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Pinterest Part 3: Finding Your Edge

Pinterest Part 3: Finding Your Edge

Ready to use Pinterest to work for you?  In this post, you’ll learn how to read and use analytics, create content for your marketing success, and use the Pinterest toolkit to benefit your business.  This is a deep dive into the nuts and bolts on how to use all the tools Pinterest has created for you to be successful on their platform.  I created this guide so you would have all the important information in …

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Pinterest: The Social Media Edge You’ve Been Looking For Part I

Pinterest: The Social Media Edge You’ve Been Looking For Part I

Author alert: if you’ve been looking for a social media edge, the search is over! Pinterest is a platform that can launch your content into orbit—and keep it there. It’s ideal to support the marketing of your book.
Think of Pinterest as a social search engine: it’s the search engine driven by people. This makes it powerful.  I’ve spent the last two months intensely researching this platform in order to gain understanding and insight with an …

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Discover HOW audiobooks can improve your writing

Discover HOW audiobooks can improve your writing

Voices in Your Head:
How Audiobooks Can Improve Your Writing
By Richard Rieman

Do you hear voices in your head while writing? It can be a very good thing.
As a veteran Audible audiobook narrator, I am always impressed when the writing just flows smoothly without choppiness or a staccato pattern. 
Write Music
The late, great author and writing coach Gary Provost says reading your written words aloud will make you a better writer:
“This sentence has five words. Here are five …

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Why ALL Authors Need a Professional Editor By Barb Wilson

Why ALL Authors Need a Professional Editor By Barb Wilson

You’re finished. After weeks and months of writing—adding, rephrasing, and deleting—your book is complete. Take a few minutes to congratulate yourself on your accomplishment.

You’re finished. After weeks and months of writing—adding, rephrasing, and deleting—your book is complete. Take a few minutes to congratulate yourself on your accomplishment.
Now comes the next step: finding a professional editor.
There are many reasons to hire an editor—what is the most important one?
You are an author AND a businessperson. Your writing …

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4 Ways to Show Your Social Media Accounts Some Love By Melody Jones

4 Ways to Show Your Social Media Accounts Some Love By Melody Jones

When was the last time you showered your social media accounts with a little TLC? If it’s been awhile, it’s time to give them some lovin’.

First, open all your accounts in separate tabs so you can streamline your TLC process. This will be easier if you use a regular computer and not a mobile device. Then review using the steps below.

Is your author branding consistent across social media platforms?

When we talk author branding, we …

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Sell Ads to Help Finance Your Self-Published Books

Sell Ads to Help Finance Your Self-Published Books

 
I hate the word “monetize.” And I especially don’t like it when this word (it’s really ugly, isn’t it?) is mentioned in the same breath with books. But I’m going to talk about it anyway because, if authors do it right, using ads in their books or other promotional materials can subsidize the cost of publishing a book, costs they often scrimp on like great editing, great cover design, and great indexing.

Most every author is …

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Yes, Virginia … Book Reviews Are a Must Get! By Patti Thorn

Yes, Virginia … Book Reviews Are a Must Get! By Patti Thorn

 
With more than 450,000 self-published titles released each year, getting readers to buy your book is no easy task.
But one thing is important above all else: book reviews.
In an age in which consumers choose everything from vacation resorts to televisions to movies by reading reviews, book reviews vouch for your title. They say it’s worth a reader’s time and attention.
That’s where BlueInk Review comes in. We are a fee-based service that provides a book reviews …

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21 Ideas Authors Can Use When Sending Email to Fans

21 Ideas Authors Can Use When Sending Email to Fans

Here’s one of the biggest reasons why authors aren’t using email marketing to build a fan base and stay connected:
“I don’t know what to write about.”
Many nonfiction and fiction authors don’t have ideas for content they can offer in their emails—like juicy tidbits that tie into their expertise, topic or books. Yet at publishing conferences, they hear speakers and book coaches recommend that they build an email list. Most authors have no clue where to …

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New Year Hot Idea: 15 Ways to Make Your Book a Classic

New Year Hot Idea: 15 Ways to Make Your Book a Classic

Adapted from the multi-award-winning Frugal Book Promoter

By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

In the world of publishing as in life, persistence counts. Of course, there is no way to keep a book at the top of the charts forever, but if you keep reviving it, you might hold a classic in your hands. Or your marketing efforts for one book may propel your next one to greater heights.
I can’t tell you how often I’ve seen authors who measure their success …

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Ampersands: Pretty Is as Pretty Does By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Ampersands: Pretty Is as Pretty Does By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

The ampersand is a really pretty little dude but it isn’t a letter nor even a word. It’s a logogram that represents a word. Its history goes back to classical antiquity, but interesting history and being cute is no reason to overuse it in the interest of trying to separate one’s writing from the pack. Better writers should concentrate on the techniques that make a difference rather than gimmicks that distract. Here are some legitimate …

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