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Kindle Comic Creator – FREE on Amazon.com

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Penelope‘s insight:

 

Do you love reading comics? Do you draw funny pics that you dream of compiling into a book? Well, now stop dreaming and start creating your very own comics. Amazon makes it easy.

Amazon is always ahead of the curve. Now I see they have a Kindle Comic Creator that is a FREE download. I haven’t used this myself, but once you download their software from http://Amazon.com/kc2, you can start creating.

This looks like a fun diversion, and I’m looking forward to having some fun with it.

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

 Link to the full article and your free download: http://amazon.com/kc2

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New study reveals key insights behind Pinterest’s growth | Trendist

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Penelope‘s insight:

 

I admit that my name is Penelope and I am an “extreme pinner”. When I stumble onto this site, I literally have to tear myself away. If you want to see how I’ve been using Pinterest, check out my site and follow a few of the boards or all of them! http://Pinterest.com/Philosbooks

 There are four powerful verbs that distinguish Pinterest:

o USE

o LOOK

o WANT

o NEED

OK. Does this mean that if I make pins of my book covers “drool-worthy” that I will attract more readers? Maybe I should pin a piece of pie next the picture of the cover. It’s worth a try! 😉

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

 Link to the original article and some yummy bread: http://trendist.us/new-study-reveals-key-insights-behind-pinterests-growth/

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The digital truths traditional publishers don’t want to hear – The Guardian (blog)

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The Guardian (blog) The digital truths traditional publishers don’t want to hear
“Digital book distribution is available to anyone who wants it.”

Penelope‘s insight:

 

I was interested to read insights by Barry Eisler, best-selling traditional and now-self-published author. He asked the question, “The choices are good for writers, so why are legacy publishers so angry?”

Book distribution via paper publishing has been in existence forever, until the introduction of Amazon Kindle in 2007. Has it only been 6 years?  The writer could hire out everything EXCEPT distribution. Now the tables have  clearly turned. The writer has the world at his or her fingertips.

 85% of a writer’s revenues were turned over to the book distributor for an entire publishing package. A writer can now take 70% of the profits their self-published book between $2.99-$9.99 on Amazon.

 Traditional publishers are scrambling. Who’s in the driver’s seat now?

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

 Link to the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2013/apr/29/digital-truths-traditional-publishers

 

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Ebook anxieties increase as Publishing Revolution Rolls On

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“Amazon’s bid for rights to sell secondhand ebooks adds another layer of complexity to a world where the certainties of print culture are dissolving.”

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Secondhand ebooks? Could a patent owned by Amazon ruin authors’ livelihoods? Is this dangerous for publishers? A very interesting article in the ever-changing world of publishing.

This much is known: the patent is for an “electronic marketplace for used digital objects”, where “when the user no longer desires to retain the right to access the now-used digital content, the user may move the used digital content to another user’s personalized data store when permissible and the used digital content is deleted from the originating user’s personalized data store.”

 This news bears watching–for the future of all indie digital publishers.

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

 Link to the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/apr/24/ebook-publishing-amazon

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The Single Most Effective Book Marketing Strategy An Author CanUse | Bestseller Labs

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How to get a ‘rave’ reader response when you publish your book: Start your marketing program well before launch.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Promotion is a constant thorn in the flesh to an indie author. Like we don’t have enough to do just writing the darn book! Now we have to promote as well, and it is constant–like that bead that is threaded on the string without a knot on the end.

This article was intriguing right from the title. I wanted to find out for myself the ONE most effective book marketing strategy. Drum roll please…

START MARKETING YOUR BOOK, LONG BEFORE IT APPEARS ON THE STAGE!

You will be in good company. Tim Ferriss started marketing his book, “The 4 Hour Work Week” three years before its appearance. It is never too late to start, so take heart. If your book is on Amazon, it is there FOREVER.

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

 Link to the original article: http://bestsellerlabs.com/the-most-effective-book-marketing-strategy/

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How to Create a Character | Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage

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Holly Lisle: Official Author Homepage – “read with hunger, write with joy, live with passion.”

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Creating characters is something that writers struggle with from time to time. How soon to give out the name? The distinguishing characteristics? The personal tics? If you are short on ideas for your characters, this article by Holly should give you some great tips for well-rounded characters. She suggests:

o Don’t start your character off with a name or a physical description

o Do start developing your character by giving him (or her) a problem, a dramatic need, a compulsion

o Don’t rely on crutches

o Do empathize with your character

o Don’t sympathize with your character

o Do write from your own life

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

 Link to the original article: http://hollylisle.com/how-to-create-a-character/

 

 

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How to Set Up a Facebook Page for Business | Social Media Examiner

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Facebook Pages: learn the correct steps to create and set up a Facebook Page for your business.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

If you have not set up an author page on Facebook for your ebook promotion and marketing, then you are missing out on thousands of possible readers.

This very informative article takes you by the hand and leads you step-by-step to create your very own page for your website, author name, or book. You can create multiple business pages, so the sky’s the limit! At the very least create a page for your author name, where you can list your books and promotions on your page.

Here’s my page for my website: http://facebook.com/PhilosBooks

and an example of the page I set up for my author name: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Penelope-Silvers/547480878598060?ref=hlhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Penelope-Silvers/547480878598060?ref=hl

As you can see, all my books are front and center on my banner. VERY IMPORTANT: When creating any Facebook fan pages, make sure you are logged in as your personal facebook profile before creating. This allows you to switch back and forth between pages using the little gear on the upper right corner.

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/how-to-set-up-a-facebook-page-for-business/

 

 

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Richard Branson’s 7 Secrets To Social Media | CEO.com

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Penelope‘s insight:

When Richard Branson speaks, multitudes of people listen. An article on “7 Secrets to using social media” from the CEO of Virgin? I could not resist peeking at the article to see what Richard does that might help authors in their ebook promotion.

Here’s a tiny taste of his “7 Secrets” to social media stardom:

1) He’s actually ON social media (He wants to communicate)

2) He tweets HIMSELF (he actually enjoys it)

3) He ASKS questions (people want to be heard)

4) He ANSWERS questions (his followers love him for it)

5) He TRAINS employees to be socially savvy

6) He relishes new OPPORTUNITIES (he’s adventurous)

7) He lives by the mantra ” Be AUTHENTIC and ORGANIC.”

The lessons to be learned from this? Your readers want to hear from YOU! They want to know your struggles, your joys, your fears, your successes, your failures. It truly does not take that much time if you incorporate a little time for communication into your day. Find ways to be a socially savvy author and find your fans!

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.ceo.com/marketing/richard-bransons-7-secrets-to-social-media/#ceoid=nlel246

 

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SOCL – Visual Social Networking for Authors (or Anyone)

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Pinterest versus Socl? Well, I really don’t think so. Pinterest is a huge monster – third largest social network in the world – and it’s humming with activity.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Do you pin your books to Pinterest? If not, you should start–since it is the third largest social network in the world! I pin all my books on a couple of different boards, and I also have several other Pinterest boards relating to all things self-publishing. Pinterest requires you to find the pins and set them up attractively so that others will grab them and pin away!

There is a lesser known, but up and coming new visual network called SOCL. This article discusses this new social site that I hadn’t yet heard of–another ebook promotion angle worth checking into.

SOCL could work as another free visual site for exposure of your books to the world. Socl is the new guy in town, and a little more limited because users can only post what they can find on the search engine Bing. Advantages? Fast and easy to create your board. Just type in your search term and you pin directly from the results right onto your board.

Take a look at SOCL and see if there are ways to incorporate this new site into your ebook promotion and marketing plan.

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.indiesunlimited.com/2013/04/09/tips-visual-social-networking-for-authors/

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How to (Really) Make $1,000,000 Selling E-Books – Real-World Case Studies

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Who will be the JK Rowling of self-publishing? Better still: who will be the legions who make an extra $1,000-$1,000,000 per year?

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Do indie authors have even the remotest of chances to become the next $1,000,000 success story? The answer is YES! This guest post on the blog of Tim Ferriss of the “4 Hour Body” and “4 Hour Work Week” has a wealth of information on selling ebooks in this new age of publishing.

Here’s a preview of what you will learn:

 o Why did best-selling Author Barry Eisler turn down a $500,000 offer from his publisher in favor of publishing his own books?

 o Why is Amazon now selling more ebooks than printed books?

 o How can you figure out what niche to choose in to publish your book?

 o How do you go about creating your ebook?

 o What about formatting and designing a cover?

 o What to do about marketing and promotion of your ebook?

 o What is the best price point for your ebook?

If you’ve given up writing an ebook for fear of the competition, read this article and start your planning today. The soon you get started, the sooner you could also have a successful book topping the Amazon charts. 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2013/04/04/how-to-make-1000000-selling-e-books-tactics-and-case-studies/

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