Category Archives: Social Media

Six Ways Authors Can Promote Their Books on Pinterest [Blog post replay]

Confession: I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest these days. One glance at Pinterest and you’ll likely want to try eight recipes for Quinoa, find an irresistible way to decorate your front door, and try a new work out in order to look good in that new outfit Keira Knightley is wearing. And yes, you’ll probably leave feeling hungry. But Pinterest is
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Creating blog posts & promo materials that go viral (no graphic design skills necessary)

I’m a visual person (hello, Pinterest!), so infographics and charts always grab my attention. They can be a great way to display content to your readers about your book, your self, or a theme from your book. This can be especially effective for non-fiction books, but there’s plenty of room to get creative with fiction too. They also make great content for blog posts, promo materials
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What the heck do I blog about? Blogging ideas for fiction authors who feel stuck in a rut

You’re a writer who wants to keep a blog. You know it’s great for your readership; it expands your reach and keeps readers and fans engaged in between books. You also kind of enjoy it, when you know what to write about. But that’s the problem, ain’t it? What the heck do we write about?   I’m asked this question all.the.time. This comment from
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5 Ways to Optimise Your Facebook Author Page

TGIF folks! I’m in England and taking a wee break, so to fill in for me while I’m no doubt drinking copious amounts of tea and having a mince pie or three, we have a fab guest post by F.C. Malby (Twitter: @fcmalby). Her new book Take Me to the Castle is out this week and as part of her pre-release promotions, she’s been
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Getting to Grips with Goodreads: 6 actionable ideas

Today is 12-12-12. How cool is that! Once in a lifetime, right? :) Today’s quick tip is about Goodreads.com. It’s THE social network for readers and writers (think a literary Facebook), but do you know how to make the most of the site’s features?   Or are you just stumbling around like a headless chicken?   That’s ok, many of us are. It’s not the
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Making Twitter more manageable with Twitter Lists

My two blog posts on how – and why – to use Twitter are among the biggest hits on this blog. But even for those who understand the value of this micro-blogging system, once it reaches a certain point Twitter can become daunting and unmanageable. Tweet after tweet of stuff you really don’t need to know or care about from people you may not
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Avoid the Twitter timesuck: Twitter in less than 10 minutes a day

Twitter, like any social media site, can be a huge time-suck. You jump on to check your @ mentions and before you know it it’s gone dark outside! Here’s the strategy I use to use Twitter effectively, in less than 10 minutes a day. Why not try it right now? *Note: I originally shared this strategy for using Twitter in less than 10 minutes
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How I built my platform in 9 months & how you can too

Rebecca Berto (a.k.a Novel Girl) is a Melbourne writer and an editorial assistant (junior editor) at a publishing house. Rebecca began blogging and using social media 9 months ago. Since then she has amassed a Twitter following of 5,800+ Tweeps, and a dedicated subscriber list of 500+ on Novel Girl, her blog which discusses writing, books, publishing and authors. I invited Rebecca to stop by
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Why You Need to Use Hashtags, & the Best Hashtags for Writers & Authors

Hashtags. Not the nicest of words is it? Let’s get over that unfortunate fact and use them correctly regardless.   ## In case you’re not sure what the heck bejeez I’m talking about, tweets containing a “#” followed by a word or phrase is called a “hashtag.” Hashtags are important in the vast Twitter sea because they make your tweets more visible. How? They
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HOW can I use Twitter to market my book? Twitter for authors who “don’t get it.”

Because I continue to meet authors who are unconvinced of the value of Twitter, or unsure of how best to use it, I am deciding to write this post. I hope my own examples of building a Twitter network will help you understand how to use Twitter effectively as part of your book marketing plan. ~ I know that in the beginning of your
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