Social Media for Authors: Why Create a Pinterest Group Board/

Social Media for Authors: Why Create a Pinterest Group Board/

Have you ever considered creating a group Pinterest board? Or has anyone asked you to contribute?

Maybe you’re not sure what that means or why it’s a good idea. Find out during this quick Pinterest tutorial.

A couple benefits of having multiple contributors to a borad:

  • More hands make lighter work for all.
  • Those who follow the board or any of its contributors see new pins in their stream.
  • It is a way to expand your reach and perhaps find new readers.

I hope this tutorial helps! Let me know what you want next.

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Follow your bliss,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

Fiction Writing help: How Do I Write Great Dialogue?

(NOTE: Post updated to add new material to aid with dialogue writing).

I love writing dialogue! The characters speak and I take dictation. At least, that’s how it feels to me. Here is a snippet of dialogue from my work in progress, They All Died Smiling. Kassidy, a writer/demon hunter, talks with her friend Floyd:

While finishing an assignment for the paper, I dialed my phone. “Floyd, I’m borrowing your studio for a half hour this afternoon, OK? Thanks. I appreciate it.”

“Uh…you’re welcome. Thanks for asking ahead of time.” I heard the smile in his voice and imagined him brushing a stray lock of blond hair out of those eyes that look like the sea.

“My pleasure. You won’t be in the throes of artistic fervor this afternoon. You will be at the gallery for your viewing.”

“You truly are a mess, Kass. It’s a showing, not a viewing. A viewing is what they do for dead bodies.”

Floyd was a good verbal sparring partner; I let him tease me in honor of our first meeting. I made that faux pas for real when interviewing him for a story about green pottery. Having come right from a wake to the gallery, I accidentally used the wrong word.

“Floyd, just the reception room, not the part full of your cherished creations. And I promise to make it up to you.”

“Ooh, that should be fun. I’ll hold you to it. You owe me big time for using my space.”

“Yes, I do.” My face flushed. “Sell lots of pots.”

“It’s a good thing you put an s on that.”

So many authors I know struggle with dialogue. Maybe I as a blind person have a distinct advantage over you sighted people, because I pay so mush attention to what I hear.

What’s at the Root of Dialogue Problems?

My observations tell me that problems with dialogue come from 2 main issues with writing dialogue:

Dialogue Problems

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Inspiration for Authors: Am I Good Enough to Write a Book?

Inspiration for Authors: Am I Good Enough to Write a Book?

So much about writing is an inner game. There’s the writing part, sure, but it’s the head stuff that tends to cause issues.

I saw this infographic some time ago, and it’s just as powerful today. Thanks to Kristen Joy, the Book Ninja, for this infographic full of inspirational thoughts for budding authors!!

You ARE worthy! You DESERVE all good things!

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There are so many mindset issues authors face. Feeling you’re not good enough is such a loss! It truly pains me when would-be authors get in your own way. The world DESPERATELY needs you AND your message!

Get more inspirational thoughts – and most importantly, write your book with the help of the next LIVE author webinar. Go to www.ProfitableStorytelling.com/live for details about the next event.

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady

bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author, author mentor and speaker.

 Miracle Mindshift Month

Are Kindle Singles Authors Making Money?

NOTE: This post updated 3/25/15 to reflect the accurate current number of Kindle Singles titles. Note that all quoted text includes the original article source permalinks and is appropriately attributed to the originator

Are Kindle SIngles Authors Making Money?

There are so many ways to publish a book today. Kindle Singles may be Amazon’s best kept secret for authors. There are just over 300 titles published to date, and, as you’ll see from the story below, some authors are making big bucks on these 99 cents or $1.00 short-to-medium-length books.

“All of this stands in evidence that in its Kindle Singles brand, Amazon is investing in a serious business model behind a quality editorial product. We all — readers and writers alike — stand to benefit from that combination.”   in “Authors of Kindle Singles Raking in Tens of Thousands of Dollars” (see below)

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Book Review of Suspense Anthology The Apostate by J. B. Hogan

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week, it’s a collection of suspenseful tales called The Apostate and Other Stories of the Contemporary Southwest by J. B. Hogan

The Apostate by J.B. Hogan

Bobby Earl, a desperate boy with psychopathic urges,

sticks a gun to the head of mild-mannered college professor and fugitive Michael and kidnaps him. The police and FBI are on the lookout, but Michael’s hidden past makes attention from the FBI the last thing he wants. His past hadn’t been a problem until now but his predicament has drawn the attention of the one man in the state who would know him for who he really was. A successful rescue might mean death or imprisonment for Michael, but staying in a killer’s clutches is certain doom unless Mary Beth – a sweet but damaged woman-child – can calm Bobby Earl. And time is running out.

The Apostate - J. B. Hogan

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What Makes a Great Suspense Story?

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Book Review of Contemporary Mainstream Fiction Type and Cross by Staci Troilo

 Type and Cross by Staci Troilo

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week’s excellent read is Staci Troilo Amazon Author Page

Strong Theme

It’s in the blood. Blood is thicker than water, as the old sayin goes, and this tale is all about the power of blood.

A family secret of infidelity and misdirection comes to light because of blood.

A young woman dies because of this secret. And that’s just in chapter one!

Secrets, Lies, Adultery, and Other Deadly Sins

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how to Boost Book Sales by 2400 Per Cent

Want to sell more books? Don’t expect your facebook posts to do it for you! Follow this very important tip. Get back with me if you need some help. # sell more books #BookMarketingideas #BookMarketingReshared post from +Book Marketing Tools

“Somebody on an e-mail list was 24 times more likely to buy a book, than somebody that was following on Twitter.”

This quote from book marketer Tim Grahl was one of many great things from our interview with him: http://buff.ly/1vj3i4g

Wondering What to Read? My Bevvy of Book Reviews on Amazon

I am an AVID reader, and I review tons of books and other products on Amazon. Wondering what to read/ See what I’ve been reviewing and perhaps something will catch your eye.

My reading tastes are wide and varied:

  • Cooking
  • Self help
  • Marketing
  • Animals
  • Fantasy
  • Paranormal
  • Historical

… to name a few!

Visit my Amazon reviews!

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Authors: Using Instagram yet?

Instagram is an excellent tool for authors. SO much you can do with it.Life – People want to know YOU, so your slice of life pics will be great.On location –  Show your writing in process, locations for stories and more.

Quotes – Share your tips and wisdom. share quotes from your book.

Have fun! Here are some fabulous tips from +Rebekah Radice  to help you start. Thanks +Peg Fitzpatrick  for bringing this to us!

My Instagram account is http://instagram.com/thestorylady. I invite you to follow me! If you’re interesting, I’ll follow back. :D

Follow your BLISS,
Ronda Del Boccio
#InstagramForAuthors   #SocialMediaMarketing

Reshared post from +Peg Fitzpatrick

How to use Instagram to Expand your Business Reach
via +Rebekah Radice

One tip:
Give a Unique Perspective
Instagram is a great place to highlight what makes your business special.

It’s also an excellent way to humanize your company.

Whether you’re taking a picture of your latest creation or sharing an upcoming event, choose eye-catching images.

Stay away from typical shots or standard stock photos. Instead, capture a unique aspect or feature.”

Are you on Instagram? You can find me here: https://instagram.com/pegfitzpatrick/

#instagram   #instagramtip  #socialmediatips

How to Use Instagram to Expand Business Reach
Are you using Instagram to connect with potential customers? 6 ways to use Instagram to expand business reach!

Book Review of Washed in the Water: Tales from the south by Nancy Hartney

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week’s excellent read is a collection of southern short stories called Washed in the Water: Tales from the South by Nancy Hartney

Washed in the Water: Tales from the South by Nancy Hartney

I like a good short story collection. Sometimes I want to read something that won’t require a lot of time to read. Sometimes I don’t want to dive into the world of a novel. Plus, I can sample an author and decide quickly whether I like their style.

Washed in the Water: Tales from the South contains 7 stories. Grab a glass of sweet tea and get ready to journey to the deep south into the lives of people who live and work hard.

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7 Keys to Writing a Profitable Book

Want your book to bring you PROFITS?

It’s not just about writing a good book. There are 7 key elements in nonfiction, 6 in fiction, you can add to boost your book’s profits.

For example, you need to write a page turner, so give the reader a reason to turn the page at the end of each chapter.

"ENd each chapter with a reason to keep reading." -Ronda Del Boccio / Get your FREE mini-course 7 Keys to a Profitable Book at WriteOnPurpose.com/free

Find out what they are so you can implement them in this FREE mini-course, which includes a printed special report + a quick video tutorial to help you implement.

7 Keys to a Profitable Book

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Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

Book Royalty Truths

Book Royalty Truths

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On Author Royalties

Considering whether you should self-publish or go the traditional route? You need to hear Tara Meyer-Robson's story about her trip to Starbucks in this episode of The Author Hangout: http://buff.ly/1LKRDgH

Social media INTERVENTION Saves Your Sanity!

Frustrated by time-sucking social media? This fast, fun class teaches you a simple system to take back your day.

Revised for 2015, thi 22 min. 23 second web class teaches you:

If people look for you and you're not on social, you're nobody! Being in social media sites is essential to your book marketing success.

* Why authors need to be on social media
* Why to LOVE and use hashtags
* Social media tricks and shortcuts to save loads of time
* the "RIPPLE" that lets you get in and out of each social network in under a minute AND be a social, responsible web citizen.

Join free now http://WriteOnPurpose.com/quickie
#SocialMediaMarketing   #bookmarketing  

Writer: Finish What You Start

These tips on finishing your book are good ones. I am definitely taking note of them as I get my books ready to take your publishing journey. #writing #writinglifeReshared post from +Book Marketing Tools

The Hardest Part Of Writing Is… Writing. – Get some tips for finishing your book. http://bookmarketingtools.com/blog/the-hardest-part-of-writing-is-writing/

Book Review: Biographical Historical Novel No Paved Road to Freedom by Sharon Rushton

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week’s excellent read is a historical biographical novel called No Paved Road to Freedom by Sharon Rushton.

A good book is aboiut the writer’s craft and in equal measure enjoyment for the reader. This book has it all!

Here is the description of No Paved Road to Freedom from Amazon:

No Paved Road to Freedom by Sharon RushtonNo Paved Road To Freedom is a gripping and emotional story that humanizes the impact of communist occupation in Romania after World War II. It is relevant, it inspires, and it reminds us that freedom is precious. Based on a true story, it documents the loss of freedom, and the extraordinary courage of Cornel Dolana and his family as they pay an incredible price for resisting communism. Cornel makes up his mind to escape the oppression and uses his ingenuity to put his plan in place. His fortitude keeps him moving toward his goal, despite enduring enormous setbacks, brutality, and extreme outdoor elements that few humans could survive.

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Can Slideshare Bring You Customers?

As an author, you’re an expert in certain areas, EVEN if you write fiction. Have you thought of using Slideshare to generate interest in your book? It can be a fabulous tool when you know how to use it.Find out how Slideshare can generate leads in this great article for +Social Media Examiner  by +Peg Fitzpatrick

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4 Ways to Use SlideShare for Lead Generation
Are you using SlideShare presentations to market your business?

Have you considered +SlideShare as a conversion tool?

SlideShare is useful for sharing highly informative presentations with your audience, but it’s also a hot social platform. Many businesses are missing out on the huge potential of SlideShare as a social marketing and lead conversion tool.

My latest guest post for +Social Media Examiner. If you like it, please share with your network as well. Thanks!!

Read it all here: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/use-slideshare-for-lead-generation/

Pin it for later: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/259590365998002960/

#SlideShare   #leadgeneration  #leadgen #socialmediatips #socialmediamarketing   #ns

Ozarks Writers League Cancels Ronda Del Boccio Presentation on Social Media for Authors at the Last Minute

I was scheduled to give a presentation titled “Social Media Quickie for Authors: Get in – Get Done – and Get Back to Writing” at the Ozarks Writers League (OWL) quarterly conference at Ozarks Technical Community College in Hollister, Missouri this morning (Feb. 21, 2015).

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I got a message just after 8 this morning from past president Karen Nelson that the president, Casey Cowan, asked her to inform me my presentation was canceled.

While nasty weather conditions exist, nobody called, texted, emailed or otherwise messaged to ask whether I would be able to make it. Since I live in the area, I did not choose to stay at the hotel. As a blind non-driver, I had arranged transportation and was fully prepared to give the interactive presentation I had spent considerable time and energy preparing..

The schedule was reorganized for a delayed start time and supposedly “abbreviated.” Interestingly, one talk was ADDED to the event.

Nonfiction author Karen Nelson is doing an unscheduled talk about characters. She describes herself on her website as: “a writer and teacher in Southwest Missouri, specializing in educational and nonfiction works. ”

From the rearranged and “abbreviated “schedule:

 2:15 – 3:00 – Session 2

  •   (planned) Velda Brotherton – “You’re Never Too Old For Love”
  • (planned)    Pam Foster – Critique Group
  • (NEW!  Karen Nelson – “Creative Characters”

While the official reason will be weather, the late start and the perceived necessity to use the speakers who were on-site, the addition of an unplanned talk in this scaled-back schedule appears suspicious.

Numerous OWL members attending the conference expressed excitement over getting help from me with their social media.

Could some more sinister forces be at play? ou decide.

3 Board Members Resign on same Day

On a related note, I was a board member until I resigned last week over a variety of issues, including  bullying, censorship and abuse of leadership.  OWL is a 501(c)3  organization subject to all the laws and legalities of any nonprofit. Three board members all resigned within an hour over these issues.

Ozarks Writers League Conference Kicked Out of Private Christian College for Planned Sex Talks

OWL got kicked out of its 30-year meeting place at College of the Ozarks, a private Christian college because of the racy nature of some of the workshops.  While some of the League leadership called it censorship,  the college is privately funded and not subject to the same regulations as publicly funded colleges.

I say their house, their rules. I don’t blame C of O one bit. I did not approve the topics and was not involved in the process of finding speakers or naming their talks. Had this been passed through the entire board VS a subset, the negative publicity could potentially have been averted.

Though I was supposedly the Publicity Coordinator, the president and his chosen did not involve me or some other board members in any of the planning of speakers, topics, or response to the College of the Ozarks decision.

Thankfully, with the ease of technology and the fact I have the tools available, nobody has to miss out on getting help!

You can attend this same presentation from hte comfort of your own computer, tablet or phone free of charge. See details below:

FREE Online Presentation: Social Media Quickie for Authors: Get In – Get Done – Get Back to Writing

HOW to attend? Via a link. Watch and listen from your computer or web-enabled tablet or phone.

Date: Thursday, February 26

Time:  8  PM  Eastern US (5 Pacific)

Reserve your seat now:  Simply give your name and email below for to hold your place for the class. That’s how you’ll get the link and details about how to join the class. It’s easy, I promise!

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I look forward to helping you make social media EASY!

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio, best selling author, speaker and mentor

Best Book Marketing Advice Ever

Write the next book! #writing #bpokmarketingtips

Reshared post from +Book Marketing Tools

"Our best marketing tool is sitting down and writing the next book."

This quote from CJ Lyons was one of the many bits of gold she shared in this interview: http://TheAuthorHangout.com/009

10 Best Tips for How to Throw a Book Launch Party from R. H. Burkett

Considering throwing a book launch party? It can be a huge undertaking! I’ve been at a few parties – online, real world, and virtual.

My friend R. H. Burkett, award-winning author of several books including Daughter of the Howling Moon, which I reviewed here, threw a hum-dinger of a bash! And she was kind enough to write this guest blog post to go along with my series of articles on throwing a book launch party.

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 Top Ten Tips for Throwing a Successful Book Launch Party by R. H. Burkett

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MindShift: Temporarily Disconnected

One of my favorite movies when I need a laugh is What About Bob. It’s hilarious. A psychiatric patient unravels his new shrink. You watch the patient get well and the doctor sink into madness.

The past couple weeks have bene a wild ride for me, and I keep thinking of a line the patient Bob Wiley makes:

"If I find someone who I don't think likes me, I just treat them like they are a telephone, and i say, 'This one's just temporarily disconnected.'"

“If I find someone who I don’t think likes me, I just treat them like they are a telephone, and i say, ‘This one’s just temporarily disconnected.'”

Employ this mindshift next time you’re besieged!

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

Book Review of Psychological Thriller In Her Shadow by August McLaughlin

Book Review: In Her Shadow, a Psychological Thriller by August McLaughlin

Welcome back to another Write On Purpose book review. Each week, I review a well-written book, highlighting what makes it good from the reader’s perspective and what writing skills and techniques make it an irresistible read. Thus, each review serves both writers and readers.

This week, it’s a chilling and suspenseful tale of secrets, pain and torment. In Her Shadow  is August McLaughlin‘s debut novel.

In Her Shadow by August McLaughlin

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Here is the book description from Amazopn:

One woman locked in a basement, nearing death and longing for escape. Another baffled by the inexplicable symptoms wreaking havoc on her life. Both are lost and alone, yet somehow connected. And time is running out…

Near the tenth anniversary of her parents’ unexpected death, Claire Fiksen, a lovely young Harvard-grad and gifted psychologist in Minnesota, develops bizarre symptoms of an eating disorder that threaten her fledgling career, her relationship with a handsome young medical student, her grasp on reality and, soon, her life.
When her beloved grandfather reveals that there may be more to her parents’ death than she’s realized, Claire’s pursuit of healing becomes a desperate search for answers as she delves into her family’s sordid past. Meanwhile, someone is watching her every move, plotting to draw her into her own twisted web of misery.
Claire has something he needs, and he’ll stop at nothing to obtain it. Every step Claire takes brings her closer to the truth and danger. And her life, she discovers, isn’t the only one at stake.

This book began its journey as a memoir but became a thriller, one of Ms. McLaughlin’s favorite genres. Now, time for my review: Continue reading

Looking for Blog Post Title Templates?

Need Blog Post Title Templates?

Templates are like stencils or recipes. Just fill in the blank and adapt these templates to write great blog post titles.

It’s like that game Mad Libs. Remember that? Look no further. than this infographic for 74 terrific blog post title templates.

blog post title teplates

You could even use some of these for

  • book titles
  • article titles
  • video titles

Just sayin… be creative with a little help from templates.

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio,

best selling author and inspirational speaker, this time helping you with blog post title templates.

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Video Book Excerpt: One Story Unites Us All from The Peace Seed by Ronda Del Boccio

Video Book Excerpt fro the #1 Best Selling Book The Peace Seed: Personal and Global Transformation through Storytelling by Ronda Del Boccio

One story unites us all. See and hear what that is as you watch and read this video book ecerpt. No captions needed, because you will be able to read the sample even if you are deaf.

One story indeed exists in all human cultures, even the most remote. This means we are more similar than not. Build a bridge of peace and be a peace seed.

Cover of the #1 Best Seller The Peace Seed

So much of peace comes through sharing stories and generous listening. I hope you enjoy this book excerpt.

Get your copy of The Peace Seed now from Amazon.com and start reading in under a minute with  free Kindle apps or your Kindle Reader.

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Ronda Del Boccio

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Ronda Del Boccio is an award-winning and best Click for Member Home Pageselling author of both fiction and nonfiction. She tells transformational tales and helps visionary authors turn their dreams and imaginings into published books. See and order Ronda’s books on Amazon.

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Book Excerpt Paranormal Humor Novella A Tasty Morsel by Ronda Del Boccio

Writing a story is fun – and it’s a craft that takes practice, like any other. I also love reading 5-star reiews from readers who took the time and trouble to write a review.

This humorous paranormal tale includes a vampires, ghouls, and even a ban-shee with a personality disorder.

What People are Saying about A Tasty Morsel

I am so excited about my latest review of A Tasty Morsel!

A Tasty Morsel paranormal fantasy novella cover“More than everything, it’s a memorable piece that stands out in a sea of common, overused themes.”

from a review by Tom Jones

“I loved the book because it took me on a journey from unexpected to almost-expected. Then again to unexpected. ”

from a review by Michael Craig

What Inspired the Story?

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