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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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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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The Challenge of Getting Visibility on Facebook [infographic]

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Not a week goes by that I don’t have a conversation with a client or colleague about the frustration and challenge of getting visibility on [..] on Denise Wakeman – Online Visibility Expert…

Penelope‘s insight:

 

A quick view of this excellent infographic tells me that if we are promoting ourselves and our books on Facebook, pictures win the day!

Think about how you can use the information to your advantage: 

 1)  PICTURES of your books

 2)  PICTURES of yourself

 3)  Find some free PICTURES to accompany any posts you make on your timeline with some insights from you.

 4)  Consider spending a small amount of $$ per month promoting KEY posts.

 The possibilities are endless!

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://denisewakeman.com/marketing-with-facebook/visibility-on-facebook-infographic/

 

 

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20 Quotes to inspire and motivate you to write

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Writer needs lots of inspiration and motivation. I myself struggle finding motivation and inspiration sometimes…

Penelope‘s insight:

 

Ah…motivational writing quotes. Like a soothing tonic for our weary and depleted writing souls. I have little flip books throughout the house with many different types of quotes. I realized I need one for writing, too. Who doesn’t need a shot of some motivating and encouraging words from ones who have been there and done that? I know I do.

Feast your eyes on a few of the 20, and check out the article for more writing boosters.

“You don’t write because you want something. You write because you have something to say.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” Ernest Hemingway

“If you wish to be a writer, write.” Epictetus

“I write from my soul. This is the reason that critics don’t hurt me, because it is me. If it was not me, if I was pretending to be someone else, then this could unbalance my world, but I know who I am.”
Paulo Coelho

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you” Oscar Wilde

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.tenaciouswriter.com/20-quotes-to-inspire-and-motivate-you-to-write.html

 

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A Celebration of Life in the Midst of Tragedy

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…And the Whippoorwill Sang…by Micki Peluso

This book left me breathless. From beginning to end, I was spellbound by this haunting and beautiful memoir by Micki Peluso, written as a beautiful love story to her daughter. This story was a celebration of life in the midst of tragedy. It is a tale of love, laughter, and then many tears as a tight-knit family experiences a wonderful life and then a grievous loss together.

The story begins with the family in the ER at the hospital, reeling from a fateful chain of events. It then quickly moves back in time to the very beginnings of Micki and Butch more than a decade before–from their crazy double matrimony ceremony with her mother, to keeping their new marriage a secret, to Micki being thrust into the role of wife and mother at a very young age.

We are drawn into the fun and crazy patchwork quilt that made up the Pelusos and their friends. Yes, there is a tragedy in the loss of their daughter, but the author has chosen to take out her grief on the written page, and allow us a glimpse into their lives. I am thankful that she has, because the story of Micki, her family and her precious daughter showed us the fragility of life–and truly touched my heart.

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Be Positive: Why Your Social Media Persona Really Does Matter

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Be Positive: Why Your Social Media Persona Really Does Matter, part of the Be Positive series by Peg Fitzpatrick

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This post really resonates with me, as I believe everything we we want to accomplish in this life is enhanced by RELATIONSHIP BUILDING–no matter where it happens. 

As an author, you need to be concerned with how you come across with your readers on each of your social media platforms. 

When readers search you out do you come across as postive, interesting, and helpful? It really doesn’t take much to interact with your readers. Come out of your shells and talk to them. They are people just like you.

Just make sure you do it with a SMILE!  😀

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://pegfitzpatrick.com/2013/01/14/be-positive-why-your-social-media-persona-really-does-matter

 

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Bookstore Survival: Can we help?

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Joanna’s Morning Links post today included a link to a Mike Shatzkin article about the future of Barnes & Noble.”

Penelope‘s insight: 

Is the lesson of: “Price your books cheaply” that we have learned from Amazon, going to contribute to the further demise of bookstores as we know them?W

hat does this mean for publishers, authors and major retail booksellers? We’ve already seen Borders book stores shut down. Is it because they can’t compete with the .99 cent ebooks provided by Amazon?

It will be very telling in the next few years if there are more casualties of brick-and-mortar stores. We still need quality places to meet and read those books–whether printed or digital.

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.teleread.com/books/bookstore-survival-can-we-help

 

 

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An Excerpt from Creating Compelling Openings Part II by Richard Goodman at Gotham Writers’ Workshops and WritingClasses.com

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Billy Wilder: 10 Screenwriting Tips

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This is Part II of “Creating Compelling Openings” from The Gotham Writers’ Workshop.  I enjoy critiqueing various opening lines in stories and seeing what works and what doesn’t. If you can create a compelling “hook” right at the onset of your tale, you will bring the reader into your world and he/she will be drawn into your written world.

Here are a couple of my favorites:

“He saw her from the bottom of the stairs. Before she saw him.”

Wow. Can’t you just feel the tension in that one from  Robert Frost’s “Home Burial”?

How about the infamous Ernest Hemingway? His justly-famous short story, “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” begins this way:

“It was late and every one had left the café except an old man who sat in the shadow the leaves of the tree made against the electric light. In the day time the street was dusty, but at night the dew settled the dust and the old man liked to sit late because he was deaf and now at night it was quiet and he felt the difference.”

 A beginning can indicate what we should be looking for, be prepared to think about, and to see in a story. How we should focus our attention. Read the entire article for some additional story openings that will leave you wanting for more.

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.writingclasses.com/FacultyBios/facultyArticleByInstructor.php?ArticleID=111

 

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