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.

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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.

Ways to Say Zero by Mary Page

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Publishing By Mainstream

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Most of my writing involves digital venues. You research a subject, find a slant, and write it within the parameters the group or client has given if possible. I published a children’s book and novel on a digital media venue. It lists as a delightful experience that costed a fee. I view it as apprentice school that teaches you paths and opportunities in writing and getting paid for it. More business like the experience played out like a college course. You had mentors who guided you, gave you choices on how to proceed, explained how they sold books, and made assignments. You have to do the marketing outside of book fairs. Indie and digital platforms use international and nation book fairs to sell books and make deals. They use the Internet platforms such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and country platforms such as Flipkart India and even a few city digital platforms. The email exchanges makes you meet lots of people who love books and love publishing. No one guarantees you a profit. You build a portfolio of work, you get experience, and you meet people on social media and talk about your book. That leads to lots of conversations about other things such as politics, religion, and current events.

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Mainstream Publishing

I took the course by the Institute of Writers. It polished my writing and gave information on the ways and means of more traditional publishing. You learn about the lists that tell you how to submit a manuscript. You buy a large box of manila envelopes and you mail your story. Sometimes they have a website drop box to do that, and some take your manuscript by email. It works like a leap of faith. You send your creation to a place unknown for a person unknown to possibly look at. You are waiting for feedback.

Sending it Forth

Some places do not answer you back and they state that, “If you do not hear from us in x number of months you are not getting published.”  The infamous “Do not send to any other publisher till the time has passed or you hear from us” or “Please write if we are the  only publisher or you have sent to others.”  Each publishing house does things differently so you have to prep the manuscript for each of them.

What You Get Back

Many send a letter acknowledging that they received your creation. Some send a letter telling you that your creation is lovely but it does not fit their theme or style. They do take the time write some things on your manuscript to let you know what you did you write and what they believe needs to be improved. You get many letters that tell you the publisher is out right rejecting your creation. The fun letters are the ones where one publisher loves your creation but cannot use it, and the other publisher wonders what you were thinking when you created it. It is subjective in the sense that editors and publishers have opinions on what meets the standard of their publication. It is their publication.  It is never personal, and it is about the work. You learn that you have to decide if it is a good piece, and what needs to be improved or not. You develop your own standards. You agree to disagree when they reject it. You send it somewhere else or put it away for a while. When you get to that point their opinion does not matter as much and your opinion matters more. You decide what you can live with as a writer. Did it really need polishing? Can I improve it? Do I need another source for it?

What happens is you will get another opportunity to write on that subject. You will take some portion of it and expand it or paraphrase it. You will get your slant out into the world on it. Pieces of that rejected work will cross your mind and you place it in other pieces. That has a satisfaction in it especially when you get paid for it.

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Contract

At some point you get a contract. It rarely happens on the piece you think it will. Someone validates your work. Joy. As you read the contract you realize you are giving that creation away partially. It is like adoption. The publisher has a different agenda than you and a different process. You no longer have control of your creation. They have control of formatting it and presenting it to the public. They use their marketing venue. It is more personal in the sense you will exchange letters or emails as to the progress of the creation. It is not just about marketing. You will have periods of time where you will work together. With this venue it becomes about the book not you. The book takes on a life of its own. As an author you only come back in it if it reaches a certain level of success where you give interviews or book talks.

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If you did digital process book publishing first you go and start checking Google where you put your book to see its ranking. You personally helped with that . With mainstream publishing you have to word play with the title and publisher and your author name to have it appear on Google or another search engine. You get little surprises. So you query and there is your author page, your blog, your twitter, and suddenly pops up your book is at KMart.  A real live physical building location. It is online but you wonder if I walk into the store will I see my book. It is like when you send a teenager off to college. You know about where they are but not exactly. It gives you the same feeling. Like should I do something… should I go make sure the book is okay…should I ask… do I really want to know what they do???  You do not know how all that works or how all that is going to play out.

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Reviews

Books sell with reviews and without reviews. Sometimes it makes a difference and sometimes it does not. What you have to understand is if the person does not buy your book from a store then they cannot put a review there. You can give it to the publisher to put on your author site. You can sign up for free reviews but you never know if that will happen. Places exist that you pay a fee to get a review but you are not supposed to do that. It is suppose to be unfettered.  Freely done by a person who just likes your book.

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Do Both Ways

Getting published and getting paid for it takes a creative approach in that you have to use  many paths to get some chances. What is successful in one venue may not be in another and visa versa.  It is not vanity that you publish. It is sharing a part of yourself. You create basically alone. It is an extension and an expression of you. Instead of talking about your hair, or how many salads you eat it is an open invitation to a conversation about color, ideas, choice of words, pieces of you as an artist and author you are willing to discuss with others. A writer would rather hear what you think, where did you learn that, what does my creation mean to you, how would you end it, would you have used a different color???

Conclusion

At the end of my life I will be able to say I did not talk about being a writer. I did it. I had the experience. I did not talk about being an artist I learned how. I did it. I did not talk about singing on stage but went to Carnegie Hall and had the experience. Then I ventured out on my own and combined the essence of my music abilities and created a guitar greeting for a beautiful foyer. I did it. I had the experiences.

Until Next Time,

 

Mary