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allAfrica.com: Africa – Travel Writing and Africa in the 21st Century

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allAfrica: African news and information for a global audience

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Are you a traveler? Even if you don’t travel to the far reaches of the world, you could write a travel book for Kindle. They are hot, and if you are an international traveler, you could piggyback off the success of HGTV’s “International Homes”. Match the books to their episodes.

People always want to know what is in different parts of the county–and the world. If you’ve traveled to a wonderful, exotic locale, write about it!

Here’s what you can do:

1) Pull out all your PICTURES – People want to SEE what you are talking about! You can easily scan in those pictures to add into your book.

2) Recreate your STORY from your pictures. If you can’t remember a lot of the details, another idea is to create a children’s book from the pics if you snapped lots of animals, flowers, trees and things that kids like.

3) Break down your travel story into a SERIES of books. You can use the same trip, but give each book a different subject, different title, but bundle them together.

Let your imagination run wild. If you are a journaler, even better! Pull out those journals and your pictures, and pore over them to recreate your story–and your book for Kindle.

 

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

Link to the original article: http://allafrica.com/stories/201302221181.html

 

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Writers’ Tip of the Day: Goodreads for Authors

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Goodreads now has 15 million members and the New York Times recently wrote that it is rivalling Amazon for new book discoverability.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

  

Every single published author needs to set up an account on GoodReads. First set up an account as a user and get used to navigating the site. Then, set up your author account. There are millions of hungry book readers that are perusing the site daily to find their next great read. Goodreads loves authors and has a myriad of tools available them. You can for instance:

1) Set up your author PROFILE – Post your pic, bio, books, social media sites, and link in your blog and twitter to post your feeds.

2) Goodreads allows book GIVEAWAYS – You must have a print version of your book–but it can be well worth it. Goodreads allows you to run contests for giveaways of your books. You can amass thousands of new fans this way.

3) Join several GROUPS – You can join groups for like-minded people, and promote your book with the groups. Make sure to read their rules for promotion.

 Even if you have published an e-book only, you can still list it on your author profile, and promote it within your groups.

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2013/10121/17-types-of-content-that-google-will-eat-up?adref=nl021813

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Author John Grisham Fan Q&A – TIME.com

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This former lawyer—and lawmaker—found his greatest success writing legal thrillers like The Client and A Time to Kill. His latest book, The Appeal, is out Jan. 29.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

How do I love John Grisham? Let me count the ways… His lawyerly books don’t read like a stuffy, dusty  law journal, but instead more like “Law on Speed”.

When I stumbled across a fan Q&A with this baseball-loving, former lawyer I just had to stop what I was doing and revel in his words. His newest book, “Calico Joe” weaves together mystery and his love for baseball into a very intriguing story. I don’t care much for baseball, but I truly did enjoy this novel.

Pause for a moment with your coffee or tea, and enjoy some words of wisdom from one of my favorite authors.

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

Link to the original article and the full interview: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1706764,00.html

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Why Women in Their 30s are Winning at Writing Successful eBooks | Womens Digital Online Magazine | VIVMag

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Why Women in Their 30s are Winning at Writing Successful eBooks

 

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This post is mainly directed at women (but men are allowed to read, too!). The meteoric rise of E.L. James and the “50 Shades of Mega Dollars” has caused everyone to sit up and take notice.

What once was an industry dominated by mega publishing houses and powerhouse male thrillers, now has seemed to split wide open and beckoned women to come on in. According to the author, there are 3 reasons why:

1) We have the TECHNOLOGY – Anybody can write an e-book, but marketing it is altogether different, and a highly specific skill.

2) We have the MOTIVATION – Women are looking for ways to supplement their family’s income in this stretched society. When we want to learn how to do something, we put our all into figuring it out.

3) We have the GUTS – You had better have good content, or your efforts are dead in the water. With all the competition out there at Amazon, and the other digital marketplaces, you need to stand out! Women have instinct, and it serves us well in this arena.

I do agree with the author that the “50 Shades” are racy, but I do not agree that they are magnetic. I could hardly finish the first book, and the anemic content definitely did not lead me to want to read the second. This proves the point that magnetic marketing can carry even the worst book to the heights of greatness.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://vivmag.com/why-women-in-their-30s-are-winning-at-writing-successful-ebooks

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Live Radio Interview featuring Author Micki Peluso

Micki Peluso

Micki Peluso

Book: “…And The Whippoorwill Sang”

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and her contact info:

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Twitter Page @MickiPeluso

 A Live! interview will soon be featured by this very talented author on

“Penelope’s Book Chat” on Blog Talk Radio

  February 22 @ 6:30 PM EST

This show will feature an interview with Micki Peluso, the published author of a beautiful and haunting memoir. This book is a tribute to her daughter, Noelle, and is also dedicated to all the children who have lost their lives to a drunken driver.  From book description on Amazon:  “Just when their lives are nearly perfect, tragedy strikes—and the laughter dies. A terrible accident takes place in the placid valley nestled within the Susquehanna Mountains in the town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. On a country lane just blocks from the family’s hundred year old haunted farmhouse, lives are changed forever. Micki and Butch face the horror every parent fears—awaiting the fate of one of their children. While sitting vigil in the ICU waiting room, Micki traverses the past, as a way of dealing with an inconceivable future.”  Kindle Book on Amazon:

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17 Types of Content That Google Will Eat Up

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Content – Just what the title says… along with an infographic and a host of examples, illustrations, and explanations.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

I must admit that I don’t spend time trying to trick Google into pushing my content higher and higher in the rankings. I’m no SEO expert, but I admit I was a wee bit curious as to what content this author suggests Google loves.

1) INTERVIEWS – I have started doing author interviews on my radio show as a way to share authors and their books with the world. This is an excellent way to drive people to YOU and your CONTENT–as well as an avenue to help others in the process. Check out the exciting new upcoming author interviews, and you may tweet, facebook, Google+ and share however you like! 😉

http://BlogTalkRadio.com/Philosbooks

2) REVIEWS – Authors are already excellent at doing this. We read each other’s work and review on Amazon, Goodreads, Blogs, etc. We tweet, facebook, and share as a way of helping each other. You can also do video interviews right on Amazon, if you feel comfortable with this.

The excellent graphic shows us all 17 Google Content Tips. What is the age old wisdom? When you help others to succeed, you will succeed yourself!

 

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

Link to the original article: http://www.marketingprofs.com/articles/2013/10121/17-types-of-content-that-google-will-eat-up?adref=nl021813

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How to browse the Kindle Lending Library on your PC | PCWorld

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Your Amazon Prime membership entitles you to one free book per month.

Penelope‘s insight:

 

If you or someone you know is trying to check out a book on the Kindle Lending Library, you may become totally frustrated with the hoops you have to jump through, and chuck the whole idea before you check out even one book. When you become a member of Amazon’s Prime Program for $79/yr, they allow you check out one free book per month. How in the world do you find a book from over 300,000 available?

 Here are the exact steps you can use yourself or (be a friend) direct someone else who is ready to tear their hair out from the process:

 1. Head to http://Amazon.com.

 2. Locate the left edge of the search bar, click little arrow next to “All”, then click “Books”.

 3. Now click “Go”.

 4. Scroll down until you see Amazon Prime in the lefthand toolbar. Click the “Prime Eligible” box.

 5. In the following page, in the Format area, click the header marked “Kindle Edition”.

 At this point you are finally able to view every single book Amazon allows you to check out as part of your prime membership. You’ve got 6 sorting options, and may want to view “Most Reviews” for best results. Amazon has their act together in most places, but they may want to tweak the steps for their customers in this area.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2028407/how-to-browse-the-kindle-lending-library-on-your-pc.html 

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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 »

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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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