5 Tools Every Indie Author Should Use

5 Tools Indie Authors Should UseWhen I first started using social media, confusion quickly set it.

I read a lot of blog posts and tried every application I learned about. I signed up for more than I needed and registered for apps before they were even available. Some that come to mind are Strawberry Jam and BrandBuilder and its precursor, none of which exist today. I tried out SocialBro, and it doesn’t exist today either.

In fact, sometimes I write about apps, and six months later, well, they’re kaput! It’s an embarrassing at times and can get frustrating.

There are some applications that I know aren’t going to abandon me, and so today I am taking the risk of suggesting that there are five tools that indie authors can’t be without.

Ready to see which ones they are?

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Indie Author Weekly Update – March 10, 2017

Indie Author Update

In this week’s Indie Author Weekly Update you’ll find posts on blogging, branding, author bios, social media, and more. I hope you enjoy this week’s selection.

Meanwhile, after several days of rain and hail we’re enjoying a few days of respite, sun, and warmer temperatures. The warmer temps are always inviting to pursue a hike or bike ride. Don’t you agree? I hope you find your time in the outdoors as inspiring as I do.


 Indie Author Update

Why Do I Need a Media Kit? 5 Reasons (+ FREE online workshop series March 13-24!) from Chris Well: “The media kit is an essential tool for every author who wants to leverage the power of the media to build their brand. This set of PR materials gives media influencers and others a clear snapshot of what you have to offer.”

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Indie Author Weekly – March 3, 2017

ndie Author Weekly Update

Welcome to today’s edition of the Indie Author Weekly Update. You’ll find posts on how to building a landing page, secure forewords from a bestselling author, how to incorporate storytelling in your blog and more. I hope you enjoy this week’s selection and that you have a fabulous weekend.


Indie Author Updates

8 Landing Page Design Principles You Should Never Break from Undullify: “Let me tell you something about landing pages. When you start analyzing what makes a landing page tick, you start to notice something – they all start to look the same. Optimization experts have whittled landing pages down to a core format that is pretty much universal, because it incorporates design elements that work consistently in favor of increasing conversions, no matter what the industry.”

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Indie Author Weekly Update – February 24, 2017

Indie Author Update

Here’s another edition of the Indie Author Update. This week’s topics include book marketing, Facebook advertising, and blogging tips.

Kevin TumlinsonI hope you join me for the next  Conversations with Frances when I interview Draft2Digital marketing director and blockbuster author Kevin Tumlinson. Kevin is considered a prolific author, and was named one of Shelf Media Group’s 100 Notable Indies in 2016. I hope you’ll join us on March 1st at 1 pm PST as he shares his marketing tips.


Indie Author Updates

10 Tips To Up Your Book Marketing Skills Right Now by Rachel Thompson: “The basic premise of book marketing is this: write great books that people want to read, then effectively market them. If you’re self-published, use professional editors, designers, and formatters so your book looks amazing. I self-pub’d my first three books and invested in those services through scrimping and saving. Now you can crowdfund. It’s doable.”

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Indie Author Weekly Update – January 27, 2017

Indie Author Weekly Update

Welcome to today’s Indie Author Weekly Update. You’ll see new bloggers on a range of topics from ebook sales to Snapchat spectacles to hashtags.

On a personal note, we received a break from the storms. Yes, finally. The sun has even shined a few hours every day. Thank you for your patience as I return to my regular blogging schedule.


Indie Author Weekly Updates

A Powerful Shortcut for Discovering Keywords to Increase Ebook Sales from Digital Book World: “Indie authors and ebook publishers have a powerful tool for increasing book sales that costs nothing and already exists in their online book selling setup: keywords. The keywords associated with an ebook in an online store can help drive readers to your sales page. When you attract more people to your book’s sales page, the more opportunities you have to make sales.”

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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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Indie Author Weekly Update

Indie Author Weekly Update

The Indie Author Update this week includes posts from bloggers I haven’t previously included, namely Marketing Drive, Rachel Thompson, and Anne Hill. I hope you enjoy all the posts I’ve selected for you from across the book industry’s blogosphere.

On another note, tomorrow is Christmas Eve and Hanukkah. However you celebrate this time of year, may your gatherings be joyful and the new year bring you all that you desire in your writing career.


Indie Author Updates

Twitter finally debuts live video for users Weekender from Marketing Dive: Live video has taken the digital landscape by storm in 2016, as key trends such as growing demand for digital content, real-time experiences and authenticity converge to enable anyone to broadcast an immersive moment. Successful live videos have the potential to go viral, like Candace Payne’s Chewbacca Mask broadcast did on Facebook Live, a video that has been viewed more than 162 million times.

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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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Indie Author Weekly Roundup September 23, 2016

9-23-16-indie-author-updatesThis week’s Indie Author Weekly Roundup includes six posts. You see, I just couldn’t cut the list any more. Each post is chock-full of information that indie authors need to know to be successful in today’s market. And that is the purpose of this blog; to help you attain your goals.

On another note, if you missed Wednesday’s webinar with Joanna Penn, well, you missed a real treat. She revealed great tips that have helped to fuel her success. We also discussed her new course, How to Write a Novel. I’ve reviewed the course and plan to use it when I return to my novel. it’s awesome.

My next webinar will feature Joel Friedlander. The date for that webinar is October 4.

Indie Author Updates

Unusual Ways to Promote Your Book from Alliance of Independent Authors: “Each month we step away from mainstream marketing ideas and highlight creative, fun and sometimes downright wacky ideas that our members have dreamed up to help promote their self-published books to more readers. Here’s September’s top tips, with thanks to all the authors named (and the one who prefers to remain anonymous) for generously allowing us to share them here.”

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