Indie Author Weekly Update – May 12, 2017

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Indie Author Weekly Update

Enjoy this week’s Indie Author Weekly Update with posts from Brooke Warner, Joanna Penn, BookWorks, Rebekah Radice, and Adam Connell. You’ll find information on Amazon’s new strategy, a new app for authors, image editing tools, and more!

Summer is almost here and after the rain we’ve experienced in Northern California, I can hardly wait for the warm, dry days ahead. What about you?

Indie Author Update

BuzzTrace: New Social Media Software Review from BookWorks: “BuzzTrace is a new software program to help authors and independent publishers manage and grow their platform. BuzzTrace accomplishes this by giving suggestions about what to post online and sending alerts when someone is talking about your book online.”

How Amazon, once again, is driving down the value of books and undermining authors by Brooke Warner: “On March 1, while the only people paying real attention were hypervigilant third-party sellers and book geeks on Reddit, Amazon enacted a policy change that allows third-party sellers to compete for the Buy Box for books in ‘new condition.'”

6 Great Image Editing Tools For Bloggers (Hint: Most Are Free) by Adam Connell: “There it goes again. Blogger envy. It happens to all of us. You’re reading a post on someone’s blog – the content is good, but the images are what first grabbed your attention. You love the blogger’s sense of design and you can’t figure out why your images don’t look anything like that.”

2017 Social Media Checklist to Boost Engagement by Rebekah Radice: “We all know that social media success doesn’t happen by accident. It’s planned for. But without a roadmap, it’s tough to know what you’re working towards. That’s where a social media checklist comes in. Rather than hopping online without focus, you act on purpose. It becomes your guide and directs everything you post. If you’re ready to better manage your daily social media to-do list, this checklist is what you need. Simple steps that create a process. That process when followed will help blow the lid off your engagement!”

How To Make  A Million With Your Books With @DCrawfordBooks by Joanna Penn with Dean Crawford: [Podcast] “Dean is the international bestselling author of the “Warner and Lopez” action adventure thriller series as well as the sci-fi “Atlantia” series and other standalone novels. Dean has been on the show before, back in October 2015, when he talked about his move from traditional publishing to indie. Today we’re talking about his new nonfiction book called “Blockbuster: How to write $1Million, by an author who’s actually done it!” which I think is awesome. So I just had to talk to you about this, Dean.”

How to Use Facebook Live: A Step-by-Step Guide from HubSpot: “Since its launch, live streaming video has grown in popularity, with 16% of marketers broadcasting it in 2016. Facebook Live is particularly popular — videos see 3X the engagement of traditional videos shared on the platforms, and millions of users live stream on Facebook around the world.”

How to Make Quotes for Instagram: 7 Apps to Try from HubSpot: “When you come across a beautiful sight — be it a beach, a mountain, or your pet’s face — sometimes, it inspires you to think bigger about what certain sights and experiences mean. For those moments, you might consider posting a photo on Instagram with an equally inspiring quote as the caption. But you could take it even further — and save characters — by posting the photo with the quote.”

Quote of the Week

Zadie Smith

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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