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Always Writing: All Indie Authors Need to Read This!

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Penelope‘s insight:

 

I’ve seen lots of changes going on with Amazon, and wasn’t sure what was happening, but this author gives an interesting perspective. He suggests it is not Amazon who is afraid of the success of some indies–but actually the big publishers.

First, the tags disappeared on our books. Of course, we can still “tag” when we set up the book for upload on Amazon. We can set up 7 of them. When on our book page, readers cannot add any tags of their own. 

Then, the “likes” on the books disappeared. Mine came back for a short time, but are gone again. Personally, I think it is fun and interactive to have the “likes” there. Sure, it can be abused but mostly likely is not in most cases.

This last Grammy Awards is a perfect example of how independents are taking over. More than half the awards went to artists who published under their own labels. Even the song of the year has no major label backing.

What are the big publishers afraid of? Little indie publishers selling a few hundred or thousand books–compared to their millions?

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://neilostroff.blogspot.com/2013/02/all-indie-authors-please-read-this.html?spref=tw

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Indie Authors: 50 Ways To Reach Your Reader #8: QR Codes | Successful Self-Publishing

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How successful self-publishers are using QR codes to boost their readership

 

Penelope‘s insight:

 

QR codes are hot, but most people still don’t have a clue as to what they are–or how to use them for book promotion.

Just think of them like bar codes on grocery store items. When the clerk scans the code with her wand, it brings up all the information about the item. QR codes can be used this same way; (scanned by smartphones) with the exception that you can direct your reader WHEREVER you want them to go.

The software I use to generate my ebooks has a QR code generator built in, which I use on the front cover of my ebooks. It takes people to my website. Some other ideas for authors to use QR codes?

  • In your email signature
  • On a poster at your book signing
  • On your business cardO
  • On a bookmark
  • On your website (perhaps pointing to a sales or squeeze page)
  • On your social mediaOn the back cover of your book to take your reader to another publication

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

 Link to the original article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/how-indie-authors-use-qr-codes/

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Serials Can Be Challenging, For Writers and For Amazon – The Digital Reader

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Penelope‘s insight:

 

Is taking on the challenge of writing “serials” for Amazon right for you and your audience? It can be lucrative, but very tricky. As you are writing your story, you are also posting the chapters for readers to pick up on and pass on to others. 

“50 Shades of Gray” started out as FREE serialized Twilight fan-fic. It then built up its audience over time–and we know the rest of the story.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.the-digital-reader.com/2012/09/19/serials-can-be-challenging-for-writers-and-for-amazon/#.UFz3xY1lRVU

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PHILOSBOOKS – Radio Interview with Romance Author Rachel Hanna

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Penelope‘s insight:

 

A great example for you of ebook promotion and marketing in action. This post is promoting a radio show focusing on talking with the author and promoting their books.

Not only is a FREE gift offered to everyone who LISTENS, but another FREE gift will be given to anyone who PURCHASES the author’s book.

 This has also been promoted via Blog Talk Radio, Facebook, Linked In, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://philosbooks.com/

 

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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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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

 

Penelope‘s insight:

  

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”

Profile of Author, Micki Peluso on Shelfari: Click Here

and her contact info:

Facebook Page
Blogspot Page
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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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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