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  • The Combined Book Team December 18, 2014

    By Keely Brooke Keith As a new author releasing my first book, I was warned that unless my book is being released by one of the Big Five (it’s not) with a hefty marketing budget (nowhere close to hefty) I should be prepared to work for my readership. I was also warned that the initial burst of sales would consist of people I had reached through my blogging efforts and social media, the book’s pre-release marketing, and largely people who knew me personally, and at about the 6-week mark, sales…
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    The Combined Book Team December 12, 2014

    Author Signing or Event Services – CBE Authors Central Author events such as signings and book readings can be a great way to connect with readers and reach another audience. But how do you get your own author event? There are several options, whether you can spend money on a dedicated are at a major trade show or fair, or you want to set up a smaller local signing or event, there are many avenues to choose from if you know where to look. I’ve done signings at…
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    The Combined Book Team November 13, 2014

    Blog Tour – Services Back in the day, when a new book came out the author went on a multi-city book tour. That is no longer financially feasible for most new (or even mid-list) authors. Now, we have blog tours. A blog tour is virtual tour where an author promotes their book on many different blogs. Book promotions companies charge $150 to $500 for a blog tour. When it came time to promote my debut novel, The Land Uncharted, I wanted to see if I could organize a blog…
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    The Combined Book Team November 4, 2014

    So you’ve got your first author event, congrats! It’s an exciting time and will be a great learning experience for you. Now it’s time to spread the word, so you take to Facebook and Twitter and let all your followers know. But what about your local coffee shop and supermarket bulletin? Surely, the community you’re signing your books in will want to know about your event. Designing a flyer or poster for these occasions doesn’t have to be costly, in…
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    The Combined Book Team October 23, 2014

    A few months ago, I decided being at Comic Con would be an awesome experience for me as an author. With thousands attending each year, the exposure to a large audience would be great for me and my self-published title The Skinwalker’s Apprentice. There was one big problem though; I didn’t have the money to fund the booth space. With the smallest booth going for nearly 1k, not to mention the cost of ordering books and swag I knew it would be impossible for me to manage…
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    The Combined Book Team September 26, 2014

    In Endangered, A National Book Award Finalist, author Eliot Schrefer tells the story of Sophie, a young girl who must, “ save a group of bonobos — and herself — from a violent coup.” While still focusing on great apes, more specifically chimpanzees this time instead of bonobos, Shrefer’s book Threatned is “a gripping journey into the world of chimpanzees…and the life of an African boy whose fate becomes entwined with them when he finds himself alone in the forest.” Threatened will be featured…
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    The Combined Book Team September 23, 2014

    Bookmarks are a great way to spread the word about your book and can be useful during author signings, giveaways and when your book is appearing at a book fair or conference. You don’t have to pay someone to design your bookmark for you, in fact if you have a book cover it’s really easy to make one yourself. But even if you don’t have a cover yet (or don’t want to use one for the bookmark) there are many ways of designing a bookmark that are pretty easy…
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    The Combined Book Team September 23, 2014

    There are many options out there for eBook covers and as most authors know, your cover is one of the most important tools you have in grabbing a readers attention. Sometimes authors pay for covers that are not professional looking and this hurts your chances of being noticed by readers. Below is a tutorial on making your eBook cover using the online tool PicMonkey. First you will pick the custom option for our design. We will be…
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    The Combined Book Team September 11, 2014

    Joey Cabrera stands for part of most evenings on the doorstep of the Clason’s Point Library, near 172nd Street and Morrison Avenue in the Bronx. There, he taps into the Wi-Fi that seeps out of the library after it closes. He checks in on Tumblr, Snapchat, Facebook — “the usual stuff,” he said — and plays Lost Saga, a video game developed in Korea. “Formerly, I played Minecraft, but this is less mainstream, an inside thing with my friends,” Joey said. Then there…
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    The Combined Book Team September 11, 2014

    While the need for warm coats has never been greater, it has also never been easier to meet this vital need in our community. The Combined Book Exhibit invites the literary and library community to join them in an effort to ensure that no one goes without a warm coat this winter. According to One Warm Coat, “Health experts report that even a 2-degree drop in body temperature results in reduced heart rate, loss of coordination, and confusion. Adults cannot work effectively and children find it difficult to learn.  For…
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