Terrific blog post from Tricia Drammeh on the common sense of Facebook Etiquette. Very good information and advice in this!
Originally posted on Tricia Drammeh:
Facebook. It can be a fun social tool, an addictive time-sucker, or both. It can also be a useful part of your author platform. If you’re like me, you probably didn’t come into the world of social media knowing exactly what to do and how to do it. And I’ll bet you didn’t learn Facebook in school. (Actually, Facebook didn’t even exist when I was in school. Neither did the internet.)
A lot of social media experts recommend promoting your book on Facebook. Some give good advice on how to do this. Some give bad advice. Over the past three years, I’ve learned a few things about using Facebook as a social and promotional tool, and I’d like to share them with you:
- DO set up a Facebook account if you haven’t already. It really is an important (and expected) part of your author platform. If you’re new to social media, it…
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Here’s a great blog post outlining the hard work and years it took for Amanda Hocking to become an overnight success in the publishing world. If you’re reading this article hoping to find the magic bullet for your own similar success then here’s a hint – there is no magic bullet! Just a lot of hard work, years, ingenuity and acting like a nice, supportive human being!
Reblogging from Dylan Hearn who is not only a great writer (I highly recommend his books!), but also very supportive of the writing community all the time by offering handy-dandy tips and advice … like this post here! Thanks, Dylan!
Originally posted on Suffolk Scribblings:
It’s coming up to that special time of the year all writers love: Bookmas. Yes, if you’re anything like me then the Christmas holidays are a book bonanza, either because you receive books as presents or – my particular favourite – you receive gift tokens so you can buy the books you’ve been wanting to read all year.
But for writers, reading isn’t just a chance to relax and enjoy ourselves, it’s also an ideal opportunity to brush up on your craft, so here are my top reading tips for authors.
1 Read often
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard writers say they don’t have time to read. I just don’t understand the sentiment. As Stephen King once said, “If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
Reading regularly is one of the best ways to improve your craft…
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An excellent guest post by MM Jaye on Nicholas Rossis’s site about using a traditional writing rule to your best advantage when writing promotion copy, especially on Twitter. For any author wanting to become more effective on Twitter, just read this!
Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:
I have often mentioned the “show, don’t tell” rule in my blog. MMJaye, a regular around here and a great supporter of Indies in her own blog, kindly wrote this guest post for me, tackling the rule from a novel perspective: how to use it when tweeting. Enjoy her excellent post, which, I admit, was an eye-opener for me.
“Show not Tell” on Twitter: a guide to “clickable” tweets
The “show don’t tell” rule has been drummed into every writer’s head. Traditional publishers and editors swear by it. Some Indie authors are less than enthusiastic about it, but, no matter how much you use or respect the rule, you have to admit that it does invest your writing with one major attribute: it becomes evocative.
What surprises me, however, is the fact that although writers accept that “show don’t tell” leads to evocative writing and…
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Once again this year, I’m happy to advertise my novel, Island in the Clouds, locally every week in the informational flyer, Bequia This Week, created these past 15 years by Nicola and Wilfred!
Here’s a link to the large ad I’ll be running 4 times throughout the next 5 months:
Bequia This Week ad for Island in the Clouds
This ad has been redesigned with a new reader quote and information on how to obtain signed copies! The advertising I’ve done with BTW over these past two years has proved itself to be the best for me for the money I’ve spent on it. I’m a very satisfied customer, you might say! So I look forward to working with Nicola and Wilfred once again this year.
Some wise advice on how anyone can help their author friends. #5 is oft-overlooked, and I would add to #3 – don’t just attend book launches … offer to host one and introduce your friends or book club to the author, or host a literary salon in your home.
Originally posted on Laura Best:
This post could have been written by my family and friends. It’s all about how to support your authorly friends out there, and since my friends and family have been awesome enough to support me through the publication of two books I wanted to let others in on their tips for supporting an author friend. (I bet most of them didn’t even know they had such tips!) Through the years my friends and family have come up with some ingenious ways to put the word about my books “out there.” I thought I would share these with everyone else out there who would like to know ways to support a certain author but are a bit uncertain about how to do that. Believe me there are plenty of ways, and my friends have done a super, stupendous job.
1. Buy the book-– A lot of my friends bought the…
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