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How To Use Twitter Lists

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Penelope‘s insight:
 

I have set up a couple of “lists” on Twitter but this post delves further into some great ideas you can use to maximize your ebook promotion and marketing. You first want to make sure to categorize your “followers” and decide if you want the lists to be public or private.

If you are a writer, set up some lists for readers you know follow your books in the genre you write. Then you can tweet specifically to that list when you have a new book coming out–without wasting the time of all others on your list. Let’s say: SFR (Science Fiction Readers) could be an example of this type of group.

If you are looking for reviews, set up lists specifically for persons who have expressed an interest in this. For example: SFRV (Science Fiction Reviewers)

If you belong to a Facebook Writers Group you could set up another list to tweet to your Writer Friends (FBWG – Facebook Writer’s Group)

I wish I had started setting this up from Square One, but it’s never too late. We just have to start from where we are. Happy Tweeting!

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

Link to the original article: http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/how-to-use-twitter-lists

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50 pieces of writing advice from authors

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Writers – well, good writers anyway – understand words. They have this uncanny knack of knowing which one to use and when – and just think, there are thousands upon thousands upon thousands of the blighters.

 

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Hover over a picture and mine yourself a quote from one of 50 Writers that you can latch onto and gleen from. Here are a few of my favorites:

ERNEST HEMINGWAY – “There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

HARPER LEE – “Any writer worth his salt writes to please himself… It’s a self-exploratory operation that is endless. An exorcism of not necessarily his demon, but of his divine discontent.”

SYLVIA PLATH – “And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” 

EDGAR ALLAN POE – “Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.” 

W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM – “There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”

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

 Link to the original article and all the quotes and quotees: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/50-pieces-of-writing-advice-from-authors

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Social Media Tools and Their Animal Kingdom Equivalents

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10 Social Media Tools and their Animal Kingdom Equivalent #infografia #infographic #socialmedia

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This was just too clever not to share. This funny infographic is comparing 10 Social Media Sites to their animal kingdom equivalent. I especially love the one on Google+.

Here is a chuckle for your Monday, as we all probably need it after the weekend! 😉 Take from it what you will, and promote your books on the sites you feel will give you the most traction.

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

 Link to the original infographic: http://pinterest.com/pin/366128644676677231/

 

 

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Authors: when is the most productive time to write?

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I read this article on cracked.com yesterday, entitled “5 things you can do right now to be instantly smarter.”

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Could the best time of day to write be when you are tired, frazzled, and at your worst? Apparently, experiments have shown that our brain adapts to new and crazy ideas when we are annoyed. When we’re at ease our brain is comfy and rejects ideas that seem too weird. Huh? 

I am trying to get my writing done first thing in the morning when I am fresh, and my mind hasn’t been overtaken by all the gobbledegook on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and e-mail. This seems to be working for me. I jump in with both feet, get the required (my own goals) amount of writing done, and get out.

The ideas that come to me are fresh from the dream state, and not affected by all of the other social interference out on the web. I think each person has to find their own writing bliss, embrace it, and reject what doesn’t work. The whole point is to get it done, and be pleased with your finished work.

 

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

 Link to the original article and the full interview: http://crimsonleague.com/2013/03/31/authors-when-is-the-most-productive-time-to-write/

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Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling

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These rules were originally tweeted by Emma Coats, Pixar’s Story Artist. Number 9 on the list – When you’re stuck, make a list of what wouldn’t happen next – is a great one and can apply to writers in all genres.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

I am tucking this list of Pixar’s “22 Rules of Storytelling” into my writer’s toolbox to pull out when I am working on my writing for Kindle. I can readily pick up some new ideas by quickly scanning the list, and referring back to these rules could truly get you out of some stuck-in-the-mud storylines.

I’m fondly recalling Pixar’s Movie, “Up”. If they used these rules in writing the love story of Carl and Ellie, then these rules would also work great for romance stories written for Kindle. Their beautiful story in the movie is the shortest, most eloquent and touching love story I think I have ever seen. Although it was between two digitally created characters, every time I watch it, I sob like a baby.

Pixar knows of which they speak. This one is a keeper.

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

Link to the original article: http://aerogrammestudio.com/2013/03/07/pixars-22-rules-of-storytelling/

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5 Things Beginners Need to Know About E-Book Publishing | Jane Friedman

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Let’s head back to the basics for new students to the ebook publishing market. There are a few tips that will at least bring you up to speed with the self-publishing lingo that you may hear tossed about. These 5 things have remained fairly constant and will give you a head start on your own “Writing for Kindle” or other platforms.

1) Ebook publishing and DISTRIBUTION SERVICES (Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing, Barnes & Noble Nook, Smashwords, etc.) are NONEXCLUSIVE and do not take any rights to your work. You can take it up and down, revise/update and change your price at any time)

2) There are SINGLE/MULTIPLE distribution services, which can be used in tandem (Smashwords, Bookbaby, FastPencil will distribute to multiple e-reading devices. Amazon’s KDP (Kindle) is a single-device publishing service.

3) Successful ebooks require excellent COVER DESIGN (Prices for novels typically run from .99 to 2.99)

4) Amazon royalties favor PRICING between $2.99-$9.99 (70% royalty at the 2.99-9.99, and 30% above 9.99)

5) Calibre is a free EBOOK CONVERSION SOFTWARE widely used to output ebook files from many types of sources. I personally like software called KBG (Kindle Book Generator) that will create a PDF of your book and all files necessary to publish to all platforms) Resource #3 on http://PhilosBooks.com/Resources

 

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

 

Link to the original article:http://janefriedman.com/2011/08/09/5-things-beginners-need-to-know-about-e-book-publishing/

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Ebook Promotion — What’s Working at Amazon in 2013? | Self-Publishing

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Amazon isn’t the only place to sell your ebooks, and I’ve had some luck with Apple and Kobo of late, but it remains the big dog in the house.”

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There are so many ways to market our ebooks, and authors are always trying to decipher how to make sales in the ways of “least resistance”. Not that we are a lazy bunch–quite the opposite–we are just overwhelmed with choices.

 This excellent article sums up what the writer feels first is “Not Working at Amazon” anymore, then she tells what “Is Working”.

 Let us sum up what is NOT WORKING well anymore:

1) TAGGING (Amazon got rid of the keywords on the book page)

2)  “Post-Free” KDP SELECT BOUNCE (It’s not as good as it used to be)

3)  Using AUTHOR NAMES in your book descriptions

4)  KEYWORDS in the TITLE fields (Amazon is cracking down)

5)  BIG VENUES for advertising your ebooks (Amazon again cracking down)

 Is anything working? Let’s sum up what MIGHT BE WORKING:

1)  Putting out your WORK FREE on the net, and put it out EVERYWHERE

2)  ADVERTISE where it is effective (Bookbub and Goodreads)

3)  WRITE more books! (Best marketing you can do)

 

Think “Whole Series” or “Multiple Series” so readers will buy more from you!

Hope this sparks some great ideas for you in your own marketing campaign. Happy book selling!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.lindsayburoker.com/amazon-kindle-sales/book-promotion-whats-working-at-amazon/

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This Itch of Writing: Showing and Telling: the basics

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Writing, talking about writing, reading writing and sometimes hating writing:
a blog by novelist Emma Darwin

Penelope‘s insight:

 

This is one of the best articles I have seen on the Writing Basics of “Showing” and “Telling”. The author would rather call it “Evoking” and “Informing” and I tend to agree.

Beginning writers naturally do more telling than showing, which is usually where we all begin. Once you get into the process of writing on a regular basis, you want your writing to “evoke” some kind of emotion in the reader.

Not that telling is wrong. There is a place for telling. Children’s stories will use the “telling” or “informing” of a narrator more than the “showing” or “evoking”. Once upon a time…

Take a look at the article for some very specific examples, and another helpful writer’s tip about “psychic distance”.

   

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

 

Link to the original article and the full interview: http://emmadarwin.typepad.com/thisitchofwriting/showing-and-telling-the-basics.html

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The Self-Pubbed Writer Who Wrote the Next Great Sci-Fi Saga

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You can also listen to this article. When bookstore employee and indie author Hugh Howey published his short story “Wool” as a 99-cent e-book on Amazon in July of 2011, he wasn’t banking on the story transforming his career.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

  

I’m in the middle of reading the wildly successful “Wool” permanent free book that sits out on Amazon. Sci-fi fan, I am not, but the story is intriguing. Bookstore employee and indie author, Hugh Howey had no idea that publishing his short story out on the web would completely change his life. He had written nothing else after this one, but fans reached out to him to finish his futuristic short story to satisfy their desire for more work from this author.

As Wool opens, Holston, the sheriff of the silo is being sent to “cleaning,” a punishment that takes him to the toxic surface to scrub the sensors that project a view of the world above to the silo below. The description of the view is one of the only clues Howey provides about the world before the silo was created. It’s a “familiar and rotting skyline” in which “ancient glass and steel stood distantly where people, it was suspected, had once lived aboveground.”

 By reaching out to Howey and leaving reviews that asked for more, fans helped conjure the fictional world that has come to mean so much to them. And through the power of self-publishing and social media, Howey converted interest in the first story into dedicated fandom and hundreds of thousands of e-book sales. Self-publishers can always learn from studying what is currently working, and tweak it to fit into their own self-publishing.

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/books/2013/03/hugh_howey_and_wool_how_the_self_pubbed_sci_fi_writer_relates_to_fans.2.html

 

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Pinterest

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For a full review of Pinterest’s recent changes, take a peek at this handy infographic.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

There are some new things we all need to learn if we are going to use Pinterest in our ebook promotion and marketing.

Some major changes:

o PROFILE now down to 160 characters from 200

o If you link to pin only, your link will be broken. You must use their “EMBED”

o NO LINKS in the description or comments of the pin

o You can no longer TWEET your pin at the time of pin. 🙁

o No more HASHTAGS # (you can do it, but they are not searchable)

o No more “LIKING” pin boards on Facebook

Well, let’s see–what is left? You do have analytics, but you must verify your website to get this feature. I guess we can still have fun pinning, and figure out the loopholes. Stay tuned.

 

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

 

Link to the original article:

http://mashable.com/2013/03/20/pinterest-redesign-infographic/

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