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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 »

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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

Penelope‘s insight: 

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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How to Time Your Social Media Updates

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Penelope‘s insight:

Authors! If you are promoting your books and taking the time to twitter and pin, why not make sure your words are reaching the largest audience possible–for the greatest impact?

This article is a great eye-opener for me, and reiterates that there are good, better and best times for tweeting. What is your target audience for your books? Are they in school? At work? At home? When, exactly would they be checking their social media updates?

Think about a few little tweaks you can make to time your updates to your reading audience, so your words will not just be echoing in the wilderness.

Here’s some guidlines that you can put into practice right away:

  • Make posts and tweets at daytime, especially between 1 p.m. to 3 p.m (EST) on week days. These are the hours when your tweets receive maximum impressions.
  • Make posts over the lunch hour when many social network users have time to look at their social network platforms. Before school (4 a.m to 7 a.m EST).
  • Time of arrival at work.
  • At the end of business days

You may also want to run some tests to see when your tweets garner the most reactions, and try to post the same message multiple times. Test different types of content. You can create several different Twitter channels to send out different messages. Remember–timing is important for your social media marketing to have an impact on your audience.

 

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

 Link to the original article: http://blog.insideview.com/2013/02/06/how-to-time-your-social-media-updates/#comment-18331

 

 

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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

Penelope‘s insight:

 

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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The Daily Routines of 15 Famous Writers

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A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper.

 

Penelope‘s insight:

This is productivity maniac Benjamin Franklin’s To-Do List for the day. What is yours? A writer’s life is not always cut and dried. Most of us have to squeeze in some writing amidst all the busy happenings in our lives. I would love to arise from my slumber and begin putting pen to page rapid fire, but as of this moment, I have to work within the boundaries of the life I am given. Here’s a look at 15 famous writers and how they find the time to write.

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

 Link to the original article: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/11/20/daily-routines-writers/?_tmc=NG1bpRJ2dYOBoyoh8BlyKL6bvQdbk6IMDUzcuCV6ISU

 

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Forget Facebook. GoodReads Is The Best Social Network for Indie Authors | Advice on Self-Publishing & Selling Your Books.

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I am a member of GoodReads, and if you are an author, you should be, too! Set up your profile first as a reader, then as an author. GoodReads will link your accounts together for you. Thousands of readers are members that absolutely love books and new authors. Book clubs have been formed around reading, and finding new authors and books. If you want to be seen, this is the place to do it!

 

If you have an e-book, head on over to CreateSpace to get your hard cover printed and ready for giveaways. The outlay is minimal. If you want a proof copy, you’ll have to pay for that, but the rest of the copies can be print on demand. Then you are all set for your book giveaway on GoodReads! GR is the best social network for all writers, including self-publishing authors.

 

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