Archives for February 2014

An Interview with Jim Stovall, An Extraordinary Man

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Jim Stovall’s. I read his book recently, The Millionaire Map, and it became my inspiration for this Featured Author series, among other things I’m planning for 2014.

Front Cover_Millionaire Map_Jim StovallI’ve already reviewed his book on this blog, and I strongly recommend you pick up a copy of your own to consume. (If you’re interested in possibly winning a copy, read to the end!)

Now I figured it’s time to introduce you to the man himself too so that you can see just how incredibly extraordinary he is. I think you’ll agree that the map Jim is able provide is one many of us would like to follow in one regard or another!

Despite being blind, Jim Stovall has been a National Olympic weightlifting champion, a successful investment broker, the President of the Emmy Award-winning Narrative Television Network, and a highly sought after author and platform speaker. He is the author of 25 books, including the bestseller, The Ultimate Gift, which is now a major motion picture from 20th Century Fox starring James Garner and Abigail Breslin. Four of Mr. Stovall’s other novels have also been made into major motion pictures.

Steve Forbes, president and CEO of Forbes magazine, says, “Jim Stovall is one of the most extraordinary men of our era.” [Read more…]

5 Ways to Encourage Readers to Buy Books from Your Website

If you’re like most authors, you want to write your book more than you want to sell your book. Promoting books may not be your passion, but it is an integral part of being a successful writer. After all, if people don’t buy your book, what was the point in writing it?

Here are 5 things you can do to sell more books from your website.

5 Ways to Encourage Readers to Buy Books from Your Website

Writing books and selling them online are two very different skills.

1. Give Away a Chapter

One of the best things you can do when trying to sell your book is to give away a chapter for free. By making the first few chapters available on your website, you will not only draw traffic to your site, but you can also create a sense of intrigue about your book. Give potential readers a small taste of what you’re capable of and they’ll be much more likely to come back for the whole meal.

2. Have It Your Way

Make sure that visitors to your site know the various formats your book is available in. Everyone has a favorite book format. For me, it even varies based on the type of book I’m reading, and whether or not I personally know the author.

Letting readers know that your book is available in their favorite format helps in the sales process. [Read more…]