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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of February 18, 2013
February 22, 2013by: Paula
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Looking for some book marketing inspiration and ideas? Here’s a roundup of some of the best book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include ways to use Pinterest for your book, how authors use Kickstarter to raise funds for their books, social media advice you can ignore, and much more. Best of luck with your marketing and publishing efforts!

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* 30 Terrible Pieces of Social Media Advice You Should Ignore

HubSpot debunks some of the social media “best practices” that in reality are not good practices at all:

http://blog.hubspot.com/blog/tabid/6307/bid/34180/30-terrible-pieces-of-social-media-advice-you-should-ignore

* Excellent Tools for Authors and Writers Recommended by Guy Kawasaki

Every author asks the questions: Do I do it on my own or do I seek a publisher? If I do it on my own, what are the costs? Where can I get money? What can I expect to make? Which way would be best? How is book marketing done? Here’s what author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki says:

http://rockstarradionetwork.com/podcasts/yourguidetobookpublishing/

* Choose Your Own Adventure: Authors Turn to Kickstarter to Fund Their Stories

Many self-published authors use Kickstarter to raise money to publish their books. Here’s what these authors learned:

http://pandodaily.com/2013/02/18/choose-your-own-adventure-authors-turn-to-kickstarter-to-fund-their-stories/

* 5 Ways Brands Can Use Twitter’s Vine App

Vine lets users add six-second videos to their Tweets. Here are some ways you can use it for your own marketing:

http://adage.com/article/digitalnext/ways-brands-twitter-s-vine-app/239775/

* Pinterest for Novelists: Inspiration, Book Design and Book Trailers

Learn how you can use Pinterest to benefit your book:

http://beyondthemargins.com/2013/01/pinterest-for-novelists-inspiration-book-design-and-book-trailers/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors February 18, 2013
February 18, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the February 18, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have a great mix of self-publishing, book marketing, social media and marketing tips this issue. Thank you to all of the contributors!

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Book Publicity

Sarah Bolme presents Publicity Stunts posted at Marketing Christian Books.

Social Media

Jon Rhodes presents What Can Jenna Marbles Can Teach Us About Affiliate Marketing? posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “You Tube sensation Jenna Marbles can teach us a thing or two about creating a stir and being popular online.”

Book Marketing

Nick Daws presents Why I Changed My Mailing List Service From YMLP to AWeber posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “Anyone who ever does business online needs to have a mailing list, and that includes writers. In this post I explain why I switched from my old mailing list service to AWeber, and why I have no intention of changing back!”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Creating Mood posted at Write With Fey, saying, “For this post, I included a short teaser from my own book to illustrate mood in a story. What exactly is mood? Well, I explain it here and give tips to help you create it.”

Isabel Anders presents Blogging From A to Z posted at Blogging Authors, saying, “One advantage of following a ‘set course’ in your blogging is knowing exactly what will come next: in this case a word beginning with the next alphabetical letter.

Subjects for my blogs have included: Balance; Create; Dialogue; Eye—Journey; Kything; Lit-major and Meme. Not to mention Peace and Quest …

I’ve enjoyed choosing a word to define and reflect aloud about, with very personal applications popping up, sometimes unexpectedly…”

Self Publishing

Liz Long presents Building Relationships: Why “Networking” is a Dirty Author Word posted at Liz Long, saying, “I explain why ‘networking’ is a dirty author word and why ‘relationships’ is actually the keyword all authors need to remember. ‘Networking’ might be your dirty keyword, but ‘Relationships’ is the goal. Friendship is the cherry on top.”

Joel Friedlander presents Book Design Quick Tips for Self Publishers posted at The Book Designer, saying, “One thing you probably don’t want to happen is have your book ‘look’ self-published. This article explains typical newbie mistakes to avoid and offers tips for self-publishing 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 February 11, 2013
February 15, 2013by: Paula
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What’s happening in book marketing and publishing? Check out these top Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include a free webinar on how to sell more books on Ashutterstock_44482999mazon, how to get started with Twitter marketing, tips to rank high in Google’s search engine, and much more. We wish you marketing and publishing success in all that you do!

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* 6 Simple Tips to Rank High in Google’s Search Engine

Learn the value of unique content, back links and more, so Google will love your site:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/09/28/6-simple-tips-to-rank-high-in-googles-search-engine/

* The Writer’s Guide to Twitter

Newbie tips, follow and promotion etiquette, RTs, chat how-to, more. This is a comprehensive guide to everything a writer should know to use Twitter successfully:

http://inkygirl.com/a-writers-guide-to-twitter/

* Self-Published Authors Share 5 Things They Learned in 2012

Some great advice from self-published authors to help other authors navigate the self-publishing world:

http://www.livewritethrive.com/2013/02/11/self-published-authors-share-5-things-they-learned-in-2012-part-5/

*  Free webinar Feb. 21: How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon.com

Learn how to take advantage of Amazon’s algorithm to market and sell your books in this free webinar:

http://socialbuzzu.com/1633/penny-sansevieri-how-to-sell-books-by-the-truckload-amazon-com

* 5 Ways to Use YouTube to Promote Your Book

Here are strategies authors can use to take advantage of YouTube:

http://writerswin.com/2013/02/11/five-ways-to-use-youtube-to-promote-your-book/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – February 11, 2013
February 11, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the February 11, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have some great posts on writing and self-publishing to inform and inspire. Thank you to all of the contributors!

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Writing

Karen M. Rider presents What is Magical Realism? posted at Karen M. Rider, saying, “What is Magical Realism? Who writes it?

Magical Realism appeals to readers (and writers) because it offers a worldview in which the natural, physical laws of the universe are not the only plausible explanation for events in the story (or in real life, for that matter). While the reader realizes that the rational and irrational are conflicting polarities, they are not disconcerted because the author has established the fantastical (mystical, metaphysical or supernatural) within the context of the natural or ordinary world.”

Chrys Fey presents How To Write Romance posted at Write With Fey.

Samir Bharadwaj presents Clear-headed Writing posted at Samir Bharadwaj dot Com.

Lisa Romeo presents Writing Steps and Lists posted at Lisa Romeo Writes, saying, “I talk about how a writer can create to-do lists that go beyond listing deadlines and/or hopeful goals, and instead break the actual writing process down into specific, measurable steps.”

Nick Daws presents Don’t Be Scared of Writerly Rejection! posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “In this guest post freelance writer and writing teacher Daley James Francis offers some encouraging advice about dealing with rejection, something every writer has to face at some time in their career.”

Self-Publishing

Joel D. Canfield presents Getting Your Book Out of the Someday Box posted at Someday Box, saying, “It’s a series of 16 short (3-minute) videos with accompanying text which describe the process of publishing your own book: all the steps needed, and some advice on where you’re likely to need help.”

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 February 4, 2013
February 8, 2013by: Paula
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Here’s a roundup of some of the best book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include 25 hard truths about writing and publishing, self-publishing advice from author and entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki, how to get more Amazon reviews, and much more. Best of luck in your writing, publishing, and marketing endeavors!

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* 25 Hard Truths About Writing And Publishing

Chuck Wendig, a novelist, screenwriter, and game designer, looks at the tough realities of the publishing industry:

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/01/22/25-hard-truths-about-writing-and-publishing/

* 7 Great Features for Authors on Goodreads

This social media site for book lovers has more than 12 million members. Learn about the great features Goodreads offers authors:

http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/12/15/7-great-features-for-authors-on-goodreads/

* Easy Tips for Getting More Amazon Reviews

Learn the secrets to identifying and contacting Amazon’s top book reviewers so they can consider your book:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/easy-tips-for-getting-more-amazon-reviews-now/

* Creating Links to Your Author Central Page on Amazon

Your Amazon Author Central Page is a great hub where readers can learn about you and your books:

http://www.sellingbooks.com/link-to-your-author-central-page/

* The Top Ten Mistakes Writers Make When Self-Publishing a Book

Author and Entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki discusses what authors should know about self-publishing:

http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/the-top-ten-mistakes-writers-make-when-self-publishing-a-book/

* 6 Social Media Digital Trends You Should Not Ignore

Keep up with the ever-evolving world of social media promotion – here are six emerging trends:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2010/08/02/6-social-media-digital-trends-you-should-not-ignore/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – February 4, 2013
February 4, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the February 4, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have a great mix of posts on book marketing and writing. We hope you find some writing and marketing inspiration!

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Book Marketing

Charmaine Hammond presents Libraries Can Help Sell Books posted at Market, Promote & Sell Your Book, saying, “Libraries can help authors build their platform and sell books. Learn some of the different ways that author Charmaine Hammond has built Libraries into her book marketing plan.”

Joel Friedlander presents Book Design, Internet Marketing and the Nature of Human Consciousness posted at The Book Designer, saying, “This article discusses why signposts and other navigational aids allow us to experience reading a book or signing up for a webinar as a pleasant experience.”

Writing

Karen M. Rider presents A Writer & Her Daughters Balance the Real World with The OtherWorld of Writing posted at Karen M. Rider saying, “Time spent in the OtherWorld of Writing usually doesn’t have an immediate pay-off for us writers. And, there is no instant gratification for the child who slips unawares through the portal into our hidden world. Sometimes, though, at the twilight betwixt and between these two worlds, something magical happens and we are able to share it with our children, making them feel less like outsiders to the OtherWorld of Writing.”

Chrys Fey presents How to Write Action posted at Write with Fey.

Jessica Clark presents 30 Famous Authors Named Ken posted at Kenney Myers, saying, “Welcome to the first of many in my series of famous people with Ken as their first name (or a derivative like Kenneth, Kenny, or even Kenney).”

Fiona Malby presents Editing and the overuse of words – make each word count posted at F.C. Malby saying, “This is a blog post on the editing process of writing a fiction novel and how to cut out the unnecessary words. Writers tend to use too many words in places and the manuscript needs to be tightened and sharpened.”

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 January 28, 2013
February 1, 2013by: Paula
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Let’s take a look at some of the top book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include blogging ideas for 2013, how to use Kickstarter, the importance of Facebook Fan Pages, and much more. We wish you much success in your writing, publishing, and marketing efforts!

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* Pin Down Success Using Pinterest

Learn how to leverage this fast-growing social networking for marketing:

http://socialmediatoday.com/marcela-de-vivo/1187546/5-steps-pinterest-pinning-success

* Blogging Ideas for 2013: 5 Ways to Build Your Topic Pipeline

If you need blogging inspiration, this post should provide you with some great ways to generate content:

http://socialmediatoday.com/oriyankelev/1173686/blogging-ideas-2013-5-ways-build-your-topic-pipeline

* How Do You Find a Good Editor? Agent @JanetKGrant Has Some Tips

Investing in a good editor is one of the best things an author can do:

http://www.booksandsuch.biz/blog/wanted-a-good-editor/

* Kickstarter for Authors: 5 Ways Crowdfunding Helps Self-Publishers Market Books

An author shares his experience crowdfunding his self-published novel and offers some advice:

http://scottandrewjames.com/kickstarter-for-authors-5-ways-crowdfunding-helps-self-publishers-market-books/

* 11 Reasons Why a Fan Page on Facebook will Help Your Business

There is a difference between Facebook profiles and Facebook Fan Pages, and the promotional opportunities Pages provide make them worthwhile:

http://blog.heyo.com/why-a-fan-page-on-facebook-will-help-your-business/

* The Top 10 Ways to Get the Traffic You Crave

Hoping for more visitors to your website (blog, social media site)? Here are some ways to get more traffic:

http://www.copyblogger.com/10-ways-to-build-traffic/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – January 28, 2013
January 28, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the January 28, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have a great mix of posts on self-publishing, book marketing, writing and book sales. We hope you find these posts insightful and useful!

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Book Marketing

Susan Wowe presents SEO Tips | Guest Posts For A Win-Win posted at Online Business – Make Money Online, saying, “Submitting guest posts to relevant websites is a great way of book marketing. A great way to build up your authority in your own niche and get backlinks to your own website.”

Jordan McCollum presents Marketing 101: what is marketing? posted at Jordan McCollum, saying, “The basics of marketing, the best place to start when getting ready to market your book. The first in a year-long series on marketing books, especially online!”

Self-Publishing

Liz Long presents Why I’m Choosing Indie Publishing posted at Liz Long, saying, “I wrote a short post on why I was choosing self-publishing for my first book. Turns out it was a decision I still stand by, as I’m self-publishing my second book this spring! I was surprised by the great response I received on this post, but indie author support is amazing. Hard work shouldn’t scare away writers who truly want to be here.”

Book Publicity

Dana Sitar presents Tackle Your Bucket List + Get Some Blog Exposure posted at DIY Writing, saying, “Join the Bucket List Challenge Blog Hop to celebrate the release of “A Writer’s Bucket List” and share your blog with new readers!”

Book Sales

Sarah Bolme presents It’s Not Just Price… posted at Marketing Christian Books.

Writing

Rodney Maley presents 3 Writing Challenges You Should Try posted at Life-fficient.

Chris Gonzales presents Tips to Overcome Writer’s Block posted at Unretrofied, saying, “I’ve put together some tips that have helped me overcome writer’s block in the past. My hope is that they help others out too.”

Chrys Fey presents Characters Make A Book posted at Write With Fey, saying, “This post will give you tips on how to create characters that feel real.”

Bravebird Publishing presents How to Draft Memorable Characters from Page One posted at Bravebird Publishing.

Nick Daws presents MWC Olymp-inks posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “The MWC Olymp-Inks is a special (and free) event on my writing forum at www.mywriterscircle.com. Anyone is welcome to join in the wide range of writing contests and challenges, with some great prizes up for grabs!”

Social Media

Matthew Bostock presents Realizing the true potential of digital reading posted at Huffington Post, saying, “The post delves into the potential future of digital reading, with a stress on using the web and books in conjunction to share and discover new things to read.

For authors, especially aspiring ones, the potential here is huge in offering a low-cost, efficient way to harness the web to garner exposure and traction for a book.

I believe many self-published fail to realise exactly what is at their disposal, and tracking the trend of digital reading, it’s evident that its path is playing perfectly into the hands of those that use services such as Goodreads and Readmill to create and sustain a readership.”

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 January 21, 2013
January 25, 2013by: Paula
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Here’s a look back at some useful book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include the qualities of a great book cover, the best way to create an author website, what authors must know about publishing to succeed, and much more. We wish you much success in your writing, publishing, and marketing efforts!

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* What makes a great book cover?

A tumblr page dedicated to bad book covers provides fodder for examining what book covers need to succeed:

http://sevencamels.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/on-book-covers-and-what-makes-them-lousy.html?m=1#

* The Best Way to Build an Author Website

Authors do need a website – an online site they own and can use to promote and sell their books. Learn how to create your own site:

http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/book_marketing_maven/2013/01/the-best-way-to-build-an-author-website.html

* Tips for Writing a Book Proposal

Some great advice for how to write a book proposal that will be taken seriously:

http://wordservewatercooler.com/2012/12/17/the-book-proposal-publishing/

* The Evolving World of Publishing: What Authors Must Know to Succeed

This blog post contains some great tips and insights from this year’s Digital Book World conference:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/the-evolving-world-of-publishing-what-authors-must-know-to-succeed/

* 30 Ways to Build the “Know, Like, and Trust” Factor that Grows an Audience

Being online isn’t enough; you need to know what to do to build an audience that will come back for more:

http://www.copyblogger.com/30-know-like-trust-actions/

* How and Why Agents Are Guiding Authors Through Self-Publishing

This panel at Digital Book World discussed why and how agents are helping traditionally published authors get self-published:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_uIkVQN9-E

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors, January 21, 2013
January 21, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the January 21, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have some great blog posts on social media, writing and self-publishing, and we hope you find them useful. Thank you to the contributors!

 

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Self-Publishing

Simpsonsparadox presents Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur posted at Simpson’s Paradox, saying, “Here’s a review of Guy Kawasaki’s new book aimed at independent authors.”

Joel Friedlander presents 6 Winning Ideas for Self-Publishers Straight from “Downton Abbey” posted at The Book Designer, saying, “This article discusses what writers can learn from the success of Downton Abbey.”

Social Media

Phyllis Zimbler Miller presents Why Authors Need to Participate on Social Media posted at Phyllis Zimbler Miller, saying, “As explained in the post itself, the notice from a book publisher in its submission instructions made it very clear how important social media is for authors. I decided to quote from the publisher to help authors understand how vital social media activity is for their own book marketing.”

Writing

Dana Sitar presents 5 Weird Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing [Infographic] posted at DIY Writing, saying, “A brainstorming boost for your next writing project.”

Jon Rhodes presents The Four Essential Components of Storytelling in Scriptwriting posted at Film Script Writing, saying, “Story telling is the most important component when writing a movie script. This article shows you the best ways to incorporate story telling within a movie script.”

Chrys Fey presents Six Writing Tips You Should Know! posted at Write With Fey.

Matthew Hall presents How to Outline with yWriter: Step # 4, Sketching out your Characters posted at M.L. Hall, saying, “Tips for using yWriter for outlining.”

Nick Daws presents The National Emerging Writer Programme – a Great New Free Resource for Writers posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “This Irish programme is open world-wide and well worth checking out if you’re a fiction writer.”

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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