5 Tips For Promoting Unpublished Works on Your Author Website


5 Tips For Promoting Unpublished Works on Your Author Website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Don’t let the excuse of being unpublished stand in your way.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Have you started promoting your unpublished writing?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?

How To Create A Kick-Ass About Me Page for Writers and Authors


How To Create A Kick-Ass About Me Page for Writers And Authors

I’ve just updated my “About Me” page. Take a look and let me know what you think.

Before today my about me page was weak, uninformed and boring. I knew I needed to update it, jazz it up and really portray who I was as a writer. The questions was,

“How can I create an “About Me” page without seeming like I am selling myself?”

After scouring the internet, reading article after article on the subject, this is what I’ve come up with:

Be yourself! 

Oh and these following 6 tips:

  1. Include information about yourself, your writing, and what your webpage is about
  2. Let your readers know what to expect from you and your website
  3. Include links. Some people are lazy and don’t want to take the time to go through all your menu options.To get around that talk about key facts and include links to key pages in your website and your social media platforms.
  4. Add a friendly and engaging photo of yourself. Readers can connect better with someone when they know what you look like up front.
  5. Think about adding something unusual to your “About Me” Page like a personal video greeting, a word poster describing yourself, a photo slideshow of your work and/or life, etc…
  6. A Call-To-Action where you ask them to contact you, sign up for your newsletter, join your blog email list, etc…

The most important thing to remember is that your “About Me” page isn’t a place to sell yourself or boast about your accomplishments. It’s a place where you get to connect with each and every reader who visits your website. Let them in, open up to them. If they have a sense that they are really getting to know an actual person they will be more likely to become loyal followers and readers.

Here’s a tip if you are still stuck.

Stalk your favorite writers and authors websites and check out their “About Me” pages.

Make a list of things you like about each one and decide which items would work for you and your “About Me” page.

Do you have an “About Me” page?

If so, do you think it’s kick-ass?

What “About Me” page features have you seen that you absolutely love?

Book Marketing Timeline


Today I wanted to share an infographic I found on Pinterest that breaks down a Book Marketing Timeline.

The infographic coincides with the article “Why A Book Marketing Timeline Is Important” by Stefanie Newell on TheWriteOneBlog.

In the article they have included a great video titled “What They Don’t Tell You About Successful Product Launches” by Darren Rowse that is definetly worth listening to.

Enjoy!

Book Marketing Infographic

5 Easy Steps to Creating a Social Media Posting Schedule For Writers


5 Easy Steps To Creating A Social Media Posting Schedule For Writers

Social Media Posting Schedules are the key to getting 100% out of your time and efforts in marketing.

You know this already! So why haven’t you done it yet?

Probably for the same reason I hadn’t.

The idea of creating a successful posting schedule for one social media platform sounds constrictive and time consuming, at best. Not to mention mind boggling. I mean, where do you even begin to start?!

Well, fear not. I finally took the plunge and figured it out. Follow the steps listed below to start your own today!

Step 1: You need to figure out what you want each social media platform you use to be about. What do i mean? Well, if you post the same things on all of your social media sites you are going to bore your followers. Not to mention, what works for one social media platform does not work for all. You want to offer different versions of yourself on each platform so your fans will want to follow all of them. If they get the same info from you with just one platform they wont feel the need to follow the rest which in turn equals less audience and reach.

Example: Here are the “themes” for each of my social media platforms.

  • BlogWriter and Author: meaning I will talk about things involving my writing career, industry I work in, genre I write in and niche I belong to.
  • Facebook –  Personal: meaning I will be more personal in my approach of what I post on here in regards to my writing, career, industry, genre and niche.
  • Twitter - Author: meaning I will promote my career as an author and connect with other authors and leading members in my industry. I will be witty and to the point. No in-depth conversations.
  • Google+Author: meaning I will promote my career and link up with other authors and leading members in my industry and I will do it with pictures and videos.
  • PinterestWriter: meaning I will pin things that pertain to the craft of writing and inspiration for stories.
  • LinkedInAuthor: Meaning I will promote my career and any and all writing experience I have obtained by posting videos, podcasts, presentations, and listing my work experience and classes I have taken.
  • TumblrWriter: meaning I will posts eye catching graphics, gifs and videos that pertain to writing. I will also include links to my blog posts and other articles I find helpful for writers.

Step 2: Now it’s time to figure out what kind of posts get the most notice with each social media site. If you’ve been doing this awhile you can check over your stats to see what your audience liked the most, what post caused the most interactions, etc. If you are new to the scene you can use this as a guide. Just remember that this a “guide”. To really reach your particular audience you need to pay attention to what they like and don’t like and that will take time.

  • Facebook – Photos / Videos / Quotes / Follower Engaging Questions and Calls to Action / Link (with Graphic) to Blog Posts / Announcements / Contests
  • Twitter – Short links to your blog post / short links to interesting articles about your industry, genre & niche / short quotes / Trending Topics that relate to your author brand / Announcements / Contests
  • Google+ – Photos / Videos / Industry News / Links (with Graphic) to Blog Posts / Announcements / Contests
  • Pinterest – Blog Posts (with eye catching graphic) / Infographics pertaining to industry / Photos that Inspire
  • LinkedIn – Link to Your Blog Posts / Videos / Presentations / Photos of Books/ Announcements / Job Postings
  • Tumblr – Photos / Videos / Gifs / Blog post links / Links to other articles

Step 3: Next you need to figure out the best times to reach your audience on each social media site. Again, this is something that you will have to figure out over time but here is a general guideline to start with.

Facebook

  • Best Time To Post : Weekdays between 6-8am & 2-5pm
  • Optimal Amount of Posts:  3-10 per week

Twitter

  • Best Time To Post: Weekdays 1-3pm
  • Optimal Amount of Posts: 5-(no limit) per week

Google+

  • Best Time To Post: Weekdays 9-11am
  • Optimal Amount of Posts: 3-10 per week

Pinterest

  • Best Time To Post: Weekends 2-4pm & 8-11pm
  • Optimal Amount of Posts: 5-10 per day

LinkedIn

  • Best Time To Post: Weekdays 7-8:30am & 5-6pm
  • Optimal Amount of Posts: 2-5 per week

Tumblr

  • Best Time To Post: Everyday 9-11pm
  • Optimal Amount of Posts: 1-3 per day

Step 4: Create a basic weekly posting schedule to refer to for inspiration and guidance when filling out your actual social media posting schedule.

Example: Below is an example of my basic weekly posting schedule.

Social Media Posting Schedule

This is a very basic schedule template that I use to help keep me in line with what I want to post.

Explanation:

Facebook

  • My Blog Post Link – Where I feature the current article I wrote on my blog
  • Ask A Question – Example: What is your all time favorite book romance? or ask a fill in the blank question like: If I had a million dollars I would ________ .
  • Post a Picture – Find a photo, e-card or poster that represents the writing industry, the genre I write for or the niche I belong to.
  • Advertise Work – A post about that either talks about what I am working on, announces any upcoming events or published works, or links to my books and any book deals I might be offering.
  • Call to Action – Where I post a specific action to my followers that requires them to do something. Example: Taking a quick 1 question survey, sharing a link, or asking their advice/input.
  • Post a Video – A short clip of something that pertains to my industry, my personal career, the genre I write in or the niche I belong to. It can be a funny video, a serious video or something instructional.
  • Feature A _____ – Where I feature a fellow writer, author, leader in my industry, or fan by mentioning them and why I recommend them (or are grateful to them) and linking to their website or product.

Twitter

  • My Blog Post Link – Where I feature the current article I wrote on my blog
  • Post a Quote or Saying - That pertains to my industry, genre or niche
  • Post a link to relevant content/news - Where I retweet relevant content or share from an article or post
  • Advertise Work – A post about that either talks about what I am working on, announces any upcoming events or published works, or links to my books and any book deals I might be offering.
  • Connect with Peers - Where I strike up a conversation (tweet) to a fellow writer, author or industry leader.
  • Tweet a Trend – Where I look at the current topics trending on Twitter and post a tweet about it

*Remember – Your Twitter feed gets inundated with tweet every second. Unless someone is specifically looking for your tweets you will need to post the same things multiple times (in different ways) in order to have the best chance of being seen.

Google+

  • My Blog Post Link – Where I feature the current article I wrote on my blog
  • Post a link to relevant content/news - Where I post relevant content or share from an article or post
  • Post a Video – A short clip of something that pertains to my industry, my personal career, the genre I write in or the niche I belong to. It can be a funny video, a serious video or something instructional.
  • Advertise Work – A post about that either talks about what I am working on, announces any upcoming events or published works, or links to my books and any book deals I might be offering.
  • Post a Picture – Find a photo, e-card or poster that represents the writing industry, the genre I write for or the niche I belong to.

Pinterest

  • My Blog Post Link – Where I feature the current article I wrote on my blog
  • Pin Writing Inspiration – Find Pins of pictures that inspire stories, writing prompts and inspiration quotes
  • Pin Writing How-To’s – Find pins of articles and graphics that show how to perform a certain writing task.
  • Advertise Work – Pin a photo that links to published works, or links to my books and any book deals I might be offering, etc.
  • Pin Research Material - Find pins that will help aid in researching a book.

LinkedIn

  • My Blog Post Link – Where I feature the current article I wrote on my blog
  • Connect with Peers – Find people and groups in my industry to connect to. Pick someone I have worked with and write a recommendation or verify a skill of theirs.

Tumblr

  • My Blog Post Link – Where I feature the current article I wrote on my blog
  • Post a Picture – Find a photo, e-card or poster that represents the writing industry, the genre I write for or the niche I belong to.
  • Post a link to relevant content/news - Where I post relevant content or share from an article or post
  • Advertise Work – A post about that either talks about what I am working on, announces any upcoming events or published works, or links to my books and any book deals I might be offering.
  • Post a Video – A short clip of something that pertains to my industry, my personal career, the genre I write in or the niche I belong to. It can be a funny video, a serious video or something instructional.
  • Post a Vine or GIF - something eye catching and trendy that is relevant to my industry, genre or niche.

Step 5: Use the basic social media posting schedule to create an in-depth hourly/daily/weekly/monthly posting schedule. Click on “The Social Media Publishing Schedule Template Every Marketer Needs” for step by and step instructions and a FREE CUSTOMIZABLE TEMPLATE.

Looking for program that will allow you to set up posts for all the social media sights in one place and track traffic? Check out HootSuite!

365 Blog Post Ideas for Authors and Writers


365 Blog Post Ideas for Authors and Writers

 

For The Fans/Readers

  1. Write reviews of books you’ve read for fun
  2. Write reviews of books you’ve read in the current genre you write in
  3. Write about what a typical day is like for you
  4. Talk about tips, tricks, and tools that help keep your life organized
  5. List story ideas you hope to tackle in the future
  6. Describe your perfect weekend.
  7. Talk about past holidays (during a time when that holiday is coming up)
  8. Share past holiday photos, traditions and stories.
  9. Talk about your favorite TV shows and what you love about them.
  10. List your all time favorite actors and why you like them.
  11. List your all time favorite bands, songs, and/or musicians and why you like them.
  12. Post excerpts from completed and published books
  13. Post book blurbs from upcoming books
  14. Post teasers of upcoming books and WIP’s
  15. Interview your characters so that your fans get to know them better
  16. Host an open discussion about the book industry from a readers perspective
  17. Host an open discussion about what a reader wants from an author, book and/or series.
  18. List your favorite Author Blogs
  19. List your Favorite Book Review Blogs
  20. Talk about what show from your childhood would you love to bring back and why
  21. Talk about if someone gave you a free plane ticket to anywhere in the world, where would you go and why
  22. Talk about the best vacation you’ve ever had in your entire life, explain why it is and post pictures if you can
  23. Describe what your favorite rainy day activity
  24. Talk about if you could be any age again for a day, what age would it be and why
  25. Post a photo that represents your fantasy _______
  26. Talk about which of the four seasons you prefer and why
  27. Talk about if you could witness one moment in history what would it be and why
  28. Create a dream cast of actors for your books
  29. List the first 5 things you would do if you suddenly had millions of dollars
  30. List your favorite foods you just couldn’t live without
  31. List your least favorite foods and why
  32. List the people in your life you couldn’t live without and why
  33. Share your favorite reader resources, websites, and apps
  34. Post background info on your most popular characters or stories
  35. Post and interview of some of your blog followers who comment the most.
  36. Interview a fan about their favorite book of yours
  37. Feature your favorite reviews of one of your books
  38. List websites/tools that will help you find your next book to read
  39. Post a funny cartoon about reading
  40. Post a funny GIF about reading
  41. Post a funny song about reading
  42. Post a funny video about reading
  43. List your personal goals for the coming year
  44. A letter from an author (you) to the readers (your fans)
  45. Have an open discussion about the types of merchandise your fans want
  46. Hold a competition for your fans on designs for certain merchandises.
  47. Hold a competition for your fans on who can design the best book cover
  48. Run a fan contest for free books and/or merchandise
  49. Try your hand at writing a poem for your fans
  50. Share your current favorite song of the day and/or week.
  51. Share a To-Do list for your daily life
  52. Take some time out to thank your readers/fans/followers
  53. Make a list of apps for readers and review them
  54. Make a list of podcasts for readers
  55. Talk about book clubs and where to find them
  56. Have an open discussion about what your readers what to see next from you
  57. List events for readers in your genre
  58. List events for readers in your niche
  59. Highlight amazing libraries around the world
  60. Show pictures of amazing reading nooks and book spaces
  61. Talk about the worst day in your life so far
  62. Talk about the best day in your life so far
  63. Share your most embarrassing experience
  64. List great magazines for readers
  65. Talk about your astrological sign and if the description fits you
  66. Let your fans know what hashtags to follow to get information on your books
  67. Ask fans to create their own book trailer of one of your books
  68. Have fans show pictures of who they see as a representation of one of your characters
  69. List places to find free e-books in your genre
  70. Ask your readers if they would like to see a continuation or spin off  of one of your stories
  71. Ask your readers to describe a book they are dying to read and haven’t found yet
  72. Talk about your family background/ancestors and how they have shaped who you are today
  73. Ask your readers what they love most in a story
  74. Ask your readers what they hate most when reading a story
  75. List magazine that pertain to your niche
  76. Do a blog tour
  77. List all the different ways your fans can find and buy your books
  78. List all the different ways your fans can find and buy your merchandise
  79. How to get your local library to order the books you are interested in
  80. Ask your fans if they would like to see any of your books turned into movies or tv shows
  81. Ask your fans which movies or tv shows that came from books they liked or hated and why
  82. Ask your fans/reader who would like to be a part of your street team
  83. Run story ideas by your fans/readers and ask their opinions on them
  84. Create a list of books that are based off of certain holidays, situation, etc…
  85. Take a poll to see which book cover your fans liked the most
  86. Remind your fans of what social media platforms they can follow you on.
  87. Ask your fans what social media outlet they use the most
  88. Ask your readers which genre they hate to read and why
  89. Ask your readers what their favorite tv and movie is and why
  90. Ask your readers what their favorite books were growing up and why
  91. Ask your readers to post pictures of their ultimate dream reading nooks
  92. Ask your readers to talk about their favorite book heroes and heroines of all time
  93. Ask your readers to talk about their favorite book villains of all time

 

 

For The Writing Community

  1. Write about or feature someone who has been influential in your writing career
  2. Feature writers you network with (Interview them on your blog post, talk about their latest work
  3. List things that help to inspire your writing
  4. Write about what a typical writing day is like for you
  5. Talk about tips, tricks and tools that help keep your writing career organized
  6. What inspires your story ideas and characters
  7. Share advice and lessons learned from writing, completing, publishing and marketing your work
  8. List your long term and short term goals as a writer/author
  9. List your long term and short term goals for marketing your book
  10. Highlight your favorite quotes about writing.
  11. Talk about writing classes
  12. Review writing classes you have taken
  13. Review writing products
  14. Talk about how you can use your favorite TV show as inspiration for characters, plots and scenes.
  15. Talk about how you use music during your writing process.
  16. Review books for writers
  17. List your favorite self help books for writers
  18. List your favorite websites that help writers
  19. Explain how you research for a book
  20. List websites and tools that will help writers research for a book
  21. Talk about future story ideas and how to turn them into actual books
  22. Interview leading members of your industry (agents, editors, publishers, marketers, etc…)
  23. Host an open discussion about the writing industry.
  24. Spotlight great writing articles from other writers/authors/bloggers.
  25. Talk about critique groups and review some
  26. Talk about writing organizations and review some
  27. List your favorite writer blogs
  28. Talk about the query process and any personal experience you have with it.
  29. Explain how you start a new writing project
  30. Explain your marketing strategy.
  31. List tools, websites and businesses that can help writers building a marketing plan
  32. Talk about blog newsletters, their benefits and how to use them.
  33. List your favorite blogging resources and articles
  34. Name the 5 biggest writing distractions in your life right now and talk about ways to deal with them
  35. Talk about flash fiction and how it can help or hinder your writing career.
  36. Update an older popular article with some new information and/or links.
  37. Create a post that lists and groups like minded articles you’ve written in the past
  38. Talk about how to use social media to help promote your books/writing career
  39. Talk about how to throw book parties online
  40. Interview a critic about one of your books and have them explain what they would like to see changed and why
  41. Talk about the art of writing a book blurb
  42. List the best selling books in your genre and why you think they are succeeding
  43. List the best selling authors in your genre and why you think they are succeeding
  44. List the earning potential of authors who use publishers in your genre
  45. Post a list of websites that list writing jobs
  46. Talk about the different types of jobs writers could do and how to find them.
  47. Talk about how to outline a book
  48. Explain your outlining process
  49. Talk about how to run a blog when you are an author/writer
  50. Explain your plans for your blog (current and future plans)
  51. Talk about writer retreats, why to use them and where to find them
  52. Post a review of any writers retreat you’ve gone to along with pictures of your time there
  53. Talk about grants for writers, how to apply for them and where to find them.
  54. Spotlight fellow writers who support and inspire you
  55. Talk about creative writing prompts and how to use them for inspiration
  56. List websites that post creative writing prompts and picture prompts
  57. Talk about keeping a writers journal and a writers notebook and the difference between the two
  58. Talk about writers block and how to prevent it or overcome it
  59. Spotlight helpful writing infographics
  60. Spotlight helpful blogging infographics
  61. Spotlight helpful genre infographics
  62. Talk about mistakes you’ve made with your first MS (unpublished or published)
  63. Talk about how to plan a book signing event
  64. Talk about how to handle bad reviews and how to learn from them as a writer.
  65. Post a funny cartoon about writing
  66. Post a funny GIF about writing
  67. Post a funny song about writing
  68. Post a funny video about writing
  69. Talk about how to throw a launch party (online or in person)
  70. Talk about your brainstorming process
  71. Talk about the benefits of a writing partner and where to find one
  72. Describe how to speed up the writing process
  73. Describe how to speed up the blogging process
  74. Post an encouraging message to writers
  75. Talk about how you can’t sit down and write unless _______
  76. Discuss time management tools for writers
  77. Post a writing schedule
  78. Interview your significant other about your writing career and how they feel about it
  79. List your goals as a writer, blogger, author for the year
  80. Talk about how to find  a literary agent and what to look out for
  81. Talk about how to find a publisher and what to look out for
  82. Talk about how to find an editor
  83. Talk about why a writer would need a literary attorney and how to find one
  84. Make a list of publishers in your genre, what they are looking for and how to submit to them.
  85. Talk about mistakes to avoid in your manuscript
  86. Talk about synopsis and mistakes to avoid with them
  87. Talk about elevator pitches
  88. Talk about how to speak/read in public
  89. Talk about how to come up with character names
  90. List blogging content generators and how to use them
  91. Talk about how to make book trailers
  92. Talk about Web/Blog design tips
  93. Talk about inspiration boards/bulletin boards and how they can help with the writing process
  94. Talk about how to choose a setting for your story
  95. List some exercises/stretches for writers
  96. Talk about the benefits of business cards, where to get them and how to design them
  97. Talk about merchandise and how to design it and where to get it
  98. Talk about author platforms and how to build one
  99. Talk about how to choose a title for your book
  100. Talk about the importance of book covers and how to design one
  101. Talk about writing contests and how they can help your career
  102. Review writing contests
  103. Talk about how to run contests for your fans to drum up business
  104. Share a To-Do list for your daily writing life
  105. Research your genre and talk about what you found
  106. Research the readers in your genre and talk about what you found
  107. Talk about finding niches in your genre and how to use it to gather more readers
  108. Make a list of apps for writers and review them
  109. Talk about podcasts and how to use them/do them
  110. Make a list of pobcasts for writers
  111. Talk about how to come up with idea for blogs
  112. Post a list of blog post ideas :-)
  113. Talk about book clubs and how they can help your career
  114. Discuss ideas on how to engage your readers/followers/fans
  115. Make a list of authors/writers that have won awards in your genre
  116. Talk about ghostwriting
  117. Post “How To” articles pertaining to writing
  118. Discuss writing/publishing scams and how to avoid them
  119. Talk about the best ways to save, organize and access your favorite articles from the internet
  120. Talk about writing magazines, whether you should invest money into them and how to get deals on them
  121. List great magazines for writers/authors
  122. Discuss how to use astrological signs to create deeper characters
  123. Talk about social media groups, how to find them and how to use them.
  124. Research each popular social media sight and how best to use them for your writing career
  125. Talk about how to promote your books locally
  126. Talk about the importance of using keywords  and which ones to use
  127. Talk about different methods to promote a book
  128. Talk about how to write an “About Me” page
  129. List key items every writer/author should have on their page
  130. Explain SEO for bloggers
  131. Explain analytics
  132. Talk about Google Authorship
  133. Discuss what a book launch team is and how to create and use one
  134. How to host a twitter chat or hangout on
  135. Talk about hashtags and how to create ones for your books
  136. Talk about facebook campaigns
  137. Talk about Google campaigns
  138. Talk about the benefits and disadvantages of creating social media pages for your most popular characters
  139. Talk about street teams, how to form them and how to use them.
  140. Discuss how to make an e-book out of your old blog post articles
  141. Talk about how to get local newspapers, tv programs and radio shows to interview you
  142. What are press releases and media kits and how to make them.
  143. Talk about the benefits of partnering with a brand that is in your niche
  144. The advantages of renting a billboard to advertise your book\
  145. Create a viral video that depicts a scene in your book
  146. Talk about where and how to host a book reading
  147. Talk about places to donate your book and how that will help earn new readers
  148. Talk about the difference between a reader and a fan and who to invest the most money and time in
  149. Talk about book plots and how to build strong ones
  150. Talk about how to build a scene
  151. Talk about how to revise and edit and the difference between the two
  152. Talk about how to write dialogue between characters
  153. Talk about how to write the opposite sex
  154. Talk about the e-book market and how it could benefit your career
  155. Talk about how to write sequels
  156. Talk about how to treat your writing career as a business
  157. Talk about tax deductions available to writers
  158. Talk about legal matters that writers need to be aware of
  159. Talk about how to format a MS
  160. How to craft a perfect hero/heroine
  161. How to craft the perfect villain
  162. Talk about how to identify and connect with your audience
  163. Build a budget and a timeline for marketing your books
  164. Talk about how to present your marketing plans to your publisher
  165. List free sites that will help your promote your book
  166. List websites/programs cost $ but will help your promote your book
  167. Talk about the importance of professional headshots
  168. Learn how to pitch articles
  169. Talk about social media roundup sites and how to use them for your blog and social media platforms
  170. Talk about the different tools amazon has for writers
  171. Talk about how to create your own online writing class
  172. Discuss what blog tours are and how to create one
  173. Talk about travel writing and how to become a travel writer
  174. Discuss how to handle a webcam for the best outcomes
  175. Talk about freelance writing and how to have a career as a freelance writer
  176. What are the different methods of review books and what a professional book review looks like
  177. Talk about how to make money reviewing books
  178. Talk about audio book and whether or not you should invest money into making one for your books
  179. How to make an audio book
  180. Discuss whether or not you should do the reading for your audio book
  181. List of words to use in your writing
  182. List of words to avoid in your writing
  183. How to use your local library to further your writing career
  184. How to become a full time writer
  185. How to juggle a writing career and a full time job
  186. How to juggle a writing career and part time job
  187. How to make money from your website/blog
  188. How to stay on Google search engine’s good side
  189. How to plan everything in your writing career
  190. How to plan everything in your marketing career
  191. How to plan everything in your blogging career
  192. Create a blogging schedule
  193. Create a submitting schedule
  194. Discuss the option of seeking help from your biggest fans to help spread the word of upcoming books

 

For All Your Followers

  1. Share meaningful moments and photos from past vacations
  2. List things that help inspire your life
  3. Talk about your first ever completed manuscript, how you felt about it then and now, and if it was published.
  4. Talk about your first book that was published, how you felt about it then and now and how well it sold.
  5. Talk about when, how and why you decided to write stories to be published.
  6. Talk about your current WIP’s
  7. List your favorite bookish gifts
  8. Highlight your favorite inspirational quotes
  9. Explain why you have chosen to write in the genre you have written in and whether or not you plan to write in other genres
  10. Talk about the latest news in your industry and genre and give your opinion on it.
  11. Post a philosophical question and your answer to it.
  12. Review movies that were based off of books and talk about whether or not it did the book justice.
  13. Review TV shows that were based off of books and talk about whether or not it did the book justice.
  14. Talk about how you like to write (where you write, when you write, what you wear, if it’s planned or not…)
  15. Talk about your favorite causes (charities) and why they are important to you.
  16. List your favorite books from when you were a child and talk about how you see them as an adult.
  17. List your favorite books this year and why you like them.
  18. List upcoming books you can’t wait to read.
  19. List your favorite book heroes, heroines and villains and why you like them.
  20. Talk about rejection and disappointment and how to handle them.
  21. Describe your ideal writing space.
  22. Describe your ideal home library.
  23. Talk about your favorite kind of character to write about
  24. Talk about your least favorite kind of character to write about
  25. Share your fears and anxieties about your writing career.
  26. Share your hopes and aspirations about your writing career.
  27. Write a short story/flash fiction piece for your blog followers (Break it up into two blog posts)
  28. Take a photo of your work/writing space and talk about it.
  29. talk about a genie grants you 3 wishes to use towards your writing career. What are they and why?
  30. Talk about flash fiction and highlight some of your favorite flash fiction writers
  31. Talk about which authors careers you want the most and why
  32. List the books that are waiting to be read on your kindle
  33. List the books you’ve bought that are sitting on a bookshelf waiting to be read
  34. Talk about your favorite social media outlets and why you like them
  35. Create a list of people from each social media outlet you would recommend other people follow
  36. Throw a book party online with one of your most popular books or with a book that is about to be released
  37. Describe how to throw a themed party from one of your books
  38. Describe how to throw a themed book party in general
  39. Post a soundtrack for your book
  40. Talk about the songs you used while writing a certain book
  41. Pick a trending twitter topic and discuss it on your blog
  42. Post about any events, appearance, or guest blogs you will be doing
  43. Describe your dream launch party
  44. Write about the time you almost gave up on your writing career and what saved it
  45. Talk about the book idea you wish you had thought of first
  46. Talk about a book you wish you could rewrite to make better (yours or someone elses)
  47. Talk about how writing has affected other areas in your life
  48. List some of your favorite book trailers.
  49. Make a list of great first lines from books
  50. Make a list of great endings from books
  51. Take a picture of your inspiration/bulletin board and explain how it helps you
  52. Post a funny video or vine about your work
  53. Talk about your #1 favorite author and what books you like of theirs and why
  54. Write a “Did You Know?” article (post a weird random fact or a fact about your genre or industry)
  55. Share your bucket list
  56. Talk about the types of books you like to read vs the types of books you life to write and explain why
  57. Post something specific to your niche
  58. Make a list of inspirational videos/talks (like TED talks)
  59. Shocking news about your genre
  60. Shocking news about your niche
  61. Highlight past interviews you have done (online, radio, tv)
  62. Make a list of fiction books written by ghostwriters
  63. Talk about how you handle being a parent and a writer (if it pertains to you) or interview someone who is
  64. Talk about controversial topics in your genre
  65. Talk about controversial topics in your niche
  66. Post about an upcoming twitter chat or hangout you are hosting
  67. List author hangouts and interviews found on Google
  68. Post pictures that inspired scenes in one of your books
  69. Write an article highlighting one of your Pinterest boards and explain how and why you use it
  70. Post quote from famous authors, agents, publishers
  71. Post about any upcoming book news you have for your books
  72. Talk about social media roundup sites
  73. The advantages of reading books in your genre
  74. The disadvantages of reading books in your genre
  75. Ask if anyone listens to audio books and what they like or dislike about them
  76. Talk about programs you can suggest to your local library that fit into the genre your write or read in
  77. Interview your kids (or other family members) and ask them how they feel about your writing career
  78. Talk about a genre you secretly want to write in but fear you aren’t able to.

 

5 Content Idea Generators and What To Do With Them


5 Content Idea Generators and What To Do With Them

Have you heard about Content Idea Generators?

As a blogger, there will come a point where you find yourself scrambling to come up with your next blog post. It might be a regular occurrence or it might just be that you’ve exhausted all the obvious ideas and your drawing a blank.

Well, fear not my fellow bloggers I have discovered there are such things as Content Idea Generators!

You know me, I love a good idea generator to help boost my creativity as shown in my article,”35 Random Idea Generators for Writing A Romance Novel“.

Today, however we are talking about content idea generators for blog post/articles.

What is that, you might ask?

It is a generator that randomly pulls together a title for a possible blog post. Depending on the generator you use, you can get as simple or complex with your search as you like. When you stumble onto a title that jumps out at you ,and pertains to what your blog is about, you use that as a jumping off point for the article you are going to write.

I like to use Content Idea Generators to help me get inspiration for my running list of possible topics to discuss on my blog. You can learn more about my list on Monday where I will post my totally amazing, awe inspiring list of 365 Days of blog post ideas for writers and authors! ;-)

Now onto my top 5 Favorite Content Idea Generators:

Content Forest

You will be prompted to enter a keyword that pertains to what you want to write about. From that key word they will pull up already existing articles that have that keyword in their title. The point is not to steal the titles but to gain inspiration from them to create a title and article of your own.

Content Idea Generator 

You will have to give them your name and email address for free access. Once you receive your sign on information you will have a quick questionnaire to fill out. The problem is, the questionnaire is geared toward people selling products and not books. However, if you are smart about how you answer each one, the list of ideas it generates for you at the end will be extremely helpful and well worth the time.

Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator

Here you will be prompted to enter three nouns that pertain to what you want to write about and then they will generate 5 possible blog title ideas. It’s simple, fast, and you can easily do it over and over again.

Link Bait Title Generator

Enter in your keyword or subject you want to write about and then click the style you want the article to be in and watch all the ideas appear on your screen.

*This one is the generator that usually gives me some really solid inspiration without taking too much of my time*

Portent’s Content Idea Generator

Enter in your desired subject and watch the Titles appear within seconds. I love this generator too but i tend to waist more time on it then I should!

 

So, what if your creativity is so tapped out that you can’t even decide on a subject to write about?

Well, then your screwed.

Nah, not really.

Try the following tips to help get your groove back.

  • Use Google Suggest – Type keywords into the search bar and see, on the drop down menu, what people are looking up. The searches you see are found based on the highest monthly search volumes.
  • Look at the trending topics on twitter. Pick one and write an article talking about how it affects your industry, book genre, etc…
  • Look at a previous successful article and figure out a way to stem off of it or add more information to it. Check out this PDF, “How To Turn 1 Piece of Content Into 100″.
  • InboxQ – Search the twittersvere for questions people have been asking regarding your topic, subject, or industry by typing in 3 – 10 descriptive keywords that will generate a list.
  • Alltop - A one stop shop to find all the hottest topics being talked about. Bonus is you can personalize your search to look for certain keywords which could end up taking hours of endless search time off your hands.
  • Google Insights – A place where you can find the top searches, hottest topics, and what is currently trending on Google.

 

In the end, you can really find inspiration for your next article anywhere but hopefully some of the options I suggested will help you out of a jam one day.

Just remember, there are endless things to talk about. Even if you think its been talked to death there is always someone who has never even heard about it.

Not every blog post is going to be a trending article but you can bet your ass that there is going to be someone out there who is grateful you wrote it.

 

Have you run into a blogging brick wall before?

What did you do to pull yourself up and keep yourself going?

 

 

An Infographic Guide To The Perfect Social Media Post


I stumbled onto a great infographic that breaks down what the perfect post would be for the different popular Social Media platforms out there today.

So, i decided to keep today’s blog post short and sweet and just share it with you all. I hope you find it as useful as I did.

My only warning is that the section that highlights the best and worst times to post at each site are pretty different from other graphs I’ve read.

I first saw this infographic in a post by Kristin Piombino on Entrepreneur titled “A Guide to Perfect Social Media Posts

The Infographic was designed by MyCleverAgency.

Check back on Friday where I talk about Content Idea Generators and Making a Posting Schedule.

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Did you find this infographic helpful?

Are you a fan of infographics?

Do you have a favorite one you refer back to time and again? If so what is it about?

 

Amp Up Your Author Platform with LinkedIn!


Amp Up Your Author Platform With LinkedIn

I don’t know about you, but LinkedIn was sort of a mystery to me.

I knew about it and thought it was more for corporate america, professionals who work in offices and such. I completely ignored it because I thought it wouldn’t help me reach my potential fans.

Then I read an article in RWR (Romance Writers Report, a monthly magazine mailed to RWA members) by Maria Conner (Article Titled: Get LinkedIn or Be Left Out) that opened my eyes to the fact that LinkedIn might not help me bring in fans but it will, without a doubt, help me connect with business professionals that are key to getting books published, to marketing them, and to marketing myself.

For you writers out there, yet to be published, you’re probably thinking,

“Yeah, its a good business strategy but not until I’ve got something to market, not until I’ve gotten something published.”

I promise you, that way of thinking will get you no where.

If you haven’t published anything yet then show your writing skills and your knowledge and commitment of the  writing world by posting blog articles that you write, linking up to groups and organizations in the writing industry, and adding any youtube or podcasts you have created on the subject.

LinkedIn is a professional network that is to be taken seriously. Future publishing houses, editors, agents, and book industry professionals will see this as part of your job resume.

There are over 300 members worldwide in over 200 countries and can be displayed in 22 different languages. This is THE place to be seen if you are serious about your writing career.

LinkedIn isn’t just for job hunters anymore. It’s the perfect place to keep an updated, interactive resume that will be seen by millions of people, literally.

Let’s take some time to break down a LinkedIn profile.

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Profile Photo: Add a professional head shot of yourself. If you do not have one, find a personal photo that comes as close as possible. If you do not want to add an actual photo of yourself you can use the cover of one of your books. (However, having a photo of yourself is better.)

Name: Use only your Author Name and nothing else on this line.

Headline: You have a maximum of 110 characters for this space. You need it to be catchy, to state without a doubt what you are known for and you need to include keywords that pertain to your industry.

  • LinkedIn’s search algorithms looks for keywords within your profile. Therefore, before filling out your profile, take some time to search certain keywords on LinkedIn’s search bar. Click on some of the profiles that appear at the top and pay attention to where and how often they are used. That will give you a guide to follow. 

Location: Be specific. I know that there are a lot of authors/writers that like to keep their location private to their fans but you have to keep in mind that your LinkedIn profile isn’t for your fans but for future business prospects.

Industry: Add an Industry that pertains to your career. You can add one word or combine two to cover more of what you do.

Example: Author, Publishing, Writing, Editing

or

Writing and Editing, Author and Social Media Manager

Your LinkedIn URL: Located directly underneath your profile photo is your profiles URL. When you first sign up they automatically generate one for you. However, you can go back and edit it to be more personalized.

Contact Info: Treat this section like you would on your website. You want whoever you connect with on here to be able to contact you. You could just give your email address but the more detail you give (address, phone, social media contacts) the better chance you have of making a connection.

Summary: Make sure you are as detailed as possible. This is the place to “sell yourself” to future business partners. Let them know what you can to do that will benefit them. Don’t forget to include important keywords for your industry and write in complete sentences in 1st person point of view.

Experience: List all the jobs you have had that pertains to the industry you are currently in. If you do not have any actual work experience don’t worry. You can put down the following:

Example: Writer

Self Employed

(The year you started) – Present

  • If you have published works (books, anthologies, short stories, etc…) you can list each one as a job experience and in the job description section you can put a brief summary of the piece of work.
  • Volunteering can also count as work experience.

Languages: If you speak more then one language don’t be shy to let everyone know. Your LinkedIn profile is the place to boast about your talents and accomplishments.

Skills & Endorsements:

 Skills are key words that describe the many different things you are capable of doing. You can add up to 50 skills but make sure all the skills you add are current and relevant to your industry. Also, place your most important skills at the top of the list.

At a loss for what skills to include? Use LinkedIn’s search to find peer profiles and get inspiration from what they included. 

Endorsements are your 1st connection contacts that have agreed with you and stated that they believe you have this skill. An average LinkedIn user has at least 5 endorsements. If you want to stand out from the crowd aim for a higher number.

Education: Be detailed and specific. List all education you have received. If you do not have any formal education after high school try listing whatever courses you have taken and completed. This includes, any and all writing courses.

Additional Info: This is where you will list your interests, personal details and advice for how you want to be contacted.

Interests is a place where you can list any and all interests and hobbies you have. Just keep in mind that this is a professional profile. Think about adding only the interests and hobbies that pertain to your industry and that you wouldn’t be embarrassed about.

Personal Details is where you add your birth date and marital status. Again, it is up to you on how much you want to include but from all the advice I’ve heard and read about, you should try to be as specific and detailed as possible on all aspects of your LinkedIn profile.

Contacting is where you state, specifically, how you wish to be contacted and with what.

Projects: This is a place where you can highlight projects that you have worked on pertaining to your industry/career. For instance, If you’ve created any youtube videos demonstrating how to perform a task, or podcasts where you talked about how to be a writer, etc… you can add it here, along with a link to it, and you can even include team members that helped you with it (it can be other linkedin members or not).

Connections: When you first sign up, LinkedIn will pull all the contacts from the email you used and ask if you want to link up with them. Only link up with people who pertain to your industry and/or will help further your career. Do not add your whole email contact list just for the sake of acquiring a lot of contacts.

  • When you do a search of people you want to connect with check their profiles out to find things you might have in common. That way when you send a contact invitation to them you can make it personal. A personalized contact invite has a better chance of being accepted. If you feel odd contacting complete strangers, check out your connections to see if they have contacts you would like. If they do, ask them if they would personally recommend you to them.  

Groups: LinkedIn members can join up to 50 groups and 20 subgroups. However, you are better off joining a few groups at a time. Be selective about the groups you join. Make sure they are relevant to you, have a high membership count and active dialogue. Don’t forget to be active within these groups. Don’t sit on the sidelines.

Recommendations: Recommendations are the heart of your profile. Without them you might as well be dead. These are personal recommendations from your contacts stating you are who you say you are. Depending on what the person writes it can be brief, stating that they have worked with you and they recommend you or they can be detailed and state how they worked with you and how you performed.

  • The best way to receive recommendations is to give them. Find the people on your connections list that you have worked with whether it was online or in person and write them a recommendation. They will be notified as soon as you do and will usually respond back by writing one for you.
  • If you haven’t received any recommendations but have given a few yourself ask them nicely if they could write a quick recommendation for you. Don’t be shy when it comes to your career!

 

Additional Facts To Keep In Mind:

  • In the “Professional Gallery” section of your LinkedIn profile you are able to share links and upload files such as videos (book trailers), Your Amazon Author Page, Cover Art of your books, and reviews & excerpts.
  • Add rich media to your profile (youtube videos, podcasts, presentations, etc…)
  • Post updates regularly to keep your profile active. Updates should be professional and share news pertaining to your career. The best time for posts on LinkedIn is 7am-9am and 5pm-6pm. The worse posting time is 10pm-6am. Try to stick to a 700 character limit on each post.
  • To make your profile more substantial add items like projects, test scores, courses, certifications, and volunteer work.
  • Make sure you are alerted through email whenever someone wants to connect with you or has written a recommendation or endorsement.
  • Don’t forget to link your blog posts to your LinkedIn profile.

Stop by and Check out my profile on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/darlagdenton  . Add me as a contact.

14 Websites That Will Help You Find Your New Favorite Book!


14 Book Recommendation Websites You Do Not Want to Miss

Ok, so like most avid readers and writers we already have a “To-Be-Read” list a mile long.

Therefore, theoretically, we should not have a desire to add to this daunting pile.

However, in my case, as I’m sure it is with many of you, I just can’t seem to get enough.

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I hoard books and eBooks like my life depends on it!

Just the idea of walking into a book store or library and picking up something new to read sends a thrill through me.

I even peruse the free section of Kindle on a regular basis because I can’t stand the thought of missing out on a great read.

I think I might need help.

Hi, my name is Darla and I’m a book hoarder, a hoarder of stories. 

As if this problem isn’t bad enough on it’s own, I’m also the type of person who can’t walk into a book store and just grab a book. I need to know if it will be something I like and if it’s part of a series.

I can NOT read a book out of order. The very idea makes my eyes bug out a bit lol. I honestly do not know how people do that.

So, to help me find my next read, that is perfect for me, I like to use websites that specialize in doing just that.

Below, I’ve listed 14 websites that specialize in helping you find your new favorite book.

Feel free to click on them but be warned you may walk away with a mile long wish list!

  1. AllReaders
  2. Amazon
  3. Bookish
  4. Book Seer
  5. Gnooks
  6. GoodReads
  7. LibraryThing
  8. Listal
  9. Riffle
  10. Shelfari
  11. Tastekid
  12. What Should I Read Next
  13. Which Book (My Current Favorite!)
  14. Your Next Read

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