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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – April 22, 2013
April 22, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the April 22, 2013 edition of Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors. We’ve got a mix of tips on goal-setting, Kindle advice for nonfiction authors, ideas to revise your work, and more. Thank you to the contributors!

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Amanda Socci presents Public Setting of Goals | Creative Idea GalCreative Idea Gal posted at Creative Idea Gal, saying, “Amanda M. Socci sets writing goals and encourages others to do the same.”

Self-Publishing

Nick Daws presents Kindle Nonfiction Author? Think About the Reader! posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “In this post I look at some specific issues with nonfiction books for Kindle authors.”

Writing

QuirkyGirl presents Revising? Try taking a D.A.R.K.E.R. path posted at Amy writes….

Chrys Fey presents Epilogue Or Not To Epilogue? posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Should you write an epilogue at the end of your book?… This post explains the role of an epilogue and when one is necessary.”

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 – April 15, 2013
April 15, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the April 15, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got a great mix of book marketing and writing tips this week. We hope they’ll help you on your writing and publishing journey. Thank you to all of the contributors!

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Book Marketing:

Sarah Bolme presents Are You Phone Smart? posted at Marketing Christian Books.

Kimberley Grabas presents 11 Author Website Must Have Elements posted at Your Writer Platform, saying, “An author website has a lofty goal: it needs to not just be, but also needs to perform and respond. No longer just a fancy, static, online business card, it is an author’s ‘homebase,’ a marketing and networking hub and a portal that allows communication to flow between an author and his or her readers. And website visits can translate directly into books sold…”

Rich Page presents The Ultimate Guide to Conversion Rate Optimization posted at Rich Page: Website Optimizer, saying, “Any author who has a website that sells their own books will find this useful to sell more! :)”

Phyllis Zimbler Miller presents Subtitles on Fiction Books posted at Phyllis Zimbler Miller, saying, “What’s important about a subtitle on a fiction book?”

Writing:

Angela Greenfield presents Choosing Fictional Character Names – BecomingAWriterBlog.com posted at BecomingAWriterBlog.com, saying, “Handling the complex task of choosing fictional character names.”

Jessica Clark presents The Big List of Different Types of Poems posted at Kenney Myers, saying, “There’s definitely more to poetry than the rhyming sentiments in greeting cards, though many of those verses do adhere to one of these style forms.”

Chrys Fey presents Five Tips To Spice Up Your Writing posted at Write With Fey, saying, “You can spice up your writing the normal way with clever similes and metaphors, interesting words, and neat adjectives, or you can do it the extraordinary way.”

David Leonhardt presents Wreck-It Ralph and Character Jobs, Part I posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “It is hard to separate people from their jobs, because one of the first questions we ask is, “What do you do?” Why would your characters, including in nonfiction, be any different?”

Kendra L. Saunders presents Got Inspiration? Five Inspirational Writing Tips That No One’s Told You | Nerd Caliber posted at Nerd Caliber, saying, “I got a lot of great comments from people who read this article and said it helped them. It’s also drawn from my popular writing panel “The 5-Headed Muse.””

Phil Byrne presents How To Blog When Busy posted at Phil Byrne.

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 April 8, 2013
April 12, 2013by: Paula
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Gain some new marketing insights via these book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how to use Twitter Vine, why you should have a social media calendar, how to write, publish and market a book, and more. We wish you publishing and marketing success!

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* Five Tips to Create Publicity for Your Book

An author offers some ideas for how to generate publicity:

http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/2010/12/create-publicity-for-your-book.html

* How Small Business Can (And Should) Use Social Media

Some great tips, including goals, strategies and case studies, for using social media to boost your profile and sales:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/small-biz-social-media_b39133

* Do You Dread Marketing? You’re Not Alone!

Here are 9 great tips from a writer who knows how to market – and still has time to write:

http://www.jamiesheffield.com/2013/04/9-marketing-tips-from-writer-who-hates.html

* 16 Ways Businesses Are Using Twitter Vine

Vine is a mobile app that lets you make 6-second looping videos. Learn how they can boost your marketing:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/twitter-vine-creative-uses-for-business/

* Timing is Everything: 5 Tools to Share Social Media at The Right Time

These tools can help you figure out when to reach your audience:

http://www.internetmarketingninjas.com/blog/social-media/timing-right-time-share/

* Develop a Social Media Calendar

Make your marketing easier and more focused. Here’s what you can do:

http://crimsonleague.com/2013/04/09/making-a-social-media-marketing-calendar/

* How to Write, Publish and Market Your Book

Insights from the new book APE: How to Publish a Book by Guy Kawasaki:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-write-publish-and-market-your-book/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – April 8, 2013
April 8, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the April 8, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have tips on book marketing, self-publishing, and writing. We hope you find these insights useful, and thank you to all of the contributors!

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Self-Publishing

Nick Daws presents E-Publishing – Don’t Give Up! posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “This excellent guest post by Sally Jenkins won first prize in my recent guest blogging contest.”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Write Full Days posted at Write With Fey, saying, “When you’re writing don’t just jump from event to event. You need to have moments in-between those events to give the reader time to breathe and think.”

Matt presents Secrets of Writing Good Content, Fast posted at Clicktips.

Book Marketing

Joel Friedlander presents Authors Unplugged: Smart Book Marketing Includes Going Offline posted at The Book Designer, saying, “Here’s a brief list of offline opportunities that might work for you to get people talking about your book.”

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 April 1, 2013
April 5, 2013by: Paula
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Keep up with the latest in book marketing and social media. We’ve got a roundup of book marketing Tweets from the past week that might do the trick, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include finding alternatives to Google Alerts, using Google+ for more visibility, avoiding common mistakes on Facebook, and more. Best of luck in all of your marketing efforts!

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* Get More Visibility Online

Here’s a quick tip to get more views and more visibility for yourself using Google+:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/get-more-visibility-online-now/

* What Facebook’s Updates Mean to You

Facebook has made some significant changes to Pages (and profiles). Here are 4 key updates you should know about:

http://www.sociallystacked.com/2013/03/4-facebook-updates-you-must-know-about/

* Alternatives for When Google Alerts Shuts Down

If you’ve used Google Alerts, here are two alternatives to check out – Talkwalker and Mention:

http://www.talkwalker.com/

https://web.mention.net/

* Top 5 Mistakes Writers Make on Facebook

While Facebook is a great place for authors to find readers, it’s important to use the site properly:

http://marcykennedy.com/2013/03/top-5-mistakes-writers-make-on-facebook-and-how-to-avoid-them/

* Take 5 Minutes a Day to Build Your Author Platform

Writer’s Digest offers some practical, easy to implement tips for building a platform in 5 minutes a day:

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/50-simple-ways-to-build-your-platform-in-5-minutes-a-day

* Blogs: Still Your Most Reliable Social Media Tool

Blogs may not have the cache of some of the flashy social media sites, but it’s still one of your best and most effective marketing options:

http://socialmediatoday.com/bobbymarhamat/1324556/blogs-most-reliable-social-media-tool

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – April 1, 2013
April 1, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the April 1, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have a great mix of tips on writing, self-publishing and book publicity this week. Thank you to all of the contributors!

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Carol Wiley presents 35+ Writing Websites and Resources For Freelance Writers Serious About Making a Professional Income While Still Having a Life posted at Musings from Carol.

Book Publicity

Jon Rhodes presents Let People Know What You Really Think posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “Really speaking your mind is a great way to generate some self-perpetuating publicity. Here’s how to do it.”

Nick Daws presents How to Set Up Google Authorship (and Why You Really Should) posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog.

Book Sales

Sarah Bolme presents Book Discoverability posted at Marketing Christian Books.

Self-Publishing

Jack Sarlo presents Quickly & Easily Become a Book Author! posted at Jack Sarlo’s Blog: Random Ramblings of a Marketing Maniac!.

Writing

Jessica Clark presents 10 Reasons Poems Don’t Always Need to Rhyme posted at Kenney Myers, saying, “Free verse has become so widely accepted by publishers of modern poetry, in fact, that some won’t even entertain submissions of formal poetry. These are ten of the reasons why it’s okay to break the traditional mold in your own poetry, opting instead for something a bit less rigid.”

Chrys Fey presents How To Create Mystery posted at Write With Fey.

David Leonhardt presents Are You Ready for a Ghostwriter for Your Book? posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “The more you have prepared in advance, the lower the cost will be for you. Ideally, the writer does not have to do any outside research, because you have done it all. If you provide your information in a complete and organized fashion, it saves time and money.”

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 March 25, 2013
March 29, 2013by: Paula
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Looking for a little marketing boost? Here are some book marketing Tweets from the past week that might do the trick, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include tips for writing a great screenplay, whether authors should pay for book reviews, elements of a great Twitter strategy, and more. Here’s to your marketing success!

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* 5 Essential Elements of a Great Twitter Content Strategy

Learn how to target the people you want to reach and find them on Twitter:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/5-essential-elements-of-a-great-twitter-content-strategy_b38400

* 30 Terrible Pieces of Social Media Advice You Should Ignore

Number One: You should be on every social network. This is NOT true, so relax, and see what additional advice you can discount:

http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/34180/30-Terrible-Pieces-of-Social-Media-Advice-You-Should-Ignore.aspx

* A Free Directory of Cover Designers, Formatters, Freelance Editors, and More

This is a really handy resource – be sure to share it with anyone who can use it:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?pli=1&key=0At-RSfaoYUZbdE0xNkZza053VEFBei1pZUZncXdmYmc&hl=en_US#gid=0

* Book to Movie: Tips for Writing a Great Screenplay

Learn how you can turn your book into a screenplay from screenwriter and teacher Steven Arvanites:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/book-to-movie-tips-for-writing-a-great-screenplay/

* Should Authors Pay for Book Reviews?

This blog post turned into a really interesting discussion so be sure to read the comments, too:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2012/08/should-authors-pay-for-book-reviews/

* 9 Steps to Organize Your Social Media for Success

Since spring is here why not update your social media? Heidi Cohen offers some great tips for how you can re-evaluate your goals:

http://heidicohen.com/the-social-media-spring-cleaning-checklist-every-business-needs/

* 6 Ways to Increase the Marketing Effectiveness of your Facebook Page

This infographic walks you through what you can do to make sure more fans and followers see your posts:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/10/03/6-ways-to-increase-the-marketing-effectiveness-of-your-facebook-page-infographic/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 25, 2013
March 25, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the March 25, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got some great book marketing and writing advice this week. We thank the contributors for participating!

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Book Marketing

Liz Shaw presents Top Ten Reasons Why Writers Should Join Toastmasters: #1 Learn to Think on Your Feet posted at Liz Andra Shaw, saying, “Imagine your book becoming a New York Times bestseller or your blog being picked up as the basis for a reality show. You’ve got invitations to be interviewed from Letterman, Colbert, Lauer, King, and Oprah. You’d better know how to think on your feet!”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents How To Build Suspense posted at Write With Fey, saying, “This blog post contains TEN TIPS to help you build suspense in your writing!”

Karen M Rider presents Discipline and the Writer’s Life | Karen M. Rider posted at Karen M. Rider, saying, “What does it take for any writer to realize her dream–be it finishing the first story or the hundredth, publishing a novel or building a freelance portfolio? The common denominator is often one word: Discipline. For many writers, that word conjures unforgiving structure, boredom and even anguish. What’s your take on discipline and writing? Is there a place for passion and fun in the life of a disciplined writer? Stop by the blog to find out and share your thoughts.”

legendt presents The Best and Worst Parts of Writing posted at Daniel Tay, saying, “Some opinions from top bloggers and writers on the best and worst parts of writing.”

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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Book to Movie: What’s the Secret to a Successful Makes?
March 25, 2013by: Penny Sansevieri
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What’s the real secret to making a successful movie? You may be surprised by the answer! More book to movie tips from Steven Arvanites!
Steven Arvanites is a screenwriter and a teacher – he works with hundreds of authors to help them turn their book into a movie. You can find out more here: www.NYCScreenwriter.org

 



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of March 18, 2013
March 22, 2013by: Paula
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Want some ideas for new ways to market yourself and your book? We’ve got some informative book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include why you need Google Authorship now, how to proofread your book, where you can promote your blog (besides Facebook and Twitter), and more. Best of luck in all of your marketing efforts!

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* Why Everyone Should Get Google Authorship Now

According to Google it’s the way search will be ranked, and if you don’t claim your Authorship now, you could find this hurts traffic to your site and your overall visibility:

http://youtu.be/6lzJRAxulgA

* Everyone Knows About Twitter and Facebook. Where Else Can You Successfully Promote a Blog Online? 

Take advantage of other sites that will help you spread the word:

http://crimsonleague.com/2013/03/16/social-media-promotion-how-i-reached-20000-blog-hits/

* 10 Tips for Proofreading Your Book

Editing your own work is a challenge, but these tips will help you through your weak spots:

http://www.selfpublishingreview.com/blog/2013/03/10-tips-for-proofreading-your-book/

* 20 Tips for Growing Your YouTube Following

According to the latest statistics, about 15% of planet Earth uses YouTube. Learn how to get more followers:

http://www.susangilbert.com/20-tips-for-growing-your-youtube-following%E2%80%A8/

* Are You Sharing the Right Type of Content?

Your social media strategy won’t succeed unless you know what type of content to post – and where:

http://performancing.com/are-you-sharing-the-right-type-of-content/

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