TOR’S TOP TIPS: OUR AUTHORS ON WRITING

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I asked several of our authors to offer one tip for aspiring writers. This is what they sent in: JOHN GWYNNE: Write for yourself. Something that you want to

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

It is always inspiring and enlightening to read tips from other authors. I certainly don’t feel I have learned everything I need to know to be a superb and prolific author, nor do I think I will ever feel that way.

 Here’s a few tidbits from this excellent article to think about over the weekend:

 1) Write for YOURSELF! – If it is something you would like to read, someone else in the world probably will enjoy it as well.

 2) Don’t listen too hard to your INNER CRITIC – Ah..the ever present negative voice inside the head of every author. We are forever shushing that voice.

 3) Never FINISH a writing session by finishing off a scene – The author suggests trying to stop in the middle of a sentence. This causes you to be anxious to get right back to the page the next day. This is a new one for me, but it would actually cause all of your senses to be tuned in to finishing that scene.

 There are several more, so you can head on over to the full article to see if you can add some more nuts and bolts to your author’s tool kit.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://torbooks.co.uk/2013/01/24/tors-top-tips-our-authors-on-writing/#more-7897

 

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Adult Ebook Sales up 31% in Sept., Continue Slowdown | Digital Book World

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The trend of more moderate growth for ebooks in the U.S. in 2012 continued in Sept. as sales of adult trade ebooks were up 30.7%, much less than the triple-digit sales growth seen in ebooks in previous years.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Hmm….in perusing this interesting article, I wonder where the writing focus should be?

Although adult ebook sales were up 31% in September, the sales for Children’s ebooks are still up 177% for the year through the first 3 quarters! Wow. The ebook revenues for children’s ebooks are up to $190.6M for the year, comprising nearly 13% of all sales!

On the Adult side, ebooks are up 36.2% for the year to $961.6M, comprising nearly 21% of all sales.

The tide turned in 2012, when children’s ebooks grew by a whopping 475.1%! If you have any inclination toward putting together small and simple picture books for children, you should take a serious look at writing for this sector. It can be as simple as putting together a funny picture book of snapshots you have taken of your cat, dog or rat with silly captions underneath.  They really are some of the simplest books to put together–and also the most profitable!

  

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

Link to the original article: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2013/adult-ebook-sales-up-31-in-sept-continue-slowdown

 

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Sneak Peek of Book “…And The Whippoorwill Sang”

 

Book: “…And The Whippoorwill Sang”

Profile of Author, Micki Peluso on Shelfari: Click Here

and her contact info:

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 An interview will soon be featured by this very talented author on KimberlyShursen.com  on January 28th

 

SYNOPSIS

How does one describe a mother’s love? Her beautiful girl, funny and bright, breathes life into every moment, considers each day special, as if sensing there might not be another. She does cartwheels in piles of Autumn leaves, sings and dances down country lanes–loves her family with all her soul. A drunk driver has severed her spinal cord–no hope. How can a mother let her child go?
 
 This lively story opens with eloping teenagers, Micki and Butch, in a bizarre double ceremony with Micki’s mother. The couple share wonderfully comical escapades, spanning decades, until tragedy strikes. There has been a terrible accident in a placid valley nestled in the Susquehanna Mountains of Pennsylvania. A drunk driver has struck down their teenage daughter on a sunny Autumn day, severing her spinal cord. Micki grabs hold of happier days, musing over their delightful past to confront an uncertain future—as the family copes with fear and apprehension. One of her six children is fighting for life in the hospital; in a semi-coma, hovering between this world and the next. The family embarks upon its unbearable journey to the other side of grief and grasps the poignant gift of life as they begin. . .to weep. . .to laugh. . .to grieve. . .to dance–and to forgive.
 

Excerpt

 School started and Fall, as always, descended upon us at once, mourned again by the whippoorwills, who had to migrate to warmer lands. I had come to grips with the ghosts; whether true ghosts or poltergeist activity by my wacky teenagers. The house blew a lot of fuses that strangely, flew clear across the large basement, a good thirty feet—which baffled Butch. It happened mostly on weekends when he was home to change the fuses and always in the middle of a good television show.
 
Butch had traded the white pickup truck, aka camper, for a ridiculous looking UPS truck, painted a bright orange. Inside, it was nicely furnished as a large camper, with a kitchen, bed and bath. It had two comfortable, large swivel chairs in front which made for comfortable driving. He’d had enough of New Jersey and took a job in Massapequa, Long island, working for a Ground Round Restaurant, as General Manager. It was about an hour and a half from our old home in Island Park, Long, Island. Our friend, Danny, from Benny’s, had also moved back to New York and told him about the job. The traveling time was longer than from New Jersey, but Butch was more comfortable and loved the job. It was similar to what he did at Benny’s, except more a family style restaurant—a cross between fast food and fine dining.
 
That Sunday he left early for his long ride back. The younger girls and I were all home watching the movie,”Halloween,” when we heard odd thumping sounds from the basement. The ghosts never appeared there, and I feared an intruder had come in through the unlocked basement door. I grabbed the shotgun and put a shell into it, hoping not to have to use it and break my shoulder or hip. I peeled Nicole, who had wrapped herself around my legs, to keep me from going downstairs, off me and made her sit down and be quiet. I snapped my fingers for Sheba to follow me downstairs, although the usually good watchdog hadn’t barked at the noise. I quietly opened the door to the basement, warning all the kids to stay on the couch. They actually obeyed. Maybe it was the sight of me brandishing a shotgun. Sheba stayed behind me, brave dog that she was—watching my back, I supposed. I tiptoed down the steps, scanning the basement, shotgun ready to fire, when I saw a large potato at the bottom of the steps. I held my fire. The menacing spud had fallen off the pantry shelf and thumped down the basement steps. I tried to bribe the kids to secrecy, but never lived down the story of the night that Mom nearly shot an Idaho potato.

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How to Avoid Losing Social Media Followers

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How to Avoid Losing Social Media Followers 

Penelope‘s insight:
 

Are your followers “stuffed” from overconsumption of your Tweets and Facebook posts?  There is something to the old adage, “too much of a good thing……”

 If you are losing followers and not sure why, think about how much you are feeding them at the social media table. Is it always “BUY MY BOOK!” “CHECK OUT MY BOOK!” “READ MY BOOK!” Are you doling out tiny bites of delectable morsels, or force feeding them globs of unsavory mash?

 Interesting article on this subject, and these points sum it up:

 1) What type of CONTENT am I posting? – Is it newsworthy, thought-provoking or refurbished?

 2) How OFTEN am I posting? – More tweeting does not endear your to your followers. Let your guests savor what you do post. Make sure you are only bringing out the best.

 3) Is my Social Media limited to ONE SITE? – Take a look at the different social media possibilities other than Twitter and Facebook. Pinterest is my new favorite. Also check out LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram.

 Invite your followers to your social media table, bring out the appetizers, and the salads, but don’t gorge them on your main course.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.brandingpersonality.com/how-to-avoid-losing-social-media-followers

 

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Amazon Children’s Publishing expands with more books for younger kids and teens

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Amazon is expanding its children’s publishing division with two new imprints. “Two Lions” will publish picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction, while “Skyscape” is aimed at teens.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Should you focus on writing for the children’s book market? As Amazon Children’s Publishing expands with more books for younger kids and teens–this might be a great market. Think picture books.

 The expansion could help feed Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon’s new subscription product for kids. The program, aimed at 3- to 8-year-olds, offers unlimited access to ebooks, movies, TV shows, educational apps and games for a set monthly price (starting at $2.99).

 Parents are looking for more and more “kid-friendly” books that they can share with their youngsters, and children have their own kindles now.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://paidcontent.org/2013/01/21/amazon-childrens-publishing-expands-with-more-books-for-younger-kids-and-teens

 

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Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing – Step Three: Formatting Your eBook

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This is a Part 3 of 4 of some great tips on how to self-publish. This post gets into an aspect of self-publishing that turns most authors away for good; that is, formatting your ebook. There is no doubt about it, there is a bit of a learning curve. It can be done, but it may take a lot of trial and error.  Hopefully, this post will give you the confidence you need to dive in and get started on your formatting journey.

 1) STYLE GUIDE – Considered by some to be the best Formatting Guide, you can download Smashwords Style Guide for FREE in PDF or Mobi. (formatting varies a bit for Amazon vs. B&N) http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/52

 2) SIMPLIFIED FORMATTING GUIDE – Amazon has their own. https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A17W8UM0MMSQX6

 3) FORMATTING GUIDE – Barnes & Noble and Pubit has a guide in their FAQ’s. http://pubit.barnesandnoble.com/pubit_app/bn?t=support

 4) CREATESPACE FORMATTING – You can upload your word document that started with, but you will then need to create page #’s and headings. This takes a little bit of work but once it is done once, you’ll feel like an expert! 

4) KINDLE BOOK GENERATOR – This is ebook formatting software. This is the route that I have taken to format all of my ebooks. I learned how to do the formatting, but found an awesome software that is a cinch to upload my word document, and then it automatically generates all the different file formats to upload to the various publishing platforms. It also has a Photo Storage option to store all of your pictures from all your books. I love it and highly recommend! http://jvz1.com/c/46060/2211

 For all 4 platforms, you can use your Word document to begin. First make a copy, then start the formatting. If this part of the process still frustrates you, don’t give up. There are plenty of outsourcers willing to create your ebook for you–for very little.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.deannalynnsletten.com/2012/08/tips-for-self-publishing-step-three.html

 

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How to Use Social Media Marketing For Your B2B Marketing

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Penelope‘s insight:

 This is a very short article that stresses the importance of social media for your marketing. If you are an author and marketing yourself and your books, before you dip your toe into the social media water, at the very least you need your very own website or blog.

 Many people become paralyzed when thinking of setting up a website or blog. If this describes you, the simplest way to start out is with FREE. Go to WordPress.com or Blogspot.com and set yourself up a free one to get started. Once you get the hang of it, you can always move the information over to a paid doman of your choosing.

 Both of these sites make it extremely easy to get started. You just need to fill out a simple form with your e-mail and user name, and the name you choose for your blog.  If you can get a blog in your author name, do it! You can always add in numbers if the name is not available. Only lower case letters and numbers are allowed. Another option would be to type in your name with the word “Author” at the end.

 So, if you are at wordpress.com and looking for a name for your blog, try this:

 YourName.wordpress.com, -OR-

 YourName12.wordpress.com – OR-

 YourNameAuthor.wordpress.com, -OR-

 PenName.wordpress.com

You should be able to find an available name with those 4 choices. At wordpress, if you don’t want the wordpress.com at the end, you have choices to purchase the .com, .net, .me, or .org extensions. Your .com would be the best, and it is only $18/year.

 If you still scared about setting it up yourself, head on over to Fiverr.com. There and many talented individuals over at that wonderful outsourcing site that will set you up your very own site for $5! A modest investment that will heap huge rewards.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/3jOfAB/www.coimbatoresocialmedia.com/how-to-use-social-media-marketing-for-your-b2b-marketing

 

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Book Review – Corruption is Rampant on “The Road”

 The Road

by Clive West
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My interview with author Clive West is posted on the blog under “Author Interviews”.  Here’s my review of the book:

This seemingly innocent road project is rife with greed, corruption, intrigue, and downright sleeziness. What makes this book chilling is the fact that these kinds of underhanded deals are being carried out around us every day, as we blindly go about our everyday lives. People are way too trusting of their government leaders, and think that everything they do is “for the people” and “above board”. Not so.

You will get a taste of the seedy side and the underbelly of what REALLY goes on in your community, state, country, and in your world. The author has created a cast of characters that we love to hate, while we root for sweet justice to right all of the wrongs that have been perpetrated.

“The Road” will keep you guessing until the very last page. What you think will happen, may or may not–and this book keeps you riveted until the shocking end.

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3 Things You Can Learn From The Wonderfully Odd Simplicity of Pabst Blue Ribbon’s Social Media Strategy

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In any discussion of the masters of B2C social media, the usual suspects—Zappos, Ford, Starbucks, Dell, Coca Cola—are most often touted. There is, however, one …

 

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What can beer teach authors about social media strategy? Specifically, the long lasting Pabst Blue Ribbon?

 I love small, short lists that I can remember and this post is no exception. Here’s a quick lesson in 3 things we can learn from Pabst’s oddly simplistic Social Media Strategy:

 1) Don’t OVERTHINK it! – Pabst tweets no more than a few words, accompanied b a single photo. “It’s about to be a party”, “Friday Night”, “Merry Pabstmas”, or just “Party tip: Beer”.

 It is still true that a picture can be worth a 1,000 words. Adapt this strategy to your books.

 2) Have a CONSISTENT voice – Pabst is considered carefree and reflective. Find your voice and use it consistently.

 What is your author voice? What do you want to say to your readers?
 

3) Know your AUDIENCE – Pabst understands theirs. They turn their FB page into a whooping Pabst party instead of the usual contests, and promoting new products.
 

The lesson here? Have fun–engage your readers and give them a fun time, too!  Brainstorm this strategy and figure out a way you, as an author, can give them a Pabst Blue Ribbon experience with your books! 😉

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.slingshotseo.com/blog/3-things-you-can-learn-from-the-wonderfully-odd-simplicity-of-pabst-blue-ribbons-social-media

 

 

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Social Media Is Word Of Mouse Marketing

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Social media is a completely unique, relationship based marketing venue that is more similar to real world, offline networking then it is to digital marketing. The age-old term “word of mouth…

 

Penelope‘s insight:

“Word of Mouse” Marketing is the new term that could be applied to social media marketing. One single click is all it takes to share a story, negative or positive, to the world.

 WOM marketing provides authors the ability, at the click of a mouse, to connect with our audience at the speed of light unforeseen in the time of Twain, Dumas, or Hemingway. These authors had to rely on the slow train of word-of-mouth marketing, whereas we can now reach out to hundreds and thousands who may share–to reach millions!

 Despite being able to connect with readers–at our discretion–in all parts of the world, some of the old rules still apply.

 1) Be COOL and make sure the content you post is unique!

 2) Have CONVERSATIONS and actually talk to people. Let YOU shine through.

 3) Establish RELATIONSHIPS. People still buy from people they like. This has not changed through the ages.

 Know thy mouse–remember the rules–and choose wisely.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://bundlepost.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/social-media-is-word-of-mouse-marketing

 

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