The Thursday Five: Marketing (May 2)

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Rooted Marketing: Preplanning Your Marketing as You Write Your Novel
from C.S. Lakin at Live Write Thrive

Book Marketing: Creating Your Author Press Kit
from Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

How to Promote Your Book (Part 2): Book Tours, Publicity, Video Trailers and More
How to Promote Your Book: Press Releases, Media Pitches, and Promotional Materials
from Chuck Sambuchino at Writer’s Digest

Authors: Do You Solicit Reviews? And If So, How?
from D.D. Scott at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

How Do You Keep Your Book Sales Momentum Going Over the Months and Years?
from Lindsay Buroker at Lindsay Buroker

Bonus Article:
Top 5 Ways to Start Your Author Platform NOW!
from Rachel Thompson at San Francisco Book Review

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The Thursday Five: Social Media/Marketing (April 11)

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Making a Social Media Marketing Calendar
from Victoria Grefer at Creative Writing with the Crimson League

The Discoverability Challenge: With More Authors Self-Publishing Each Year, How Will Your Book Get Noticed?
from Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn

E-Publishing – Don’t Give Up!
from Sally Jenkins at Nick Daws’ Writing Blog

How to Write, Publish and Market Your Book
from Patricia Redsicker at Social Media Examiner

Promoting Your Kobo Books
from Maia Sepp at Kobo Writing Life

The Thursday Five: Social Media/Marketing (March 28)

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A Voice in the Wilderness: Getting Your Self-Published Work Noticed
from Josiah Williams at The WinePress Blog

How Writers Can Promote Their Work in a Digital Age
from Belen Chacon at CareerRealism

10 Twitter Tips for Authors (and everyone else)
from Meghan Ward at Writerland

4 Simple Ways for Writers to Create Great Social Media Content
from Dorie Clark at Huffington Post Books

Summing Up What I’ve Learned From 2002
(No Magic Marketing Technique Exists, Be a Storyteller First, Don’t Bang People on the Head With Your Book)
from Ruth Ann Nordin at Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors

Tuesday 10: Writing Resources and Free Downloads

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Happy Tuesday, dear writing friends!

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Holly Lisle’s official website: A huge resource for writers – many writing courses and articles to be found here.

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Elizabeth S Craig on Twitter: Tweets many quality writing resources and articles throughout the day.

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April Brown’s Writer’s Resources: Categorized writing articles/resources.

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The Indie Exchange: For authors, bloggers, and readers.

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KindleFinds: They promote eBooks that don’t suck (seriously, it’s their tagline).

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Master List of Writers on Google+: Post from Debbie Ohi.

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Write or Die: I’ve posted this one before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Click if you’re having trouble meeting your word count (like so many of us creative souls; daydreams are so much more fun).

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Grammarly on Facebook: Grammarly isn’t a free service, but you’ll want to “like” them just for the status updates (lots of humor).

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Rules of Fog: Free on Amazon Kindle

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Highway to Hell by Alex Laybourne: Free on Amazon Kindle

5 Useful Social Media Sites

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In no particular order:

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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.**