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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – July 7, 2014
July 7, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to this week’s Author Marketing Experts’ Blog Carnival. This week we have some great tips on getting published, writing, book marketing, and social media. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Social Media

Lorna Collins submitted Facebook 101 – Part 1 – The Basics posted at Lorna Collins, saying, “Confused about Facebook? You’re not alone. Today’s blog may help dispel some of the mystery.”

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Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme submitted Re-Purposing posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Re-purposing is a technique for gaining more exposure for your books.”

Writing

Chrys Fey submitted Eliminate Redundancies posted at Write With Fey, saying, “This is a short post serving as a reminder to eliminate redundancies. Why should you want to eliminate redundancies in your writing? Well because they are redundant!”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo submitted 2 New Agents Seeking Clients posted at Publishing… And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “New agents are a boon to writers. They are enthusiastic, helpful, and they go the extra mile for their clients. What’s more many new agents have interned with well-known agencies, and already have contacts in major publishing houses.”

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/



A Special Thank You to Our Troops
July 3, 2014by: Penny
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Over the Christmas holiday we got together and made holiday care packages for the troops. You can read more about it here:

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We’re happy to share some of the photos we got back from these amazing soldiers!

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Would you look at that? They set up a stocking wall using the stuffed stockings AME sent over. That truly warms our hearts.

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These heroes, fighting for our country, spend so many holidays away from family and miss out on momentous events in their loved ones lives. We cannot thank them enough for the sacrifices they make.

It is incredibly gratifying to see that the small gesture AME made brought such huge smiles to our troops faces, and hopefully made the holidays a little brighter and a little more like home.

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We LOVE that some of the decorations AME sent were used to bling out holiday sweaters!

Units aren’t often authorized budgets to send fun or spirit lifting items overseas to their deployed soldiers. Whether it is a hand written letter, a care package, or a simple thank you card, there are tons of ways we can give back to these amazing folks and show them the love and support they most definitely deserve.

Here at AME we love giving back, it’s so important, and this project is something near and dear to our hearts.  I mean, we owe it to them, don’t we?

Do you want to get involved? Check out some of these programs that make it simple to show our troops the support and encouragement they deserve. We promise you’ll be glad you did!

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And if you’re looking for ways to support our veterans at home, there are tons of great programs. We all know that these heroes continue to fight battles even after they return home, and many have scars we cannot see.

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – June 30, 2014
June 30, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to the Author Marketing Experts Blog Carnival. This week we’re sharing some great posts about social media, book marketing, and self-publishing. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Self-Publishing

Colin Dunbar submitted Format a Book in Word: Global Settings posted at Format Book in Word, saying, “Naturally, the quality of the content of your book is the number 1 priority. But when you format your book, the layout of your content, structure and readability is just as important as the content itself.”

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Social Media

Erica Verrillo submitted Disengaging from Readers: Dealing with Trolls, Cyber-bullies, and Other Web Cranks posted at Publishing … And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “Engagement, as a marketing term, means getting someone to buy something or exhibit interest in your product in some tangible way. If you are a writer, engagement means getting someone to buy your book, or write a review. If you are a blogger, it means traffic to your blog. If you have launched an author website or Facebook page, it means having people visit, read your page(s), and make return visits. If you are a budding author here are a few simple rules to follow when embarking on ‘engagement.’ ”

Book Marketing

Frances Caballo submitted Chasing the Elusive Shareable Content posted at Social Media Just for Writers, saying, “We know certain characteristics of highly shareable content: you need captivating images, great videos, and limited text. However, what may be a captivating image to me might be be to another person. In this post I share my experiments with content as I find to find the “magic” formula for highly shareable content.”

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 June 23, 2014
June 27, 2014by: Paula
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This roundup of top book marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others, offers plenty of ideas and inspiration. The topics include using Goodreads’ “Ask the Author” feature, building an email list, using hashtags to get traffic to your website, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Want to Traditionally Publish? Here are 8 Things You Need to Know

Make sure you avoid these mistakes because they could disqualify your book if you want to be considered by a traditional publisher:

http://bit.ly/1q57As3

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* Twitter Guide for Writers & Illustrators

This is the ultimate guide for using Twitter, starting with the basics, along with tips on networking, promotion, and marketing on Twitter:

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* 5 Twitter Tools to Increase Your Blog Retweets

There are some terrific plugins that are easy to install and give your followers a simple way to share your posts:

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* Marketing for You, the Indie Author – Building an Email List

One author explains his methods for building an email list, and now he can sell direct to readers:

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* How to Approach and Pitch Social Media Influencers

There is a method for building relationships with key people who are influencers in your niche. Here’s what you should do:

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* 4 Ways to Rock Goodreads’ New ‘Ask The Author’ Feature

Have you checked out this author tool? It can be a great way to connect with readers:

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* 3 Hot Social PR Trends and How to Use Them

Learn how to leverage the connection between social media and PR:

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* 13 Blog Post Blunders You Should Avoid (And What to Do Instead)

Discover how you can make your blog one of the success stories – starting with giving your blog focus:

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* Hashtags are Great for SEO

When you use hashtags you also send marketing traffic to your social media site or blog:

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – June 23, 2014
June 23, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to the Author Marketing Experts Blog Carnival. This week we’ve got some great posts on writing, and book marketing, to share. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Writing

Katie McCoach submitted The Allure of the Cliffhanger posted at Katie McCoach, saying, “How do you write a cliffhanger without ticking off your reader? These tips will help!”

Evelyn Brooks submitted How to Overcome Writer’s Block posted at Evelyn Roberts Brooks, saying, “Tips to overcome writer’s block, plus a special gift of affirmations (MP3) and affirmation cards for writers.”

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Book Marketing

Frances Caballo submitted Writers: Use Visuals to Market Your Books posted at Social Media Just for Writers, saying, “This post explains why visual are important for creating shareable content and then explains how to use Canva to create compelling visuals for blogs and social media.”

Kimberley Grabas submitted 39 Things to Remember While Struggling to Build Your Writing Career posted at Your Writer Platform saying, “When you’re knee-deep in the tangle of learning something new, it’s easy to get lost in trivialities. What’s important and what’s not? What deserves your attention, and what can you let go of? Overwhelm stalls your forward progress, frustration rises (maybe even a little panic?) and the wave of ‘I’ll never figure this out,’ washes over. And since the rules are rapidly changing, there is a constant struggle to pull yourself from the quagmire of the ‘unimportant,’ and focus on what’s truly relevant to crafting a long and successful writing career. Take a deep breath. Building your career as a writer is no small task. But it’s too important not to figure out. To ease the tension and guide you along your path, the following is a list of gentle reminders of what really matters. Things you probably already know, but have forgotten or abandoned while striving to build your author empire.”

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 June 16, 2014
June 20, 2014by: Paula
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Get some great tips from these top marketing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how to find enough time for promotion, changes to Amazon categories, ways to build your writing career, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 39 Things to Remember While Building Your Writing Career

Get some guidance on the things that matter, and the things you can cast aside:

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* Four Debut Novelists on Elevator Pitches, Getting an Agent, and Writing Your First Book

See what they say about pitching books, non-literary writing influences, and how to navigate the literary world:

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* Innovative Ways to Market Your eBook

If you want your eBook to stand out, Guy Kawasaki has some ideas worth considering:

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* Tips to Help Keep Your Email Out of the Spam Folder

Email can be a great marketing tool, but you do need to know how to avoid having your email labeled as spam:

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* Must Read: Big Changes for Amazon Categories

In the ever-changing world of Amazon, categories have been replaced by themes. Learn how they work:

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* What’s at the End of Your Book? Use This Opportunity to Engage with Readers!

The end of your book is the perfect place to market to your readers. Some great ideas from Otis Chandler of Goodreads:

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* Authors Who Say “I Don’t Have Enough Time for Promotion” Are Doomed to Fail

You have to make the time, but the good news is you can build a fan base in 30 minutes a day. Here’s how:

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – June 16, 2014
June 16, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to the Author Marketing Experts Blog Carnival. This week we’ve got insights on writing, and social media. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Writing

Chrys Fey submitted How to Create a Heroine of Steel posted at Write with Fey, saying, “In your story, make the heroine’s role important. Give her big things to do. Don’t just have her fall in love with the hero, or rely on him to save her. Make her as physically strong and as smart as the hero.”

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Social media

Erica Verrillo submitted Platform, Shmatform: Social Media – How Numbers Lie posted at Publishing … And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “We live in an age where online popularity has the ridiculous ability to control major business decisions or determine someone’s career. Yet, there’s never been a time when big numbers can be inflated so easily and deceptively.”

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 June 9, 2014
June 13, 2014by: Paula
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Learn from these social media and publishing tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include social media tricks, Pinterest ideas, a book launch checklist, and more. Happy marketing!

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* How to Choose Keywords for Your Book on Amazon

Did you know your keywords show up in Google as well as on Amazon? Learn how to select the right keywords for your book:

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* Book Launch Checklist

There are so many components to publishing a book. This handy checklist will walk you through pre-publication to the final product – your book:

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* Pinterest Ideas for the Indie Author

Authors are turning to Pinterest for promotion because the site offers so many opportunities. This terrific list is great to use, either for the examples or for brainstorming your own ideas:

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* 7 Social Media Tricks You Haven’t Heard Before

Do you know how to feature positive fan comments on your timeline? Learn how – along with several other cool ideas:

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* 5 Mistakes You’ll Make on the Way to Publishing Success

There’s a lot to learn when you decide to publish a book. The first is rushing to publish. Learn from each of these examples:

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* 10 Ways to Test Market Your Nonfiction Book Idea Before You Publish

These tips will prevent you from getting too far along in the publishing process; learn how to get feedback that will guide you. Think of it as nonfiction R&D:

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AME Blog Carnival: Tips and Tricks for Writers and Authors – June 9, 2014
June 9, 2014by: Paula
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Welcome to the Author Marketing Experts Blog Carnival. We’ve got insights on book marketing, websites, and writing. Thank you to this week’s contributors!

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents Don’t Overlook This Marketing Opportunity posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Many self-published authors don’t think about this great marketing venue.”

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Frances Caballo presents 18 LinkedIn Best Practices for Writers posted at Social Media Just for Writers, saying, “In this post, I review statistics, character limits, and 18 best practices for writers using LinkedIn.”

Writing

Erica Verrillo presents Getting an Agent: Schmooze or You Lose posted at Publishing…And Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “It’s a sad fact of life – but getting your work into print is all about who you know. But if you don’t know anybody, don’t jump off a bridge – yet. You can meet people in the industry rather easily. Here is a list of great places to meet agents, editors, and other authors. A big smile and a bit of charm can go far.”

Websites

Walsh Group presents 10 Signs Your Website Needs an Update posted at The Walsh Group Blog, saying, “There’s a cliché floating around about websites- that they’re the “new business cards”. While this analogy can be useful, thinking about your business’ website in this way may skew your understanding of how it functions in one crucial respect. A website is, or at least should be, a dynamic, ever changing entity. A respectable website is one that is updated frequently.”

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/

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of June 2, 2014
June 6, 2014by: Paula
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Gain some book marketing insights from these top tweets, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include getting more out of Amazon, staying motivated when book sales are slow, achieving your writing goals, and more. Happy marketing!

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* Five Secrets to Achieving Your Writing Goals

While there’s no magic button you can press, there are steps you can take so you stop thinking about your writing, and you start doing:

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* Twitter Trumps Facebook For Driving Book Sales

An analytics service examines online activity and its relationship to book sales. The results are quite interesting:

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* 5 Marketing Strategies for Writers Who Hate Promoting Their Own Work

Even if you’re an introvert, or are just uncomfortable with marketing, these tips will help you set achievable goals:

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* Getting More Out of Amazon: Using a URL to Get Traffic to Your Book Page

Take advantage of ways to maximize your exposure on Amazon. This video will show you how:

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* What Authors Should Know: Proofreading Matters

Although this message appears frequently, it bears repeating:

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* When Book Sales are Slow, How to Stay Motivated

Don’t lose hope if your book sales seem to stall. There are plenty of things you can do to get back on track:

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