Indie Author Weekly Update – April 14, 2017

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Social Media Weekly Update

This week’s Social Media Update covers everything from ebook production to making more money with your books to book why the news feed may be outdated.

Are you enjoying spring yet? We got a taste of it one weekend, followed by days of rain again. I hear that hiking the local trails — one of my passions — will be less fun due to the abundance of ticks and poison  oak. However you spend your time on weekends, I hope you stay safe and have fun.

Indie Author Updates

4 eBook Platforms Offering Cool Data, Distribution & Marketing Tools from BookWorks and by Carla King: “There are a lot of eBook platforms out there—how many do you know? I bet you haven’t heard of Kbuuk, PublishDrive, Scribl, or StreetLib but I’ll also bet you’ll want to try at least one of them by the end of this post. Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up your existing service (IngramSpark, Smashwords, Amazon KDP), but add one or more of these to the mix.”

Social Media Misconceptions Debunked for Indie Authors from BookWorks: “As I meet writers online and at writer’s conferences, I hear common social media misconceptions that authors tend to share. I decided to debunk these myths for you one-by-one.”

How To Make More Money With Your Books from Joanna Penn: “It is possible to make a very good income as an author these days, but you need to think further than one book, one format or one platform.”

6 Steps To Writing Captivating Blog Post Intros Every Time from Adam Connell: “What do you do when your million-dollar blog post idea strikes? You scramble to your computer, giddy with excitement, and type as fast as your little fingers are capable. If there were competitions for typing, you’d be taking home the gold.”

The News Feed is Outdated: How Stories Changed the Way I Think About Social Media from Buffer: “Right now, the standards we expect on the web are being re-written for mobile. The rise of stories across Snapchat, Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger and Facebook is the perfect example of this. The News Feed is outdated and stories are becoming the default for content consumption.”

Book Promotion: Do This, Not That from Joel Friedlander and by Amy Collins: “This month, three separate authors who launched books recently gathered together and shared some great stories. Use their tales and learn from their experiences!”

A Goodreads Primer for Nonfiction Authors from Nina Amir: “Goodreads was started primarily to create an online venue where friends could chat about and recommend books in the same way they might if they were dining together or meeting at a café. The secondary goal for the site was to serve as a social media network. Users can even link their accounts to Facebook and Twitter to further spread the word about books they like and review.”

Quote of the Week

No art ever came out of not risking your neck. Eudora Welty

Of note

Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time (April, May, June Edition) from Writer Unboxed


Frances CaballoThe 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, and blogger and Social Media Expert for BookWorks. She’s written several social media books including the 2nd edition of Social Media Just for WritersThe 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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