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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of June 9, 2014
June 13, 2014by: Penny
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Learn from these social media and publishing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include social media tricks, Pinterest ideas, a book launch checklist, and more. Happy marketing!

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* How to Choose Keywords for Your Book on Amazon

Did you know your keywords show up in Google as well as on Amazon? Learn how to select the right keywords for your book:

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* Book Launch Checklist

There are so many components to publishing a book. This handy checklist will walk you through pre-publication to the final product – your book:

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* Pinterest Ideas for the Indie Author

Authors are turning to Pinterest for promotion because the site offers so many opportunities. This terrific list is great to use, either for the examples or for brainstorming your own ideas:

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* 7 Social Media Tricks You Haven’t Heard Before

Do you know how to feature positive fan comments on your timeline? Learn how – along with several other cool ideas:

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* 5 Mistakes You’ll Make on the Way to Publishing Success

There’s a lot to learn when you decide to publish a book. The first is rushing to publish. Learn from each of these examples:

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* 10 Ways to Test Market Your Nonfiction Book Idea Before You Publish

These tips will prevent you from getting too far along in the publishing process; learn how to get feedback that will guide you. Think of it as nonfiction R&D:

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Get More Followers on Pinterest
June 12, 2014by: ameeditor
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Pinterest is such a fun site, often referred to as “eye candy” it’s a great way to drive traffic to your website. Here are a few quick ways to build more followers on Pinterest.

Share, share, share

Sharing is the best way to grab new followers and the more you share, the more people will see your pints. Since 80% of content on Pinterest are repins, you get some significant value in fresh, original content.

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Hang with the Cool Kids

The popular pins on Pinterest are another way to grab lots of exposure. To find the most popular pins, click on the little box next to the search

bar. There you’ll see the various categories on Pinterest as well as your Home Feed (the people you follow) and “Popular” if you click on that you’ll see the best stuff trending on Pinterest. Repin and comment on these. It’s a great way to engage there.

And speaking of popular pins, when you’re commenting on these make sure that you write something other than “this is great” – be creative if you comment. The more creative you are, the more you’ll get noticed by the pinner and their followers.

Promote Your Boards

Most people don’t follow entire profiles but instead, will follow boards. So find your most popular boards and then rearrange your page and make sure they’re at the top of your Pinterest profile. Be sure to also share your pins on your social media. For example you can use the image from Pinterest on your Facebook page to drive more people to your board.

Follow the Leader

Following high ranking people in your industry is another good way to get engagement and perhaps even more followers. Many will follow you back and once you’re connected to them, you’ll get their updates into your stream so you can comment, and repin their posts!

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of June 2, 2014
June 6, 2014by: Penny
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Gain some book marketing insights from these top tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include getting more out of Amazon, staying motivated when book sales are slow, achieving your writing goals, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Five Secrets to Achieving Your Writing Goals

While there’s no magic button you can press, there are steps you can take so you stop thinking about your writing, and you start doing:

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* Twitter Trumps Facebook For Driving Book Sales

An analytics service examines online activity and its relationship to book sales. The results are quite interesting:

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* 5 Marketing Strategies for Writers Who Hate Promoting Their Own Work

Even if you’re an introvert, or are just uncomfortable with marketing, these tips will help you set achievable goals:

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* Getting More Out of Amazon: Using a URL to Get Traffic to Your Book Page

Take advantage of ways to maximize your exposure on Amazon. This video will show you how:

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* What Authors Should Know: Proofreading Matters

Although this message appears frequently, it bears repeating:

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* When Book Sales are Slow, How to Stay Motivated

Don’t lose hope if your book sales seem to stall. There are plenty of things you can do to get back on track:

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – June 1, 2014
June 2, 2014by: Penny
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Welcome to the Author Marketing Experts Blog Carnival. We’ve got insights on book sales, getting published, and writing. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Book Sales

Sarah Bolme submitted Print vs. eBook posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Sales growth of ebooks has stalled. What does this mean for selling your books?”

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Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted Four Literary Agents Actively Looking for Clients posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “Here are four literary agents actively seeking new clients. Make sure to read everything on their agency website to get a feel for what they represent. Some agencies are geared more toward commercial fiction while others prefer literary works. You are the best judge of whether your work will be a good fit.”

Writing

Chrys Fey submitted Use the Sixth Sense posted at Write With Fey, saying, “To create excellent prose you need to use the five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. But to create amazing suspense and horror, you need to also use the sixth sense: your intuitive hunch, or more precisely, your character’s intuitive hunch.”

That concludes this week’s carnival. Our weekly roundup offers the best book marketing, self-publishing, writing, and general publishing industry tips to guide authors, would-be authors, publishers and others on their book journey. Submit a post to our weekly carnival by using this link: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/submit-ame-blog-carnival/

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of May 26, 2014
May 30, 2014by: Penny
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Enjoy these topical, informative book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include building your author platform, using social media press releases, developing an author website, and more. Happy marketing!

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* The Base of the Writer’s Platform: Your Website

Your website helps you build your readership and maintain your connection; learn the basics of getting your site built:

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* 8 Things That Will Derail Your Writing Goals the Fastest

Don’t let these issues keep you from writing your book:

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* How to Get the Word Out With a Social Media Press Release

Learn how you can harness social media to spread the word about your book:

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* The Best Place to Sell Books is Not a Book Store

If you find this surprising, learn why top experts believe your best book sales won’t come from bookstores (and where you will sell your book):

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* Your Author Platform: It’s Not About You!

It’s about meeting the needs of your readers, and here’s what you can do:

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* 8 Great Writing Tools to Keep You Motivated to Write

Whether you have a lot of distractions or feel like you’ve hit a slump, these tools can get you back on track:

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of May 19, 2014
May 23, 2014by: Penny
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Here’s a roundup of some of the top book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include creating more effective emails, developing a blogger outreach strategy, getting more book reviews, and more. Happy marketing!

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* How Many Books Do I Have to Sell to Make My Book a Bestseller?

Being a bestselling author does not mean you’ve sold millions of books. Here’s why:

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* 5 Steps for Successful Self-Promotion

Does the prospect of self-promotion make you feel helpless? Discover five easy ways to get yourself out there:

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* 6 Ways to Get More Book Reviews

Try some of these methods for getting more readers to write a review of your book:

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* How to Develop a Blogger Outreach Strategy

Blogger reviews and recommendations are so important. Learn how to cultivate them:

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* Five Mistakes KILLING Self-Published Authors

The first issue: publishing before you’re ready. Learn what else to avoid:

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* 10 Ways to Optimize Your Emails for Better Engagement

Don’t overlook email marketing; it can be extremely effective when done well. You just need to break through the clutter:

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* Top Five Marketing Mistakes Indie Authors Make (And How to Do Better)

Most Indie authors don’t sell many books, mainly because they’ve committed at least one of these mistakes:

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* 7 Reasons You Are Better Off Self-Publishing

If you’re thinking about self-publishing this information will give you some issues to ponder:

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of May 12, 2014
May 16, 2014by: Penny
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What are people touting on Twitter? Check out these top book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include improving blog readership, having an effective virtual blog tour, getting more website traffic, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Are Writers’ Conferences a Waste of Time for Indie Authors?

Discover four reasons indie authors should consider attending writers’ conferences:

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* Do Authors Really Need a Writers Group or a Critique Partner?

Writing is a solitary activity, and one way to get an honest perspective on your work is getting feedback from others:

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* The Ideal Frequency for Posting on Blogs and Social Media

There is no hard and fast rule for everyone, but these are some guidelines to consider:

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* Why Your Website Isn’t Getting Traffic: 7 Ways Content Could Fix It

With all the changes Google has made, it’s probably time for you to take a look at your site to make sure it’s working:

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* 9 Steps to an Effective Virtual Book Tour

With the right planning, you can maximize the exposure you receive from a blog tour:

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* 5 Down & Dirty Tips on Mastering Twitter

Power Twitter user Guy Kawasaki (1.4 million followers) shares what he’s learned about using the site successfully:

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* 10 Tactics to Improve Blog Readership

Get more people to read, interact – and share – your blog posts:

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Marketing Tools: My Favorite Graphics Sites
May 15, 2014by: ameeditor
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Have you been thinking about adding more visual content to your blog, or other favorite social media site? Want to create the perfect, eye-catching pin to draw in your target audience?

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If you aren’t incorporating visual content to all of the places you hang out online, it’s time to start. Visual content drives engagement and people respond better to visual information than plain text; it’s a fact.

Here are some of my absolute favorite graphic creation sites: Graphic Creation Tools Pin

Canva – They have awesome templates. With Canva you can upload your own images for free, use as many of their free images (and there are lots) as you want, or use their premium images for only $1 a pop.

Photofunia – Very cool effects. You can upload your photo and make it look like it’s a billboard in Time Square.

LiveLuvCreate– This site has a social element to it. Here you can add quotes or your own text to photos and make them look amazing.

PlaceIt– They have tons of images of smartphones, tables etc. and you insert your image or whatever you want to promote onto that device’s screen. So easy.

PowerPoint- Yes. You can use it for graphics easily and it’s great if you don’t want to sign up to use an online site.

 

Happy creating!

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – May 12, 2014
May 12, 2014by: Penny
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Welcome to the Author Marketing Experts Blog Carnival. We have a great mix of tips on getting published, and writing. Thank you to all of this week’s contributors.

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Getting Published

Erica Verillo submitted Literary Agents Looking for New Clients posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “Finding an agent can be a daunting task – especially if you are sending cold queries. Your chances of getting a request for your full manuscript are greatly increased if an agent is actively building his or her client list. Here are three agents who are in the market for new clients.”

Writing

Emma Cooper submitted Sending Emails to Evernote posted at Emma Cooper, saying, “Combining Google Alerts and Evernote allows you to keep on top of your research, without cluttering up your inbox.”

Rich Leder submitted My Creative Corner of the World posted at Laugh Riot Press, saying, “The purpose of this blog post is to encourage new, up and coming authors to plunge into the self-publishing world in order to be intimately, personally, and professionally involved in every step of the process of creating and selling their book.”

Chrys Fey submitted Childrens’ Books (How to Write) posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Everyone wants to write a children’s book. Don’t they? If you are one of them, I am offering 10 ½ tips to help you write a children’s book.”

That concludes this week’s carnival. Our weekly roundup offers the best book marketing, self-publishing, writing, and general publishing industry tips to guide authors, would-be authors, publishers and others on their book journey. Submit a post to our weekly carnival by using this link: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/submit-ame-blog-carnival/

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of May 5, 2014
May 9, 2014by: Penny
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freeLet’s look at some top topics in book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The subjects include selling more Kindle books, writing a memoir that sells, harnessing free as a marketing tool, and more. Happy marketing!

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* The Best (and Worst) Times to Post on Social Media

If you want to reach the most people when you tweet, pin, post to Facebook, etc. learn the best times to post on various networks:

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* Why Free is Your Best Marketing Tool and How To Harness it

Sure, there are people who’ll take anything that’s free and then forget about it. But freebie marketing can also help you build a loyal, dedicated fanbase:

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* 3 Habits That Separate Good Writers from Tragic Wannabes

First, learn how to become a better writer with these three essential steps:

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* 5 Ways to Sell More Kindle Books

You have to do more than put your book up for sale and offer a low price. Learn how keywords, Amazon’s suggestions, and competitors can help you position your book:

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* 10 Tips for Writing a Memoir That Sells

Memoir master class teacher Damian Barr offers some lessons:

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* New Authors: Should You Offer Free Books?

This author believes your time is best spent developing true relationships with readers to build a readership/mailing list that will help you succeed:

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