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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.

7 thoughts on “You have questions. Ask away.

  1. It seems that most of your books are also available as audio books. Do you find that to be worthwhile financially? Audio books are more expensive and I am not sure how many people buy them?

    1. That’s a good question!

      When I was just getting started in this business, a friend of mine recommended having all your books be available in as many formats as possible. Another words, be in the format the reader wants. That meant paperback, e-book, and audiobook. (There hasn’t been a huge demand for hard cover books but I have looked into it several times.)

      For audiobooks, I went with ACX. I shop around to find a narrator who will work on a “royalty share” so I don’t pay anything out of pocket and they have “skin in the game“ meaning they’re not gonna make any money unless they help sell some books too. Some are better at that than others but that’s my preferred way to go. That way my books are available in audio format but I don’t spend $3000 hiring someone and then they’re done. I want them to have to work to make a commission selling that book.

      I recommend that to everybody as well.

      Are audio books financially rewarding? Most of my money does not come from audiobooks, but I like that they are available to the small percentage of my readership that enjoys them. And it’s fun working with the different narrators.

      Ultimately, if I can make 5% more sales here and 3% more sales there and 7% more sales there, eventually that adds up to 20 or 30% more sales. I am always going to need 20 or 30% more sales. Using ACX allows me to spend time but not money and end up with a very good product. That’s what I recommend for anybody who’s not making over $1 million a year with their books.

      1. Thank you for this very comprehensive reply. I love audio books and always have one on the go. They allow me to make good use of the dead time in the car. I will look into ACX.

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