Here’s How to Write The Ultimate Guest Post via @BadRedheadMedia

By Rachel Thompson
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I write many guest posts and articles which are shared on big-name sites like Huffington Post, Good Men Project, Feminine Collective, and IndieReader.com. This didn’t happen because I tripped over these sites — it happened because I’ve been writing professionally about social media, branding, and book marketing since 2009, I submitted my work repeatedly (and faced my share of rejections), and finally ‘made’ it. I also share about my books and writing on author sites as well on many, many other sites (you can visit my… Continue Reading


Powerful Free Book Marketing and Business Help On the Go by guest @K8Tilton

By Rachel Thompson
Powerful Free Book Marketing and Business Help On the Go by @K8Tilton

Susan is driving home from work and hits the worst traffic of the month, a half an hour drive suddenly becomes a two-hour drive. But despair Susan does not, because with this extra time she can catch up on the latest podcasts she’s subscribed too. Mike works from home as a full-time author, but currently has a six-hour car trip planned to get to a book festival. What can Mike do with all those hours stuck in the car? Podcasts, my friends, podcasts. In recent… Continue Reading


Solve Your Book Marketing Problems Right Now!

By Rachel Thompson
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In case you missed my last few posts on book marketing, I’ve collected them for you here. NOW is a great time to get your act together for the holidays, the week after, and the first few weeks of January, when people have gift cards, new Kindles and iPads, eReaders of all kinds, and time to spend reading your books! I wrote two book marketing posts here on my blog, another for IndieReader.com which Huffington Post picked up! I share them below, and all are… Continue Reading


What IS a Target Audience? What You Need to Know by @K8Tilton

By Rachel Thompson
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Jerry Gentry asked, “How do you get a handle on your target audience? Not what you think it is, but what it is in reality? Is it people who leave reviews, follow you blog, send you million dollar checks?” Good question, Jerry. Let’s first take a look at what a target audience IS. Dictionary.com defines “target audience” as “the intended group for which something is performed or marketed; the specific group to which advertising is directed.” In other words, your target audience is the people… Continue Reading


Book Marketing Tips You Need to Know Now, Part Two!

By Rachel Thompson
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In my post last week, I discussed part one of essential book marketing tips you need to know now (social media, blogging, email marketing, and advertising) in detail. Read that first, and then join us here for part two. Today, I’ll review:  promotional tools, groups, street teams, and blog tours. Let’s deconstruct. PROMOTIONAL TOOLS  It’s true, there are a million different promo tools. How does one choose? It’s especially confusing for a new author — what works, what’s worth our hard-earned money and limited budget?… Continue Reading


Book Marketing Tips You Need To Know Now! Part One

By Rachel Thompson

I did a webinar a few days ago for my publisher, Booktrope, about book marketing tips. The biggest question authors have is this: how can I market my books without spamming “Buy my book!” constantly on Twitter, Facebook and other channels? It’s a valid question, because as readers ourselves, we feel the bombardment fatigue. As authors, do we want to be constantly self-promoting? I know I absolutely do not! Social media is a tool in your tool box — let’s call it a hammer. People… Continue Reading


This Just In: Generic is Not Going to Cut It

By Lori Culwell

Lori here again, back with another edition of “Tough Love That is Going to Make Authors Mad.” Over and over again, we try to emphasize the need to actually CONNECT and NETWORK with people during your marketing and promotional efforts.   We say this so much that when examples come up of people just blatantly ignoring these best practices, I feel the need to use those examples as teachable moments. Here we go. I am going to just take out the name of the person who… Continue Reading


Book Promotion Tough Love

By Lori Culwell

Hey everyone!   How are you all doing? (see, I’m opening on a nice note, because I do not think you’re going to like what I am about to say.   I’m also going to close on a nice note. Kind of like the blog post version of the “compliment sandwich”). Here’s the thing. I spend HOURS UPON HOURS trying to think of ways to make it easier to set up your author platform to make it easier for you to promote yourself and your work. I… Continue Reading


How To Sell Without Being A Sleaze by guest @K8Tilton

By Rachel Thompson

You’re browsing Twitter, looking to connect with readers and authors who share your love of reading. You find an author who writes YA fantasy, your favorite kind of books, so you click that follow button and look forward to some great tweets about fantasy worlds, weapons, and creatures. Instead, you get an automatic direct message (DM) that says: “CHECK OUT MY BOOK AND LEAVE A REVIEW: LINK AND LIKE ME ON FACEBOOK via @spaminstantmessages” The screaming caps, “ME ME ME” attitude, and automation of the… Continue Reading


5 Reasons You Need To Stop Being A Lazy Writer on Social Media

By Rachel Thompson
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You may not be a lazy writer on social media, but there are plenty of them out there. Several writers have made these social media faux pas and many have asked how they can overcome looking like an idiot. So this one’s for you! Read the Article Before Commenting on Social Media aka, how not to look like a total fool. See, here’s what happens: we, the good people of social media, work diligently to write a post or article about social issues like sexual… Continue Reading