Monthly Archives: February 2013

9 Tips to Romance Your Audience on Social Media

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Happy Valentine’s Day! In honor of this day of love, I wanted to share some foolproof tips on how to romance your audience. Enjoy!

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Hey! You don’t have to be a romance writer to romance your audience on social media. This excellent post shares 9 tips to engage and woo your readers.  I’ll share a few with you today, albeit the day after Valentine’s Day.

 1) Share your FEELINGS – your readers want to know what you think and are on the lookout for more things from their favorite author!

 2) Show INTEREST in your audience – ask them what they want to read! They will be more than happy to tell you.

 3) Learn to LISTEN – Once you ask them what they are clamoring for, then gear your writing to appeal to them.

 4) Say “I LOVE YOU!” –  Tell them how important they are to you, and how much you appreciate them reading your work.

It’s like any relationship–it takes time to nurture, and it takes interaction. Be there for your readers, as they are for you, and reach out to them. They’ll love you even more for it! 🙂

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://kimgarst.com/9-tips-to-romance-your-audience-on-social-media

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Dean Koontz: How to Write a Bestselling Novel – Beliefnet.com

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Direct from the keyboard of bestselling author Dean Koontz, here are seven tips for penning a masterpiece.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

We all pause with bated breath awaiting wise words from one of the Masters of writing–Dean Koontz. He gives us just 7 tips on how to write a bestselling novel!

I think what surprised me the most? He hit the bestseller list as soon as he stopped writing outlines. Huh? The sacred and sacrosanct precept for writers everywhere. With Strangers, he started with nothing more than a couple of characters he thought he would like and with a premise. 

He also suffers from the dreaded doubt when he sits down at the computer. He uses this to his advantage by revising page by page, until the action flows more smoothly and crackles with tension.

He tells us to dare to love the language, if minimum prose feels flat to you. Some readers won’t get it; many will not only get it but delight in it. And above all, do what feels right to you. What may work for one writer may not work for another. Alleluia!

 

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

 Link to the original article and the full 7 tips: http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Galleries/koontz-7-bestseller-tips.aspx?b=1&goback=%2Egde_2215425_member_211728529

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Apparently, Size Really Does Matter

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For Indie Sci-Fi and Fantasy authors, writing multi-book series is clearly a tremendous advantage.  Read On »

Penelope‘s insight:

 

When writing a book for the digital marketplace, think “SERIES”. For the young adult (YA) genre, first Harry Potter burst onto the scene, followed by the Twilight books, the Hunger Games trilogy, and more.

Writing a series has become a crucial marketing tool for indie authors in garnering new readers that will hungrily stay tuned for more of your work.

The key is to offer your first book in the series for .99 or even better–for FREE permanently. This book should be set to release a few months ahead of the entire series. It will do your promotion work for you.

The disadvantage? Series books must have bigger concepts and lots of surprises. The advantage? Marketing a series is easier, and you will have a built-in audience for future books. This could transform your writing career from a hobby into a very profitable business.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://indiereader.com/2013/02/apparently-size-really-does-matter

 

 

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The Challenge of Getting Visibility on Facebook [infographic]

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Not a week goes by that I don’t have a conversation with a client or colleague about the frustration and challenge of getting visibility on [..] on Denise Wakeman – Online Visibility Expert…

Penelope‘s insight:

 

A quick view of this excellent infographic tells me that if we are promoting ourselves and our books on Facebook, pictures win the day!

Think about how you can use the information to your advantage: 

 1)  PICTURES of your books

 2)  PICTURES of yourself

 3)  Find some free PICTURES to accompany any posts you make on your timeline with some insights from you.

 4)  Consider spending a small amount of $$ per month promoting KEY posts.

 The possibilities are endless!

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://denisewakeman.com/marketing-with-facebook/visibility-on-facebook-infographic/

 

 

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20 Quotes to inspire and motivate you to write

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Writer needs lots of inspiration and motivation. I myself struggle finding motivation and inspiration sometimes…

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Ah…motivational writing quotes. Like a soothing tonic for our weary and depleted writing souls. I have little flip books throughout the house with many different types of quotes. I realized I need one for writing, too. Who doesn’t need a shot of some motivating and encouraging words from ones who have been there and done that? I know I do.

Feast your eyes on a few of the 20, and check out the article for more writing boosters.

“You don’t write because you want something. You write because you have something to say.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” Ernest Hemingway

“If you wish to be a writer, write.” Epictetus

“I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.”
Paulo Coelho

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you” Oscar Wilde

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.tenaciouswriter.com/20-quotes-to-inspire-and-motivate-you-to-write.html

 

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21 Warning Signs You’re Becoming a Social Media Snob

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Ever think you might be starting to take social media a little too seriously? Sure, it started out innocently enough….

Penelope‘s insight:

 

How about a little funny for your Monday? 😀

Social Media should be used for what it was intended for, namely as a TOOL to reach out to your readers. That’s it!

This article is a funny and quirky take on what has most likely become a serious problem. That is, when we take ourselves too seriously as authors and become social media snobs.

Check yourself if you:

 1) start counting your retweets. uh oh, or

2) you share quotes just to get a little attention! -Albert Einstein, or

3) you refuse to send out tweets about your books because that would be beneath you!

Read the article and have a chuckle, but adjust your thinking if you find yourself slipping into tweeting snobbery. Oh, have a great #Monday! 😉

 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.copyblogger.com/social-media-snob/

 

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A Celebration of Life in the Midst of Tragedy

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…And the Whippoorwill Sang…by Micki Peluso

This book left me breathless. From beginning to end, I was spellbound by this haunting and beautiful memoir by Micki Peluso, written as a beautiful love story to her daughter. This story was a celebration of life in the midst of tragedy. It is a tale of love, laughter, and then many tears as a tight-knit family experiences a wonderful life and then a grievous loss together.

The story begins with the family in the ER at the hospital, reeling from a fateful chain of events. It then quickly moves back in time to the very beginnings of Micki and Butch more than a decade before–from their crazy double matrimony ceremony with her mother, to keeping their new marriage a secret, to Micki being thrust into the role of wife and mother at a very young age.

We are drawn into the fun and crazy patchwork quilt that made up the Pelusos and their friends. Yes, there is a tragedy in the loss of their daughter, but the author has chosen to take out her grief on the written page, and allow us a glimpse into their lives. I am thankful that she has, because the story of Micki, her family and her precious daughter showed us the fragility of life–and truly touched my heart.

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Ten Qualities You Must Have To Succeed As An Indie Author | Successful Self-Publishing

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Should I Self-Publish? This is a question we’re regularly asked at ALLi by writers of all kinds, beginners and experienced. The answer, as is the answer to so many writerly questions is: it depends.

Penelope‘s insight: 

Let me bluntly say right now: “Being your own publisher is not for the faint of heart”. You must be a special breed of person if you plan on writing your own books–and self-publishing them. You are basically doing two separate jobs.

I liken “indie authors” to the pioneers of old. We are blazing new trails for others to follow. If you want to be one of the “pioneers of new”, you’d better check your temperament to see if you possess some or all of the 10 qualities highlighted in this excellent article. I’ve highlighted 3 of them here: 

 1) POSITIVE – You had better have a positive attitude, because you’re not going to have a boss hovering over you, telling you everything is going to be alright!

 2) BRAVE – We indies thrive on risk. We are idea people. We risk our money, confidence, and reputation before the first dime comes in.

 3) HARDWORKING – We think nothing of putting in 16 hour days. We’ve got energy, and we channel it into the future we are creating for ourselves. We educate ourselves on all aspects of self-publishing. We are not dummies and not easily taken to the cleaners.

Peruse the full article for the remaining 7 suggestions, and see if you are also one of the “pioneers of new”.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/10-must-have-qualities-to-succeed-as-indie-author

 

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Be Positive: Why Your Social Media Persona Really Does Matter

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Be Positive: Why Your Social Media Persona Really Does Matter, part of the Be Positive series by Peg Fitzpatrick

Penelope‘s insight: 

This post really resonates with me, as I believe everything we we want to accomplish in this life is enhanced by RELATIONSHIP BUILDING–no matter where it happens. 

As an author, you need to be concerned with how you come across with your readers on each of your social media platforms. 

When readers search you out do you come across as postive, interesting, and helpful? It really doesn’t take much to interact with your readers. Come out of your shells and talk to them. They are people just like you.

Just make sure you do it with a SMILE!  😀

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://pegfitzpatrick.com/2013/01/14/be-positive-why-your-social-media-persona-really-does-matter

 

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Bookstore Survival: Can we help?

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Joanna’s Morning Links post today included a link to a Mike Shatzkin article about the future of Barnes & Noble.”

Penelope‘s insight: 

Is the lesson of: “Price your books cheaply” that we have learned from Amazon, going to contribute to the further demise of bookstores as we know them?W

hat does this mean for publishers, authors and major retail booksellers? We’ve already seen Borders book stores shut down. Is it because they can’t compete with the .99 cent ebooks provided by Amazon?

It will be very telling in the next few years if there are more casualties of brick-and-mortar stores. We still need quality places to meet and read those books–whether printed or digital.

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.teleread.com/books/bookstore-survival-can-we-help

 

 

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