Chat Rooms

December 9, 2011 by  
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Years ago, probably 1995, I was talking with the man who created my first website and he was telling me how he had sold his first website. He had created a website with tropical fish and had sold the website six months later for $60,000.

I was impressed!

Then about eight months later he sold his wine import website for $90,000. That I had to stop and ask him what in the world he did should be no surprise.

He told me how he had gone on to the chat boards and bulletin boards and started asking questions about the fish then the wine. He used a false identity and answered with another identity, leaving the link to his websites.

It was very clever when you consider it was 17 years ago. And it still works today. But what I prefer to do is go to LinkedIn and join groups that pertain to my websites and answer other people’s questions and include a back link to my site each time.

Occasionally I get someone to reply to my answer and actually look at my website. I’ve even talked live to several people once we started talking several times.

There are many websites you can use to develop conversations including Google and Yahoo groups. But if you’re looking to drive traffic and get new clients, this is one techniques that will yield your more of both with the least of effort. And it will not cost you a fortune in pay per click dollars.

Foreign Rights

December 6, 2011 by  
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I have heard about the Foreign Rights publishing concept about five years ago. It sounded interesting, but there has always been more than enough to keep me busy here in the U.S.

But recently I’ve had several authors who have been asking about the possibility of getting their books out into the world and what it will take, so I began to do more research on the concept.

There are book fairs every year where authors can attend. It’s usually a great resource for many author requirements such as publicists, marketing firms, trailer services, etc. But one of the best ways to meet a representative of foreign rights publishing is in person. So these events are one of the best methods. Usually the agent will present your book to the various publishers they represent and if the publisher believe they can do well with your title, they will make an outright offer.

That is to say, they will buy the rights to print your book, market it and keep all the proceeds for a set fee. The fee range is between $10,000 and $100,000 depending on the range of the market and the current popularity of the topic you have written about.

You may have several foreign rights agents and several publishers working with you simultaneously. In fact, the more the merrier since it will create more of a buzz about your title.

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