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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors January 7, 2013
January 7, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the January 7, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. Our first Blog Carnival of 2013 offers some great guest posts on book marketing, social media, writing and self-publishing. Thank you to all the contributors!

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Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents An Avalanche of Services posted at Marketing Christian Books.

Self-Publishing

Linda Jay Geldens presents 6 Ways Copyeditors Make Your Book Better by Linda Jay Geldens posted at The Book Designer, saying, “This guest post appeared on May 25, 2012, on Joel Friedlander’s popular blog, The Book Designer. The article generated quite a lively discussion online!”

Writing

Dana Sitar presents My New Awesome Productivity Routine and How it Can Work for You posted at DIY Writing, saying, “Follow this simple productivity routine to get your best writing done and focus on doing the work you love.”

Jon Rhodes presents Ten Tips on Writing and Selling a Script posted at Film Script Writing, saying, “Here are some great tips to help you write and sell a film script.”

Phyllis Zimbler Miller presents What Elements Define a Cozy Mystery? posted at Phyllis Zimbler Miller, saying, “I love reading and writing cozy mysteries. But what elements make up a cozy mystery?”

Adelaida Saucedo presents The Narrator posted at Artificial Minds, saying, “A more technical article about Narrator, and its different categories.”

Nick Daws presents Why You Should Prepare to Fail in 2013 posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “In this post I reveal why writers who want to succeed in 2013 need to be prepared to fail more!”

Karen M. Rider presents Every Writer’s Secret Hope posted at Karen M. Rider, saying, “Whenever a writer puts her or his work out into the world, there is a secret hope that the story or book might be next on the hot list. Along the journey to such acclaim, writers wrote hard, marketed harder and formed alliances that helped to get their book or story ‘out there.’ The Next Big Thing Blog Hop bands together writers from across the globe in an effort to help readers discover new authors and their published books or a work-in-progress.

Hop on board! You might even discover a book that ends up being The Next Big Thing.”

Social Media

Joel Friedlander presents How to Embed a Twitter Tweet into Your Blog Post posted at The Book Designer, saying, “Using tweets can spice up your blog posts. This article explains how to add them.”

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 December 31, 2012
January 4, 2013by: Paula
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Happy New Year! We’ve got a collection of some of the most informative book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include making Twitter work for you, increasing Pinterest traffic, avoiding Facebook mistakes, writing successful query letters, and much more. We wish you writing, publishing, and marketing success in 2013!

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* How to Write Successful Query Letters for Literary Agents

Take a look at these 23 pitch letters that worked, and get some inspiration:

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/successful-query-letters-for-literary-agents_b62590

* 5 Common Facebook Marketing Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

You want to attract fans and keep them. Here’s what you shouldn’t do:

http://allfacebook.com/kevin-mullett-facebook-mistakes_b107524

* Do Agents and Editors Expect Novelists to Blog?

The short answer: not necessarily. Two publishing pros explain:

http://jodyhedlund.blogspot.com/2012/10/do-agents-and-editors-expect-novelists.html

* How to Increase Pinterest Traffic and Direct it to Your Site

Start with improving the content you post, and then learn how to get more people to your website:

http://thenextweb.com/socialmedia/2012/12/29/how-to-increase-pinterest-traffic-direct-it-to-your-site/

* Make Twitter Work for You – 10 Ways to Stand Out with Tweets that Rock

Get your tweets noticed, make new connections, and gain more followers:

http://sociallysorted.com.au/make-twitter-work-for-you-10-ways-to-rock-your-tweets/

* 8 Ways To Make Your Blog Posts More Shareable

Learn how you can make your blog posts go viral and reach a wider audience:

http://writetodone.com/2012/11/20/make-blog-post-shareable/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors December 31, 2012
December 31, 2012by: Paula
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Welcome to the December 31, 2012 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have a great mix of tips on writing and book marketing that we hope you’ll find useful and inspiring. Happy New Year!

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Writing

Chrys Fey presents Formatting Your Manuscript posted at Write With Fey, saying, “This post will tell you everything you need to know about formatting a manuscript.”

Sue Collier presents Write and Promote Your Indie Book Quicky and Easily | Self-Publishing Resources posted at Self-Publishing Resources.

Nick Daws presents How to Apply the Advice to “Show, Don’t Tell” posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “Anyone who writes fiction will hear the advice ‘Show, Don’t Tell’ sooner or later, but what does it really mean? In this blog post I set out to explain this fundamental principle of effective fiction writing.”

Donna Alexander presents Writer’s Block: How to Overcome the Fear of the Blank Page posted at Americas Studies, saying, “This post offers 9 simple methods for overcoming writer’s block and the fear of the blank page.”

Isabel Anders presents From Fan to “Critic” posted at Blogging Authors, saying, “You never know what might lead to a fruitful idea for writing a new book.

Miss Marple: Christian Sleuth is the result of my working out the clues in the twelve novels and twenty short stories Agatha Christie wrote starring Miss Marple—and arranging them to build a literary case for these books being more than mere entertainment.

Our leisure-time activities may be telling us more than we realize, if we choose to listen, follow the clues, and diligently do the work required. … Then perhaps as writers we can prepare to experience even more fun!”

Lorna Collins presents Plot Pet Peeves posted at Lorna Collins – Author, saying, “This describes some of my pet peeves when it comes to plotting books. There are many others, but this is a list of those at the top of my list.”

Karen M. Rider presents When a Writer Sets a Goal… posted at Karen M. Rider, saying, “Upon her first short fiction contest win, a writer reflects on the magic that can happen when a writer sets a goal, never quits and allows for the co-creation of her destiny with what the Fates will allow.”

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents An Avalanche of Services 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 December 24, 2012
December 28, 2012by: Paula
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We’ve rounded up some of the best book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include the best social media tools to use, how to find the perfect audience for your book and sell to them, Pinterest promotion tips for writers, and much more. Happy marketing!

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* 3 Twitter Tools to Enhance Your Marketing

Learn what SocialBro, Tweepi or Buffer can do for you:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/3-twitter-marketing-tools/

* Pinterest Promotion Tips for Writers

If you want to know how to get the most out of Pinterest promotions, you’ll love these tips!

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/pinterest-promotion-tips-for-writer_b61003

* 10 Quick Tips to Get Your Writing Back on Track

Have you lost your writing groove to the holidays and all the distractions? Here’s what you can do:

http://howtowriteshop.loridevoti.com/2012/11/10-quick-tips-to-get-your-writing-back-on-track/

* How to Find the Perfect Audience for Your Book, And Sell It to Them

The most powerful marketing tool you can have is a mailing list. Discover how you can find your audience and get them on your list:

http://www.livehacked.com/writing-2/how-to-find-the-perfect-audience-for-your-book-and-sell-it-to-them/

* 5 Ways To Stand Out On Twitter

These are easy to implement tips that will help your Twitter account take off:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/5-ways-to-stand-out-on-twitter_b2504

* 24 Must-Have Social Media Marketing Tools

Social media pros share the tools they use that simplify their online marketing:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/24-must-have-social-media-marketing-tools/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors December 24, 2012
December 24, 2012by: Paula
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Welcome to the December 24, 2012 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have a great mix of posts on book publicity, social media, writing, book marketing and self-publishing. Thanks to the contributors. Happy Holidays!

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Book Marketing

Sue Collier presents Guest Post: Things to Keep In Mind When Marketing and Promoting Your Book posted at Self-Publishing Resources.

Book Publicity

Jon Rhodes presents How To Get A Guest Post Published posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “This article shows the point of view of a guest post publisher. This can help you learn some do’s and don’ts when submitting your own guest blog posts for publicity.”

Jan Bear presents Public Relations for Authors: Getting Out the Word about Your Book posted at Market Your Book, saying, “Public relations for authors can be a powerful force in selling your book. In this blog interview, publicist Jessica Glenn of MindBuck Media tells us how.”

Nick Daws presents Freelance Writers – Have You Joined the Video Revolution Yet? posted at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog, saying, “In this post I discuss the importance to writers of getting to grips with video, and recommend some useful free resources.”

Social Media

Joel Friedlander presents Should Fiction Authors Be Bloggers? posted at The Book Designer, saying, “If you’re a novelist, should you be blogging?”

Matt Schoenherr presents Target Marketing: Speak Directly to Your Target Audience posted at Marketing Ideas 101, saying, “The other day, I stumbled across an ad that caught my attention. The ad was for Careers 2.0, a site dedicated to programmers and the programming industry. What I found remarkable about this ad was the laser-fine focus it possessed. And maybe this is a reflection on me—but my first assumption was that they were saying something profane…”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Get Ready, Set, TONE! posted at Write With Fey, saying, “In the beginning of this blog is a short teaser that I wrote to help illustrate setting and tone.”

Matthew Hall presents How to Outline with yWriter: An Introduction to Outlineingposted at M.L. Hall, saying, “How to outline with yWriter. Introduction to outlining using the yWriter software.”

Iulian Ionescu presents How to a Novel in 30 Daysl posted at Fantasy Scroll – a blog for fiction writers, saying, “50,000 words in 30 days. That’s about 200 pages (double spaced, standard margins, 12 pt. font). Mathematically, that is not more than a mere 1,667 words per day, or about 6 to 7 pages. This translates in about 1 to 2 hours per day of typing. Piece of cake, right? Well, as we all know, writing a novel is not about math, unless you are writing some kind of algebra textbook. It’s a lot more than that, and most of it has to do with what’s in your head.”

Karen M. Rider presents A Writer’s Life: How Public? How Private? posted at Karen M. Rider, saying, “It’s easy for us writers to think we need a presence everywhere, from Google+ to Tumblr, in order to get noticed. If you aren’t thinking strategically about who you are as a writer and what you want from your writing life, then you’ll get sucked into the social media universe, possibly to never be heard from again! To maintain progress toward your goals, and prevent getting lost in the social media realm, you’ll want to understand the difference between your public booklife and your private booklife.”

George Bernstein presents Critiques posted at SuspenesGuy.

Self-Publishing

Bob Baker presents Two Ways Writers Can Get More Done in Less Time posted at Bob Baker’s Book Promotion Blog, saying, “Use these two quick tips to carve out more time to write books, blog posts, scripts, articles, and more.”

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 December 17, 2012
December 21, 2012by: Paula
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We’ve gathered some of the most useful book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include setting publicity goals for 2013, finding the best magazines and blogs to pitch, conducting keyword research, and much more. Happy marketing!

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* How to Find the Best Magazines and Blogs to Pitch Your Stories to

Pitching can be difficult; the rejection rate is high. Learn how you can figure out who will be most open to your queries:

http://www.mediabistro.com/prnewser/figuring-out-where-to-pitch-your-stories_b52646

* The 4 Myths of Facebook Marketing

It begins with realizing that Facebook will continually change its rules, and that will affect your marketing:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/12/11/the-4-myths-of-facebook-marketing/

* What Writers Need to Know About Goodreads

Goodreads can be a great place for authors to build a following, but here’s what you need to know to get it right:

http://www.mediabistro.com/galleycat/what-writers-need-to-know-about-goodreads_b62204

* Tips for Authors: 5 Book Publicity Goals to Set for the New Year

We’re about to say goodbye to 2012; if you get organized now you can kick off 2013 with some book promotion to set you apart:

http://www.sellingbooks.com/book-publicity-goals-to-set-for-the-new-year/

* Is Changing Amazon Even Possible? Some Ideas for the Future!

Here’s one thing Amazon can do to that would make it an even better site for authors to sell their books:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/changing-amazon-is-that-even-possible/

* A 3-Step Process for Painless Keyword Research

Don’t overlook keywords; if you aren’t sure how to research the best keywords for you these tips will help:

http://www.copyblogger.com/content-marketing-research-4/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors December 17, 2012
December 17, 2012by: Paula
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Welcome to the December 17, 2012 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have a variety of useful tips this week for book sales, book marketing, self-publishing, writing, and social media. Many thanks to the contributors!

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Book Sales

Phyllis Zimbler-Miller presents Does Amazon Take Notice of a Visit From an Outside Website to Your Book Page? posted at Phyllis Zimbler Miller saying, “As explained in the post, it was prompted by an emailed question I received from Anthony Wessel of Digital Book Today.

While there is no way of knowing the actual answers, I believe my post provides a well-reasoned response.”

Book Marketing

Sue Collier presents Create marketing magic with energized editorial and electrified titles, part three posted at Self-Publishing Resources.

Self-Publishing

Sarah Bolme presents Animated Book Covers posted at Marketing Christian Books.

S.R. Johannes presents The Schizophrenic Indie Pubber posted at S.R. Johannes, saying, “Talks through all the hats self publishers wear during their publishing process.”

Social Media

Joel Friedlander presents How to Create an Endless Stream of Blog Post Ideas posted at The Book Designer, saying, “If you’ve ever struggled to come up with blog post content, this article will be helpful.”

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h20ho presents What is a Narrative Scaffold? posted at Tutor Paul, saying, “Do you use scaffolds? Chances are you do.”

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 December 10, 2012
December 14, 2012by: Paula
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Get some insights from top book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include the best times to post to social media, self-publishing and eBook insights, how to get your Twitter followers to take notice of your content, and much more. Happy marketing!

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* The 10 Keys to Grabbing the Attention of Your Twitter Followers

Learn how to captivate your Twitter followers so they click-through your links and retweet your content:

http://socialmediatoday.com/sendible/1051321/10-keys-optimizing-twitter-engagement

* The Secret of Giving Your Book Away For Free

When done correctly, book giveaways are great for exposure. One author shares what he’s learned:

http://bubblecow.co/the-secret-of-giving-your-book-away-for-free/

* Loads of Self-Publishing & eBook Insights

Tips from Smashwords Founder Mark Coker:

http://www.reddit.com/r/writing/comments/14l2z3/i_am_mark_coker_founder_of_smashwords_ama/

* What’s Your Best Book Marketing Tool?

If you haven’t invested in editing then nothing else matters – and here’s why:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/penny-c-sansevieri/book-editing_b_2257544.html

* When is the Best Time To Post to Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Google+?

Timing matters in marketing, and the social networks vary when it comes to the best time to post:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/best-time-to-post_b32507

* Publishing Rip-offs, Scams, and Predators  

Make sure you know what you are getting into before you publish:

http://authoru.org/publishing-rip-offs-scams-and-predators.html

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Publishing Insiders Wrap-Up: The Best of Publishing 2012 – And What’s Ahead for 2013
December 12, 2012by: Paula
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We had a great show reviewing publishing events in 2012, and looking ahead to the New Year, with our guest Amy Collins.

About our guest: Amy Collins is the owner of New Shelves Book Distribution, a full-scale book warehousing, sales and fulfillment company selling publisher’s books directly to the national chains and independent bookstores in North America. You may reach Amy at amy@newshelves.com or http://www.newshelvesdistribution.com

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Predictions:

Small Press Success: We’re approaching the tipping point for small presses and bookstores – this refers to indie publishers, micropresses, whatever you call them – the old urge to not take them seriously is ending. Now we’re going to have to take them seriously. There was a shift in 2012 toward small presses coming into their own.

Bookstores: They are becoming less relevant as booksellers. There is still a need for them. How much more can they weather in this all-digital society? Chain and independent bookstores have shifted and become community centers that sell coffee, games, Moleskines, etc. Books aren’t pushing bookstores’ growth, it’s everything else. But it seems like there will be a sharp drop in people buying books from bookstores. The browseability factor doesn’t apply to the younger generation; they know how to browse online.

Self-Publishing: Fifty Shades of Grey – which began as self-published fan fiction – was not a fluke. These kinds of books will become common.

Literary Agents: Literary agents are on the cutting edge of the changing publishing industry and they will be paid for their expertise. There has been resistance to this development but as agents move beyond deal-making into marketing and publicity they should be paid. Publishing Insiders discussed this in a roundtable with agents in 2011: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/publishing-insiders-wrap-up-literary-agents-and-their-evolving-role-in-publishing/ (more…)



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors December 10, 2012
December 10, 2012by: Paula
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Welcome to the December 10, 2012 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have some great tips on writing, social media and book marketing this week, and we hope you find this edition useful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media

Jeremy Biberdorf presents It Is Your Blogging Journey, You Make The Rules posted at Modest Money, saying, “There are things where there is no set blueprint that you need to follow. You are free to do what works for you and sometimes just wing it. Blogging is one of those things. There may be strategies that have worked well for others, but how you approach it is completely up to you.”

Book Marketing

Glenda Watson Hyatt presents A Guide for the Book Lover: The Overlooked Cheerleader in Amazon Marketing Strategies posted at Do It Myself Blog saying, “Unless an author has a humongous following, simply uploading a book to Amazon means that it will most definitely be lost amidst the millions of other titles vying for book lovers’ attention and money.

The good news is that authors can do much to increase the likelihood their books will be found. This is particularly good news for indie authors who are working with a thinly worn shoestring budget.

For this reason I am excited to release Become a Raving, Cheering Book Lover: A Guide to Sharing Your Favourite Amazon Books (PDF). This guide offers 7 easy-to-implement ways (with simple and clear instructions) you can use to share your latest read with others.

The guide is absolutely free. (No email address, personal measurements or first born required!)”

Writing

Nick Daws presents Writers Working from Home: How to Easily Improve Your Focus and Increase Your Productivity posted at Nick’s Writing Blog, saying, “In this guest post, freelance jobs and careers writer Brian Jenkins sets out some top tips for writers on how to work more productively from home.”

Brandon Yawa presents Stop Writing and Be Bruce Lee posted at Brandon Yawa, saying, “This blog implores writers to tap into their being, before they worry about market demands.”

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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