This is a list of some of our best-selling Authors who are working hard to hit the top sales ranks.
John Vandeventer, Author of the RELICS Series and the YA Shadow Chasers Series. John’s information is here: www.RelicsBook.com
2. Daniel W. Orrock, Author of The One Slap Rule: New Rules for a Happier Society. You can find more about Daniel here: www.OneSlapRule.com
3. John H. Wooden, Author, and Pastor helping and leading in his community. You can find John H. Wooden’s books here: Author Central
4. J.J. Singleton, Author of the “Chronicles of a Spell Caster” Learn more about J.J. Singleton and his book here: J.J. Singleton
Many more to be added this week!
Empire Publishing is proud to announce the new rising star author, John Vandeventer. He has published his exciting adventure/thriller novels; Relics I, Relics II, and his first YA Novel, Shadow Chasers; The Rock Creek Wildman. And his third book in the Relics series is expected to launch in September 2022.
The Relics Series is not just an adventure story but also delves into the paranormal. The nitch for books one and two captured the hearts of Sasquatch fans, as the storyline is based in and around Honobia, Oklahoma – a hot spot for Bigfoot sightings. In fact, most of the scenes in Vandeventer’s books are taken from actual historical accounts of real-life encounters. John Vandeventer started researching information about Bigfoot and Sasquatch in 2014 and it inspired him to write a novel, based on this information he created a fast-paced, fun-packed fiction story that ended up being over 400 pages of pure reading pleasure. The story was not finished yet and led to him writing a complete series. Fans have fallen in love with the characters in his books and they look forward to seeing what is going to happen next.
John Vandeventer made a splash in the Sasquatch and the paranormal communities, John has been invited to many podcast shows and YouTube Shows as a guest to discuss the topics of the mystery of Sasquatch and other paranormal phenomena. You can find many of these podcasts online. Here are a couple of links to previous podcasts:
This is in regards to seeking traditional publishing if you are seeking an agent to submit your book to a large publishing house. We are open for all self-publishing submissions as long as it is not pornography or considered unapproved by Amazon. If you want to be self-published and keep all the rights and royalties please go to our “Home Page” to find the package that is suitable for you and your book.
For those who are seeking traditional publishing please keep reading and follow the instructions at the bottom of this page.
Our Literary Agent is open to review submissions for fiction and nonfiction submissions. Though we look at every query, we regretfully cannot respond to everyone. Please note that we are very particular about who we work with, as we tend to represent people and not just projects. If we feel that you are a fit, we will be in touch.
We know how important it is to put your best foot forward. Please review this page to learn the general submission guidelines. If you do not submit according to the guidelines you will not be considered.
*For manuscript submission:
A proposal detailing the title, audience, uniqueness, sales handle, and reasons why you believe the work will attract a readership.
A list of current titles with Amazon links that would help a publisher understand how your book will compete in the current market.
A description of your book marketing plan.
A table of contents and chapter outline in which you share a brief description of each chapter
The first three chapters. (approximately 50 pages of the work)
A complete biography with your publishing history and an explanation of why you are qualified to write this particular project.
List your Social Media links, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube channels.
Tell us if you have copyrighted your manuscript. (Some publishing houses will not accept previously copyrighted material).
*Please submit all of the above in ONE (1) email to: EmpirePublishingLiterary@gmail.com
PLEASE NOTE: It can take up to 3 to 4 weeks to receive an email response if we would like to take your book into consideration.
For those of you who have a great book partially written but are having difficulty finishing it, you may want to consider hiring a Ghostwriter.
Ghostwriting services – we finish your book for you
A personal liaison who will guide you throughout the process
We provide the editing, illustration, cover design, and book production
Pre-defined promotion targeting specific outlets and media
Book distribution and order fulfillment
Please send an email to Francesca@Empirebookpublishing.com and she will discuss your project and see if we have a ghostwriter match for you and the topic and genre of your book.
Thoughts From Francesca’s Desk
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There are days I want to plead with first-time authors to please learn as much as they can about successfully launching their book. I always get the call from the excited first-time-author on the other end of the phone that is telling me about how great their book is and how they believe they will sell millions of copies. Usually, because the content is unique and they have a great title. This is awesome! I get excited with them and I want to see them sell a million books. Even though I do not take one penny in royalties nor does the publisher, I still desire for them to have great success. After all, that is what I do, I am an Author Representative, much like a Literary Agent
Then, next, I ask a few questions; Do they have a fan base? How many followers do they have on Social Media? Do they have a marketing plan and a budget to advertise? Have they had the book edited? Have they copyrighted the manuscript? Have they sent the manuscript out for reviews by a professional review company?
The answer I get 9 times out of 10 is, “I don’t do much on social media, I think I have a Facebook account that my kids made for me, but I have a lot of friends and family that are waiting to buy my book though” and then they ask the question, “Won’t my book be on Amazon?” It is almost as if they think that they will automatically sell millions of books simply by having it on Amazon.
I don’t care how great your book is, I don’t care how great your title is, I don’t care how awesome your cover is – IF YOU DO NOT MARKET YOUR BOOK YOU WILL NOT SELL BOOKS. Amazon is not the answer, it is nothing more than an “opportunity” for authors.
This is definitely a sore spot for so many Authors. Marketing is expensive if you go through the big marketing and advertising agencies. The Royalty that an author makes on a book is basically pretty small. (Approximately only 30% or less of the retail price). So if you do the numbers, 100 books sold at the retail price of $11.99 the author makes about $400.00. Any professional marketing plan is going to start around $3000.00, which means that the author’s first 750 books sold are just causing them to break even with the cost of advertising. See the frustration?
Recent studies revealed that most self-published books sell 100 copies or less in their entire lifetime. (Science Fiction and Fantasy tend to sell a few more, the average sale for Science Fiction and Fantasy is about 200 books, for the life of the book). That’s not what we at Empire Publishing, want for you and your book. It is possible to sell a lot more books, That doesn’t mean I think you need to spend months or years planning your book. You just need to get clear on a few key things before you start putting words to paper.
Let’s start with a broad view. Whether your publisher is Penguin, Random House, Empire or yourself, your book will go through the same steps. Here’s a brief overview of those steps:
Producing the book (in print and/or electronic form)
Pricing the book
Releasing the book for sale – Distribution
Promoting the book
Setting your book up for success—before you write it
Many new authors start to work on a book by sitting down in front of a keyboard to write. Here’s why I don’t recommend that. If you start to write without a game plan, chances are it will take longer, the writing will be more diﬃcult, and the book will be less eﬀective when you release it. Instead, I recommend that you do a little planning. That way: When you go to write the book, you’ll already know what you want to say, so you won’t have to deal with overwhelm or writer’s block, and when you release the book, it will actually sell.
What if you have already written your book and self-published it, sold 35 copies and now are wondering what happened or what went wrong? Well, it is not too late to actually do a redo and start from scratch with your original first book. A simple change like adding a sub-title or updating the cover with an added review to the back cover will qualify as a “Second Edition” and then you can do all the recommended steps and actually launch your book with a bang!
One of the best ways to plan a great book launch is to pre-prepare (my own word), for your launch, long before you even finish writing it. Or at least before you publish it.
The failure of most authors is due to not having a well thought out plan. For an author to generate book sales, a platform must be developed. However, many authors get lost in trying to learn how to do that, or they don’t have the personal time to dedicate to building that platform for marketing or they simply just don’t know where and how to build a solid platform. There is no secret formula or a plan that works for every author. Most occasions it takes extensive research to locate your target market to reach the optimal area of marketing for potential book sales.
If you don’t have time or you don’t know how then that means you either need to take the time and learn how or you must pay someone who already knows how. Well, there is a solution! Pay as you go, only $299.00 down and $200.00 a month for 6 months, and you will have a one on one personal book marketing agent that you can team up with and you will see success and not break the bank! Click here to contact a professional! There is a form you can fill out at the bottom of the page after you click on the link. Book Marketing Assistant
Next, launching your book at the correct price can make a HUGE difference in your overall sales numbers.
More often than not, people make the mistake of pricing their book either too high or too low. It seems that the people who are a bit nervous about if their book is good enough, tend to price their book too cheap. While others, who think they have written the “THE BOOK OF THE CENTURY” tend to price their book too high.
The thought of some people, is “I need to recoup the investment I made in getting this book published” so they think that if they have a higher price then when all their friends and family go to purchase their book they will make a lot more money out of the gate. The problem with that thinking is actually nothing more than ignorance when it comes to selling books. Your 35 friends and family sales are not going to recoup your investment unless you are selling the book for $100.00, and if you did, how many of your friends and family would pay $100.00 for the book? Do you see how the mentality behind pricing the book too high is actually not so great?
It can be easy to assign a peremptory price to your magnum opus, but if you do, you’re setting yourself up for failure. There are actually certain guidelines that should be followed by self-published authors as well as professional publishing houses. I will explain it to you and explain why having the right price point will help you in overall sales ranking down the road, which will result in more revenue in the bookselling venture.
if you price your book too high, you will alienate your audience. You will most definitely miss out on potential sales because you have overpriced your book. If you price your book too low, then you can lose potential sales and also manage to alienate your audience. So much goes into the pricing of your book— from your experience to your subject matter to genre and page count, you have to take into account every element that you’ve invested in your book.
Now, do you and me both a favor for a minute and push your ego aside. Reach down deep for that humility, because in all fairness, you are not yet a master writer, if you were, you would not be reading this post.
Let’s slip into the wonderful mystical world of book pricing. Shall we?
This question is the cause of more anxious (or panicked) messages and phone calls from clients than any other. They see that the publisher has their book at a price they were not expecting, little do they realize the publisher knows more than them about how to price a book. I hate to sound cliche, but book pricing is both an art and a science. Luckily there are ways to help you determine what is best for your book. Albeit, there is no set formula for pricing your book. In the end, it boils down to positioning, but also other contributing factors, that I am getting ready to delve into.
Typically, people have both print and digital books. They will both need to have the correct price in order to achieve better success. I will address the print book pricing first then address the digital pricing issues.
Let’s discuss positioning. If you are scheduled to be on the Oprah show or some other famous talk show, you can sell your book for whatever you want! At least while it is hot. You must have content or a calling card that plays on the emotional side of people to create an emotional purchase of your over-priced book. That is not impossible, however, let’s face it – it is not likely for the average self-published author.
Check out the competition. No matter what the category is or the genre, everything has already been written about, you have competitors vying for the sales from the same audience. Unless, of course, you are writing an autobiography and you are someone people want to know. It’s important that you know what your audience is already paying for similar books. When you know how much readers are willing to pay, you’ll be able to set your own book price at a comparable rate. be careful not to be tempted to undercut your competitors by charging a much lower price for your self-published book, because it has the deleterious effect of making your book look less desirable than the competition. Prospective readers will reason that you’re charging such a low price because your book is actually inferior to your competitors.
How many pages? Is it color or Black and White? This will determine the wholesale cost of your book. The “industry standard” is to take the wholesale number and times it by three and add it up the nearest .99 because ending in 99 is always the best. The second best is ending in .95. Harvard studies have been done to show that people respond to making purchases when the product ends in 99 or 95. So here is an example of how to price your book based on the wholesale price. If the book costs you $3.57 to print that would be your wholesale cost. and if you times $3.57 by 3 you get $10.71, however, you would do better to sell the book at $10.99
Now let’s discuss the eBook (Kindle, Nook, iBooks, etc.) This is something of a paradox in comparison to what I just said in regards to the print book price. I am going to use Amazon Kindle eBook pricing/royalty as my example. If you sell your ebook (Kindle) on Amazon.com, you’ll receive 35% royalty for ebooks priced between 99 cents and $2.98. And for ebooks priced between $2.99 and $9.99, you’ll receive 70%. But, ebooks priced between $10 to $200, Amazon will drop your royalty percentage back down to 35%. Amazon KDP has a USD List Price Requirements for Amazon.com You can click on this link to view: https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G200634560
I know this is all so confusing to the new first-time author. So let me just cut straight to the chase here. There has been enough research data to confidently say that there is a “sweet spot” in regards to higher sales rankings on Amazon for ebooks. And that is $3.99. An ebook priced at $3.99 will outsell a book in the same category that is selling for $2.99 or for ebooks priced between $4.99 and $9.99. (Stats can be found on this through many sources – here is one to verify that $3.99 is the magic number – especially for new self-published authors. (If you are James Patterson or Anne Rice, then we would not be discussing this now, would we?) Read it and weep…
A $3.99 ebook sold on Amazon will earn you $2.79, but a print book at a brick and mortar bookstore, you’ll get between $1.59 and $2.19, and then you have to subtract the printing costs from that. So there is a better profit margin on ebooks.
I hope this information helps!
If you would like to ask more questions about launching your book please contact us!
New first time Authors claim that marketing their book is an uphill battle. Do not feel discouraged, stick with it and have an organized plan, you can gain momentum — and more book sales!
I always tell all of my first-time Authors, “Consistency and patience is the key to success.” If you were to go through the blog posts archives that I and other’s have written for Empire Publishing, you will see that book marketing info is one of the most common blog posts. Why? Firstly, because we are dedicated to our Authors success and secondly because it seems to be the one thing that all first-time Authors struggle with. I have attempted to explain this to some Authors, but they have it in their mind that because their book is so amazing it will automatically sell itself. But that is a false reality. If it were that easy, then every first time Author would be wealthy. Author’s are like starving artists in a lot of ways. They are talented, hard-working and under-appreciated by the public for their efforts.
(This post will contain many links that will require time, perhaps it may take an entire day to learn and/or apply each aspect that I am going to cover here today. But I promise you, it will be the MOST rewarding in terms of royalties and followers, so please set aside a large block of time and incorporate each task that I have linked in this blog post for your benefit.)
I am not just a random blog writer. I am an Author Representative for Empire Publishing. I could have gone to work for any publisher in the country, but I chose Empire Publishing because of the integrity that the company keeps. Every Author gets more than they paid for. And one of the things they get more of – is education on being a Self-Published Author.
Some publishers will blow smoke up your “you know what” and tell you that you are going to make a lot of money selling millions of books. Pie in the sky promises! Is it possible to sell millions of books? YES! But does it happen simply by publishing and being on Worldwide Amazon distribution? No. What about being on the Barnes & Noble Website? No.
All of those online distributors are showing your book (and millions of others) on their website. Who are they showing your book to? Ahhh… Now that I presented that question your wheels are turning. Does your book just magically appear to everyone who logs into their Amazon account? NO! So how does your book get seen?
When well-known authors (such as James Patterson, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling) publish new books, they generally have the resources and support from their publishers to build out a comprehensive marketing plan. Not to mention, those publishers pay millions of dollars to the big books stores to get front placement shelving in key locations of the store. However, it’s a whole different story for self-published authors, you have to think outside the box for unique and cost-effective ways to promote your work and your author brand. While it can be challenging to get started, especially if you’re new to marketing, there are simple tactics you can use to be successful. Keep reading as I explain the importance of book marketing and how to do it cost-effectively and I will provide links for you to go to and you should use the links if you want to get real about book marketing.
Did you know that Amazon uses its own algorithms? If you don’t know what an algorithm is then that is the very first thing you need to know as a self-published author. Once you apply the correct input for search engines and Amazon Search then you are off to a great start in helping your book be shown when people type in keywords of items, topics or books they are searching for on the web or on Amazon Search. This doesn’t cost you any money if you have access to your book details and can change your keywords and description. All self-published authors should have this access even if they hired a Publishing Service.
That is only Step 1. Now the task of marketing. If you thought writing your book was hard work, then you are in for a big surprise, because that was the easy part. Now you must learn how to market your book wisely. If you do not take the time to learn how to do it you can ultimately spend all of your money in the wrong places and not see any return for the dollars spent.
At the bottom of the page, I will provide a list of places for you to market your book if you want to get things going. For this post, I am only going to discuss two sides of Book Marketing.
The two most important you need to know right now:
Social media is an extremely effective tool to reach your audience when you do it the right way. It is important to be careful about how you approach your audience in your posts. Social media interactions should be a conversation. While there is room for direct promotion, your audience most likely is not interested in a sales pitch.
Instead, focus on organically creating or adding to a conversation or discussion with unique viewpoints and content. This helps you do two things:
Build a brand. Your brand is all about your perspective and point of view and less about the products you sell, i.e. your book.
Drive followers. Followers need content that spurs them to engage. This type of post needs to elicit an emotional response. Just posting a photo or link to your Amazon page doesn’t do that.
Did you know that there are many free tools and engaging features now available to you on Social Media? For example, Facebook Live or IGTV can be used to hold a live Q&A session based on comments from your readers. If your book is nonfiction, you can use social media to share tips from your book. This is FREE ADVERTISING! Taking advantage of free marketing and advertising is crucial for Authors, because keeping the marketing budget low is vitally important when you want to make a profit.
Social Media is also important to build your network of peers, friends, and family who want to help spread your message. If you ask each of them to share or engage on your posts it will help to draw others to your page. And if you have someone in your circle who is a blogger, they can do wonders for you. Consider bringing them into your fold. If you do not have anyone in your close circle who is a blogger then follow these steps:
Manually search for bloggers using a simple Internet or social media search.
Get bloggers’ contact information from their websites and take note of any pages about collaboration or advertising.
Create an outreach template that includes one sentence about who you are, another one-to-two sentences about the book, and your request. Keep it short — if they’re interested, they’ll ask for more information.
Follow up seven days after sending your initial email. Often, the first one gets lost. Not to mention, a second shows you’re serious about your pitch.
Word-of-mouth marketing is still one of the best ways to encourage new readers to purchase your book. A study from BrightLocal found that more than 90 percent of millennials will trust online reviews as much as personal recommendations.
Conferences and speaking engagements are a great way to promote yourself and your book. You’ll stay connected with contacts and prospects through digital channels, but to make the most of your face-to-face interactions at the event, leave people with something tangible to take with them — like printed promotional items.
Business cards are important, but there’s more you can do. Such as Postcards or Bookmarks. Sometimes people make brochures for their books, especially Self-help books or nonfiction books. These items allow for more text and images that you couldn’t include on a business card. Plus, these promotional items are small enough to toss into a swag bag and command more attention than a business card will. Basically you get more bang for your buck.
Don’t clutter your design, leave room to breathe and highlight your most important message.
Add a custom web URL or QR code to drive people to specific sites and track engagement from the event while driving book sales and web traffic.
Call out your social media channels to encourage followers.
You don’t even need to get a booth to hand out brochures and postcards — keep them in a book bag and hand them out as you walk around. Staple a business card to each brochure to make sure the people you meet can easily carry both.
Do not be shy! I know for some authors that may be asking a lot. Authors tend to enjoy being more reclusive, they can sometimes be introverted, but when it comes to getting your first book to hit the charts, then you have to step out of your comfort zone. The rewards will pay off.
You may be asking, “Why is there only listings to market my eBook for free and why not my Print book”? Well, the answer is simple, your eBook SHOULD be connected to your Print book, so essentially you are marketing both by utilizing these free platforms.
I hope you found this information helpful!
It may seem like marketing your book is an uphill battle, especially for new authors. While success won’t come overnight, if you stick with it and focus on what you can do, you’ll start to see the progress that pays off over time.