Friday, November 17, 2006

Let's have a big welcome to Dorothy Thompson, relationship expert, author, columnist, renowned authority on the Soul Mate phenomena, and queen of the e-books!!

Dorothy has graciously made this one of the stops on her whirlwind blog tour promoting her newest e-book, "A Complete Guide to Promoting and Selling Your Self-published E-book"

Welcome Dorothy. I'd like to have a little Q&A session with you, so here goes.

Dorothy, in compiling this e-book, have you found ways to entice that elusive New York agent you've been trying for?
Hi Linda, and thanks for having me! When you ask have I found ways to entice a NY agent, are you meaning with the eBook or in general?
This eBook is a whole different ballgame. It's not meant to entice a NY agent. It's meant to be an informational eBook, and has a definite place in our writing world. It's a resource for writers who want to pump up their promotion. I'm perfectly happy with this book in electronic format because of the hundreds of clickable promotional links, which you just can't achieve with a print book.
If you mean have I found the secret to getting a NY agent in my promotional travels, lol, well, I have learned how to promote and sell an eBook that is virtually 100% profit, but as far as finding an agent is concerned, I have learned that you need to write a book that will make them profit, too. Sad to say, but it's all about money. And, hey, we all need to eat and pay for bills, so I'm not knocking it. That's why I stress to do something else while you're waiting for that NY contract, that WILL bring in that money. Publishing eBooks yourself is the ticket.
2. With the success of your Soul Mate Books, can we expect another one soon? Will this be an e-book?
Oh, Linda, I'm so happy you asked. I will have another soul mate book come out next year with Zumaya Publications. It's called "The Soul Mate Triangle: Unlocking the Secrets to the Soul Mate Relationship." Since I've been contracted, this will not be a self-published book or self-published eBook. Not only will it be in print, but it will also be in electronic format because that's the way Zumaya is set up. That's one thing I really love about them. You have your choice.
I do plan on one more self-published eBook, plus I might throw another idea out to Zumaya. But, that's later on down the road.
3. Reading "The Complete Guide to Promoting & Selling Your E-Book" it's easy to see how you've become such a success with e-books. Do you think the future looks brighter and more promising for new authors with e-books? And finally, do you plan to continue your pursuit of those big guns in NY?
YES! Once people get drift of this new way of publishing (and it's so easy!), I believe you will see more and more of it. That's why I felt the need to get this eBook out now. It's five years of research compiled into 120 pages that will show writers the step-by-step process to get that eBook out and selling. It's the perfect money-making project that you can do while you're waiting for that NY project. And why not? Self-published eBooks are selling quite well. Some for over a hundred dollars. The way I look at it is that any money is profit being as it costs virtually nothing to put together, and using the strategies in my eBook, nothing to promote.
I'm always looking for a NY agent for my other projects. I don't see myself ever giving up on that. These books are fictional, mainly. Fiction is a hard sell in electronic format, but it can be done if you pump up your promotional strategies. You need to zero in on your market. Once you have a market that would buy your eBook, you've crossed that first hurdle. And that's why it's harder with fiction. With non-fiction, for example an eBook on how to train dogs, it's easy to find that market and target them. Most fiction readers still prefer print, and that's okay. There's a huge opportunity out there for informational eBooks. Tap into it and you'll see profits you never dreamed of.

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions . I know how hard you've been working to pormote this book, along with the others you have out.

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