Welcome to the August 13, 2012 edition of tips and tricks for writers and authors, with insights into book marketing, social media, and writing. Thank you to everyone who submitted a blog post!
Phyllis Zimbler Miller presents SCBWI Conference: Amazon Cares About Authors — Internet Marketing posted at Miller Mosaic Social Media Marketing.
Donna Huber presents Goodreads for Authors posted at The Indie Exchange, saying, “Goodreads.com is a social media site with a number of options for authors to reach readers. With over 9 million users, Goodreads should be part of your pre-publication plans. In this article, I share the publicity options available through the author program.”
Florence Osmund presents New Author Advice posted at Florence Osmund, saying, “Included are sixteen articles about various aspects of writing (show don’t tell, character development, point of view, to name a few) intended for new authors.”
Toni presents The Slap-Your-Head-Simple Secret For Selling More Books posted at Duolit, saying, “The recent wannabe-blockbuster Battleship made back only 30% of its production budget. A genuine flop. For a big movie studio, that’s a disappointment, but not the end of the world.
As an author, however, making only 30 cents for every dollar spent could prevent you from ever publishing again. Unfortunately, book flops are common. An oft-cited statistic is that 80% of published books (indie or traditional) sell fewer than 100 copies.
Luckily, we know why. And we’re going to show you how to avoid the same fate!”
Mark Matthews presents Like Having My Ashes Scattered Before I’m Passed posted at Writing, Running, And the Human Experience, saying, “As a runner and a writer, I compare the restrictive nature of publishing to training for a marathon but then being told you can not run, and then discuss how Indie publishing is a new set of freedom. To further the analogy, I call reader reviews as the “splits” and times on our watches that are used to gauge progress, and how hard an indie writer needs to work to get noticed. The post is humorous, a bit self-promoting, but easy for a writer to relate to.
Having bits of myself sprinkled in my novels I compare to ‘having my ashes scattered before I pass.’ ”
Eldon Sarte presents Do Your Book One Hill at a Time posted at Braintropolis, saying, “Wrote this a while back, but a few folks seem to like it, periodically sending me wonderful feedback about it. Originally appeared on my Wordpreneur blog, and transferred to Braintropolis, where I now put my more personal stuff.”
Karen M. Rider presents The Writer’s Bio Line: Your Personal Elevator Pitch posted at Soul of a Writer, saying, “For most writers, who spend hours upon hours alone with their stories, being asked to write a personal elevator pitch sends us into a mental frenzy: What do I say? What don’t I say? How do I say it? Is that the right word? I do so many things, what do I leave out? Do I include my blog address or just my website? Does a website count as a word?
Follow these simple steps to write an awesome personal elevator pitch– without sweatin’ it!”
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