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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of Nov. 18, 2013
November 22, 2013by: Paula
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We’ve collected some top book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include why you should sell your book on your website, how to establish yourself as an expert, ideas for a successful book launch, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 5 Reasons Authors Need to Use Social Media for Book Marketing

More than half of adults use social media, so it makes sense that you’ll find your readers on various social media platforms. But there are additional reasons to use social media for promotion:

http://marketyourbookblog.com/social-media-book-marketing/

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* How to Make The Most Of Direct Sales of Your Books From Your Website

All of the online retailers that allow you to sell your book on their sites are worth using; but don’t overlook selling books on your website. Here’s how:

http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2013/11/07/direct-sales/

* How to Be Perceived as an Expert in Your Field, 5 Steps

It’s really not that difficult to establish yourself as an expert. These tips will help you get started:

http://michaelhyatt.com/how-to-be-perceived-as-an-expert-in-your-field.html

* Pinterest for Writers: Another Way to Waste Time with Social Media?

If you’re thinking of using Pinterest for book promotion, learn some of the pros and cons first:

http://www.theloneliestplanet.com/2013/11/pinterest-for-writers-another-way-to.html

* How to Market Your Book: 6 Components of a Successful Book Launch

These steps will guide you through what you should do to promote and market your book when it’s published:

http://selfmadewriter.blogspot.com/2013/11/how-to-market-your-book-six-components.html

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – November 18, 2013
November 18, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the November 18, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got a range of topics in this week’s carnival, from book marketing, book sales, self-publishing, writing, and more. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Book Marketing

Sarah Bolme presents Lesson from a Garage Sale posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Read what I learned about marketing books from my latest garage sale.”

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Book Sales

Rich Page presents Just Launched: My Conversion Rate Optimization Toolbox! posted at Rich Page: Website Optimizer, saying, “This new free website conversion rate optimization toolbox is packed with guides and PDFs to help you sell many more books on your website.”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo presents Four Publishing Houses That Take Submissions Directly From Writers posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, saying, “It is becoming increasingly rare to find publishing houses that will accept manuscripts directly from writers. But for some genres, you don’t need an agent to get published. Here are four publishers that will accept manuscripts directly from authors.”

Self-Publishing

Katie McCoach presents Developmental Editing: What is it Exactly? posted at Katie McCoach Editorial, saying, “The editorial process of the developmental edit may vary from editor to editor, however the idea is the same – work with an author to help the author create the best possible story they can. This article explains 5 things a developmental editor can do for you.”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: War posted at Write With Fey, saying, “TEN TIPS on how to write about fictional war in your book.”

Vikk Simmons presents Good Housekeeping writing contest wants memoir posted at Down the Writer’s Path, saying, “Looking for a big glossy magazine writing contest? None better than Glamour’s Magazine with a $5,000 prize package.”

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 Nov. 11, 2013
November 15, 2013by: Paula
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What can you do to boost your marketing? We’ve got some top book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how to get Google authorship, ways to increase Facebook fan engagement, how fiction writers can develop an online platform, and more. Best of luck with your marketing efforts!

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* Yes, Fiction Writers Can Develop Awesome Online Platforms, Too

Learn how to create an online presence and build a relationship with readers:

http://thewritelife.com/yes-fiction-writers-can-develop-awesome-online-platforms-too/

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* Twitter: Make Every Tweet Count

Discover how you can make more of your tweets break through and get noticed:

http://heidicohen.com/twitter-make-every-tweet-count-research/

* Why Every Self-Published Book Needs an Editor

What you should know about the different types of editors, and how you can find a good editor for your book:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/authors/pw-select/article/59767-why-all-self-publishers-need-a-good-editor.html

* 10 Powerful Tips to Increase Fan Engagement on Facebook

Ongoing Facebook research offers great insights into how you can get more out of Facebook promotions:

http://www.jeffbullas.com/2012/02/29/10-powerful-tips-to-increase-fan-engagement-on-facebook/

* Why Google Authorship Is So Important

Get your face – and articles – front and center in Google search results. Here’s how:

http://socialmediatoday.com/leo-widrich/1892711/why-google-authorship-so-important-content-you-create-and-how-set-it

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – November 11, 2013
November 11, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the November 11, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have a nice mix of tips for book sales, getting published, book marketing, and writing. Thank you to all of the contributors.

Book Marketing

Hazel L Longuet presents Book Cover Designers: Friday’s Fab Five posted at A Novel Experience, saying, “No one can seem to agree exactly how much weight the book cover contributes to overall book sales but everyone agrees it’s a heavy puncher. The embedded slideshow has some interesting stats on the impact of design on sales and they support its importance. So here are 5 of the best cover design resources…”

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Book Sales

Martin Poldma presents How to Write Your First Sales Letter in 9 Steps posted at Success and Personal Development Blog, saying, “This is an article about how to write your very first sales letter, in which I explain the main formula that most top copywriters use to sell their products.”

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo presents Random House Opens Its Doors to Self-Publishers, Perhaps posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity.

Writing

JeanNicole Rivers presents Elements of a Character Study  posted at JeanNicole Rivers.

Chrys Fey presents Plagiarism is NOT Writing! posted at Write With Fey, saying, “Plagiarism is the act of stealing someone else’s written words and passing them off as your own. In this article I talk about what is okay when it comes to getting inspiration and what isn’t okay when you’re writing.”

Lynn Hooghiemstra presents Talking it Over posted at Just one more word, saying, “Some thoughts on the collaborative nature of what we like to think of as the lonely profession of writing.”

Vikk Simmons presents Picture book ideas – Where are they? posted at Down the Writer’s Path, saying, “Finding ideas is a problem for some and not for others. Check out these ideas when your idea generator is stuck. Sources work for many topics. Sometimes you just need to prod it a bit and then the ideas stream in.”

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 Nov. 4, 2013
November 8, 2013by: Paula
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Get some ideas for promotion with this roundup of book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include how to get more retweets, social media tools to check out, how to sell more books before Christmas, and more. Happy marketing!

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* 5 Top Things to Consider Before You Write & Self-Publish a Book

This checklist will help you focus on the whys of writing your book, and that will help you market your book effectively:

http://publicityhound.com/blog/5-top-things-to-consider-before-you-write-and-self-publish-a-book-and-why-publicists-should-care

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* Holiday Crunch Time! How to Sell More Books Before Christmas

While online promotion is important, the holidays also offer some terrific offline marketing opportunities for your book:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/penny-c-sansevieri/holiday-crunch-time-how-t_b_4212202.html

* Content Is King, But Distribution Is Queen and She Wears the Pants

It’s not about producing more content, or better content; what matters is promoting your content so it’s well distributed (and seen) online:

http://socialmediatoday.com/cpollittiu/1853976/content-king-distribution-queen-and-she-wears-pants

* 25 Useful Social Media Tools & Apps Worth Checking Out

When you use good social media tools, your social media marketing becomes much easier and more manageable:

http://socialmediatoday.com/douglaskarr/1884001/infographic-25-awesome-social-media-tools

* 7 Ways Twitter Can Help Juice Your Content Creation

Here are some good ideas for Twitter content as well as ways you can promote your content on the site:

http://blog.hubspot.com/marketing/ways-twitter-juice-content-creation-list

* Authors, Not Getting Retweets? Maybe It’s Your Word Choice. Learn What’s RTd the Most

Check out this list of the 20 most retweetable words on Twitter, and get some ideas for increasing your retweets:

http://buildbookbuzz.com/how-to-get-retweeted/

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – November 4, 2013
November 4, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the November 4, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We have some great posts about self-publishing, writing, and getting published. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Getting Published

Erica Verrillo presents Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity: Writers Are from Venus, Agents Are from Mars posted at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity.

Self-Publishing

Sarah Bolme presents The Inside Does Matter posted at Marketing Christian Books, saying, “Interior layout and design of your book is important. Read why.”

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Writing

Arthur Burlo presents P.E.A.C.E: The Basis for Creating High Quality Money Earning Websites posted at The Money Earning Sites Central, saying, “Hi, I wrote this piece about producing blogs with high quality content and articles. Like all my write ups, it’s written with a touch of humor, but focuses upon five serious and fundamental aspects of quality content writing: passion, effort, action, competence and effectiveness (PEACE for short). It’s the same formula I use when I publish my work on newspapers and has always worked wonders for me. Thanks!”

Chrys Fey presents Writing About: A President posted at Write With Fey, saying, “The most difficult character a writer could ever create is a president. Being a president is the toughest job any person could ever have, and trying to mimic that even in fiction is not easy!”

Jon presents The Perfect Way To Fail posted at COMFORT PIT, saying, “Drawing on modern psychological research and case studies from art history, The Perfect Way To Fail teaches us about the perils of perfectionism and the hidden advantages that accompany failure. The article also includes original concepts such as Quantity Theory and Magnum Opus Technique which provide principles that writers can fit to their own process instead of rigid instructions that may clash with their pre-existing schema.”

Leslie Miller presents A Crash Course on Showing vs. Telling posted at Leslie Miller, Wordsmith.

Book Marketing

Joel Friedlander presents Why You Should Be Blogging Your Origin Story posted at The Book Designer, saying, “This article discusses why creating articles for your blog about your professional origins could be important in helping you meet your publishing goals.”

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 Oct. 28, 2013
November 1, 2013by: Paula
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Get some book promotion ideas with these top book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include pitching yourself as an expert to the media, creating social media posts for different platforms, enhancing your social media profile, and more. Happy marketing!

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* What Social Media Means for Your Marketing

Using social media means more than just “being there.” Making connections matters:

http://wikimotive.com/infographics/social-media-means-marketing-infographic/

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* The Top 3 Rules of Social Media for Authors

Social media is about sharing valuable, useful information with your followers, not spamming:

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/10/the-top-3-rules-of-social-media-for-authors/

* Social Media Content Strategy: Creating Posts on Different Platforms

Each site has a different personality – this infographic is a handy resource for creating effective social media posts across platforms:

http://socialmediatoday.com/peter-trapasso/1850816/social-media-content-strategy-how-create-your-posts-infographic

* 26 Tips to Enhance Your Social Media Profiles

Make sure you have an engaging profile that is up-to-date so your profile appeals to followers:

http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/26-tips-for-your-social-network-profiles/

* How to Pitch Yourself as an Expert to the Media

What you must know to create pitches that promote you (and your book) effectively:

http://www.thedailymuse.com/toolsskills/how-to-pitch-yourself-as-an-expert-to-the-media/

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – October 28, 2013
October 28, 2013by: Paula
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Welcome to the October 28, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got insights into book publishing, book publicity, social media, and writing in this issue. Thank you to all of the contributors!

Book Publishing

Christina George presents The Biggest Conspiracy in Publishing posted at The Publicist, saying, “Reality bites. Especially in this case. It’s far easier to drum up some wild idea that someone is stealing your book sales than to admit the truth: your book isn’t selling. Period. End of story.”

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Book Publicity

ebele presents How to live life on your own terms (Interview with James Clear) posted at Street-side Convos, saying, “We cover a variety of topics on entrepreneurship and creativity including; A risk-free way to start off on your creative journey. Is an MBA useful for entrepreneurship or not? How do you get people to take action? What does the creative mindset look like? What is the difference between entrepreneurs and others? When do you quit and when do you keep trying? The benefits and the sacrifices of the journey. How to stay mentally centered. How to deal with setbacks.”

Social Media

Jon Rhodes presents How To Promote The Hell Out Of Your New Blog Post posted at Affiliate Help!, saying, “Read this article if you wish to learn some powerful techniques to marketing your new blog posts online.”

Writing

Chrys Fey presents Chrys’ Writing Rules: Avoid Cliches posted at Write With Fey, saying, “To editors, aside from poor grammar, there is probably nothing worse than overused cliches. Sometimes, we aren’t even aware we are using them, and sometimes they are hard to escape . . .”

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Best of the Web Book Marketing Tips for the Week of Oct. 21, 2013
October 25, 2013by: Paula
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We’ve put together a collection of some top book marketing tweets from the past week, courtesy of bloggers, marketers, authors and others. The topics include tips to pitch your book, an Amazon hack to drive traffic to your page, how readers might find your author website, and more. Best of luck with your marketing efforts!

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* 5 Tips to Promote Online Events Using Social Media

Here’s how you can fight through the promotional noise so people can discover your event:

http://socialtimes.com/5-tips-to-promote-online-events-using-social-media_b136873

* Tips for Pitching Your Book

People have short attention spans so you’ll want a nice, concise pitch:

http://nailyournovel.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/3-ish-tips-for-pitching-your-book/ 

* How to Find, Monitor, and Engage Your Twitter Audience

These quick and easy methods will help you find good people to follow and cultivate on Twitter:

http://socialmediatoday.com/benortiz21/1834196/twitter-tips-how-find-monitor-and-engage-your-audience

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* Amazon Hack: Driving Traffic to Your Page With a Simple URL 

Learn how you can combine keywords into a url that will get more people to visit your Amazon page:

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/amazon-hack-driving-traffic-page-simple-url/

* 101 Blogging Tips for Beginners and Beyond

Don’t let the prospect of blogging overwhelm you. Here’s what you can do:

http://socialmediatoday.com/belcusi/1844421/101-blogging-tips-tricks-balancing-act

* 21 Ways a Reader Might Find Your Author Website

This is a great list that will help you understand how people find authors online:

http://blog.bookbaby.com/2013/10/21-ways-a-reader-might-find-your-author-website/

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AME Blog Carnival: tips and tricks for writers and authors – October 21, 2013
October 23, 2013by: Paula
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(Editor’s note: Due to a glitch on the Blog Carnival site, we were not able to post this carnival on Monday, Oct. 21. We apologize for the delay, and hopefully future Blog Carnivals will appear every Monday as planned!)

Welcome to the October 21, 2013 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors. We’ve got some great tips on writing for this week’s issue. We hope you enjoy it, and thank you to the contributors!

Writing

Bryan Chau presents Putting The M.C. Hammer On Grammar posted at Success Pen Pal, saying, “grammar, writing, speaking, success, etc.”

writer typewriter keys2Chrys Fey presents Writing About: A Wound posted at Write With Fey, saying, “To write about a wound there are four steps you need to follow.”

David McSweeney presents How To Smash Through Writer’s Block (With Optional Jaffa Cakes) posted at Top 5 SEO, saying, “Hi, I wrote up this article on how I deal with writer’s block (includes a video). I’m a blogger, aspiring author and songwriter… so I’ve had my fair share of it over the years!”

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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