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Getting closer to my launch of A Reluctant Little Prince!


Now comes the ask.

Some of you may have received an email with an electronic copy pleading for you to read and post a review. If you didn’t get one and are willing to review my little book, please email me at jeanswriting@jeancogdell.com. The good news is it should only take you a few minutes to read a 30-page picture book.boy-310099_640Easy Templates To Help Write A Book Review

How to write a book review 

How to Get Book Reviews: 5 Steps for Success from a Veteran Reviewer By

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Do you know why some books sell and others don’t?

Me too!

But there doesn’t seem to be a magic formula. Too bad, I was looking for one.

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We all know being famous helps, even if you can’t write.

But what else sells a book?

A dynamite cover will peak a reader’s curiosity.

In this day when everyone can publish a book from the comfort of their home computer, a book must stand out above the rest.

Make sure you book is not overpriced. Everyone loves a bargain.

A book doesn’t sell itself. Market it!

I’m terrible at marketing. Tooting my own horn is not something that comes easily. But if you want your book to be noticed, you need to learn to blow.

Start with great packaging and attention grabbing title. Give the reader information or a story that compels them to keep reading. And then share with anyone who will listen.

Below is a really good article with 21 things that make for a top-selling book.

Check out:

Why Do Some Books Sell When Others Don’t?

Do you have any tips to share about how to help a book rise above the competition?

Talk to me, the lights on and comments are now open.

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Are you still searching for the perfect gift?

Tryouts for Ben may not be perfect, but it’s damn good if I do say so myself!

And there is still time to get this book before Christmas!

There is nothing better than a book that encourages a kid to succeed.

Buy Tryouts for Ben Today!

Add it in a stocking hung over the mantle with care, give it to a teacher for her library, a nephew, niece, or neighbor – please share!


Buy and review this writer will be eternally grateful! Click on Ben and order!

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Who knew they’d be this many decisions to make

Some days I’m overwhelmed with the tweaks and decisions and tweaks to the decisions needed to publish a book. Even a small children’s book.

Writing a book is hard but I’m beginning to believe the hard part is just starting once the publishing begins.

So many decisions, so many choices, and so many mistakes before a book is published. The last one I’m trying to keep to a minimum.

Editors, cover, designers, oh my.

I feel like Dorothy tiptoeing down the yellow brick road in the land of Oz.

To publish or self publish, with an agent or without? Those are the questions. (Ah the old Bard slipped in.)

If you thought the writing took forever, take a deep breath, grab a snack and settle in for the publishing and promoting.

To market, to market to sell a new book. (Getting a bit punchy.)

Getting a book “out there” is not for the faint of heart. I’m re-learning the definition of perseverance.

I’ve spent as much time reading and researching how and where to publish as I did writing the book.

Misery loves company, so I thought I’d share just a few articles in case y’all need something to read. After all, what’s a friend for? 

Ask ALLi Member Q&A: Your Self-Publishing Questions answered by Joanna Penn and Orna Ross Tuesday October 27th

8 Steps to Write and Publish Your Book by 

The 12-Step Program to Successful Self-Publishing – the talk and slide show by Susan M. Toy thanks to CHRIS THE STORY READING APE’S BLOG

Start Here: How to Get Your Book Published by

And these are just the tip of the iceberg!

However, at some point, it’s time to bite the bullet and let it go.

I’m almost there.

What do you think? Got any good tips on publishing?

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