Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Power of a Reader's Touch

Today I'm thrilled to have a guest blogger - the bestselling author Bri Clark who is one smart and savvy lady.  Long time followers of my blog may remember her other guest post: GMC and we Ain't Talking Trucks - that post has the 4th highest page views of my blog (it was 3rd, but Scent of Magic Cover Art knocked it out).

This blog is the first in a series that I will post every Wednesday. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

The Power in a Reader’s Touch
By Bri Clark

There is one element that defies publishers whether Indie, a big NY house, or the self pubbed author, a force that controls even the almighty Amazon, Walmart and Barnes and Noble. This power is a humble presence. It is so humble in fact, it does not realize its own strength.

Whom am I speaking of? What could be so strong that it could defy traditional publishers and even Amazon?

It is you my dear reader.

I see your scoffing smirks and those rolling eyes. Once you can focus, again keep reading. You won’t be sorry.

I’m going to take a few short blog posts and show you the power that you hold with a specific emphasis on Amazon.

Amazon (and there are at least 6. As in there are Amazon countries like the UK and Spain.) is the mackdaddy of sales for an author at the moment. It might be different for traditionally published authors but for the most part, they are the ones sending out the biggest checks. The great thing about what I’m about to show you is that it works within all Amazon sites. So pay attention.

For my first lesson in awakening you to your amazing powers dear reader is to introduce you to the Amazon algorithm.

Some say it’s a myth like Nessie in loch Ness or an at home hair removal system that doesn’t hurt. However, it is in fact real.

To understand AA (Amazon algorithm) you have to understand the US credit rating system. But wait no one gets that! You’re right. I’m joking! LOL But it is a good metaphor. No one really understands how exactly to get that almighty score that opens the creditors door just like no one knows exactly how to get their book to the top of the Amazon charts.

(Side note the whole point to getting your book up in rank on Amazon is so people will see it. The more people who see it. The more sells you receive.)

Why should you care about AA or how far up in rank a book gets if you aren’t even the author?

Because dear reader if books don’t sell authors can’t write. No matter the way they publish, nobody is going to waste their time in an endeavor where there is no return. At least not for long and no one with any sense.

Can you imagine what would have happened if there was no Magic Study or Fire Study?! I see worldwide riots! [thanks Bri]

“But Maria was traditionally published and under contract they had to publish them.” You might be saying and to a certain degree, you are right. But that doesn’t mean they had to do such a good job or that they had to offer a deal for the Glass series. And wasn’t that last book a doosey of a twist? Maria does know how to weave a plot I tell ya!

The whole point to this series I’m presenting is that I want you to understand the power you hold with just a little time, money, and words.

That’s it for today reader dears. In the next lesson, you’ll learn the first way to manipulate AA. And don’t worry it’s completely G…no wait PG rated.

About Bri Clark:
No stranger to adversity there are three things that make Bri Clark the ultimate womenpreneur. Failure, Work Ethic, Ambition, Strategy She works as a strategist, author and speaker as well as a consultant and promoter for multiple publishers. After moving to Boise from Tennessee she was quickly dubbed “The Belle of Boise” for her hospitable nature, forward attitude, and sassy attitude.

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  1. Thanks for having me on Maria and I am thrilled to share my knowledge with your amazing readers.

  2. Bri is one of my favorite people...can't wait to read more of her series on here :)

  3. It will be interesting to see what you have to say! Looking forward to it! Thanks for doing this series of Guest Posts! Looking forward to MORE!!!
    Laurie Carlson
    laurieisreading at gmail dot com

    1. You are so very welcome Laurie. I'm really hoping you enjoy it.

  4. Great post, certainly curious about understanding that convoluted AA system.

    1. Thanks Phil! Awesome support. Keeps me motivated.