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AME Blog Carnival – Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 11, 2013
March 11, 2013by: Penny
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Welcome to the March 11, 2013 edition of Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors. We have some great advice this week on self-publishing, social media and writing that we hope you’ll find useful. Thank you to the contributors for sharing their expertise.

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Self-Publishing

Joel Friedman presents Book Designer Confesses: The Truth About Word Processors posted at The Book Designer, saying, “Can books be designed using Microsoft Word?”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Protagonist vs Antagonist posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Characters are the most important aspect of a book. This post will tell you how to create a protagonist your readers could love and an antagonist your readers could love to hate.”

Jessica Clark presents 10 Reasons Every Poem Should Rhyme and How it Could Impact You BIG Time posted at Kenney Myers, saying, “While Ezra Pound is largely credited with starting the free verse poetry movement that created more relaxed style requirements and eliminated the wide-spread use of formal poetry, there are still plenty of aficionados out there who firmly believe that all poetry should rhyme.”

Matt Schoenherr presents Writing and Buying Articles: Is iWriter Right For You? posted at Marketing Ideas 101, saying, “Do you blog online? If so, you need articles for your blog, right? Or maybe you want to make money online? Writing articles for other people may be a great way to get money quickly. iWriter is an online writing service that caters to both people wanting articles and those who would write them. But is iWriter right for you?”

Killer presents Adjectives Reevaluated posted at kill adjectives.

Getting Published

Roy Pickering presents Handling Rejection for Dummies … I Mean Writers posted at A Line A Day, saying, “This blog post was written to inspire those new to writing, or at least new to submitting with hope of publication, so they may push through the awaiting wall of rejection and emerge on the other side.”

Social Media

Nina Amir presents Replace ‘Alice Attitude’ with ‘Author Attitude’ for Publishing Success posted at Write Nonfiction Now! saying, “Becoming an author takes more than a good idea. It takes an “Author Attitude,” which includes knowing how to set goals and meet them. This means you also know what your goals are–your vision of success as an author. This post explains these concepts and how to put them into play.”

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of March 4, 2013
March 8, 2013by: Penny
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Need a marketing pick-me-up? Take a look at these popular book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how to use StumbleUpon, where readers get their books, why HARO can help your career, and more. We wish you the best of luck in your book marketing efforts!

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* Learn How You Can Add Your Website as a Facebook Fan Page Tab App

This app is free. Easy step-by-step instructions will have your app up and running in no time:

http://louisem.com/1197/facebook-timeline-fan-page-tabs-add-your-website-and-pinterest-boards

* Blueprint for Building the Perfect Tweet

Learn how to increase the chance that your tweets will be shared far and wide:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/build-perfect-tweet_b37207

* 5 Steps to Boost eBook Sales

Smashwords’ Mark Coker says authors shouldn’t give up; they can always improve their books (and sales):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-coker/six-steps-to-boost-book-s_b_2807919.html

* Help a Reporter Out Can Be a Boon for Your Career

Use HARO wisely, and it can be a great way to showcase your expertise:

http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/2013/03/getting-smart-about-help-reporter-out.html

* Where Readers are Getting Their Books 

GoodReads did a survey and here are the results. Take a look at where these specific titles were purchased. How does this relate to your book?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6YIshOrebQ

* StumbleUpon: A Beginner’s Guide

This content discovery site is a great tool for you to share your own content and ensure that you’re found online:

http://mashable.com/2013/02/27/stumbleupon-for-beginners/

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Tips for Planning a Super Successful Author Event!
March 7, 2013by: ameeditor
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If you’re doing a book event to help promote your book and (maybe) help you to grow your speaking career! Here’s a short and helpful video to help you add more buzz to your next author event!

 

 



Amazon vs. Beautiful Disaster
March 5, 2013by: ameeditor
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Beautiful-Disaster-by-Jamie-McGuireIt seems that people love to go off the deep end where Amazon is concerned. This morning someone tagged me in a post about Amazon offering a refund to anyone who purchased the self-published version of Beautiful Disaster. She wanted to get to the bottom of this post and good for her, without all the details I would, too. But the author posted a blog that said that Amazon was refunding copies of her book. This, of course, sent the Twitter stream and many online publishing portals into a tailspin. “Amazon is at it again!” an author’s advocate said. They are, once again, punishing the little guy. Blogs ran rampant with the news. Wait! If an author could get picked up by a traditional house, would they all face the same peril? Was Amazon offering a refund to anyone who bought the self-published version of Beautiful Disaster as punishment to the author for securing a traditional deal?

Actually, it’s much more benign than that. The original self-published book had song lyrics in it, a lot of them. You need permission to use song lyrics, bottom line. So, perhaps the Amazon email wasn’t worded correctly or whatever. Candidly, in this environment I’m not sure Amazon could have won this battle anyway. Do I think that Amazon does everything right? No, absolutely not. I want KDP to not be so restrictive and I want details on who bought my books. If you want my list of things I want from Amazon I’ll send that to you, but that’s not what this post is about. This post is about getting facts before you start a revolution.

We live in a world of instant everything and we are all reporters now. Remember that. If you have a Twitter account, you’re on Facebook, Google+ or whatever you have a responsibility to the folks who follow you. If you want to start a revolution go for it, but make sure you’re fighting the right battle.

I get that most of this was done because we want to protect our author community. When someone has wronged us we want to shout it from the rooftops. That’s great. But this kind of misrepresentation of the facts does nothing to help this community. All it does is make us look like a bunch of trigger happy people who don’t do their research. We’re better than that. Now that’s a revolution worth fighting for.

Here’s a post on the Amazon mess, note the comments and the helpful and insightful points from the IP attorney: http://www.thepassivevoice.com/03/2013/amazon-beautiful-disaster-emails/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 4, 2013
March 4, 2013by: Penny
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Welcome to the March 4, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have some great tips on writing, book marketing and self-publishing this issue. Thank you to the contributors. We hope you find these tips useful!

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Writing

Jocelyn Crawley presents Writing Tips: Articulating Anticipation posted at Jocelyn Crawley, saying, “This article provides readers with a writing prompt. It also includes links to other writing tips.”

Chrys Fey presents The World Is Your Writing Tool posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Writers can get inspiration from anything and anywhere! As a writer, you can use your life, your nightly dreams, and even the world around you as a writing tool. They’re free, use them!”

Dana Sitar presents 28 Things I Loved on the Internet in February posted at DIY Writing, saying, “Resources for writers, creatives, and dreamers on writing, blogging, book marketing, life, career, social media, and some stuff that’s just fun to watch or read.”

Carrie presents 25 Writing Prompts posted at Carrie Elle, saying, “These 25 writing prompts are fun and suitable for everyone.”

Jon Rhodes presents How To Be A More Interesting Blogger posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “It is far easier to market interesting content. Here’s how to be a more interesting writer.”

Self-Publishing

Rozsa Gaston presents Follow Your Bliss and Self-Publish in 2013 posted at Rozsa Gaston, saying, “This is based on a self-publishing presentation on following your bliss in 2013 that I gave to the Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services of New York City on Jan. 4, 2013. A packed audience, and well received. Commissioner Edna Wells Handy was present and sent a hearty thank you note.”

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents Children are Avid eBook Readers posted at Marketing Christian Books.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of February 25, 2013
March 1, 2013by: Penny
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Need some writing and marketing ideas? This week’s roundup features some top book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include awards authors should seek in 2013, a cool end of book promotion idea, how to build a great blog, and more. We wish you success in your writing and marketing endeavors!

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* 6 Tips to Help You Build a Great Blog

It’s not just about having a blog; it’s about making your blog stand out. Here’s what you can do:

http://basicblogtips.com/build-great-blog.html

* When Publishing Online, Your Content Must be Optimized for Search Engine Indexing

You want your online content to be discovered, and read. This is how you can optimize your content:

http://writingontheweb.com/2013/02/21/seo-3-things-journalists-and-bloggers-can-learn/

* How to Google-Proof Your Website in Six Steps

After Google made some updates (Panda and Penguin), many sites got fewer visitors. Take these steps to keep up with Google’s changes:

http://socialmediatoday.com/mike-allton/1252341/how-google-proof-your-website-six-steps

* What’s at the End of Your Book?

Check out this cool promotion idea:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/whats-at-the-end-of-your-book-check-out-this-cool-promotion-idea/

* 32 Book Awards Authors Should Pursue for 2013

You’ve got nothing to lose; take a look at this list of awards and enter all that apply to you and your book:

http://www.sellingbooks.com/32-book-awards-for-2013/

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eBook Formats? Which ones do your readers prefer?
March 1, 2013by: ameeditor
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Another interesting snippet from this Goodreads survey about formats and what readers prefer. The results may surprise you. From Tools of Change for Publishing.



What’s at the End of Your Book (check out this cool promotion idea!)
February 28, 2013by: ameeditor
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Have you given much thought to what’s at the end of your book? Don’t waste this opportunity to engage with readers! Here’s an interesting video from Otis Chandler of Goodreads.com taken at Tools of Change. From a survey done by Goodreads.



Where do Readers Buy eBooks? (the answer might surprise you)
February 26, 2013by: ameeditor
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So where do readers buy eBooks? This clip might surprise you! Here’s an interesting video from Otis Chandler of Goodreads.com taken at Tools of Change. From a survey done by Goodreads.



Where Your Readers are Finding Books!
February 26, 2013by: ameeditor
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Goodreads did a survey and here are the results. Take a look at where these specific titles were purchased. How does this relate to your book? An interesting video from Otis Chandler of Goodreads.com taken at Tools of Change.





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