Welcome to the newest edition of the Indie Author Weekly Update. The big news this week is Facebook, which changed its algorithm again making it more difficult for readers to see your Facebook posts. Read up on Facebook and please don’t bypass Ben Zackheim’s post; it’s phenomenal.
Prepare your book for its KDP Select free promotion days by Ben Zackheim: “Yup. Blog posts about Amazon KDP Select free promo days are as common as bad drivers on I84. But I want to do something a little different here. I want to lay out steps andinclude details about why they are important. I’ll also give you a basic overview of boosting posts on Facebook. These days it’s best to spend five bucks to get the word out. Once you sign up for KDP Select and figure out what you can do with your exclusive Amazon ebook, you may find a small bump in the road. Actually it may look more like a big, honking wall. The wall is spray painted with large words…”
Facebook Tweaks Newsfeed to Favor Content from Friends, Family from Wired: “In November, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg started sprinkling a new phrase, or perhaps a new idea, into his quarterly call with investors. ‘It’s important to remember that Facebook is about bringing people closer together and enabling meaningful social interactions,’ he said. Research, he continued, demonstrates that interactions with friends and family on social media is particularly ‘meaningful.’ The goal of his service is to ‘encourage meaningful social interactions’ and to connect in ways that lead to ‘meaningful interactions’ and let us ‘build meaningful relationships.’
Don’t panic. The Facebook announcement is no big deal from Mark Schaefer: “An open letter from Mark Zuckerberg announcing changes to the Facebook news feed was regarded as a bombshell by most social media marketing thought leaders. Mike Stelzner called this the “end of days” for marketers, Jon Loomer referred to the market “hysteria” this is creating. The fact is, this letter from Zuckerberg is cryptic and we truly have no idea on how this is going to impact businesses long-term. But I’m going to provide an argument as to why I think this “apocalyptic” vision of the Facebook marketing future is a vast over-reaction. Let’s look at the data.”
Best Book Marketing Advice for Authors: The Best of 2017 from Jane Friedman: “As part of The Hot Sheet email newsletter for authors (which I write and publish in collaboration with Porter Anderson), I regularly round up and comment on book marketing advice that writers are talking about. Here’s a list of what sparked discussion in 2017.”
How to Jumpstart Book Reviews for Self-Published Books from The Book Designer and by David Wogahn: “The challenge for self-publishers, especially new authors who have small or nonexistent networks, is to convince readers to add one more title to their to-be-read pile. Unfortunately, most self-publishers do not (yet) have a reputation that confers credibility upon their books. That’s where book reviews can help …”
SEO trends and Google changes to expect in 2018 from Search Engine Land: “Back in 2010, Google was getting beaten up in the media for the increasing amount of “content farm” clutter in the search results. That negative press was so overwhelming that Google felt it had no choice but to respond: ‘[We] hear the feedback from the web loud and clear: people are asking for even stronger action on content farms and sites that consist primarily of spammy or low-quality content.'”
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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.
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Join Ricardo Fayet, a founder of Reedsy, and I on February 6th for a conversation about book marketing and Facebook advertising.