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This blog has long been a friendly place to come and learn, and what better way to learn than to ask?

You have questions. Writer stuff, marketing, motivation, you name it.


Your questions. Your challenges. Your issues.

If I don’t know, we’ll put it out to my vast network of author friends and get an answer. Or I’ll make something up.


Many people helped me when I was starting out because I was willing to ask what I needed to know.

That shortened my learning curve substantially.

– Dan Alatorre

So go ahead. Ask me anything.

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International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

4 thoughts on “You have questions. Ask away.

  1. This month I took things seriously, straightened up two scrappy books on Kindle
    ‘Of Patchwork Warriors’ &
    ‘A True History of These Isles’
    Then took advantage of putting them out as free, each for 3 days.
    Thanks to the generosity of Lucy Brazier (tweets) and Audrey Driscoll (4 star review) to date in January these have totalled up 30+ downloads onto Kindles, which I am much pleased about.
    In your experience Dan, what would be the best way to benefit from this windfall?
    (I’m ignoring any naysayers who would say ‘well it’s free what would they have to lose?’)

    1. I think typically what you want to do is try to establish a fair price for the work and then run it on sale occasionally. In my experience, if you can buy a few paid media ads when your book is on sale, you will get a residual effect afterwards. In other words, whether a three dollar book is discounted to $.99 or free, usually after the sale period ends you get a handful of purchases. Hopefully some of those turn into reviews, too.

      From there it’s all marketing! Anything and everything you can think of to get the word out. Different things work better for different books.

      Probably the three most important things are to have a professional looking cover that fits the genre, a blurb that can get a reader’s interest, and then a good story inside. If any of those three things are off, it will create stumbling blocks for sales.

      Then I would advise you to track everything. Track what your daily sales are when you are not doing advertising and what kind of spikes you get when you have some kind of marketing going on. Try to learn what works and do more of it; learn what doesn’t work and try to avoid repeating that. It’s not as easy as it sounds but it’s certainly doable.

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