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Book Contest Ideas for Social Media

People love free stuff—just absolutely love it! So much so, that many will do almost anything for even the slightest chance of winning. Entice your readers and potentially gain new ones with social media contests! Here’s how they work: to become eligible for the chance of winning, hopeful participants must engage in some way. You can require them to like or follow your page, comment on a photo, tag a friend, or post a photo using a hashtag you’ve created; you’ll then be able to search the … [Read more...]

How to use Twitter as an author

How to use Twitter effectively Twitter 101 One of the first concepts you'll need to understand before using Twitter are the two symbols that primarily make up the social media platform. The first symbol is the Hash tag sign (#) which is a way to group your tweets with a specific topic.  Different Hash tags like #writerproblems will let people know that your tweet is related to the specific topic different writer’s problems.  The important thing to remember is that you can’t put a space … [Read more...]

Social Media 101: Social Media for Indie Authors

Social Media 101: Social Media for Indie Authors As an author, you may have been told at one point or another about how important Social Media is for your brand.  Is your brand really that important? What does Social Media actually do for you?  Is managing Social Media worth all the effort you need to put into it? These may be some of the questions you ask yourself when mulling over Social Media as a platform.  There really isn't a clear cut answer for those questions, but Social Media … [Read more...]

Marketing & Social Media Support For Authors

Your novel is complete, e-published and mega-online retailers selling it in 200 countries around the world. Joy? Nope, we have seen authors seized by Facebook Fear Disorder, Twitter Trauma and LinkedIn- Lost- Password Syndrome destroy their chance at #BestSeller Ranking. We understand. Fear of engaging in social media outlets has paralyzed our favorite authors and precisely why we brought in a Swat Social Media Surf Team who can scan and diagnose catastrophic social media errors and keep … [Read more...]

Marketing & Navigating Social Media for ebook Authors

I love interviewing authors after they finish a book. I hear pride, pain and creativity in their voices when describing their characters and plots.  There is a tremendous amount of angst, drama, fear, late nights and joy while writing. I relish the stories about the book birthing process  and am  surprised when I search the web for the new author's Facebook page, website etc .I come up empty handed. However talented of a writer or a koi pond builder or basement re-modeler one may be, … [Read more...]

Taking in the Brickbats

When you've written your book and published it it is a labor of love only to you. And maybe to your close friends and family. Do all your readers care for all the effort you've put into it? Probably not. Some readers may not even like your book. But that's expected and you should deal with it just the way you'd deal with the rave reviews you may end up raking in. 1)  Re-post the bad reviews: Pick whatever online/ social media site you're comfortable with, or the one where you're active, and … [Read more...]

Promoting Your eBook: Leaving Handprints In The Folds Of The Internet

So, you finally took that step forward and completed your manuscript. Days and nights of sitting in solitary resoluteness, being cut off from the whirlwind of the outside world, and hammering away at the keyboard until the words started to grow and tumble off those piling Word Doc pages, have finally led you to be in possession of a fresh, new, inventive novel, novella, collection of letters or anecdotes or essays, childrens lit, cookery, self-help, or what-have-you manuscript. You must be … [Read more...]

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