Thanks for visiting this page to learn my tips for authors.

Following my tips might help you increase book sales.

General Book Writing Tips

• Before you get started writing a new book, outline or

write down notes on what you want to do on a flash card

or something else handy, especially if you have a lot of

material and ideas to organize and you don’t want to omit

anything important. Another nifty thing you can do is write

notes in bold type below the regular content for your book,

and delete those notes once you write about something

pertaining to those notes in your book or story.

• Write your books in Microsoft Word, pay attention to

prompts from the spell check feature and thoroughly

proofread your manuscript and make the necessary edits

before publishing your book if you don’t want to hire an

editor. I recently passed up buying a book because it had

too many errors in the first chapter, notably words in

which the first letter of a word was separated from the other

letters.

• For easier reading, use a 12-inch font, double-space your

paragraphs and keep the paragraphs short. Using a tiny font

plus writing too many long paragraphs and making them

single-spaced can cost you sales and in some cases where you

make a sale, it can lead to a negative review.

• I don’t buy books which have too many long, single-spaced

paragraphs and 10-inch font, and thus provide an unpleasant

reader experience; the fact I find most books like this is the

main reason I have only bought roughly five books online the

last two years, approximately. Remember that readers can

preview your book before buying it in most cases, especially on

Amazon.

• Make sure your readers won’t get confused. For example,

you shouldn’t create a scene where there’s a confrontation and

someone is attacked then jump to a scene where the assailed

person is hanging out with a friend or partner unless you make

it clear both of these people are being held hostage by the

person who made the attack in the previous scene. Any

confusion in your book may lead to a missed sale, or in the event

of a sale, a negative review. If you opt to write a fiction book in

first person, let readers know who the main character is at the

beginning of the first chapter.

• Let some of your dreams guide your book creation decision

making. After waking up from a scary or inspirational dream,

consider whether you want to write a novel or short story on it; if

the answer is yes, mentally go over everything you remember

about the dream immediately then do this again about five

minutes later to permanently lock in what you remember. By

following this step, you’ll always have ideas for your next fiction

books and prevent writer’s block.

• Once you begin writing a book, maintain whatever pace you’re

comfortable with over the next several weeks or so.

• Save your work during and after each writing session. I save

my work onto a file in my flash drive then email a copy of what

I have completed to date to my email.

Action, art, blurb, research

• When you write a fiction novel or mini-novel, it’s critical to

provide action in your first chapter – the closer to the beginning

of that chapter, the better.

• Surely you’re familiar with the phrase “Don’t judge a book by

its cover”. Many readers do in fact do this; if any book you

self-publish doesn’t sell well and you think your cover may have

something to do with this, change your book cover. If you don’t

want or can’t afford to pay someone to design your cover, you

can find artwork you can download for commercial and personal

use free of charge through Pixabay.

• Having a great cover can help get more readers to notice your

book online but they may not be persuaded to look inside your

book, let alone buy it, unless you “sell” the book to them. Solid

book summary copy is just as important as the cover. Your blurb,

or book description, is the place to encourage people to purchase

your book.

Make this summary exciting and highlight the strongest points of

your book without giving away too much information. Paying

attention to the back covers of traditionally published books you

read or browse can help you hone this crucial book copy writing

skill; it’s more critical to have such a powerful blurb for fiction

books than it is for nonfiction, self-help books.

• Constantly conduct research to find out how to have more

author success.

Promotion

• If you don’t do anything to promote your books you likely

won’t get anywhere past a few steps at the most and will

therefore have wasted your time writing the books. A

powerful way to promote your books is through your own

author website. I recommend creating your site through

WordPress.org and paying about $2.59 a month to host

your site through Dream Host. Make sure to start an

email list through your author website and make sure to

offer a free content magnet to persuade visitors to give

you their email address and sign up for your newsletter.

• Other book promotion avenues include using book

promotion websites, promoting your works to friends on

social media and participating in Facebook writers

groups.

Where to publish your works

• If you wish to self-publish your work, submit each book

you complete to Bookrix or the Amazon DTP program.

• If you wish to traditionally publish your work, please

read “Jeff Herman’s Guide to Book publishers, Editors &

Literary Agents” first.

• If you want to have your work turned into a movie,

acquire movie script writing software and buy a copyright

for your completed manuscript through the Library of

Congress before submitting it to film producers.

Selling your books in multiple formats

• The more avenues you provide readers to buy your

books, the better – this includes e-book, paperback,

hardback and audio book formats.

• I sell my books as e-books through Bookrix and as

paperbacks through Amazon DTP.

Patience

• Anytime you self-publish a book, please make sure

there is a book preview or book sampling option

available to readers before linking to your book and

marketing it.

• It isn’t smart to risk losing a sale to someone who

can’t preview your book.

Avoiding unforgivable errors

• Some readers such as myself can’t let certain

errors slide.

• For example, you don’t want to get “their” and

“there” mixed up and use them in the wrong

context.

• An instance of this I found while reading a book was

“tears streamed down there faces”. “Their” should

have been used instead.

Avoiding profanity in your books

• If you use a cuss word, especially the F word, just

once in your books, that may cause some readers to

drop your book.

• You may be thinking, “What do I care if a reader stops

reading my book altogether? I got his/her money and

that’s all that counts.” Well, that reader will likely buy

no more of your books and may even write a negative

review.

• If I find too many instances of profanity in a book I

buy online, I’ll write a review containing fewer than five

stars.