Available Here is Ways to Say Zero

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When someone else publishes your book then it is their marketing machine that gets it in front of the public. I do a Facebook page which for a time is effective but what I learned is your life moves on. You have to pay bills and buy food. It takes a marketing machine to help maintain a presence.  In a week after a publisher has released your book on your own if you have maintained a credible presence on the web you can get it on the first page of Google Search Results. Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter are all legitimate ways to get your book in front of people. What you are hoping for is someone tags your book with your name and title and it makes it easier on the query box search to find you. It starts with your book title and your name. You may have to put author (your name) to make it appear. That is how it starts unless you hire a digital agency.

Let us take a look.

Query box put Ways to Say Zero  Mary Page

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You can see I have Amazon, Barnes & Noble, my accounts such as Google+, my publisher for this book Guardian Angel Publishing, a group I joined Books of Excellence for “The Grand New Delhi Escapade” and my LinkedIn account.  Being in the first 5 on Google means I am credible and trustworthy and those sites are good links. Eventually the Facebook account I created for my character Zero will come to the first page but you have to get people to click there as in LIKE it. I have never discovered the secret for getting Twitter to the front page.

Now let us use the same query and look at Google Images. I want my Zero character recognized. As of yesterday enough people and enough bots viewed my book so the image shows in the number one spot if I am giving the exact query “Ways to Say Zero Mary Page.”

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Let’s change-up a bit and see what happens. Guardian Angel Publishing is added to the query. Now we have Ways to Say Zero Mary Page Guardian Angel Publishing

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Guardian Angel Publishing marketing machine appears and my book is available at KMarts. Number one spot on Google. So I called my Mom and my son. No close KMarts exist near me in Houston. The page says temporarily unavailable…

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My BOOOOOK is at KMART!!!!!!   At least online, so I asked my Mom in a couple of weeks to wander over to KMARTS in Crystal City, Missouri and see if it is on the shelf. The book is print by demand which is common but if someone demands it they will print 5 to 10 copies and put on the shelf. I want a picture of that. I tell my son I will send the picture, and I want that at my funeral. My book is on KMART. I could be a blue light special. It amuses me.

This query  for images Ways to Say Zero Mary Page Guardian Angel Publishing pulls up thisgap images.png

Not the number one spot, but it is in the first line and my LinkedIn pic and my Books of Excellence pic pull up as well as my The Grand New Delhi Escapade book on Books of Excellence. On the 4th line  Guardian Angel Publishing images of my book site shows where my eBook is for sale so  I will watch that over the next few weeks. If it rises then I have e-book sales happening.

What I have not figured out is the synonyms. If someone types in the query box a math concept book about zero, zero, math literature book about zero, educational book about zero my book does not pull up but others do that have been on the market much longer. I suspect that is where sales come in. If people buy the book then the book can be found by synonyms otherwise it will be top-selling books in that category. This is why I say the digital marketing machine becomes important. AS powerful as Amazon and Barnes and Noble are the book does not appear in searches when I use synonyms or broader categories. In the search engines it is not enough.  It starts counting links and clicks at that level I suspect. So if you want to check how well a digital marketing firm is working for your product query the synonyms and see what pops up.

Here is a list of where my book is available presently.

https://www.amazon.com/Ways-Say-Zero-Mary-Page/dp/1616338423  that is globally in most places where Amazon is

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ways-to-say-zero-mary-page/1126261306  Where a nice professional review that I did not pay for exists https://readersfavorite.com/

https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/ways-to-say-zero/9781616338428-item.html

http://www.kmart.com/guardian-angel-publishing-ways-to-say-zero-author/p-SPM14576604815

http://www.guardianangelpublishing.com/zero.htm

http://www.booksofexcellence.com/page.html where one of my other books is but it is such a lovely place and Bonnie gives new authors the royal carpet treatment

http://store.payloadz.com/details/2520941-ebooks-children’s-ebooks-ways-to-say-zero.html

https://readersfavorite.com/book-review/ways-to-say-zero  this is the book reviewer site. They review books for free, showcase your book, and do a radio button to a link for sales.

The Grand New Delhi Escapade Now Paired With White Shark Cafe

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Writing a novel the first time is a daunting task. So much unknown and so much to learn quickly. Sharks exist everywhere. Sending manuscripts to traditional publishers one gets nice rejection letters. Like the topic, love your style but does not fit our theme at the moment or worse the market trends may not be conducive to our needs.

Repeating the Process

Intellectually if you ask me to weigh the pros and cons about writing and publishing books, I say I would not recommend to students to go into writing as their sole income. Fraught with danger, delay, and dilemma the first time you think you will not do such a thing to yourself again. But one morning you get up and you get an idea and start writing. The second time is even more intriguing because not only do you have to do what you did before, you also have to market the other book you wrote. It tis a compulsion. It gives me much pleasure. I sit and giggle when I find the best picture or write an interesting phrase and in that moment I am content. I crave those moments when I sing, when I do my art and when I write. I live for those. Then I look at my bank account and wonder why do I do this.

Children’s Books

Writing children’s books lets you experience childhood again. You find an interesting fact or story. Then you massage words into communication elementary children can understand and you struggle with how to illustrate it. Tell other writers about having a children’s book accepted or published and they go solemn. From those who have treaded the writing water before you they say that getting a manuscript accepted is the hardest of all. I still do not know fully what that means. One manuscript “Ways to Say Zero” I am patiently waiting for publication but it has been accepted for 2 years and “White Shark Cafe” is published as of today.

For What it is Worth White Shark Cafe

The new book highlights a discovery found in the Pacific Ocean by an engaging team of scientists who love Pacific Predators. They hunt them down, catch them and put a tag in them. That team has gone on to other projects but a new team at http://www.gtopp.org  carries on research on these animals.

The research is part of a larger project exploring the ocean ecosystem. A wonderful pic exists on their blog of them.

  1. http://gtopp.blogspot.com/2014/03/success-in-chagos.html

If you want to learn more about these magnificent animals I have a Facebook page that highlights the sharks, their blogs, and the Marine Mammal Center.

  1. https://www.facebook.com/whitesharkcafebymarypage

I did two illustrations for the book. I would like to thank Nancy Winans of the Baytown Art League, Dr. Paul Lucke, and Dr. Jennifer Herzberg at Lee College for all the art lessons. It gave the confidence to begin illustrating and for making decisions about photos and backgrounds.

  1. http://www.lee.edu/
  2. http://art-league-of-baytown.org/

I would like the thank the Institute of Children’s Literature and Kristin Nitz, my teacher,  since the book started out as an assignment.

  1. http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/

Gloria Stamper helped me proof the pictures for the final manuscript. Her lovely suggestion to frame the photos made a huge difference in the appearance of the photos. If you are in Houston, Texas and need a grand photographer call Gloria. Here is her website.

  1. http://www.stamperphotography.com/

As you can see the children’s book was a collaborative effort of artists teaching someone like me. 🙂  The children’s book took 2 and 1/2 years to complete the journey to publication.

 

Swimming with the Sharks and having Grand Escapades and hoping you all will too,

 

Mary