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The Book Shelf is Missing Your Book!

Two Drops of Ink: A Literary Blog

By: Marilyn L. Davis

We want to promote your book and we don’t expect you to pay us. How’s that for straightforward information?

We know what it’s like to sit and write and wonder if anyone will read our creative efforts. We know what it’s like to be a fern at the bottom of the redwood forest. But through hard work, good writing, and social media shares, we attracted readers, followers, and the attention of other sites. In fact, we made The Write Life’s list of top 100 writing sites in 2016,  and we’re one of their eleven sited writing communities for 2017.  We also made Positive Writer’s  top 50 in 2017.

Those awards certainly mean something to us and about us. But just as importantly, they mean that we have credibility in the writing world, which can translate to exposure for you. 

Because we wanted to…

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Sample Chapters and Book Excerpts

Patricia Ann Bridewell

Very often authors will use “sample chapter” and “excerpt” interchangeably. The two are very different. Below you will find the characteristics of each as well as ways to use both to market your books.

Sample chapters are selected chapters from a work of fiction or non-fiction used to give readers a taste of your work. Sometimes authors will give away a sample chapter to their followers to tease an upcoming release or to simply market a book’s release.

An excerpt can be as long as a couple of sentences or a passage from a chapter in a book. Excerpts are generally used in reviews, marketing materials, and as references. An entire chapter is not an excerpt.

Here are 5 ways to use sample chapters and excerpts in book marketing:

  1. Upload a sample chapter on your website on your book’s about page. Readers can download it and members of the media…

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