Press Release: Pump Up Your Book Announces William R. Leibowitz’s Miracle Man Virtual Book Tour

Miracle Man


Pump Up Your Book! is proud to announce William R. Leibowitz’s Miracle Man virtual book tour March 6 – May 31. Bill will be guest appearing at blogs throughout the U.S. and international regions talking about his thriller novel that was named by Amazon as one of the Top 100 Novels of 2015, an Amazon Top 10 thriller, an Amazon bestseller and an Amazon NY Times bestseller.

The victim of an unspeakable crime, an infant rises to become a new type of superhero. Unlike any that have come before him, he is not a fanciful creation of animators, he is real.

So begins the saga of Robert James Austin, the greatest genius in human history. But where did his extraordinary intelligence come from?

As agents of corporate greed vie with rabid anti-Western radicals to destroy him, an obsessive government leader launches a bizarre covert mission to exploit his intellect. Yet Austin’s greatest fear is not of this world.

Aided by two exceptional women, one of whom will become his unlikely lover, Austin struggles against abandonment and betrayal. But the forces that oppose him are more powerful than even he can understand.

If you’d like to follow his tour stops, visit and you may win one of ten prizes – autographed paperback, 5 e-copies or 4 pens. Please leave a comment or question at each of his tour stops to let him know you stopped by!

Pump Up Your Book! is an award-winning virtual book tour agency for authors who want quality service at an affordable price. More information can be found on our website at While there, check out our Authors on Tour page to see what we have coming up in the months ahead. We’re always looking for new bloggers to join our team.

Contact Information:

Dorothy Thompson
Founder of Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Tours
P.O. Box 643
Chincoteague, Virginia 23336

‘Dominion’ Doug Hewitt Talks Book Publishing & Book Marketing

D.A. Hewitt is an award-winning author of four novels and over a hundred short stories. One novel was awarded a gold medal from the Independent Publishers Book Awards for best regional fiction. He attributes his success to hard work, honing a skill and providing an outlet for his passion for writing.

Born in Michigan, he lived for 25 years in North Carolina before returning to live in his home state. In addition to enjoying sky diving and mountain climbing, he is a proud veteran of the US Marine Corps and has earned a degree in mathematics.

Mr. Hewitt admits to a fascination with the work of Carl Jung and of the Gnostic religion. He’d always thought intertwining these topics in a science fiction novel was a stretch, but one day the storyline of Dominion came to him. He wrote the novel in a stream of consciousness. “It makes sense, tapping into the collective unconscious,” Mr. Hewitt says, “very much like Carl Jung might have predicted.”


Did you pursue publishers or did you opt to self-pub?

I submitted to the big publishers first. There was some interest, but nothing panned out. Eventually I went with Double Dragon, a small press. They’ve been wonderful to work with.

If published by a publisher, what was your deciding factor in going with them?

There were two deciding factors. The editor was enthusiastic about my novel, and their response time was very quick. With larger publishers, the waits can be months, even years.

If published by a publisher, are you happy with the price they chose?

I think the e-book price was fair and in line with most other e-books in the science fiction genre. The print price was a bit high, but because it’s a small press, their print runs are smaller and so they have to set a higher price to break even.

How did you choose your cover?

The publisher chose the cover, although I had some input. I suggested the Earth and the Moon superimposed. That’s very apt for my sci fi novel (Dominion). The novel chronicles the Moon’s declaration of independence after it is colonized. As you can imagine, the declaration causes much conflict.

Did you write your book, then revise or revise as you went?

Both, actually! I typically rewrite the previous day’s efforts when I sit down to write. Of course, after the novel is finished, I revise the entire manuscript.

What’s your opinion on giving your book away to sell other copies of your book?

I don’t mind giving some books away. As an author, I’m trying to get the word out about my novel. Anything I can do to achieve that is fair game. Of course, I’d like to make enough to be able to quit my day job, but that’s the aspiration of many a novelist.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do before their book is released?

Get a website and business card. If you already have them, update them. Now, I know that’s only two things. But they’re very important. The third would be to become active in social media. Social media is a great tool for getting the word out about your novel.

What are three of the most important things you believe an author should do after their book is released?

Celebrate, promote, and get started on your next book.

What kind of pre-promotion did you do before the book came out?

I developed my website, and a blog, My blog has a great “steal this thesis” theme. I’ve also developed a presence in social media.

Do you have a long term plan with your book?

I would love to make it a trilogy. We shall have to wait and see. I have other novels in the pipeline.

What would you like to say to your readers and fans about your book?

My hope is that Dominion is not only a great read for fans of science fiction, but that it also is a great read for fans of other genres. And beyond that, I hope readers get a sense of the power of psychoanalysis and how it relates to religion. I’ve developed a Process Map of Consciousness and posted it on my Stinky Universe website, and it’s my belief that it can help people understand themselves in the context of a complex psychological world.

26 Reasons Why Now is the Best Time to Be a Publisher or Self-Publisher

  1. Publishers have more options for publishing than ever: e-books, print-on-demand, offset printing, downloads, audiobooks, podcasts, blogs, websites, a series of articles or videos.
  2. Books can generate more profits than ever. People are buying content in more forms, formats, media, and countries than ever.
  3. Publishers can coordinate publication worldwide. They can plan the timing and marketing of their books and subsidiary rights to maximize their books’ impact and build their authors’ brand.

Read the rest of article at Nonfiction Authors Association.

Opinion: Getting into Bookstores: Why I Did It My Way Anoushka Beazley

Part of the joy of being an indie author is that you can choose to do things your own way. Sometimes you may feel compelled not only to defy trade publishing conventions, but to fly in the face of received wisdom on the self-publishing circuit. Thus rather than pursue the POD online route to paperback production and distribution, as recommended by Data Guy, Digital Book World, ALLi and so many other authorities, novelist Anoushka Beazley beat her own path to being stocked by bookstores. Over to Anoushka to explain what she did, why and how…

Read the rest of article at Alliance of Independent Authors.

Gain Exposure with an Online Blog Tour

Book tours are comprised of different people’s blogs across the internet that all showcase your book to their followers, who are targeted readers of your genre. A blog tour allows an author to “appear” on multiple book blogs in a span of 1 to 4 weeks to promote an up-and-coming book. The appearances on these book blogs consist of a variety of online activities for the author, from writing guest posts, engaging in interviews, posting book excerpts and more. The greater number of blogs you can appear on, the more you will expand your audience and extend your reach.

Read the rest of article at Adazing.

How to Use a Survey to Pick the Best Cover for your Self-published Book

Having gone to so much trouble to make your book the best it can be, you need to be sure you choose the right cover to make it fly off the shelves – but can you really trust your own judgment, or should you widen your jury? Stephen Oram, indie author of near-future science fiction, explains how he set up a survey to help him make the right decision for his latest book, and how he interpreted the results.

Read the rest of the article at Alliance of Independent Authors.

Ways Your Contacts Can Participate in Book Promotion

When planning your book launch, it’s important to involve your contacts—friends, family, peers, and associates—and have them help you. I’ve met countless authors over the years who mention the many great contacts they have, but when the rubber hits the road and it’s time for book promotion, often times those contacts are forgotten or ignored.

The thing about your contacts is that you can’t expect them to know how to promote your book for you. If you want their help, you need to ask them to take action, and provide some direction for them to follow. It doesn’t have to be invasive or painful in any way. In fact, many will be eager to help—but they can’t do that until you let them know what you need.

Read the rest of story at Nonfiction Authors Association.

Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos Sees Dramatic Rise in Book Sales Following UC Berkeley Protests

Milo Yiannopoulos has seen a dramatic increase in book sales after the University of California, Berkeley cancelled a scheduled talk by the controversial conservative following violent protests. Milo Yiannopoulos’ new book, “Dangerous,” is available March 14th.

Milo Yiannopoulos has seen a dramatic increase in book sales after the University of California, Berkeley cancelled a scheduled talk by the controversial conservative following violent protests.

As of Friday morning, Yiannopoulos’ controversial book, “Dangerous”, which won’t’ be available until March 14, topped the Amazon bestseller list. However, the AP notes that controversy that has driven pre-orders for the brook “has also made promotion unusually complicated.” Since December, hundreds of authors have objected to the book deal, and one writer, Roxane Gay, withdrew a book she had planned for Simon & Schuster.

Read rest of story at The Gospel Herald Society.

Six Smart Book Marketing Tips to Reach Amazon Bestseller Status

Marketing is not hard but it is strategy. You must know how to do all the steps, in sequence, and have good timing. For a book to sell – it has to have a digital component – sold digitally and marketed digitally.

And if you have video, like our client Dr. Cindy Trimm had, you got a winner!

So, what does “smart” marketing look like?

Here are some book marketing tips:

1. Tying a book and book marketing to news event

If your book can tie in current news events – you have built-in buzz (especially if you don’t have a strong platform or brand). And it doesn’t have to be a tragic event. You can your book launch with a sports event or the Olympics, a hit movie and Black History Month. It doesn’t matter – long as there are people talking about it and feasting on more information about the subject. If you have a book on health and wellness, tie into the conversation about Obamacare or the “Let’s Move” campaign by Michelle Obama. Finding the right HOOK is key and timing is everything.

2. Creating intrigue and curiosity is critical

If you can create curiosity around your book, then you’ll create quite a bit of buzz before the book ever comes out. It’s no different with movies. A good movie trailer will have buying a $20 for a movie (for two) in no time. No different with a GOOD book trailer. We specialize in developing book trailers and creative ideas that fit the authors brand.

3. Making use of technology to sell your book

Yes, YouTube is a great tool for selling a book. But notice that it’s not about the book at all. It’s the back story – the platform you’ve developed OVER TIME that has folks watching you video and opening your emails and participating in your podcasts like crazy.

4. Creating joint ventures for more book sales

I don’t know how many people you have on your email list but if you could double your list and reach several thousand more – wouldn’t that be a coup? That’s what we did for Dr. Cindy Trimm. We did an email and social media campaign to her list and our partners and increased her exposure to several hundred thousand people! So a smart move would be to find just a few joint venture partners for your book and you’ll have people flocking to your website.

5. Selling a book without selling a book

We are big fans of a “landing page” that sells people on not just the book – but the movement. See, you don’t think you’re buying a book – you are part of an event. See an example of what we created for Dr. Laureen Wishom at It worked!

6. Building a list

When you go to the landing page, you’re really adding your name and email address to the author’s list. They’ll then be able to send you additional teasers leading up to the book so that you’re ready to buy before it hits the streets. We offered Dr. Trimm’s list tons of bonuses for ordering early and an opportunity to interface with her directly on podcasts. Then, we staggered the distribution of the pre-sold books out over several days so that they don’t all hit at once.

A block of book orders shipped as one counts as “one” book on the Amazon best seller list. But, if you stagger the orders, you’ll be more likely to hit that enviable best seller list. You are teased into signing up for the email so that you’ll receive the “insider report.” This “WOOs” people and keeps them interested until the official launch. And she did! #1 Best Seller on several lists, including Amazon and twice on the BCN (Black Christian News) List.

Pam Perry is known as the “PR Guru”, “Marketing Whiz” and “Social Media Expert” by the national media such as Detroit Free Press, Publisher’s Weekly and Gospel Today magazine. She was named more than once as one of the Top 50 Black Women Business Online by BBWO.

Perry has arguably been one of the more high-powered and visible figures in public relations. Her career serves as a notable example of the potency that personally handled promotion has acquired in the mass media. Perry’s rise in the wrangling world of publicity began when she worked in public relations and advertising. Learning the business from the inside out, Perry and eventually formed her own firm, Ministry Marketing Solutions, Inc. in 2000 helping thousands of authors ever since.

Head over to and watch the video on how she helps people achieve their goals.

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Amazon Kindle Book Marketing Essentials

Expert Author Bill Platt

Many authors/writers have discovered the power and potential of the Amazon Kindle marketplace for selling their books.

For eBooks priced from $0.99 to $2.98, and eBooks priced at $10.00 or more, Amazon pays 35% in royalties on all products sold. For eBooks priced between $2.99 and $9.99, Amazon pays royalties equal to 70% on all products sold.

Without a doubt, some book authors are making an absolute killing by self-publishing their books on Amazon. A good friend of mine is making half a million a year with her books on the Kindle platform.

It is possible to make a nice living selling nonfiction on Amazon, but the people collecting the largest royalty checks are those who are writing fiction.

Publishing Essentials

Amazon Kindle is an attractive place to publish books, because absolutely anyone who is willing to set up a Kindle Digital Publishing account can upload a manuscript and start selling their books within 24 hours in most cases.

Amazon is also the largest “buyer search engine” on the Internet, meaning that the people using Amazon’s search tool are looking for products to purchase.

When you load your book to the Amazon website, there are a few key pieces of information you will need to include with your book upload:

  • Must be logged into an Amazon Account;
  • Title;
  • Author (Pen Names are acceptable);
  • Description;
  • Categories;
  • Keywords;
  • Description;
  • Image representing Book Cover;
  • Book Manuscript;
  • Prices;
  • Choose optional Amazon promotional programs.

Book Marketing Essentials

In most cases, the primary marketing tools you need are six items:

  1. Title that will catch the shopper’s attention;
  2. Book Cover that assures the shopper that this book will give them what they want;
  3. Category choices that will allow it to be found by its target audience;
  4. Keywords that could help people using the search function find the book;
  5. Book Description that sells the book to the person looking at the book;
  6. A respectable and acceptable Price.

Common Misconception About Book Marketing in General

Many people believe that all they need to do is to create a book and upload it to Amazon, in order to start making money. In part, this is true.

Once the book is uploaded and approved by Amazon, then you can start making sales.

However, your book marketing essentials need to be solid, in order for you to actually find buyers.

You must have an interesting book title.

You must have a book cover that appeals to the reader. The big thing here is that you want your book cover to look like it was professionally designed, rather than designed by your junior high school child or grandchild.

Most important, you must have a compelling book description. The title and cover will get people to open your sales page, but it is your description that will sell the book for you.

It is sad, but most self-published authors will spend several months writing their book and less than ten minutes crafting their book description. Yet, future buyers are looking to the book description to convince them whether they should or should not purchase your book.

If the description stinks, then sales will stink too.

If you construct a compelling description, you could very well find your book on the best sellers list.

Reality Check About Selling Books on Amazon

People tell me all the time that they don’t need to worry about marketing their books, because Amazon will do all of their marketing for them.

Here is what you need to understand about Amazon marketing your books for you.

Yes, Amazon wants to sell more products, so they will tell their customers about your books.

But here is the thing… Amazon’s internal marketing machine is completely driven by computer algorithm. An algorithm is a computer program that seeks out products to share with their customers.

Amazon’s computer algorithms are designed to find strong selling products and to promote those top-selling items to their customers.

Amazon isn’t going to push a product that has only sold ten copies in the last month. Instead, it is going to push products that are currently selling hundreds of units a day, because they are trying to maximize the number of products they can sell. They are not going to promote a product that has lukewarm sales.

If you want to sell lots of books on Amazon, you should refrain from burying your head in the sand.

In order to get Amazon to market your books for you, you have to help your book by getting its sales started on good footing.

You can of course try the marketing approach that most authors take — upload and pray.

Or, you can invest a little time or money to get your sales rolling, so that the Amazon sales algorithm can find your book and promote it to their customers.

You can advertise your book for free in a number of Facebook groups, on Twitter, or on your own blog. You don’t have a blog? Why not?

Or, you can spend a little money and advertise your book on a site like Bookbub or any of the websites shown here.

You Are In The Driver’s Seat

As a self-published book author, you are not only your own publisher, but you are also your own marketing team.

All you really need to do is to grease the wheels, so that Amazon’s internal sales algorithm can find your book and tell their customers about it.

Once Amazon has found your book, then Amazon will do all of your book marketing for you.

Until you can get your sales moving forward, the only hope that your book will have for good sales is one — pray hard.

If you need help finding story ideas for your fiction writing, check out If you enjoyed this article, then you should also check out where Bill Platt is the publisher and a frequent contributor.

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