Bloggers were active this past week, which explains why the Book Marketing Update is so rich with marketing news today.
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Enjoy this roundup and have a lovely weekend.
12 Free Graphic Design Tools for Authors by David Gaughran: “Free graphic design tools have had a huge impact on my business. One big change in my approach to self-publishing in the last few years has been recognizing the importance of branding… and doing something about it too, I guess.”
11 Powerful Book Promotion Ideas for Self-Published Authors from Editage: “For authors, marketing essentially involves drawing and engaging your target audience by sharing more about yourself and your book. It really is as simple as communicating.”
Great for Book Marketing: The Hive Index from Jane Friedman’s newsletter Electric Speed: Here’s what Jane Friedman has to say about this website: “You’ve probably heard the advice to hang out online wherever your readers are, at some mysterious, as-yet-unidentified water cooler. How do you find these people out of thin air? Try The Hive Index. It lists more than 900 communities that you can search by topic.”
How to protect your social media with email from MailerLite: “Many of us spend a lot of time and money building our Facebook and Instagram business accounts. But what happens when there is a major outage? Or worse, you wake up to find that Facebook deleted your page?”
How to Blog for Your Way to Expert Status by Nina Amir: “You want expert status, and you’re wondering how to achieve that coveted state sooner rather than later. No worries. Your blog can help you become an expert…fast.”
How to Add a Link in Bio on Instagram and TikTok to Drive More Traffic from Hootsuite: “Even if you’ve only seen a few posts on Instagram or TikTok, you will have likely come across the phrase ‘link in bio’ … But what does ‘link in bio’ actually mean? Why are people always using it? And should you get in on the action too? Let’s find out!”
Overcoming Overwhelm to Write a Book — and Finish It! by Lisa Tener: Check out Lisa Tener’s four tips for writing and finishing your book.
More focused than an autobiography, a memoir is an intimate look at a moment in time. from Celadon Books: “A memoir is a narrative, written from the perspective of the author, about an important part of their life.”
Quote of the Week
“I had this idea that the novel can change things. If you help make people see the injustice in the world and the corruption in the world, the world will become a better place. And my life, and also my novels, got a lot better when I let go of that idea and came around to a notion of a community of readers and writers, and that the service was not to Society with a capital S, but service to that community.”Jonathan Franzen