When should you set up your FB page, Twitter account, Instagram, website, mailing list? This question is asked enough that I felt it warranted its own blog post. The simple answer is as soon as you decide writing isn't just a hobby, when you know you will share stuff with the world, and before you… Continue reading Setting Up Presence
Category: Author Presence
Look Inside Feature
Most sites feature a "look inside" option. This is similar to browsing in a physical store except it is limited to 10% of the entire book. You've snagged a potential reader with the title/cover. They read the blurb, they've looked at reviews, and they just haven't made that decision to click away or click buy.… Continue reading Look Inside Feature
How Much Social Media Do You Need?
From websites to social media, writers are pulled in dozens of directions. It can be confusing and time consuming. So what do I need? The answer might surprise you. If you're confident in having a social media presence the first thing you should do is make sure your username is available on all the big… Continue reading How Much Social Media Do You Need?
Newsletters of the Future
Not so long ago, followers signed up for things like "clubs" to learn information about their favorite anything. Some of you might be too young to remember the Jonathan Taylor Thomas clubs of the 90s. I didn't get into such things, but they were a way of staying connected. The rise of the internet gave… Continue reading Newsletters of the Future
The Book Launch Planner
Launching your book into the world can be a nerve-wracking experience. From remembering who you wanted to hire, who you've contacted to share your release, and the timeline of when these little parts need to be done can make one feel as if they are going around in circles. This planner was designed by Mandi… Continue reading The Book Launch Planner
Pirating Sites—The Rampant Rash of Writers
From small fries to world renown authors, pirating and plagiarism go hand in hand. Some "writers" take snippets and weave it into a story while others just straight up copy an entire book and claim they wrote it. Thousands of readers flock to pirating sites that remind us of Napster or LimeWire (for those too… Continue reading Pirating Sites—The Rampant Rash of Writers
Instagram For Writers
Instagram is the fastest growing platform, and it has been for the last year or so. It's one of the reasons Facebook bought Instagram. https://blog.hootsuite.com/instagram-statistics/https://www.socialpilot.co/blog/instagram-over-other-social-media-platform The phone-contained app is popular with more than just the high school crowd, and the average user spends 30 minutes in the app. My first introduction to Instagram came from… Continue reading Instagram For Writers
How to Network
Networking isn't about getting the most likes or the most friends/followers. Networking is about finding similar writers in your genre and your place in the grand scheme of publication. What I mean is, someone without a finished book should probably network with people who are working on their drafts with sprinting or bouncing ideas off… Continue reading How to Network
What is an Author Takeover? An author takeover is when an author throws an event or opens their fan group to other writers so they may talk about their books. Wait. What? Yes. You read that right. The point of an author takeover is for an author to gather similar genre writers to share followers… Continue reading Author Takeovers
ARC Team File Management
ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) teams are some authors bread and butter. It helps expands word of mouth, gives loyal readers the chance to be part of the "me first" movement, and can stack your release week with reviews. Building a solid team can be hard: finding people, handling the files, making sure they adhere to… Continue reading ARC Team File Management
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