Yesterday we received the weekly newsletter from our son's school in which there was a request for help translating future newsletters into Spanish. Being a multilingual person, I know first hand what a pain translating things can be. My very first job in high school was translating financial documents from Spanish and Portuguese into English for my friend's mom's credit bureau. Hope I didn't translate anything wrong...
The internet has literally obliterated borders and allows anyone to easily reach people on the other side of the planet. So how do you connect with new audiences in new international markets without speaking their language?
Last week Marcus and I attended a "welcome home" party for a dear friend who just moved back to Nashville. We knew several people at the party but a large majority of the people there were new faces. When we finally connected with our friends they introduced us to multiple people there and started conversations between us and our new acquaintances. It was a seamless way to connect with new people and develop new friendships.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: you understand the power of giving away free content but you can't stomach the idea of giving away your entire book for free on Amazon, NoiseTrade, or other promotional outlets. I know the feeling and completely understand.
It is possible to give away quality content that draws in new fans, exposes your book to new readers, and helps you establish your fan base without having to give away your entire book for free. Did I just hear a huge sigh of relief??
In an over saturated digital world, you need to make your work stand out from the rest. Giving your book away for free is always an option. But there is another avenue you can take: create or curate something of significant value that you can give to your readers that goes beyond your book. This will take some creativity. But taking the time to create additional quality content that you can give to your readers will not only draw new readers in, it will create a deeper connection with you and your fans.
Here are 15 great ways to give away content without giving away your entire book:
Amazon just announced a new subscription service called Kindle Unlimited, which allows users who pay $9.99 per month unlimited access to a number of Kindle titles. As an author, you need to understand how this new service works, whether or not your books are included, and how much it pays authors.