Friday Roundup: Online Resources for Authors

Authors: Grow Your Platform

I hope you enjoy my selection of blog posts this week. I selected these online resources for authors on the basis of containing tips that will help you to grow your audience/platform. Enjoy them!


 

5 Brilliant Things Writers Can Do to Overcome a Small Platform from Chad R. Allen: It is true that the number 1 reason we turn books down is lack of platform, and I suspect that’s true for most trade houses. But I have some good news: Platform is not the only thing publishers care about, and determination and hustle can take you a long way. In this vein I want to offer 5 things to do that will undoubtedly help you build your platform and increase your chances of landing a book contract.

8 Simple Tweaks That Will Skyrocket Your Blog’s Traffic, Growth, and Impact from Michael Hyatt: It’s not as difficult as it might seem to get your message the attention it deserves, especially when so many others are doing it so poorly. All you need to do is to make a few small changes to really move the needle.

5 People and 2 Sites Writers Should Follow from Sherrey Meyer, Writer: Writers and bloggers need resources to aid in getting their ideas into context attractive to their followers. In order to find these resources, we could spend hours surfing the Internet to find those people most helpful to our brand, blog, or book. The following five individuals and two sites are resources I follow consistently. I hope you find something helpful among them.

How To Get More Twitter Followers: 24 Effective Tips To Grow Your Following Fast by Blogging Wizard: Have you ever wanted to get more followers on Twitter? Watching as others amassed a huge number of followers and wondered what you can do to replicate their success? I felt exactly the same and for a long time I struggled to make much progress, but eventually after trying different tactics I was able to make serious headway. And I want to help you do the same thing.

65 Accomplished Writers & Marketers Reveal Their Secrets to Productivity by focusalot: This is probably not the first productivity article that you have read. You’ve probably have read countless lists telling you things tips like “Just start typing!” or “check email later!” But the real key to productivity is not about little tricks or one-day-stints. It’s about working consistently even if you don’t feel like it, or you’re too tired, or you have to take care of children. It’s difficult, but not impossible to create a system for work. You can do it, because these writers and marketers (who are human, just like you) have done it.

 

Social Media Time Suck: Time-Management Strategies for AuthorsAbout the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, 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 and the San Francisco Writers Conference. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

Practical Tips for Marketing Your Books on the Social Web

 

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Friday Roundup: Online Resources for Authors

9-12-14 Tools for Writers

Every Friday I compile a list of online resources for authors to help newly published writers market their books on the social web. I hope you enjoy this week’s selection.


 

Chrome Extensions for The Writer, from Writer.ly: As a reader, I embrace all kinds of books. As a writer, I embrace all kinds of writing: longhand, MS Word, Scrivener, and Evernote. I use them for different purposes, however. All things said and done, my laptop is the center of my writing existence. And Chrome, the browser is one of my most reliable research and sharing tools. Here are a few Chrome extensions that I swear by:

15 Twitter Hacks That Will Turn You Into a Twitter Ninja from the Buffer Blog by Neil Patel: Once you pick up on these power user features, you’ll become a Twitter ninja.

10 Awesome Twitter Analytics and Visualization Tools from the Twitter Tools & Tips Blog: After researching over a thousand Twitter Tools for the Twitter Tools Book I came across many Twitter analytics and visualization tools.  These Twitter tools were designed to add value by presenting a different way to visualize or analyze your tweets, the people in your network, and the tweets from the people in your network.

Two Questions Every New Author Asks from The Future of InkEvery author I’ve met has asked me the same set of questions: How did you know how to price your book? And What do I need to do to encourage/boost sales? Do they sound familiar? We’ve all asked these questions – I know I did – when approaching publishing for the first time. So let’s address them one-by-one.

Template For Success: 5 Keys to Creating A Winning Social Media Plan by Stuart Leung for Forbes: With social networks becoming more and more ingrained in everyday business communication and gaining widespread acceptance as a marketing channel, your company needs to know how to connect with your consumer base. So, do you have a plan around social media?

Also See:

Blogging Just for Writers

Social Media Just for Writers

Avoid Social Media Time Suck (social media time-management strategies for authors)

Twitter Just for Writers (free & on this website)

 

About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, 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 and the San Francisco Writers Conference. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

Practical Tips for Marketing Your Books on the Social Web

 

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