It’s hard enough to write thousands of words for a book … But then you have to turn that into a few hundred words to sell it to readers. In today’s show, Bryan Cohen and I deconstruct book sales descriptions in detail.
In the introduction, I mention the expansion of indie authors into the print book market with Jamie McGuire getting her Createspace book into Walmart. I also talk about the beginning of my co-authoring experience with J Thorn, as well as my lessons learned from 4 years as a full-time author entrepreneur.
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Bryan Cohen is an author of YA novels and non-fiction, a stand-up comedian and entrepreneur. He’s the co-host of the Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral and also runs Best Page Forward, a copywriting service for authors.
- How Bryan got started in writing, including his start as a blogger and then becoming a student of successful writing habits
- On Bryan’s outlining process and what works for him
- Best Page Forward for authors and the challenges of writing good copy, which are very different from writing good fiction
- Why a book’s Amazon description is actually a sales description and not a summary of the book’s narrative
- What writers get wrong in their book sales descriptions
- The most important aspects of fiction and non-fiction book descriptions, including the importance of tag-lines, adjectives and other descriptive words, and quotes
- Why author’s shouldn’t ‘set it and forget it’ with their book descriptions
- The importance of using a tag line that is appropriate for your book’s genre and when naming your character and/or setting in your description matters
- Using other authors’ names in descriptions and why calls-to-action matter
- Bryan and Joanna’s thoughts on the benefits and draw-backs of podcasting for both fiction and non-fiction authors