About BooksZeus

BooksZeus is a blog created for writers everywhere and particularly in Australia. I can give you all sorts of suggestions on anything about writing, books, authors, publishing and marketing. Working in the publishing industry helps but the fact that I am also a writer means I can relate to you – the writer.

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  1. bookszeus says:

    I have found that authors can no longer turn up to a bookstore and sit at a table with pen poised over their books.
    The reality is, potential buyers will probably walk past without a sideways glance. They need something to pique their interest.
    Dress your table up with a theme from your book or just with a bright tablecloth; alternatively what about dressing yourself up (eg. costume period of the book). You can take along pop-up posters (sure to draw attention, such as Andy Semple’s see his website) or run a book trailer from your laptop. Even just a bunch of helium balloons beside the table will be sufficient. It doesn’t have to be expensive, just creative.
    You want people to stop by and ask what you are doing at the store and then convince them to buy your book. Don’t be shy – talk it up.
    Irena Thompson author of Snake in the Grass suggests mingling with the crowd (try rent-a-crowd) or having a friend with a basket of lollies etc. to hand out (people love freebies).
    Props are great. Pat Noad author of the Annie Bryce mysteries sometimes has a severed hand on her table.
    Don’t stay at the signing table. Walk around the store and ask buyers what they are looking for – again suggest your book.
    Remember, you’ve put your heart and soul into your writing and now you need to do the same with your book signings or you won’t sell your beloved work.
    Remain positive, smile and love your book, hopefully buyers will then love it as much as you do.

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      Hi Argelia, It depends which article as you only commented on the front page. I’m happy for blogs to be reposted to help other writers understand the publishing industry. Yes, please give credit to me, Donna Munro, and the WordPress blog Books Zeus. Thanks.

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    • bookszeus says:

      It depends which article as you only commented on the front page. I’m happy for blogs to be reposted to help other writers understand the publishing industry. Yes, please give credit to me, Donna Munro, and the WordPress blog Books Zeus. Thanks.

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      I would allow guest writers but only on topics of writing, marketing, books and publishing and related ideas. Mostly guests are Zeus Publications authors or aspiring writers. Thanks.

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    • bookszeus says:

      I love all Apple. Best computers, best phone and some really good apps for writers. I have ibooks and read on my phone when I can’t get a book in my bag.

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