14 Twitter Apps and Tools for Writers

10 Apps and Tools for WritersWhen was the last time you tried a new application? I’m often on the hunt for new tools to share with you that might make your day easier and your social media marketing more efficient.

So when I took at course recently, I learned of some applications and I immediately thought how cool it would be to share them with you. I’ve dropped the more expensive ones from the list since I don’t consider those indie-author friendly, but you’ll find most of them below.

Let’s get started!

Apps and Tools for Writers

Scheduling Tools

A scheduling app is like a piece of heaven, or New York cheesecake. I can’t decide. What I do know is that scheduling tools enable us to schedule our posts in the morning and then walk away from the computer or at least spend our day working on other digital projects.

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5 Tools Every Indie Author Should Use

5 Tools Indie Authors Should UseWhen I first started using social media, confusion quickly set it.

I read a lot of blog posts and tried every application I learned about. I signed up for more than I needed and registered for apps before they were even available. Some that come to mind are Strawberry Jam and BrandBuilder and its precursor, none of which exist today. I tried out SocialBro, and it doesn’t exist today either.

In fact, sometimes I write about apps, and six months later, well, they’re kaput! It’s an embarrassing at times and can get frustrating.

There are some applications that I know aren’t going to abandon me, and so today I am taking the risk of suggesting that there are five tools that indie authors can’t be without.

Ready to see which ones they are?

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11 Scheduling Apps to Save You Time Online

Save Time with These Apps by Frances CaballoToday’s post is Part II of a two-part series on scheduling applications that will ease your social media marketing and help you save time online. You can find Part I here.


Tools to Save You Time Online When Scheduling Images

Buffer

You can use this scheduling app for Pinterest when you sign up for the Awesome plan. Buffer is a good scheduling app to start with because of its ease of use and its interface with other social media applications. Plus, if you use Daily or Pablo, Buffer products, news from Daily and images you make with Pablo can automatically be added to your buffer of scheduled tweets, Facebook updates, or Pinterest images.

Viralwoot

Use this app to find new followers, promote images with advertising, manage multiple accounts, schedule your images (this feature is free), create alerts, and read your analytics. Sign up for free and check out its features.

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Social Media Hacks for Indie Authors

Social Media Hacks for Indie AuthorsOn February 1, I fell and fractured my left wrist. It was a bad fracture.

Each time the radiology techs took an x-ray, they would say, “Oh, my God!” or “That’s a really bad break.”

There’s a reason I’m telling you this painful tale.

After the fall, I suddenly found myself with just one useable arm and hand. For eight long weeks, my left arm and a good part of my hand were in a cast. (The experience gave me a new appreciation for amputees.)

Even after the cast came off, for several weeks my hand would go into a spasm whenever I tried to type.

What’s a writer to do? This is how I handled the setback.

Social Media Hacks for a One-handed Writer

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Social Media for Authors Podcast: Improve Your Marketing Results

Episode 14 - Social Media Sweet SpotTo read previous episode show notes, refer to my Friday blog posts.


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 Episode 14 Show Notes

This week’s segment includes summaries of four blog posts with awesome social media tips, and of course, I have your tip of the week.

Let’s start with your weekly tip.

You spend so much time learning about social media and keeping up with it that you’d like to see great results, right?

It’s only natural that we want to see our tweets retweeted, our Facebook updates shared and liked, and our images shared.

For me, it’s a sad day when after carefully planning my social media posts they trigger little engagement.

Today I’m going to suggest just three tips that have helped me and I think
will help you too.

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Friday Roundup of the Week’s Best Posts

wavesI am busy teaching at the San Francisco Writers Conference  so I thought I would keep today’s post simple!


Rethinking Social Media Success by Angie Pascal f0r ClickZ: The practice of measuring social media success is fraught with misunderstanding and uncertainty. It’s been that way since social media first became a buzzword, and continues to be a contentious subject. However, I noticed a shift in 2014 that I see as extremely positive, and one that will surely continue to become stronger in 2015 and beyond.

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Friday Roundup: How to Engage Your Readers

12-19-14 Engage Your Readers by Frances Caballo

 

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Welcome to the Friday Roundup where you’ll find practical tips for marketing your books on the social web. This week’s segment includes summaries of four blog posts that will help you hone your social media marketing skills, and of course, your tip of the week on how to engage your readers I hope you enjoy the post!


Let’s start with your weekly tip.

This week’s segment includes summaries of four blog posts with awesome social media tips, and of course, I have your tip of the week.

Let’s start with your weekly tip.

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Friday Roundup: Image Resources for Indie Authors

Episode 10 - Pinterest for Authors

Welcome to the Friday Roundup where you’ll find practical tips for marketing your books on the social web. This week’s segment of Resources for Indie Authors tackles the topic of marketing your books and blog with images. Keep reading to learn more.


If you joined Pinterest in the early days and opened a personal profile, you need to upgrade to a business account.

Wait, you’re not a business you say? Of course, you are. You’re in the business of writing and publishing books and if you’re an Indie author that means you’re also forking out some big bucks for editing and design costs. Right?

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Friday Roundup: Resources for Indie Authors

10-31-14 Frances CaballoEvery Friday I compile a list of online resources for Indie authors to help newly published writers market their books on the social web. I hope you enjoy this week’s selection.


Smart Ways to Manage Time on Social Media by Rebekah Radice: Do you struggle to find enough time in your day to manage social media? Does the thought of juggling your social media tasks make you break out in a cold sweat? Let’s face it, business professionals are busier than ever. Between email, phone calls, projects and team meetings, adding social media to the mix is a recipe for overwhelm.

The 3 Most Important Factors For Growing Your Social Media Community by Robert Caruso: It seems that almost daily we come across social media marketers, enthusiasts and brands that still seem to have limited understanding of social media best practices. Often the social media “consultant” is even missing key factors in their own social presence that hinders their community, reach and growth. You’d think we would be beyond this in 2014, but sadly that is not the case.

The 2014 Social Media Glossary: 154 Essential Definitions by Hootsuite: Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Hootsuite Social Media Glossary. This is a living document that will continue to grow as we add more terms and expand our definitions. If there’s a term you would like to see added, let us know in the comments!

How To Get Your Book Into Costco (and other specialty stores) by Penny Sansevieri for The Future of Ink: In order to be considered for national in-store distribution, you need to pass several (many) checks and your book needs to go to their book buyer who is super particular about what she buys for the stores. Understandably. Product needs to move fast in Costco which is why you may see something one week but not the next.

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Learn about blogging with Blogging Just for Writers

 

Frances Candid Shot 12-5-13About the Author: Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. You can receive a free copy of her book Twitter Just for Writers by Clicking Here. Connect with Frances on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

Practical Tips for Marketing Your Books on the Social Web

 

 

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5 Best Pre-Holiday Posts for Writers

As the holiday season ramps up with its sales, parties, gifts, and pastries, we writers just keep plugging along, don’t we? We do our best to publish great content and get our books some notice above the cacophony of “Buy my book!” “On sale today!” and “Free today” messages. The posts for writers I’ve selected this week should help you to do just that and learn something new about social media that perhaps you didn’t know last week. I also tossed in a great post from the BBC on self-publishing that was especially good. I hope you enjoy them!

Want More Retweets? Use Hashtags, Photos, Exclamation Marks (And Tweet In CAPS) [STUDY] from MediaBistro by Shea Bennett: Want more retweets? Sure, who doesn’t, right? Well, here’s what you need to do. Use hashtags – in fact, the more the merrier. Always include a photo with your tweet, as it helps you stand out. Exclamation marks at the end of a sentence can pay dividends, as can actually asking for your followers to retweet your message.

Social Media Lessons From History’s Great Writers from Hootsuite blog by Alyssa Kritsch: Writing has never been considered a simple or easy process. Even famous authors like Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Douglas Adams and William Faulkner have admitted to the fact. When it comes to social media, not much has changed. The invention of social networking has created millions of writers, usually tweeting, posting or sharing stories on a daily basis. Therefore, finding success on social media has a lot to do with how you write and more importantly, your strategy and process. Luckily, we can still learn a few things from a few of history’s greatest writers.

Blogging Tips for People Who Hate Blogging: 5 Easy Keys to Success from Social Media Today: Do you hate blogging? Let’s look at some blogging tips which will help you to turn your blog into a powerhouse marketing tool. It’s easier than you think. Start by considering how your blog appears to you. Perhaps it seems like a time sink; alternatively, you may look on it as a way to take your business to the next level. Use these five keys to unlock the power of your business blog.

8 Ways to Optimize Your Pinterest Presence from Social Media Today by Stephanie Clegg: Pinterest is all the rage right now and for good reason. Pinterest is a powerhouse network. Use it strategically, and it can really boost your traffic and sales. While there is no doubt that Pinterest and retail go hand in hand, it shouldn’t be ignored if you aren’t an online retailer.

Author Nick Spalding’s top 10 self-publishing tips from BBC News Entertainment & Arts: With Amazon saying 15% of Kindle sales come from authors with no book deal, here are his top 10 tips to succeeding in a crowded field.

 

socialmediaforwritersAbout the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter, the San Francisco Writers Conference, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+