Indie Authors: Social Media Marketing Tips

Jane Friedman recommends joining all social media platforms, even if you don't intend on using it right away (hint: you want to have a good username for if you do decide to use that platform). It's one thing to join a social media network, and it's another thing to maintain and grow your presence on …

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Book Marketing Tips for the Holidays and Year Round

It's been a while since I've down a roundup of articles. Since the holiday season is coming up fast, here's a list of helpful marketing-related articles (there's even a few specific for the holidays)! Holiday Specific Holiday Book Marketing: An Author’s Guide to Black Friday and Beyond on Written Word Media The Ultimate Holiday Promotion Calendar …

Indie Author Marketing: Analyzing Facebook and Twitter

I'm a big fan of data. I love reading about all the ways people are gathering analytics on books, how data helps drive decisions, and being able to know how effective people are at reaching out to others. And that's why for the past month or two, I've really enjoyed getting to know Facebook and …

Guest Post: 8 Secrets to Increase Your Twitter Followers

By Andy Thompson - Freelancer Twitter is one of the biggest social networks, and for indie authors, it can be helpful to grow a following on Twitter. Andy Thompson details 8 strategies on how to increase your following. Twitter is certainly one of the social media foundations of the cyber world we are in. It …

Guest Post: The UK Self Publishing Conference

By Derek Cross - Cross Publishing Services The third annual Self-Publishing Conference covered a multitude of useful topics for aspiring and established authors alike. One topic in particular held resonance: using social media to promote books. On May 9, the third Self-Publishing Conference was held in UK’s Leicester University. Over 150 budding and published authors congregated …

Indie Authors: Making the Most of Twitter Profiles

Twitter recently changed the layout of profiles, which creates a lot of opportunities for authors. Lynda.com has a very helpful database of articles, including a recent one called "Make the Most of the Twitter Profile Page." It goes over in detail the changes in Twitter headers. Below is an excerpt: In the center column of …

Making the Most of Twitter Chats

I'll admit, I'm not as active on Twitter as I probably should be. It's all very immediate, and I'm much more comfortable with blogging and emailing, and things where I can take my time. But I recently heard about a creative way that makes conversations on Twitter last longer, and I think makes Twitter chats …

Promoting Books With Social Media

Social media is a big part of book marketing, and it's interesting to see how many different tips people offer for all the social networks. Wishpond created an informative infographic that shows most customers (from social media) come from Facebook and LinkedIn. The Book Shepard recently posted a guide for the best and worst times …

NYU Media Talk: Social Content, What’s Working? What’s Not? What’s Next?

Last night's NYU Media Talk was informative, and one of the most entertaining talks I've attended. The topic was on social content, and how social media affects publishing. It was moderated by New York Times Media Equation columnist David Carr, chief strategist and editor-at-large for WaPoLabs Rob Malda, editorial director for Flipboard Josh Quittner, and editor-in-chief …