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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – December 16, 2013
December 16, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the December 16, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. This week’s edition features advice on getting published, writing, social media, and self-publishing. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Getting Published

Chrys Fey presents Don’t Say Getting Published is Hopeless posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Those of us who were born to write, write for ourselves first. But there will always come a time when we will want to share our creation(s) with the world. This is when we step into the publishing world with unsure steps and shaking legs.”

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Erica Verrillo presents Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Top 5 Online Resources for Short Story Markets posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “It is received wisdom that in order to get a novel published you should start by placing short stories in literary magazines. Like most received wisdom, this is hogwash. So, why bother? For one thing, some people are really good at writing short stories – much better than they are at writing novels. So, if you can write a good short story, get it published! Here are the most extensive, and most useful, resources for finding the perfect home for your short story.”

Self-Publishing

Yvonne Wu presents Bajeerao’s Struggle as a Writer posted at Self Help Collective Blog – What’s New | Share Your Stories | What’s Popular…, saying, “Bajeerao’s Struggle as a Writer”

Tamara Dever presents What you should know before you start looking for a designer. posted at TLC Graphics’ “Help Me Publish” Blog, saying, “Great advice on how to find the right designer for your book’s cover and/or interior. It’s an important step in publishing that shouldn’t be neglected!”

Social Media

Joel Friedlander presents 5 Steps to Author Blogging Success posted at The Book Designer, saying, “Getting started in blogging couldn’t be easier, making it work is another thing altogether. This article details 5 steps to help authors achieve success as bloggers.”

John Schmoll presents How to Save Time as a Blogger: Hire a Virtual Assistant posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Managing a blog can take a lot of work, especially when you’re the only one working on it. Hiring a virtual assistant can be a great way to maximize your resources, allow you some time off and grow your blog for the future.”

Writing

emilynolin presents The Courage To Piss People Off posted at emilynolin.

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of Dec. 9, 2013
December 13, 2013by: Paula
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How can you market your book more effectively? Get some ideas from these top book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include ways to improve your website’s conversion rate, why your book cover is so important, what to avoid with social media marketing, and more. Best of luck with your promotions!

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* Author Blogging: Why You Should Be Doing It

Blogging is a way you can communicate with and build a relationship with your readers. Here’s why blogging matters:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2010/12/author-blogging-why-you-should-be-doing-it/

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* Understanding Google AuthorRank and Content

Google Authorship allows you to build a network of fans, if you know how to set it up properly:

http://socialmediatoday.com/angela-booth/1981751/content-creator-make-sense-google-authorrank-new-free-tool

* Right Now, Your Book Cover is the Most Important Part of Your Book

The decision to buy your book – or to buy another author’s book – begins with your cover:

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/12/right-now-your-book-cover-is-the-most-important-part-of-your-book/

* 46 Experts Share Their Top Social Media Management Tools

There are many ways you can make social media posting, management, and monitoring simpler. Here’s what the experts say:

http://bloggingwizard.com/experts-top-social-media-tools/

* 17 Pieces of Terrible, Awful, No Good, Very Bad Marketing Advice

These are tips that you can ignore; you don’t have to be everywhere and do everything when it comes to promotion:

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/bad-marketing-advice-list

* 5 Ways to Improve Your Website’s Conversion Rate

When people visit your website, you want them to take action. Here’s what you can do to make visitors become followers and buyers:

http://designinstruct.com/web-design/improve-conversion-rate/

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – December 9, 2013
December 9, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the December 9, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got a great mix of insights into writing, book marketing, self-publishing, and book sales. Thank you to all of this week’s contributors.

Book Sales

Erica Verrillo presents Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Rising in the Ranks: Amazon Ranking Revealed posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “Amazon’s ranking system has been the source of much speculation over the years. The ranking is not simply based on the number of books sold by the day (or hour), but also takes into account how your book fares against other books in the same category, which Amazon calculates based on a secret algorithm which only clairvoyants, psychics, and 33rd degree Masons have access to. In this article, I show you exactly how many books you need to sell to make it onto Amazon’s bestseller list.”

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Getting Published

Arthur Burlo presents Five Ways To Deal With Rejection And Use It To Achieve Your Goals posted at The Money Earning Sites Central, saying, “The subject is rejection, but rather than focusing on dealing with this unpleasant experience, it is all about transforming it into a powerful weapon to improve writing style and achieve the success every book author desires. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to share this.”

Self-Publishing

Nick Daws presents Kindle eBook Descriptions – Amazon Changes the Rules (Again) posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “Amazon recently changed the rules regarding how you are allowed to format descriptions on your Kindle eBook sales pages. In this post I set out the latest position.”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Rules for writing: How to use Ellipses posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Ellipses are like pauses. They are also known as “dot-dot-dot”. Yes, they are those three dots (…) that you see from time to time while reading. This post will tell you how to use them properly.”

Sue Collier presents Avoiding the Tired Topic Rut on Your Blog posted at Latest blog entries | SEO & Internet Marketing Blog – Seogon.com.

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of Dec. 2, 2013
December 6, 2013by: Paula
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Get inspired by these book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include Twitter etiquette, how to have a more effective blog, what kind of visual content works in marketing, and more. Best of luck with your promotions!

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* 5 Habits of Motivated Novelists – Which Ones Do You Have?

Did you ever wonder how some writers manage to get all their work done? They probably follow these rules:

http://www.rachellegardner.com/2013/10/habits-of-motivated-novelists/

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* 5 Reasons Your Blog Post Stinks (And What to Do Instead)

If you feel you’ve been toiling away but get crickets in response, reevaluate your approach to blogging:

http://www.firepolemarketing.com/blog-writing/

* 7 Ways to Make Your Content Amazingly Edible

These tips will help you understand what your followers want so you can keep them coming back to your site:

http://socialmediatoday.com/Content_Marketing_Minds/7-ways-make-your-content-amazingly-edible

* What Visual Content Should You Use to Make Your Marketing Stand Out?

We hear a lot about how using photos and videos are important; learn the most effective methods:

http://socialmediatoday.com/ekaterina/1951501/four-types-visual-content-cut-through-noise

* 12 Elementary Tips for Twitter

When you practice Twitter etiquette you will attract – not repel – followers:

http://holykaw.alltop.com/12-elementary-tips-for-twitter

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – December 2, 2013
December 2, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the December 2, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got a good mix of tips on book marketing, writing, and self-publishing. Thank you to the contributors.

Book Marketing

Erica Verrillo presents Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Why Google Adwords is (and isn’t) a Waste of Time posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “Unless you are selling a product that costs over $200, it would be a waste of money for anyone to use Google Adwords. So, why would any sane writer want to promote a book on Google Adwords? Provided you don’t pay for it, Google Adwords is an excellent way of judging which buzz words the public will respond to.”

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Self-Publishing

Colin Dunbar presents Book Formatting Basics posted at FormatBookInWord, saying, “Formatting a book is an art and a science, and with hard copy books and PDF ebooks both the art & science are present. With Kindle ebooks and ePubs it’s more the science part that’s present (actually technical is a more accurate term). There’s nothing to panic about though, as all will be revealed in this blog.”

Sarah Bolme presents More Good News posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Good news for self-publishers with an important selling and marketing tip.”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: Intimacy posted at Write With Fey, saying, “This post is for anyone who wants to know how to write love scenes.”

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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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – November 25, 2013
November 25, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the November 25, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got some great posts on book publicity, book marketing, self-publishing, and more. Thank you to all of the contributors.

Book Marketing

Kimberley Grabas presents 2 Must-Dos to Make Your Book Marketing Infinitely Easier posted at Your Writer Platform, saying, “Why is it that your book marketing is falling short? You’re trying to implement as many of the tricks and tips that the ‘experts’ recommend, but few of your marketing tactics are gaining traction. Sure, you haven’t tried EVERYTHING yet, but you’ve tried enough to move the needle at least a smidge, right? There’s no question that building a strong platform takes time, and gaining momentum–even with a sound marketing plan–requires the patience of a saint. But something just isn’t jiving.”

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Getting Published

Janel Comeau presents How to (Theoretically) Publish Your Novel and Live Happily Ever After posted at Janel Comeau, saying, “Some insight into the query process, with comments about my own in-progress querying journey.”

Erica Verrillo presents Established Literary Agents Looking for New Clients posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “Every so often an established agent will announce that she or he is seeking new clients. Whenever an established agent seeks out new clients, it is a boon for new authors. You get the dual advantage of having someone who will work hard for you, and who has the connections to do so. Here are two established agents who are actively building their client lists.”

Self-Publishing

Steven Chang presents How To Start A Successfully Food Blog: Interview With Kavitha of Foodomania.com posted at How To Start A Blog: For Fun And Profit!.

Angela Lam Turpin presents 5 Myths about Self Publishing posted at The official website of Angela Lam Turpin, saying, “Self-published author shares 5 truths about self-publishing.”

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of Nov. 18, 2013
November 22, 2013by: Paula
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We’ve collected some top book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include why you should sell your book on your website, how to establish yourself as an expert, ideas for a successful book launch, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 5 Reasons Authors Need to Use Social Media for Book Marketing

More than half of adults use social media, so it makes sense that you’ll find your readers on various social media platforms. But there are additional reasons to use social media for promotion:

http://marketyourbookblog.com/social-media-book-marketing/

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* How to Make The Most Of Direct Sales of Your Books From Your Website

All of the online retailers that allow you to sell your book on their sites are worth using; but don’t overlook selling books on your website. Here’s how:

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/11/07/direct-sales/

* How to Be Perceived as an Expert in Your Field, 5 Steps

It’s really not that difficult to establish yourself as an expert. These tips will help you get started:

http://michaelhyatt.com/how-to-be-perceived-as-an-expert-in-your-field.html

* Pinterest for Writers: Another Way to Waste Time with Social Media?

If you’re thinking of using Pinterest for book promotion, learn some of the pros and cons first:

http://www.theloneliestplanet.com/2013/11/pinterest-for-writers-another-way-to.html

* How to Market Your Book: 6 Components of a Successful Book Launch

These steps will guide you through what you should do to promote and market your book when it’s published:

http://selfmadewriter.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-market-your-book-six-components.html

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – November 18, 2013
November 18, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the November 18, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got a range of topics in this week’s carnival, from book marketing, book sales, self-publishing, writing, and more. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents Lesson from a Garage Sale posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Read what I learned about marketing books from my latest garage sale.”

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Book Sales

Rich Page presents Just Launched: My Conversion Rate Optimization Toolbox! posted at Rich Page: Website Optimizer, saying, “This new free website conversion rate optimization toolbox is packed with guides and PDFs to help you sell many more books on your website.”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo presents Four Publishing Houses That Take Submissions Directly From Writers posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “It is becoming increasingly rare to find publishing houses that will accept manuscripts directly from writers. But for some genres, you don’t need an agent to get published. Here are four publishers that will accept manuscripts directly from authors.”

Self-Publishing

Katie McCoach presents Developmental Editing: What is it Exactly? posted at Katie McCoach Editorial, saying, “The editorial process of the developmental edit may vary from editor to editor, however the idea is the same – work with an author to help the author create the best possible story they can. This article explains 5 things a developmental editor can do for you.”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: War posted at Write With Fey, saying, “TEN TIPS on how to write about fictional war in your book.”

Vikk Simmons presents Good Housekeeping writing contest wants memoir posted at Down the Writer’s Path, saying, “Looking for a big glossy magazine writing contest? None better than Glamour’s Magazine with a $5,000 prize package.”

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of Nov. 11, 2013
November 15, 2013by: Paula
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What can you do to boost your marketing? We’ve got some top book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how to get Google authorship, ways to increase Facebook fan engagement, how fiction writers can develop an online platform, and more. Best of luck with your marketing efforts!

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* Yes, Fiction Writers Can Develop Awesome Online Platforms, Too

Learn how to create an online presence and build a relationship with readers:

http://thewritelife.com/yes-fiction-writers-can-develop-awesome-online-platforms-too/

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* Twitter: Make Every Tweet Count

Discover how you can make more of your tweets break through and get noticed:

http://heidicohen.com/twitter-make-every-tweet-count-research/

* Why Every Self-Published Book Needs an Editor

What you should know about the different types of editors, and how you can find a good editor for your book:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/59767-why-all-self-publishers-need-a-good-editor.html

* 10 Powerful Tips to Increase Fan Engagement on Facebook

Ongoing Facebook research offers great insights into how you can get more out of Facebook promotions:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/02/29/10-powerful-tips-to-increase-fan-engagement-on-facebook/

* Why Google Authorship Is So Important

Get your face – and articles – front and center in Google search results. Here’s how:

http://socialmediatoday.com/leo-widrich/1892711/why-google-authorship-so-important-content-you-create-and-how-set-it

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – November 11, 2013
November 11, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the November 11, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have a nice mix of tips for book sales, getting published, book marketing, and writing. Thank you to all of the contributors.

Book Marketing

Hazel L Longuet presents Book Cover Designers: Friday’s Fab Five posted at A Novel Experience, saying, “No one can seem to agree exactly how much weight the book cover contributes to overall book sales but everyone agrees it’s a heavy puncher. The embedded slideshow has some interesting stats on the impact of design on sales and they support its importance. So here are 5 of the best cover design resources…”

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Book Sales

Martin Poldma presents How to Write Your First Sales Letter in 9 Steps posted at Success and Personal Development Blog, saying, “This is an article about how to write your very first sales letter, in which I explain the main formula that most top copywriters use to sell their products.”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo presents Random House Opens Its Doors to Self-Publishers, Perhaps posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity.

Writing

JeanNicole Rivers presents Elements of a Character Study  posted at JeanNicole Rivers.

Chrys Fey presents Plagiarism is NOT Writing! posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Plagiarism is the act of stealing someone else’s written words and passing them off as your own. In this article I talk about what is okay when it comes to getting inspiration and what isn’t okay when you’re writing.”

Lynn Hooghiemstra presents Talking it Over posted at Just one more word, saying, “Some thoughts on the collaborative nature of what we like to think of as the lonely profession of writing.”

Vikk Simmons presents Picture book ideas – Where are they? posted at Down the Writer’s Path, saying, “Finding ideas is a problem for some and not for others. Check out these ideas when your idea generator is stuck. Sources work for many topics. Sometimes you just need to prod it a bit and then the ideas stream in.”

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