Indie Author Weekly Roundup July 15, 2016

Indie Author Weekly Roundup by Frances Caballo

Here’s another edition of my Indie Author Weekly Roundup of the week’s best posts. I hope you enjoy them. Meanwhile, I can’t help but mention that I’m thrilled that summer is here. In the summers, there’s time for dancing at outside concerts, doing the cycling I love, and of course, walking in the woods, which I do year-round but it’s fun to hike when it’s sunny. The more time I spend outdoors, the more creative I seem to be. Ideas for future books and blog posts seem to flow from my pen. Do you experience the same thing? Let me know, okay?

Indie Author Weekly Roundup

Social Media Smarty Pants Interviews Frances Caballo about Goodreads: Here are the show notes:

  • Three smarty pants tips every author needs for Goodreads.
  • The importance of Goodreads groups and one that authors should get into.
  • What is Goodreads Deals and why you should consider it.
  • Why audience is important when it comes to choosing a social media channel.
  • Facebook ads pros and cons.
  • Who Frances follows on social media for expert advice.

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Take Your Author Blog to New Heights

 

Take Your Author Blog to New Heights by Frances CaballoYou’re reading the text version of the Social Media for Authors Podcast, Episode 30 published and copyrighted by Frances Caballo every week.

As usual, this week’s episode includes summaries of four blog posts with awesome blogging tips and, of course, I have your tip of the week. Enjoy!


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Plugins and Apps I Recommend for Your Author Blog

As I said, we’re talking about author blogs today, so I thought I’d some of the WordPress plugins and apps that I rely on to support my blog.

WordPress SEO by Yoast

This simple plugin is a must-have on every blog. It simplifies the mystery behind SEO by showing you in red or green text whether you are using your designated keywords sufficiently.

I’m not savvy when it comes to search engine optimization, so I love this plugin because it makes the process easy. And you can use it to set up your Twitter Card too – a cool option for every blog.

Here’s an example of how it looks:

Avoid Social Media Time Suck by Frances Caballo

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Friday Roundup: Resources for Indie Writers

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Every Friday I compile a list of online resources for authors to help newly published writers market their books on the social web. I hope you enjoy this week’s selection.


Using Backstories as a Way to Connect with Your Audience, from the Content Marketing Institute blog: Who doesn’t love a good backstory? If you’re hearing the story, it feels like you’re getting information that no one else has. Or, if you’re telling the story, you get to make a connection that can’t be achieved in any other way.

Think Call to Reward NOT Call to Action, from the Engaging Brands, from the Engaging Brand blog:   Fans, followers, email lists are the customer giving you permission to talk to them. They are saying “I am aware. I like what I see yet I still need reasons to buy from you and the chance to actually buy from you.’ They are not a sale. They are not money. They don’t pay the bills. That is the bad news. The good news is that like debtors on your balance sheet…. Fans/followers are assets that can be turned into money IF …

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine: Social Media Marketing Cheat Sheet, from the AllTwitter blog: So you want to use social media to market your brand? Sounds like a smart plan. The top sites collectively have billions of people actively using their platforms each and every day, and many of them come armed with credit cards.

How To Choose A #TwitterUsername When Yours Is Taken by Keri Lynn Engle on the Blogging Wizard blog: The new Twitter design now gives you the ability to pin a tweet to the top of your profile. Now any visitor to your Twitter profile page will see the pinned tweet first, and all your other tweets—including newer ones—will be below.

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Social Media Just for Writers

 

Frances Candid Shot 12-5-13About the Author: Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers. You can receive a free copy of her book Twitter Just for Writers by Clicking Here. Connect with Frances on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

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Friday Roundup: Resources for Indie Authors

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This week’s Resources for Indie Authors focuses on social media and blogging tools to make your life easier. I also tossed in a post from the Blogging Wizard Blog about growing your email list that I liked. I hope you find these resources helpful.


How To Build Your Email List Through Smart Guest Blogging from Blogging Wizard, by Sue Anne Dunlevie: When it comes to growing your blog, one of the most effective and reliable methods is to utilize your opt-in list. Your list is a valuable source of targeted readers. Growing your list should be a top priority, but how do you go about doing that when you’re squarely focused on guest posting on other people’s blogs? Today I’ll show you how you can carry on guest posting and build your list at the same time.

14 Social Media Marketing Tools Recommended by the Pros from Social Media Examiner: Are you looking for new social media marketing tools? Do you want to know which tools today’s social media professionals recommend? It’s not always easy to know which tools are worth checking out or how to use them. We asked 15 top social media marketers to share the tools they find most useful right now.

How Much Should You Charge for Your E-Book? 7 Questions to Ask  from Make a Living Writing by Carol Tice:  One of the most-asked questions I got from writers who took my recent self-publishing survey was, “How much should I charge for my e-book?” There’s no simple answer to this one. Many factors go into this decision.

Seven Most Useful Writing Apps for #Authors from Where Writers Win: We’ve heard it said enough: “There’s An App” for that – Does it hold true for authors? We’d say so! In fact there are so many cool apps out there geared to writers that it’s hard to narrow ‘em down. But we have, and here’s seven of our favorites for the craft side of the writer’s life…

Add impact to your blog with these free tools by Jane V. Blanchard: For a little more than two years, I have been blogging and marketing my book. Over time, I have collected tools to help me work more efficiently and effectively. Some I used only temporarily, other are permanent implements in by writer’s toolbox. Let me tell you about them and how you can add impact to your blog with these free tools.

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Friday Roundup: Online Resources for Authors

Authors: Grow Your Platform

I hope you enjoy my selection of blog posts this week. I selected these online resources for authors on the basis of containing tips that will help you to grow your audience/platform. Enjoy them!


 

5 Brilliant Things Writers Can Do to Overcome a Small Platform from Chad R. Allen: It is true that the number 1 reason we turn books down is lack of platform, and I suspect that’s true for most trade houses. But I have some good news: Platform is not the only thing publishers care about, and determination and hustle can take you a long way. In this vein I want to offer 5 things to do that will undoubtedly help you build your platform and increase your chances of landing a book contract.

8 Simple Tweaks That Will Skyrocket Your Blog’s Traffic, Growth, and Impact from Michael Hyatt: It’s not as difficult as it might seem to get your message the attention it deserves, especially when so many others are doing it so poorly. All you need to do is to make a few small changes to really move the needle.

5 People and 2 Sites Writers Should Follow from Sherrey Meyer, Writer: Writers and bloggers need resources to aid in getting their ideas into context attractive to their followers. In order to find these resources, we could spend hours surfing the Internet to find those people most helpful to our brand, blog, or book. The following five individuals and two sites are resources I follow consistently. I hope you find something helpful among them.

How To Get More Twitter Followers: 24 Effective Tips To Grow Your Following Fast by Blogging Wizard: Have you ever wanted to get more followers on Twitter? Watching as others amassed a huge number of followers and wondered what you can do to replicate their success? I felt exactly the same and for a long time I struggled to make much progress, but eventually after trying different tactics I was able to make serious headway. And I want to help you do the same thing.

65 Accomplished Writers & Marketers Reveal Their Secrets to Productivity by focusalot: This is probably not the first productivity article that you have read. You’ve probably have read countless lists telling you things tips like “Just start typing!” or “check email later!” But the real key to productivity is not about little tricks or one-day-stints. It’s about working consistently even if you don’t feel like it, or you’re too tired, or you have to take care of children. It’s difficult, but not impossible to create a system for work. You can do it, because these writers and marketers (who are human, just like you) have done it.

 

Social Media Time Suck: Time-Management Strategies for AuthorsAbout the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, 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 and the San Francisco Writers Conference. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

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Blogging & Social Media Tips for Writers

8-29-14 blog-400This week’s Roundup includes two posts from Adam Connell of Blogging Wizard because we can all learn a great deal from this talented blogger. Don’t miss the post by Denise Wakeman on how to turn your written content into video. Content is king and video is a super way to deliver it. We have so much to learn from her. There are also great posts from Rachel Thompson — with social media tips for writers — and HubSpot. Enjoy!

How To Turn Your Written Content Into Video Content by The Future of Ink: When it comes to marketing, content is still king. Content drives sales of your products and services, and keeps your customers engaged in your business. However, content is also a hungry beast that must be fed – constantly. In order to stay visible and relevant, you have to continue to “feed the beast” and consistently crank out new content and material. That’s why it’s such a great idea to r epurpose your existing content and give your old material new life.

20 Top Productivity Tools For Bloggers: Increase Your Productivity Immediately by Blogging Wizard: I don’t have time. Have you ever said this to yourself or to someone else? I’m sure most of us have at some point in time, even the best of us. It’s a self-limiting belief which stops us from being more productive. It’s not that we don’t have enough time, it’s that we need to find ways to do more with the time we have. In this post I will show you tools to help you become more productive. Whether you want to stay focused while writing, organize your time better or automate tedious tasks.

8 Blogging “Rules” You Should Probably Ditch by Search Engine WatchAs with everything digital, blogging is an evolving field. What was once an accepted blogging practice may just not work in today’s changed landscape. So it may be time to sit back and evaluate whether generally accepted blog best practices still apply to you or not.

The Most Effective Social Media Channel Is… by Rachel Thompson for BookPromotion.com: Easy: the one you like to use the most! Sounds basic and simple, but with all the advice flying around about ‘author platform’ and being everywhere at once (not possible, I’ve tried), what’s an author to do?

How To Make Every Piece Of Blogging Advice More Effective by Blogging Wizard: There’s a fatal flaw in the way we apply advice about blogging. It’s gotten to a point where the lines are blurred. We are applying advice, it’s not working and we’re giving up. Or in some rare cases we apply advice that does more harm than good. But the truth is that it doesn’t have to be that way. There is an approach we can take to help us focus our efforts and make the advice we’re given work for us. In this post I’ll show you how.

How to Get People to Read Your Entire Blog Post by HubSpot: Once upon a time, you wrote an article. It was a good one. It took you four and a half hours, required a ton of research, and maybe cost you a very late night. After you wrote the article, proofread it, edited it, added images, and published it, you felt good about yourself. Clicking the “publish” button gave you a huge sense of satisfaction. Then, you sat back to wait for the accolades, the reads, the shares, the engagement, the fame. Let me interrupt this fairy tale with a cold, hard fact. Most of the people that see your article won’t read the whole thing.

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Does social media take up too much of your time? This book is filled with time management tips and apps to save you time.

About the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of  Avoid Social Media Time Suck: A Blueprint for Writers to Create Online Buzz for Their Books and Still Have Time to Write, 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 and the San Francisco Writers Conference. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.

Practical Tips for Marketing Your Books on the Social Web