Writing, Book Marketing and Covers that Sell

self-publishing, Social Media Just for WritersIn this Roundup, there are some great tips on writing, book marketing and covers that will make your books stand out on the Web and at your local bookstore. 

Key Components to Include When Writing Your Nonfiction Book – by Stephanie Chandler: “If you’re writing a book, you may be wondering what you should include aside from your standard manuscript. Following are components to consider, though not all are mandatory.”

25 Editing Tips for Tightening Your Copy – by The Write Life: “Writers rarely spit out their best copy on the first draft. (If you meet a writer who claims to have the secret for doing so, please let the rest of us know.) First drafts — and second drafts and sometimes thirds — exist to hash your ideas out on paper. After you’ve revised your book, story, blog post or article until you can revise no more, you just hand it off to your editor to clean up, right? Well, that’d be ideal. But most of us don’t have the luxury of hiring an expensive editor to review our personal blog post. And since procrastination is the writer’s best friend, you probably don’t have time to even ask a fellow writer pal take a quick peek for errors.”

The Secrets to Successful Guest Blogging – by Peg Fitzpatrick: “Guest blogging can be a valuable asset in your tool kit, whether you’re a blogger, writer, podcaster, or small business owner. Being published on the right blogs can help you gain new followers, hone in on your niche or build your thought leadership. I’ve written posts for Bit Rebels, Marketing Profs, and The Huffington Post to name a few. There are a few tips to doing it right as as an editor of 12 Most for the past few years and a fairly frequent guest writer, I’m happy to share some of the secrets that have worked for me.”

Book Cover Design Awards for July – by Joel Friedlander: This post is Joel’s review of book covers he receive during the month of July. I always learn a lot from him about covers that work and those that fail.

The Collapse of a Writing Routine—and How It Was Restored – Written by Frances Kazan for Jane Friedman: For years I was a disciplined writer. After walking the dog, I was seated at my desk by 9 a.m. After 500 words I’d go downstairs for lunch, followed closely by the dog. Sometimes my husband joined us, and sometimes he didn’t. Like me, he was a writer; his office was on the floor above mine. Around 2 p.m. I would return to edit, then I took off for either a yoga class or a walk in the park. Following this routine, I finished a master’s thesis (later published), a historical novel, Halide’s Gift, numerous articles for Cornucopia magazine, several lectures, and the first draft of another novel, The Dervish.

 

socialmediaforwritersAbout the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media strategist, trainer,  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 Editor for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapterthe San Francisco Writers Conference, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+. 

Words, Apps, Writing and Online Book Marketing Tips

Social Media Just For Writers 185 KBThis week’s roundup is a wonderful accumulation of posts with tips on word usage, Facebook apps, writing and online book marketing. It’s a potpourri of great information.

10 Words That You’ve Probably Been Misusing – Written by Tyler Vendetti, this post provides the accurate definitions of 10 commonly misused words. Are you using travesty correctly? Find out by reading this great article.

How (and Why) to Publish on KoboLori Culwell wrote this post about Kobo. Recently, I read a post that opined that Kobo was dead. I don’t think so! After reading Lori’s post, I want to use Kobo when I publish my next book. For example, she describes Kobo as the “most beautiful and user-friendly interface for entering and updating titles that exists in the market. After you read this post, let me know what you think.

The “Mystery” of Success – If you are a mystery writer, you’ll want to see this post by Susanne Lakin.

101 of the Best Facebook Apps & Tools in 2013 – This is a wonderful list of 101 different tools you can use to improve your experience – and success – on Facebook.

Three Easy Steps to Selling a LOT More Books and Information Products – This post is from Joel Friedlander’s blog, The Book Designer, and is written by Bob Baker and explains the basis of online book marketing. 

 

Also read: Grow Your Twitter Tribe – and Find New Readers – with Hashtags

 

Social Media Just for WritersAbout the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media strategist, trainer,  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 Editor for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapterthe San Francisco Writers Conference, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+. 

Show, Don’t Tell, Amazon’s Algorithms & Online Book Marketing Tips

amazon 2By Frances Caballo

This week’s roundup of my favorite posts focus on writing and online book marketing so that you as writers can obtain the recognition that you and your stories and poems deserve. 

Keys to Understanding Amazon’s Algorithms – This post – one that all writers today need read and memorize – is from Joel Friedlander’s blog and written by Penny C. Sansevieri, CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts, Inc. 

How To Target an Audience (And Avoid Book Launch Flop) – Written for Your Writer Platform, Kimberley Grabas discusses in detail the essential demographics you need to understand about your target market include your readers’ geographic, psychographic, and behavioral attributes. It’s another must-read. She beings this post with: “One of the biggest mistakes writers make as fledgling “authorpreneurs” is believing that the larger the potential market, the greater the chances that their book (or freelance services) will get noticed. In fact, the opposite is often true.” Click the link above to continue reading. 

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11 Articles That Will Inspire You to Finish Your Next Book – I used BookBaby for my eBook Blogging Just for Writers and it was a very smooth, error-free experience. In this post, Chris Robley gathered together 11 posts with tips every writer needs. Here are the first three posts:

1. 10 Writing Exercises to Break You Out of Your Creative Rut

2. Writers, Forget About Your Weaknesses!

3. 6 Essential Tips for Your Own Stay-at-Home Writing Retreat 

7 Essential Online Book Marketing Tips from the Front Lines – I seem to be on a roll because this is another great post from BookBaby that I thought you’d like to read. Besides, it’s always a good idea to learn more about online book marketing, right? The Secret to Show, Don’t Tell – Susanne Lakin, aka C.S. Lakin, is a well-known writer, editor, and social media marketer. In this post, Susanne addresses the advice of all editors, “Show, don’t tell.”

Which post was your favorite this past week?

Also read:

8 Social Media Tips Just for Writers 

Grow Your Twitter Tribe – and Find New Readers – with Hashtags

 

Social Media Just for WritersAbout the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media strategist, trainer,  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 Editor for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapterthe San Francisco Writers Conference, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.