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7 Most Popular Blog Posts 2011 – 2014

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Curious if we had already reached the 1-Million-reader mark, I was browsing through the statistics of our “old” WordPress blog – which has been moved to: http://SavvyBookWriters.com/blog over a year ago – and discovered this list of the seven most popular blog post between 2011 and 2014:
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46 Top Websites to Promote Your Book for FREE
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/18-top-websites-to-promote-your-book-for-free/

How to Start Your Own Book Publishing Business
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/how-to-start-your-own-book-publishing-business/

11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/9-websites-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs/

50 Web Links to Let Your Book Go Viral!
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/11/03/50-web-links-to-let-your-book-go-viral/

15 Million Reads Before Her Book Was Even Published
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/01/30/15-million-readers-before-her-book-was-even-published/

What is the Salary of an Editor, Reporter or Columnist?
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/what-is-the-salary-of-an-editor-reporter-or-columnist/

The Traps in Publishing Contracts
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/16/the-traps-in-publishing-contracts/

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Where did the Blog Traffic come from?
90% of the traffic to our blog came mostly from search engines, where people looked for advice and typed in certain keywords (see how important hashtags and keywords are!).  Research also shows that readers are fifteen times more likely to seek out and purchase a book from an author with a recognizable brand. And these authors can also charge more for their books. If a writer is trying to build a career as an author, this becomes crucial to success.
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The top three social media networks that send readers our way:
#1 Twitter,
#2 Facebook
#3 Google+

Also Google+ is mainly responsible for the overwhelming success of search engine traffic.   And the Independent Publisher blog who had just mentioned SavvyBookWriters in one single sentence, sent almost 900 readers to our blog.
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What surprised me was the fact that Pinterest brought more referrals than LinkedIn, even though only images were posted there, while on the other hand many useful articles went to LinkedIn. The reason might be the number of followers on Pinterest are double than those at LinkedIn?  Resolution for 2016: Being more active on Linkedin, following more people there.  Did you know: every article one writes on LinkedIn is emailed to all followers’ mailbox there.  It makes all the  difference if 200 people receive a message or 2.000 get it…
Blog posts on SavvyBookwriters contain usually between three and ten links.  The most-clicked and followed links in our blogs came from readers at Wattpad.com, Booktalk.org and Goodreads.com.

Last, but not least the countries where the most readers came from: USA (over 60%), United Kingdom, Canada, India, Australia, Philippines, South Africa, Germany, Singapore and Ireland. And amazingly even from countries such as Micronesia, Bhutan, Solomon Islands, Angola, Moldova, Paraguay, Uzbekistan, Cayman Islands, Burundi, Fidji and Cuba.  It’s just amazing how the Internet connects the world…

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Well, and 5,000 more readers TODAY, the first day of 2016, would make the 1.000.000 mark – please use the share buttons : ) and invite all your friends and followers to visit our blog.  THANKS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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111 Tips to Improve Your Writing Career in 2017

 

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After some relaxing holidays and on the brink to a new year, you might tinker about your writing and publishing career… maybe even have some new year’s resolutions.
Before you dive into 111 Ways in 2016 to Improve Your Writing Career – all the tips for professional publishing and savvy book marketing – here are some basics for your writing pleasure:
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What You Need Most of All:
A room of your own, with a door to close to ensure uninterrupted writing time.  Provide yourself privacy and eliminate visual distractions.  Play music on a headset or use ear plugs to block out sounds.  For some writers, having an office outside the house helps them take their work more seriously.  It’s like going to a job.  Or go to the next library.  It’s free and (mostly) quiet and you write surrounded by great literature.
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Make Time for Your Writing.
If you want results, you have to put your butt into chair and just … write.  But it isn’t that simple, is it?  Most of us have jobs, kids, chores, and other interests that take away from our writing time, and there are only 24 hours in the day.  And most of us also need to sleep.
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Write When You Don’t Feel Like it.
No excuses! Show up: at your desk, every day, without fail.  Turn your passion into a professional discipline.  There’s always time to write. Turn the phone to silent, unplug from the world for a couple of hours and … Excuses are easy to make, but all of us, have at least an hour or two of quiet time a day to devote to our writing: If you’re able to write even 500 words in an hour, and you write for one hour a day, you’ll have written about 15,000 words in a month.  And even if only 50% of those words are usable, if you keep up the habit for a year, you’ll have written 90,000 words – a whole novel.
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Rewrite, Rewrite and Rewrite Even More.
You first draft might not be brilliant – however, that doesn’t matter, as it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Don’t consider yourself done until you’ve put in at least several rounds of editing and improving your manuscript.
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Is your New Year’s resolution to become a real professional writer, writing at least 2,000 to 3,000 words a day?  Don’t worry about success.  Sit down and write.  Writers write.  Look forward for 2016 which will be your most productive writing year ever!
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However, More Important Are These Questions:

  • Has this year fulfilled you?
  • Did you gave as much smiles as you wanted to?
  • Have you had conversations that felt like you?
  • Have you kissed as much as you yearned?
  • Did you get all the hugs you needed?
  • How many dreams yet to accomplish?

2016: will you at last make yourself happy?
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More Tips for Writer’s New Year’s Resolutions:
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2015/12/24/111-ways-in-2016-to-improve-your-writing-career/
http://content-on-demand.blogspot.ca/2015/11/111-tips-on-how-to-market-your-book.html
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/nanowrimo-finished-and-now-what/
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/russell-blake-how-to-sell-loads-of-books/
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/the-secret-of-promoting-your-books/
http://www.inc.com/young-entrepreneur-council/11-daily-habits-to-add-to-your-routine-this-year.html
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/17-new-year-s-resolutions-the-most-successful-people-make.html

 

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How to Write a Great Author Bio

Author Bio

An author bio is an important – and an often overlooked – marketing tool.  For some authors writing their bio might be a daunting task.  But it is important to give your bio the same attention as you do when writing your books or an avatar for your social media sites.

When pitching to trade publishers or to magazine editors, the bio you are submitting with your manuscript is mostly intended to first sell the publisher that you are qualified to write about your subject, be it fiction or non-fiction. And your bio will later be used to help sell your book to readers.
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First: Study the Author Bios in Your Genre.
Search for the bestseller author pages in your genre on Amazon and other online retailers, or study their author bios on the back cover pages of their books in a store or a library.  As more you read, as more ideas you get for your own author bio.
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Write in the First Person.
You might be loathing to write about yourself in the 3rd person at first, but it does make it easier to talk confidently about your achievements.  So, always write your bio in the third person.  To make it easier for yourself, just pretend you are a reporter writing about someone else.  Non-fiction authors should focus more on subject knowledge and credentials, while bios for novelists can be more personal.  A touch of humor and being relatable doesn’t hurt at all. Let your bio reflect your personality.
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Stay Relevant to You as a Writer.
Leave out any information that has no relevance to the book or your author credentials.  For your readers it is not important where and when you are born, how many siblings you have or that you supported yourself as a fast-food attendant or in retail, while starting your writing career…  On the other hand, don’t leave out specifics that are important for your writing fiction, or establish their credentials for non-fiction.  Readers want to know what’s in it for them.  So explain for example in your bio how your book will help them solving a problem.
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Keep it Short and Sweet.
Your author bio is not the place to tell your whole life story.  Around 100-250 words is a good length.  You don’t want to write an author bio that fills up the entire back cover of your print version.
A universal bio that you copy and paste everywhere is okay, but you can tailor it to your specific situation.  Keep various versions of your bio in your computer files, including versions at 50 words, 100 words, 200 words, and 500 words.
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What to Include:
Reporters, producers, bloggers and other media people will read your author bio at your press kit and it’s pretty much the only tool for you to proof you are the best person to write this book and to write it well.
For non-fiction writers it needs to show the professional background for the topic you are writing.  Why are you qualified to write on this subject?  Include enough information that demonstrates your credentials to write this book.  You might also want to mention the amount of research you put into writing your non-fiction book.

  • Your Education
  • Work experience
  • Professional memberships
  • Industry leadership roles
  • Industry awards

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Fiction Writers Might Include:

  • Where you grew up or live (even vaguely)
  • Writing awards or acclaim
  • Fiction writing education or training
  • Explain how you came to write this story

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Don’t forget, your author bio is a part of your brand, so it should be a reflection of who you really are as an author.
Check out the practical examples in this blog article: 10 Tips for writing an author bio.

If you are really stuck with your bio writing: there are lots of professional copywriters at Elance.com, Guru.com or Upwork.com etc. who can help you to accomplish the task.

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Will YOU be the Winner? Writing Contest and Fellowship

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Winning a book award for your self-published fiction or nonfiction book is a great way to gain recognition and approval.
You will not only see an increase your book sales – provided you market it well – you also can add the award sticker to your cover and mention the achievement on your back cover, in your books’ description, and in all your marketing and promotions – online or offline.

Here are two opportunities for writers: either to study Creative Writing one year for free in Ames, Iowa – or for Canadian writers to apply for an Award in fiction, history or poetry writing.
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$16,200 Fellowship in Iowa
Iowa State University’s three-year MFA program in Creative Writing and Environment emphasizes study in creative writing—poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama—that encourages writers to identify and explore in their stories and lyric impressions the complex influences of place, the natural world, and the environmental imagination.

The fellowship offers a talented writer ONE academic year to study creative writing full time at Iowa State University and to focus on his / her creative work without distraction.  
The fellowship is granted for a nine-month academic year and currently carries a stipend of $1,800 per month – $16,200 total – in addition to full payment of university tuition and fees during the fellowship year.  Applicants to the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship may major in any discipline at Iowa State University.

However, the Fellowship is designed for students interested in studying creative writing in the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Environment.  Pearl Hogrefe Fellows are required to maintain full-time graduate status and take a minimum of six semester credits of graduate work in Creative Writing during the fellowship year.  Fellowship support is contingent upon the student maintaining satisfactory grades. Deadline to apply for the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing is January 5, 2016.

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Canadian Authors: Submit for these Writing Contests

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Fiction
For: a full-length novel
Prize: $1000
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $40
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Canadian History
For: a work of historical non-fiction on a Canadian topic
Prize: $1000
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $40
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Poetry
For: a volume of poetry by one poet
Prize: $1000
Deadline: January 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $40
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Criteria for the above literary awards at CanadianAuthor.org

  • The entry must have been first published in 2015.
  • Publication may have taken place outside Canada.
  • Entries must be full-length English-language literature for adults written by a single author. (Exception: books co-written by two or more authors are permissible in the Fiction and Canadian History categories.)

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Most awards call for entries every year, so if the competition is closed for this year, mark your calendar for next years’ contest call.   Entering a writing contest, means you will gain experience, and you will get feedback on your writing. It boosts your self-confidence, which in turn encourages you to write more.
Good luck to all of you who participate in writing contests!

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111 Ways in 2016 to Improve Your Writing Career

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Becoming a truly successful self-published author is not easy. Here is the only author guide – a book that authors will ever need. If you are a writer, wanting to increase book sales, get a cornucopia of detailed introductions to book marketing.

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Book Description

This author-guide to free (or very low cost) book marketing and professional publishing, provides authors with valuable tips and hands-on instructions how to connect directly with their readers, how to find lots of bloggers and reviewers, establish a solid platform and strengthen their author brand.
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Readers of our latest book will be provided with over 111 tips, (and almost 600 links) on how to successfully promote their books for free – in an “organic” way.  Successful publishing cannot only be done through content writing, networking, but through many other small, savvy steps during the writing, publishing and book-layout process – which are described in detail.
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Content marketing secrets and the latest social media tips will enable authors to capitalize on their writing competence and to increase their readership tremendously. 111 detailed-explained tips, and hundreds of links will help every self-publisher to find and implement numerous “passive” book marketing steps – in detail explained throughout this how-to-manual, leading the way to publishing success.

  • MORE WRITING = CONTENT BOOK MARKETING
  • HOW TO CREATE YOUR AUTHOR PLATFORM
  • BOOK REVIEWS – AND HOW TO GET THEM
NETWORKING:
  • SOCIAL MEDIA and OFFLINE MARKETING
  • “PASSIVE”BOOK MARKETING
  • MORE BOOK MARKETING POSSIBILITIES

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Both, publishing novices and experienced authors will find these “111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free” informative and helpful. And if you follow this book’s advice you WILL become a successful author.
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Using these steps will turn out to a long-term time investment. They won’t initiate an immediate spike in book sales; rather, they will improve the amount of your readers and the exposure of your books.  Remember: all of your writing is an asset that can keep making you money for decades to come!

A certain time-commitment may be necessary, at least in the beginning, depending on your level of involvement.  Yet, you will learn how to connect with reader communities, book bloggers, reviewers and social media followers and the more you use these marketing tools, the faster you can handle them.  Which means that you will get more fans and readers.  Some of these tasks are not obvious “book marketing” tasks, but they are essential for your success as an author.
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For Whom is this Book Useful?
Self-Publishers and authors who work with traditional publishers alike will profit from this book marketing and publishing guide.  Get inspirations and encouragement from someone who has 35+ years of experience in print and e-book publishing, book marketing, online writing and magazine publishing.

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THE Best Place to Find Your Readers

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Do you still wonder where you can find new readers for your books? THE best place is good old Goodreads.  It has more than 27 million users who join Goodreads to learn more about books and their authors.  Do not forget the ten-thousands of communities and groups for every kind of literature one can think of, as well as discussion groups, and book clubs on Goodreads.
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As a Goodreads member – no matter if writer or reader – you can post your own reviews and catalog the books that you have read, that you are currently reading, or plan to read in the future – exactly what almost every Goodreads member does.
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Use Goodreads to Learn About Interested Readers:
You might have used already Goodreads’ Giveaway feature, had hundreds of people applying for a free copy of your print book. The great benefit with these giveaways is not only the opportunity to receive reviews, but also to see who wanted to get and read your book. Check your giveaway page several times a week and immediately follow these readers on their Goodreads site (and on social media, if they post it on their Goodreads site).
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Follow Your Giveaway Applicants.
Sure there will be some members who are only chasing free books and enter lots of giveaways.  But the majority is at least interested in your genre and your book.  After the giveaway ended, send them a message through your Goodreads email.  Thank them for entering the Giveaway, and ask them if they might be interested in a free e-book version as a consolation prize.  In order to send your e-book to them via Amazon or as a PDF or ePub version from your files, they need to give you their email address.
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Meeting Readers via Book Shelves.
Goodreads ‘Book Shelves’ are another way to find your potential readers.  You know for sure who are the bestseller authors in your genre.  Go to their book’s Goodreads site and find all people who ‘shelved” (added) their book, then scroll down and see exactly who “marked it as to-read”.  Follow these readers on Goodreads, on their blogs, websites or their social media appearances, and connect with them online. You might also send them an invitation to your next virtual book launch through Goodreads or Google+.
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Readers who ‘shelved’ your own book to their Goodreads page will automatically receive a message once you start a book giveaway.
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Join Reader Forums at Goodreads.
Do you realize how many writer forums and groups are on Goodreads? Just go to the top of each page and click on “Groups”. A new page opens and shows “Recently Active Groups”, “Featured Groups”, “Goodreads Author Groups”, and so on.  On the right-hand side of the page you will find “Browse by Tag”.  This is where all the groups are listed by over 1,000 keywords.  For example:

  • Book Club
  • Historical Fictionistas
  • Non-Fiction
  • Young Adult Book Groups
  • Suspense
  • Super-Natural
  • The Perks Of Being A Book Addict

As you can see, when you scroll down on the right-hand side, there are ten-thousands of groups: Books & Literature (26598) Business (1393) Entertainment & Arts (2222) Friends & Common Interest (6914) Geography (490) Goodreads Authors (2535) Just for Fun (22709) Organizations (3365) Student Groups (6129).

There is even a group that encourages Author-Publishers (Indies) to promote their books – a rarity at Goodreads, where obvious self-promotion is not well received otherwise.
These groups are a hidden gem, helping readers and reviewers to meet. Almost all are public groups.  Anyone can join and invite others to join. However, it is not a place to blatantly tout your books, with the exception that I just mentioned.  Goodreads explains it as follows:

“Authors are welcomed and Goodreads supports authors in many ways, but the groups are primarily geared towards readers.  Authors should join and participate in the group as a reader first.”  Once you are known in these forums, your author site will be known and your books will automatically be read – and often reviewed.  Do not miss to join this group, where writers and book reviewers meet.
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As you can see, with a little bit creativity you can find out who are your actual and your potential readers. Goodreads is just one example, there are many other reader communities, such as LibraryThing, Wattpad or Shelfari and social media places to meet your readers.

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How to Find Out Who Bought Your Book at Amazon

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Did you ever wonder who are your readers and book purchasers at online stores – or brick-and-mortar?  Would you like to tell them about pre-orders for your next title?  Unfortunately, no retailer would ever give you their names or email addresses.  They all consider customer details their propriety, and also respect their customer’s privacy.  If the person really enjoyed the book, however, it’s possible they’ll contact you, the author, themselves.  And if you have taken full advantage of your Amazon Author’s Page, interested readers can click a button to follow you, after which Amazon will send them an email when you have a new book release.
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How Can You Get to Know Your Print Book’s Purchasers?
Each book you are creating, no matter if print and digital, should include a prominent message to your readers, encouraging them to connect directly with you, the author and publisher via your blog, your website and all your social media accounts. Read more in detail how to do this at 111 Tips on How to Market Your Book for Free.
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***However, giving readers a compelling reason to buy in the future directly from your own bookstore – instead from online retailers, such as Amazon, you have to give them an incentive to connect with you and to stop by at your author website.***

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Sell From Your Own Website.
Setting up your own web store is easy and inexpensive and will give you approx. 85-95% revenue from your book – versus only less than 70% maximal from Amazon, Apple, B&N or Kobo. How to set up your own store, and even more important: to get to know your readers – can be found in this article at the SavvyBookWriters.com blog: How to Sell Your Books From Your Own Website.

Take advantage of these three fantastic benefits of selling your books from your own webpage:

  • You will have much higher Revenues
  • You get paid faster – immediately
  • You will get to know your readers

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Here is How to Find Out Who Are Your Readers:
The best way to do this is to offer the free e-book edition of the book your reader just purchased from a retailer – no matter if online or in a bookstore.  If they just bought your print book version – for example as a birthday or Christmas gift – they might also like to read it themselves, as an ebook on their phone, laptop or in the Kindle app.  For them, just sending you a receipt copy or a screenshot via email in exchange to receive the Kindle edition of that same book for free is a no-brainer – much better than Amazon’s “Kindle Match Book” where you will never learn who are your readers.

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How to Make a Screenshot of a Book Purchase Receipt.
Ask your readers to scan and email the receipt from their print purchase or even easier: to make a screenshot from their Amazon receipt, which they received via email. Not everyone is familiar with the procedure, so tell them how to make screenshots. Here is how it works on Mac and here it is shown how to do it on a PC.
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Get to Know Your Readers.
Now as you have established a connection with your reader via your free ebook, you can follow their social media sites, or their blog or website and also ask them if they would like to get a message once your next title is available, maybe even if they want to sign up for your newsletter or for your blog posts.
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However, make sure to place an invitation for your free e-book into every print version – at the first pages of your book and at the end of the story again, in case your readers missed it. Write an article in your blog posts about this generous offer of a free ebook and let your social media followers know about it.

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More Related Articles:

How to Set-up Your Online Bookstore
http://www.savvybookwriters.com/how-to-set-up-your-own-online-bookstore/



How NOT to Greet Your Followers on Social Media

Direct Messages.
I must confess that I opted out of receiving all “Direct Messages” (DM) from Twitter.  Here is the instruction to opt out DM’s for iOS and Android users.

With three Twitter accounts – @111Publishing, @ebookPR and @ebooksIntl, and over 25,000 followers it is not only very time-consuming, but also often frustrating and annoying to be bombarded with “offers”.  I could use one of these automated messages to save time, but I choose not: when I answer I do it in person – or not at all.
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There will be for sure some DM’s that I miss: the ones who are just saying friendly hello, and which I should respond to.  However the majority (approx. 95 – 98 %) are from people who follow me (and in return I follow them) send their automated welcome messages via CrowdFire, UnfollowSpy, Commun.it or similar auto-DM-sending companies. In one way or the other, they summon me to do something for them – without even knowing me or having a social media “relationship” yet.
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Examples from one of our Twitter Accounts:
I just copied / pasted the DM’s of one day. To protect the identity of these tweeps, I either deleted their twitter name or placed some dots instead of the social media account. So here it goes:
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Thanks for following me. I’d love for you to join me on Instagram as well! instagram.com/bet….oi/ : )
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Thx for following, Doris-Maria. My sci-fi novel, …anica, is a pre-teen & teen “fave read”. FB: On.fb.me/1o…..
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In my opinion, auto DMs are worse than a mild case of the flu. ‘So why have you set one up?’ I hear you ask. Well, you can blame my publisher. She threatened to beat me with a sharp stick if I didn’t write one this instant. So now that I have been browbeaten into setting one up, what should I say? I suppose I should say hello. And welcome to my twitter world. I doubt that following me will change your life, but you never know, we might have some fun together from time to time. To keep my stick-wielding publisher happy, I should probably mention my website -….msauthor.com and my blog blog……msauthor.com I have even got a Facebook page, but no one ever clicks on those links, do they? -via @crowdfire
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Thanks so much for your follow. Wishing you the best today and every day, whatever that means for you. (Send custom messages to new followers via the unfollowspy.com website)
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Hey 111publishing thanks for following! I’d appreciate your vote for my commercial fiction novel, A Dress …… of the Sky. Here’s the link! soopllc.com/blog/book-idea… Thank you!!
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Hey, thanks for the follow. If you read or write romance, thrillers, or whatever, check us out at the…..bookreview.net
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Grazie per il follow 🙂 Posso ringraziarti con un ebook fantasy? Iscriviti alla mia mailing list: https://t.co/YNc6DIrwAD O preferiresti il cartaceo con autografo e dedica?
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Hi, I appreciate the follow. If you want to know more go to markrafidi.com or follow me on m.facebook.com/MarkRafidi.aut… -via @crowdfire
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Thanks for following. I’m promoting my books. If you like gritty British thrillers, please click on my author page amazon.co.uk/…../…
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Thanks for following Author’s Info, please come join our free network author…..com where you may review your favorite books.
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Hello Doris-Maria, please connect with me on LinkedIn linkedin.com/in/….etwood
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While Facebook is still a thing, why not say hello and follow my page there – no go on – facebook.com/danteh….…
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Thx for following. Check out my free, erotic short, …… on Amazon: amazon.com/dp/B00RW……
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Thanks for following me! You can check out more of my portfolio at chad-……sites.com if you decide to purchase something, please use the code MGVPZP for a $5 discount.
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Thanks for the follow!! Authors – goo.gl/1…… Sending a quick tip to help ensure you don’t lose your hard work while writing books.
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My twitterverse just got brighter now that you’re in it! Don’t hesitate to reach out and say hello ~Cheers JM -via @crowdfire
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Just letting you know Everv…..ackenbone will be Free on Amazon Worldwide 11/22/15-11/26/15 See my pinned tweet. Please add it to your calendar.
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Thanks for following me! Much appreciated! Let’s like each other on facebook!facebook.com/Te….. -via @crowdfire
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I’m going through my followers list and saying my thanks once more. What I do now wouldn’t have happened without you. So thanks, Doris. Your follow means a lot to me.
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Hi! If you’re looking for web apps for business we compiled some great resources and comparisons at c….sk.com. Plz let me know if you have any feedback 🙂
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Thanks for following me! I hope you’ll enjoy my posts. If you want to get to know me better, visit me at …..ek.com, or check out my blog at …..ek.com/blog/, Facebook at facebook.com/….ek and Instagram at instagram.com/….ek. If you’d like to sample my books, drop by Amazon (amazon.com/A…..unse…). Be careful — reviewers say my psychological thriller is deadly. Cheers!
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You Rock! Thanks for the follow. More Dark Fiction at c….ero.com Tweet you later!
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Thanks for following, I support other IAs and tweet/retweet as much as I can. Also, Like me on Facebook facebook.com/D.A….uther…
\Thanks for following. Let’s link up on Facebook too. I always reciprocate. Mine is facebook.com/….ntLei… Have a great day! -via @crowdfire
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Hi Doris, I hope you’re doing well! We’ve been connected for a while, so I wanted to reach out to you personally to see if you’ve had a chance to sneak-a-peek at Storiad. What we do is very simple: we work with authors to build long-lasting and exceedingly affordable bookselling campaigns. To do this we develop three interconnected plans: 1) a Research Plan, 2) a Networking Plan, and 3) a Marketing & Publicity Plan. When all the dust clears, you’ll have the plans, software, and contacts database you’ll need to run a creative and effective bookselling campaign. If this seems like something that could be helpful to you or your bookselling efforts, I would be happy to send you some more info by email. Just let me know. Many thanks! Bye for now.

Well, this one is especially ridiculous as from someone who has not even read the introduction on top of my Twitter page, otherwise they would not offer a book marketing campaign to a book marketing and publishing consulting firm….
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IMPORTANT: What to Avoid in Direct Messages:

  • Don’t try to sell new followers anything in your welcome DM.
  • Don’t try to summon then to like your Facebook site, follow them on other social media sites, such as Instagram or Pinterest, or to sign up to receive your blog / website automatically via email. You get a message in your mailbox that someone mentioned you. Curious, you check it; but no, you are only summoned to go to their Facebook account and LIKE their page. Or, they send you the link to their book’s sales page. Do they sign up with Twitter only to advertise their wares? My reaction is to immediately UNFOLLOW. Thanks, and nice to meet you…
  • Don’t ask them to vote for your book (which – for sure – they might never have heard of, nor read it).
  • Don’t try to get your new followers to sign up for your mailing list—this includes trying to tempt them with a free gift for a free anything in an automated DM.
  • Never, Ever, Use TrueTwit Validation Service! At first, I answered, telling them that I DO NOT use TrueTwit Validation Service, but then I gave up and just ignored the sender. The irony is that these people often follow me, and then when I follow them back, their annoying message appears! Why did they choose to follow me, and then want ME to validate??? in order to follow back. Hey, you just lost a reader, a customer, a potential fan, a potential reviewer…
  • The most successful direct messages do not come with any links at all. These are seen as more trustworthy and can open the door to further communication!
  • You don’t need to add links to blog posts that your followers would be interested in. Thanking a follower on social media is enough. Recommending an article to them can be done much better in a tweet. And if you introduced yourself professionally on top of your Twitter page, you don’t need to tell them about your own blog or website. Compare it with a party where you meet new folks. You don’t say hello, nice to meet you – and add a commercial-like sentence next.

Do What I Say – Don’t Do What I Do  : )
Try to check your direct messages regularly and respond to them if possible. This is a huge trust-builder and will lead to more engagement in the future. Good advice for Twitter accounts under 5,000 followers…

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More About this Topic:

Why Twitter should remove DM’s altogether
http://www.socialtechzone.com/wordpress/twitter/twitter_remove_dm/
Who to Follow on Twitter
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/whom-to-follow-on-twitter/
All Mistakes to Avoid at Twitter
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/17-social-media-mistakes-to-avoid-on-twitter-2/



Writers: How to Leverage Social Media

Statistics have proven how important social media networks are for every business – including your writing / publishing business:

  • 8 out of 10 internet users are reached by blogs and social media sites.
  • More than 50 percent of adults (18 and over) use two or more social media sites.
  • More than 90 percent of teens go online daily, with half that number checking their social media sites several times a day.
  • 87% of small businesses claim that social media has helped their business.
  • Marketing professionals saw an increase of 74% in website traffic after devoting just 6 hours per week in social media.
  • 85% of business-decision makers believe that at least having one social media channel is very important for technology purchase decisions.
  • Online sales will generate more than $370 billion by 2017, with referrals by the top social media sites.
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Get The Most Out Of Your Social Media

Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.
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However, there’s much more to just creating a Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Pinterest account and expecting success to follow, writes the Search-Engine-Journal. Understand which platforms work best for your brand and where your audience spends most of their time. Don’t forget Goodreads, where readers are searching actively for interesting books!
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A visitor who is interested in sharing the book’s web page clicks on one or more of the social sharing buttons at blogs, sales pages, such as Amazon and Goodreads and that link is posted on their social media page for all of their followers to see.

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More info about Social Media Networks and how to use them for your book’s success can be found in these articles:

6 Social Media Sites that are Important for Writers
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/02/15/6-social-media-sites-essential-for-writers/

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Brands with great GooglePlus pages
http://www.jeffbullas.com/2013/10/18/10-brands-with-great-google-plus-pages/
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Social Media Facts 
http://www.jeffbullas.com/2014/01/17/20-social-media-facts-and-statistics-you-should-know-in-2014/
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How to Get More Followers
http://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/how-to-get-more-followers-on-your-social-media-sites/

Do You Use Social Book Marking / Sharing Plug-ins?
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/do-you-use-social-book-marking-sharing-plug-ins/

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Top Reasons to Hire a Professional Editor

Editing

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Hi…how’s yo doin! Doyou like read ing this pargraph?  Doe it mak you want to read more?  Doe the author seem credible to you?  You believe she have some wothwhile information?  She soundimpressiv.  Don’t you thin?

You want to find the entire work of this imagined author and buy her book/s immediately, right?  I don’t think so!  Let’s return to Planet Earth.  This writer may have impressive academic credentials and tons of writing experience.  But who cares?
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You wouldn’t be able to get beyond her sloppiness.  Why?  Her background doesn’t matter if she’s putting out a faulty product.  You probably wouldn’t want to read more than the first few sentences, if that.  Reading the selection probably made your head and eyes hurt.  It certainly was painful for me to write it!

Alright, so my example may seem extreme.  It is exaggerated.  On the other hand, I have seen plenty of books that have quite a few of these same mistakes.
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Untidiness Erodes Credibility.
In a real-life illustration, I came across a sample of writing from a lady who has written quite a few self-help guides.  She gives crucial, hard-won information for helping readers to further their freelancing careers.  However, she doesn’t seem to care about the quality of her proofreading and editing.  I would be more inclined to read her books if she invested in a few self-publishing services.
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It’s a Huge Debate on Social Media.
Many indie authors don’t see the need for skilled beta readers and for professional editing services.  In fact, it’s a constant, huge debate on social media.  Those advocating professional editing lose the battle 95% of the time.  That makes me sad.  In this article, I would like to explore two reasons to hire a professional editor:

There is a visible difference between professionally edited manuscripts and those that the author put together fast.  Yes, it’s obvious to readers.  Trained editing really is more affordable than most authors imagine.  It should be considered as part of the necessary cost of publishing a book.
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#1 Readers CAN Tell the Difference.

Okay, so every reader won’t be a grammar or literature wiz. Yet, no credentials are required to spot basic typos and awkward sentence structure. It looks negligent.
People can spot general messiness in any form; they aren’t going to buy it.  Untidy books get bad reviews, which get noticed.  Many people do read reviews of books–or any product/service.  Sometimes, it’s the quickest way to the truth.

The time for the author to establish a quality product is in the beginning, not after she has written more books.  In the meantime, what if the author loses readers because she made a slipshod effort?  A clean manuscript is a useful investment.
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Medications
Let’s compare publishing disorganized books to medications bought from unproven sources.  There are plenty of them out there.  But, here are some crucial questions to ponder:

  • Do the remedies actually work?
  • Were they obtained legally in the first place?

Sure, medicines cost a ton of money.
There’s no denying that Pharmaceutical companies make a huge profit margin on them.  It’s not fair.  However, the medicines are efficient.  Do you really want to risk your life on untested sources?
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Rolex

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Rolex Watches
Next, let’s liken putting out low-grade novels to fake Rolex watches.  As shown in the above image, the accessories may look almost alike on the outside.  However, they are quite different on the inside.
Rolex is a top-of-the-line watch.  The company is known for its precision time-keeping mechanism.  In addition, the chassis can be either solid steel or solid gold. The Rolex Sea Diver is the divers’ watch pictured above.  It retails at $10,400.  This item offers truly amazing extras beyond a normal watch.
How about Rolex replicas?  These watches are renowned for their inaccuracy and flimsiness.  Would you want to trust your life to one of these watches, literally, if you were a deep-sea diver?  Not me!  I’ll stick with the brand name.
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#2 You CAN afford it.

Self-publishing is a business.
You should have set money aside for your book.  Any new venture requires a certain amount of funds.  “Anyone who tells you otherwise is trying to sell you something”, to quote my favorite movie, The Princess Bride.  You have to spend a little money to generate income.  Entrepreneurs know this.  Why should publishing be any different?
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The cost of editing may be less than you imagine.
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I have chatted with numerous authors who have not even researched the cost of editing.  They merely assume it will be expensive. (This is the point where I say it’s not wise to assume anything.)  Obviously, the cost may vary with the experience of the editor.  There are a variety of levels of this service:
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  • Top editors advertise services that could end up costing authors thousands of dollars.
  • On the other end of the spectrum, you don’t want to choose an inexperienced, unbelievably inexpensive editor.  That professional might give your manuscript two super quick readings, research nothing, and do a slipshod proofreading job.
  • The middle-of-the-road professional catering to indies may charge from .6 to .8 cents per word.  Of course, some editors charge per page, instead of per word.
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My Conclusion
I’ve been told by some authors that they consider their books to be their babies.  That’s probably because writing requires such a huge emotional investment and risk.  Isn’t your “child” worth a little extra time, money, and attention?
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About the Author:
Traci Lawrence is a teacher, author, blogger, and freelance editor.  Traci lives in the southern area of the United States with her family.  She considers it her mission to spread positivity and self-empowerment through her writing.  Please visit her uplifting website at www.tracisworld.com and view her book, Accept No Trash Talk: Overcoming the Odds.

 



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