Fauzia Burke

Author . Book Publicist . Publishing Consultant . Speaker

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Black Lives Matter and Juneteenth

Black Lives Matter and Juneteenth
by Fauzia Burke
I am heartbroken over the murder of another Black person by police officers and the violent response by police against protestors. I stand with the victims of murder, violence, and oppression based on skin color and with those who are protesting for justice. Unless we as a country speak up, take responsibility for our past, acknowledge the present culture of injustice, and make a commitment to change, the list of Black lives lost to police brutality will never end. Black Healthcare Matters. Black Education Matters. Black Housing Matters. Black Voices Matter. And Black Lives absolutely Matter. Together we must support the Black community and speak out against the violence and racism.

Lessons Learned in Business: The 25th Anniversary Edition

Lessons Learned in Business: The 25th Anniversary Edition
by Fauzia Burke
This year marks the 25th anniversary of FSB Associates. What started as a one-woman (me) shop from our spare bedroom has grown into a dream small business with a fabulous staff working around the country, and a roster of thousands of amazing clients. While our plans for a celebration at BEA had to be shelved and our planned parties in New Jersey and San Diego will have to wait, we are still thrilled that we’ve been able to celebrate such a milestone, albeit remotely.

The Best Place to Promote Your Book is on the Web

The Best Place to Promote Your Book is on the Web
by Fauzia Burke
Now more than ever, it’s important for authors to prioritize online publicity to promote their books. Due to the pandemic, bookstore events have canceled, traditional media is being cannibalized by coverage of the coronavirus, and speaking engagements have vanished overnight. As scary as it is, it looks like our “new normal” is going to change the way we think about book publicity for a long time to come.
 

What Makes a Successful Book Campaign?

What Makes a Successful Book Campaign?
by Fauzia Burke

One of the absolute best parts of my job is that I get to spend time talking with and meeting authors: amazing people who are truly passionate about their work. And while I work with writers across almost every subject area, one question remains the same, whether they are writing crime fiction or business self-help: What makes for a successful book campaign?

It’s a tough question, but one I’m going to try to answer here.

How to Drive Traffic to Your Author Website

How to Drive Traffic to Your Author Website
by Fauzia Burke
As most of the world is sheltering in place due to Coronavirus, we are all spending more hours online than ever before. This is a good time for authors to spit and polish their websites and find new ways to get more readers. If you’ve been reading my blogs or have heard me speak, you know that I think every author needs a website in their own name, not the name of their current book. Remember, you need a website that is going to scale with you. But once you’ve taken the leap and set up your website, purchased your domain, and entered your basic book information…now what? How do you get people to your website? Here are 3 steps to make your website a success.

8 Digital Marketing Tips for Authors

8 Digital Marketing Tips for Authors
by Fauzia Burke
When you’re an author, your only job is to write, right? Wrong. The reality of today’s publishing landscape is that authors not only need to be fantastic writers, they also need to be publicists, marketers, and overall cheerleaders for their books. But with all these extra hats an author needs to wear, how do you find the time? And where do you start? If you’re struggling to prioritize your digital marketing efforts, start with these 8 tips.

Book Promotion in the Time of Coronavirus

Book Promotion in the Time of Coronavirus
by Fauzia Burke
If you’re an author with a recently published or upcoming book, it’s time to regroup and assess the impact Coronavirus will have on your book promotional plans. Even if you’ve had to cancel scheduled events or planned media or promotions, there is still plenty you can do to help your book succeed. Most book tours at this time seem ill-advised. Even if you are willing to travel, you likely will not get much of an audience. TV, radio, and print media will be focusing on the news of the day, which is changing by the hour. By all accounts, the Coronavirus spread will get worse before it gets better, so you can expect this to dominate the news cycle for weeks and weeks.

Digital Life Worksheet for Authors

Digital Life Worksheet for Authors
by Fauzia Burke
We are living through unprecedented (can we retire this word already) times, and it is going to take all of us to get through it. Besides flattening the curve, this is a good time to get organized. At FSB, we are making contingency plans, and creating systems to ensure smooth sailing. Other than that, it is business as usual.
 

Tips for Working and Managing Remotely

Tips for Working and Managing Remotely
by Fauzia Burke

Coronavirus is forcing many people to work remotely. For some, this is a seamless transition but for many others, it can be difficult to implement. For 20 years our company had an office in Basking Ridge, NJ, and everyone worked together in one location. I loved being with the staff every day. I felt that the proximity allowed for a better exchange of ideas and made us a better team.

Then 5 years ago, my husband (and business partner) and I decided to move to San Diego. We planned to keep the NJ office and open a second location here in Southern California. Before we moved here, and right after Superstorm Sandy disrupted our lives for weeks, we decided to shift all staff to laptops and to make a plan for people to work at home during bad weather and when people felt too unwell to commute but not too unwell to work. It also allowed us to give our staff with babies and children the ability to adjust their workdays based on family needs.

Digital Self Audit

Digital Self Audit
by Fauzia Burke

Back in 2016, publishing industry expert Mike Shatzkin opened Digital Book World by saying that publishers need to help authors in 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.” Today, some publishers do this but the majority do not.

A Simple Trick to Instantly Lift Your Mood

A Simple Trick to Instantly Lift Your Mood
by Fauzia Burke
It is no secret that our energy level impacts our mood, our day and, ultimately, our success. As William Arthur Ward said, “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” I truly believe that and it really makes a difference in my how I live my life.

To keep my energy and level of enthusiasm generally high, I eat well, get exercise, and drink lots of water. I also love what I do and work with people I admire. However, there are days that are tough no matter what. For those days, when I am feeling feeing down, tired, or anxious, here is a great little shortcut that helps me to feel better instantly.

8 Digital Tools to Try in 2020—Because at Least One of Them Will Change Your Life

8 Digital Tools to Try in 2020—Because at Least One of Them Will Change Your Life
by Fauzia Burke

The team at FSB Associates loves trying new tools, especially those that help us streamline our work and save us time. It seems there are new digital tools being released every week, but the list below showcases my new favorites. I use all of these tools on an almost-daily basis. They’re easy to use and will make your days run a little smoother. And for a digital nerd like me, they’re absolute fun.

Cleaning Up Your Social Media Feed

Cleaning Up Your Social Media Feed
by Fauzia Burke

I’ve always been a fan of social media, particularly for authors. Platforms like Facebook or Twitter allow you to connect with a group of fans, share events and photos, and keep followers updated on the latest news in your publishing journey. It can be a great way to easily keep in touch with a large group.

But in recent years, my personal feeds have become overwhelmed with inflammatory political messages and content from people I haven’t seen (or frankly, thought about) in years. It’s all become too much of a distraction. So, preparing for an election that promises to be insane, I’ve decided 2020 is the year to clear out my social media feeds. If you’re the type of person who is always adding friends, accepting requests from acquaintances, and adding news sites and brands to your feeds, but never removing anyone, it might be time for you to do the same.

Setting Realistic Goals for your Book

Setting Realistic Goals for your Book
by Fauzia Burke
Whenever I meet with a potential client, I like to ask him what his publishing goals are. More often than not, I get an answer like, “I want my book to hit a national best seller list” or “I want a 6-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 double your newsletter subscribers? Or get 100 book reviews on Amazon? Or sell 20% more than your last book?

10 Easy Steps for a Successful Book Launch

10 Easy Steps for a Successful Book Launch
by Fauzia Burke
Getting a book published is a huge accomplishment and you should be really proud of yourself. It is a once in a lifetime event, even if it is your 15th book. Once you have done a little celebrating, it’s time to get ready for the launch. Here are some simple things you can do now to have a successful launch.

4 Digital Marketing Tools Every Author Should Learn

4 Digital Marketing Tools Every Author Should Learn
by Fauzia Burke

The days when authors could expect publishers to do all their marketing are long gone, but unlike others, I think that’s a good thing. The change has forced all of us to become more independent, and have the ability to build a long term relationship with our readers. Many authors still feel that they can farm their online marketing, as a PR and marketing firm I certainly advocate for authors to find expertise when they need it. However new digital tools and technologies, can help you save money for the day-to-day housekeeping. Learning these tools will help save you time and money and allow you more control over your brand.

Living Life Authentically

Living Life Authentically
by Fauzia Burke
So often we, as women, have been taught that somehow there is a good and a bad way to be. There is a way to be a good sister, a good mother, a good daughter, a good wife, a good colleague, a good friend. With all these expectations of being good (which is different than doing good), it’s only natural for us to trip up and feel badly about ourselves. After all who set up the criteria for the good and the bad, anyway?

How to Use Social Media to Sell Books?

How to Use Social Media to Sell Books?
by Fauzia Burke
As I say to my clients, social media is not a sales channel. It is a networking environment. However, new research shows that social media may be gaining ground as a referral engine for sales. While networking remains core to social media, consumers are now using their favorite social networks to buy, buy, buy! That’s right, social media is impacting buying decisions more and more. Take note: 55% of consumers say they buy products online after finding them on social media. 

Connection. That’s the word of the year.

Connection. That’s the word of the year.
by Fauzia Burke
We live in a hectic, digital, social media-fueled world. Our days are filled with messages, content, shares, and the occasional meme. It’s no wonder that many of us forget to stop and connect with the person on the other side. Consider this: when was the last time you asked yourself, “Who is the person behind this retweet?” You might have 2,000 friends on Facebook, but what impact do they have in your real life? If you saw them on the street, would you even stop to say hello?

Zen Habits to Practice on Social Media

Zen Habits to Practice on Social Media
by Fauzia Burke
Have you ever had a moment where you’ve thought, “what did we ever do without our smartphones?” I’ll be the first to admit, life without smartphones, email, and social media seems unimaginable to me now and, quite frankly, more difficult. How did we ever get anything done? How did we stay connected? 

For busy authors, once laborious tasks are completed in just a few seconds. Yes, it’s true, social media helps us get more exposure and attention for our businesses and books, it directs traffic to our sites, and it builds personal bonds with our readers, clients and colleagues. However there is a dark side, too.