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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
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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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Book to Movie: How to Build a High Concept Film (and why you’d want to)
March 22, 2013by: Penny
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Ready for your close-up? Do you know what a “high concept film idea” is? If not, watch this short clip and learn.

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



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 18, 2013
March 18, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the March 18, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. This week you’ll find insights into self-publishing, writing, book marketing, social media and sales. Thank you to all of our contributors for making this a great edition!

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Book Sales

Sarah Bolme presents Innovative Ways to Sell Digital Content posted at Marketing Christian Books.

Self-Publishing

Sue Collier presents Self-publishing timetable, part one of three posted at Self-Publishing Resources.

Writing

David Leonhardt presents What makes a good book? posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “One of the questions we get frequently goes something like this: “Do you think I have a good enough story? Do you think it’s a best seller?” This gives us a moment to consider what makes a successful book, so I would like to share my thoughts on this with you.”

Chrys Fey presents What To Do If You Struggle With Writing posted at Write With Fey.

Vanessa Morgan presents How to write a character study? posted at Vanessa Morgan.

Kathy Sloan presents Discovering the Clasp posted at Kathy Sloan-Writer, saying, “This blog post is about learning to take a step back in your writing to see the bigger picture. I use a metaphor of untangling a necklace to help understand that sometimes when we go through the editing process we focus too much on the things that don’t really matter and end up actually making our pieces worse. It’s important to find the “clasp” (what holds the piece together) before we can fix anything within the piece.”

Nick Daws presents Sign Up Now for ScriptFever! posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “Sadly the annual ScriptFrenzy challenge to write 100 pages of scripted material in April closed this year, so on my forum at myWritersCircle.com we decided to run our own alternative version called ScriptFever. Find out more in this post, and sign up!”

Phyllis Zimber Miller presents Boomer Lit vs. YA Lit posted at Phyllis Zimbler Miller, saying, “As an official Baby Boomer, I found the new category of Boomer Lit very interesting — especially what defines that category.”

Cheryl Carpinello presents The Joys of Writing for Middle Grade/Teen Readers posted at Utah Children’s Writers, saying, “I outline the 5 reasons why I enjoy writing for this age group.”

Book Marketing

Jan Bear presents Why Write Book Reviews: Five Payoffs for Writers posted at Market Your Book, saying, “Every author knows how valuable reviews are in selling books, but here are five reasons to be on the other side of the equation.”

Social Media

Joel Friedlander presents Author Blogging 101: What’s Stopping You? posted at The Book Designer, saying, “Start your blog today and discover other opportunities that open up to you when your blog becomes the center of an active, engaged community of like-minded people.”

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 11, 2013
March 15, 2013by: Paula
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Gain some book marketing savvy courtesy of this week’s roundup. We’ve got a variety of book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how to sell eBooks, successful Amazon promotion, management tools for Twitter and Facebook, and more. Good luck with all of your promotions!

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Top Book-Related Blogs

If you’d like to find some good book-related blogs to follow, here’s a newly compiled list:

http://www.couponaudit.com/blog/top-100-book-related-blogs-to-follow-in-2013/

* 3 Ways to Make Your Book Stand Out in the Crowd 

Yes, hundreds of thousands of new books get published each year, but you can set your book apart:

http://thefutureofink.com/make-your-book-stand-out-in-the-crowd/

* How to Sell eBooks

J.A. Konrath – who has now sold more than 1 million eBooks – takes a fresh look at his eBook sales, breaks down the numbers, and offers some recommendations:

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-sell-ebooks.html

* 7 Tips to Boost Your Presence on Facebook

Start with photos. There are many ways you can use images on Facebook, and it will get your posts noticed:

http://basicblogtips.com/presense-on-facebook.html

* The 9 Best Facebook and Twitter Management Tools

This list includes a download for a free eBook. Take advantage of the offer:

http://60secondmarketer.com/blog/2013/02/14/the-9-best-facebook-and-twitter-management-tools/

* Book Promotion — What’s Working at Amazon in 2013?

Author Lindsay Buroker provides an update on the best techniques that will help you sell your book on Amazon:

http://www.lindsayburoker.com/amazon-kindle-sales/book-promotion-whats-working-at-amazon/

* 22 Tips for Improving Your Marketing Efforts on Pinterest

Learn what makes the best Pinterest image, and how to make great pins:

http://louisem.com/2642/pinterest-image-best-pins

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The Real Secret to a Bestseller: No rules, just luck?
March 13, 2013by: Penny
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This is possibly one of the best posts I’ve seen in a long time about what it takes to become a bestselling author. Whenever someone hits it big we always want to investigate how they did it, analyze their methods and then apply what we’ve learned to our own efforts. There is nothing wrong with that. But in the end it’s about the work and the book – but it’s also about Luck. Pure and simple. The analysis of this post will show you that sometimes breaking all the rules is sometimes a good thing, because these days there are no rules.

Enjoy this post!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/je-fishman/hugh-howey-success_b_2853612.html

 

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AME Blog Carnival – Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 11, 2013
March 11, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the March 11, 2013 edition of Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors. We have some great advice this week on self-publishing, social media and writing that we hope you’ll find useful. Thank you to the contributors for sharing their expertise.

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Self-Publishing

Joel Friedman presents Book Designer Confesses: The Truth About Word Processors posted at The Book Designer, saying, “Can books be designed using Microsoft Word?”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Protagonist vs Antagonist posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Characters are the most important aspect of a book. This post will tell you how to create a protagonist your readers could love and an antagonist your readers could love to hate.”

Jessica Clark presents 10 Reasons Every Poem Should Rhyme and How it Could Impact You BIG Time posted at Kenney Myers, saying, “While Ezra Pound is largely credited with starting the free verse poetry movement that created more relaxed style requirements and eliminated the wide-spread use of formal poetry, there are still plenty of aficionados out there who firmly believe that all poetry should rhyme.”

Matt Schoenherr presents Writing and Buying Articles: Is iWriter Right For You? posted at Marketing Ideas 101, saying, “Do you blog online? If so, you need articles for your blog, right? Or maybe you want to make money online? Writing articles for other people may be a great way to get money quickly. iWriter is an online writing service that caters to both people wanting articles and those who would write them. But is iWriter right for you?”

Killer presents Adjectives Reevaluated posted at kill adjectives.

Getting Published

Roy Pickering presents Handling Rejection for Dummies … I Mean Writers posted at A Line A Day, saying, “This blog post was written to inspire those new to writing, or at least new to submitting with hope of publication, so they may push through the awaiting wall of rejection and emerge on the other side.”

Social Media

Nina Amir presents Replace ‘Alice Attitude’ with ‘Author Attitude’ for Publishing Success posted at Write Nonfiction Now! saying, “Becoming an author takes more than a good idea. It takes an “Author Attitude,” which includes knowing how to set goals and meet them. This means you also know what your goals are–your vision of success as an author. This post explains these concepts and how to put them into play.”

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 4, 2013
March 8, 2013by: Paula
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Need a marketing pick-me-up? Take a look at these popular book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how to use StumbleUpon, where readers get their books, why HARO can help your career, and more. We wish you the best of luck in your book marketing efforts!

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* Learn How You Can Add Your Website as a Facebook Fan Page Tab App

This app is free. Easy step-by-step instructions will have your app up and running in no time:

http://louisem.com/1197/facebook-timeline-fan-page-tabs-add-your-website-and-pinterest-boards

* Blueprint for Building the Perfect Tweet

Learn how to increase the chance that your tweets will be shared far and wide:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/build-perfect-tweet_b37207

* 5 Steps to Boost eBook Sales

Smashwords’ Mark Coker says authors shouldn’t give up; they can always improve their books (and sales):

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-coker/six-steps-to-boost-book-s_b_2807919.html

* Help a Reporter Out Can Be a Boon for Your Career

Use HARO wisely, and it can be a great way to showcase your expertise:

http://sharingwithwriters.blogspot.com/2013/03/getting-smart-about-help-reporter-out.html

* Where Readers are Getting Their Books 

GoodReads did a survey and here are the results. Take a look at where these specific titles were purchased. How does this relate to your book?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6YIshOrebQ

* StumbleUpon: A Beginner’s Guide

This content discovery site is a great tool for you to share your own content and ensure that you’re found online:

http://mashable.com/2013/02/27/stumbleupon-for-beginners/

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