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Innovative Book Promotion for Indie Authors | Successful Self-Publishing

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How To Be Truly New & Uniquely You. By Natalie Buske Thomas. You’re an indie, right? So are you blazing your own trail or simply following the herd, hoping for a break-through? I don’t hold out much hope for a break-through.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

As an author, it is becoming more difficult these days to stand out from the masses when promoting yourself and your books. Don’t you feel sometimes like shouting, “World! I’m Here!” Maybe you don’t have to resort to this–just yet. Here are some great tips from a mystery writer to distinguish herself as an individual that respects attention. Grab a tip or two that you can add quickly into your promotional arsenal. To sum up: 1) Create your own unique radio show on Blog Radio, 2) Create some fun games to engage your readers, 3) Host innovative contests, and 4) Get Personal.

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Ebook Promotion and Marketing”*****

 Link to the original article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/innovative-book-promotion-for-indie-authors

 

 

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The Daily Routines of 15 Famous Writers

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A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.

 

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This is productivity maniac Benjamin Franklin’s To-Do List for the day. What is yours? A writer’s life is not always cut and dried. Most of us have to squeeze in some writing amidst all the busy happenings in our lives. I would love to arise from my slumber and begin putting pen to page rapid fire, but as of this moment, I have to work within the boundaries of the life I am given. Here’s a look at 15 famous writers and how they find the time to write.

 *****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing for Kindle”*****

 Link to the original article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/11/20/daily-routines-writers/?_tmc=NG1bpRJ2dYOBoyoh8BlyKL6bvQdbk6IMDUzcuCV6ISU

 

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50 Ways To Reach Your Reader #5 : Twitter For Indie Authors | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books

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There are many articles written about how indie authors can use Twitter to promote their books and to help build an author’s platform. Some of them have great advice and some are just smoke and mirrors.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

I find Twitter fascinating–especially as a means to an end. That is, the sole purpose of announcing your books to the world and finding readers for those books. This article gives great insight on how to use Twitter effectively. I’m going to grab a couple of these takeaway tips like “make sure to tweet as least one trending topic per day”, or “always try include hashtags in your tweets” and “reach out to your followers with targeted tweets”.

 

****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Ebook Promotion and Marketing”****

 

Link to the original article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/reaching-readers-twitter/

 

 

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Tips on Effectively Conveying Character Emotion | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books. From The Alliance of Independent Authors

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All successful novels, no matter what genre, have one thing in common: emotion, writes Bella Puglisi one half of The Bookshelf Muse blogging duo, and co-author of The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression.

Penelope‘s insight:

Character emotion is one of the hardest things for most of us writers to nail down in a novel. This post will give you a heads up any time your character is up against a wall–and you can’t put your finger on the proper emotion to describe it.

Next time your scene needs a little more emotional oomph, remember these tips:

1) Whenever possible, show the emotion instead of naming it outright.

2) To show emotion, choose physical, internal, and mental responses for your character that are fresh and not overused.

3) Choose cues that are specific to your character and make sense for him or her.

Check out this new book, or just use the quick start guide in this blog post to get your wheels turning.

Here’s the link to the original post: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/tips-on-effectively-conveying-character-emotion/

 

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This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on “Writing Rightly” at www.scoop.it/philosbooks

 

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Picking an Effective Kindle Book Niche 101

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For something as important as choosing which Kindle book market or niche to enter – which can have drastic effects on the difficulty or breaking into Amazon’s vaunted Top 1,000 – you certainly wouldn’t know it from the lack of information about it…

Penelope‘s insight:

I think many people struggle to begin their writing for Kindle, because of all the confusion out there about how to pick a niche. Here are 3 things to think about:

1) What type of niches? (Look for active buyers)

2) Not Your Typical Strategy (find popular niches)

3) Importance of Rankings (Amazon will push your book higher in the rankings)

No matter what, don’t let any of this keep you from writing your book. If you have a subject you are passionate about, then by jove, get to writing!

The original article can be found here:

http://amydebcreations.com/picking-an-effective-kindle-book-niche-101#

 

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Mennonite in a Little Black Dress – Book Review


Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seemed to me, through reading her words, that the author was truly healing from incredibly reeling life experiences. Not just one–but two in succession. I could feel her pain as I read, but a little bit of humor started peeking through at times. Not only did her husband leave her for a guy on Gay.com, but she was also in a devastating car accident, that left her crushed, broken in body, and lucky to be alive. As a woman, it is a blow to our egos when our husbands leave us for another woman–but another man? I cannot image this. Of course, the only place left for her to return to was her roots–a place she knew she would be accepted no matter what. This place was the Mennonite community in which she was raised–and rejected. She was welcomed by her family and friends with open arms and hearts. It was interesting to read about this cloistered community; how they live, work and love.

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