Friday, October 21, 2016

MindStir Media Award Winning Authors: How to Become an Award Winner

Throughout the years, MindStir Media has seen its fair share of literary award winners. I constantly preach to my Mindstir authors about the importance of winning awards... It adds instant credibility to your author brand and can also help you land speaking engagements/gigs for which you would otherwise not qualify. Not to mention, winning an award could positively impact book sales...

But you have to enter awards competitions if you want to win. I know that's common sense for most but you'd surprised by how many authors say they want to win an award and then never enter their books!

The first step, obviously, is to locate the right awards competition for your book genre. That's as easy as googling "list of literary awards for self published authors" or some variation of that. You'll be amazed by the options!

Pick several competitions suitable for your book and closely follow the submission guidelines. If they require a Word document, send them a Word document. If they want a PDF, send them a PDF. And if they want a print version of your book -- yes, you guessed it, send them a print version. Don't do anything to disqualify yourself from the competition.

Once you've submitted your book it's important to practice patience. These competitions generally all have winner announcement deadlines, so if you're a winner, you'll be contacted by the posted deadline. Do not contact them to see if they received your book. Most of them will want a print version of your book, so simply ship the book via a trackable shipment method. This will ensure safe delivery and you'll also be able to see that it was received. For those that want a digital version, I'm sure 99.9% of those sites will send you some sort of email confirmation.

Again, sit back and be patient.

If you win, great. Go out and publicize the heck out of your new award. Write and distribute press releases, add your award-winning status to your website and all marketing materials... If you don't win, just keep on keeping on. You can still be wildly successful without winning an award.

Good luck!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Teenage MindStir Media author is now a bestselling author



In February 2016 we published Reptiles vs. Amphibians by thirteen-year-old Chelcie Oparanozie. The young adult (YA) novel has since become an Amazon bestseller, making Chelcie the youngest MindStir Media author to land on a bestseller list. For more information on Chelcie, go to her official website at http://www.chelcie4books.com/. Click here to read an official MindStir Media press release distributed earlier in March.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

MindStir Media’s Gregory P. Brown MD Becomes a #1 Amazon Bestselling Author

If you've followed this MindStir Media blog, you'll have noticed that I don't often post press releases here. Most of my posts relate to MindStir Media publishing in some way, but I usually use this space for self-publishing, book marketing and writing tips. But I'm going to make an exception: I'm really proud of Gregory Brown, MD for his diet and health book, New Mind, New Body, which became a bestseller a couple months ago. Below is the press release that we sent out:

New Mind, New Body: The Inner Makeover for a New You, written by MindStir Media author Gregory P. Brown MD, launched last month and achieved a #1 spot on two Amazon.com bestseller lists. The paperback version of his book recently enjoyed the #1 position on the Hypnosis for Diets category, while the Kindle ebook resided at the top of the Hypnosis Psychology & Counseling category. The Kindle ebook also landed in the #4 spot for the Mind-Body Connection category.

New Mind, New Body: The Inner Makeover for a New You has already received praise from readers. One reader raved: “Finally, a comprehensive guide for anyone who wants creative authority for both inner well-being and the transformation of the physical body!”

Medical professionals have also weighed in, including Alison Netski, MD, the Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nevada School of Medicine: “Dr. Brown invites us to take a new approach in the journey of weight loss.  This book acts as a guide through a very real self-inventory in addition to providing practical strategies with the goal of providing long term success.”

From the back cover: So you want to lose weight, too? Transform your mind, body, and life with this comprehensive toolkit and easy to use step by step guide, which takes you through a personal self-assessment process unique to you; offers you a clear, concise, and complete system for positive self-development; and helps you change your relationship with food by starting from within. Psychiatrists can struggle with life problems, just like you. After years of going through different diets, Dr. Greg Brown recognized that to really change his body, he needed to change his mindset. He succeeded in making fundamental and permanent changes in his own life without sacrificing anything of the lifestyle he wanted to enjoy. He shared his program, The EATT Plan, with friends and family and now offers it to you. Dr. Greg's insights and experiences from his personal journey to health are paired with a fun and engaging set of tools that support any chosen diet plan.

New Mind, New Body: The Inner Makeover for a New You is available at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com and other fine retailers worldwide. Wholesale orders can be placed through Ingram. The paperback book retails for $14.99. The ebook is priced at $6.99.

About Gregory P. Brown MD:
A board certified practicing psychiatrist with a subspecialty in forensic psychiatry, his sustaining interest is in people's amazing capacity for personal growth and change. He received his M.D. from the University of Arkansas, did his psychiatry residency at Albert Einstein Philadelphia and his fellowship at the University of Rochester. He presently holds positions with the University of Nevada School of Medicine as both an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of Residency Training in addition to his own medico-legal private practice. For more information, visit his official website at http://www.newmindnewbody.com/

About the book publisher, MindStir Media:
MindStir Media LLC offers comprehensive self-publishing services such as custom cover design; interior layout; ISBN assignment; printing; ebook conversion; distribution; and marketing assistance. MindStir Media also provides one-on-one coaching from bestselling author J.J. Hebert, making its book publishing services completely unique and “Mind-Stirringly Easy,” as the company puts it. To learn more about publishing a book with MindStir Media, visit http://www.mindstirmedia.com or call 800-767-0531.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

MindStir Media gives a list of 5 self-publishing mistakes to avoid

I wrote an article for the MindStir Media blog entitled "5 Rarely Discussed Self-Publishing Mistakes: What NOT To Do". The post has become very popular, having been shared/liked on Facebook over 1,500 times and re-tweeted nearly 200 times. The post covers topics such as book pricing; brick-and-mortar book sales; online marketing; editing and more...

Not to toot my own horn, but I really believe the post is a must-read for anyone who plans to enter the world of self-publishing. For most, the post will be refreshing and offer new info not seen before. For some others, especially those who have been around self-publishing for a while, the points in the article might not be new but can simply act as reinforcement. Hey, everyone needs a reminder every now and again, right?

Without further adieu, click here to see the full article.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

MindStir Media presents a helpful self-publishing checklist

I recently wrote a really helpful self-publishing checklist and published it on the MindStir Media blog site. The checklist offers twenty important items you'll need when self-publishing your book. Some of those twenty checklist items include:

  • Information on how to handle editing
  • Info and helpful advice for book cover design
  • Copyright registration guidance
  • A link to a very valuable book marketing guide that supplies authors with 75 marketing strategies and tips
To read and study the entire self-publishing checklist that I published via MindStir Media, please go to: http://www.mindstirmedia.com/2015/06/14/self-publishing-checklist/

Friday, February 13, 2015

MindStir Media Provides 75 Book Marketing Tips & Strategies

I wrote a really helpful blog post entitled "75 Book Marketing Tips for Authors". The post is highly actionable and contains a TON of info. I cover social media, email marketing, SEO and more in the post and hope that authors (and aspiring authors) find it useful.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

MindStir Media Offers 50+ Writing Resources & 10 Self-Publishing Tips

MindStir Media, the publishing company I own, is currently offering some valuable resources: 50+ writing resources and 10 self-publishing tips. You can get free access to those resources and tips by clicking here. I personally created the self-publishing tips and also curated the writing resources, organizing and updating them.

The 50+ writing resources include:
  • Articles on writing
  • Videos from famous authors
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Books
  • And more
The self-publishing tips focus on:
  • The definition of success in self-publishing
  • The importance of editing
  • Cover design
  • And more