Indie Author Weekly Roundup July 15, 2016

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Indie Author Weekly Roundup by Frances Caballo

Here’s another edition of my Indie Author Weekly Roundup of the week’s best posts. I hope you enjoy them. Meanwhile, I can’t help but mention that I’m thrilled that summer is here. In the summers, there’s time for dancing at outside concerts, doing the cycling I love, and of course, walking in the woods, which I do year-round but it’s fun to hike when it’s sunny. The more time I spend outdoors, the more creative I seem to be. Ideas for future books and blog posts seem to flow from my pen. Do you experience the same thing? Let me know, okay?

Indie Author Weekly Roundup

Social Media Smarty Pants Interviews Frances Caballo about Goodreads: Here are the show notes:

  • Three smarty pants tips every author needs for Goodreads.
  • The importance of Goodreads groups and one that authors should get into.
  • What is Goodreads Deals and why you should consider it.
  • Why audience is important when it comes to choosing a social media channel.
  • Facebook ads pros and cons.
  • Who Frances follows on social media for expert advice.

10 Tricks for Getting Your Book Reviewed by a Book Blogger  by Barb Drozdowich from Anne R. Allen’s blog: “So…who are book bloggers anyways? I know that Anne periodically talks about book bloggers on this blog – but many authors that I talk to seem a bit fuzzy on the subject. I’m going to see if I can help you understand who book bloggers are and help you with some tricks to find some powerful ones to promote your books.”

Note: Save this post. It’s a wonderful resource for when you’re ready to contact book bloggers.

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How To Blog In A Crowded Niche Without Getting Lost In The Noise via Adam Connell: “How do you compete with others in the same niche as you, when it seems like everyone is writing about similar things? If you want to build a strong following of readers and supporters, you’re going to have to cut through the noise of other bloggers.”

Note: Adam Connell is the wizard behind this blog. I’ve read, and Adam can correct me if I’m wrong, that in just four years his blog was competitive with some of the best experts in his field. If you want to learn about blogging, email marketing, WordPress, and more, read his posts. They are informative and easy to follow, even for the novice. This blog is one of my favorites.

Marketing Your (Self-Published) Novel: Five Books Reviewed by Ali Luke: “Here are the five books I’ve been digging into … and what I thought of them.”

Note: If you’d like to supercharge your book marketing, check out the books on Ali’s blog post.

10 Tips For Writers On Using Twitter Effectively from Lorna Sixsmith and by Tara Sparling: “I found twitter to be the most effective social media tool for my crowdfunding campaign and I’ve found it to be influential in selling my book too. However, using twitter to raise the profile of your books comes with a word of caution as an inappropriate use of it can turn potential readers away and they may even unfollow you or worse still, decide that they will never read your book!”

Note: Everyone who reads this blog figures out that I’m a a Twitter fangirl and a sucker for posts that continue to teach me about my favorite social media network. This post has some excellent Twitter tips in it.

Great Find of the Week

Thanks to Chris Syme, I found out about this ambient music and sound website, and its free: Hipstersound 

Quote of The Week

I write because I want more than one life; I insist on a wider selection. It’s greed, plain and simple. Anne Tyler


Authors: Not Sure What to Tweet? Try These 44 Tweets Today by Frances Caballo, AuthorAbout the AuthorFrances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. She’s a regular speaker at the San Francisco Writers Conference and a contributing writer at and blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks. She’s written several 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 writer conferences. Not sure how you’re doing online? Ask Frances to prepare a social media audit for you.

Practical Tips for Marketing Your Books on the Social Web

Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day by Frances Caballo Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day is now available for sale. In eleven chapters, you will:

  • understand the new formula for saving time
  • learn how to become a more effective and efficient marketer
  • find cheat sheets for vocabulary and hashtags
  • learn about the apps that will best help you save time while using social media.

So start learning how to save time online.

“… 80% or more of the book would be a superior introduction to savvy social media usage for most professionals, even those beyond the writing, or even content-creation, fields.”  ~~ Julia A. Bestry

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