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 Daily Five: Thursday

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The Submission Portal is Now Open! (until October 14th)
From HARPER Voyager

Creating Momentum in Writing
From Adam Byatt at Write Anything

Any advice for a student who wants a career in writing?
From Anthony Bergen at Dead Presidents

My Experience in Self-Publishing
From Lissa Bilyk at The Book Lantern

The Surprises of Self-Publishing: How to Roll with it and Still Kick Booty
From Cara Alwill Leyba at Duolit
(Bonus: 15 Fanbase-Boosting Facebook Secrets)

Friday 5: Social Media

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What Every Author Ought to Know About Selling Books With Social Media
From Book Cover Cafe

A Little Love From Book Authors for Twitter
From Miller Mosaic, LLC (Social Media Marketing)

The Myth About Being “Liked” (on Facebook)
From Author Marketing Experts, Inc

9 Ways Authors Could Use Google+ to Drum Up Awareness and Sales
From Chris Brogan (on Google+)

5 Ways Writers Can Break Out of the Tired Old Social Media Box
From Copyblogger

Thursday 10: Writing Tips, Challenges, Exercises; Free Kindle eBooks; Social Media Tips

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1. From Open CultureWriting Tips by Henry Miller, Elmore Leonard, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman & George Orwell 

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2. From Adventures in YA & Children’s Publishing: WIP Writing Exercises to Recharge Your Creativity

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Writing Mechanics 

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3. Daily Writing Tips (run by a team of professional writers and editors)

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Writing Challenge

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4. Blogging from A-Z Challenge April 2012 (links to challenge home page)

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Free Kindle eBooks 

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5. Scott Nicholson Library, Volume 1 (links to Amazon)

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6. Five Free eBooks, Various Authors (Mystery, Romance, Thriller) – links to Week in Rewind

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Social Media 

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7. From Mashable: 10 Pro Tips For Writers Using Social Media

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8. From Jeff Bullas: How to Get 50% More Impressions on Your Facebook Page

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9. From Social Media Magic: 10 Powerful Tips To Stimulate Facebook Fan Interaction

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10. From Red Lemon Club:  7 Ways to Turn Your Social Media Connections Into Paying Clients

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.**