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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Online & Social Networking: How to Use LinkedIn to Mine for Clients

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Fw: Savvy Book Marketing Tips - February 15 issue via @bookmarketer

Savvy Book Marketing Tips
Hello Sylvia,

In last week's webinar about promoting fiction, Joanna Penn stressed the importance of making sure that your book is ready for prime time before you begin promoting it. Success for any type of book begins with a well written and edited book, a great cover, and a compelling title and sales copy. 

Those points are echoed in this article from the Huffington Post about the factors that tend to limit the success of indie authors.  

Even if a book is already published, self-published authors can still make improvements to enhance sales. Both ebooks and print-on-demand books can be revised and re-submitted if necessary. It's easy to make changes on most ebook publishing platforms - you can upload a revised cover or book text, revise the book description, and even change the price. For printed books, check with your printer or publisher to find out what's involved and what the fees are.

Nonfiction book titles and subtitles should contain important keywords to help shoppers find them on Amazon. For tips on enhancing the sales copy (book description) that you use on book covers, online bookstores, and your website, see these articles:

For nonfiction books:

For novels:

Read on for more book marketing resources.

Video Marketing

Nonfiction authors, don't miss this 6-minute video from Kathleen Gage explaining how to use YouTube videos to drive traffic to your website and build your opt-in mailing list.

Ebook Publishing News

Ebook sales continue to grow like crazy. The Pew Internet and American Life Project reported that ownership of tablets and ebook readers nearly doubled over the recent holiday period, contributing to the ever expanding market for ebooks.

A large number of authors have pulled their books from Nook and other ebookstores in order to join Amazon's KDP Select program. Some authors have been very pleased with the results, while others have concerns about Amazon's requirements for exclusivity. If you are still undecided, please read this article to learn more about the pros and cons of KDP Select.

Ebook authors, you can network with other authors and learn more about Kindle publishing on the Kindle Forum. There's even a sectionwhere you can promote your books. As with all forums, be sure to read the rules and observe etiquette.  

Children's Book Marketing

Children's authors, don't forget that Children's Book Week is May 7-13. Learn more at http://bookweekonline.com and be sure to plan some special publicity and promotion during that time.

The Frugal Book Promoter

Carolyn Howard-Johnson is celebrating the release of the Kindle version of The Frugal Book Promoter, 2nd edition, by giving away more than a dozen free reports with the purchase of the ebook. Seehttp://frugalbookpromoter.homestead.com/ for details and check out the bonus reports listed at the bottom of that page. Carolyn completely updated The Frugal Book Promoter several months ago, and the revised paperback version now features 416 pages of book promotion advice!  

Indie Bookstore Opportunity

In mid-March, author Jon Renaud is opening the "Back to the Books" bookstore in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Jon is planning to feature indie books in his store and he's looking for independent fiction and nonfiction authors with an inventory of books on hand who would be interested in having their books stocked in the store. If you're interested, contact Jon at foxxgrp@gmail.com.

Thanks all the news for now. Have a wonderful week!

Dana Lynn Smith

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[Build Book Buzz] Use Unconventional March Holidays to Get Exposure via @sandrabeckwith

Tips, tactics and tools for generating media awareness and other buzz about your books.

Sandra BeckwithFebruary 22, 2012

In This Issue:

Buzzing Around

Washington DCHi Sylvia,

First the good news: I'm looking forward to attending a conference in Washington, D.C. in early March. Now the bad news: I won't be able to wear my usual office uniform...a long-sleeved t-shirt, yoga pants, and Crocs. Bummer. 

But on the bright side, I'm looking forward to dining out in D.C. If you're a local or familiar with the area, could you suggest a favorite restaurant? I'd really appreciate it! 

New topic: Do you subscribe to my blog? Keep the book publicity, promotion, and marketing information flowing to your inbox by using the forms on the right side of the blog to subscribe by e-mail or RSS feed. Here are two recent articles you might like:

They help de-mystify the "platform" concept and give you 12 planks for yours.

Have a great week!



Be Opportunistic:
Use Unconventional March Holidays to Get Exposure

Oh, sure, you could create a holiday of your own to get media attention, but why do that if you can take advantage of a holiday that someone else has already created? 

We've got an abbreviated list of some of the quirkier special days coming up in March below (get the entire list at http://bit.ly/yxbfkY) - what can you do with these to get media or other attention? Some ideas:

  • Send out a tip sheet offering advice - "March 2 is Employee Appreciation Day: 5 ways to show yours."
  • Host a blog or Twitter contest - Invite people who share your middle name to enter to win a copy of your book on March 10, "Middle Name Appreciation Day."
  • Pitch radio stations on interviews - Share your best clutter stories and talk about how to get rid of things you don't need on March 2, "Old Stuff Day."

In most cases, you'll need a connection between your book and the holiday to leverage it with the press. It could be the topic, your knowledge and expertise, or a connection to one of your fictional characters (for example, if one of your novel's characters is a quilter, you've got the credentials for that March 17 holiday). 

Which of these could you have some fun with?

Use your imagination!

Tip of the Month:
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Go to http://bit.ly/ySNIzs to learn more and download your copy.

Get More Publicity for Your Book

Authors don't always know how to contact the media to get interviewed on the radio, schedule a blog interview, or pitch a story idea to a newspaper or magazine. To help with these essential book publicity tactics - and so many more - we created Build Book Buzz Publicity Forms & Templates, a collection of the most commonly used book publicity media relations tools. This workbook includes fill-in-the-blanks forms for all of them, detailed instructions on how to use them so you'll get fantastic media results, and actual samples of each. 

Cyndy Drew Etler, author of Straightling, said this about the workbook: 

"I wish I had found this resource before dropping hundreds on those other tomes, the ones that just created panic over how much I had to do, and how little I knew how to do it. Build Book Buzz Publicity Forms & Templates is, like, the preschool-easy path to a doctoral degree."

Kevin Kruse, author of WE: How to Improve Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement, sent us this note: 

"As a first-time author your Build Book Buzz templates were an incredible value. They saved me a ton of time and, more importantly, ensured that my first effort was a professional one. In the first 3 days of my publicity efforts, 3 editors have downloaded material that was built from your templates. Thanks for everything."

There are 30 templates and 30 corresponding samples ready for you to use to generate priceless publicity for your book. Learn more about this valuable book publicity action guide and what authors who have used it are saying at http://buildbookbuzz.com/publicity-forms-and-templates/.

Learn "9 Novel Ways to Promote Fiction"

As mentioned recently in the BookDaily.com newsletter, if you write fiction, you don't want to miss my recorded interview with Sandra Poirier Diaz, president of fiction publicity firm Smith Publicity, about "9 Novel Ways to Promote Fiction." Unsolicited rave reviews for the audio program include: 

"I was a newspaper editor for 18 years and have a degree in public relations, so to tell you the truth, I wasn't very optimistic about learning anything new. However, the audio got my creative juices flowing so I now have a few pages of notes to go through." Jessica James 

"This was absolutely riveting!" Judy Nickles 

"I learned so much and am inspired to try several different avenues for publicizing that I had not thought of before. Best $29 I have spent in a long time!" Elaine Cooper 

"It was great - both informative and inspiring. I already have some new ideas for promoting my new book." Gini Rifkin 

"That was a great teleseminar. I learned a lot." Victoria Noxon 

"Great seminar! Thanks for all the valuable info!" Chrystle Fiedler 

Learn a top pro's secrets for using the news media, social networking, and other effective options for building sales-generating buzz for fiction when you purchase the audio program now! Listen on your computer or an MP3 player. You'll also receive three bonus fiction promotion handouts. 

To learn more, go to http://buildbookbuzz.com/fiction-promotion-audio-program/.

About Sandra

Sandra Beckwith, a former publicist who has won several national and regional publicity awards, teaches authors how to generate long-term media buzz for their books. She is the author of three books on publicity, conducts publicity workshops, and writes frequently on small business marketing and management topics. Please visit her book publicity site and publicity blog to learn more.

Need a writer's conference speaker or workshop presenter? Sandra's workshops at the American Society of Journalists and Authors annual conference, the University of Wisconsin Writers Institute, and at other industry conferences share priceless how-to information you won't get elsewhere. Contact her at sb@buildbookbuzz.com for more information.

Build Book Buzz is a free e-newsletter published twice monthly by Beckwith Communications. Please forward this newsletter to anyone. To subscribe, visit www.buildbookbuzz.com. We do not share our mailing list with any individual or organization for any reason.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Online & Social Networking: Facebook Application Development For Dummies Cheat Sheet

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Facebook Application Development For Dummies Cheat Sheet

First, Facebook changed the face of online marketing; then it changed the face of online commerce. Anyone interested in marketing material online has to reckon with the world of Facebook, and to that end, they'll need some knowledge of Graph API (Facebook's development language) and a basic understanding of setting up a Facebook Page. More

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