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Plotter, Pantser or Plotser?

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This post gives us some a good idea of what kind of writer we happen to be: Plotter, Pantser or Plotser? Or maybe a little of each? I tend to be very methodical and organized, but I don’t like to translate that to my writing. I like to feel free to be able to create whatever characters and worlds I choose.

 

However, it does help to have an idea of where you want to go. I agree with having a very basic plan when starting. This post will give you that quick plan–if you’re not sure where to start.

 

No matter which kind of writer you are, just start! That’s the key to getting your book completed.

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks
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Writing your Kindle Book from an App? Yes! It is possible.

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I never considered writing a novel from an App! I now know that it is definitely possible with the technology we have available to us today. My memory reaches back to remember a game that we played as kids, where you had several circles of various shapes all attached together with a brad. You spun those circles to land on various word choices, which when put all together, would create a story. This is the logic behind the “Brainstormer” App ($1.99) for the Iphone.

 

If your car battery dies, you can give it a jump start to replenish lost power. Your brain may need the same boost, but it’s probably best that you not do it with an electrical charge. 🙂 Filled with thousands of possible combinations between three columns, the app helps create the perfect prompt to get your juices flowing again.

 

How clever!

 

From the website: “There’s no perfect formula for crafting a novel. In fact, some of the best tales that withstand the tests of time are the ones that break the rules and invent a new narrative. The simplest of ideas can blow up into 100,000 words of masterfully crafted storytelling with proper development. While the words are the most important part of any novel, what is a craftsperson without his or her tools? We’ve collected eight apps that will help you turn aspirations into novelizations. ”

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks
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Embed Your YouTube Videos on Your Own Website to Increase Revenue

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I have seriously been considering putting together some promotional videos for my books. Video, combined with your blog posts, can speak to the people in a way that words alone cannot. Plus, you can make them funny, sad, goofy, or whatever.  Think about your books and their topics, and how you (or a Fiverr.com outsourcer) can create a video to promote these books to the world.

 

In this Episode, Eli the Computer Guy shows you how to increase the revenue you earn off of YouTube videos by embedding your videos onto your website. This eleven minute video will show you how.

 

Have fun with it! If you have a computer, you can create a simple video and upload it to You Tube, and also to your website. If you’re not sure how to get started, fret not! Check out all the video gigs listed on Fiverr to get started with your ideas. Soon, you’ll be a video master!

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks

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Self Publishing – POD Book Publishing – A Study on the Numbers

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How much money can you expect to make by going solo in the world of self-publishing? Here are some facts and figures that should make you take pause–a comprehensive study on self publishing vs. other options, which has finally become a financially viable and respectable option for book writers.

 

Summed up in this incredible infographic will show you in mere minutes:

 

1) The Traditional Way vs. The New Way

 

2) Printing and Distibution Costs

 

3) Print on Demand Case Study: Non-Fiction

 

4) Self Publishing vs. Typical Book Deals

 

5) Famous Self-Published Authors

 

6) E-books Case Study: Fiction

 

7) Growth of E-book sales

 

8) A Quirk in the Figures

 

Over the next 3 years alone, e-book sales are estimated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 72% to reach nearly $2.7 billion U.S. by 2013. Think you can put on your writing cap and grab a piece of this pie?

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks
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What’s Your Excuse? 5 Reasons to Add Video to Your Social Media Marketing Strategy NOW | The Marketing Zen Group

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Consider these 5 tips when marketing your books. Adding video can be a great way to boost your social media marketing strategy – and may be easier than you think.

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Hemingway’s Boat author Paul Hendrickson receives Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for nonfiction

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Where we do we find ideas for our books? Anywhere and anytime, apparently. My own ideas come to me in the strangest places, and at the oddest times. In the shower, in between my dream state and my final awakening the morning, in the car, watching television, or reading. Here’s one theory from an award-winning author:

 

“My theory on book-writing,” said author Paul Hendrickson, “is that we don’t find our books – they find us.”In town this weekend to receive the 2012 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction for “Hemingway’s Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost,” Hendrickson discussed what inspired him to tackle the Ernest Hemingway legend from a slightly new angle — specifically, that of the author’s beloved fishing boat Pilar, which played such an integral role in “Papa’s” Cuban period.

 

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Writing Group Etiquette | Beyond The Margins

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You do not have to “go it alone”. We are social creatures, and we were created for interaction with others. How will you know what people think of your writing, and your books, if you don’t get some kind of feedback? Your computer doesn’t talk back to you, and you can’t grow, as a writer, unless you receive some feedback from your fellow man.

 

This post gives some great tips for finding some others that you can click with, interact with, and grow with. There are all kinds of writing groups, from impromptu wine-fueled evenings in somebody’s loft, to groups that follow a rigid schedule every third Monday of the month, to an open format where anybody can bring in pages every meeting.

 

It doesn’t matter what “kind” of group you join–just find one and join!

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks

 
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Dream It, Do It: How Entrepreneurs Get Creative With Pinterest Marketing

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I have really become fascinated lately by what drives Pinterest, and how it can help ebook sellers promote their books. I have started pinning, and find that I love it! If you want to check out my boards, and follow what I do, click here:

 

http://pinterest.com/philosbooks/

 

I believe it goes back to kindergarten, when we were instructed to cut pictures out of magazines and paste them in random places on colorful construction paper to make collages. What fun! However, don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this seemingly simple child’s play. It can be a very powerful promotional tool. Many use Pinterest to promote their products, and even create boards that they use to run contests straight from their pins.

 

Keep this in mind: The pictures can link to wherever you choose. When you pin, keep that in mind. You are not only pinning the picture, but also the link. Pinterest is the hottest social media site around, and women are the movers and shakers of this visual media revolution.

 

This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on Ebook Promotion and Marketing at www.scoop.it/philosbooks

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Get a great idea on any topic in under 1 minute

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Great 1 minute 30 second You Tube tip from Internet Marketing Guru Jim Cockrum. Use this free tip to get great ideas for your very own book topic that you can use for Kindle.
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50 Ways To Reach Your Reader # 2: Indie Authors & Amazon | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books. From The Alliance of Independent Authors

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Amazon gives us so many F-R-E-E tools to promote our books, if we would but use them. If you have your book up for sale on Amazon (printed or digital), now there is no excuse not to take advantage of Author Central.

 

Second post in the “50 Ways to Reach Your Reader”, offers so many excellent ideas. Here’s a summary of the three tips to get you started:

 

1) Begin with your Author Page – Sell yourself! Find a great pic to upload, tell your readers who you are–be creative! You can even do a quick author video, and tie in all your social media feeds to your very own page.

 

2) Improve your Book Description – Sell your book! If you don’t know how to write a great sales page, find someone who does. This is your storefront! What is your book all about?

 

3) Get More Reviews – Offer a free copy of your book for reviews, tags, and likes. Visit forums. Try to get at least 5 posted before you offer it for free through KDP. Ask for reviews at the end of your book!

 

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