In this video, I talk about the types of hosting you need if you are an author trying to market your website and books. Now with music!!
You may have noticed that Pinterest and Instagram have gained more popularity. If you haven’t noticed, you need to! According to Social Media Today, photos on Facebook generate 53 percent more likes than the average post, (HubSpot survey). I am the first to admit that I am NOT a graphic artist, but when I noticed authors sharing excerpts in a visual format, I wanted to know more. So I asked my followers (thank you social media) and here are the two options I ended up using:… Continue Reading
You guys! Some time ago, I interviewed my friend Amber Sweeney from the awesome book blog “Me, My Shelf and I.” I was positive I put the interview up, but now I’m not so sure (and I can’t find it anywhere in the archive), so I’m posting it today. It has so much good insight, I really want everyone to see it. So, before you submit to a single book blog, be sure to read this entire interview. Amber lays down… Continue Reading
I went to my first writing conference this week. I was shocked. Now, in my perilously ill-spent and ill-advised youth, I was a dot com girl. I did marketing for technology companies, and I went to some of the biggest, glitziest tradeshows around. I saw booths that recreated German beer gartens, complete with busty frauleins and beer. I saw booths that had virtual reality rides (in the interest of research and relationship-building, of course). I know that my tradeshow budget was often larger than the… Continue Reading
Social media is funny. People are cool and awesome and weird and funny. I love all of it (except for cyberbullies — they deserve every horrible thing headed their way. And stalkers…they suck, too.) Sylvia Plath (flickr on Pinterest) People sometimes question what I post on my Twitter stream or Facebook wall — it makes me wonder: why do they care what I share? And if they don’t like it, why not just unfriend/unfollow? Here are some of the silliest and funniest. RELIGION AND POLITICS… Continue Reading
Today we’re proud to tell you about Indie ReCon 2014, which has now begun! Here is a little more about it… I wrote a guest post for it, and I totally think you should go check that out (along with all of the other amazing articles). IndieReCon 2014, in its second year, is a free online writer’s conference dedicated to indie publishing. Last year with over 10,000 visitors, IndieReCon was awesome with chats and giveaways and days of helpful and pertinent information. This year will be even… Continue Reading
I need a vacation. Seriously. I’m not even two months into my career as a full-time writer, and I’m exhausted. I am working seven days a week, ten hours a day, and the rest of that time, I’m thinking and worrying. I swear, I haven’t sweated work like this since the late 90′s dot com era, when you couldn’t go to lunch because you might miss a paradigm shift. There are times when I’m trying to format a blog post, and the thing just won’t… Continue Reading
One of the best things about the Web is that it is infinitely editable. To any writer who has ever yearned to make a crucial edit after a manuscript missed the point of no return in the production process will certainly appreciate this quality. But beyond simple edits, consider using your site as a way to take your story further, even after it is published. Author Sara Paretsky published an epilogue to her new book Critical Mass that lives exclusively on her site. Paretsky’s protagonist—V… Continue Reading
Today’s tutorial video covers almost every “excuse” I’ve ever heard in the years I’ve been helping authors with their marketing. Hopefully by the end of it, you’ll be convinced that yes, in fact, you ARE going to be able to set everything up and get yourself out there, networking and marketing your books.
This title is a bit misleading, because I don’t feel authors should be using our streams to SELL SELL SELL. I am an author. I tweet a lot, mostly about topics that are of interest to me (Nutella, relationships, love, loss, sexual abuse, music, books, social media). I tweet my own books (well, mostly just Broken Pieces, my latest release, and once in awhile my first two humor books) MAYBE a few times per week. Mostly, I refer folks to my bio where there’s a direct purchase link. Lots… Continue Reading