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 …

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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 …

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