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Watch “Finding Readers for Your Novel” on #HowToEbook

Need readers? Great video to listen to and pick up information.

Have you found an out of the box way to find readers?

What are your strategies?

Please share in comments.

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What is your literary challenge for the month? #marketing #writing #reading #publishing #May

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I’m always available to answer questions for you because it may be the questions millions of other authors are trying to get answer and the answer we come up with could help not only you, but others as well.

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Ask Me Anything at @PeriscopeTv 10am w/@SylviaHubbard1 Today

PERISCOPE

Today is going to be interesting. I’m asking you to ask me anything about writing, publishing and marketing. So I hope you join me and pick my brain.

http://periscope.tv/sylviahubbard1

I love sharing what I know. Thank you for letting me help you out.

And don’t forget to subscribe for updates to the blog.

Introducing Blogging U. On Demand

I knew this was what you guys needed when I saw it. I also did a short video on blogging you can always check out on my Youtube channel at: http://youtube.com/sylviahubbard1.

The WordPress.com Blog

Over the past two and a half years, thousands of bloggers have used Blogging U. — step-by-step courses with manageable daily assignments and pro tips from WordPress.com staff — to get started with WordPress.com, grow as writers, push their photography skills, and more.

Now, accessing expert support is even easier: Blogging U. courses are available on demand, so you can begin whenever you’d like! We’ll be offering courses in four tracks, Blogging, Websites (coming soon), Writing, and Photography (coming soon) — all your Blogging U. favorites will be back, along with lots of new topics we’ve got up our sleeves.

There are five different courses currently available:

  • Blogging: Learning the Fundamentals (formerly Blogging 101)  — a solid grounding in the three big components of blogging: publishing, customizing your blog, and engaging with the blogging community.

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Coming Soon: New .Blog Domains for Websites

.Blog domain extensions will be available to all websites starting this year.

What will your blog be?

The WordPress.com Blog

For more than a decade, the word “blog” has been synonymous with “your home on the web.” And since 2005, WordPress.com has been proud to help you create a unique space that is all yours.

Now we’re excited to announce a brand new way to create a unique identity for your website: .blog, a top-level domain extension that will let you create a customized name and web address for your site.

A name that’s all yours

Just like .com before it, .blog is clear and accessible, and it creates millions of fresh, new options for naming your blog. It’s the perfect place to build your home on the web.

The .blog domains are coming this year — sign up here to get notified when they become available. We’ll be offering them to all websites — you won’t need to have a WordPress or WordPress.com site to purchase one.

Why .blog?

For years, .com was the…

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What stops you from writing? Let’s talk. Friday 10am @Periscopetv #amwriting #writersblockNoT #Inspiration #HowToEbook

What stops you from writing

Tomorrow on my Periscope, I’ll be talking about how I overcome writers block and knock writing out the park with tools, inspirations and just my own personal tricks and tips that I hope helps you finish that book you really want to write.

Please join me. Subscribe for reminders at Periscope.tv/SylviaHubbard1 or follow me on my Twitter page. 

If you have any questions before I go live you want me to talk about, please post in the comments.

Can’t wait to see you!

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#Marketing: TIME SAVING TIPS & TRICKS FOR #AUTHORS ON #SOCIALMEDIA #HowToEbookDotOrg

You ask for it and now it’s here. The video is loading and I have it all written down. Make sure you comment below if you have your own tips and tricks. I’d love to hear from you and don’t forget to share this with other authors and writers.

TIME SAVING TIPS AND TRICKS FOR AUTHORS ON SOCIAL MEDIA 

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  • Focus more time on platforms that give the best engagement. 

 

Weekly checks on your stats can give you n idea of what is working to draw website traffic. Focus o. Items that you see have worked for you. Make sure you also check your search terms, how people looked you up, what sites they clicked on.

Also look at stats from you mailing list : sign ups, sales click thrus, and visits to the websites

You should spend more time a week cultivating. That ROI and riding the tails wind of any spontaneous traffic that came into your site.

 

  •  Use social media management tools 

 

When posting from your website/blog you should have automatic sharing tools, especially if you’re using WordPress, my favorite. When you publish you can instantly posting to Facebook, twitter GooglePlus, and even  Tumblr. Using this method is timesaving.

Also, use Hootsuite.

After publishing or scheduling to post, take the subject and link over to Hootsuite. Paste blog subject and status there to your social media connected and schedule out for later in the day, week, month and or year. This will save you time with promoting the post properly.

Other apps like buffer and Socialoomph assist with scheduling social media statuses to multiple platforms. as well.

 

  • Reuse old posts or repurpose older posts 

 

There is nothing wrong with Taking past posts and reposting them to your blog. There could be new ppl who are following you that haven’t seen you older content so giving them an opportunity to check out older post can solidify you to your newer followers as the expert you are.

You can also take past posts and repurpose them. Tweak them and add more content and them publish them again under a new title.

Remember you need a minimum of 52 post a year , once a week, to be considered active. Instead of coming up with 52 new ideas, repurposing and reposting posts, can be a great time saver for the busy writer.

 

  • Create systems or work habits to save time. 

 

When posting to your blog, have checklists and systems in place to cut down on thought processes. Adhere to the steps and /or checklist closely initially to help keep you on track. WRITE THEM DOWN AND POST THEM AROUND YOUR COMPUTER AREA, until they become 2nd nature.

Not having to think and doing things naturally help you make. Sure things get done and not having to waste time trying to go back and do things when you really don’t have time.

 

  • Batch tasks together and stick to the system. 

 

Doing task while you are in a general mode helps cut time on bumping from site to site or even from task to task and forgetting something. I’m very guilty of this, which is why I stick to batch systems

Batch 1 example

After While working on a blog post, check yr stats, update links and respond to comments, create social media images using canva.com.

Batch 2 example

Follow people on social media, respond to messages, retweet/share statuses

Batch 3 example

Save articles or links to read later, write down post ideas, delete expired promo statuses

Batch 4 example

Check book sales, set up next month promos. Write down promo ideas.

 

 

  • Outsource work – learn when  to let go and assign tasks 

 

Who can you outsource too: From new authors that ask to shadow you, older kids with idle hands and stare at their phone, unemployed friends who need gas money and virtual assistants

Guest blogging feature setups on blogs

Repeat general promotion and reminders on Hootsuite

Initial contacting bloggers and podcasters.

Research for upcoming events, library proposals and offline speaking engagements

Ready to watch the video?

Used correctly these tips can save time for all those busy authors that want more time to write.

Got tips? Add them below?

 

 

How author, @Chicki663, promoted her book with NO MONEY! #free99 #selfpub #marketing #promotion

With author, Chicki Brown permission, I’m posting this fantastic post she did about her getting her book sales for her new release when she had absolutely NO Money. This post was originally done after her 4th book release in a series in October 2015, but the points she make is still significant for others to learn from.

I’m always for the FREE99 and in this post, this author proved you can do! 

No excuses!

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Subsequent to my last post, several of you have asked about what I did to promote my books with this release. I can’t say for sure that it was because of these things, but I’m happy to share.

Since my brother’s funeral cleaned out my bank account, I couldn’t do any paid advertising, but in a way I’m glad I was broke, because I learned a good lesson. Usually I’ll buy an ad with e-Reader News Today, Choosy Bookworm or one of the other book sites, and this time I couldn’t.

1. Since I’M LOSING YOU was #4 in the series, I put Book #1 on sale for 99 cents for a month, because a lot of readers won’t buy a series. This way it was an incentive to get new readers.

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2. I decided to go hard on free promotion, but I didn’t just want to use the book cover in every promo. I created 13 promos in PowerPoint (some shown below) using excerpts from the book, and a picture with one of the character role models (model Victor Ross and singer Chante’ Moore). Before release I used them as “Coming Soon” promos then when the book released, I changed the wording and added the buy links.

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3. I did a mass promotion using a PowerPoint promo I did with the series book covers (pic below) to every official book club that I’ve liked on Facebook over the past couple of years, and there were a lot!

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It said:

“Hello, ladies. I would like to introduce your book club to my current romance/women’s fiction series. (IF IT WAS A GENERAL BOOK CLUB, I CHANGED “LADIES” TO “FOLKS”). The books have received fabulous reviews on Amazon and USAToday. In celebration of the release of Book Four, I am offering Book One, A WOMAN’S WORTH, for just 99 cents until October 10th. All books are available in electronic format on Kindle, Nook, and Kobo. They are also in paperback on CreateSpace.com.

If you have any questions, please inbox me, and I’ll be happy to answer them for you.
Book 1 – http://amzn.to/12PktK4 & http://bit.ly/1nHovQv
Book 2 – http://amzn.to/Snj9wb & http://bit.ly/1uolYhZ
Book 3 – http://amzn.to/1D2ILja & http://bit.ly/1xuM93b
Book 4 – http://amzn.to/1KMoCXi & http://bit.ly/1USTKcl
In paperback at www.createspace.com

4. The PowerPoint promos were easy to post to my Google+ reader groups, on Twitter and Pinterest.

5. So I wouldn’t be posting the same thing everywhere, I alternated the PowerPoint promos and didn’t post to the same page/group more than twice a week.

6. I organized a blog tour with authors I know personally, so I had a stop every other day for a month following the release date and gave away a copy of the book at each stop.

7. When I posted to Twitter (scheduled 2-3 tweets a day), I always added a picture, because it gets more attention, and I used a few of the following hashtags:

@GirlHaveYouRead @MochaGirlsRead @WOCInRomance @afamebooks @blackwomenlove2 @BlackPeopleRead @romanticpicks @ROMANCEONLY @ReadingRomance @RomanceinColor @storiesoromance @allromance @JUSTConRom @RmTwts @eBook_Romance @KindleLuv @SensuousPromos @SteamyRomanceBk @Romance_Authors @RomanceJunkies @K_RomanceReview #‎IndieBooksBeSeen‬ @indtwt @IHB6 @IndBk @VoiceOfIndie @IndieBookTweet @ReadIndies

8. On Facebook I posted promos to all my reader/book groups and also announced the two blog posts I wrote about the book.

9. What I noticed about my sales numbers (photo below) is that Book 4 is leading, Book 1 (on sale) is second and Books 2 and 3 are running about even. There are also sales on some of my other backlist titles.

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10. Another tip: I create one Word document in which I type the text for all my FB, Twitter, etc. promos. That way, all I have to do is copy and paste. I keep the document updated until the first of the next year, then I start a new one.

When I say I went hard, I wasn’t kidding, but I guess it worked, and it didn’t cost me a cent!

If you have any particular questions, inbox me, and I’ll answer them tomorrow. I’m beat, and now that we ate Popeye’s, I got the ‘itis. grin emoticon Have a great night, ladies!

About this author:

Atlanta, Georgia Indie author of contemporary romance, women’s fiction & faith-based fiction. I love God, my family & friends. Living the 2nd act of life doing what I want.

Follow Chicki Brown :

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chicki.brown

Twitter: 

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1rtcbY4

Website: sisterscribbler.blogspot.com

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