Letters from the Real World: I don’t give a Hoot(suite)

By Cait Reynolds

I really tried. I really gave it the old college try. But, I just cannot get into HootSuite. I know it’s supposed to make life easier for me, but frankly, it just gives me anxiety. Setting it up was a pain, and I’m still not sure I have it right. But, more than that, it makes me feel disconnected. It makes the social media experience feel impersonal, which is the opposite of what I think it should be. Seeing all the lists and tabs and everything… Continue Reading

Letters from the Real World: The Real World Strikes Back

By Cait Reynolds

Sometimes, I wish the universe wasn’t so freaking melodramatic. I mean, I get it. Yin and yang have to have to happen. But seriously, does the yang have to be so dang yangy? Since last Monday, it has been a struggle to stay on top of things. On Monday itself, I had my infusion treatment for immune suppression for my kidney transplant. It’s such a concentrated dose of medication that I basically get knocked out and am useless for anything but passing out the rest… Continue Reading

Letters from the Real Wo: Social Media Mornings

By Cait Reynolds

I am not a morning person. I used to be. There was a time when I was up chirping with the birds and vigorously, joyously jostling for a place on the train by 7:00 a.m. Then, I turned 30, and my dad’s night owl genetics kicked in. Of course, it didn’t help that my health was in decline as I rapidly approached needing a kidney transplant. It didn’t get much better after the transplant as the meds left me sleepy and sick every morning. Even… Continue Reading

Letters from the Real World: Viral is as Viral Does

By Cait Reynolds

I feel like I haven’t left my computer since Friday morning. I’ve been averaging 12-14 hours a day at the computer. And, I haven’t been writing. I have been 100% engaged with people online. Last Friday, we announced the cover reveal for my upcoming book, Downcast. The ARC and cover went up on NetGalley. It was tweeted, facebooked, and blogged. And then…it caught fire. In some ways, this is a continuation of last week’s post about how I’ve decided to use social media for marketing. As… Continue Reading

Letters from the Real World: Beginning as I mean to go on

By Cait Reynolds

So, here I am. I’ve got a book that is signed, sealed, and done. It has been edited and proofread. We have a blurb. We have a cover. My baby is now in the tender hands of the layout artists, and I will have an official release date soon, but I know it’s going to be in May. In some ways, this is the opportunity I’ve been waiting to share with you since I started writing for BookPromotion.com. This is my first book as myself,… 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

Letters from the Real World: A Real World Writers Conference

By Cait Reynolds

This summer, I finished a book that has been 4 years, 4 drafts, 33 pages of typewritten notes, and 3 closet doors full of handwritten plotting notes. Writing “Downcast” (coming Late Fall 2014 – woo hoo!) turned me into an anti-social little monster. I failed at practically everything except writing, from seeing my family and friends to blogging. (Failing at blogging is an entirely different conversation we’re going to be having at some point, as well.) However, I found it beneficial in the middle of… Continue Reading

Review: Sell More Kindle Books: 12 Master Book Marketing Systems Revealed

Reviewed By Lori Culwell

So, I’m writing this review, which is of a book called “Sell More Kindle Books:  12 Master Book Marketing Systems Reviewed.”   Basically this is a review of a book that reviews courses on how to sell books, which I think is very “meta,” if you will.   I promised to tell you if I found anything interesting in the world of book marketing and promotion, and I think this book serves a very important purpose, so I wanted to just quickly tell you about it here…. Continue Reading

Biggest Mistakes of Self-Publishers

By Lori Culwell

By Mercedes Tabano Did you know that most self-published books won’t sell more than twenty copies in their lifetime? That’s a depressing statistic. Numbers like that aren’t’ even enough to buy a decent dinner for two, let alone build the life your dreams.      So what mistakes are they (and you) making that could kill your indie author career?  No Editing There’s an old saying among authors that great books aren’t’ written, they’re rewritten. Once you type, or mentally say the words ‘the end’ the… Continue Reading