I hope you enjoy this new installment of the Indie Author Weekly Update. There are some great posts below but I hope you’ll start with Joanna Penn’s podcast episode on her plans and her recent trip. It’s inspirational.
As the weather turns cooler, are you finding yourself spending more time indoors, huddled with a book or at your computer starting a new book? The winter is great for both activities. I know that I’m already thinking about 2017 and what I want to accomplish. One goal will be to return to fiction writing. Yes, you read that correctly! I want to finish a novel. I figure that if Joanna Penn can succeed in both fiction and nonfiction writing that I should at least give it a try, eh? What are you planning to do in 2017? I’d love to hear form you!
Indie Author Updates
If you only look at one post, don’t miss this podcast by Joanna Penn. You’re sure to feel inspired!
Taking Control Of Your Author Business In A Time Of Constant Change. My Report On The Last Month Away: “In the last month, I have spoken at Digital Commerce Summit in Denver, attended a week long professional author conference in Oregon, and spent 10 days doing book research in Israel. In this podcast, I share my lessons learned and what I’m changing with The Creative Penn.”
Gifts for Writers: Tech Savvy and Traditional Options by Jane Friedman: “With the following list, I hope to offer some ideas that play into writers’ first loves, but also add something unexpected, especially for writers with some tech savvy.”
The Future of Social Media (And How to Prepare For It): The State of Social Media 2016 Report from the Buffer Blog: “Imagine being able to predict the next big thing on social media, knowing what social media will look like in 2017 and beyond and how will brands use social platforms to connect with their audience. As someone who works with social media every day, this information would be invaluable. At Buffer, we’re always eager to dig up new research into social media marketing — things like how marketers are using social media and what they’re excited about heading into 2017.”
Creating an Author Brand When You Write Multiple Genres from Writers in the Storm: “Creating a brand that represents you as an author and reflects your writing as a whole is hard enough when you write in just one genre. Often, when an author writes books in just one series, their author brand gets tied inextricably with their series brand. That isn’t ideal, but it isn’t necessarily a problem either. But what happens if the author starts writing a completely different series or even a standalone novel? What’s more, what if the new novel is in a completely different genre? It stands completely outside of the author’s known brand. The author now has two choices, either change their brand or use a pseudonym.”
Marketing and Publishing Checklists for Writers from Jane Friedman: “Of all the knowledge areas in publishing, marketing is probably the most favored for checklists. It’s such a sprawling, unknown area that there’s incredible demand for a system to help make it all comprehensible and step-by-step. There are two authors I highly recommend for their expertise and experience in this area: Tim Grahl and Jenny Blake.”
Congratulations to this year’s National Book Award Winners: Colson White won the fiction category for The Underground Railroad and Ibram X Kendi won the nonfiction award for Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America.
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The author of this blog: Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference. In addition, she’s a contributing writer at TheBookDesigner.com, blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks, and blogger at Bowker’s Self-Published Author. She’s written several social media books including The Author’s Guide to Goodreads and Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books. Her clients include authors of every genre and writers’ conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Sign up for my free email course.
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