This week’s Indie Author Update includes posts from Adam Connell, Joanna Penn, Ali Luke, Buffer, and Writers in the Storm. I hope you enjoy the selections.
Well, we are firmly into fall, my favorite season. How does your writing change with the seasons? I’d love to know!
Indie Author Updates
How To Launch Your Own Facebook Group And Get Loyal Fans from Adam Connell: “Facebook groups are powerful. They’re a perfect place to start real conversations about things that matter to you. And because your audience members are already on Facebook (Facebook addiction is a real thing, people), they are far more likely to engage with you and your brand in Facebook groups than they are on your blog. With Facebook Live, you can now do live training right inside of your group.”
5 Easy Steps to Hone Your Instagram from Writers in the Storm: “It’s Autumn (finally) and for me, that means a time of reflecting. I like to take the first weeks of September and look back over my organizer and see where I need to make improvements in the new year. Last year it was learning to use Instagram, which I’m happy to say I’ve been doing much better at.”
Top 5 Mistakes of Indie Authors with Richardo Fayet of Reedsy and from Joanna Penn: “Learn from the most common mistakes that indie authors make and save yourself time, money and heartache in today’s show with Ricardo Fayet from Reedsy.”
How to Set Up and Email List by Ali Luke from Ali Luke: “Whatever you write, and whether or not you have a blog or even a website, it’s a great idea to have an email list. You might have heard this called an “email newsletter” or “mailing list” – it’s basically the same thing. The idea is that you let interested readers enter their email address on your site, so you can send them updates.”
The Ideal Cover Photo Size for Each of the Major Social Media Platforms from Buffer: “One of the first few things people see when they visit your social media profiles is your cover photo. Whether it’s your Facebook Page, LinkedIn Company Page, or YouTube channel, your cover photo is the biggest image on the page. And people will see your cover photo even before they see any of your posts.”
Why eBook Promotions are Indie Author Gold by Penny Sansevieri: “As an indie author, you have full control over your book’s success, which isn’t a responsibility to take lightly. Many authors still dream of that publisher deal. Once you sign that contract, you’ll be limited in what you can do. Being able to do discount eBook promotions play a big role in the level of exposure you’re able to achieve and the options you have to grown your fan base.”
Reedsy book promotion sites: Discover the ideal book promotion sites for your price range. Our database is vetted with care so that you can eliminate the scammers, while our tier system is designed to give you a better picture of the sites that tend to deliver the best value for money. Is there a book promotion site we should know about?
So why oh why is Twitter doing 280? from TechCrunch: “Late yesterday Twitter announced the unthinkable for time-pressed journalists everywhere by revealing it is testing doubling the character length of tweets. Farewell sweet brevity of 140chars. Hello pointless extra blah-blah-blah #280.”
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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 and The Author’s Guide to Goodreads. 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.
Practical tips for marketing your books on the social web
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