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A year and a half ago I met a local author at a craft show. She is a retired schoolteacher and was selling her series of three children’s books. The books were beautifully done and even included matching bookmarks.

I asked her about the books and why she wrote for children. I quickly looked through one of the stories and complemented her on her work.

Then I asked, “You have three. Will you write more books?”

“No,” she said, “I’m too old for that.” Continue Reading…

What Other Authors are Saying About
A Couple with Common Cents

“I urge you to do something special for those you love most—read this book!”

Dan Miller, author of the New York Times bestselling book 48 Days to the Work You Love, 48days.com

 

Frank Viola headshot photo“Over the years, I’ve met so many Christians who were gifted in various areas, but when it came to their finances, they lacked common sense. It’s difficult bringing up the issue to such people, as money is a ​sensitive matter. Ryan Eidson has solved the problem for us. He has written an excellent, highly readable, modern-day parable that most North Americans can relate to.

“The book packs a lot of practical insight into the whole realm of finances. A Couple with Common Cents is a book you can happily hand to those people you want to encourage and inspire with respect to their finances.”

Frank Viola, author of Jesus Now and God’s Favorite Place on Earth, frankviola.org

derek olsen“Seeing eye-to-eye in the finance department is crucial for any marriage. I have seen too much stress caused by avoiding the money talk. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In A Couple with Common Cents Ryan Eidson takes any married couple from financial frustration to financial freedom. Do your money and your marriage a favor, read this book and apply the principles.”

Derek Olsen, Better Conversations on Money and Marriage, derekandcarrie.com

 

What does a “best selling book” really mean these days? Perfectly timed affiliate marketing and joint ventures can easily produce an Amazon “bestseller” because Amazon updates its book rankings every hour. I’ve heard of authors hiring companies to strategically purchase their new books, which in effect manipulates the New York Times bestseller list.

The Myth of the Best Selling Book

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Bestseller does not automatically mean good. I’ve read many great books that never won literary awards or reached mass-market penetration.

You’ve read great content, too, that was not written by a household name. Continue Reading…

This week we’re exploring the ubiquitous role social media has in our lives today. Today I’ll discuss the relationship between an author and social media accounts (how I currently use them). Tomorrow you will see a video to encourage you to put your devices down and talk to the people in front of you. On Thursday another author releases her first book to help educators teach students how to use social media effectively. And then Friday we look at the future of social media and commerce.

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My Social Media Outlets

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When other writers ask me where to go to generate authentic reviews for their books, I point them to Story Cartel. Story Cartel is the website where I got early reviews for my book A Couple with Common Cents when I first released it in October 2013.

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What most writers don’t know is that Story Cartel also offers a digital course for writers to get past platform confusion and grow their connections with readers and fellow writers.

The Story Cartel Course

I enrolled in the Story Cartel Course in March 2013. It was a great experience of learning (and practice).

The lessons correspond with what founder Joe Bunting calls the Six Rules of Story Cartel. These six rules, with my summaries, are: Continue Reading…

The largest online retailer wants to give you a free page on their website. At authorcentral.amazon.com you can sign up with your Amazon account to put all your book titles in one place with an Amazon author page. (You edit it through Amazon Author Central.)

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Ryan’s Amazon Author Page (screen capture on May 5, 2014)

Yes, this is a totally free service from Amazon to every person who has an ISBN listed in Amazon’s database!

In my recent book searches on Amazon I’ve found two business authors who do not have their own Amazon Author Page! Both of them have even reached the New York Times bestseller list. I found it strange that neither of these authors (I’m not going to single them out here) has taken five minutes to do this.

Benefits of Amazon Author Central to You and Your Readers

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