Cool Free Tools to Help You Sell Books

Cool Free Tools to Help You Sell Books

Whoever coined the phrase, “You get what you pay for” is not a writer. There are many free tools available on the Internet that can help you sell more books than you ever imagined. Below are some of my favorite free tools for writers.

Google Talk

Google talk is an instant messaging service with several interesting features. As a writer you must have a website. Isn’t it better to communicate with potential customers in real time over the Internet every time they have questions about your book? Now you can, it’s free! Google Talk has a nice feature called Google Chatback. Google Chatback allows visitors to your website to see if you are online and available to chat.

Every time I open the Google Talk program on my computer, my status automatically changes to “available”. Every time I close Google Talk on my computer, my status automatically changes to “not available”. Now, every visitor to my website can click on the box when I’m available and connect with me instantly. I will get a message on my screen through Google Talk notifying me that someone wants to talk to me through Google Chatback.

Almost immediately, I connected with web visitors who asked questions about my book. Often, the question is not about the book, but about the book’s problem. These questions are basically the gateway for future book purchases. At this point, I answer their questions and then offer web visitors a small coupon code – see the coupon code section in this chapter. At this time, they were very impressed that their question was answered by the author and they had a coupon code, so they would order the book. Google Chatback is an amazing way to be instantly available to any web visitor.

Issuu is a free and user-friendly website with several practical applications for writers. First, if you have all kinds of marketing material from brochures to catalogs to presentations, they can be uploaded to Issuu and viewed in full color in flip-book format. This is the best way to save on printing and shipping costs. Instead of printing and sending expensive marketing material, upload your marketing material to Issuu. Now readers can see your document in full color and turn the pages as if they were holding and turning the pages in their hands. Readers can even zoom in or out on certain pieces of marketing material.

After you upload marketing material to Issuu, you can create thumbnail views to put on your website. Visitors to your website can click on a small image of your marketing material and be taken to the full size version. I would recommend adding audio to your marketing material. You can read the text contained in marketing material or give a brief audio introduction about the marketing material they will read. This will give your marketing material a high-tech feel.

You might also want to use Issuu as an option to sell e-books. Issues gives you the ability to upload …

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Build a Website and Make Money - A Guide to Free and Inexpensive Website Tools

Build a Website and Make Money – A Guide to Free and Inexpensive Website Tools

The first question on people’s minds, besides ‘how to make money online’, is usually ‘how to make money on line’ AND ‘how to make a website’. People also wonder if making money online can be done with free website design sites, or, do they have to build a website using purchased software. Actually building a website can involve free website design and purchasing website design software. This article will explore both methods, and, hopefully give new folks a little more confidence if they are going to try to make money online.

My first experience with website building came from using Microsoft Publisher.

(If anyone reading this has Microsoft Office, Publisher should be bundled with the package). What I liked about using Publisher the most is that it is largely a drag and drop interface with sizable text boxes that can be placed anywhere on the web page. This makes Publisher very easy to use as far as web page design is concerned. Another feature is that Publisher comes with website templates, like many programs, so that you don’t have to start from scratch. What might make Publisher not so attractive to some is that some knowledge (and software) about FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is required for website creation. FTP is not difficult to master but is an additional step to building a website. Also required is a website host to store website files. Another problem with Publisher is that accessing the HTML (the underlying code that formats a website and how it looks) code is not easy and Publisher is also not as SEO friendly as other site design tools if your designing a website to make money on the internet. If you are looking for professional design power you might consider Adobe Dreamweaver, but beware – besides the expense of the program there will also be the task of learning Dreamweaver as well. Another possibility to make your own website would be to explore the free website building sites on the internet. Website building sites like  and  have free site building tools for simple designs, but also have pay packages for those needing more storage for text and video. I personally don’t care for the web design tools available at these free sites but that doesn’t mean that a person can’t build a good looking site and do it free.

The lines are getting very blurry nowadays between a blog site and a website. When I first looked into blogging I tried Google’s  and found it easy to set up a blog in a very short amount of time. After a while, however, I looked into building a website that would support the affiliate programs I wanted to join. That’s when I discovered WordPress. WordPress is a powerful blog/website building tool and, like , it is free. Unlike , WordPress has a lot of support in the way of Plug-ins (small HTML or PHP programs that are free, for the most part) and widgets that  doesn’t have. The disadvantage …

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