Authority Publishing has published a great article about social media by Stephanie Chandler. Chandler points out exactly what we’ve been saying all along… social media isn’t the cure all for your marketing woes. She says “Recently I was talking about social media with a friend, who happens to be an executive for one of the largest PR firms in the country. He said, “Social media is not transactional. We tell our clients not to expect social media to be about generating sales. It’s about so much more.” I couldn’t agree more, yet I speak with authors frequently who want social media to be the solution to their marketing woes.” Read the full article to learn more.
“People talk about books that write themselves, and it’s a lie. Books don’t write themselves. It takes thought and research and backache and notes and more time and more work than you’d believe.”
― Neil Gaiman, Smoke and Mirrors
From the author of “The Author’s Quick Guides…” comes an interesting article about critical book reviews. Every author has received a critical book review at one time or another. Our first inclination is to feel upset and think “How dare they…” but truly what an author should feel is gratitude. No book is perfect and a critical review can help an author pinpoint his or her imperfections and weak spots so that they can either revise the book or do a better job with the next book.
The moral of the story is to be grateful for a critical book review and ecstatic about a positive book review. Both have a place in the life of an author. To read the entire article click “Why Critical Reviews are Good for Your Book“.
Thanks to Daily Writing Tips and author Ali Hale we have an excellent article about 25 different writing software packages for writers. It’s true that you can use your pen or pencil and paper or your laptop but writing software offers so many perks that it may be worth your time and/or money. Read “25+ Pieces of Writing Software You Should Know About“!
Join Nick on Write Hacked (formerly Live Hacked) as he shares his marketing plan for a self-published book. There is quite a lot of detail in the over 4,000 words so you can save it to your computer or register for the newsletter and get a ready to read downloaded copy. The best thing about this marketing plan is not only the detail but the emphasis on starting your marketing plan before your book is published. You can read the entire post here.
“Vernon Downs” by Jaime Clarke will be available in December from his small publisher Roundabout Press. Clarke says that the book will be available on Amazon.com in April of 2o14 but he doesn’t want readers to buy it from Amazon.com then or now. As publishers know Amazon.com offers such discount prices on books that there is little left for the publisher or the author. Buying directly from the publisher means the publisher, and author, will make more money.
We want to know if this will become the trend. We all love getting discounted books from Amazon.com but publishing companies and book stores have suffered and/or closed because of this. What can we all do to change this?
November is “National Novel Writing Month”. If you have been struggling to finish your novel then this month is the time to do it! Not only can you finish your novel but if you finish in November you can have it up on Kindle and Nook for Christmas. If you need some help sign up for “NaNoWriMo“. You’ll get daily reminders and lots of encouragement for FREE! You can’t beat that with a stick! Click the link to join.
This new book by author S.J. Scott is available only for the Kindle but given that you can read Kindle books on other devices might be a good resource for authors. The goal of the author is to get you writing 2,000 every day of the week.
The author says “Do you struggle to write every day? Many people dream of becoming a successful author, but can’t *find* the time to write. The truth is this: Great writers don’t have more time than you do. They make time to write. Not only do they make time, they also follow specific routines that help them avoid writer’s block altogether. By developing the “writing habit” you’ll have the confidence to sit down in front of a computer every day, knowing the words will come.”
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Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn has written an article from information included in Stephen King’s book “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft“. He offers seven tips from King including “Everything Begins With Rejection”, “Master the Fundamentals Of Writing” and “Always Be Honest”.
Our favorite quote from the article is “To be a good writer, you must master the fundamentals of vocabulary, grammar, and style. Use only the vocabulary that you feel most comfortable with. Know your grammar.” Too many authors forget the basics of good writing because they see badly written books like “50 Shades Of Gray” selling millions of copies and getting made into a movie. This book was the exception to the rule and writers need to understand this.
Techniques of the Selling Writer provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. It gives the background, insights, and specific procedures needed by all beginning writers. Readers can learn how to group words into copy that moves, movement into scenes, and scenes into stories; how to develop characters, how to revise and polish, and finally, how to sell the product.
This book is really for people who want to sell what they write. This book is particularly helpful for new writers but will also help writers who haven’t been able to get sales.
A client forwarded this article to us today. You’ll love “7 Things Authors Can Do While Waiting for A Book to Be Published” by Shelley Hitz on The Future of Ink Blog. Shelley gives us seven things to do while our book is awaiting publishing. For self published authors you can work on these items while you’re writing the book or better yet hire a Virtual Assistant to do this grunt work for you. To read the full article click the link in the title above!
To help potential readers bond with you be open about your life, your past and your dreams. Don’t reveal information that would be damaging, obviously but help people see the best in you. Even if you write about business talk about your hobbies. Got a passion for golf, chess or animal rescue? Talk about that too. Nothing is irrelevant if it gives potential readers an insight into how your mind works. Dozens of famous authors like John Locke and Amanda Hocking shared themselves with potential and current readers and it helped them sell books. It can work for you too.
The Writer’s Block: Living a Writer’s Life blog has a mini Q&A with author Wendy Call from the upcoming book “Everyday Book Marketing“. Wendy discusses her book, book promotion and gives advice for new writers. Our favorite quote is “This is no time to be shy. Nor humble. Put yourself out there; push yourself a bit past your comfort zone.” All writers should heed this advice and learn to become their own best supporter. You can read the Q&A here.
Amazon.com has started cracking down on authors who publish erotica. This popular niche has blossomed in the past year with writers literally coming out of the woodwork to write these racy tomes. In the past Amazon.com published any and all original erotica stories but a backlash has started. In an effort to clean up their catalog some erotica stories are getting unpublished and blocked.
According to erotica authors there are ways to avoid having this happen. The key is to create an inoffensive cover, title and cover. Then add a disclaimer to the description about the book contents. If this doesn’t work pick up the phone and call Amazon.com. Many authors are reporting that a simple phone call can clear up many problems.
Another really useful site for authors is World Literary Cafe. Join the World Literary Cafe community and find opportunities for author interviews, editors, reviewers, book giveaways, beta readers and more. One neat feature is that you can hold and host a book club discussion of your book. You will also find all kinds of writing and publishing advice. Pop over to World Literary Cafe to look for yourself.
Reviews are critical to book sales and it doesn’t matter if you get 5 stars or lower. In fact, some publishing experts say reviews look more real if they are a mix of ratings. If you have reviews on Amazon and GoodReads comment on them. Make your comments positive even if the review is not and you will go a long way to building reader loyalty. You even have the opportunity of learning how to improve your next book from the readers themselves. Always take the opportunity to interact with readers and they will remember you the next time they visit the bookstore.
Everyone creates content on the internet but not everyone has claimed their content ownership with Google. In order to do this you must open a Google+ account using your normal Google account. Once you do that you’ll need to setup your profile and tell Google where you contribute content. To learn how to do this read this article by Caitlin Muir.
Selling your book is hard enough if you are self published but getting book reviews is even harder. The 42Ruleds blog often offers review resources and today we have one more for you. There is a group of people, on Facebook, who offer book reviews in exchange for a free copy of your book. If you’d like to join and offer your book for review visit the group here.
The Catherine, Caffeinated blog has a great guest post about hiring an editor by Robert Doran. Catherine is a great fan of self published authors hiring an editor and has pointed this out in many venues and at various times. She is hoping this post by Mr. Doran will get through to those stubborn self published authors who don’t believe in using an editor.
Book Hitch offers a free option to add your books to the site. This includes a 60-word description, 5 search keywords and a link to the site where readers can purchase your book. If you don’t mind paying a yearly fee you have the option of a more detailed listing. To see what other authors are doing visit Book Hitch and then open your free account!