Writing changed my life. It can change yours too.

I began writing as a child, but I was terrified to share it with anyone. When I hit my 40’s and the dreaded midlife crisis began I was asking “IS THIS IT?” and truly disappointed with where I’d led myself to. Life was work, watch TV, repeat.

Thanks to my dear friend Lisa Crawford who informed me of self-publishing, I dusted off the novel that’d been sitting in my drawer for twenty years and I was off!

Unchanged since first loaded Jan 2016 http://Cataclysm was my life long project.

Then I began blogging and connecting on social media with other authors. The scariest next step was live interviews! I tell you I was terrified for my first one. I felt like an imposter talking about my new career. However, once I started chatting and learning that everyone else feels the same way, all my jitters fell away. Don’t let fear stop you! Now I’ll talk to anyone about anything, that’s huge for me. A quick 4 yrs. later and here I am doing an interview with the local paper.

Put yourself out there, the worst that can happen is people say no – and they will – however it’s the YES’S that count and those will come too.

If you’ve read all the way to here I have a special for you. Do you have a book you want to promote? Drop the comment with a link and I’ll add it to my #WHATTOREAD2021 page – FREE. Check it out below, you can drop your comment there too if you prefer. Thanks for stopping by and good luck!

https://authortheresajacobs.wordpress.com/what-to-read-2021/?fbclid=IwAR1Q0Z2UZzk8j15AYdfsKK0fZ9rMgABV4WFTYhisdthbuqn4ESqvF1pWsW8

Marketing that works

The first hardest part of self-publishing is the writing.

The second is getting attention. 

As Indie’s we work our butts off in marketing our own work. There’s blogs, interviews, social media interactions, groups, videos, and on and on – you know the drill.

And of course, we’ll try anything ONCE.

The other day I was googling a business, and it hit me, “Why don’t I try putting myself on google maps?”

That’s exactly what I did.

I don’t particularly like that my home address is so easily visible, I’m sure a PO Box will remedy that. But I also am not hard to find if anyone really looks anyway – I figure while I’m not super famous – I’d take a chance.

This is how it looks when I google my name 🙂

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This is the results after only 6 days!

14,720 VIEWS 23 CLICKS cost me $15.19!

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Yes, it costs money, but you control it. I created a cap of $50.00 a month just to see how that would translate. It’s going well and not costing me a fortune.  You can also create weekly ads (you actually have to change them weekly, which I don’t care for) but I made a call to action, below.

Now people don’t even have to click through to my website, they can click buy and it takes them directly to my Amazon page. 

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Get creative, share events, re-direct to your website or Amazon. Take the world by storm and make yourself known.

I’m always open to discuss – drop me a comment! Theresa

Making book video promo’s

When I first decided to make a “commercial” for my debut novel, I searched and searched for free options. I tried a few and found them lacking.

Then I discovered Animoto. I liked the ease of use and the amount of options to play with. However using for free left me with their branding. It wasn’t too obnoxious, but some people didn’t like it.

Over the last couple of years, they’ve taken away many of the best features, moving them to the paying only options, and it became harder to create a simple ad.

Some great people in a writers club told me the Windows Movie Maker was good, and watermark free!

I checked it out, it did cost me $40.00 – but that’s for life. Which is worth it in the grand plan of becoming a famous author.

I’ve made many commercials over the past couple of months and so far so good.

 

I would love to know what you use, what price you paid, and see your commercials too.

Please share with us so we can all learn and grow together.

https://www.amazon.com/Theresa-Jacobs/e/B01BAS13T2

HOW TO:

For anyone new to creating ads, I use free stock photo’s, plop them into the movie maker, play with all the setting already there and the music is there too.  Some of it not the best, there are free sound bite sites as well. If you have more questions, comment and we can talk. 

https://pixabay.com/en/grass-clock-time-alarm-green-1140817/

https://www.istockphoto.com/ca

https://unsplash.com/search/photos/glamour

http://soundbible.com/2165-Creepy-Background.html

 

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