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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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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of January 14, 2013
January 18, 2013by: Paula
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We’ve rounded up some of the top book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how authors can sell to bookstores, ways to use Pinterest for promotion, tips to make your book cover more professional, and much more. Here’s to your writing, publishing, and marketing success!

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* How to Become an Influential Writer in the Age of Author Rank

Learn how you can create original content, become an influencer and inspire others with your writing:

http://www.copyblogger.com/online-writer-authorrank/

* 7 Ways to Use Pinterest to Promote Your Business – Plus Infographic

The phenomenal growth of Pinterest has made it a social media must. Here’s how you can use Pinterest for promotion:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/02/02/7-ways-to-use-pinterest-to-promote-your-business/

* How to Get More Retweets (Infographic)

Did you know there’s a science behind getting retweets? This infographic breaks it down:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/retweets-infographic_b34048

* 5 Top Tips to Making Your Cover Look Professional

Start by hiring a professional designer. Then see what else you should do:

http://proactivewriter.com/blog/5-top-tips-to-making-your-cover-look-professional/

* Is Nobody Sharing Your Content? Find a Quick Fix

There are some simple steps you can take to ensure your content gets shared on major sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn:

http://socialmediatoday.com/searchblogger/1138836/nobody-sharing-your-content-find-quick-fix

* Book Editing: The Top Ten Tips

These suggestions from editors will help you put out the best book possible:

http://proactivewriter.com/blog/book-editing-the-top-ten-tips/

* Tips for Authors for Getting Their Books into Local Bookstores

Many local bookstores are happy to support local authors. But this is what you should know before you contact your local stores:

http://authoritypublishing.com/book-marketing/how-authors-can-sell-to-bookstores-free-bookstore-consignment-agreement-for-authors/

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors January 14, 2013
January 14, 2013by: Paula
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We have a great mix of blog posts for this week’s carnival, covering book publicity, writing, social media and self-publishing. We hope these help you on your writing, publishing and marketing journey! Thanks to all of the contributors.

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Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents Trends for 2013 posted at Marketing Christian Books.

Jo Linsdell presents Hit the Airwaves: How to get interviewed on Radio Shows posted at Writers and Authors, saying, “Being interviewed on Radio is a great way to help spread the word about your books and build your reputation as an expert in your field. So how do you get interviewed on a Radio Show? This article breaks it down.”

Book Publicity

Dana Sitar presents Get Behind the Scenes of My Next eBook Launch! posted at DIY Writing, saying, “Following in the footsteps of my publishing mentors, I’m putting together a Launch Team for my next book of about 50 innovative readers to help brainstorm and implement all of the incredible steps we can take to sell an eBook. This comes with two distinct motives: One, I want to offer anyone who’s interested in learning about publishing an eBook a chance to be involved in the process firsthand. Two, I want to make this book a success and simply can’t do it all alone.”

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.”

Self-Publishing

Sue Collier presents Webtips for authors & self-publishers posted at Self-Publishing Resources.

Writing

Chris Gonzales presents Work Ethic and Inspiration posted at Unretrofied.

Chrys Fey presents Ending A Chapter posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Not sure how to end the chapter you’re writing? Here are a couple of tips you can use.”

Vicki M. Taylor presents The Least You Should Know – Possessives posted at Your Writing Coach, saying, “Helpful writing tips for writers and authors from Your Writing Coach.”

John Schmoll presents Even More Blogging Tips From a Beginner posted at Frugal Rules, saying, “One of the keys to managing a successful blog is working smarter and not harder. By following certain basic standards and making them your own you’ll be able to keep your posts fresh and your readers coming back for more.”

Sydney Bell presents 35 Blogs for Those that Aspire to Become Writers posted at Longhorn Leads, LLC, saying, “So, you want to become a writer, but you don’t know where to start. First and foremost, you need to write something, even if it’s just a journal or a blog, that way you can get the creative juices flowing.”

Karen M. Rider presents Setting the Literary Stage for Emerging Genres posted at Visionary Fiction Alliance, saying, “Rapid-fire change is ongoing in the publishing industry — and it’s not just in the way books are produced, marketed and distributed. Perhaps like no other period in literary history, writers are experimenting with voice, style and format. Such literary exploration arises from both a writer’s creative urge and in response to market trends. This has led to the emergence of new genres and a shift in the way books are marketed and categorized.”

Social Media

Janet Boyer presents Two Things You Need BEFORE a Book Launch posted at Fizz of Ideas, saying, “Sounds easy peasy, right?

Well, from the looks of wannabe (and already-be) authors yammering at me on social media to BUY MY BOOK or SUPPORT MY KICKSTARTER or GET MY EBOOK FREE ON KINDLE or PURCHASE MY DECK…apparently not.”

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 7, 2013
January 11, 2013by: Paula
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Let’s take a look at some popular book marketing Tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include author blogging 101 tips, how to grow and manage your online community, why authors should embrace self-publishing, and much more. We wish you writing, publishing, and marketing success!

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* 6 Ways to Kick-Start Your Twitter Efforts In 2013

Whether you want more followers, more retweets or to tweet more regularly, you’ll find great inspiration here:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/kick-start-twitter-efforts_b33622

* Why Author and Entrepreneur Guy Kawasaki Thinks Authors Should Embrace Self-Publishing

Despite having books published traditionally, Guy Kawasaki is a big fan of self-publishing. He explains why in part one of this interview:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/penny-c-sansevieri/guy-kawasaki-goes-ape-ove_b_2415590.html

* 8 Ways to Make LinkedIn Endorsements Work for You and Your Network

This new LinkedIn feature offers some great benefits; learn how you can leverage it:

http://windmillnetworking.com/2013/01/03/make-linkedin-endorsements-work-for-you-and-your-network/

* 3 Tips for Effectively Growing & Managing Your Online Community

Taking the time to build a faithful following is worth every minute. What you can do:

http://www.toprankblog.com/2013/01/3-tips-online-community/

* Authors Share Strategies for What Will Help You Sell Books (and what won’t)

There may be no hard and fast rule to what constitutes success but you can learn from the successes and failures of other authors:

http://anniejenningspr.com/jenningswire/marketing/round-up-book-selling-strategies-for-2013-what-works-what-does-not/

* Author Blogging 101: Video Interview Tools & Tips

Videos are popular blog features and a great way to share information. This overview will help you get started:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2012/01/author-blogging-101-video-interview-tools/

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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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