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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – September 30, 2013
September 30, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the September 30, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got great posts on writing this week. We hope you enjoy this edition! Thank you to all of the contributors.

Writing

ebele presents Are you feeling uninspired and stuck? How doing nothing can win you a Nobel Prize posted at Street-side convos, saying, “How writers can boost their creative process by doing nothing.”

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David Leonhardt presents A contract and a murder, and this is not even fiction posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “You see how proofreading can save a person from more than just being caught in an endless loop geography test. It could even save you from murder.”

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: A Funeral posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Funerals are always emotional. When you have to write about a character’s funeral, it’s all about the emotion you convey.”

Kathy Steinemann presents Proofreading Tips for Authors Part I posted at Musings, saying, “If you’re like me, you don’t look forward to proofreading. But smart authors have learned techniques to streamline the task. I’d like to share some of them with you.”

Bryan Chau presents Fair Use Or Abuse – Copyright Edition For Indie Authors posted at Success Pen Pal, saying, “indie author, self-publishing, copyright, fair use, infringement, success, strategies, eBooks, etc.”

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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Author Where Are You?
September 27, 2013by: Penny
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Author Where are You?

 

I was at a Digital Book World event yesterday speaking on working with publishers and in-house marketing teams. The event was fantastic with tons of experts sharing tons of great content. I commented to one of the event planners about the lack of authors at this event (most of the attendees were publishers and agents). She said they didn’t really target the event to authors but in my view, that’s not really the point. The point is that as an author, if you’re serious about your career as a published author you need to stay aware of industry events. Some of these events aren’t cheap, but they are a good investment.

Keeping track of industry stuff is really important. Knowing what’s happening in the industry, what’s going on and what’s coming up is key to being successful.  As authors we often live in a vacuum, though perhaps tempting, this is never a good idea.

Not sure where to start? Try these two sites, both have tremendous content and free newsletters:

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/

http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/

 

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of Sept. 23, 2013
September 27, 2013by: Paula
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Looking for some marketing ideas? We’ve rounded up some great book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include the best times for posting on social media, getting your author rank recognized by Google, finding content to share on social media, and more. Best of luck with your marketing!

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* 6 Places to Find Content to Share on Social Media

Sometimes the biggest impediment to posting on social media is knowing what to post. Discover some key sources for good, shareable material:

http://socialmediatoday.com/helen-nesterenko/1755481/content-curation-tips-6-places-find-content-share-social-media

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* Find 5 Creative Ways to Drive More Traffic to Your Blog Posts

If you blog but no one reads your posts, do they count? Of course they do, but your blogging means more if you can attract people to your site:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/5-creative-ways-to-drive-more-traffic-to-your-blog-posts/

* 11 Questions About Publishing eBooks on Amazon’s Kindle

Publishing eBooks on Kindle can be a smart strategy, but educate yourself before you hit publish:

http://productivewriters.com/2013/09/18/questions-publishing-ebooks-amazon-kindle/

* How to Get Your Author Rank Recognized by Google 

Writing and publishing content online is not enough – you want Google to recognize you as the author. Here’s how you can be acknowledged for your expertise:

http://www.pbdink.com/blog/2013/09/18/googles-big-push-search-author-ranking/

* The Best Times To Post On Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Pinterest

See what some major brands do, and use the information to help develop your own strategy:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/social-best-times-post_b49546

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Sell More Books on Amazon: Fun Amazon Hack
September 24, 2013by: Penny
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Here’s a quick hack! You know you can add pictures to your book page, well why not use this to add tips from your book to further entice readers to buy? Check it out at the link below. Super easy, just click on “add images” and upload whatever you’ve got. Easy, fun and a great way to enhance your page!

http://www.amazon.com/Sell-Books-Truckload-Amazon-com-ebook/dp/B00CJ0USL0/ref=cm_cmu_pg__header

 

Here is an example of a fiction title: http://www.amazon.com/Shelf-Life-Publicist-Book-ebook/dp/B00FA5EB4Q/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=1-2&qid=1379446200

Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon

 

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – September 23, 2013
September 23, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the September 23, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got a good mix of posts on writing, book marketing and social media this week. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents Your Number One Marketing Tool posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Do you know what your number one marketing tool for a book is?”

Bryan Chau presents Turn On Your Search Engines – SEO Strategies posted at Success Pen Pal, saying, “SEO, search engines, business, success, markets, content, advertisements, social media, etc.”

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Social Media

Anne Hill presents Social Media Tip: Turn Your Rants Into Pin Boards posted at Creative Content Coaching, saying, “Your pet peeves can make great (and funny) social media content that helps establish your unique platform and voice.”

Kimberley Grabas presents How to Create a Custom Facebook Cover Image That Gets Noticed (Without Spending a Dime) posted at Your Writer Platform, saying, “Can’t afford a designer, but have Facebook cover image envy? Do you want to have an amazing cover photo that attracts new readers as well as keeps your current fans coming back for more? Well you’re in luck! As of July 1st, 2013, Facebook has relaxed their guidelines somewhat, allowing you to add more than just the ’20% text maximum’ to your image, as well as any other info you think may entice your fans to stick around. Add to that the option to use the free online photo editing software site known as PicMonkey, and we’re in Facebook-cover-image-making business!”

Writing

Michael Hetherington presents Supplements for Super (Writing) Powers | Michael Hetherington posted at Michael Hetherington, saying, “Supplements for Super Writing Powers.”

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: A Crime Scene posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Even though all crime scenes are different, writing about them requires the same elements every time.”

emilynolin presents Coming Out Of The Closet (As A Writer) posted at emilynolin.

Markeyus presents How to write and publish a book in three steps posted at Live2Conquer.

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 Sept. 16, 2013
September 20, 2013by: Paula
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Get some savvy advice from these book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include pitching journalists on social media, building your book signing event toolkit, adding a media kit to your website, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Why Your Author Website Should Include a Media Kit

Don’t miss out on publicity – make sure your website includes these vital elements for editors, bloggers, and reviewers:

http://www.susangilbert.com/why-your-author-website-should-include-a-media-kit/

* Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine – How To Create Perfect Social Media Posts

Each social media site is different, and this infographic walks you through the secrets to successful posts on each network:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/perfect-social-media-post_b49128

* Your Book Signing Event Toolkit

Make sure you’re prepared – here’s a list of what to include for your event:

http://buildbookbuzz.com/your-book-signing-event-tool-kit/

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* The Dos and Don’ts of Pitching Journalists on Social Media

Social media offers a great way to connect with the media, but make sure you’re following the proper etiquette:

http://mashable.com/2013/09/16/pitch-journalist-social-media/

* Website Checklist: 15 Essential Items That You Can’t Ignore

You should review your site on a regular basis to make sure it includes these key elements:

http://www.razorsocial.com/website-checklist/

 

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Innovative Ways to Turn Your Book into a Movie!
September 16, 2013by: Penny
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Ken Atchity! Ken Atchity of www.storymerchant.com shows us how to turn a book into a movie. It’s an exciting new way to do this, too!

And if you’re a cat-lover, you’ll love the kitty photo bomb. See if you can find the cat in this video :-)

 

 

 

 



AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – September 16, 2013
September 16, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the September 16, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got some good insights this week into book marketing, social media, and writing. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents Do Book Giveaways Work? posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Have you wondered whether hosting a free book giveaway will really increase the sales for a book? The answer to the question of whether book giveaways work is a little more complicated than yes or no.”

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Book Publicity

Katie McCoach presents Why It’s Important to Write a Book Review posted at Katie McCoach Editorial, saying, “This article discusses four reasons why it’s important to write a book review, for authors and readers.”

Social Media

Stacey D presents Four Ways To Get On Google’s First Page – Ballantine Digital posted at Ballantine Digital, saying, “Social media and marketing have become more challenging with recent Google updates. There are four basic ways to get your work to rank on the first page of Google without facing those dreaded penalties.”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Murder posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Tips and tricks to writing about fictional murder in your book.”

Gary presents Become A Freelance Writer posted at Gajizmo, saying, “Becoming a freelance writer isn’t easy, but some entrepreneurs would rather write than deal with the hassle of maintaining and ranking a blog. This is a comprehensive guide on how to become a freelance writer, from successful traits to how to find clients to how much to charge.”

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 Sept. 9, 2013
September 13, 2013by: Paula
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We’ve rounded up some of the past week’s most informative book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include pitching your projects to agents and editors, promoting your blog posts, resuming marketing after a hiatus, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 5 Rules Every New Author Should Follow

New authors can feel overwhelmed by all there is to publishing and marketing a book. Here are 5 key marketing to-dos:

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/09/5-rules-every-new-author-should-follow/

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* 50 Ways to Promote and Market your Blog Posts

If you’re blogging regularly, congratulations. Now you’ll want to get readers, and these ideas will help bring traffic to your blog:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/05/29/50-ways-to-promote-and-market-your-blog-posts/ 

* How to Pitch Your Projects to Agents and Editors

The “don’ts” are pretty easy to figure out, so one agent discusses the elements of making a successful pitch:

http://www.rachellegardner.com/2013/09/pitching-your-projects/

* Hugh Howey’s Top 10 List of Counterintuitive Tips for Self-Publishers

Self-publishing phenomenon Hugh Howey discusses common-sense tips to help writers who self-publish:

http://publishingperspectives.com/2013/09/10-counterintuitive-tips-for-self-publishers/

* 5 Steps for Restarting Your Book Marketing Efforts After a Break

Life happens and sometimes you need to take time off. When you resume marketing avoid becoming overwhelmed and focus on resuming your promotion:

http://selfpublishingteam.com/5-steps-for-restarting-your-book-marketing-efforts-after-a-break/

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – September 9, 2013
September 9, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the September 9, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have tips on writing, book marketing, and book reviews in this issue. Thank you to all of the contributors.

Book Marketing

Joel Friedlander presents Why Your Blog’s About Page is Completely Wrong posted at The Book Designer, saying, “Does your blog’s About page connect all that ‘about me’ information to the reasons that readers visit your blog in the first place?”

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Book Reviews

Cherry Liu presents 30 Blogs to Follow if You’re Looking for Great Book Reviews posted at House Sitting Jobs, saying, “You can never judge a book by its cover, nor can you read the entire thing while loitering in the bookstore. It is frowned upon in most stores, and liable to get you ejected from some. However, ill-chosen books are likely to become nothing more than a door stop before being relegated to a box in the next available yard sale.”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Hospitals posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Hospitals are common places for people to go to in real life, as well as in fiction. Writers lead their characters to hospitals for many reasons. If one (or several) of your characters end up at a hospital, and you suddenly find yourself scratching your head about where to begin, this article is for you!”

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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