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The Camelot Kids by Ben Zackheim

“If you’ve been waiting for a book that will take you back to the day when you first read Harry Potter, then your wait is over.”  – A Chick Who Reads review (5 Stars)

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The Camelot Kids by Ben Zackheim

No one likes Bobby. He’s the kid who can do no right. So when small valuables start disappearing from residents’ homes, most folks are willing to believe he’s the thief. Except Shirley Link.

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Shirley Link & The Safe Case

“Shirley Link is a new girl detective series that my daughter is crazy about. This is an amazing series, my friends! Your kids will be hooked and you’ll feel really good about it.”Parents.com

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Shirley Link & The Safe Case

Jacob’s been acting odd lately. Okay, he’s usually odd, but he’s also being unfriendly. When police reports flood in about missing items, Shirley suspects something else is going on with her friend.

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Shirley Link & The Hot Comic

“This Veronica Mars for the tween-set is funny, smart, and full of preternatural wisdom.” – Edward Hemingway, Author/Illustrator for Bad Apple and Bump in the Night

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Shirley Link & The Treasure Chest

“There are early middle grade mysteries out there, but most of them have sketchy characters, and a lot of them plod along fairly predictable arcs. This series has an engaging heroine, a lot of attitude, and a much snappier overall feel.” – PopBop (Top 500 Amazon reviewer)

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BACKGROUND

Ben ZackheimBen’s storytelling adventures started as a Production Assistant on the set of the film, A River Runs Through It. After forgetting to bring the crew’s walkie talkies, losing Robert Redford’s jacket and asking Brad Pitt if he was related to Paul Newman (in front of Paul Newman) he decided that film production didn’t “speak” to him. Since no one else on the set would speak to him either he knew he needed to find work that required minimal human contact.

Writing. THAT he could do.

His two series, Shirley Link and The Camelot Kids appeal to young and old alike. Emily Neuburger of Parents.com says, “[Shirley Link] is an amazing series!” and Julie Ann Grasso (author of the Adventure of Caramel Cardamom books) says The Camelot Kids will “leave you clutching onto your Kindle.” Stephen King says, “I’m not providing blurbs at this time,” but Ben is chipping away at King’s resolve.

Ben is currently working on the next Shirley Link story (Shirley Link & The Party Poopers), The Camelot Kids: Book Two and a new Sci-Fi series titled Atticus. He’s taken up the writerly life in the Forbidden Forest at 42.5098° N, 72.6995° W. He’s teaching classes in digital marketing at New York’s School of Visual Arts MFA Visual Narrative program in Summer, 2015.

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Breaking down the 98 Bookbub tips

Breaking down the 98 Bookbub tips

Have you seen Bookbub’s incredibly useful slide presentation of marketing tips? Here you go. 98 Book Marketing Ideas That Can Help Authors Increase Sales from BookBub But how should authors ingest this advice? I bet the responses will be like snowflakes, as some slides yank our insecurities while others push our buttons. Here’s my take on the Bookbub tips. I’ll focus on the slides that resonate with me in some way, positive or negative. Tip 1: Survey your audience. Try using Google Forms for this. You could include a link to the survey from your newseletter or social media. You could also use Twitter polls or ask a question on Facebook, though that may be tough to get traction (unless you have a highly engaged social media following) Tip 2: Conduct reader surveys. This just shows how Bookbub considers us both authors and small businesses! Love it. Again, leverage your newsletter. And certainly respond to any fan mail with a few questions that will help you understand the reader better. Tip 3: Create a reader persona. Every marketing plan should do this. And every book launch should have a marketing plan. Tip 4: Create a list of target keywords. They make good suggestions here but also try Hashtagify.me and Keyhole. Take these keywords and try them out on your own social media and use them to target your ads. I wrote a number of posts about choosing good keywords for your book. Check it out. Tip 5: Create an author website. Every author needs an online home. And every home should be shiny clean for your visitors. Tip 6:... read more

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