Friday 5: Social Media

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Authors: Meet Your New Friend Pinterest
From Tanja Thuesen at Media Tapper

14 Bloggers Share 14 Awesome Tips For Using Google+
From Srinivas Rao guest-blogging at SocialMouths

10 Important Tips for Google+ Beginners
From Michelle Marie on Google+

Who needs publishers when you can pitch a book on social media?
From Russell Smith at The Globe and Mail

Why Authors Need Marketing Skills – Lots of Them
From Savvy Writers & e-Books Online
(and Free PR for writers)

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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

Friday 10: Top Writing Blogs, Contests, Articles (Writing Process & Social Media), Free Downloads

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Happy Friday, dear writing friends!

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Writing Opportunities

From The Write Practice: “Show Off” Writing Contest: The Love Story Edition

From Nick Rolynd: 30 Minute Fridays

From HorrorAddicts: 2 Horror Writing Contests (1 For Women, 1 For Men)

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Top Writing Blogs

From eCollegeFinder: Top Writing Blog Nominees (Voting has ended, but bookmark for future reading.)

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Articles on Writing Process

From Jeff GoinsThe Key to Distraction-Free Writing

From Maybe Genius: Spheres of Existence: Writing Other Experiences With Integrity

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Articles on Social Media

From The Bookshelf Muse: Creating An Author Platform That Sticks

From Kristen Lamb: 10 Ways to Improve Your “Likability Quotient”

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Free Downloads

eBook, from Amazon Kindle: Paradox (A Short Story) by Aaron Crocco

Digital music track, from John Anealio: “I Should Be Writing”

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

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Writing Process

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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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