BOOK COVER REVEAL: Launch Timeline, Massive Giveaway and Big Changes 

BOOK COVER REVEAL

I’m excited to announce that I’m launching a new book in October 2017…

Query Letter Swipe File

I’m really excited because the book is about the exact words, phrases and templates to write query letters, get literary agents and publish books for life.

  • Here’s a link to a free, short online presentation that I created and shared earlier today on social media: http://bit.ly/2vem2Hr
  • Here’s the set of the PDF  slides from that presentation with clickable links (I had you at PDF didn’t I?)

 

I laughed out loud when I heard..

My book has been called the Mad Libs of Query Letters.

I laughed out loud when I heard that but it’s pretty accurate. It’s almost as if the query letter is written for you.

However, there are MAJOR distinctions between my book and Mad Libs:

  • My book is serious (although hopefully vastly entertaining in it’s own way)
  • The swipes in my book don’t give you cookie-cutter queries (far from it)
  • My book provides proven “recipes” that each writer can adapt to create an unlimited variation of perfect pitch

Why Query Letters?

I’ve spent the last 20 years excavating the patterns, forces and tactics that make literary agents say yes. These very same tactics allowed me to get a literary agent with my very first query letter.

Over the last six months, I’ve written over 100 query letters for other writers. Here is just some of the feedback that I have received:

“Again, above and beyond on his way with words. Superb ideas and word choices. Highly recommend!” – Tmanners555

 

“WOW! I’m amazed. If this letter doesn’t grab attention, nothing will. It’s the absolute best that I’ve ever read. Christopher takes his time and he delivers. I highly recommend him and without hesitation I’m going to hire him again.” – brooklynmom

 

“I literally cried when I got the query back, and there wasn’t one but THREE of them! As a 24/7 family caregiver- soon to be Sci-fi published novelist, I don’t have the income to pay top $ to a query writer/editor. Mr. Kokoski is a top dollar writer who is helping to other writers to further their dreams.Thank you so much Mr. Kokoski!” – mamanicey

 

Those reviews hold deep meaning to me because I love helping other writers fulfill their dreams.

As you might have guessed, I used the Query Letter Swipe File to write them. What surprised me most is that I was able to craft each query in less than an hour.

BOOK COVER

Without further ado, here is the cover of my new book which I’m in love with:

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What do you think? Let me know in the blog comments, on Twitter or on my Facebook page.

 

 

JUST THE FACTS, MAM…

Because I want you to be completely in the loop, here are the important dates of my upcoming launch:

There is a massive swipe file giveaway open right now where you can enter for a chance to win $200 worth of swipe files including the following:

  • Synopsis swipe files
  • Viral blog swipe files
  • Author bio swipe files
  • Cover letter swipe files
  • Nonfiction query swipe files
  • And much much more.

You can see the full list of giveaway swipe files on this webpage. (Note: the pre-launch is not open yet so those “order” buttons will redirect you to a page to enter the giveaway. Or, you can scroll down to the bottom of the landing page to see the full giveaway list.)

If you want a cool count down to my book launch, check out this page.

LAUNCH TIMELINE

  • The pre-launch starts on September 23 and runs only for two weeks. So the pre-launch bonuses are only available for two weeks and then they go away completely forever.
  • The official online launch for the book is set for October 7 
  • The live launch is set for October 14.

Other Things of Note:

  • As part of the launch, I am revamping my online platform
  • That includes my newsletter manager and website. I’ll be giving you more details in the next week or so but be on the lookout for a change of
    platform for my blog.
  • The good news is it will still be at http://www.christopherkokoski.com, same domain name.

What Else Am I Doing? 

  • Guest posts on other blogs
  • Seeking guest spots on podcasts
  • Developing other products, freebies and live/online events to create buzz

Yeah, it’s a lot! If you want to hear about my Book Launch, let me know and I’ll write a few posts.

Finally, I created a WRITING SECRETS Community Facebook Group for swapping stories, struggles and strategies for writing bestsellers and drilling down deeper into my blog posts, books and courses on writing.

It’s a private Facebook Group for subscribers of my Writing Secrets newsletter. So sign up and then request to join here: Writing Secrets Community

Whew, this has been one heck of a loaded post about my book launch. Thanks for sticking it out with me.

 

BOOK LAUNCH – THE CHALLENGE, And How to Write The Best Amazon Book Review Ever

Today I have a series of BIG announcements: 

  • New book launch – THE CHALLENGE
  • Special Limited Time Offer
  • How to Write the Best Amazon Book Review Ever

Special Announcement #1: Book Launch

My new book, THE CHALLENGE, is officially up on AMAZON for pre-order. The publication date is set for 1/1/17. So that’s when it is officially official.

Here’s the Rundown

The visual:

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The book trailer: https://youtu.be/fXtFGW8lptI

The short description: THE CHALLENGE is a nonfiction Christian book for sharing your faith.

The slightly longer description from the back cover:

A Powerful New Way to Share Your Faith With Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime – Even if you are an Introvert, Have No Time or Know Nothing about the Bible

Every Christian is commanded to share their faith. This evangelism guide does more than show you how to easily share the gospel; it virtually does it for you! Forget long sermons that alienate your friends and family or old, cheesy gospel tracts that no one wants to read. Winning debates doesn’t win souls.

  • Share your faith without fear – when you learn my simple zero rejection method, you’ll shake your head and wonder why you never thought of it before!
  • Lead your friends and family to Christ without Bible thumping, nagging or debating.
  • Easy Evangelism even if you know absolutely nothing about the Bible, apologetics or theology.
  • Quick Start Guide for Busy People that shows you how to share your faith without spending any extra time. No 3-hour conversations required!

Biblical Christian Evangelism Tactics to Trigger an Evangelism Explosion

  • Designed with sophisticated evidence-based behavioral change technology to trigger a series of insights for total life transformation
  • Generate unlimited curiosity about Jesus, truth, the Bible and God’s sovereignty

Ready to Make the Gospel Go Viral?

P.S. – Inside this book, you get access to UNLIMITED PDF DOWNLOADS of THE CHALLENGE so that you can share your faith with anyone, anywhere – even all over the world for international impact.

Order Now!

Special Announcement #2: Special Offer 

When order now, you get THE CHALLENGE for .99 cents plus you get a free bonus gift of THE CHALLENGE WORKBOOK. This special ends exactly on Jan 7th, 2017 so order now. 

 YES, GIVE ME MY COPY OF THE CHALLENGE AND FREE BONUS

Why .99 cents? 

My hope is that you’ll read the book, love it and post a review on Amazon. Right before you buy or gift copies for everyone you know.

Don’t know what to post in a review? No worries – I’ve got you covered. Simply copy and paste one of the reviews below:

Option 1: “Restored my faith in humanity. After reading it, I called my Mother, bought my wife flowers and donated my organs to monkeys fighting climate change!”

Option 2: “So good I quit my job so I could re-read it full time.”

Option 3: “Best thing since sliced bread. In fact, if it were made of bread, I would eat it. That’s how good it is.”

Option 4: “First book I ever read that I immediately wanted to cast in gold and frame above my bed.”

Whatever kind of review you choose, here’s where to post it: POST REVIEW HERE

(Note: You can post a review when the book is officially official on Jan 1, 2017.)

Get THE CHALLENGE at the special .99 cent price and grab your bonus copy of the THE CHALLENGE WORKBOOK for free!  (Access The Workbook from the link to PDF copies inside the book)

Please consider sharing this blog post with anyone you think might enjoy it! 

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Book Launch: Clara and Claire by Lindsey Richardson

Today I’m celebrating a friend and fellow author’s book launch of her new novel, CLARA AND CLAIRE.

One thing I love about authors is how much we support each other.

The novel is available on Amazon for $2.99.

Yep, the cover is amazing.

The story starts off with a bang (which is one of my favorite things for authors to do).

Here’s a short excerpt:

Click here for a longer excerpt curtesy of Amazon LOOK INSIDE: 

Sample Excerpt

Lindsey is having a Facebook event for the launch all day. It’s a public event so check it out here and don’t forget to grab a copy of the book! 

Grab A Copy Of Clara and Claire

Deconstructing A Bestseller: The Way I Used To Be

One of the proven paths to mastery in almost anything is to study the masters. 

Today I’m testing out a new series idea. 

Thankfully, in writing there is no shortage of masters. Books surround us everyday, whispering their secrets to those attentive enough to hear them. 

One current master is Amber Smith, author of the bestseller THE WAY I USED TO BE. 

Download a free ebook on crafting Bestseller titles 

Here is the opening paragraph to her book about the lasting vestigages of sexual abuse: 

Notice the first sentence. It rolls off the tongue. You don’t expect a story to start off telling you what someone doesn’t know, which is exactly why it works. Who is this person? What don’t they know? And why? 

All of these questions rush in at once, compelling the reader onward. 

What I also love are the flowing follow up sentences that build off the first. We find out what this person didn’t know, but the answers raise more questions — why did the door click shut? Who shut it? Why worry about locking the door? 

Something bad must have happened.

That’s the thing. The short intro paragraph not only pulls the reader along with growing curiosity but also with rising dread. 

Without being direct, the author reveals new layers of conflict and revelation. The reader comes to these conclusions on their own but only within the context carefully crafted by the author. 

So much information condensed into such tight literary real estate. 

Brilliant

What lessons can we, fellow word-slingers, cull from this excerpt? 

  • Start with something wrong
  • Describe things indirectly so readers come to their own (predestined) conclusions.
  • Raise a series of questions 

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Exactly How Much Publishing a Book Will Cost You This Year

Congratulations! You have written a book.

That is wonderful.

Not any book either – this is THE BOOK.The book that will finally change everything. You’re relieved, excited and, most of all, hungry to see your work let loose on the world.

Before you publish, know this: publishing, especially self-publishing, can be a pricey endeavor.

But it doesn’t have to be.

In this post, I’ll show you how to do it virtually for free. No strings attached. No signatures in blood. No virgin sacrifices required.

The High Cost of Publishing a Book

Let’s go over a few figures, shall we?

Hiring an editor: $300!-$500+

Book Cover Design:
$99 – $500+

Book Formatting:
$50+
Pretty expensive, huh?

These prices are fairy average. I tried to include a realistic range for professional level services.

If you’re like me, you don’t have an extra grand laying around to publish your book. This is just one book,too. What if you are publishing two or even three books a year?

The cost adds up very quickly.

So how do you publish a book virtually for free?

You have two major options:

  1. Publish a substandard book
  2. Get creative and leverage your resources

I highly recommed the second option. You’ve labored for months or years on your book. You’ve ignored your family, your day job and likely any semblance of proper hygiene. 

To publish anything less than perfection would disrespect all that hard work. It just doesn’t do you or your content justice. 

Good news: You don’t have to be rich to publish an edited, formatted and well-designed book with a stunning cover. 


Here’s how you do it:

Editing

Cheap

Hire an editor from FIVERR or Elance. Both sites offer editing services for drastically reduced prices.

The key here is to be super specific about what you want (and dont want). My recommedation is to hire someone to edit 1,000 words to see how they do. If they meet your standards, hire the person to edit your entire book.

Free

Edit the book yourself. You are probably already going to do this anyway. Maximize your results by reading your maniscript out loud. This forces you to experience your work like an outsider.

You can also run through your manuscript several times with a particular focus on each pass:

  • 1st run through – overall structure & plot
  • 2nd run through – character consistency
  • 3rd run through – grammar, punctuation

Recruit beta readers. I like to have a good mix of avid readers and non-readers, experts in the topic of my book and nonexperts. This variety gives me the biggest bang for my non buck.

To get the best results from beta readers, I reccomend the following tips: 

  • Ask politely 
  • Set a reasonable deadline 
  • Provide free electronic copies 
  • Ask beta readers to mark each place they stop reading each day (This allows you – the author – to look for patterns among beta readers that might highlight weak areas of your book for additional editing)
  • Ask beta readers to mark any sections where they felt confused or bored. 

Book Cover Design

Cheap

You can find great book covers on (you guessed it) Fiverr. Prices range from a jaw dropping $5 up to $100 or more.

There is no need to choose the higher price services when you can get an amazing cover for between $5-$30.

Again, the key is to be very clear up front about what you want (and dont want). 

I suggest contacting the designer before hiring them. Explain what you want. Let the service provider know you have high expectations. Attach a few sample covers (get them from Amazon.com) so that the designer has a template from which to work. The more specific you are upfront, the better result you’ll get.

Free

You can always design the book cover yourself using a variety of software. To be 100% free, I recommend canva.com

On canva, you simply sign up for a free account, browse free book templates and then adjust the chosen template according to your style and preference. 

You can get free images from many sources online. One of my favorites is unsplash.com.

Once you have your cover the way you like, save and download it. Voila! You have a beautiful 100% free book cover.

Book Formatting

Cheap

I bet you know what I’m going to recommend, don’t you? That’s right. Fiverr. You really can purchase almost any service you can imagine on the site.

You’ll find lots of people offering book formatting on Fiverr. Look for someone who has hundreds or thousands of perfect or near perfect reviews. Make sure that they offer to create a table of contents and double check that they will format images if you have them in your book.

Depending on the length of your book and number of pictures, you can usually get your book formatted for e-book or print version for under $20.

Free

You can also format the book yourself. Here are a few links that will walk you step-by-step on how to format your book DIY style.

http://bookstandpublishing.com

https://kdp.amazon.com

http://self-publishingschool.com

http://completelynovel.com

There you have it: you now know how to publish your book virtually for free.


Oh, by the way, here is a link to a free $5 gig (service) on FIVERR. That should be enough to test out editing services or get you started on book formatting or book cover design. Consider it my gift to you. 



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BOOK LAUNCH by Chandler Bolt: An In-depth Review

How do you know which how-to writing and how-to publishing books are worth your money?

Book reviews!

I’m such an avid reader (and reviewer), that Amazon awarded me a special badge. What I think that really means is that I’m a sucker for buying up every writing book known to man. 

That’s why I thought I would write up a book review on one of the most popular writing and publishing books on Amazon.

Book launch: How to Write, Market, and self-publish your first Bestseller in 3 months or less AND use it to start & grow, a six figure business by Chandler bolt

Yep, it wins longest title in publishing history. 

Just in case you wondered, I have purchased this book. 

First, here are the book details:

BOOK DETAILS

Pages: 133

Publication date: January 20, 2015

Language: English

ASIN: B00SJON2MW

Amazon.com Sales Rank: 8119

SYNOPSIS

Book Launch explains the author’s approach to quickly writing, editing, formatting, book cover designing and uploading to the Amazon.com Kindle store through Kindle Direct Publishing, or KDP. 

Pros

What I liked: 

The book cover: 

It’s simple, maybe a little generic, but it works. 

The title: 

Book Launch gets points for clarity in the main title and subtitle. 

The content: 

The author shares dozens of strategies for writing and publishing a bestseller (or successful book). No publishing stone isoverlooked  — writing, editing, formatting, titles, book covers, generating pre-release buzz and uploading to Amazon using methods that might be best described as gaming the system. 

The author shares both his personal publishing story, along with the stories of several other writers. I found these stories highly inspiring. 

Probably my favorite part of the book are the copy-and-paste templates for communicating with book editors and book designers, etc. I love when authors go the extra mile to provide simple, actionable tools. 

Cons

Book Launch occasionally comes off as salesey. The author pitched his Self Publishing School multiple times during the text. I found the number of pitches somewhat overkill. 

While I appreciate the simple writing, I prefer a bit more style. 

Conclusion

Ultimately, Book Launch is flawed but more than worth the low price ($3.99 on Kindle as of this writing, or approximately $6 if you add the audio). 

Download Book Launch from Amazon