Indie Author Weekly Update – October 20, 2017

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Indie Authors Weekly Update

This week’s Indie Author Update touches on blogging, Twitter, Amazon advertising, and book review sites. They are all topics important to you as an indie author if you want to sell books.

Top 10 Ways to Use Twitter Without Losing Your Soul by G.G. Andrew: “Though it may seem old-fashioned, I prefer to think of Twitter as the online equivalent of a giant cocktail party, and act accordingly (by which I mean practicing kindness and maybe also drinking things with umbrellas).”

Attention Bloggers: The Future of Book Publishing Has Arrived by Joel Friedlander: “Oh sure, we bloggers think we’re the most up-to-date, leading-edge, tech-savvy people on the planet. But one of the biggest changes in the long history of content creation is taking place right under your feet, and I’m afraid it may be passing you by.”

Book Review Sites To Help You Get Into Libraries & Stores – BookWorks from BookWorks by Amy Collins: “The number one way to impress librarians is reviews from established book review sites and periodicals. When we start working with new authors, they are (rightfully) focused on getting Amazon reviews. While that is a necessary and valid endeavor, don’t forget the OTHER kind of reviews necessary for the success of your book.”

AMS Rules Roundup | Self-Publishing Advice Center from Alliance of Independent Authors: “Amazon Marketing Services (AMS) is one of this year’s hottest venues for book advertising, but to take advantage of the program you’ll need to know the rules. For your convenience, we’ve categorized Amazon’s guidelines and prohibitions for AMS ads into this handy list.”

Awards News

George Saunders Wins the Man Booker Prize for Fiction for Lincoln in the Bardo by Porter Anderson: “The second American in as many years to win the UK’s coveted Man Booker Prize for Fiction, George Saunders takes the £50,000 purse for his ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ published by Random House in the States, by Bloomsbury in the UK.”

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Frances CaballoAuthor of this blogFrances 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 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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