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As 2010 winds down, we’ll spend the last few days of this year sharing some of our best and most timely insights of the past year, covering social media, blogging, book events, pitching and so much more!

How’s Your Online Reputation?

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For years Google alerts has been great for watching what’s being said about you online. But now there are a few other players, check out these online reputation management tools. They’re a great way to keep track of what’s being said about you, your book and/or product online:’s-your-online-reputation

The Top 30 US Media Markets

A lot of people refer to the “Top 30 US Media Markets.” Some of them are pretty easy, like New York and Los Angeles; the others might surprise you. Why is this important? Because publishing houses typically focus on the top 10-30 markets when they are pushing an author to the media. If you’re in one of those markets and having a hard time finding someone to cover your story, that might be why. Consider alternative towns/cities nearby that don’t fall within this list:

Everything Is Your Resume

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When you put something online, it can almost live forever. That means that we have to be careful what we share, what we say, and the footprints we leave online. A bad first impression is tough to recover from, and in some cases it might not just mean a lost sale but a lost media opportunity. Here are a few guidelines to consider when forging your success online!

Fifty Things Under $50 to Promote Your Book

These days it seems like everyone’s book marketing budget is a little tighter. If you’re feeling the pinch, or if you’re just looking for some great free stuff to do on your own, here are some tips that can help keep you on track:

10 Ways to Rock on Social Media and Still Have a Life

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It’s true: social media is here – and there goes your life! Well, maybe not entirely but it sure seems that way sometimes, doesn’t it? If you’ve held off joining the social media party because you were worried about what a time suck it would be, take heart! There are a lot of authors who feel the same way. If you are worried about the time commitment, let’s take a look at how you can do this without dumping too much of your time into this effort. An author’s still gotta write, right?

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