Authors Helping Authors

Authors Helping Authors
by Fauzia Burke
If you’re like me, asking for favors is never easy--this is something I learned firsthand when I published my book. As an author, we are expected to generate pre-orders and reviews and buzz in social media. In order to get this buzz started, we need to ask our family and friends for help, and oftentimes that can be uncomfortable. So the best advice I have for you is to start filling that favor bank the moment you get a book contract. If you have done favors for others, it will be a lot easier to ask for favors when it comes time to start promoting your own book.

There are many ways authors can band together to help each other succeed....

3 Elements of a Successful Online Platform

3 Elements of a Successful Online Platform
by Fauzia Burke
For most authors, the days of writing an amazing book and then just sitting back and watching it become a bestseller are over. It takes countless hours of promotion to see a book become a commercial success. And even authors working with a traditional publishing house are seen as “partners”--someone who will aid, and sometimes drive, the publisher’s promotional efforts. An author’s online brand has never been more important.

I believe there are three steps for developing a successful online brand. With my clients I use the following formula: Design + Engagement + Visibility = Success. Here they are, broken out:

Step 1: Design

Studies show that we judge a person in 1/10 of a second. I don’t think our visual branding is...

Taking Risks in Publishing (and Life)

Taking Risks in Publishing (and Life)
by Fauzia Burke
Whenever I meet with a potential new client, I like to ask him what his goals are for his marketing/publicity campaign. More often than not, I get an answer like, “I want to be a #1 New York Times bestseller” or “I want a 7-figure advance on my next book.” While it’s completely normal to have high aspirations, I tend to steer authors toward something more achievable, where actual steps can be made toward achieving that goal. Do you want to reach 10x your newsletter subscribers? Or get 100 book reviews on Amazon? Or sell 20% more than your last book?

When it comes to book publishing, and life, the important thing is to set your goals, and then move forward...

Where to Start with Social Media

Where to Start with Social Media
by Fauzia Burke
From all the talk of social media, you may think every author is active and enjoying it. But as I talk to authors one thing is clear, there are lots of them still sitting on the sidelines, lots still saying “I hate social media” and a lot of them wanting to start but feeling overwhelmed. One of the questions I routinely get from authors is, “What should I do with social media? I know I need to do something, but I don’t know where to start.”

It’s no surprise that I believe social media is a powerful tool for building and engaging with an audience--and I’m not just talking about Facebook. I encourage all authors I work with to build...

5 Ways Today’s Authors Are Also Entrepreneurs

5 Ways Today’s Authors Are Also Entrepreneurs
by Fauzia Burke
Authors who view their online marketing strategy like entrepreneurs will likely have more success at building a community and will have more opportunities come their way. Opportunities like speaking, consulting, media interviews, teaching, hosting webinars and of course, selling books. Just like entrepreneurs, authors need to come up with ideas, identify their ideal audience, find that audience online and create an online presence that authentically builds their community.

Entrepreneurs play many roles. Entrepreneurs are involved in every aspect of their business. Authors who want to be successful brand ambassadors and become known for their unique message wear many hats. There’s content creation (blogs, ebooks, tip sheets) product development (books, webinars, podcasts) as well as marketing (both online and off), sales and...

BookExpo America 2016

BookExpo America 2016
by Fauzia Burke
Book Expo America is my favorite show of the year. I know people groan about going but I love it. It makes me feel part of an industry that I love. I get to see familiar faces and make new friends. Plus it's a giant room full of book people, who happen to be my favorite kind of people.

This year is even more special because for the first time I will be doing a book signing. My book, Online Marketing for Busy Authors was published on April 19th and my fabulous publisher Berrett-Koehler has arranged for a book signing at the Ingram booth on Friday. On the same day, I will be on a panel in the morning and will...

Now Available: Online Marketing for Busy Authors

by Fauzia Burke
I'm really excited to share a special announcement with you. My new book, Online Marketing for Busy Authors (Published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers) releases today. I am grateful by the initial reaction from colleagues, media and readers.

My goal is to make online marketing less overwhelming for authors by providing jargon-free, relevant and actionable advice.

Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.

Supporting Authors in Online Marketing

Supporting Authors in Online Marketing
by Fauzia Burke
Mike Shatzkin said in his opening remarks at Digital Book World 2016, that publishers need to help authors with their marketing efforts.

“At the very least, every house should do a “digital audit” for every author they sign that includes concrete suggestions for filling in gaps and improving discoverability and engagement. To my knowledge, not one does.”

He also wrote an important blog on his site called: When it comes to supporting authors in marketing efforts, no publisher has it right yet. I hear his point, in fact, it is the reason I wrote Online Marketing for Busy Authors. It is an introductory book for authors who have been dragging their online marketing feet. However, expecting publishers to be able to help...

To Get the Life You Want You Have to Take Risks

To Get the Life You Want You Have to Take Risks
by Fauzia Burke
Brene Brown’s insights have really resonated with me over the past few years. Being bold and brave isn’t always easy, but to get to the life you want, I think it’s necessary. If you've been feeling like you're just sitting and waiting for the perfect time, or for permission, I say to you: You can do this. You can take a chance. There is never the perfect time or the ideal situation. It’s always a risk. I share a few lessons I’ve learned from the risks that I’ve taken in my life on Maria Shriver.

Why Blogging Is More Important Than Ever For Authors

Why Blogging Is More Important Than Ever For Authors
by Fauzia Burke
Some authors groan at the thought of developing a long-term online marketing strategy for their books because it's yet another demand on their time. (Time they'd like to spend writing.) Extra time isn't something any of us have in ample supply so I totally understand. This is why I tell authors to select a few things that matter most to build their community and brand. For book authors in a competitive marketplace, the need to blog couldn't be higher. Despite ever-evolving social media, blogging remains a top priority for authors.

Let's take a closer look at some of the compelling reasons why you, as an author, need to blog.

Blogging is the foundation of your digital house. Consider your blog as the...

Promoting Your Book with Snail Mail

by Fauzia Burke
It is so important to start building buzz with your mailing list months before your book’s pub date. Doing this allows for advanced visibility and awareness for when your book is released. My book, Online Marketing for Busy Authors, will be published in April 2016 and in order to start grabbing people's attention, I started using physical postcards in January.    My publisher generously printed book postcards for me to use several months before the publication of my book. I was able to hand them out at conferences where I was speaking to get the word out as much as I can (San Diego Writer’s Conference in Jan 2016 and San Francisco Writer’s Conference in Feb 2016).    I also sent them in a Happy New Year mailing to friends...

When a Publishing Expert Opens a Bookstore

When a Publishing Expert Opens a Bookstore
by Fauzia Burke
Lynn Rosen has viewed the book publishing business from every perspective. She has worked as an editor, literary agent, journalist, and author. I sat down with her to ask her about her latest and maybe bravest endeavor -- independent bookstore owner.

Q. Why did you decide to open an independent bookstore?

A. There were a number of influences. Taking the long view, I think my whole career has been building to this. In the years I've spent in the book publishing industry as an editor and a literary agent, the core of my work has been finding ways to bring authors and readers together. The bookstore is the place where that happens.

The precipitating factors were that a) our nearest bookstore, a Barnes & Noble,...

Busy Authors Guide to Online Marketing

Busy Authors Guide to Online Marketing
by Fauzia Burke
How do you market your book and still have time to write? It's a challenge a lot of authors face. The scope of needing a website and a social media plan to market your book can seem overwhelming. You are faced with a myriad of choices and not a lot of extra time. Like many things that first appear daunting, it's not so bad once you begin. Let me walk you through the steps of getting started with your online marketing.

Start now. You don't need a completed manuscript to start promoting your ideas, building your platform or creating buzz for your book. Once you have an idea for your book, you can start the conversation online. Finding your audience and...

5 Ways to Create Happier, More Meaningful Days

5 Ways to Create Happier, More Meaningful Days
by Fauzia Burke
Originally appeared on Huffington Post

We do our best work, when we love what we do. As the owner of a online marketing and publicity firm that helps authors promote their books and brands, I've had a lifelong love affair with books. Helping authors share their message is my passion. Reading just one book (okay, even just one powerful sentence) can change your life.

Recently I read Are You Fully Charged? The 3 Keys to Energizing Your Work and Life by Tom Rath* and watched the new documentary Fully Charged, and I immediately made some tweaks in how I go about my day. I read Tom's book StrengthsFinder 2.0 many years ago and it helped me uncover my individual strengths. His new...

Fauzia Burke: Featured speaker at San Diego Central Library on 12/9

Fauzia Burke: Featured speaker at San Diego Central Library on 12/9
by Fauzia Burke
Writer's Forum: Effectively Represent Yourself and Your Book Whether you are new to writing or an experienced author, join Fauzia Burke, Susan McBeth, and Kathi Diamant for an interactive discussion to get tips on how to market yourself and your book.

Day: Wednesday, December 9th Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5 p.m.) Place: San Diego Central Library @ Joan Λ Irwin Jacobs Common, Shiley Special Events Suite 9th floor

Space is limited so please RSVP RSVP: LibraryMarketing@SanDiego.gov





Presentations:  Online Marketing for Busy Authors   

Learn how you can raise awareness for your books and use online marketing, social media and your website to effectively promote your book.

Fauzia Burke is the founder and president of FSB Associates and author of Online Marketing for Busy Authors (coming in spring 2016). Prepare for Interviews, Readings,...

Three Steps to Online Branding Success for Authors

by Fauzia Burke
When I talk to my friends who are agents and publishers, they all say they give authors advice and documents that walk them through the online marketing opportunities and timelines. The bigger publishers even have author portals with lots of important and useful information. I wonder then, why do so many authors I speak with say "why didn't someone tell me that."

I speak and work to promote authors online and almost all of them feel that their needs are not supported by their publishers. As someone who has worked in-house, I know how hard everyone works and how passionate they are about their books. So I wonder why there is this disconnect?

The fact that so many authors feel that they...

How to Be Confident at Work Without Appearing Arrogant

by Fauzia Burke
Originally appeared on Inc. 

I heard someone say once that there is a fine line between arrogance and confidence and I immediately thought: That's not true. There's a huge difference.

I feel some people exemplify the difference perfectly. Malala Yousafzai is confident enough to talk with world leaders and ask them to change their policies. Yet she never seems arrogant.

Why is this important? It's an important distinction because we like working with confident people, but we don't like engaging with arrogant people. A UCLA study concluded that likable people ask questions, are genuine and honest, don't seek attention, and smile (among other things). How people perceive you in your social channels can be very important in your career and business.

As the owner of a...

Please Help Title My Book

Please Help Title My Book
by Fauzia Burke
I am so thrilled to share some exciting news with you. I am writing a book which will be published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers (BK) in April 2016. It's a book on the only topic I know: Digital Marketing for Authors.

Since I am lucky enough to know a lot of smart book publishing people, BK and I wanted to try crowdsourcing the book title.

So would you please take this title survey (it only takes a few minutes) and let us know what you think. I will be very grateful for your time and advice.

Thank you my smart and savvy friends, Fauzia

Digital Branding for Authors: When to start, What to do and Why it’s important

Digital Branding for Authors: When to start, What to do and Why it’s important
by Fauzia Burke
Authors, do you know your readers? If you know your readers well and can answer this question in detail, you could be on your way to publishing a successful book. I’ve worked in the book publishing industry my whole career and there’s one thing where we all (agents, publishers and publicists) can agree: the time to start building a relationship with your readers and listening to your audience is long before your book is published. You might think the most important thing is to actually write the best book possible (and it is) but at the same time you need to develop an audience if you want your book to sell well.

Start Early. Go Digital. Writing your book can be...

How to Be Your Own Boss in Book Publishing

by Fauzia Burke
On March 26, 2015, I will be attending and speaking at the Exceptional Women in Publishing (EWIP) conference. If you are in the Bay Area, I hope to see you at this interesting conference for women in media and publishing. I will be joined by two amazing women entrepreneurs, Charlotte Abbott (Content and Media Strategist, Abbott Communications) and Jill Tomich (co-founder of  Slicebooks) We all run companies that specialize in digital marketing, publicity, strategy and content development. Our panel is called: How to Be Your Own Boss in Book Publishing. Lynn Rosen brought us all together, who recently did the bravest thing of all. She opened a bookstore a Elkins Park, Pa.

The topic has me thinking about the pros and cons...