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Sell Your Book – It’s Easy To Make An Author’s Web Site

When the typical writer is begins his or her career, all focus is on the story. In most ways, this is appropriate because, after all, if a novel isn’t well-written it has no chance of success. However, another important factor is the ability to promote that book and get it into the hands of readers so you can sell your book.

One of the most invaluable tools an author can use is a Web site that allows the readers the option of purchasing directly from the author. For someone who’s never owned or operated a Web site, this concept can seem both scary and alien but it’s not as difficult as it might seem. Follow these steps to start creating your own author’s website:

  • Get a domain name. This will be your address on the web. It can be any combination of letters and numbers up to 63 characters. You can search for and register your official domain name through several registrars including GoDaddy, Act Now Domains, TheComRegistry, Network Solutions, as well as a variety of others.
    • Choose a Web host. A Web host stores your site on their server and transmits it to the internet for people to find. The most important thing to remember with a Web host is that they don’t have to be expensive but they must be reliable. If the server is constantly going down, the site won’t be available for your visitors and you will miss out on the chance to sell your book.
      • Build the Web site. You can do this yourself or you can hire a professional if it seems too intimidating. Some Web hosts will offer the software and customizable templates to help you do this. Through them it can be a simple click-and-type process, but with a professional outside vendor you can have a lot more flexibility in design. Also, templates can make it difficult for search engines to find the things they look for that help them categorize your site and rank it higher in search results, thus making it easier to sell your book.

      Now that you know how to create a promotional Web site, you’re free to complete the other steps necessary to launch that ideal career. One of the quickest and easiest ways to get your manuscript published and on the market is through a professional printing company such as CMYK Graphix, Inc. They will customize your printing to fit your needs so that you can turn your focus to more important things so you can sell your book.

      For information on book printing and self-publishing your book, contact CMYK Graphix, Inc. at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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      A Book Printer’s Tips: Create A Great Book Title

      They say you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but many people do. Even more important than the cover, however, is a book’s title. A weak title may mean your work will be overlooked in the book store but a strong one will grip the imagination of prospective readers, not to mention that a memorable title comes easier to the lips. The more a person can hear and remember your book’s title, the more likely you are to increase your readership.
                 
      To create a book title for your manuscript, just follow these important steps:

      • Start with the story basics. What is it about? Who is the target audience? Your title should reflect on these concepts.
        • Search within the story for title ideas. It could be drawn from a theme present in the manuscript, a key phrase used, or the name of a character or concept in the story.
          • Some authors will use a title that has absolutely nothing to do with the work. It’s a unique concept and it can pay off as long as a parallel can eventually be drawn between the two.
            • As you come up with ideas narrow your list down to the five strongest possibilities. Have friends and family members read the manuscript. Get their opinions on which of the five titles are most effective.
              • Consider each of the titles as part of a marketing plan. Does one work better than the other? Say the titles out loud as if you were in an interview. Does one roll off the tongue easier?

              It’s important to remember that a story’s title gives a reader the most basic description of your work. Whether a title is pulled from the book or not, it will still be a reflection of your work and the ideas you want to express.

              Using these steps to create a book title will ensure your book won’t be overlooked on store shelves. After you have that catchy title and your manuscript is complete it’s time to bet busy getting your work published. The best approach is using a professional printing company like CMYK Graphix, Inc. They will allow you to self-publish your manuscript in the quickest time so you can focus your energy on selling and marketing it. As professional book printers, they have the knowledge and experience to help you self-publish your novel with all the customizations you require. They offer fast and easy quotes online at http://www.cmykgraphix.com and will be happy to do custom quotes by request. For more information, contact the book printers at 1-800-698-2071 or email them today.

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