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Could Your Book be an App? Here’s How – eBook gift April 9-13

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

“What is a Book App and Could YOU Create One?” eBook at no charge April 9-13

For just a few short days, a new eBook that can help make your publishing dreams come true, is FREE!

“What is a Book App and Could YOU Create One? How 27 Writers Did!” is the eBook any children’s
writer who is considering digital publishing for their book should read! In this book, children’s book
app author, speaker and coach, Karen Robertson, explains what a book app is, why it’s such an exciting publishing option, what you need to know about this opportunity, and how it’s done, so you can decide if it’s right for you to publish your children’s book as an app.

Read the personal stories of 27 other writers who’ve turned their books into book apps to see
how many ways there are to achieve this publishing dream and deliver your book to a worldwide
audience. From these writers’ stories, you’ll see that there are a lot of ways to make a book app happen
in a way that will meet your objectives and budget, even if you aren’t technically inclined.

This eBook is available exclusively on Kindle and is FREE April 9-13

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COOL TO BE CLEVER iPad app will be free until end of March

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Please share the news that we have just made our iPad app COOL TO BE CLEVER free until end of March. We hope thousands will download it and be inspired by the story of bullying and the invention of the Internet.
thx, Bruce

Publishing your book with Bruce Batchelor at Agio Publishing House

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Hope you enjoy this video we just made to describe my passion:

Using podcasts to promote sales of printed books and the audio book edition

Friday, April 25th, 2008

There’s a great article in the SF Chronicle by Chris Cadelago about giving away books as a way to promote and get started – it is called Take My Book, It’s Free.

I wrote about this promotional tactic last year in my marketing book — interviewed some of the fellows mentioned — so it is great to see the phenomenon building.

At our publishing house, I see releasing episode podcasts (for free through as a neat way of getting promotional value and customer feedback during the recording process. If the author is involved in narrating the book, and this is done on a home-scale basis taking many weeks, each episode can be released as completed. That’s what we are doing with one author right now. When all chapters are finished, it takes little to re-purpose the episodes into a full audio book for sale as an MP3 download or made-on-demand DVD/CD

For some authors, narrating their own book may not work. But for those with an “inner ham” eager and able to perform, why not put that energy to good use in promoting and creating another way to sell the content?

What is the magic strategy for selling more books?

Monday, April 21st, 2008

Every day, authors come to me, looking for a quick fix. They want to know the simple secret for turning their manuscript into a profitable venture. Surely there is some magic strategy or formula, they say, suggesting that I might be holding back some profound wisdom.

Well, there is a pattern (or strategy) we follow to maximize the potential for profitability. And since I’m a triple-bottom-line guy, I define profitability as achieving whatever financial, personal, spiritual, political, environmental goals you have set out for yourself and your book. At the risk of being pedantic, I will emphasize that determining those goals (your PURPOSE in the 14 Ps of book marketing) is essential to figuring out your overall marketing plan.

The strategy is roughly as follows, and I could talk for half an hour about each point:

  • determine your USP – unique sales proposition – and ensure editing, design and promotions tightly reflect that POSITIONING statement
  • quality of content is essential to have readers’ satisfaction — that’s the PRODUCT part — so get the best writing, editing, design and presentation you can afford so you are promoting a product of which you are totally proud
  • start the PUBLICITY locally (geographically and networking), then expand as you learn
  • do the free, maximum impact marketing tactics — such as getting reviews on your book’s Amazon page
  • grab the low-hanging fruit (go to the obvious, easiest market niches first) — this is identifying and targeting the best PUBLICs
  • create multiple editions and distribute to multiple channels (PLACE), so you aren’t solely focused on bookstore sales with their tiny margins and yucky returnability
  • have fun: do only those promotions that you look forward to and can easily afford (a fit with your PURPOSE/PASSION and your three profit plans of PEOPLE, PLANET and PROFIT$)
  • aim for the long-term: try to set up sales as a perpetual flow of revenue with minimal new effort or investment; look to creating a “classic” that will sell steadily, forever.

Can this be done? Sure. We do this with every author. Can following this strategy pay off financially? Definitely yes. One of our books is paying its author over $200 per month in royalties, eight months after its launch — and none of this royalty is from local bookstore sales. I see that as creating a long-term classic, almost like having an annuity. Seeing this success is why I’m re-working three manuscripts of my own — tuning up the quality level, so I can launch more classics, and build my passive income stream.

That’s the magic and not-so-secret formula. Plot out your 14 Ps of Book Marketing DeMystified and away you go!