Trending Children’s Books – Maya & Filippo

Trending Children’s Books – Maya & Filippo

I finally did it. After months of growing my email list, I reached 1000 subscribers and decided that I have enough content to issue my first newsletter. I proudly cover my NINE Maya & Filippo books and offer an opportunity to win a Kindle.   I did this via mailchimp and am now tracking the results, which I […]

Printed in the USA

Printed in the USA

How can non-US authors live the American dream and get their books printed in the USA? All it takes is a little paperwork. In this advanced age of the internet, borders are only mental, at least as far as publishing is concerned. Anyone can have their books printed in the USA and all that is required […]

Preparing Your Kindle Countdown Deal

Preparing Your Kindle Countdown Deal

After a successful free kindle promotion, I am now preparing my first kindle countdown deal. Here’s how I’m doing it: I got 6 kindle books of the series uploaded on the kindle store (if someone likes my one dollar book they can immediately buy the other ones). I enrolled to kindle select. I checked the […]

“Selling” 100 Books Daily

“Selling” 100 Books Daily

Last week I had a pretty neat average of “selling” over 100 books a day of my least popular title “Maya & Filippo Look for Happiness in Tauranga”. It would have been reason for celebration but there’s one BUT. It was a kindle promotion and the price was $0.00. SETUP Of course your book needs […]

Book Marketing Guide

Book Marketing Guide

“I’m a new author of a children’s book. Can you help me with marketing strategies?” Why yes, I can. This post is meant to gather everything I’ve written, read and recommended on the topic of (children’s) book marketing. Step 1: Check out all the posts here. This is the part of my blog dedicated to […]

How to Rock the Bologna Book Fair

How to Rock the Bologna Book Fair

I just came back from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and I’m proud to announce that I rocked it big time! What are the ingredients for Bologna success? I’d say: Presence – go there! Bring your books! Be positive and alert. This is a fair intended for buying and selling rights. This means that only […]

Hitting #1 on Amazon

Hitting #1 on Amazon

It finally happened. I hit #1 on Amazon yesterday (& today) with my book Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland in my category. It’s  a wonderful feeling! I have reached the best-selling lists in the past but this is my first time at #1. So now that I proved to my high-school bully and to […]

Traditional Publishing is Extinct

Traditional Publishing is Extinct

To say that traditional publishing is dead would be an overstatement. But it’s definitely becoming extinct.  The old way of publishing was: write, rewrite, get it critiqued, rewrite, pitch to agents and get endless rejection letters, finally get a contract, get an advance of let’s say 1,500 USD for a first-time author, get rid of […]

Making Sense of Digital Publishing

Making Sense of Digital Publishing

99% of fiction is now sold in digital formats, like the Kindle, the iPad, Nook, Kobo, etc. This is at least what Bob Mayer claims in his book How We Made Our First Million on Kindle: The Shelfless Book. When I found out I decided right there and then: my Maya & Filippo series MUST […]

Books in March – Events around the World

Books in March – Events around the World

March if FULL of book events around the world. Let’s take a look at the calendar: CELEBRATIONS March 3rd 2014, Read Across America Day (USA) March 6th, World Book Day 24th-27th March 2014, Bologna Children’s Book Fair (Italy) The beginning of the month is marked by Dr. Seuss Birthday, which is on March 2nd but is celebrated on March 3rd […]