How-to-Sell 30,000 Books

 

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The burning question for many is how do you sell that book once you finish writing it.  Martin Crosbie wrote this book about how, as a self-published author he sold tens of thousands of books.  Then he was awesome enough to share links to promotional sites.  Martin used a combination of methods but one key component was promo sites.  You should consider purchasing his guidebook to learn more.  Martin sold over 40,000 books and he does know a thing or two about how it’s done.  Of course I am going to add that I know a thing or two about promoting your book and I am going to suggest you contact me for a 15 phone call about my designing you promotional material that you can purchase when you are ready.  Then I will share this Zazzle link where there is an example and you will see that your cost ranges from $20-$50 and then you will say wow, that is awesome.  Or something like that.  Or you can connect at the bottom of this post through the contact form.  I clicked on his link and it took me to http://www.indiesunlimited.com/book-promo-sites/ and below is the link list you will find there.

 

Good luck!

 

PROMOTIONAL SITES FOR YOUR FREE AND DISCOUNTED BOOKS

 

http://ereadernewstoday.com/

 

http://www.pixelofink.com/

 

http://www.peoplereads.com/

 

http://www.fkbooksandtips.com/for-authors/free-kindle-book-submission-form/

 

http://home.bookbub.com/home/

 

http://www.indiesunlimited.com/freebie-friday/

 

http://freedigitalreads.com/

 

http://freebooksy.com/

 

http://kindlenationdaily.com/

 

http://www.worldliterarycafe.com/content/find-your-books-wings

 

http://bargainbooksy.com/sell-more-books/

 

http://kindlemojo.com/

 

http://www.thekindlebookreview.net/advertise-here/

 

http://www.totallyfreestuff.com/

 

http://www.icravefreebies.com/contact/

 

http://fireapps.blogspot.ca/p/app-developers-authors.html

 

http://bargainebookhunter.com/feature-your-book/

 

http://www.freebookdude.com/p/list-your-free-book.html

 

http://blog.booksontheknob.org/about-this-blog-and-contact-info

 

http://freebooksy.com/editorial-submissions

 

http://www.thatbookplace.com/free-promo-submissions/

 

http://addictedtoebooks.com/submission

 

http://bookgorilla.com/

 

http://www.kindleboards.com/free-book-promo/

 

http://indiebookoftheday.com/authors/free-on-kindle-listing/

 

http://www.ebooklister.net/submit.php

 

http://kindlebookpromos.luckycinda.com/?page_id=283

 

http://thedigitalinkspot.blogspot.com.es/p/contact-us.html

 

http://freekindlefiction.blogspot.co.uk/p/tell-us-about-free-books.html

 

http://www.freeebooksdaily.com/

 

http://www.freebookshub.com/authors/

 

http://www.frugal-freebies.com/

 

http://www.ereaderiq.com/about/

 

http://askdavid.com/free-book-promotion

 

http://ebookshabit.com/about-us/

 

http://www.ereaderperks.com/about/

 

http://snickslist.com/books/place-ad/

 

http://freekindlefiction.blogspot.ca/p/featured-post.html

 

http://awesomegang.com/submit-your-book/

 

http://thefrugalereader.wufoo.com/forms/frugal-freebie-submissions/

 

http://www.goodkindles.net/p/why-should-i-submit-my-book-here.html

 

http://www.blackcaviar-bookclub.com/free-book-promotion.html#.UXFB27XYeOc

 

http://digitalbooktoday.com/12-top-100-submit-your-free-book-to-be-included-on-this-list/

 

http://www.kornerkonnection.com/index.html?fb=ebookkornerkafe

 

http://www.dailycheapreads.com/

 

http://www.freeebooksdaily.com/p/contact.html

 

http://bookgoodies.com/submit-your-free-kindle-days/highlight-your-free-kindle-days/

 

http://indiebookoftheday.com

 

https://www.facebook.com/onlyromance (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/ebooksfreefreefree (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/UK-Kindle-Book-Lovers/175617412524192 (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/kindle(Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Frugal-eReader/101086513289732 (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/BookJunkiesLibrary (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/IndieKindleWLC (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/weloveebooks (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/Bargain.eBook.Hunter (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheKindleObsessed (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/KindleNation (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/ebookimpresario (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/earthsbooknook (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/AontheC (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/freeebookdeal?sk=wall (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/iauthor?sk=wall (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/kuforum (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kindle-Finds/217115528350246 (Facebook Group)

 

https://www.facebook.com/IndieBookLounge (Facebook Group)

 

http://uk.hundredzeros.com/  (UK site)

 

http://freekindlefiction.blogspot.co.uk/ (UK site)

 

http://flurriesofwords.blogspot.co.uk/ (UK site)

 

http://ebookdealoftheday.co.uk/submissions/ (UK site)

 

http://www.dailycheapreads.co.uk/ (UK site)

 

http://www.indie-book-bargains.co.uk (UK site)

 

http://pretty-hot.com/submit-your-book/  (erotica only)

 

http://wantonreads.com/tell-us-about-your-book/  (erotica only)

 

http://www.kornerkonnection.com/index.html?fbkornerkafex(erotica only)

 

http://www.englishbooks.xtme.de/submit-your-book/(German site for English books)

 

 

 

LISTS OF PROMOTIONAL SITES

 

http://authormarketingclub.com/members/submit-your-book/

 

http://authormarketingclub.com/members/amc-paid-promo-book-list/

 

http://www.authorpreneurmagazine.com/72-places-to-promote-your-kindle-book-when-its-free/

 

http://www.ebookbooster.com/  (they have a list of sites on their home page)

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Self-Publishing Hall of Fame

 

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Self-Publishing Hall of Fame is the name of a book by author John Kremer Image Source . Kremer list hundreds of famous self published authors of best-sellers.  The list includes new and old pen men such as Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Mark Twain, and William Strunk Jr., an English professor who privately published The Elements of Style in 1918 and remains widely published today.

If you are considering the possibility of self-publishing, you can see that you are in fine company.  Self-publishing is a hot movement whose time has come.  There are still wrinkles in the seams but while these get ironed out in regards to marketing books, one tool we find helpful is calling card sized products or even book mark dimensions with clever, graphic QR codes linking a teaser or a book trailer to your Amazon Kindle purchase site.

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a graphic design group, produces these little keys to your book marketing and loads them to online sites such as Zazzle, Cafe Press or Vista Print for authors to gather at their convenience in quantities and on promotional products that suit their needs.

Traded like traditional calling cards, these tools are an interesting way to introduce the public to your book.  You can place these in card holders in public with permission from shop owners, restaurants, hotel lobbies. Or do you have an idea for yours? We would love to hear how you would use these marketing tools.  You can get one by emailing info@QRCodesOfNote.com or using our contact space below.

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Journey of a Best Selling Author

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Iyanla Vanzant is currently a best selling author and spiritual teacher. Ms. Vanzant has her own tv show Iyanla Fix My Life and she frequently appears on the Oprah Winfrey Show.  Before any of these success were a reality for Iyanla Vanzant she was a writer and an aspiring published author. Iyanla began her journey selling Xeroxed copies of compilations she had written from the trunk of her car.  The trunk of her car!  Look where she is today.  Lucky for us we have the ability to self publish online at little to no cost.  Even the most successful authors do that today (See Stephen King and J.K.Rowling).  A publishing house traditionally began as the place where the printing press resided.  The publisher took a chance printing a book, this was a very expensive process back in the day. The publisher made demands upon the writer for investments and actions that ensured the book would be publically known.  The writer needed the publisher, the publisher had contacts and a printing press.  Image Source.

 Fast forward to the year 2013, we have eReaders such as Kindle, we have publishers with contacts such as Amazon.com.  As aspiring best selling authors or even musicians wanting to go mainstream, our dreams are not as dependent on third parties and their requests for large investments to participate in our dreams.  We still have to promote our products and invite purchase but it is a little easier with the help of QR codes on a promotional product.  Smart phones and tablets are everywhere in public, they can instantly play your music, a slide show of your book, a teaser and these promotion cards can make it easy to distribute your creative work for sales and introductions.  Leave a few of our “business cards” at key locations, pass them out to friends and family, share these “calling cards” when you meet any one.  Have us make postcards for you and mail them to relevant contacts to instantly preview your work.

 What are we talking here in terms of capital?  After all, you are a struggling artist perhaps or you want to pursue marketing gradually.  The products we make for clients, these range in price from averages of $20-$40 for 100 business cards set up with art work and links to your online products.  At this price you are receiving a finished product as well as paying for the graphic design work of a marketing professional.  You aren’t limited to or committed to one line of product, we can set up the same graphics on many promotional products such as phone case covers, t-shirts, magnets, mugs, and whatever else catches you attention.  In fact, we make the design and load it online, you pick it up when you are ready.  We have had some clients take up to a year to purchase their design, it was still available.  Here are a few links for you to visit to see examples: Music Man, Artist, author.  Our designs are eye-catching QR codes that practically insist on being scanned.  Not only good looking, these online embeds can contain your launch scanners to your book teaser and download, a slide show and purchase link loaded on YouTube.  We have all sorts of excellent marketing strategies for the creative promotion needs.  Our Zazzle store is Olive_Rosehips, however to contact us for design work, our email address is info@QRCodesOfNote.com.  You can see some of our QR Code design work at Pinterest.

 We are currently seeking a few new authors to showcase on our blog.  We would like to create a product and interview with aspiring talents in the music, writing or other creative profession.  If interested or you would like to nominate someone, please email us at info@QRCodesOfNote.com.

 Write on!

Olive Rosehips is the nom de plume of author and designer, Rhonda Gould Smolarek.  Rhonda is the owner of QR Codes Of Note™, a graphic artist with a technology background.  Marketing by way of Social Media and Mobile products are a specialty.  Ms. Smolarek is a public speaker on Social Media marketing and booking appointments to coach your group on leveraging LinkedIn.

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Promotions

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Congratulations, you have just released your new book or new music! Well done! This is an exciting time for you. You have just finished all that hard work and you want to get the word out about your project.  We are also published authors and we know where you are. A method for promotion we have used successfully is to print out business card sized promotional material with a *QR code of you, your book or album cover or your company logo.  

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We make these designs available for you to purchase when you are ready and as often as you like. We have had wonderful success with the chubby sized cards on Zazzle because of their diameter.  They are a small card but larger than a standard business card.  We will make you a graphic on other promotional products such as t-shirts, mini-speakers and phone covers.  These little cards are easily distributed as your calling card and can link to your Amazon teaser, your music link, you name it.  Someone scans with their phone app or tablet and instantly previews your work! Awesome, right? We think so, too.

We use only existing, copyright free artwork for these designs so please have your image ready and contact us at:

info@QRCodesOfNote.com  or 719-428-5451 or QRCodesOfNote.com

Here are some of our designs, download free scan app: i-nigma to preview QR code’s activation.

*A QR code works the same way the scanner in the grocery store works and ours launches phones or tablets to your book or music preview. We can also make book trailer presentations for your master piece which we load to YouTube for you and add a link to your purchase site.  Send us any questions or call us today.

Questions or comments are welcome below

To your great success!

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How Do You Buy A Book

As a reader, how do you buy a book?  The cover catches your eye maybe and then you read the title.  If so far so good, you read the teaser or the excerpt like most people do.  If you really want to know if it’s the one, you turn to a random page and look for something to grab your attention.  If nothing is there, you try again.  You really want to read a good book.  Now, if you were the author and you wanted to sell your book you would be wise to get this readers attention and do it quickly.  Lot’s of people just bought new smart phones.  About 75% of young people aged 17-34 have them and they want to do cool things with them such as download an app and watch your book trailer or read your random exciting page from some encrypted QR code.  Any reason to take that awesome new phone out.  You should get wise to this.  It doesn’t matter that you don’t use a smart phone or know how to scan a QR code.  What matters is that the time is right to capitalize on the hot tool people are actually using.     

  

Marketing with Book Trailers

Turn Any Surface Into a Bookstore

QR Codes on Book Covers?

How QR Codes Can Grow You Readers

 

Namaste,

Olive

QR Codes Of Note dot com

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TURN ANY SURFACE INTO A BOOKSTORE

Graphic, artistic, QR codes with swag can turn any surface into a bookstore.  The last several years has seen authors like Stephen King, JK Rowling, James Patterson turn to eBook publishing and even self publishing to eBooks like Kindles and Nooks.  With the exception of Barnes & Noble, big book sellers have closed their doors forever over the impact of this technology and self-publishing.   

You have probably been hearing about the release of new versions of smart phones these past weeks.  Those phones connect to the internet of course and can download apps of all kinds.  They download QR scanner apps, too.

Let us connect the dots here: new phones, books can be downloaded, kindle app on phones.  Technology in the palm of your hands and millions of others. Now add QR codes but think big: Graphic QR codes! Not those slow, free, B&W ones that are so early 2000’s and in a show of the anti-climactic went directly to URL’s.  

You are a writer, you can certainly write a teaser.  Have that teaser, a sale or special offer embedded in a graphic QR code that links to your download and suddenly you have turned any surface into a bookstore.  You have enough imagination to know that what I am telling you will increase your readers and your book sales.  Don’t play small, aim out of the ball park with the technology that is within your reach.  QRCodesOfNote.com can create an incredible QR code for you to put on a book mark or a business card and make your own instant bookstore and sell a book from any surface.  

Questions? Comments?

Namaste,

Olive

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SELF-PUBLISHED ON New York Times BEST SELLER LIST

Friends on facebook tell me that they love the convenience of electronic books so much that they are actually reading more books than ever.  Reading and rejecting more, too!  With so many varieties out there to choose from, and the borrowing of books electronically made so easy and cost effective, people are not hesitating to pick up on lesser known authors.  Want proof?  Just last month, according to The Guardian.co,  four self-published authors were on the New York Times ebook best seller list.  Yes, “The Times” has an ebook best seller category and Colleen Hoover’s book “Slammed” was in eighth place, therefore ahead of none other than the successful, big publishing house author James Patterson who also has an ebook on the New York Times ebook best seller list.

Isn’t that exciting?  I believe it should excite each and every one of you self-publishers as it does excite me who is also in the same category.

As an aside, today I waited 30 minutes at the bank for service.  Last week I waited in a dentist office.  There was a wait for my oil change as well as for Sunday brunch.  All this waiting got me busy thinking, and I thought that it sure would be nice to read a book and so I whipped out my iPhone, because that is where I keep my Kindle (an app) cleverly disguised, and I read some more of my delicious book with each wait.

 What all of this excitement has to do with waiting is this:  When I waited in line at each of these public places I noticed each had a table full of free reading material.  With that in mind, I say you can put a little teaser or excerpt from one of your books in some of these waiting rooms in the form of graphic, quick scanning QR codes.  Try adding graphically enhanced QR codes onto a book mark sized print out or even to a business card sized format.  You can certainly use an ugly, slow to scan but free QR code generator found online to produce your QR teaser or you can go with a professional graphic designer  like the ones at QRCodesOfNote.com and get the benefits of a faster scan, more compelling graphics with analytical and or changeable data.  Either way, QR codes are a great way to promote your readership.

If this article fills you with questions, contact the experienced pro’s at QRCodesOfNote.com and have a 15 minute, no obligation chat about book mark teasers or how they can assist you with graphic QR codes and readers.

Your questions and comments are welcome here as well.  Leave one today!  In the meantime, check out some of the QR code examples shown here (designed by random artists).

 

~Namaste,

Olive

 

 

 

 

 

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HOW QR CODES CAN GROW YOUR READERS

What is a QR code or QR tag?  QR codes (quick response codes) or tags, are pixelated squares that work like barcodes and are read by using a phone app to scan the square image.  When scanned, these codes immediately launch relevant information to the scanners phone or other mobile device.  This launched information can be a video book teaser, excerpt, book review with purchase URL; the information varies according to what you, the book seller, wish to convey.  Of course QR codes are not a tool limited to authors, but as a fellow author, I want to, of course, encourage you to incorporate these powerful squares into your marketing plan now because QR codes are expected to begin receiving widespread use.  

 QR CODE AT WORK FOR AUTHORS

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The publishing house of Simon & Schuster recently announced that they will add smart phone scannable QR codes to their books in print.  The QR codes incorporated into this line-up may provide scans to unique content launches such as videos and possible special treats only accessible through scans.  Mashable reports that the QR code on a coming book from S & S will beam to an author’s page, displaying new releases of titles and possible author interviews. Image Source: Mashable.

There will be people who do not have any clue of what to do with that pixelated square QR code.  An excellent thing about this QR code shown is that it provides a call to action by the reader to “Scan for more…”, and when you use QR codes, you should remember that helpful inclusion, also.  However, this tag is less engaging than an artistic QR code and can be overlooked because, at a glance, it could be mistaken for something used for store business such as inventory or to be used by the cashier or other store personnel and not the reader.

Had this particular QR code been a colorized, shaped, or otherwise incorporated an eye-catching design, the demographic of people who use smart phones could recognize easier that the QR code was meant for him or her and become intrigued.  These consumers would want to download an app because, after all, people with smart phones are generally interested in exciting new apps.  To take matters a step further, if a good looking, designer QR code launched a special offer such as a discount, because it was perhaps a temporary looking coupon on a sticker, and the sticker said something like “Scan here and save now”; it is a simple fact that the consumer is likely to do what it takes to get their savings which is to follow the call to action of “Scan…”.

This scenario may sound full of hypothesis, but you are a consumer yourself, if you use a smart phone and came across an artfully arranged QR code suggesting things like “save”, “free offer”, “more from author”, would you make an effort to get a bonus with your purchase?  Many would.

Pay a visit to QR Codes of Note™ and find out more about using QR codes in your book marketing plan today.  There you will discover business card sized solutions, facebook banners, print and online banner solutions, and lots more.  Or better yet, spend a 15 minute appointment discussing some of the great options available to you from the experience of the QR Codes of Note™ design solutions.  

What about you, the author?  What are your thoughts or questions about using QR codes or tags as they are sometimes called?  Leave your words below in our comment section and let us have an exchange of information and ideas!

Namaste,

Olive

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Book Signing Tour…

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a book signing event featuring the book “True You” by Janet Jackson which chronicles Ms. Jackson’s esteem journey with the support of NutriSystem celebrity chef Andre Carthen and fitness trainer Tony Martinez.  Image Source

Once upon a time, not long ago, when many authors were at the mercy of large publishing houses, a paid service the publisher provided was scheduled book signings at big book stores.  If you will recall, Barnes & Noble is the only large book store standing so does that mean authors can give up on the notion of having the publicity of a book signing to drive sales and awareness of her/his book?  No, not necessarily; book signings are evolving just as the other aspects of the book industry.  

Independent book stores remain standing and can also host book signings and author events just as any big book store could.  They may need a nudge from a savvy indie author who recognizes that an indie book seller and and indie author both want book sales.  The extra traffic from an author’s book signing is a mutually winning proposition.  You are your own publisher so scheduling book signings is a part your job and how exciting that you keep more of your profits.  *Assistance is available.

 

How to land a book signing event at an independent book store?  Not necessarily in this order but certainly first let the bookseller first know what is in it for him:

  • Increased traffic to the bookstore: a book signing will bring in more customers.
  • Publicity for the bookstore:  Can you list an event announcement in your local newspaper?  You can announce this online at blogs and social networks.  The book store can also generate publicity in their social networks, newsletters, blogs.

 For your book signing event:

  • Create simple displays which a bookseller can place at their book store announcing your book signing event.
    • Include reviews or blurbs about your book
    • Include *branded QR codes that link your book to a teaser, excerpt and purchase information.   
    • Include purchase link outside of QR code
    • Call the book store and ask to speak to the manager about a book signing. 
      • Tell that you are a local author.  
      • Provide your ISBN number
      • If you are denied by this book seller, this manager is new to the idea perhaps, simply call again in a few months.  It is very likely that in that time the store will be more open to the idea
    • When you meet with book seller, bring your display or send your information in an email format which allows the book seller to print and display.

Book signing day:

  • You will need copies of your book if the book seller does not have any on hand, and easel and large, good looking poster featuring your book*
  • Print Business card size or book mark size information to include with your display or at the register which features branded QR coded teasers or excerpts and any links featuring reviews or “about me” information
  • On book signing day you will need to plan for about 2 hours, a place to sit, books, pen,  water. 

 

*QR Codes of Note™ is a multimedia solution source which develops branded QR code oriented pamphlets, fliers, book marks and various marketing products as well as creates mobile sites, facebook banners, and IT solutions.  QRCodesOfNote.com

Good luck with your book signing!  Please feel free to post comments or questions.

Namaste,

Olive 

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MARKETING: Book Trailers

    Book trailers are a really exciting way to promote a book.  A book trailer is like a movie trailer that Hollywood would use to garner excitement for the block buster movie they’ve been working so hard on.  Book trailers are the modern, high-tech teaser evolution of the inviting paragraphs commonly found on  the backs of paper back books or flaps of a hard covers glossy jacket.  

    The technologically advanced, and probably youthful, nerds at HarperCollins and Amazon began promoting books with video trailers in 2006.  There is no reason that many authors can’t create their own book trailers and load their trailers to YouTube and other distribution channels.  By other distribution channels, I refer to networks which feature book trailer videos online such as AuthorsBroadcast.com.  There are even blogs which feature video trailers.  If you know such blogs, please share them in the comments section.  More on creating book trailers follows.

    You will notice that actors promote their movies on talks shows and you can see commercial promotional trailers even before a movie is released to theaters .  Producers do this “pre-game hype” in order to build enough intrigue that the public “buys” the movie right away, even before it has had a lot of reviews.  Book trailers should also be hyped like this for maximum effectiveness.  The end result of course is book sales.  Combine commonly accessed video platforms like YouTube with social media like FaceBook and twitter and you are onto a brilliant promotional strategy.  Further the hype by using graphic QR codes as part of your marketing and you will probably sell a few books.   Have QRCodesOfNote.com create something graphically intriguing to QR code embedded with your video’s online address and add the QRC  to your phone’s screen saver, your social network pages, and even print them on business cards and distribute accordingly.
      
    Why use a graphically enhanced QR code?  Because black and white code isn’t that pretty and we all know that beauty sells.  When you use a pretty QR code, the public is more likely to wait the entire 2 seconds it takes to launch your YouTube video.  Once they scan your trailer and watch it, the curiosity is piqued.  Your book trailer can also be shared because it’s on a smart phone and people take their phones everywhere and as you know “read any good books lately?” is as common a conversation topic as the weather.

    Below you will find software that you can utilize to create your upcoming book trailer.  You don’t have to wait until your book is finished, start the pre-sale hype when you are nearing the release of your work in order to get your target audience ready to snatch it up right away.  You can keep your trailer simple and it won’t interrupt your writing schedule too much.  Book trailers, YouTube and QR codes are a winning recipe.
    
Windows Movie Maker
PhotoStory
Stupeflix
PhotoShow
       

QRCodesOfNote.com, my baby, creates graphically exciting QR codes and my team is available to answer your QR code questions @ QRCofNote@yahoo.com

Namaste,

Olive

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