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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – September 29, 2014
September 29, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This week we have posts offering insights on social media, writing, getting published, and book marketing. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Social Media

Hazel Longuet submitted Pinterest Growth: The Best Kept Secret For Growing your Pinterest Following & Gaining Repins posted at A Novel Experience, saying, “Pinterest is fast becoming one of the largest and most influential Social Media sites. Grow your Pinterest followers and gain more exposure for your pins in a simple 10 minute a day routine in-conjunction with, the web’s best kept Pinterest secret, Viralwoot. I’ll show you the steps to take – it’s free & I’m giving you a gift at the end. What could be better?”

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Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme submitted Are You Using This Book Selling Technique? posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Pinterest is a social media site that is growing and one that should not be ignored when marketing a book. Learn one quick technique to effectively promote your book on Pinterest.”

Writing

Janet Ursel submitted Haiku Cows and Twitter posted at Janet Ursel, saying, “What’s your daily warm-up exercise?”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted Agents Looking for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers posted at Publishing … And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “Science fiction and fantasy never go out of style, so if you write in either of these genres, you are in luck. Here is a list of reputable agents who represent fantasy and/or science fiction novels. All of them are accepting queries as of this writing.”

That concludes this week’s carnival. Our weekly roundup offers the best book marketing, self-publishing, writing, and general publishing industry tips to guide authors, would-be authors, publishers and others on their book journey. Submit a post to our weekly carnival by using this link: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/submit-ame-blog-carnival/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of September 22, 2014
September 26, 2014by: Paula
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book with cashWe’ve collected some of the top book marketing tweets to help guide your promotion, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include why your book sales suck, how to create compelling book covers, what readers want from authors on social media, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Why Authors Must Be Marketers

Whether you self-publish or have a traditional publishing deal you need to know how to market your books:

http://www.theindependentpublishingmagazine.com/2014/09/authors-must-be-marketers-neil-raphel.html

* What Readers Want from Authors on Social Media

There are five things readers respond to, starting with inspiration. Learn what you can do:

http://christinenolfi.com/2014/09/readers-want-authors-social-media/

* 4 Steps to Take Charge of Your Book Launch

You want to start off on the right foot so your book has a fighting chance:

http://selfpublishingteam.com/4-steps-to-take-charge-of-your-book-launch/

* 10 Book Marketing Mistakes Self-Published Authors Make

Don’t just publish your book and expect the sales to take off. Here’s what you need to do first:

http://blog.bibliocrunch.com/10-book-marketing-mistakes-self-published-authors-make/

* How to Create Compelling Book Covers in 15 Minutes

Book covers are a vital part of your book’s success. Get some tips from Guy Kawasaki:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi9RPcpkNgE

* Advice to Writers Seeking Literary Agents

Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest books pulled together some of the best advice from agents. Here are their tips:

http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/agent-wisdom-volume-ii-more-advice-for-writers-from-literary-agents/

* Tips for Vetting a Book Blogger’s Platform

So, you want to do a blog tour? Or you’re looking for book reviewers? Here’s how you can determine which bloggers have enough of an audience:

http://www.molly-greene.com/tips-for-vetting-book-bloggers/

* 8 Reasons Why Your Book Sales Suck

Use this list to figure out what you need to do to improve your marketing and sell more books:

http://www.virtualbusinesstrainingnetwork.com/author/8-reasons-why-your-book-sales-suck/



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – September 22, 2014
September 22, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This week we have some great tips on book marketing, writing, and book publicity. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Book Marketing

Mayowa Ajisafe submitted Should You Pay to Market and Promote Your Books? posted at Authors Crib, saying, “Free is always an option for many authors with book marketing but it takes time, energy and consistency to see great success with any of these free ideas, channels or strategies…But Should Authors Pay To Market Their Book?”

Writing

Chrys Fey submitted Chapter Titles posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Many people think chapter titles are just for juvenile books, but that’s not true. Chapter titles are great for fantasy, science-fiction, and historical novels. If you want to use chapter titles in your book, you very well can! Remember: It’s your book; you can do what you want!”

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Book Publicity

Erica Verrillo submitted List of Reviewers for Traditionally Published Books posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “This is a list of reviewers who exclusively review works that have been published by publishing houses (large and small). Publishers, unfortunately, do the bare minimum to solicit reviews. So, you will need to contact reviewers yourself. But even if you have self-published a book, you can sell your published short stories on Amazon; they will need reviews.”

That concludes this week’s carnival. Our weekly roundup offers the best book marketing, self-publishing, writing, and general publishing industry tips to guide authors, would-be authors, publishers and others on their book journey. Submit a post to our weekly carnival by using this link: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/submit-ame-blog-carnival/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of September 15, 2014
September 19, 2014by: Paula
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Discover some tips and insights into book marketing via these tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include building an audience on YouTube, generating authentic book reviews, reviving ebook sales, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Five Ways to Generate Authentic Book Reviews

There are plenty of fake reviewers out there – amazingly enough, some of them even charge for their reviews. Here are some ways you can get more authentic reviews that will help your book:

http://michaelhardach.blogspot.com/2014/09/five-ways-to-generate-authentic-book.html

* The Secret to Publishing Success in the Era of Social Media: Teaming with Your Fellow Authors

If you view other authors as only competition, you could be missing out. Authors who collaborate on book promotion can get exposure and sales for everyone involved. Learn more:

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-secret-to-publishing-success-in-era.html

* 34 Blogging Topics Just for Writers

Do you have a case of blogger’s block? These ideas should get your creative juices flowing:

http://socialmediajustforwriters.com/34-blogging-topics-just-writers/

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* 30 Little-Known Features of Facebook, Twitter, and More

You can save links on Facebook to read later. Twitter allows you to create a custom timeline. Discover additional, helpful social media features:

http://blog.bufferapp.com/little-known-features-facebook-twitter-instagram

* How to Build an Audience on YouTube

There are more than 1 billion unique users watching video on YouTube every month. Here are some ways you can build an audience on the site:

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/how-build-audience-youtube

* Ebook Sales Down? Here Are 15 Tips!

At some point, your ebook sales will dip. But you don’t have to give up. J.A. Konrath offers some options for boosting ebook sales once again:

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2014/09/ebook-sales-down-here-are-15-tips.html

* How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon

In this interview on Denise Wakeman’s show, Adventures in Visibility, Penny Sansevieri talks about how to get more visibility on Amazon so you can sell more books:

https://soundcloud.com/denise-wakeman/adventures-in-visibility-how-to-sell-books-by-the-truckload-on-amazon

* 21 Power Tips to Get Your Blog Content Shared On Facebook & Twitter

When you publish blog posts, it’s only the beginning. You want people to read what you wrote. Here’s what you can do to get more people to share your posts:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2011/03/30/21-power-tips-to-get-your-blog-content-shared-on-facebook-twitter/

* Kill Me Now – What Do I Do About a Negative Review?

Bad reviews suck. They do. But you definitely don’t want to get into a battle with the reviewer because you will lose. Get some productive tips for dealing with negative reviews:

http://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2014/09/07/kill-me-now-what-do-i-do-about-a-negative-review/

* How Much Should You Charge For Your E-Book? 7 Questions to Help You Decide

There is no ideal price because several factors come into play when pricing ebooks. But these 7 questions will help you focus and make the best choice for your ebook:

http://www.makealivingwriting.com/how-much-should-you-charge-for-your-e-book-7-questions/



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – September 15, 2014
September 15, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. We have some great tips on book marketing, getting published, and writing this week. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Writing

Clare Lydon submitted Ten Truths for Writers posted at Clare Lydon, saying, “Ten universal truths you must acknowledge and live by if you want to be a successful writer.”

Terry Whalin submitted 5 Ways to Get Your Writing Unstuck posted at Terry Whalin, saying, “I give five ways to get unstuck with your writing and move forward.”

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Book Marketing

Mayowa Ajisafe submitted Is My Book Good Enough to Sell posted at Authors Crib, saying, “A post I wrote as a result of an email I got from a subscriber to my blog asking me if he should stop marketing his book because he doesn’t think his book is good enough. The post is written to tell authors out there to believe in what they do and never allow the impostor syndrome to sabotage their writing career.”

Sarah Bolme submitted Are You Making a List posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Humans love lists. For years David Letterman employed his ‘Top 10′ list nightly on his show. Lists are important. Learn how to use them in promoting your book.”

Kimberley Grabas submitted Email List Building Series (Part 5): Strategies to Grow Your List, Your Reach and Your Sales posted at Your Writer Platform, saying, “We’ve come to the final chapter in our list building series, with this 5th and final post challenging you to step up your game (and your book sales) by trying some pro level strategies to skyrocket your subscriber numbers. But before we get into it, let me ask you this question: Are you serious about building a career as a writer? If so, building an email list of targeted and engaged readers is one of THE MOST important things that you can do right now – even as a complete novice without a book in hand – to significantly increase your chances of “making it” as a writer. Don’t brush it off as something that can get done later – it’s much, much too important to get buried at the bottom of your to-do list.”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted How to Research an Agent posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “Whether you meet an agent in person, or look one up online, you have to do your research. Does the agent represent your genre? Is he/she they willing to take on new clients? Does she/he have a good track record for sales? Which publishers has the agent worked with? How does he/she treat clients? All of these questions are important, and all can be answered by researching agents online. These are the steps to take for researching an agent.”

That concludes this week’s carnival. Our weekly roundup offers the best book marketing, self-publishing, writing, and general publishing industry tips to guide authors, would-be authors, publishers and others on their book journey. Submit a post to our weekly carnival by using this link: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/submit-ame-blog-carnival/



Newsletter Publishing Best Practices
September 12, 2014by: Penny Sansevieri
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Welcome to part 2 in this series! Last week you read Why a Newsletter is a Marketing Must. This week we’re covering, newsletter publishing best practices. So, now that you have your newsletter in place, here are a few things that can really help grow your list:

Know your audience: While this might sound trite and a bit “duh,” it’s actually more important than you might think and, ironically, quite overlooked. Many authors and business owners who put out newsletters write more for themselves than for their audience.

This is a huge mistake as you can imagine because most of the time, your consumer won’t care about things the way you do.

Speak to their pain, their needs and their hot buttons and most important, know exactly who they are before you start cranking out newsletter copy.

Write to one person: I don’t know about you but writing “hello everyone” seems very impersonal and, kind of spammy. The other piece of this is if you create your newsletter with that one reader/fan/customer in mind, you’ll create a better newsletter.

Oh, and when it comes to the “from” line in your email, make sure it has your name, not your company name or book title.

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Other newsletters: It’s important to know what other folks are doing with their newsletters. This will help you learn what you like, what you don’t like, and what might work for your market.

Also, you want to really understand your space and other experts who share your arena.

Give them someone to write to: Make sure that your readers know who to contact, and invite them to share their opinions, feedback or ideas for future newsletters.

Subject lines: This is probably the most important part of any newsletter. They need to grab the reader’s attention, and if you know what your audience wants, the subject lines shouldn’t be hard. But they must speak to the needs of your reader.

Of all the things going on in their lives, as it relates to whatever you are selling, what’s their biggest need right now? Answer that and you’ve got a perfect subject line.

Who cares? Whether it’s a newsletter, a blog post, or a tweet, ask yourself: “Who cares?” If you can identify the person as your reader and the content as important enough to get them to care, then you have a good topic.

Remember, it’s not about you – in fact when it comes to creating great content and newsletters that rock, you don’t matter at all. Keep that in mind, and understand that this is about putting together a message that 100% benefits the people you are writing to.

Personal notes: What prompted this article was an email note I got this morning. The subject line said “A personal request,” which prompted me to open it. When I did the email started out with Dear….., and a bunch of spaces after the word “dear” because I had not entered my name into their system. Be really careful of this.

Not everyone enters their name into your email list when they sign up; if they don’t, you want to try and avoid these types of emails because they look a bit odd to the recipient. A subject line that said “A personal request” along with an email that was anything but personal caused me to unsubscribe right away.

Length: A lot of people say that they prefer shorter emails to longer ones. I say it really depends on your market. Our newsletter is pretty long but it’s packed with content, and I hear from authors all the time that they keep these issues, often printing them off.

Your market will dictate how long or short your newsletter should be and if you are following others in your market, this will tell you a lot.

Colors vs. text: I’m still a big fan of text-based newsletters. I know that folks will say that color works best but I still think that color newsletters can be harder to read on your phones and often wind up in spam filters.

A lot of people will be reading your newsletter on their iPad or phones so keep it simple.

Frequency & Consistency: How often you deliver your newsletter will generally depend on your consumer, but a good rule of thumb is once a month at a minimum and once a week at a maximum.

I would not recommend sending your end-user too many announcements and newsletters. Also, it’s a lot of content to create, so keep that in mind.

If you build a loyal following you can often create special blasts with more frequency and not lose readers, but remember that we’re all inundated with emails, so many times, less is more.

Also, be consistent. Pick a day and time that works for you and deliver on that promise.

Editing: Please make sure your newsletter is edited, this is so important. Remember that everything is your resume. I used to know a guy in publishing who put out a newsletter that said “this is not edited.”

I felt like it detracted from his message, especially when he backed up that statement with typos. Not good. If you don’t have time to send out an edited newsletter, you should consider whether or not you have the time for it at all.

Appeal to the “skimmers:” Most people skim email these days, so appeal to that. Use short paragraphs, bullet points and strong headlines. That way your reader can glance through the newsletter without having to sift through endless copy and get to the heart of what they are looking for.

Promote or not? I’m not a fan of a newsletter that’s all heavy promotion. You know the ones I mean, they scream “Look how fabulous I am” and then contain a lot of sales copy and special offers. I unsubscribe from those pretty quickly.

Ideally you want to strike a balance. Clearly you are doing this to promote yourself and you want your readers to know what you do, what your message, book, or product is about, and how they can get it.

You can and should talk about this in every issue but a healthy balance is 95% information and 5% sales. You’ll build customer loyalty much faster this way.

Having a solid base and a consistent way to communicate with your audience can really help to optimize and increase your bottom line.

A newsletter might seem like a lot of work, but in the end if it’s done right it will pay off in some pretty amazing ways.

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of September 8, 2014
September 12, 2014by: Paula
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Get some marketing ideas and insights from these popular book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include why newsletters are a marketing must, 5 don’ts of social media marketing, how to publish a book, and more. Happy marketing!

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* How Can Authors Stand Out on Social Media?

Take time to build relationships with your followers, for starters. Here are additional ideas:

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/how-can-you-stand-out-social-media

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* How to Publish a Book: 7 Tips From the Pros

It starts with writing the best book you can (don’t scrimp on editing!). Six more things you should know:

http://www.writersdigest.com/how-to-publish-a-book

* Should Writers Have a Website?

Opinions vary on this topic; some experts say authors are better off using social media. Get a different perspective:

http://www.writersedit.com/resources-for-writers/should-writers-have-website/

* 3 Secret Functions of Your Book’s Chapter Titles

You can use chapter titles to attract your audience, and much more:

http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2014/09/chapter-titles.html

* The Biggest Mistake New Writers Make and 5 Ways to Avoid It

Sure, you’re eager to be published and get your book to readers. Here’s why rushing is bad for your career:

http://annerallen.blogspot.com/2014/09/the-biggest-mistake-new-writers-make.html

* Study: Email STILL More Effective Than Social Media, SEO, Content Marketing

It’s an oldie but goodie as far as marketing goes: email. It’s the best way to make direct connections. Learn why:

http://www.mediabistro.com/alltwitter/email-social-media-seo-content-marketing_b58840

* Top 5 DON’Ts of Social Media Marketing

Claim your name on social media (before anyone else!). Learn what else you can do so you spend your time wisely:

http://www.socialmediatoday.com/content/top-5-donts-social-media-marketing

* Why a Newsletter is a Marketing Must

There’s no more direct or effective method for keeping in touch with your fans:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/newsletter-marketing-must/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of September 1, 2014
September 5, 2014by: Paula
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Here are some hot topics in book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others, that will provide some valuable tips and resources. The issues covered include top 30 websites for indie authors, tools to help indie authors find readers, an update on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Top 30 Websites for Indie Authors

There’s a lot of great advice out there for authors, and this is a list of blogs and bloggers that offer some really useful information on a regular basis. Be sure to check these sites out:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/top-30-websites-indie-authors/

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* Put Calls to Action in the Back Of Your Books to Sell More Books 

This form of marketing is a great way to connect with your readers and ask them to take action. Learn what you can include in the back of your book:

http://bookmarketingtools.com/blog/put-calls-to-action-in-the-back-of-your-books/

* 8 Important Questions to Ask Before You Publish Your Book

When you ask (and answer) the right questions, you’ll know if it’s a good time to publish. And, you’ll be able to focus your marketing efforts:

http://www.makealivingwriting.com/8-important-questions-before-you-publish-book/

* The Top 10 Publishing Mistakes Every Author Should Avoid

All authors should be aware of these issues before publishing a book:

http://www.smallbusinesspr.com/pr-learning-center/small-biz-articles/Top-10-Mistakes-Every-Author-Should-Avoid.html

* 6 Ways the Pros Solve Writers Block 

Has your writing muse gone on vacation? It can happen, but learn what the pros do when the words aren’t flowing:

http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/6-ways-the-pros-solve-writers-block.html

* 110+ Tools to Help Indie Authors Find Readers/Reviewers

This list is a great resource (and it’s updated too!):

http://www.digitalpubbing.com/7-strategies-and-94-tools-to-help-indie-authors-find-readers-and-reviewers/

* 10 Social Media Rules Every Author Needs to Know

Get a rundown of basic social media etiquette for authors:

http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2014/09/social-media-monday10-social-media.html

* Taking a Closer Look at Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited

This is a nice overview of how the program works, along with pros and cons of joining Kindle Unlimited:

http://www.digitalpubbing.com/taking-a-closer-look-at-amazons-kindle-unlimited/



AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – September 1, 2014
September 1, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This week’s edition features some great tips on book marketing, social media, writing, and getting published. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Writing

Chrys Fey submitted Writing About: A Wedding posted at Write With Fey, saying, “This post is going to provide tips on how to write the ceremony and reception, but if you want to, you can certainly write about the months and moments leading up to the wedding if you want.”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted Agents Seeking Paranormal Romance Writers posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity saying, “There are many reputable agents looking to represent paranormal romance. All of these agents are accepting queries as of this writing. (Links are included.)”

A. Jarrell submitted 3 Quick Tips for Submitting to Lit Mags posted at Hidden Clearing Books, saying, “Three quick reminders for authors submitting to literary magazines and publishers to help increase their chances of getting published.”

Book Marketing

Clare Lydon submitted Public Speaking for Authors: Top Ten Tips posted at Clare Lydon, saying, “Top ten tips for authors doing a book reading – conquer your stage fright and impress your audience!”

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Social Media

Dee Ann Waite submitted Stop Stalking and Start Communicating posted at Dee Ann Waite, saying, “The post is a short, concise chunk of advice on how to help your social media network work for you.”

That concludes this week’s carnival. Our weekly roundup offers the best book marketing, self-publishing, writing, and general publishing industry tips to guide authors, would-be authors, publishers and others on their book journey. Submit a post to our weekly carnival by using this link: http://www.amarketingexpert.com/submit-ame-blog-carnival/



Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of August 25, 2014
August 29, 2014by: Paula
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We’re highlighting some top book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others, to help you with your book promotion efforts. The topics include becoming media friendly to sell more books, reaching readers via your local library, creating the perfect book title, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 8 Important Questions to Ask Before You Publish Your Book

When you ask the right questions, you’ll be able to focus your marketing on the right target audience:

http://www.makealivingwriting.com/8-important-questions-before-you-publish-book/

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* How to Reach Readers via Your Library

Several authors explain how they found success with their local libraries:

http://www.selfpublishingadvice.org/local-library/

* 8 Essential Tips for a Successful Book Reading by a Self-Published Author

What should an author expect from his or her first reading?

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2014/05/judy-croome/

* 12 Twitter Marketing Tips From the Pros

Learn about the latest Twitter marketing strategies so you can get the most out of the network:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/12-twitter-marketing-tips/

* 5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Book Title

There are several factors to consider when it’s time to give your book a title:

http://terryodell.com/five-tips-for-titles/

* What Do You Do With Those Fab Book Blurbs After You Get Them?

Think visual – you want everyone to see what others say about your book:

http://buildbookbuzz.com/use-book-blurbs-to-build-buzz/

* Do Authors Really Need a Blog?

This question still crops up, and the general consensus is yes. Here’s why:

http://jumpingfromcliffs.com/2014/08/19/do-i-really-need-a-blog/

* Why Self-Published Books Look Self-Published

There are some common errors that occur in self-published books. Learn what to avoid:

http://www.thebookdesigner.com/2012/08/why-self-published-books-look-self-published/

* How to be Media Friendly to Sell More Books

Make it easy for the media to help you promote your books:

http://buildbookbuzz.com/how-to-be-media-friendly-to-sell-more-books/





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