Important Goodreads Changes You Need to Know about Now by guest @sugarbeatbc

By Rachel Thompson

Here’s an update on all the latest and greatest(?) from guest Barb Drozdowich. Thanks, Barb!   So have you heard about the latest changes on Goodreads? I got a heads up from Ink, Bits & Pixels, HERE What are your thoughts? Maybe you are busy writing and haven’t heard about the latest announcement from Goodreads. Let me explain. Before March 19th (the day of the announcement), authors were allowed to collect friends and fans. There were several differences between the two categories. The important differences were two-fold:… Continue Reading

Weebly? Wix? WordPress? Which Website Platform is Right for You?

By Lori Culwell

So, I got into a heated debate with an author in a Facebook group the other day, and I thought I would share both the debate and my opinion on it here for your edification.   Here’s what happened (in brief, because the debate was on Facebook and went on for HOURS): One author says “what is the best place for me to make a website?” Another author jumps on and says: “I made mine out of Weebly and I love it.” This is where I… Continue Reading

Letters from the Real World: When the Real World Strikes Back

By Cait Reynolds

You haven’t seen me for a while. Life got in the way. First, for a very happy reason in that I got pregnant, but then for a very sad reason in that I lost my baby at five months right before Thanksgiving. I am okay. It’s not in my nature to give up, though I will admit a blow like this takes a while to recover from. The last two months have been a blur, but not without progress of a kind. I got back… Continue Reading

2015 Social Media Wish List

By Rachel Thompson
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Sometimes I wonder what our lives would be like if social media did exactly what we wanted it to do. Don’t get me wrong — I am a fan. I love social media. I enjoy sharing quotes and videos, great articles and blog posts, occasional book promotions (mine and others), and you know, chatting and getting to know people who have similar interests as mine (books, poetry, music, social media and book marketing, publishing, the sexual abuse survivor community, Nutella, and so much more). Social… Continue Reading

Changing Your Paradigm About Your Author Platform!

By Rachel Thompson

Nobody is forcing you to create your author platform, right? So, fine, don’t do it. Write your books, burn some bridges, and lament your lack of sales. Or don’t. Write for the sake of writing and carry on. Here’s my question to you: what IS an author platform to you? Is it spamming ‘buy my book’ links constantly? Is it all about your book, your blog, your promotions? What I’ve found, in working with authors over the past five or so years, is that many authors,… Continue Reading

10 Websites You Need To Create Awesome Author Stuff!

By Rachel Thompson

Quick post today! Here’s a round up of some GREAT articles I’ve discovered recently to find all that stuff you are always Googling — resources for free photos, infographics, awesome holiday contests, creating visuals, social media tips, and more. I’ve done the work putting it all together for you — now you need to go and do it! 27 Superb Sites With Royalty Free Stock Photos For Commercial Use via Verve 35 Free Graphics Programs via Mashable Blogging Toolbox: 120+ Resources for Bloggers via Mashable Top 10 EASY… Continue Reading

4 Free, Easy Ways to Promote Your Book on Your Facebook Page

By Rachel Thompson
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Twitter is my social media channel of choice, but I’m finding more and more that Facebook allows me to connect with readers, bloggers and reviewers on a more personal level, particularly in groups (join groups!). As part of my newly launched Author Social Media Boot Camp (affordable group sessions for authors), I’ve been intensely studying and analyzing the best ways for authors to get the most out of each platform. See, while I may love Twitter, you may not. And the truth of it is,… Continue Reading

3 Easy Steps to Finding Great Social Media Content to Share

By Rachel Thompson
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As discussed in my last post (What should writers blog about? A quick guide), hopefully you’ve now figured out about five or so topics that you are interested in, passionate about, are an expert in, or simply enjoy sharing. Keep in mind, these may or may not having anything at all to do with your book (I suggest at least one or two are related). How to find content to share across your social media? I’m going to walk you through how I find content for… Continue Reading

What Should Writers Blog About? A Quick Guide

By Rachel Thompson

Several writers have asked me recently: What do I blog about? or Is blogging really necessary?  I always answer with a resounding YES it’s necessary — blogging is a way to connect with readers, book bloggers, and book reviewers (and potentially, agents and publishers who, make no mistake, will come to your site and look for your blog to get a feel for who you are and how you write). As to what to blog about — that’s where most writers get tripped up, so… Continue Reading

Social Media Scheduling Tools for Authors by @K8Tilton

By Rachel Thompson

Please welcome virtual assistant extraordinaire Kate Tilton, who is a staff writer for and helps author Rachel Thompson from falling down the rabbit hole every day. Pay attention — Kate knows what she’s doing! Ever feel like there is no way you can manage all your social media accounts, let alone post regularly to each? Ever wonder how some authors seem to be on social media ALL the time? Introducing social media scheduling tools, your key to managing your accounts and building your following…. Continue Reading