30 Curvy Body Acceptance Websites That Will Help Build Confidence


30 Curvy Body Acceptance Websites That Will Help Build Confidence

Being fat has always been a lonely, negative feeling.

Even when you are around other fat people, when you’re in a negative frame of mine, you see yourself as being the only sufferer.

Life seems unfair, you feel like your unlovable and things can get very dark and depressing.

Everywhere you turn you see, hear or read something that says you are worthless, you are lazy, you are undesirable, you are not worth it.

For some reason when in the presence of someone else who is fat we don’t seek acceptance from each other or understanding. We sit back and compare our body to theirs in hopes that they are worse off. I don’t know why this happens.

It’s sad really, because it takes a lot for a fat person to socialize out in public for fear of being ridiculed and shamed.

It wasn’t until the ease of internet access and chat rooms that gave us the opportunity to socialize through our computers. To compare our despair and negative thoughts towards ourselves under the protective blanket anonymity.

However, with the invention of chat rooms came trolls who entered to live out a fetish of theirs.

As time went on, blogging and forums became the norm and we started to feel more connected to each other.

It was a safer environment to express how we truly felt and a magical thing happened. We found support and encouragement within each other.

Strong friendships were made and many people were able to turn their lives of despair into lives of hope.

Then, of course,  the trolls came again trolling onto open forums and websites spewing hatred and bigotry for fun. There are even whole websites dedicated to fat shaming like we don’t get enough of that through everyday media. 

You would think after being repeatedly attacked in real life and online that we fat people would just shrink into the shadows again never to come out. But that didn’t happen.

No, something absolutely amazing  happened! The strongest and loudest of us stood up and declared “Enough is Enough” and proudly faced the trolls of the internet, media and in real life, letting them know we are done taking the abuse. 

They showed them that we will not live in shame just because our bodies do not fit the size society thinks we should be.

A body, no matter how big or small, is a wonderful thing and we are finally starting to spread the message:

Find a way to accept your body the way it is, the love for yourself will soon follow.

When you love yourself, incredible things can happen:

  • It will no longer matter what other people think or say.
  • Instead of being insecure and hating yourself for it, you will stand confident in your body and your worth.

Happiness isn’t achieved when you finally attain that “perfect size” it’s achieved when you finally accept who you are and fully embrace it, fat and all.

Don’t isolate yourself from the friendship and support that is out there because you are afraid of being judged or ridiculed.

Stand strong, let the world know you exist and that it is OK.

Look for communities to join, blogs to follow and forums to participate in. 

It’s incredibly important to not only connect out in the real world but online as well.

Today, I am going to share 30 blogs/websites that I’m currently enjoying that bring me confidence and courage to love my curves.

 

The Curvy Fashionista 
Determined to show the fashion world and fellow plus size women that we CAN don the latest and greatest of trends, fashions and styles, The Curvy Fashionista delivers the goods to fashion your curves covering the latest in fashion, news, trends, interviews, tips, entertainment, and the Plus-Size community.

The Militant Baker
I strive to provide a place in the blogosphere that offers fresh and colorful perspective on what is presented as normal to those immersed in our gender bent, body loathing society. I love that the internet is an open forum and the only media that doesn’t have a universal one-sided skew. You have to sift through a lot of shit on the internet, but you can also find gems. I hope this is a gem for you.

Brittany Herself: Curvy Girl Guide
Brittany, Herself features fashion, brutally raw body talk, food and embedded tumblr.
The site has a blog, a community, a google talk show, and spin offs from her husband.

Curvy Yoga
a training & inspiration portal for yoga students and teachers of all shapes and sizes who want a body positive practice that supports them in exploring what body acceptance means to them.

Girl With Curves 
A Tumblr blog that is a top source of style inspiration for curvy women worldwide. With a passion to make women feel confident and beautiful, Awasthi is a style influencer on a mission, and a leader in the body confidence movement.

Our Bodies Our Selves
Our Bodies Ourselves (OBOS) is a nonprofit, public interest organization that develops and promotes evidence-based information on girls’ and women’s reproductive health and sexuality.
This is an organizations website that also offers a blog

Fierce Freethinking Fatties 
Fierce, Freethinking Fatties covers the issues surrounding obesity, including society’s treatment of fat people, Health at Every Size, the myths of long-term weight loss, and weight discrimination. We invite vigorous dissent, but have a zero tolerance policy toward assholes looking to spew hatred and ignorance.

Garnerstyle: The Curvy Girl Guide
A Fashion Blog for plus size women fun by a plus size fashion stylist.

Curves and Chaos 
Curves and Chaos™ is a fashion, beauty, and lifestyle blog for the CURVY (plus size) woman. She is glamorous, fabulous, foxy, confident, and more.

Dances With Fat
A blog about dancing at any size, size acceptance and health at ever size.

Plus Size Princess 
Hi, my name is CeCe and I chronicle my adventures as a Plus Size Princess in New York City on this site! Click around to find my favorite plus size fashion styles, plus size shopping sites… and of course I love to talk about plus size dating so you can find lots of dating stories here too.

Body Love Wellness 
The websites aim is to empower plus sized women to live their best, most joyful lives, free of stress and shame over what they eat and what they weigh.

Curvy Girl Chic 
Curvy Girl Chic is a plus size fashion blog full of outfit posts, product reviews, trend and shopping spotlights, and discourse on current events in the fashion community.
A professionaly photographed fashion blog .

Arched Eyebrow 
The blog talk about plus-size fashion and take a body-positive engagement with the fat form.

Busty Girl Comics 
300 comics about the perks & problems of having boobs. Always body-positive and never more revealing than a bikini.

Curvy Wordy 
a plus size fashion and lingerie blog. One woman’s quest to find lingerie and stylish clothing to suit her extremely voluptuous hourglass figure.

The Fat Nutritionist 
I educate people about healthy eating. I’m not here to give you a stern talking-to about your weight, or your eating habits, or your lack of exercise. I can help you get to a friendly place with food and your body.

The Curvy and Curly Closet
Through this blog, I share my journey through fashion as a plus size woman living in Paris and travelling between Africa, Europe and the United-States.

Pretty Plus Size 
This is a Pretty Plus Size blog about curvy, thick, voloptuous, full figured, fat, etc.

The Fat and Skinny on Fashion 
This blog was founded as a hobby to showcase photography, music, fashion news, and art from the perspective of a plus size fashion journalism graduate student.

Grown and Curvy Woman 
Where style has no age or size. A curvy woman seeking to show other plus size divas that WE too have style and DO NOT need to compromise our integrity to look good
A blog where she regularly posts fashionable outfits for plus sized women and tells you where to buy the pieces.

Curvy is the New Black 
I’m Karla Soltero a full figured lady trying to fit in a petite world. Born in El Paso,Tx raised in Cd. Juarez, Chih. MX English isn’t my first language. Es Español.
She posts pictures through instagram, shares outfit ideas and songs that she likes.

Operation Beautiful 
The mission of Operation Beautiful is to post anonymous notes in public places for other people to find. The point is that WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL. You are enough… just the way you are!

Adios Barbie 
Adios, Barbie: The One Stop Body Image Shop for Identity Issues including Size, Race, Media, and More!
They blog about activism, aging, body image, disabilities, eating disorders, gender roles, LGBTQ, the media, race & culture, sexuality and size.

Fatshionista 
A community group blog that is a diverse fat-positive, anti-racist, disabled-friendly, multi-gendered, queer-flavored, politically-engaged community, open to everyone

Hems For Her 
A plus size fashion blog whith funy stories and talk about the real life.

Extra Large As Life 
A place to share my love of fashion and my belief of being plus size positive.

Curvy Ceo 
The Life and style guide for the plus-size profressional woman. Curvy CEO is your portal for fashion, style, and beauty advice with tips for professional and personal development sprinkled in for good measure. Bubbling over with humor and wit, Curvy CEO will help the plus-sized career gal bust through that glass ceiling and look effortlessly fabulous at the same time.
The site offers a blog, a list of curvy shops, events, links, products, styling services and tips and tricks.

Fat Chic 
Fat Chic focuses on plus size fashion – starting with what’s available on the market right now. After the clothing, it’s about plus size women – especially women creating, performing, engaging or just plain being awesome. Whether it’s a plus size athlete or a fat positive activist, these women are what makes Fat Chic what it is.

Fat Heffalump 
My name is Kath and I’m a fat activist. I talk about life as a fat person and work towards obtaining the basic human right for fat people to live their lives in peace, dignity and with respect, without fear of vilification, ridicule or discrimination. This space is a fat positive space. Fat hate and shaming will not be tolerated. Proselytising of diets or weight loss is not welcome.

A List of 28 Publishers for Erotica and Romance


A List of 28 Publishers for Erotica and Romance

While researching Literary Agents that accept Romance and/or Erotica submissions I inadvertently came up with a list of Publishers that accept Romance and/or Erotic submissions as well. Shocker right? ;-)

So, I thought I would share that list with you today in case you are on the hunt for a publishing house.

*Reader Note* Literary Agency and Publishing House websites are good resources to browse the newest books in the genre’s that you love. So while you may not be looking for an agent or even have a book to publish you can still utilize them. My suggestion would be to find a few books you really loved, check inside to see who published it and look them up. Odds are they have more books like it waiting for you to discover.

Without further ado let’s get to the list. It goes without saying that just because they appear on this list doesn’t mean you should trust them no questions asked. Always do you your homework and check Writer Beware, Peditors & Editors, and Writers Weekly Whispers & Warnings.

I obtained the following information from Writers Digest: Writers Market and Every Writers Resource: Book Publishing Companies.

 

(1) Blushing Books
Pays Royalties
Pays an advance


(2) Bold Strokes Books, Inc
Publishes trade paperback originals and reprints, electronic originals and reprints.
Sliding scale based on sales volume and format
Pays an advance
Needs: Erotic and Romance


(3) Cedar Fort, Inc
Publishes hardcover, trade paperback originals and reprints, mass market paperback and electronic reprints.
Pays 10-12% royalty on wholesale price.
Pays $2,000-50,000 advance.
Needs: Romance


(4) CHAMPAGNE ROSE PRESS

Publishes paperback originals, reprints, and e-books in a POD format.
Pays royalty of 7% minimum, 35% maximum.
Pays an advance
Needs: Erotica and Romance


(5) Crescent Moon Publishing

Publishes hardcover and trade paperback originals.
Pays royalties
Pays negotiable advance.
Needs: Erotica


(6) Dragon Moon Press
Pays royalties
Pays an Advance
Needs: Romance


(7) Egmont USA
Pays an advance


(8) Fantastic Book Publishing
Publishes trade paperback, electronic originals, and audiobooks
Pays 40-100% on wholesale price
No advance.
Needs: Erotica and Romance


(9) HARRINGTON & HARRINGTON PRESS

Publishes trade paperback originals.
Pays 10-15% royalties on retail price.
Offers an advance between $100-1,000
Needs: Romance


(10) Harlequin BOOKS
Publishes hardcover, trade paperback, and mass market paperback originals.
Pays royalty
Pays advance
Needs: Romance


(11) Imajinn Books
Pays Royalties
Pays an advance


(12) INNOVATIVE PUBLISHERS INC

Publishes hardcover, trade paperback, mass market, and electronic originals, trade paperback and mass market reprints
Pays 5-17% royalty on retail price
Offers $1,500-$125,000 advance
Needs: Erotica and Romance


(13) KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.
Publishes hardcover and trade paperback originals, mass market paperback originals and reprints
Pays 6-15% royalty on retail price. Makes outright purchase
Pays $2,000 and up advance
Needs: Romance


(14) MARTIN SISTERS PUBLISHING, LLC
Firm/imprint publishes trade and mass market paperback originals, electronic originals
Pays 7.5% royalty/max on retail price
No advance offered
Needs: Romance


(15) MEDALLION MEDIA GROUP
Publishes trade paperback, hardcover, e-book originals, book apps, and TREEbook™.
Offers advance.
Needs: Romance


(16) MELANGE BOOKS, LLC

Publishes trade paperback originals and electronic originals.
Authors receive a minimum of 20% royalty on print sales, 40% on electronic book sales.
Does not offer an advance
Needs: Erotica and Romance


(17) NEW AMERICAN LIBRARY
Publishes mass market and trade paperback originals and reprints
Pays negotiable royalty
Pays negotiable advance
Needs: Erotica and Romance


(18) OAK TREE PRESS
Publishes trade paperback and hardcover books.
Royalties based on sales
No advance
Needs: Romance


(19) Parker Publishing
Pays Royalties
Pays an Advance


(20) Ravenous Romance
Pays an Advance


(21) RED SAGE PUBLISHING, INC.
Pays advance.


(22) SEVERN HOUSE PUBLISHERS
Publishes hardcover and trade paperback originals and reprints
Pays 7 1/2-15% royalty on retail price.
Pays $750-5,000 advance
Needs: Romance


(23) SILHOUETTE BOOKS
Publishes mass market paperback originals
Pays royalty
Pays advance.
Needs: Romance and Contemporary Romance


(24) SOFT SKULL PRESS INC.
Publishes hardcover and trade paperback originals.
Pays 7-10% royalty.
Average advance: $100-15,000
Needs: Erotica


(25) Sourcebooks, Inc
Pays Royalties
Pays an Advance


(26) TOP PUBLICATIONS, LTD.

Publishes hardcover and paperback originals.
Pays 15% royalty on wholesale price
Pays $250-$1,000 advance
Needs: Romance


(27) Tor/Forge Books
Pays Royalties
Pays an Advance


(28) Ulysses Press
Pays an Advance

54 Literary Agents Accepting Romance & Erotica Submissions


A List of 54 Literary Agents Looking For Romance & Erotica

If I want to be published the traditional route I know that I need to have a literary agent. So, I’ve compiled a list of 54 Literary Agents to learn more about.

Anyone that is looking to publish traditionally will need a Literary Agent.

There are some publishers who wont even look at a manuscript that is not represented by one.

* Remember that this list does not, in anyway, guarantee that these agents are on the up and up. Please check the following websites to be sure. *

To recap: If you are looking for a Literary Agent you must do the following:

  • Research all the agents that are looking for submissions in the genre you are writing
  • Check out their website, the authors they represent, along with their books to make sure they are a good fit for you
  • Next, check to see if those agents are on any scams lists or complaint boards.
  • Then, with the ones that have no negative records, go back to their website and read their submission guidelines.
  • Submit your work as requested and wait (patiently) to hear back.
  • If you want added insurance that your agent(s) of choice will look at your manuscript and really consider it then find out the agents social media accounts (if they have one) and follow them. An agent will give more consideration to a writer they know and have talked with beforehand.

Without further ado, here is my list of 54 Literary Agencies This list is geared more toward Romance and Erotic Writers, meaning the agencies are looking for either Romance, Erotica or both. Good Luck Everyone!

  1. 3 Seas Literary Agency
  2. Alive Communications Literary Agency
  3. Ashley Grayson Literary Agency
  4. The Bent Agency
  5. The Belfrey Literary Agency
  6. Book Cents Literary Agency
  7. BookEnds Literary Agency 
  8. Books and Such Literary Management
  9. Bradford Literary Agency
  10. Brown Literary Agency
  11. Brown and Miller Literary Associates
  12. Cornerstone Literary Agency
  13. Crichton & Associates Literary Agency
  14. Denise Marcil Literary Agency
  15. Elaine P. English Attorney and Literary Agent
  16. The Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
  17. Farris Literary Agency
  18. Fine Print Literary Management
  19. Foliolit.com
  20. Fox Literary
  21. Greyhaus Literary Agency
  22. Hartline Literary Agency
  23. Harvey Klinger INC
  24. Irenegoodman Literary Agency
  25. Jane Chelius Literary Agency
  26. Jennifer Jackson Literary Agent
  27. JET Literary Associates
  28. Judith Ehrlich Literary Management
  29. Kimberly Cameron & Associates
  30. The Knight Agency
  31. Larsen Pomada Literary Agents
  32. Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency
  33. Linda Chester Literary Agency
  34. The Literary Group International
  35. Loretta Barrett Books Literary Agency
  36. Maria Carvainis Agency
  37. Marsal Lyon Literary Agency
  38. Mendal Media Group
  39. Nancy Yost Literary Agency
  40. Natasha Kern Literary Agency
  41. Nelson Literary Agency
  42. New Leaf Literary & Media
  43. Prospect Agency
  44. Richard Curtis Associates Inc
  45. The Rosenberg Group Literary Agency
  46. Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
  47. The Seymour Agency
  48. Spectrum Literary Agency
  49. The Stringer Literary Agency
  50. Talbot Fortune Agency
  51. Trident Media Group
  52. Upstart Crow Literary
  53. Waxman Leavell Literary Agency
  54. Writers House

 

Is there a Literary Agent or Agency that you recommend but isn’t on this list?

Leave their name and agency in the comment section below

Curvy Heroines and The Women Who Read Them


Body Confidence

Hi I’m Darla, a passionate writer of curvy heroines that kick ass, live life to the fullest and love with every ounce of their being.

Why do I choose to write about curvy heroines?

Because I want to help other curvy women realize that they are beautiful, that they can kick ass and be loved completely, just the way they are. Oh and because I am also fat.

Whenever I describe myself online I always say that I’m fat.

Why? Because being fat is a big part of me (no pun intended).

I would love to say, “Fat isn’t who I am, it’s just the size of my body.” But that’s not true.

I’ve been fat my whole life (from baby to adulthood) and the fact that I shouldn’t be has been shoved into my face for as long as I can remember.

It came to a point where I had to decide to either let the comments and bullying take over my life or own up to the body that I had and learn to appreciate it….maybe even, dare i say,  love it.

Of course, I tried dieting because the message of “love your body as long as it’s a skinny body” is just too strong.

My well meaning but misguided loved ones would constantly voice their concerns for my health. Even though I have no health issues what so ever, I would let their concerns and comments eat away at my self esteem and I would inevitably end up on a diet.

Dieting is a vicious cycle that I’ve been a part of since middle school when my mother signed me up for Jenny Craig.

Yes, being fat can cause health problems. It can also cause more aches and pains because of the extra weight, but just being fat isn’t the real problem.

The real health risk of “obesity” is the negative thoughts that seep through our bodies daily, hourly, and in some cases every minute.

It’s a proven fact that positive thinking can help a person overcome their illness. When a sick person is overcome with negative thoughts their bodies shut down.

If we could just come together as a society and realize that all our bodies are different and there is no “picture of health” the obesity problem would decrease.

Everyone’s body processes and functions differently from one another. Yes we have guidelines that help us know if you are in a normal range or not but those are just guidelines. In other words, they are educated guesses of what size to weight ratio is healthiest.

If we could stop voicing concern over someone’s size, whether it be too fat or too skinny, we will stop the cycle of self doubt and low self esteem we inadvertently thrust onto people.

However, since we, as a society, are a long way away from this I, as a fat woman, have had to learn to ignore the comments and social messages that I should be ashamed of my body.

No, it’s not easy and yes I still catch myself hating my body from time to time. I read about a new magic diet and think that maybe I should try it. I still see skinnier women then I and feel a twinge of jealousy, wishing I could be a size that most of society accepts as good. Then i remember something important.

I am a woman. A damn fine woman.

I have a body that works gloriously and a man who adores it (yes, he really does). I have grown and birthed two healthy children from it and through my body I am able to do the things I love like swimming in the ocean, dancing to the beat of a drum, photographing the wonders around me and writing fun sexy uplifting stories of other women who wont let society tell them if they are worthy or not. 

I write these stories hoping that other curvy women who are doubting their worth and beauty will see that they too can find a way to drown out the negativity and embrace the positives about themselves.

Big is Beautiful. Skinny is Beautiful. In Between is Beautiful.

The only ugly thing about size is the negative thoughts surrounding it.

Throw out the negativity and embrace what you have!

Fattitude is a documentary created by Lindsey Averill and Viri Leiberman that exposes how popular culture fosters fat prejudice and then offers an alternative way of thinking.

If you like what these ladies are trying to accomplish check out their Kickstarter page: Fattitude: A Body Positive Documentary.

How To Be #1 in The Romance Book World


How To Be #1 in The Romance Book World

The #1 way to stay popular in the world of Romance Book World is to be talked about…often.

Most avid readers will have a few reviewers that they follow and trust for honest opinions on a book and great book suggestions.

Therefore, it’s safe to assume that the #1 way to stay on top of your niche is to:

  • find the reviewers that cover your genre
  • learn who is popular
  • follow them
  • Interact with them and their followers on a regular basis

As a bonus, you yourself, will find some great books to read by paying attention to their reviews, news, and discussions. Not to mention all the amazing deals and goodies you can win through their many contests and giveaways.

So, what are you waiting for?

Take the leap, find out who’s who in book reviews and start following them ASAP.

Below is a list of Romance Book Reviewers that I like and follow. If your genre is Romance then I suggest you follow them as well.

Don’t forget to tell them I sent you! :-)

  1. All About Romance
  2. Bodice Ripper Novels
  3. Cause Everyone Needs Romance
  4. Coffee Time Romance
  5. Dear Author
  6. Fiction Vixen
  7. Lady Muslin Myst’s Mysterious Hodgepodge
  8. Lady Smut
  9. My Little Book Blog
  10. Reviewing Romance 
  11. Romance in Books
  12. Romance Junkies
  13. RT Book Reviews
  14. SBooklover Reviews
  15. Scandalicious Book Reviews
  16. Smart Bitches Trashy Books
  17. Smexy Books
  18. Steel & Velvet
  19. The Romance Studio
  20. The WriteRomantics

12 Resources For Writers to Work From Home


12 Resources For Writers to Work From Home

Did you know it’s not only possible to earn extra income while writing from the comfort of your home but there’s a way to do it and be able to quit your day job?

My family is currently in a state of financial flux.

The time has come for my husband to finally resign from his current soul sucking job and start anew in a more promising career. However, with this new venture, a lot of things have become uncertain. Like, for instance, our income.

To accept this new career path, my husband will have to endure an undetermined period of being “on call”. Meaning, we have no clue how often he will be working or even how much money he will earn, for at least the first year.

Your thinking, “That’s insane!” and you’d be right but it’s also necessary.

Recently, my husband and I had a heart to heart.

It was basically me stating that I was “freaking out” about this lack of money that was coming our way and that I needed to shelve this writing idea, beg my Mom to be our new pro-bono babysitter, and get my ass out there to find whatever I could in the form of a job.

He quickly called me crazy because there was no way my mom and my kids would survive coexisting like that over an extended period of time and then reminded me that I have no college education. I started my family right out of high school and I’ve been a stay at home mom off and on for the past 13 years so I basically have no solid work experience.

Firmly and with certainty I wish I possessed, my husband  stated that I needed to “stick with this writing thing” and not worry about it.

Not worry about it?! Does this man know me at all?? There is no way I will be able to not freak out over this. However, I do realize that he is right, the best option for me is to stick with writing.

I’m currently writing the next Great American Curvy Romance Novel ;-) and while this venture of mine is extremely rewarding it does little to bring money in for my family (so far).

So, the question remains: What can I do to help protect my family from this upcoming state of financial uncertainty while still writing?

Over this past year I have learned how to design a website, manage a blog, write original content, handle social media, and participate in various forms of online marketing. In doing this I have uncovered a career that I didn’t know existed before: Freelance Writer.

What is a freelance writer?

a person who works as a writer, designer,performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job,etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer. (Dictionary.com)

Who can be a freelance writer?

Anyone that has above par grammar, organizational skills, can handle being self-motivated and loves writing.

How do you become a freelance writer?

Write. Write what you know and what you love.

Research the markets that deal in the areas you want to write about and find your niche. Network with leading people and companies to gain insider knowledge.

Frequent the websites that provide content you want to write about and leave comments that contribute to the post.

Send emails to websites you want to write for with content ideas.

Send emails to consumer and  trade magazines and newspapers pitching your article ideas.

Where can you find freelance writing jobs?

Do a search for “Freelance Writer” or “blogger” on Google’s Advanced Search.

or check the following:

There is an abundance of articles and websites dedicated to this profession.

Through my research I’ve come to learn that while there are plenty of situations where someone was taken advantage of there were far more stories of success. Like everything in life, you need to be informed, make educated decisions about which job to apply for and how to charge for your services.

I know that with a plan, a whole lot of confidence and diligence I can make this happen for me and my family.

Have you supplemented your income with freelancing gigs?

Are you a full-time freelance writer?

If you are more interested in fiction based writing jobs check out 13 Websites That Post Writing Jobs.

Introducing Twitter Analytics!


Introducing Twitter Analytics

Twitter Analytics has finally arrived! 

Gone are the days of needing a 3rd party site to track clicks and engagement data from your twitter account to your website.

Now all you need to do is go to Twitter Analytics to see a detailed report of the following:

  • a “Dashboard” of your tweets from the last 28 days that shows the number of impressions and engagements from each tweet.
    • Impressions – the total number of people who saw your tweet in their feeds
    • Engagements – the total number of times people clicked on your tweet (clicking on your username, clicking to expand the tweet, clicking the attached link, retweeting, favoriting, and clicking “follow”)
  • Graphs that show the percentages of your engagement rates, link clicks, retweets, favorites and replies over a span of 28 days.
  • You can switch what to view on your dashboard by clicking the following tabs: Tweets, Followers and Twitter Cards.
  • In the Tweet section you can view each individual tweet you have tweeted and retweeted and how each performed.
  • In the Followers section you can view a graph of your followers (whether the number has risen or gone down), what they are interested in, where they live, what their gender is and who they also follow.
  • In the Twitter Cards section you can view a snapshot of tweets with your twitter cards that drove URL clicks, a graph of how tweets with your twitter cards affected your impressions and clicks and a list of your top performing twitter cards. At the bottom they also list your top Influencers (people who tweeted links to your content) and what sources they tweeted from.
    • Twitter Cards – Twitter cards make it possible for you to attach media experiences to Tweets that link to your content. Simply add a few lines of HTML to your webpages, and users who Tweet links to your content will have a “card” added to the Tweet that’s visible to all of their followers.
  • At the top right hand corner there is a button titled “Export Data” and it will send your data neatly arranged into an Excel Spreadsheet for easy reference.

Why is this helpful for writers and authors?

Social media is the key to reaching our readers on a more personal level and to have our blog content and published works brought to their attention.

It’s a waste of time and effort to just haphazardly post every once and awhile.

If you really want to get the most that you can get out of your efforts then you need to take the time to:

  1. know who your audience is
  2. where they are from
  3. what they are interested in
  4. what posts they like
  5. what type of posts they share and engage with.

Twitter Analytics makes analyzing all that important data simple and quick.

It’s 100% essential if you want to be a smart poster on twitter and I, for one, am glad that it is now available to everyone.

Don’t waste another minute. If you haven’t already checked yours out, do so now!

Click here for  your Twitter Analytics report.

40 Succe$$ful Ideas To Market Your Book Online


40 Successful Ideas To Market Your Book Online

Below is a list of 40 Successful Online Book Marketing Ideas.

Whether you go the route of a traditional publisher or you self publish you will need to promote and market your book on your own. Rarely does a publishing company spend the time and money to do it for you unless you are celebrity or best selling author.

So, quit freaking out about it and start coming up with a kick ass plan!

Today I’ve listed some creative online ideas. Keep an eye out for my post of Successful Ideas To Market Your Book Offline coming soon!

  1. Create an RSS Feed for your blog and burn it on Feedburner.com.

  2. Create an Amazon and GoodReads Author page and make sure it has all the appropriate links.

  3. Connect all your social media accounts and author pages to your website and make sure they are easily found by the readers.

  4. Submit your website link to websites in your genre and niche that have a website directory or a link list.

  5. Submit your blog link to blog directories related to your genre and niche.

  6. Always answer all comments and questions readers post on your website, blog and social media outlets and do it in a timely manner.

  7. Find niche and genre specific groups/forums and engage with the people on them building connections and relationships.

  8. Research of the most popular websites and blogs in your genre at Alexa.com and chose ones from the top 50,000 to interact and build connections with. This way, when it comes time to promote your work, you will reach as much readers as possible.

  9. Comment regularly on the websites, blogs and forums you belong to. This helps with your exposure and will make it easier to convince them to help promote you if they already have a relationship with you.

  10. Build your email list and openly communicate with the people on it.

  11. Make sure to send out an email to everyone on your list letting them know you have a new book coming out. Don’t forget to include pictures, early reviews, books description and the links to buy it.

  12. Create a media kit to dispense to websites, bloggers, forums, book reviewers, podcasters, etc…

  13. Create a personal # for your book and let all your readers know what it is so that whenever they talk about it, it can all be found together.

  14. Update your email signature to include info on your new or upcoming published work and a link back to your website.

  15. Send articles from your blog that pertain to your work to link round-up sites.

  16. Create blog articles that link your book to trending topics for maximum chance at being seen. Just make sure the trending topic and the blog article go together and pertains to your career, your writing, or a theme in your book.

  17. Put Tweetables (Click to read an article by Delia Rusu from Blogformating.com) into your blog posts. They can be sayings from the book, quick description of the book, or a catchy phrase pertaining to your blog post. Tweetables makes it easy for your readers to share a witty tweet with just a click. The best part is it can be linked back to you so you can interact with that reader once they do that.

  18. Use Pinterest to create boards that represent your book. For instance, include in the board pictures of people that represent characters, pictures of places that represent places talked about in the book, pictures of scenes that represent a scene in the book, and posters with sayings that coincide with the book and or a character. Find a way to link to your Pinterest boards in your website, your blog, and all your social media accounts.

  19. Give each book or published work a Bit.ly vanity URL

  20. Make a book trailer.

  21. Create a slide show of pictures, descriptions and reviews of your book. Include the links to buy it. Post it on your blog and all of your social media accounts.

  22. Record short videos of yourself talking about topics that relate to your book and post it on YouTube. Make sure to link it back to your website, blog, and social media accounts.

  23. Create a Vine video of behind the scene glimpses of your book, your writing process, your brand and your personality.

  24. Find blogs that belong in your genre and ask to be a Guest Blogger.

  25. Find bloggers, authors, and writers in your genre and offer them spots to Guest Post on your Blog.

  26. Do a podcast tour with podcasts that cater to the readers in your genre. Advertise it on your blog and in your social media and give the podcast owner your media kit so that they can easily promote you.

  27. Do a virtual blog tour, blog hop and sharing contests. Advertise it weeks before on your blog and social media accounts and give all the participating blogs your media kit so that they can easily promote you.

  28. Host twitter chats with readers and with authors in your genre. Promote and connect.

  29. Host Google hangout sessions and then post the hangouts on youtube.

  30. Do a Q + A sessions on Google+ for your readers and then post it on YouTube.

  31. Have a Google+ launch party where you invite a group of authors in your same genre and you all talk and promote your work.

  32. Promote other Authors and Bloggers that work in the same genre as you and has the same readers base as you by featuring their work and linking up to them through social media.

  33. Purchase advertising with Google Adwords and Facebook.

  34. Encourage your die hard fans to market your book on their own websites/blogs by enrolling in Amazon affiliate program and adding links to your books.

  35. Talk to your fans through a chat on a forum or social media, or through a blog post and declare that you will do something (dance, sing, etc..) record it and post it to youtube if you reach a certain amount of reviews or purchases. Once it happens and the video is uploaded your fans will do the work of helping it go viral. Make sure your website links and book buying links are easily accessible on the youtube video page or at the end of the video.

  36. Look around for the best reviews you have received and add them to your website on the home page and the book selling page.

  37. Ask fans to post their reviews of your book on their social media accounts and link it back to you.

  38. Ask fans to post pictures of them reading your book or with any of your merchandise and have them link it back to you.

  39. Ask fans to create their own book covers, book trailers, fan art, etc… of your book. You can hold a contest and let them decide who did the best job and use it in your marketing campaign. You can even go as far as paying the winner for the use of their product or giving them something else in return.

  40. Look into Fanfiction for your genre. Consider letting your fans know you encourage them to produce fanfic of your work. People who write fanfic and the people who read it are often die hard fans of the work they are “fanficing”. Meaning, they will always be ready to read your next piece of work and promote it through their fanclubs.

 

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5 Tips For Promoting Unpublished Works on Your Author Website


5 Tips For Promoting Unpublished Works on Your Author Website

How can a writer promote their work on their author website when they have yet to be published?

We know that author websites are the key to building a reader base and staying connected to them through behind the scenes information on the books you’ve written and up-to-date information of scheduled events and book launches.

How do you build a reader base when there is nothing to promote?

You promote your ideas!

Check out these following tips:

  1. On the home page in the header section display a virtual book shelf of your finished works. You can do this by creating a digital book cover on your own for each story and use it as a visual representation of your work until it’s published and a professional book cover is made.
  2. In the side bar of your website have counters that count down to upcoming finished pieces of work or online appearances (guest blogging, podcasts, videos that promote your work). You can also include images of your finished works (your self-made book covers) with links that direct the reader to the page with all the book details.
  3. On the home page of your website have a customized menu present right at the top. On the menu, place a page specifically for your writing. (ex: My Writing)
  4. On the page dedicated to your writing, list in the body all your finished works waiting to be published, all your work in progresses, and any works you’ve done for contests that you can share. Include under each title a quick description (ex: Full Length Novel, Short Stories, the genre they fall under, etc…) and a highlighted button that readers will click to learn more about it. (ex: Read More)
  5. With each titles link send the reader to another page specifically for that piece of writing. On that page include things like a book blurb or summary, an excerpt, character lists/descriptions, a musical soundtrack, etc…

Just remember that your website exists to promote your work.

If you don’t have your work displayed as much as you can in as many ways as you can your missing out on future readers.

Don’t let the excuse of being unpublished stand in your way.

Promote your ideas, give examples of your writing, and connect with readers as soon as you can to have a better chance at success when it’s book launch time!

Have you started promoting your unpublished writing?

What are some of the methods you like to use?