Here’s a new edition of the Indie Author Weekly Update. This week, you’ll find posts from Jeff Goins, Mary McLaren, Jane Friedman, Chris Syme, and Buffer. Be sure to check out my post for Joel Friedlander as well.
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Indie Author Updates
3 Proven Book Marketing Tactics that You Should Probably Avoid from Jeff Goins: “Congratulations! Your “pub date” is inked on to the calendar and it’s exciting to think of this artifact, crafted in the smithy of your soul, out in the world at last. Until you realized what you’ve always known. Creating the book is easy compared to figuring out how to market and sell the thing.”
40 Ideas for Writers to Post on Social Media from Gary McLaren: “Welcome to Part 4 of Social Media for Writers. In this post, I provide 40 ideas for writers to post on social media.”
The Myth About Print Coming Back (Updated) from Jane Friedman: “When I read mainstream outlets on publishing industry issues (such as The New York Times or The Guardian), few things are more frustrating than articles that tout the “resurgence” of print—as well as the related “comeback” of independent bookstores. Most of it is wishful thinking rather than an understanding of what’s actually happening. Here are the recent data points you should know about.”
How to Use Facebook Insights and Analytics to Boost Your Social Media Marketing Strategy from Buffer: “This complete guide will cover everything you need to know about the key sections of Facebook Insights and share tips to help you become proficient with Facebook analytics.”
How to Use BookBub to Get on The Amazon Bestsellers List from The Write Life: “In January, 2017, I gave away 60,301 books on Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo combined. And that’s just for one title. I nearly died of excitement. Not only did it mean 60K people were willing to take a chance on my book, but it meant exposure, sales and several other big wins for a tiny little author like me.”
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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, and blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks. She’s written several social media books including the 2nd edition of Social Media Just for Writers, 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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