The Thursday Five: Marketing (June 20)

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Building Your Author Platform #5: Facebook
(#4: Goodreads, #3: Amazon Author Pages, #2: Twitter, #1: Developing Your Writing Blog)
from Tony Riches at The Writing Desk

6 Reasons Google+ Beats Facebook for Author Platform Building
from Marcy Kennedy at Jane Friedman
How Authors Can Connect with Readers Via a Google+ Hangout
from Cynthia Leitich Smith at Cynsations

How To Find Readers For Your Blog
from Molly Greene at Molly Greene: Writer

Why Email Marketing Benefits Your Book’s Sales
from Doris at Savvy Writers & e-Books Online

Dear Lovely Author (Truths About Marketing You Need to Know)
from Helen Moffett at Books LIVE

Bonus Anecdote:

The Art Of Marketing from Sulci Collective

The Wednesday Five: Publishing Process (June 19)

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Note: The Daily Word does not take the stance that one type of publishing is superior or inferior to any other. Many Wednesdays the majority of The Daily Five is devoted to self-publishing, but only because indie publishing is so popular right now; there is more fresh content on self-publishing (versus traditional publishing) to choose from. We do attempt to split the day’s content equally between both publishing avenues. 

Publishing Strategies: Traditional Publishing
from Lauren at Writing Gooder

How Self-Published Books Are Made: Start to Finish (PART I)
from Catherine Ryan Howard at Catherine, Caffeinated

Self-Publishing My First Book: Lessons Learned
from Jeanette Jones at simplybusinessresearch

Designing Your Book Cover Series: Part 1
from Michael N. Marcus at Author Mingle

Should You Blog Your Novel?
from Rachelle Gardner at Rachelle Gardner

Publishing Resources

Your Guide to Self-Publishing from Christian Cawley at MakeUseOf

Everything I Know About Self-Publishing from Gayle Laakmann McDowell at Hackpad

Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog from Chuck Sambuchino at Writer’s Digest

Tales of Rejection from Annie England Noblin

The Thursday Double Five: Marketing (June 13)

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Book Marketing Tips for Fiction and Non-Fiction Authors
from Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

7 Bestseller Book Marketing Strategies for Fiction Writers
from Jonathan Gunson at Bestseller Labs

Four Fiction-Marketing Fallacies
from Carla Laureano at Carla Laureano

Ten Deadly Marketing Mistakes Almost Every Author Makes
from Penny C. Sansevieri at The Huffington Post: Blog

LinkedIn for Writers (Build a Social Media Platform)
from Janalyn Voigt at WordServe Water Cooler

One Writer’s Top Dos and Don’ts of Writing for Social Media
from Molly Dunne at The Bolin Marketing Blog

Attention Social Media Managers – Writer’s Block is No Excuse
from Kaylee Evans at BloggingPro

On Writing and Social Media: Mandi Ehman, Emily Freeman, Hayley Morgan
from Kat Lee at How They Blog

Do writers need social media?
from Sue Leonard at Irish Examiner

Picking Starberries… & other discoveries made while marketing fiction
from Serena Chase at Edgy Inspirational Romance

Resources:

Social Media News for Writers from Alma Katsu

How They Blog from Kat Lee

Social Media Consciousness: The Blog Project. from Heather Day

The Friday Five: Freelance Writing (May 3)

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How to Become a Freelance Writer
from various contributors at wikiHow

Seven Tips for Becoming a Full-Time Freelance Writer
from Dwight Arvin at EzineArticles

How to Score the Guest Posts That Will Get Your Freelance Blog Noticed
from Carol Tice at FreelanceSwitch

What Freelancers Really Need to Know About Testimonials
50+ Myths About Freelancing
from Laura Spencer at FreelanceM.ag

Your Self-Supporting Hobby: Some Resources for Freelance Writing
from Julia M. Reffner at The Writers Alley

Bonus Resources:

Freelancer’s Survival Guide
from Kristine Kathryn Rusch

15 Killer Resources for Beginning Freelance Writers
from Larry at LarrysIncomeBlog.com

Guide to Freelancing (collection of freelancing articles)
from Hongkiat.com

Bonus Anecdote:
I Gave Up My Job Security to Try Freelance Writing Full-Time — And After a Terrifying Start It’s Worked Out Great
from Lindsay Cross at xoJane

The Thursday Five: Marketing (April 25)

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Author Etiquette 101: Do’s and Don’ts for Writers Using Social Media
from Anne R. Allen at Anne R. Allen’s Blog

How Social Media Changed the Dynamic Between Authors and Readers
from Joanne Clancy at Leaders West

Your Author Online Platform and Numbers – Newsletter Subscribers, Speaking Engagements, and Book Sales
from Karen Cioffi at Karen Cioffi Writing and Marketing
Your Author Online Platform and Social Networks – Blog Page Views and Twitter Followers
What Is An Author Platform and How Do You Create It?

Ever Thought About a Virtual Launch Party? Here’s How!
from Pamela S. Meyers at We CAN Market Our Books!

And Then What Happened?: Chapter 3 in My Self-Publishing Diaries
from Julie Gerstenblatt at The Huffington Post: Blog

Bonus Resource:
18 Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts
from Jody Hedlund at Goodreads

The Friday Five: Freelance Writing (April 5)

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What is Freelance Writing and How Do You Get Started? (Part 1 of 3)
from Robin at Random Writing Rants

Freelance Writing vs. Blogging: Pros and Cons
from Harsh Agrawal at ShoutMeLoud

How Being Late Hurts Your Freelance Writing Career and Your Life
from John Soares at Productive Writers

What I Learned About Running A Freelance Writing Business From Shark Tank
from Lisa Evans at The Renegade Writer

7 Move-Up Markets for Freelance Writers Looking to Earn More
from Carol Tice at Make a Living Writing

Bonus Podcast –
How to Make Your First $100 Freelance Writing
from Henri Junttila at Wake Up Cloud

5 Useful Social Media Sites

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1. The Facebook author page: 10 status updates to embrace, 10 to avoid by Novel Publishing Group, LLC. Great post for those of us with an author page or those of us who intend to publish one in the future (or those of us who are slowly working on one while keeping it private until we finally publish our first novel, ahem). Novel Publishing Group also has an entire category of useful articles entitled A Bit of Free Advice: DIY Book Marketing.

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2. WoMen’s Literary Cafe “offers free promotions to authors, reviewers, bloggers, and editors.” That link is to their Facebook page, you can also follow them on Twitter. (I have ‘liked’ and ‘followed,’ and I can personally attest that they do a lot of promoting.)

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3. 20 Ways to Improve Your Google+ Knowledge by Social Media Examiner. Another great source of information here on the main site, on … you guessed it! Social media. The Google+ article is for those new to G+, but I found some tips on there that were pretty useful to me as a longtime user (okay, okay, I’ve only had a profile since July. But that’s a long time when you consider that Google+ just recently went public).

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4. How to Create an Endless Stream of Blog Topics by Sharon Hayes. This is kind of an SEO approach to coming up with topics to blog about – finding what people are searching for, and then using that info to write your posts. It’s a pretty interesting method. You might want to peruse the rest of her site while you’re there.

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5. Sarah Cypher is doing a four-part blog outlining what she’s learning in a month-long Social Media boot camp. The fourth part isn’t posted yet, but here is Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3. Useful stuff here, and very kind of her to share what she’s learning with her readers. I’ve subscribed.

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That’s it for this week, folks. Next week’s theme will focus on novel planning and organization, and just in time for October. What’s October, you say? Well, it’s only the (unofficial) universal month for planning your NaNoWriMo project, of course. You will be participating, right? Right? 

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**Please let me know if there are any links that are dead or misplaced, and I will fix them promptly.**