As the holiday season ramps up with its sales, parties, gifts, and pastries, we writers just keep plugging along, don’t we? We do our best to publish great content and get our books some notice above the cacophony of “Buy my book!” “On sale today!” and “Free today” messages. The posts for writers I’ve selected this week should help you to do just that and learn something new about social media that perhaps you didn’t know last week. I also tossed in a great post from the BBC on self-publishing that was especially good. I hope you enjoy them!
Want More Retweets? Use Hashtags, Photos, Exclamation Marks (And Tweet In CAPS) [STUDY] from MediaBistro by Shea Bennett: Want more retweets? Sure, who doesn’t, right? Well, here’s what you need to do. Use hashtags – in fact, the more the merrier. Always include a photo with your tweet, as it helps you stand out. Exclamation marks at the end of a sentence can pay dividends, as can actually asking for your followers to retweet your message.
Social Media Lessons From History’s Great Writers from Hootsuite blog by Alyssa Kritsch: Writing has never been considered a simple or easy process. Even famous authors like Ernest Hemingway, George Orwell, Douglas Adams and William Faulkner have admitted to the fact. When it comes to social media, not much has changed. The invention of social networking has created millions of writers, usually tweeting, posting or sharing stories on a daily basis. Therefore, finding success on social media has a lot to do with how you write and more importantly, your strategy and process. Luckily, we can still learn a few things from a few of history’s greatest writers.
Blogging Tips for People Who Hate Blogging: 5 Easy Keys to Success from Social Media Today: Do you hate blogging? Let’s look at some blogging tips which will help you to turn your blog into a powerhouse marketing tool. It’s easier than you think. Start by considering how your blog appears to you. Perhaps it seems like a time sink; alternatively, you may look on it as a way to take your business to the next level. Use these five keys to unlock the power of your business blog.
8 Ways to Optimize Your Pinterest Presence from Social Media Today by Stephanie Clegg: Pinterest is all the rage right now and for good reason. Pinterest is a powerhouse network. Use it strategically, and it can really boost your traffic and sales. While there is no doubt that Pinterest and retail go hand in hand, it shouldn’t be ignored if you aren’t an online retailer.
Author Nick Spalding’s top 10 self-publishing tips from BBC News Entertainment & Arts: With Amazon saying 15% of Kindle sales come from authors with no book deal, here are his top 10 tips to succeeding in a crowded field.
About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter, the San Francisco Writers Conference, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+