140 Tools and Resources for Building Your Author Website and/or Blog

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By Matthew Bowden http://www.digitallyrefreshing.com (http://www.sxc.hu/photo/145972) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons

Author websites and blogs are important components to building an author platform. With that in mind, here is a list of resources that can help you set up and optimize your site. Continue reading

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Tips and Tricks for Setting Up Your Blog

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By User Gflores on en.wikipedia [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Blogging is a lot of work, but it can be very rewarding. Are you thinking of starting a blog this year? Here are some helpful resources to get you going:

Getting Subscribers

Driving Traffic

Avoiding Mistakes

Guest Posts

Writing Posts

Monetization

Marketing Books with Blogging

Metrics

Trends

Tools

Guest Post: Get More Blog Traffic with These Free Keyword Research Tools

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By Brian Lang – Founder, Small Business Ideas Blog

Finding and using the right keywords is essential when it comes to running a successful blog. Brian Lang, owner of Small Business Ideas Blog, covers how to research the best keywords.

Blogging is a great way for freelance writers and authors to showcase their skills and start building a following.

Bloggers that can successfully grow their following also find it easier to get high paying freelance work, grow a profitable business, or launch new books successfully. Continue reading

Widbook Guest Post: Outlines and Notecards and Timelines, Oh My! How to Plan Your Plot

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By Eve Jacob – Widbook blog

This post was originally featured at the Widbook blog and written by Eve Jacob. Widbook is a global community for people who love to share stories. Writers can publish their work in an ebook format and readers meet content and everyone get connected! For the next three weeks Widbook will be my guest.

So we’ve all been there—you’re going through your day, doing whatever you do, and suddenly…inspiration strikes!  You have a brilliant idea for an amazing story that everyone will love.

You jot down some hurried notes so you don’t forget, then continue thinking about this totally awesome world you’re going to build.

Later that day, or a few days after, you finally sit down to start writing.  And… Continue reading

Issue #40 of Self Publishing Carnival of the Indies!

Every month, Joel Friedlander posts a collection of informative blog posts about self publishing on his site, The Book Designer. This month, my blog post by guest author Ron Glick about using Kindle Countdown deals was included! You can check it out, along with all the other awesome posts, in this month’s issue of Self Publishing Carnival of the Indies. Enjoy!

Turning Your Blog into an E-Book

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I like to experiment, and recently I decided to try turning my blog into an e-book. Or more specifically, uploading my blog to Kindle as a subscription service.

There are many ways to turn a blog into an e-book, and in the future I may play around with some of them. But for now, the Kindle version was simple enough that I could set it up in a few minutes, and for the next few weeks I’ll be monitoring it to see if it’s worthwhile.  Continue reading

Marketing Your Blog With Guest Posts

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I’ve been reading a lot of posts on Joel Friedlander’s TheBookDesigner.com, which is a great site for indie authors. One recent post was “The Top 7 Strategies for Blog Marketing.” All of the tips made sense, but the two that intrigued me the most was guest posting and blog carnivals. Continue reading

BEA Day 3: Swag

Today was the third and last day of BEA. At 2:30 p.m., all the exhibitors shut down and started giving away their display copies, which meant I (and everyone else in the Jacob Javits Center) got a lot of stuff. In addition to books, I picked up posters, pencils, bags, and even a coupon for a Gotham Writers Workshop.

One thing I have learned these past three days is just how powerful blogging can be. I highly recommend it. Not only are you free to share your thoughts, you are also (if you write a quality blog) making people take you more seriously. I started this blog almost one year ago, as a way to share useful information I learn at my NYU program. And now, because of this blog, I was given the opportunity to attend BEA, and while at BEA, I was able to meet with some very enthusiastic publishers and website developers and learn even more about the book industry. Today, I stopped by Quirk Books–the publisher of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies–and I was offered books to review. I now have their Fall 2011 catalogue and am looking into doing occasional book reviews. So check back soon. In the next few weeks this site will be revamped, and will probably include some book reviews!