Indie Author Weekly Update January 20, 2017

Indie Author Weekly Update

This is the first Indie Author Weekly Update in two weeks so it makes sense that it would be an expansive treasure trove of information for you to glean.

As I write this, we are in the midst of another storm. It’s the first of three scheduled to punch Northern California over the next five days. Wish us luck as we tend to lose power and experience flooding.


Top Tips on TIming for Indie Authors from the Alliance of Independent Authors: “At this time of year, we’re likely to spend more time thinking about forward planning, so today on the blog we’re sharing some top advice from ALLi partners and authors on timing the launch and marketing of your self-published books in 2017.”

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Indie Author Weekly Update January 6, 2017

 Indie Author Weekly Update

I hope you enjoy this installation of the Indie Author Weekly Update. I’ve got quite a potpourri for you. Don’t miss Jane Friedman’s look at platform building as well as Joanna Penn’s video on looking forward to accomplishing your goals in 2017. Both are great pieces. There are many great posts in this week’s update and I hope you have time to check them all out.

On a more personal note, I hope you had a lovely holiday break. I know that I did. And best of all, it’s been raining here in Northern California, where we’ve suffered a terrible drought in recent years. So that’s cause for celebration, right? Okay, get busy and enjoy the weekly updates!


Indie Author Updates

Building a Platform to Land a Book Deal: Why It Often Fails from Jane Friedman: Platform, in a nutshell, is your ability to sell books based on your visibility to the intended readership. If you’re a total unknown, then you may be turned down for lack of a platform to support your book’s publication.

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Indie Authors: Follow These 40 on Twitter in 2017

Indie Authors: 40 Twitter Users to FollowAs you probably already know, Twitter is where I spend most of my time online. My day starts with Twitter and ends with Facebook, but as a Twitter fan woman, Twitter is my darling amongst the social media I use.

To help you start the year right, I decided to create this list of my top contacts and purveyors of information in 140 characters or fewer. I hope  these individuals, experts, and entities soon become your favorites too.

Note: The list is organized alphabetically, not by ranking.

Authors and Experts to Follow on Twitter in 2017

Alliance of Independent Authors

Founded by author and poet Orna Ross, @IndieAuthor ALLI is a membership organization of indie authors and advisors.

Andrea Vahl

Andrea has been writing about social media for years. Although she caters to the business world, her words are genuine pearls of wisdom and she’s well worth following and keeping track of.

Anne R. Allen

I adore Anne’s blog and enjoy following her on Twitter too. She is one smart lady!

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Looking Forward to 2017 Plus Insights from Cheryl Strayed’s TED Talk

Goals for 2017

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals. ~ Zig Ziglar

Call me inept at living in the moment, but I’m already thinking about 2017.

I know, I know. Christmas is weeks away, and here I am thinking about what I’ll accomplish by December 2017. I haven’t finalized my goals, but I’m thinking about them and perhaps by discussing my old goals I’ll get both of us thinking about our new goals.

That’s my hope.

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Creative Visualization for Writers with Nina Amir

Creative Visualization with Nina Amir

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Nina Amir, the Inspiration-to-Creation coach and Certified High Performance coach. She recently published Creative Visualization for Writers, which I had the pleasure of reading. Whether you’re just starting out as a writer or beginning a second or third or fourth book, Nina’s Creative Visualization workbook is a worthy guide. Quite plainly, there’s nothing out there on the market that compares to this book.


Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and, at last, you create what you will. George Bernard Shaw

Creative Visualization with Nina Amir

Why did you decide to write this book now?

I saw the adult coloring book trend happening and started thinking about doing one for writers. However, I didn’t think writers would want to just color—since most don’t have enough time to write.

I did think writers needed a book that helped them work through the blocks that stop them from writing, increase productivity and creativity, and move consistently toward their goals. And I could see the benefit of coloring—if focused on the end goal of successful authorship.

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Indie Author Weekly Update November 11, 2016

Indie Author Weekly UpdatesIt’s Friday and that means it’s time for the Indie Author Weekly Update. I always enjoy bringing the best of the internet to you in hopes you’ll find nuggets of information to fuel your social media and book marketing efforts.

On a more personal note, I’ve been relishing the fall weather here in Northern California. We’ve been having 70-degree weather with warm days and cool nights. It couldn’t be better for the hiking and cycling I enjoy doing. I hope that you’re getting outdoors too.


Indie Author Updates

We’ll start with the posts I wrote for BookWorks and TheBookDesigner.com this week:

15 Tips to Boost Facebook Engagement for Indie Authors from BookWorks: “When you’re ready to approach book marketing, and you’re setting up your social media presence, the last thing you want to do is waste any of your time on platforms that your readers don’t use. For example, if you write crime noir that’s popular among the 40+ demographic, you wouldn’t want to waste your time on Snapchat or Tumblr. But, similar to Mark Dawson, a thriller author, you would want to spend time on Facebook.”

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Books Lingering on Bookshelves? Try These 18 Book Marketing Tips

10-3-16-18-book-marketing-tipsDo you want to sell more books? Every author does. I know that I do.

The truth is, we can never sell enough books, right? It would always be great to be able to sell another 1,000 books, or 100,000 more, or maybe even 250,000 more. Or even 100 more.

Indie writers regularly contact me wanting to know how they can maximize sales of their books. Some of them dream of the day when their writing can support them – a lofty goal.

If you look at the great success stories of today’s indie authors, they support their careers with writing nonfiction or teaching courses. Look at thriller author Joanna Penn as an example. She has sold almost 500,000 books around the world and in five different languages.

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How Social Media Fits into Your Publicity Strategy

How Social Media Fits into Your Publicity Strategy by Chris Well for Frances CaballoToday I present a guest post from Chris Well (@BuildYourBrandA) of Build Your Brand Academy on the topic of social media vs. publicity. Chris does an excellent job of explaining how you can use social media to gain publicity for your books.


So I was sitting at my desk, probably doing my job, certainly minding my own business, when I got a phone call from an author who had a book and wanted me to do something about it. Granted, at my day job I’m employed by a major media company with a network of websites, magazines, and radio stations.

But this author was going about this “publicity” thing all wrong. No matter how compelling his book might be—and as he attempted to tell me his life story, it did sound like the stuff of which TV movies and after school specials were made—he was talking to the wrong person at the wrong office at the wrong company. His book was not a fit for our audiences.

When I asked which of our brands he was pitching, he didn’t have an answer. All he knew was I was someone in the “media.”

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Indie Author Weekly Roundup – August 19, 2016

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I spent last week in Monterey and normally I have a lovely time in this coastal community where I was born but the smoke-filled air was a constant reminder of the dangers of the Soberanes Fire in Big Sur and Carmel Valley. There are numerous fires in California right now and we’re constantly reminded of the danger as dry, brown hills cover the state and surround my community. I can only hope that the fire crews remain safe, no more lives are lost, and that the winter brings plenty of rain. I hope you’re having a safe summer. Oh yeah; I hope you enjoy this week’s Indie Author Weekly Roundup too!


Working With Cover and Interior Designers from Joel Friedlander and by Jennie Nash: “Almost every publishing professional advising self-publishers says the same thing: focus on editing and cover design. Those are the two most important elements of your book, the ones that will make the biggest difference in how your book is re-ceived and how it will sell. We’ve already discussed how working with a good editor can help make or break your book, so now let’s take a look at the importance of good design, both inside and out.”

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Indie Author Weekly Roundup August 5, 2016

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There’s a theme to this week’s Indie Author Weekly Roundup: book launches and book marketing. It’s an apt theme since knowing how to market your books is likely what you think most about, right? I hope you enjoy this week’s selection of posts on these two topics.


Using Fiverr for Affordable Book Covers – from BookWorks and by Randy Staples: “Ever wondered about Fiverr?  A few weeks ago I needed a strong, professionally-designed cover for a forthcoming book, and like many indie authors I didn’t have a lot of money to spend on it. How could I get a good cover from a graphic designer on a crimped budget?”

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