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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – February 24, 2014
February 24, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to the February 24, 2014 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. This week we’ve got some great posts on book marketing, getting published, and writing. Thank you to all of the contributors.

Writing

Katie McCoach presents Being Able to Do What’s Best for Your Story, Not Your Ego posted at Katie McCoach, saying, “The key to being a successful writer is being able to do what’s best for your story and not your ego. Here are three ways to help your story speak for itself.”

Mary presents Blogging 101 – How to Find Inspiration for Your Blog Posts posted at Work Your Way, saying, “We all know that blogging is a great way to get extra exposure for your writing, but that’s all very well. What if you hold back from blogging because you’re not sure what to blog about? Here are 5 tips on how and where to find inspiration for your blog posts.”

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Personality and Psychological Disorders at Write With Fey, saying, “TEN TIPS on how to write about a character with a personality or psychological disorder, plus interesting facts and definitions to help you understand the difference between the two.”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo presents 3 Literary Agents Looking for Clients posted at Publishing… and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “These three literary agents have opened their doors to new clients. As always, visit the websites of their agencies, check their list of clients, check the publishers they work with, and read all submission requirements carefully before contacting. (Click on the name of the agent, or their agency, for more information.) To check an agent’s history (for possible complaints) go to Preditors and Editors.”

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents The Most Important Equations posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Do you know the most important equations for selling books?”

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Yvonne Wu presents Reach for the Stars With Google Analytics posted at The YP Publishing, saying, “What do Google analytics tell us? Google analytics helps us make strategic decisions about our current advertising campaigns, future promotional campaigns, who our readers are and how our audience sees us.”

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 Feb. 17, 2014
February 21, 2014by: Paula
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Get some inspiration from these top book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how Klout can help your marketing, ways your Amazon book description can boost sales, tools for indie authors to find reviewers, and more. Good luck with your marketing!

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* 3 Clever Ways to Use Images to Promote Your Book

This video will show you how you can use images more effectively to market your book:

http://denisewakeman.com/online-visibility/images-promote-your-book/

 

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* 110 Tools to Help Indie Authors Find Readers/Reviewers

This is a great, comprehensive resource:

http://www.digitalpubbing.com/7-strategies-and-94-tools-to-help-indie-authors-find-readers-and-reviewers/

* 64 Tips to Increase Blog Reach

Getting people to read your blog takes more than writing and posting. These ideas will help you build a following:

http://heidicohen.com/64-tips-increase-blog-reach/

* Increase Your Amazon Book Sales by Enhancing Your Book Headline & Description

Some simple updates to your book listing can make a big difference in sales:

http://marketingtipsforauthors.com/2013/11/increase-your-amazon-book-sales-by.html

* Finding a Balance Between Writing and Marketing

An author shares his experience in carving out time for writing and marketing his books (it can be done):

http://janefriedman.com/2014/02/14/finding-balance-writing-marketing/

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – February 17, 2014
February 17, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to the February 17, 2014 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got some great posts on getting published, book marketing, and writing. Thank you to all of the contributors.

Book Marketing

Kimberley Grabas presents How to Get Reviews For Your Book (Without Begging, Bribing or Resorting to Subterfuge) posted at Your Writer Platform, saying, “So you wrote a book. And it’s truly a thing of beauty. Prose polished to perfection, you’ve lovingly crafted your masterpiece in the stolen moments around an impossible schedule. You’ve commissioned the most beguiling of covers, invested in an ace editor and painstakingly tweaked the interior formatting to ensure the delicate sensibilities of your reader will not be unexpectedly jarred by a rogue font pairing or flubbed folios. It’s time. Time to share your creation with the world. Time to receive the glowing appraisals and positive feedback from your appreciative fans and the top book reviewers in the industry. But hold up a minute. You know your book is the cutest, smartest, most precocious book in the world–obviously–but, how will top reviewers or your adoring fans know, unless they read it? And how will they know to read it, if there are currently no reviews encouraging them to do so? Gnarly catch 22. How on earth do you get reviews for your book (so you can sell more books, so you can get more reviews to sell more books)?”

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Getting Published

David Trounce presents How to Publish Your Article | And Avoid Rejection posted at Mallee Blue Media | Create Content that Converts, saying, “An Infographic and article on pitfalls to avoid when trying to pitch your work to online publishers.”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents The Four Main Points of View posted at Write With Fey, saying, “A story can be told from one of these four main points of view: First Person, Second Person, Third Person, and Third Person Omniscient.”

Erica Verrillo presents Editors: Why We Love/Hate Them posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “There are all kinds of editors, good ones, bad ones, and many in between. A good editor is one who will give you a run for your money. A bad editor will not do anything at all. Writers who have dealt with editors who are real sticklers may think this is sheer heaven. After all, editors who do nothing are great for an author’s ego. But, believe it or not, there are errors in your manuscript – of internal logic, of grammar, and of sense. But where do you draw the line at radical changes? Learn to tell the difference between editors who will enhance your manuscript, and those who will butcher it here.”

Brendan McNulty presents Understanding the storytelling arc posted at Now Novel, saying, “We write a blog that helps aspiring novelists through tips and tricks on writing, motivation and examples from published authors”

Phyllis Edgerly Ring presents The writing path of flexibility – and faith posted at Leaf of the Tree, saying, “Like so many human endeavors, writing requires a curious balance of flexibility and – faith.”

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 Feb. 10, 2014
February 14, 2014by: Paula
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Check out this collection of book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include using Google+ to increase search rankings, promoting your book with a blog, marketing your novel the second time around, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Want to Get Published? 3 Things to Set Authors on the Path to Success

Literary agent Chuck Sambuchino lists two must-do’s, along with one should-do, for aspiring authors:

http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/guide-to-literary-agents/3-things-to-set-you-on-the-path-to-publishing-success

* Authors: When is it Time to Shift Gears on Twitter?

Once your following has reached a certain level, how do you continue to support your loyal followers?

http://www.sandyappleyard.com/2014/02/05/authors-time-shift-gears-twitter/

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* 5 Tips for Marketing Your Novel The Second Time Around

If you have a backlist, this is a great time to promote those books. Here’s how:

http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2011/09/5-tips-for-marketing-your-novel-second.html

* Six Great Blogs for Indie Authors

These blogs are terrific resources for indie authors, be sure to bookmark these sites:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/60852-six-great-blogs-for-indie-authors.html

* 3 Ways to Use Google+ to Increase Search Rankings

Being active on Google+ offers a number of benefits, including ways to make your website easier to find:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/use-google-increase-search-rankings/

* 5 Keys to Promoting Your Book with a Blog

Author Julie Isaac offers some great tips for how your blog can help build your following and market your book:

http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2010/05/5-keys-to-promoting-your-book-with-blog.html

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – February 10, 2014
February 10, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to the February 10, 2014 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got posts on writing, self-publishing, social media, and book marketing this issue, and we hope you find some useful ideas! Thank you to all of the contributors.

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents The Thumbnail Rule posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “What works for a good book cover? Find out.”

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Self-Publishing

Erica Verrillo presents 9 Sites Where You Can Get Fabulous Free Photos posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “If you are designing a cover for your book, there is nothing that attracts readers more than a fetching image. Eye-catching images not only draw the reader’s attention, they establish a mood, set a tone, and express what you can’t say in words. A great image will also inspire a reader to linger, and to want to learn more about you and what you have written. Here are my favorite sites for finding fabulous free photos.”

Social Media

Jon Rhodes presents Guest Blogging after Google declared it “dead” posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “Google have recently declared guest posting for SEO “dead.” By making these minor tweaks to your strategy, you can actually benefit more than ever.”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: A Character with a Disease or Disability posted at Write With Fey, saying, “When you have to write about a character with a disease or disability, there is a lot you have to know and cover in your story. Here is a list of tips that can help you to write about a character with a disease/disability.”

David Leonhardt presents How much should you plan your plot? posted at Always Write, saying, “Fiction writers need to plan their plots. They need to be organized. But should they also allow their characters and the plot to develop on their own?”

C. A. Brown presents “One Old Rule For Beginning A Story” posted at PekoeBlaze – the official blog, saying, “This is a rather informal, and fairly basic, article I wrote last April about how to write a good beginning for your story. Although it begins with the “one rule” mentioned in the title, it later goes on to describe the three elements (mystery, comedy and/or action) that should be included in the opening sentences of a story.”

Stefanie presents All The Necessary Steps To Write A Book posted at The Write One Blog, saying, “This article provides all the necessary steps to write a book and bring your idea to fruition. Remove the guess work and learn the steps to write a book!”

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of Feb. 3, 2014
February 7, 2014by: Paula
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Get some marketing ideas and inspiration from this collection of book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include using hashtags for SEO, selling to libraries, building a social media plan for your book, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 3 Online Profiles Every Author Must Have (but not Facebook or Twitter)

For instance, are you on Google+? If you’re not, learn why that site is so important:

http://glennjmiller.com/2014/3-online-profiles-every-author-must-have/

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* How to Build a Fantastic Social Media Plan for Your Next Book

Think about why you want to use social media, what you hope to gain, and how much time you have – that’s the beginning:

http://pegfitzpatrick.com/2013/09/09/how-to-create-a-fantastic-social-media-plan/

* Writers’ Conferences Are More Than Giant Writing Classes

Here’s how to set some goals before the conference so you get the most from the event:

http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2011/07/writers-conferences-are-more-than-giant.html

* How to Sell to Libraries – Top 10 Strategies for Independent Authors and Publishers

Libraries spend more than $2 billion annually so this is one market worth considering:

http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2011/07/how-to-sell-to-libraries-top-10.html

* How to Find and Use Top Quality Images for Your Blog Articles

Images help your web content stand out. Here are some strategies to help you add more images to your blog:

http://socialmediatoday.com/randy-milanovic/2127001/how-find-and-use-top-quality-images-your-blog-articles

* Hashtags are Great for SEO

These quick tips for using hashtags will help send more marketing traffic to your social media site or blog:

http://youtu.be/VyT9D7NwQnA

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – February 3, 2014
February 3, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to the February 3, 2014 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have a lot of information in this edition, from book marketing and getting published to self-publishing and social media. Thank you to all of the contributors.

Book Marketing

Glenn Miller presents The 3 Online Profiles Every Author Must Have (and They’re Not Facebook or Twitter) posted at Glenn Miller.

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Getting Published

Laura Hedgecock presents Is My Writing Good Enough? Self-Doubt and Advocacy posted at Redwoods Society, saying, “This article examines how to combat the self-doubt that every writer faces.”

Self-Publishing

Erica Verrillo presents Hugh Howey’s Self-Publishing Success Story – Luck, Timing, and Writing for the Right Reasons posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “What is unusual about Hugh Howey is that he remained a self-published author on Amazon’s Kindle platform – even after he landed a major book deal with Simon and Schuster. He also turned down offers from agents – until one of them dangled Hollywood before him. Why did Howey retain his electronic rights? It turns out he had some very good reasons.”

Social Media

Jon Rhodes presents 9 Ways To Jazz Up Your Finished Blog Post posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “Make you blog posts dazzle with these 9 top tips.”

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Chrys Fey presents Words to Cut Out of Your Writing posted at Write With Fey, saying, “In my recent post, How To Edit a Book, the second step says to “Cut it Out!” and refers to clichés and passive voice, but there are words you should cut out of your manuscript too.”

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of Jan. 27, 2014
January 31, 2014by: Paula
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Here are some great tips we found among the top book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include why your Facebook posts may not get a response, creative ways to launch products with social media, how to use Pinterest for book promotion, and more. Best of luck with your marketing!

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* When is the Best Time to Release a Book?

Your publication schedule can affect the success of your book. Here’s what you should know about timing your book’s publication:

http://audenstreasury.blogspot.com/2014/01/when-to-release-book.html

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* 5 Ways to Use Pinterest for Book Promotion

A collection of clever, creative ways authors can use Pinterest for marketing their books:

http://selfpublishingteam.com/5-ways-to-use-pinterest-for-book-promotion/

* What’s Your Writerly Social Media Persona?

Your online behavior matters – and it can affect your book sales:

http://buildbookbuzz.com/author-social-media-persona/

* 9 Creative Ways to Use Social Media to Launch a Product

Get some great ideas from this overview of how social media helped launch a new initiative:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/social-media-product-launch/

* Writers, Know Your Audience

Create a persona for your target customer before creating a single product. Here’s how:

http://informationproductsforwriters.com/will-buy-information-products/

* 6 Reasons Your Facebook Postings May Not Get Responses

Facebook recently changes its algorithm, and that affects what users now see in their newsfeed:

http://socialmediatoday.com/debraellis/2097086/6-reasons-your-facebook-postings-may-not-get-responses

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – January 27, 2014
January 27, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to the January 27, 2014 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got some insights into book marketing and book design this week. Thank  you to the contributors.

Book Marketing

Chrys Fey presents Online Marketing Symposium posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Find out what worked and what didn’t work for me while marketing my eBook, Hurricane Crimes. This is part of a blogfest.”

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Erica Verrillo presents Submitting Your Website to Web Directories posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “If you have recently launched an author’s website, you may be wondering how to get it noticed. New websites may take weeks to get “crawled” by search engines – a delay which can transform the heady, champagne-guzzling high of a website launch into a nail-biting, pillow-punching pit of despair. Now is the time to list your website on a web directory.”

Book Design

Byteful Travel presents A Key Book Designing Tip: Always Include Reputable Reviews! posted at Aravinda Publishing, saying, “Today, I’d like to share a visual example of something I’ve learned over the last few months: the importance of putting reviews on the back of your paperback! In retrospect this seems fairly obvious, but you may be surprised how many books don’t do it. Reviews are key because they provide extremely helpful “social proof” for the book, and can be key to self-publishing success.”

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of Jan. 20, 2014
January 24, 2014by: Paula
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We’ve got some great advice from some top book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include secrets to a successful blog tour, how to get more book reviews, blog post ideas, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Seeking a Good Writers’ Conference or Book Festival in 2014?

A handy list; this is a great resource so be sure to share it:

http://jodierennerediting.blogspot.com/2014/01/writers-conferences-book-festivals-in.html

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* Amazon Hack: A Quick Tip for More Reviews and Networking with Reviewers!

Build relationships with reviewers, it’s worth the effort and can lead to more reviews:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/amazon-hack-quick-tip-reviews-networking-reviewers/

* Three Keys to Successful Author Blogging

It’s about content, readers, and networking. Read more:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2011/02/three-keys-to-successful-author-blogging/

* Infographic: 4 Key Book Publishing Paths

There are several varieties of traditional and self-publishing which means authors have a lot of options:

http://janefriedman.com/2013/11/19/infographic-key-book-publishing-paths/

* Don’t Know What to Write About?

Get ideas from the Blog Topic Generator, a free tool:

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/blog-topic-generator-ht

* What’s the Secret to a Successful Blog Tour?

We’ve got five tips that will help you get more exposure from your blog tour:

http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/2014/01/blog-tour-tips-reminder-or-new-ideas.html

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