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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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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – March 4, 2013
March 4, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the March 4, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have some great tips on writing, book marketing and self-publishing this issue. Thank you to the contributors. We hope you find these tips useful!

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Writing

Jocelyn Crawley presents Writing Tips: Articulating Anticipation posted at Jocelyn Crawley, saying, “This article provides readers with a writing prompt. It also includes links to other writing tips.”

Chrys Fey presents The World Is Your Writing Tool posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Writers can get inspiration from anything and anywhere! As a writer, you can use your life, your nightly dreams, and even the world around you as a writing tool. They’re free, use them!”

Dana Sitar presents 28 Things I Loved on the Internet in February posted at DIY Writing, saying, “Resources for writers, creatives, and dreamers on writing, blogging, book marketing, life, career, social media, and some stuff that’s just fun to watch or read.”

Carrie presents 25 Writing Prompts posted at Carrie Elle, saying, “These 25 writing prompts are fun and suitable for everyone.”

Jon Rhodes presents How To Be A More Interesting Blogger posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “It is far easier to market interesting content. Here’s how to be a more interesting writer.”

Self-Publishing

Rozsa Gaston presents Follow Your Bliss and Self-Publish in 2013 posted at Rozsa Gaston, saying, “This is based on a self-publishing presentation on following your bliss in 2013 that I gave to the Dept. of Citywide Administrative Services of New York City on Jan. 4, 2013. A packed audience, and well received. Commissioner Edna Wells Handy was present and sent a hearty thank you note.”

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents Children are Avid eBook Readers posted at Marketing Christian Books.

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 25, 2013
March 1, 2013by: Paula
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Need some writing and marketing ideas? This week’s roundup features some top book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include awards authors should seek in 2013, a cool end of book promotion idea, how to build a great blog, and more. We wish you success in your writing and marketing endeavors!

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* 6 Tips to Help You Build a Great Blog

It’s not just about having a blog; it’s about making your blog stand out. Here’s what you can do:

http://basicblogtips.com/build-great-blog.html

* When Publishing Online, Your Content Must be Optimized for Search Engine Indexing

You want your online content to be discovered, and read. This is how you can optimize your content:

http://writingontheweb.com/2013/02/21/seo-3-things-journalists-and-bloggers-can-learn/

* How to Google-Proof Your Website in Six Steps

After Google made some updates (Panda and Penguin), many sites got fewer visitors. Take these steps to keep up with Google’s changes:

http://socialmediatoday.com/mike-allton/1252341/how-google-proof-your-website-six-steps

* What’s at the End of Your Book?

Check out this cool promotion idea:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/whats-at-the-end-of-your-book-check-out-this-cool-promotion-idea/

* 32 Book Awards Authors Should Pursue for 2013

You’ve got nothing to lose; take a look at this list of awards and enter all that apply to you and your book:

http://www.sellingbooks.com/32-book-awards-for-2013/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – February 25, 2013
February 25, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the February 25, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have insights and ideas for writing, and self-publishing, in this issue. We hope you enjoy the tips, and thank you to all of the contributors!

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Self-Publishing

Jess Lee presents Case Study: Turn a Crappy Cover into a Golden Cover posted at Create Your Own Ebook Cover, saying, “As an indie author, you’ve probably messed about in GIMP or Photoshop to create an ebook cover. Learn the System for Covers that Rock and create an book cover that gathers readers by the handful!”

Writing

Hannah E. Christian presents My Experience With Journaling posted at Hannah E. Christian – Blog.

Chrys Fey presents Your Life Is Your Novel posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Just because you’re writing fiction doesn’t mean you can’t use your real life as inspiration. I do!”

Samir Bharadwaj presents Evolving Your Writing Voice posted at Samir Bharadwaj dot Com, saying, “Finding a unique writing voice which is all your own can be a challenge. Here are some strategies to get you started.”

David Leonhardt presents Before you sign a Ghostwriter contract posted at A Ghost Writers Blog, saying, “You have found a ghostwriter that you want to work with. You are ready to sign a contract. But does the contract cover everything? Here is a quick guide to what you need to know…”

John Schmoll presents Even More Blogging Tips From a Beginner, Part II posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “Running a blog means that I learn something new nearly every week. One of the favorite aspects I enjoy about blogging is the community aspect that you can find in the blogosphere.”

Marisa Wikramanayake presents How to write a book: Part 1: Introduction | Marisa Wikramanayake posted at Marisa Wikramanayake.

Karen M. Rider presents Writing Fiction Ripped From the Headlines posted at Karen M. Rider, saying, “We who write fiction (or aspire to write it between all of life’s other busy moments) can’t be shy about ripping  inspiration right from the headlines. Case in point: The Pistorius Murder Case. Can you imagine the pitch for the book:

“What exactly happened in South Africa the night Oscar Pistorius, an Olympic runner whose lower legs were amputated when he was less than a year old, killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the predawn hours of Valentine’s Day? That’s what homicide detective “Joe Detective” is trying to find out until he gets suspended for attempted murder, himself. But Joe just can’t let this one go and keeps working the case while the charges against him get sorted out….”

Pistorius claims he mistook his beloved for an intruder when he shot her through a locked door in a bathroom in his home. Somehow the truth will come out. Meanwhile set your mind to the case like a writer hot for a story using the riveting questions provided by Karen. Who knows — you just might write the book based on the case!”

Joanna Penn presents How to Write More and Create a Daily Writing Habit posted at The Creative Penn, saying, “One of the best ways to sell more books, is to have more product available. For this, you need to write more word count. Here’s how one author is doing it in 2013.”

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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How Agents Can Survive in the New World of Publishing
February 25, 2013by: Penny
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The publishing world is changing and many say that agents have been hit the hardest. Always super innovative, Jason Ashlock talks about what agents can do to survive the changing publishing landscape. Another great talk from Tools of Change!



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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