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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – September 1, 2014
September 1, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This week’s edition features some great tips on book marketing, social media, writing, and getting published. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Writing

Chrys Fey submitted Writing About: A Wedding posted at Write With Fey, saying, “This post is going to provide tips on how to write the ceremony and reception, but if you want to, you can certainly write about the months and moments leading up to the wedding if you want.”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted Agents Seeking Paranormal Romance Writers posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity saying, “There are many reputable agents looking to represent paranormal romance. All of these agents are accepting queries as of this writing. (Links are included.)”

A. Jarrell submitted 3 Quick Tips for Submitting to Lit Mags posted at Hidden Clearing Books, saying, “Three quick reminders for authors submitting to literary magazines and publishers to help increase their chances of getting published.”

Book Marketing

Clare Lydon submitted Public Speaking for Authors: Top Ten Tips posted at Clare Lydon, saying, “Top ten tips for authors doing a book reading – conquer your stage fright and impress your audience!”

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Social Media

Dee Ann Waite submitted Stop Stalking and Start Communicating posted at Dee Ann Waite, saying, “The post is a short, concise chunk of advice on how to help your social media network work for you.”

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/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of August 25, 2014
August 29, 2014by: Paula
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We’re highlighting some top book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others, to help you with your book promotion efforts. The topics include becoming media friendly to sell more books, reaching readers via your local library, creating the perfect book title, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 8 Important Questions to Ask Before You Publish Your Book

When you ask the right questions, you’ll be able to focus your marketing on the right target audience:

http://www.makealivingwriting.com/8-important-questions-before-you-publish-book/

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* How to Reach Readers via Your Library

Several authors explain how they found success with their local libraries:

http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/local-library/

* 8 Essential Tips for a Successful Book Reading by a Self-Published Author

What should an author expect from his or her first reading?

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/05/judy-croome/

* 12 Twitter Marketing Tips From the Pros

Learn about the latest Twitter marketing strategies so you can get the most out of the network:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/12-twitter-marketing-tips/

* 5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Book Title

There are several factors to consider when it’s time to give your book a title:

http://terryodell.com/five-tips-for-titles/

* What Do You Do With Those Fab Book Blurbs After You Get Them?

Think visual – you want everyone to see what others say about your book:

http://buildbookbuzz.com/use-book-blurbs-to-build-buzz/

* Do Authors Really Need a Blog?

This question still crops up, and the general consensus is yes. Here’s why:

http://jumpingfromcliffs.com/2014/08/19/do-i-really-need-a-blog/

* Why Self-Published Books Look Self-Published

There are some common errors that occur in self-published books. Learn what to avoid:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2012/08/why-self-published-books-look-self-published/

* How to be Media Friendly to Sell More Books

Make it easy for the media to help you promote your books:

http://buildbookbuzz.com/how-to-be-media-friendly-to-sell-more-books/



Top 30 Websites for Indie Authors
August 29, 2014by: Penny
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Trying to build your writing and publishing career is a challenge. There’s a lot of information out there, and trying to discern a solid piece of advice from fluff or inaccurate data isn’t always easy. We are lucky to know a lot of really outstanding industry people who offer great insights, super tips, and valued feedback on a variety of marketing topics and publishing options. Here’s our list of the top 30 blogs and bloggers we really respect. We hope you’ll follow them, too!

1 http://annerallen.blogspot.com - One of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers, Ann updates on Sundays and her blog includes regular contributions from former Big Six editor, Ruth Harris.

2 http://www.booksandsuch.com/blog/ - Books and Such is a Literary Management Agency. They sell books to a wide range of publishers in such categories as women’s fiction, general fiction, nonfiction, gift books, easy readers, and chapter books.

http://goinswriter.com/ - Jeff Goins started his blog in 2010, with a few burning questions in mind: How do successful writers make a living? What does it really take to get published? And, how do you pursue a passion? He shares tips on writing, creativity and making a difference.

4 http://writetodone.com - Mary Jaksch, Chief Editor, believes your writing practice needs to be directed in a positive way. Write to Done helps you learn new skills, practice them and become a better writer.

5 http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com- Jody posts on her blog every Tuesday. She offers advice, encouragement, and inspiration based on all that she’s learned about writing, publication, and marketing in today’s tough publishing industry.

6 http://janefriedman.com/blog/ - Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer’s Digest, specializes in educating writers about the publishing industry—from all perspectives, without hype or bias—to help them make the best long-term decisions for their careers. The Alliance of Independent Authors has awarded her a “Top Website for Self-Publishers” 30 Top Indie Websites 3 - blog_pin

7 http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com - K.M. Weiland mentors authors through her blog. Her blog is one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers.

8 http://www.trainingauthors.com - Shelley and Heather of Training Authors have a goal to help authors achieve book marketing success. Their site is full of resources and free downloads.

9 http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com - David Gaughran focuses on how to get visible and sell more books. He has written several books on these topics and shares tons of info about self-publishing.

10 http://www.rachellegardner.com - Rachelle is a Literary Agent for Books and Such. She started her blog as a way to create a community of writers both published and seeking publication.

11 http://buildbookbuzz.com/blog/ - Sandra Beckwith has more than 25 years of experience as a publicist. She shares tips and writes on currently relevant topics for authors. Build Book Buzz was awarded a “Top Website for Self-Publishers” by The Alliance of Independent Authors.

12 http://www.sellingbooks.com - Cathy Stucker shares useful tips and techniques for writing, publishing and selling books. She has free downloads available to help authors build their platform.

13 http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/category/blog/ - Offers review and editing services. You can become a member for additional perks and discounts.

14 http://selfpublishingteam.com - Toni and Shannon, the self-publishing team are passionate about helping indie authors publish their work and build dedicated fan bases.

15 http://catherineryanhoward.com/ - Catherine writes from Ireland and talks a lot about self-publishing. Her posts are fun and informative.

16 http://blog.writingspirit.com/- Julie Isaac, the founder of has provided tools, solutions, and support to thousands of writers since 2003.

17 http://marketingchristianbooks.wordpress.com/ - If you’ve written a Christian book, Sarah Bolme offers guidance on marketing within that market.

18 http://socialmediajustforwriters.com/ - Frances Caballo shares tips and suggestions for using social media to your advantage to market your work.

19 http://louisem.com/- Louise Myers talks all about the power of social media graphics, and offers tips on how you can make your presence more visually appealing.

20 http://writerunboxed.com/ - Writer Unboxed has articles from a ton of contributors that all offer advice and food for thought on the craft and business of writing fiction.

21 http://www.hughhowey.com/ - An author himself, Hugh doesn’t just use his site to promote his own work, he uses it to help other authors as well.

22 http://www.thecreativepenn.com/blog/ - The Creative Penn is packed with information and resources. The best way to navigate through it all is to click on the “Start here!” link.

23 http://www.thebookdesigner.com - Joel Friedlander aka The Book Designer has countless articles (organized into easy to navigate topics) on his site that help self-published authors with every thing you need to know, and do.

24  http://booklife.com/ - Publishers Weekly’s new site dedicated to indie authors, is in Beta mode. They have how-to stories and author profiles, and you can take one of their publishing self-evaluations.

25 http://www.norulesjustwrite.com/blog/ -CJ Lyons is a pediatric ER doctor turned NY Times bestselling author. He uses experiences and offers wonderful resources for the self-published author.

26 http://jakonrath.blogspot.com- JA Konrath is an author who blogs a lot about current events in publishing and on topics that authors should familiarize themselves with.

27 https://selfpublishingpodcast.com – Johnny, Sean and Dave will speak to you. Literally. Interactive and helpful advice.

28 http://www.lindsayburoker.com – A Fantasy author herself, Lindsay doesn’t just promote her own work on her website. She also promotes other authors AND writes blog posts with helpful advice on self-publishing.

29 http://www.thefutureofink.com – The Future of Ink has a lot of content directed at helping authors navigate their marketing choices. Denise Wakeman and Ellen Britt have pulled together a huge list of experts and great articles. Don’t miss this one!

30 http://indiereader.com – Everything about indie authors, books and the independent book scene all in one spot.

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – August 25, 2014
August 25, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. We have advice on getting published, and writing, in this week’s edition. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted When Not to Contact an Agent: What Writers Should Do During the Dead Month posted at Publishing … And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “Aspiring authors, don’t submit your manuscript to publishers, and don’t send your queries to agents during the ‘dead month.’ Here are 6 things you should be doing instead.”

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William Gordon submitted Rejection Blues posted at No Rules Just Write, saying, “C J Lyons published ‘Tales of Editorial Idiocy.’ It cites what many famous bestselling authors were told when they were initially rejected.”

Writing

Chrys Fey submitted Writing About: A Wedding posted at Write With Fey, saying, “This post provides tips on how to write the wedding ceremony and reception for a story.”

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/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of August 18, 2014
August 22, 2014by: Paula
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Get some tips and advice from these book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include questions to ask your editor, one minute book marketing, when to create video content, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 10 Sites Where You Can Get Fabulous Free Photos

These sites offer free resources you can use for your blog, book, articles, and more:

http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2013/03/6-sites-where-you-can-get-fabulous-free_22.html

* When Not to Contact an Agent: What Writers Should Do During the Dead Month

August is not the time to submit your manuscript to publishers, or send queries to agents. Here’s what you can do:

http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2014/08/when-not-to-contact-agent-what-writers.html

* Too Busy to Promote? Try One Minute Book Marketing

Everyone is pressed for time, but there are still ways you can market your book. Try doing these three things daily:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/one-minute-marketing-tip-18-52-ways-market-book/

* How to Turn Your Written Content Into Video Content

Video is incredibly popular, and it’s also a great way to re-use your content. Consider these five methods:

http://thefutureofink.com/repurpose-written-content-into-video-content/

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* 15 Questions You Should Always Ask Your Editor Before Hiring Them

Editing is critical to your book’s success. Make sure you’re getting the best editor for your book:

http://www.wiseinkblog.com/self-publishing-2/15-questions-you-should-always-ask-your-editor-before-hiring-them/

* 8 Essential Tips for a Successful Book Reading by a Self-Published Author

A live event can be a great way to market your book. One author shares her tips for getting the most out of the event:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/05/judy-croome/

* 4 Ways to Create Sticky Content

You spend time creating and finding good content to share, but does it have staying power? Learn how to stand out from the crowd:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2014/02/25/4-ways-create-sticky-content/

* Creating a Relationship with Potential Readers

Help your book find readers by building relationships. There are so many opportunities to grow a fanbase. Discover your options:

http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2009/07/creating-relationship-with-potential.html



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – August 18, 2014
August 18, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This edition offers great tips on social media, writing, and book marketing. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Social Media

Colleen Collins posted Four Tips For Minimizing Bad Reviews On Google posted at Colleen Collins Books saying, “I offer 4 tips for minimizing bad reviews on Google.”

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Writing

Chrys Fey posted Utilize the Dark posted at Write With Fey, saying, “When you’re writing horror, or any story that requires tension or suspense, the dark is a great tool to utilize.”

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme posted Jazz Up Your Book Promotion posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Use this cool free tool to jazz up your book promotion efforts.”

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/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of August 11, 2014
August 15, 2014by: Paula
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Here is a roundup of some popular book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others, that cover a range of issues authors should understand. The topics include why a newsletter is a marketing must, how to create and sell an audiobook, a book launch checklist, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Book Launch Checklist

There are so many things to keep track of when you’re going to publish a book. This handy list takes you from book inception through the first month of publication:

http://kelsye.com/book-launch-checklist/

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* 89+ Book Marketing Ideas That Will Change Your Life

Do you feel uninspired? Perhaps this list of ideas will help ramp up your marketing!

http://www.authormedia.com/89-book-marketing-ideas-that-will-change-your-life/

* “You do not have to write bestsellers to build a career as a full-time author”

This interesting blog post examines the success stories like Hugh Howey and concludes that many authors can be successful without ever having a bestseller. Learn how:

http://thesecretstorylair.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/hugh-howey-or-bust.html

* 57 Little Things to Double Check Before Your Website Launch

Your website is an important marketing tool. Make sure it’s ready to launch:

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/website-launch-checklist

* Create and Sell an Audio Book Using These 5 Simple Steps

Audio books are a fast-growing part of the publishing world. And making your book available in as many formats as possible is a good marketing strategy:

http://blog.marketingtipsforauthors.com/2011/03/create-and-sell-audio-book-using-these.html

* List of Online Reviewers Who Accept Self-Published Books

Looking for book reviews? This recently created list may help!

http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/2014/08/list-of-online-reviewers-who-accept.html

* Why a Newsletter is a Marketing Must and How to Double the Number of Readers You Get

Newsletters offer visibility – a way to stay in front of your readers and fans. Here’s how you can create your own newsletter:

http://thefutureofink.com/get-more-visibility-for-your-newsletter/



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – August 11, 2014
August 11, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This edition includes insights into writing, book marketing, and self-publishing. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Writing

Chrys Fey submitted Passive Voice Misconception posted at Write With Fey, saying, “We have all heard (from agents, editors, etc.) that passive voice is something every writer should learn to spot and should work to eliminate from their writing, but some people are unclear on what passive voice is and why they have to avoid it.”

Self-Publishing

Glenn Miller submitted Kindle Unlimited Is Not Netflix for Books posted at Glenn Miller, saying, “Self-pub authors and readers in general wonder about Amazon’s new Kindle Unlimited. I offer that its promise (to readers — and therefore to authors) is beyond what’s been explored.”

Colin Dunbar submitted Format a Book in Word: Footnote, Index & Bibliography posted at Format Book in Word, saying, “Everything you need to format your book in Word.”

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Book Marketing

Erica Verrillo submitted List of Online Reviewers Who Accept Self-Published Books posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “I have assembled a list of 167 reviewers, all of whom accept ebook formats and self-published work, and have posted regularly. None of these reviewers charge for a review. Also included on the list are links to submission policy, contact info, and genres.”

Sarah Bolme submitted Opportunity: It’s Before You posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Statistics of self-published book sales are dismal. Yours don’t need to be.”

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/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of August 4, 2014
August 8, 2014by: Paula
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Here are some hot topics in book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The issues include what authors can learn from reader pet peeves, how to set expectations before publishing, whether book giveaways are still a good idea, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Are Book Giveaways Still Worth It for Indie Authors?

Some experts offer their insights into book giveaways as a marketing strategy. Things have changed, but there are times that freebies still make sense:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/62424-are-book-giveaways-still-worth-it-for-indie-authors.html

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* Self-Publish or Perish: Why This Author Went from Traditional to Indie Publishing 

Author Eileen Goudge explains why she decided to change publishing paths:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/08/eileen-goudge/

* What Authors Can Learn From Reader Pet Peeves

When author Jody Hedlund asked her readers about what drove them crazy when they’re reading a book, they had plenty to say. Learn from their comments:

http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/2014/08/reader-pet-peeves.html

* Should You Hire an Editor Before Querying? Agents Weigh In

Agents offer reasons why you should – or shouldn’t – hire an editor before querying. It’s an interesting discussion:

http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/2014/07/should-you-hire-editor-before-querying.html

* Setting Expectations Before You Publish Your Book

Take some time to figure out what you really want so you’ll have a better chance of reaching your goals:

http://publishingperspectives.com/2014/08/setting-expectations-before-you-publish-your-book/

* Authors Don’t be Twits When Tweeting and Making Online ‘Friends’

This is very clear advice: Don’t do these things. Ever. Or, stop it if you have been doing it:

http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/08/02/authors-dont-be-twits-when-tweeting/

* What Sells a Book?

Three factors are important to helping your book succeed. Learn what they are:

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/2013/06/what-sells-a-book/

* How Barbara Freethy Became the Bestselling Amazon KDP Author of All-Time

It took a lot of work, but Barbara Freethy explains what she did that turned her books into Amazon bestsellers:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michaelprice/how-barbara-freethy-becam_b_5647391.html



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – August 4, 2014
August 4, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. We have some great posts this week on writing that we hope you enjoy. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Writing

Erica Verrillo submitted Why I Love Weird Al … and Other Word Crimes posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “I have always loved Weird Al. But now I REALLY love Weird Al. Not only does he know that “it’s” is a contraction, he also knows what a dangling participle is. (Be still my heart!) Listen to this great parody. It will put a smile on your face.”

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Yvonne DiVita submitted #BecauseIAmWhoIAm Why I Write posted at Lipsticking, saying, “This is part of a blog hop about WHY one writes. I lay bare my heart and reveal what writing means to me. A great exercise for any writer, in my opinion.”

Joan DeMartin submitted Channeling Your Inner Editor posted at Lipsticking, saying, “As a freelance writer, college writing instructor and tutor, I’m always looking for strategies to help my time-crunched students improve their writing. These substantive strategies for self-editing your writing will work for everyone!”

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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