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Goodreads Giveaway Contest

Goodreads has a program for authors, a giveaway , that is a great way to get exposure for your book! You can list any pre-release or published books for a giveaway, regardless of publication date.  https://www.goodreads.com/book

Last year, I ran a giveaway for my book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s.  To participate in a “Giveaway” you are required to give away 10 of your books to folks who are chosen by Goodreads.  You can restrict it to within the U.S. or not.  I chose to open the event to folks around the world because, quite frankly, I want to sell the book globally.

The exciting news is that I had 817 readers sign up for the contest, so I was jazzed.  It turned out six winners were in the U.S. and four out of the country.

Goodreads gave my book quite a bit of exposure, Story Book Book Review, they are part of Goodreads, and gave a fabulous book review, and I didn’t even have to ask for it.  (It was because I did a giveaway).

To read the full review, click below:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2094596155  

Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website  http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.

Therese and John donated $9,015.00 to Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) which was the profit from her book since she published in April 2017.

We Can Never Lose Hope……………

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Authors Cannot Ignore ePub Readers

I’m sharing information about the importance of ePub (ebook) readers that I learned on my journey with the hope aspiring authors will pay attention since the ePub (ebook, i.e. Kindle, Nook) readers is my largest audience.  John and I don’t read on devices but many folks do in the United States.  I didn’t realize, until I saw it with my own eyes, and with my own book, how many people don’t purchase hard copies of books.

So what’s my point?  The fact that the ePub market for authors cannot be ignored if you want your book to be successful.

Here is a breakdown of units sold for Watching Their Dance, my nonfiction/memoir, in the last eight months to back up this statement regarding ebooks:

Since April 2017, I have sold (approximately as the numbers are always changing):

To offer your book on Amazon  Kindle Direct Publishing  program you need to convert the file to a MOBI file. I didn’t know how to do this, so IngramSpark converted my file to an ePub and then my book designer converted the ePub into a MOBI file.  It cost me approximately $400.00 to have it converted and downloaded on Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing.  It was totally worth it.  Kindle 

If you are not an ebook reader here is an article that explains electronic books.    http://www.explainthatstuff.com/ebooks.html    

Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, a nonfiction/memoir, can be purchased on Therese’s author website        Amazon     B&N       &  Kindle, Kobo, Nook, and iBooks format.

We can never lose Hope………………..Therese

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A Christmas Gift Idea

                  

Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website  http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.

100% of the proceeds from the book is being donated to HD organizations around the world.  

 

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A Huntington’s Disease Billboard

A few weeks ago, the Huntington’s disease community witnessed a Huntington’s disease (HD) billboard go up in South Bend, Indiana funded by the Huntington’s Disease Foundation.  I was very excited as were many others.  Billboards

I personally believe billboards are a great way to advertise.

When I worked in hospice, one component of my job was developing a yearly marketing plan for the outreach hospice committee to follow. I brought the idea of using a billboard to promote hospice care to my boss, but, unfortunately was turned down. It was before healthcare systems, Kaiser Permanente, Sutter Health, Dignity Health (in California) started using them, so, I guess I was ahead of my time.

Thank you Huntington’s Disease Foundation for the billboard; it raises HD awareness on another level.  I love this quote on their website:

“We Imagine a World   WITHOUT   Huntington’s disease”

The mission of the Huntington’s Disease Foundation (HDFI) is to serve as the trusted resource for the Huntington’s disease (HD) community by raising awareness, providing disease education, and funding research.

Therese’s memoir/nonfiction book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, is available on her author website  http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com   & on Amazon, B&N, & in Kindle, Kobo, Nook, iBooks format.

 

We can never lose HOPE…………Therese

 

 

 

 

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Target Audience for “Watching Their Dance”

Through the course of writing and producing a book, I have learned many things that I wish to pass on to authors. Experts emphasize the importance for an author to know who their audience is and learn where these folks, groups, hang out and begin interacting with them. So I began to explore who Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s would appeal to.  https://janefriedman.com/how-authors-can-find-readers/

The first audience for Watching Their Dance was apparent because of the subject matter of the story, Huntington’s disease, so the Huntington’s Disease community became my tribe, so to speak.

In the U.S., approximately 30,000 folks have Huntington’s disease and 250,000 are living at riskWatching the Dance Huntingtons Disease, so this became an important group to focus my efforts on.  My thought went like this:  “If the book appeals to, say 25% of the 280,000,that would be 70,000 people who could potentially purchase my book.” I would love to sell that many books.

(Learn who the second audience is for Watching Their Dance in my next blog)

Therese is donating 100% of the proceeds from her book to HDSA in the U.S. and Huntington’s disease organizations in the country where a book is purchased.  The memoir/nonfiction book is available on her author website: http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com    Amazon, B&N, Kindle, Nook, Kobo and many other book websites.

We can never lose HOPE………Therese

 

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Amazon Reaches Readers Around the World

 

Promoting my book, Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s, around the world just made sense because Huntington’s disease affects approximately 4 million people worldwide. Because Amazon operates 11 online marketplaces (websites) I can offer the book internationally.

For example, when my book is purchased on Amazon Canada  https://www.amazon.ca/  I will donate my profit/ royalties to the Huntington’s Society of Canada.  It really doesn’t make a difference to me who I donate to because all the HD organizations around the world have the same goal: Help families dealing with Huntington’s disease and contribute to research.

So, if you live outside the U.S., please go to an Amazon website to purchase the book, and I’ll donate $3.50 to a non-profit HD organization in the country where you live.

If you live in the U.S., please go to my author website, http://theresecrutchermarin.com/  to purchase it and I will donate $7.00 to HDSA.   Thank you!

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How Important is an eBook to an Author?

Watching Their Dance: Three Sisters, a Genetic Disease and Marrying into a Family At Risk for Huntington’s is now available in ebook format. The experts say all authors should offer their books as an ebook because so many folks read on devices now.  Our daughter, Vanessa, buys from iBooks and a friend of mine at the gym reads off her Nook device.  I’ve read a couple of books on my iPad but I still enjoy holding a book in my hand.  On my author website http://www.theresecrutchermarin.com you can purchase a pdf file or an ePub for $6.99 which I will donate to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America.

I thought the history of ebooks was interesting. http://historycooperative.org/a-history-of-e-books/  Also, here’s a good article in the trends in the book industry:  https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/2017/01/04/top-ten-trends-in-publishing-every-author-needs-to-know-in-2017/

The following is a partial list of where my ebook can be purchased:

-24Symbols    -7Switch     All Romance eBooks     -Amazon    -Apple    -Artech House    -Asia Books   -Baker & Taylor Blio  -BOL.com    -Barnes & Noble     -BookShout (Rethink Books)     -Bookmate    -Bookshop Krisostomus                    Booktopia  -Campus eBooks    -Cokesbury.com -Completebook.com  -Covenant  -DMC        -EBSCO    -ebook.de Internet GmbH     -eBookMall  -eBookShop   -FeedBooks    -Five Senses Education Pty ltd     -Follett  -Gardners      Global Reward Systems -Glose    -Hastings     -Hummingbird DM    -iBooks   Infibeam      -Inkterra       -Inktera    -Juke Entertainment GmbH     -Kobo PaperC      -KIOWPPE    -lwemi.com  -Redshelf     -Rockstand (RockASAP)        Sainsbury      -Txtr      -Wook      -Zola     -A book Company

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The ebook Industry

Since I’m getting close to holding a book in my hand, I’m now strategizing how to make the highest profit selling “Watching Their Dance” as an ebook. By selling my hard copy book on my website, to folks in the U.S., I will make about $10.00 profit. ( It all goes to HDSA). If I sell the ebook version for $9.99 on my website, it is pure profit because it is a just a file. Now I need to figure out how to set the ebook up to sell on my website. I’m stoked!  I’ll let you know what I learn.

I do intend to sell both versions of my book on all the Amazon websites throughout the world.  I just make half the profit, since Amazon is a middleman, but it allows wide distribution.

Here a two great websites discussing the pro’s and con’s on selling your ebook on your website and how to price your ebook.

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/61244-diy-how-to-price-a-self-published-e-book.html

https://alexisgrant.com/2015/04/22/self-publishing-sell-your-ebook-on-amazon/

Have a good day!  Therese

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Marketing a Book

When I attend the writing clubs I belong to, we spend most of our time discussing writing techniques but very little time on marketing once your book is complete. Almost two years ago, I started to research how to navigate the social media world and two books I’m using to guide me through the marketing component to successfully get the word out about my book, Watching Their Dance: A Memoir, is The Nonfiction Book Marketing Plan by Stephanie Chandler   http://nonfictionauthorsassociation.com/    http://stephaniechandler.com/  and Sell Your Book Like Wildfire by Rob Eager.      http://www.startawildfire.com/        http://www.bookbusinessmag.com/author/robeagar/

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img_5947-1The following are the areas I concentrate my efforts on:

  1.  My author website, blogging 2x a week delivering interesting content to bring folks to my website. My blog is linked to my Author Facebook page, Google+, twitter and LinkedIn accounts.
  2. My Author Facebook page which currently has 2,809 LIKES and my personal Facebook page that has over 2,700 FRIENDS.  Many of these friends are from all over the world who have been touched in some way by Huntington’s disease.
  3. Interacting on the many groups I belong to on FACEBOOK.

 

I have learned I cannot interact on all the social media platforms out there like Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Vine, Snapchat; there just isn’t enough time.  Besides, I want to continue writing and perfecting my craft.

At times, I feel like it’s a slow process but I am an unknown and must build a tribe.  All the literature says it takes time and effort to reach the right audience for your book.

Have a good day!  Therese

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A Promotional Partnership with HDSA

Chris Cosentino, Director of img_3452Communications and Marketing at the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, at the corporate office of New York will partner with me in the promotion of my memoir, Watching Their Dance. 

I had the pleasure of meeting Chris at the HDSA NYC Marathon TEAM Kickoff luncheon yesterday and it was so nice to have a face with a name now.

An interesting piece of history, Marjorie Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s wife, started the Committee to Combat Huntington’s Disease 220px-recent_studies_of_huntingtons_disease_marjorie_guthrie_lecture_in_geneticsin the late sixties and this organization eventually became the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA).  Thank you Marjorie for developing a wonderful, supportive organization that has helped thousands of families affected by HD.

 

Have a good day!  Therese