we will promote a book of your choice on all of our social media platforms, add it to our recommended reads page, and a feature spot in our “Shout Out” Newsletter.
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  • Book Teaser: You will get 4 teasers in 2 different sizes and formats of your book for you to share on social media that can/will contain your book title/author name, blurb/one-liner, and where your book can be found, whether on Amazon or a link to your website
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  • FREE Book Days:  Giving your book away for FREE?  We will help get the word out and promote your FREE BOOK days through social media shout-outs, a custom-made teaser/banner, and featured spot in our newsletter at no additional charge
  • Author Shout Out (Digital magazine):  You will get access to Author Shout Out; our digital online magazine
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  • Members-Only Pricing for additional services:  You will get a MEMBERS ONLY discount on each of our packages and/or services to promote additional books.….

(*NOTE* Unused benefits do not carry over from month to month if you do not use them.)

 

They do however let you choose which book you want to promote each month with the One Year Membership!

So go visit the team at Author Shout and get your book promo and advertising on! …

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How does this Cat jump-start your book’s sales and reviews when it is a slow time of year?

We do an E-Book Sale! I always suggest to the author clients I work for, there are two times a year you need to lower the price of your e-book and have a sale. This time of year when it slows and now just around the corner? It’s NOW CHRISTMAS Holiday E-Book Sale TIME!  Starting Thanksgiving week thru right before Christmas to include sales from Black Friday, Cyber-Monday, and last-minute e-book Christmas sales!

And it doesn’t have to cost a penny to promote your e-book sale either. But of course, there are some MANY low-cost options to boost the exposure for the SALE. Like my favorite at “READING DEALS!” And? When you have Cat promote your E-Book Sale? You’ll get a discount off your Book Ads!

And they have vetted reviewers who love free books for a READ FREE for an Amazon Book Review promotion! So ask me about it as my Discount Applies to this service too! Your e-book needs to be at a discounted price per their policy, need the Mobi file to place the ad and have 5 reviews averaging 4 or 5 stars.

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Great Deals On eBooks

Great Deals On eBooks From  “READING DEALS!”
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Get Your Sale Organized:

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if you have a publisher, send a request for the dates of your e-book sale a month in advance so you know the PRICE will be lowered for your sale. If you self-published? You have the control to go through your vendor account and lower it a day or two before the sale to ensure it gets done properly.


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 let readers know in advance about the e-book sale and promotion. Here are the places you’ll want to “Add An Event” and it’s free to do on:


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Facebook Event Page and Boost The AD!

A Tip – You can get a bigger reach and exposure when you share the Post of your FB Event and then do a Facebook “Boost a Post.” Then all FB readers and users will see your event and Ebook Sale!

Goodreads – Add Ebook Sales As An Event and Make Sure and add It on your Blog or Author Website too! As others to share it as well!

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Do you know any Book Bloggers? Ask them if they would share the event on their website too! I know I enjoy sharing book promotions on my blog for all my readers. Also, Book Reviewers may share as well. Don’t be afraid to ASK.

Want to boost your exposure for free or low cost?
You can do so at a few more of my friend’s book and reader websites free or for a minimal charge. And they offer a Free Author  Interview to go along with your Book Listing too! Go visit these awesome book sites below to see how they can help boost your Holiday Sale and Promo …
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As my buddy, Vinny of Awesome Gang who works hard to get your books and your E-book sale promos in front of over 69,000 readers combined on their Facebook and Twitter! You can add all your books for free, but for an e-book sale, I think it’s worth the $10 to boost your listing don’t you? Invest in yourself!

Go here and add your E-book Sale at “Awesome Gang.” You won’t regret it!  A couple more places like Awesome Gang? Check out this list Vinny put together for Authors of free and low-cost places to add and market all your books and Book Sales!
“Places for free promotion.”


“My hope is that many of the tips and advice in my post here helps authors sell more books this holiday season!”

AND?  I’m sure you are asking yourself, why is CAT sharing all her book promo secrets? Lol … It’s because there is no shortage of New Authors that need my help and services. I am passionate about what I love to do as my “At Home Business!” And many writers hire me because they may be on a ‘new book deadline’ and just don’t have the time to market their books.

You can check out my New Website at “LYON MEDIA SERVICES”  Today! You can see some testimonials and see just how affordable we are!

And lastly? I have always been a firm believer that authors need to invest in themselves and set a budget to promote and market their books or readers are not going to know the books exist so KEEP a FEW LAYERED Low-Cost Book Ads Running Each Month and especially through the Holiday Season for your books! 

Now you are ready and can market them and do an E-book Sale & promotion like a Pro!  Still, Have Questions or Need Help?

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Contact James H. Mayfield


Shoot Cat an Email if needing a quote for Book Marketing and Promotions!
lyonmedia@aol.com  … 


Happy Book Promoting and Marketing Authors and Writers!


CAT ~ Come Follow me on FACEBOOK! and on TWITTER Too!

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This Weeks Writing Blog Spotlight Goes To “Writer Unboxed” ~Post: Book Promotion Fatigue.

I happen to come across an interesting blog post over on “Writer UnBoxed” as I feel all authors and writers need to read this post. Since I do book promotions and literary consulting as my every day at home business, I could sure relate to this post! And I know many of you will too. As an author myself, I do know how hard it is to get our books into the hands of readers.

It took my first book a good year to catch fire with hours of listing and promoting it everywhere I could find. As we all know it does NOT happen overnight and we have to be diligent as it is why many writers hire me to promote their books and build a readership and I work on the social media side in building their following as well. There is no real recipe or guarantees. WHY?

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Because there are several factors to consider. How well written is the book? What genre is the book? Is it a hard genre to promote? How popular is the author? Well, there are many ways to tackle these questions. But that will have to be another post for another day. But when you have been promoting your books hard? It is OK to take a breather every now and then as this weeks post and blog spotlight indicates. Here is a little of the Guest Post and I hope you will visit “Writer UnBoxed” as that is the MAIN Purpose for Spotlighting them! Lol. 

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HAPPY BOOK PROMOTING!

**CAT**


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Dealing With Book Promotion Fatigue

Writers get tired.

The process of writing, of editing, of writing some more, of editing some more, of searching for representation, of reworking the book yet again, of waiting so long to see your words in print that you forget you even wrote some of them, of publishing in its maddening and bountiful entirety… well, some days, it can feel like too much.

Every stage has its own ups and downs, but personally, I find the promotion stage both the most exciting and the most challenging. Many parts of the publishing process can feel out of your control. Partly that’s because they are. But promotion is different because, unlike other stages, it has the capacity to go on forever. The joy and terror of publishing in the social media age that once you have a book, you literally could be promoting it every minute of every day.

(Note to writers everywhere: do NOT promote your book every minute of every day.)

Right now, my latest book (published under a pseudonym, as regular readers know) has been out in paperback for a few months. Typically, this is when a publisher’s efforts to promote the book taper off and any further promotion is squarely in my hands.

By   Now Read The Rest of The Story “Writer UnBoxed”

Spring Is Here and So Are The E-Book Sales At Cat Lyon’s Reading Den!

READERS LOVE E-BOOK SALES, so what a way to celebrate Springtime and Summer just around the corner than with a book sale. Reading great books in nice weather is an “old-fashioned pastime,” so many authors lower the cost of all their e-books to begin a new way to boost sales, book reviews, reach new readers and push those kindle reads up on the Amazon Ranking Chart!

Well, that is my book promotion tip for my authors and help them gain more exposure for their books. Here are a few books and authors I promote who have lowered the price of their e-books for Spring as some have won medals, some are new releases and check out all Cat’s books on my “Hot Book Picks” page while you are visiting.

First up is a $.99 cent E-book Sale by Author, Diane Olsen, and her Bronze Medal Winner “Ancient Ways: The Roots of Religion” and don’t let the title fool you!

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About “Ancient Ways”

“What if monotheism always existed, and revelations were given to all human forms. There are hints to that effect. We should not assume primitive peoples weren’t smart enough to grasp the concept of a single Creator” …

Too often we tweak religion to reflect our personal thoughts rather than dealing directly with the Word of God.  Monotheism, today is represented by at least nine living faiths, yet praying to God alone is not enough, for many. Instead, we pray to prophets, angels, saints, ancestors, deities, even the universe.

This creates a chain of “Paths” and “Ways” which become stained, over time, by human desires for control and material benefits. And as darkness and materialism overtake one Faith, another is born, through the intervention of the Holy Spirit, which is clothed in a different form, with a new name, and very familiar teachings.

Like the Tree of Life, monotheism can be visualized as a chain linking prehistory and history, entwined with human additions, wisps, and twists that produce an undulating, ultimate Yin and Yang. This constant interaction of complementary, as well as conflicting, forces and energies, exhibits both organic unity and dynamism-even war. Those who suspect there is a unified core of basic beliefs should enjoy Ancient Ways.
Hopefully, you will find precious gems to take with you!

Editorial Review:  5-Stars and Very Enjoyable Read!
“An interesting and fluently written book about monotheistic faith and the links between its many forms throughout history. It raises some real thought-provoking theories, backed up with strong examples but written very easy and reader-friendly.  A great read!”

Cat’s next E-book Sale is “Find The Seeker!: The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness,” a new release and stacking up many fine editorial reviews! It is written by one of the few living Zen Masters of our time. Author, Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and Author, Clifford Stevens both from Austria! Was $9.99 and now on Sale ***$2.99****

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ABOUT:  “Find The Seeker!”

Find the Seeker! with the subtitle “The pathless path to fulfillment and happiness”, based on the tried and tested wisdom of a living Master and enlightened ones throughout the ages, accompanies us on a life-changing inner pilgrimage.

Find the Seeker! is a powerful, straight-talking wake-up call to people of all faiths and confessions, holding up a mirror to our worldly existence, suffering and the intricate workings of the ego. Immensely uplifting and rewarding, the book serves as a travelling companion and guide, enticing readers with a vision of what we really are -which can only be directly experienced – by helping us unfold our true nature and reboot our spiritual search so that we can abide in the one Self. In this way, seekers become finders, and we can enjoy the bliss and lightness of Being that is inherently ours.

Find the Seeker! has garnered extensive praise from spiritual teachers: 

“A unique, extraordinary and extremely valuable work.” – Ihaleakala Lew Pen
“Disarming and worth experiencing.” -John Tarrant
“Refreshing as a clear stream.” -Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum
“The book…touches your heart.” -Hue Feng

Editorial Review:  

“Find the Seeker! is fresh as spring grass and refreshing as a clear stream. The teachings in this book refuse to be confined to a spiritual checklist or manual of meditative techniques.

Instead, the authors, again and again, challenge readers to return to the vibrant truth of original nature. Going beyond optimistic self-help and nihilistic despair, Genro Xuan Lou, Laoshi and CliffordStevens remind us of how wonderful it is to let go of grasping and taste the vividness of direct experience.”  –Robert Meikyo Rosenbaum, neuropsychologist and psychotherapist, Zen and Qi Gong teacher, author of Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching, and Zen and the Heart of Psychotherapy.

Our Next Author, Ellie Pulikonda has both her current e-books on sale! “Split Second” and “Finding Faith” … One is a fast-paced psychological thriller read and the other a tender story and triumphs of three remarkable women.
Take your pick at just ***$2.99****

Split Second              Finding Faith

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ABOUT: “SPLIT SECOND” and  “FINDING FAITH”

“When do a family’s secrets become too dangerous to keep? Find out in Ellie Pulikonda’s shocking debut novel, Split Second.”

“Three women, each caught in circumstances which limit her freedom to be, to act, to live as she chooses. Each reaches out tentatively, only to fall back in anger and fear. Despair is their constant companion. Join Mae, Mira, and Carla as they navigate the tricky path of “Finding Faith.”

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“Presented by “Cat Lyon’s Reading Den ~ Author/Advocate, Catherine Lyon”

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“Happy Spring Reading”

 

Holiday Guest Post ~ 9 Ways to Write Better By JayDee of Author Wall & Being Author Book Promo…

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WRITERS? Are you happy with your way of writing? Do you stick to a certain style, format, or outline? Well, today my friend Jay explains how to write better in this special “Writers Spotlight.” He owns and runs Being Author an Author Promotion and Writer Blog and the new Free Book Promo site

9 Ways to Write Better:

We are all writers now. Whether you write books, blog posts, emails, tweets, or text messages, you are a writer. No matter your preferred medium, here are a few tips to help you write more effectively:

Treat text messages like prose. Before hitting the send button, look over your text: check spelling, content, punctuation. Ask yourself: What am I attempting to communicate? What am I attempting to express? Be more deliberate with your most common form of casual writing, and you’ll automatically become more deliberate in other mediums.

Words are tools. Expand your vocabulary to make your writing more precise. There’s no need to use a ten-dollar word when a ten-cent word will suffice, but having more tools in your toolbox will allow you to select the most appropriate tool for the job. Because sometimes you need an ax, sometimes you need a scalpel. So pick one new word each day, and then use it at least 21 times in your conversations with others that day. The most useful words will stick, and your vocabulary will expand over time.

Do it daily. If you want to improve your writing, write every day—make it a daily habit. Writing is a muscle: if you don’t use it, you lose it. For me, the best way to guarantee consistent writing was to start a blog.

Punctuation. Is. Pace. To add variety, velocity, and cadence to your writing, play around with different punctuation: periods, commas, em dashes, colons, semicolons. Short sentences communicate tension. Longer run-on sentences, on the other hand, help establish a frantic, hurried rhythm—a feeling that the pace is picking up as the words tumble onto the page.

Avoid throat-clearing. Blogs, books, and social media posts are littered with unnecessary intros, solipsistic digressions, and avoidable drivel. Ditch the nonsense and state your points. When in doubt, delete your first two paragraphs and see whether the writing improves.

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Don’t waste the reader’s time. Our time and our attention are two of our most precious resources. It is selfish to force a reader to spend fifteen minutes reading something you could’ve and should’ve communicated in 90 seconds. If you want to earn your reader’s trust, don’t waste her time.

30% composition, 70% editing. For every hour you spend writing, spend three hours editing, shaping your work into something more concise, more powerful—more beautiful. Writing truly is rewriting.

Narrative urgency. Every sentence must serve a purpose: Your first sentence must make the reader want to read the second. The second sentence must propel the reader to the third. So forth and so on until the very end. If a sentence doesn’t move the narrative forward—if it doesn’t make the writing more urgent—then it must hit the cutting-room floor, no matter how clever or precious it seems.

Avoid too many adverbs. A sure sign of amateur writing is the overuse of adverbs, especially -ly adverbs. A woman in a story isn’t incredibly pretty—she’s beautiful; the sky isn’t very blue—it’s azure. Find the right words to avoid using adverbs as crutches.

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About Author Wall 

Most Authors spend a lot of money on Book promotion but they don’t get expected results. To solve this issue we have built Author wall… JayDee 

 

Here Is A Great Way To Enhance Your Free or Low-Cost Book Promotion

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“Spring is in the air and authors are running free, .99 cent, or low-cost book promotion!  Then how about enhancing your promotion with low-cost book ad’s in conjunction with your promo to have a Successful Campaign?” Here’s How!

It is easy to run a special book promo or lower the price of your Kindle E-book and go for it! But you may want to do a couple more things to make it even better. Here are just a few of my trade secrets to having a fun and successful book promotion.

First, once you settle on a lower price for your e-book and the date? Give yourself a week out before running your promo and visit Reading Deals to add a low-cost book ad to run along with it.  Here is a little about what they have to offer:

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They have two to choose from. Just fill out the one you’d like and ready to go!
http://readingdeals.com/submit-ebook  (E-book promo price has to be $2.99 or under, so read the guidelines please.) They email to thousands of readers and share throughout social media and their huge following. They are a part of my good friends Jason & RJ of Book Marketing Tools   who I write some articles for when invited.

Free Submission – All authors and publishers can submit their books to be considered on the dates of their book promo. These submissions are not guaranteed, but we will consider each book that is submitted. See our editorial guidelines for more information.

Guaranteed Submission – For a small fee, you can ensure that your book will be featured on ReadingDeals.com and sent to our e-mail list. This way, you know that your book will reach readers in your chosen genre! This is subject to approval and if your book is not approved, you will receive a refund.

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Now, if you like reaching out to Facebook readers, and FB reader groups and Twitter readers? Then visit my good friend  Gary.O.Jones on Readers Gazette Book World and add a low-cost book ad campaign to go along with your special priced book promo. I use them all the time for my book and many of my clients when we run a fabulous book promotion. Here is where you start, as they offer just more than books. They have games, books, puzzles, articles, a blog and more going on there! They will share your promo on Twitter and Facebook with ease and watch your promo SOAR …
Authors Start Here With Your Facebook & One Easy Step!

JOIN TODAY!

Free Membership,

Hi Please sign in to Facebook, this part of the website needs a Facebook id
If you don’t want to sign in that’s fine, you are free to explore the rest of the site!
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Just read the page for the info on all they offer for your book ad and you will see Awesome Results along with your Book or E-book promo!

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Now I know I had just had a guest article about “The Real Deal about the $.99 cent Book Promotion” last week. And even though it seemed a bit negative? There are many reasons why authors run special lower priced or free e-book promotions. It may be that they want more book reviews on Amazon to up their rankings, or maybe wanting to get a new book release up into the Top 25 or even #1 to reach Best Seller status on Amazon and not just for more Sales.

One more important tip! Make sure authors you go Create Event Page for your book promotion to invite all your FB readers & friends. Then go on Goodreads and do the same to increase the awareness of your promotion!

So, what ever the reason authors? Take my tips and advice above and just have a Successful and Fun Book Promotion!

Author and Book Promoter, Catherine Townsend-Lyon
“Lyon Book & Social Media Promotions”