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Xlibris Weekend Recap: 12 Stories You Might Have Missed

Get the skinny on a variety of self-publishing news! Xlibris gives you a recap of author features, writing tips, literary events, Xlibris promos, and more to guide your way to self-publishing success. Catch up on all the happenings in our Weekend Recap below.

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The Piano | #BestRead
10,000 Men and Counting | #BestRead
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Having Junior by Eunice Sampson
©Pain of Mistrust Violating the Air Readjusting the Heavenly Realm of We


Xlibris Writing Tips:
Xlibris Presents How To Thicken the Plot

Xlibris Editing Guidelines:
Xlibris Presents How to Write Succinctly

Marketing and Publishing Services Promotion




Xlibris Press Releases:

New Travelogue Shows the Excitement and Romance of Exotic ‘Brazil’
Action-packed Spy Thriller Awaits Readers in ‘A Call to Prayer’
Arthur Cantrell Recreates the Terror and Intrigue that Foreshadowed the End of WWII
New Book ‘Foulweather Farm’ Is a Husband’s Touching Tribute to His Beloved Wife


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Spring Specials | Xlibris Promo

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With spring come blossoming flowers, warm weather, and feelings of rebirth and rejuvenation. To celebrate the advent of this new season, we at Xlibris offer these publishing, marketing, and bookselling specials, all designed to breathe life into your writing passions and give you renewed literary vigor.

How to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Part 3

A low-cost yet effective book marketing strategy is like succinct writing that can get your message across in just a few words. You can find ways to trim your marketing cost and still reach more readers in the same way as you can weed your words to render your book worth a reader’s time.

And because we know that writing and self-publishing on the whole is a tough one-man act, the Xlibris Writer’s Workshop gives you more book marketing ideas to suit your budget.

Xlibris gives you more tips on how to market your book without fishing deeper into your pocket.

Tweet away
In only 140 characters or less, you can word the perfect pitch for your book on one of the 10 most-visited websites in the planet. All this for free. Need we say more?

Find out how you can make the most of your marketing on Twitter here.

Post questions and discussion topics on your website
Your questions and conversation topics can attract readers and book clubs that can help you spread the word.

Create a Facebook Fan Page
A Facebook fan page is searchable in Google, hence a good way to build your online presence. This Facebook feature also shows you page insights that track the number of your followers, likes, post reach, and engagement from your fans.Get more tips from an article about the Xlibris Facebook Page here.

Ask a friend to host a book party in your behalf
Make sure that you seek the help of one of your popular friends to host your book event so as to draw more attendees.

Seek the help of local retailers
Offer your books up for sale not only at bookstores but also at your neighborhood gift shops, restaurants, and other establishments. Even a consignment deal wouldn’t hurt when you think of the exposure you could get.

Instagram it
In this day and age of the selfies, why not post your book selfie and quotes on Instagram? With the undeniable power of visuals, an Instagram account for your book can bring a whole new meaning to selfies. Self-publishing is close to a literary selfie after all.

Review other authors’ works
Networking is a great way to connect with other authors in and outside your genre. By writing a review of their books, they might be willing to return the favor.

Build a Goodreads account
Create a Goodreads profile to build an aura of a legit published writer. With around 20 million members as of July 2013, the online book database can introduce you to a horde of authors, book worms, and possibly influential people in the book industry.

More budget-friendly book marketing strategies come your way here on the Xlibris Writer’s Workshop.

Related article:

Xlibris Presents How to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Part 1
Xlibris Presents How to Promote Your Book on a Budget – Part 2


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New Thriller Depicts Clandestine, Action-Packed Pursuit in Vietnam

‘Saigon Cowboy’ by H. Palmer Wood has a retired CIA agent roped back into a job to hunt down one of the most dangerous rogues the armed forces and CIA had ever dealt with.

Lake Wales, FL (PRWEB) February 07, 2014

Austin Bain liked working for the CIA, especially exercising his intellect to be one step ahead of a challenging situation. Deviating from his deciphering routine seemed to open another door to reality. Escaping death by minutes in Panama might have been a fluke, but it was enough to remind him of the dangers of his vocation. Resigning from the CIA, he returned to civilian life, until a former cohort tracked him down vacationing on a remote Bahamas island.

That surprise encounter catapulted Bain back into the Agency, where he is asked to help track and apprehend one of the most dangerous individuals the armed forces and CIA had ever dealt with in Vietnam. A French national, Austin Bain’s former college roommate has developed a deadly profile, bent on revenge, as a result of tragic events involving the deaths of a sister and his father. Working undercover, Bain’s search takes him through numerous provinces in Vietnam, when the US military presence was growing by the tens of thousands each month. Bain’s best qualification for the current job, is that he is the most likely to be able to identify the “Saigon Cowboy”, who was once a freshman he dormed with ten years ago at Syracuse University.

Both the bold aggressiveness and clandestine actions of the Cowboy continued to baffle those in pursuit. With his apparent ease of movement in highly secure areas, he is proceeds to methodically eliminate high ranking military and CIA agents. Are August Bain’s talents enough to be successful in his new role as Company headhunter?

“Saigon Cowboy” by H. Palmer Wood, with its action packed pursuit, its exotic locales, and its depiction of a rogue Frenchman working with the Vietcong to eliminate Americans supporting the South Vietnam government for his own vengeful reasons, comes off as one of the best action thrillers of the season. Wood addresses the ambiguities of US involvement in Vietnam, the way the war created its own monsters which flew out of Vietnam to infect many parts of the globe.

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About the Author
A graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., H. Palmer Wood served in the Air Force and Army Reserve. He worked as a technical writer, presentations editor and methods engineer in aerospace corporations. As a writer for Page Communication Engineers under contract with the Department of Defense, with an equivalent military rank of captain, he traveled extensively throughout Vietnam in 1966 to 1968. Before retiring in 2010, he worked as an editorial editor for a local newspaper.

Saigon Cowboy * by H. Palmer Wood
Publication Date: December 19, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 395 pages; 978-1-4931-4527-0
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 395 pages; 978-1-4931-4528-7
e-book; $3.99; 978-1-4931-4529-4

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