Amp Up Your Amazon Author Profile!

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Wouldn't you love it if Amazon.com helped you grow your author platform and find new readers?

They do! It's called Author Central, and you not only can but SHOULD get (or update) your account right this minute. It only takes a few minutes to set yourself up for success.

As an author of a published book (or a chapter/story in a published book), it's vitally important for you to have a robust Amazon Author Profile. That's how you really set yourself apart as a real professional author.

With your Author Central profile complete, you can:

  • Add your blog to Amazon so your new posts automagically appear.
  • Add your Twitter account so readers and potential readers can see your tweets.
  • Add photos and videos that make you come to life for current and possible customers.

Watch this video tutorial showing you about the power of your Amazon Author Central Profile: Continue reading "Amp Up Your Amazon Author Profile!"

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Authors: Do You Hold Your Reader’s Hand? Video

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Do you make it easy for your reader to take the next step with you?

Whether you write fiction or nonfiction (or both, as do I), it's important to hold your reader's hand and not let go.

Tell your reader things like:

how to find you on social.

how to get a free gift, story, tool, etc. from you

how to contact you.

how to get the most out of the book (nonfiction)

how to use your membership site

Watch this video in which I give members of my programs for authors a tour and show you how to get the most from your membership. Continue reading "Authors: Do You Hold Your Reader’s Hand? Video"

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Book Review for Authors: Using Twitter for Business by Paul Teague

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Starting now, each month on the last Thursday I'll do a review of a book of value and interest to authors.

Do you use Twitter?

Do you like it?  Does it drive you nuts?

At my last live event, several authors came up and said one of these things regarding Twitter:

  • "It's so stupid."
  • "It's a waste of time."
  • "I just don't get it."
  • "I don't understand why it's important."

Stuff Made Simple Guide

OK, it CAN be a stupid waste of time. But so can nearly anything else in life, if yu think about it. The trick is knowing how to make it work for you.

Readers of many genres are on Twitter looking for their next good read. you want to be there too. But like anything else, there's a learning curve. There are los of ways to NOT have Twitter work well for you.

Twitter, as Paul Teague points out in his book Using Twitter for Business, is a valuable piece of web real estate. That doesn't mean yui need to spend hours and days messing with it, though.

It really helps if you can have someone show you the ropes, as they say, without you having to fumble around. Is this book a guide I would recommend? Continue reading "Book Review for Authors: Using Twitter for Business by Paul Teague"

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Why Should Authors blog?

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There are a lot of benefits fof blogging for authors.

You can share teasers, photos and more from your work in progress.

Let your reader feel connected to you.

Get search engine love.

Grow your audience.

Build your author platform.

Check out this graphic about the benefits of blogging.

Benefits of blogging

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Ronda Del Boccio

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Instagram for Authors: Make a Book Tease / Mini Book Trailer Video & Attract Fans!

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Are you using Instagram yet?

I really enjoy it, and for a lot of authors, it's a great place to be.

And did you know you can post short videos to Instagram?

Yep - up to 15 seconds.

That's enough time to make a quick book tease / Book Trailer Video.

The idea is not 'buy my book." t's tantalizing the audience.

Here's a sample I made for my paranormal / fantasy novella A Tasty Morsel:

Continue reading "Instagram for Authors: Make a Book Tease / Mini Book Trailer Video & Attract Fans!"

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Social Media for Authors: How Do I Use the Top 10 Social Networks?

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Authors, you've been told you have to be all over social for book marketing. It can be confusing to know what to do with the top networks.

This infographic will help. Want to get in and out of social networks  FAST while still being social and growing your author platform? Look for details below the graphic.

How to use the 10 top social media sites infographic

Want to get in and out of social networks  FAST while still being social and growing your author platform?

Join the FREE "Social edia Quickie" class & disover how to check in with all your networks in 1 minute per site. Reserve your seat now at WriteOnPurpose.com/quickie

Reserve your seat for the Social Media Quickie class

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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.

Get a weekly success tip plus some fabulous tools to help you get the most out of your book at WriteOnPurpose.com/free.



Follow your bliss,

Ronda Del Boccio

best selling author, speaker and mentor

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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

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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. 😀

Follow your BLISS,
Ronda Del Boccio
#InstagramForAuthors   #SocialMediaMarketing

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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!

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Social media INTERVENTION Saves Your Sanity!

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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  

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Can Slideshare Bring You Customers?

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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

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

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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.

Graphic for Hosting a Book Launch Party article series on WriteOnPurpose.com

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

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Book Review of Psychological Thriller In Her Shadow by August McLaughlin

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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

5 Star Review GraphicRead my 5-star review.

 

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 "Book Review of Psychological Thriller In Her Shadow by August McLaughlin"

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Authors: Considering Hosting a Blog Book Tour?

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This video from the Author Hangout series from +Book Marketing Tools  is an excellent primer on doing blog tours for your book launch!
#booklaunch   #booklaunching   #launchparty   #bookmarketing   #bookmarketingtipsReshared post from +Book Marketing Tools

"A success for one indie author, is a success for all of us." - Alana Terry on The Author Hangout... Listen to the rest of the interview about blog tours and more: TheAuthorHangout.com/015

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Images are the new call to action!

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indeed, +Peg Fitzpatrick . Bad news for blind authors! heehee #artofsocialReshared post from +Omi Sido

SEO Tip of the day

"Images are the new call to action (CTA). If people come to your blog and can’t share it easily, they won’t." - +Peg Fitzpatrick

A good tip from +Peg Fitzpatrick (Author • speaker • rockin' a positive attitude • passionate about social media • innovative idea girl • visual marketing maverick • naturally caffeinated • Google+ evangelist • travelista • and so much more.
Co-author of The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaki. ) in this article: http://goo.gl/iUxNTB.

Other tips coming from +Peg Fitzpatrick in the same article (http://pegfitzpatrick.com/quick-tips-for-great-social-media-graphics/):

" Choose the right size

Facebook
Cover photo 851 x 315 pixels
Facebook post 940 x 788 pixels
Facebook ad for a Page 1,200 x 444 pixels
Avatar size upload 180 x 180 pixels, preview 160 x 160 pixels

Google+
Cover photo 2,048 x 1,152
Google + post 800 x 600 pixels
Avatar size 250 x 250 pixels minimum

Instagram
Image 640 x 640 pixels – 1:1 aspect ratio
Profile photo 180 x 180 pixels

Twitter
Header image 1,500 x 500 pixels
Background
Tweet image 1,000 x 500 – 2:1 aspect ratio
Profile photo 400 x 400 pixels

YouTube
Channel art 2,560 x 1,440 pixels
Video thumbnail 1280 x 720 (with minimum width of 640 pixels)
Channel icon  800 x 800 pixels

Pinterest
Pin 735 x 1,100 pixels – ideal size for a long, vertical image
735 x 735 pixels "

Note: Everything included in the quotation marks above is a direct quotation from the +Peg Fitzpatrick' article: Quick Tips for Great Social Media Graphics( http://pegfitzpatrick.com/quick-tips-for-great-social-media-graphics/)

The awesome graphic that you see attached to this post was created following one of the tips in the article (article by +Peg Fitzpatrick) use https://www.canva.com/. And it only took me 5 min 🙂

http://pegfitzpatrick.com/quick-tips-for-great-social-media-graphics

PS None of the quotes above should be associated in anyway with Royal Sofia (www.royalsofia.com)

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Free Mini-class for Authors: How Do I Set Up and Use the Facebook Call to Action Button on My Author Page?

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This week's training: Thursday, Jan. 29 at 11:01 AM-11:21 AM ET

How to Set Up Your Facebook Author Page Call to Action Button

Facebook has a really cool new way to get customers right from Facebook. It's called the "call to Action Button."

Facebook now lets authors add a call to action button to your author page. This video invites you to a short, actionable training on:

  • How to set up your Facebook author page call to action button
  • How to decide where to send people from that button
  • An under-used ways to get more traffic and exposure right in your Facebook page or profile cover (in under 2 minutes)
  • Sell more books with the call to action button

This week's class: Thursday, Jan. 29 at 11:01 AM-11:21 AM ET

YES, the training is recorded! So please do sign up.

But if you're not there, you can't get personalized help!

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See you ther!

Follow your BLISS,

Ronda Del Boccio, best selling author, speaker & top reviewer

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Book Marketing Tips: Does Your Book Have a Call to Action?

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"The End" is not the end. It is just the beginning. Do you have a next step, a call to action, in your book? Here's some great advice from +Book Marketing Tools  to help.
#bookmarketing   #bookmarketingtips   #writingtips  

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Put Calls To Action In The Back Of Your Books To Sell More Books - Readers reach the end of your book... then what? If you aren't sending them somewhere specific, you may lose the reader for good. Here are some tips on calls to action you can use: http://bookmarketingtools.com/blog/put-calls-to-action-in-the-back-of-your-books/

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Pinterest for Authors Video Training: How Do I Use Pinterest to Sell More Books?

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This is a video training about Pinterest for authors.

You'll discover:

  • How to set up boards.
  • How to follow someone without drowning in their pins.
  • How to use Hashtags to connect with readers.
  • How to link pins to your money pages.
  • and more.

Save the video to your 'watch later" playlist! .

Need more help with social media marketing for authors? Effortless Social Media teaches you simple ways to connect using social media.

Get instant access now for only $7 for a limited time at WriteOnPurpose.com/social.

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Social Media Marketing for Authors: What Size Should My Image Be?

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Images make a post POP - assuming they look right! Images can help you with #bookmarketing  , connecting with your reader, and showing off your beautiful (hopefully) book cover. But it can be frustrating...Have you ever posted an image in social media only to see it come out much differently than you expected?

Have you ever wondered what's the best size image that works well in Pinterest?

Have you ever gone into a network to add a photo, only to find that the cover image guidelines have changed?

+Peg Fitzpatrick  knows her stuff, and here she shares the guide to teach you all you need to know about images in social media. Thanks so much!

Take Peg's advice, and be sure to grab her book co-authored with +Guy Kawasaki , http://smile.amazon.com/Art-Social-Media-Power-Users-ebook/dp/B00O4RHN8M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1422289317&sr=1-1&keywords=art+of+social+media&pebp=1422289321532&peasin=B00O4RHN8M

Follow your BLISS,
Ronda Del Boccio
#1 best selling author, speaker & Top Reviewer

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Attention bloggers! The Essential Cheat Sheet for Social Media Image Sizes via +Rebekah Radice

"Just when you feel comfortable with the most recent updates, along comes a whole new round.

One area that continues to evolve is social media images. From cover photos to the exact right photo dimensions for posts, keeping up can feel impossible.

To help you make the most of your online presence, Rebekah put together an essential list of social media image sizes for the top eight social networks.

You’ll also find best practices and examples that show you how to leverage graphics to build awareness, interest and engagement."

Read it all here: http://rebekahradice.com/social-media-image-sizes/

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#socialmedia   #visualmarketing   #DIYdesign   #visualmedia   #artofsocial

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Book Marketing tips: Authors: Why Use Hashtags?

I've noticed a lot of confusion among my author friends about hashtags. What are they really? Should I bother with them? Are they important? So here's the 411 on hashtags for authors.

What are hashtags?

They're an organizational tool.  Put the hashtag into any social network and you're instantly taken to a list of posts using that hashtag. They are clickable links. Search #cookierecipes #HistNovel  or #BookMarketingTips, or something relevant to your writing..

Hashtags For Authors

Are Hashtags only for Twitter?

No. Go into Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+...any of them...and see what happens when you use one.

Why Hashtags for Authors?

They make it easy for you to target your material and also to connect with other readers. Posting

  • If you write young adult novels, #YaLit is a good tag for you.
  • If you write paranormal romance, use #paranormalromance when you post.

Connecting with Readers by Genre & Interest

  • Put the hashtag into search that represents your genre, such as #MGLit for middle grade literature.
  • Put a term relating to the topic or interest of your book, such as #Scotland, #Baking, etc..

Here's an example. Sorchia DuBois wrote Just Like Gravity, an awesome #ParanormalRomance about #reincarnation taking place in Scotland featuring #LaPhroaig Whiskey. She can use those hashtags to connect with readers by both genre and interest.

Video Tutorial about Hashtags for Authors

Watch the video.

Genre Hashtags

  • #Biopic
  • #Book
  • #Comedy
  • #Cookbooks
  • #Cooking
  • #Crime
  • #DarkFantasy
  • #Dystopian
  • #Erotica
  • #KidLitChat
  • #FanFic
  • #Fiction
  • #FlashFic
  • #Food
  • #Historical
  • #History
  • #HistFic
  • #HistNovel
  • #Horror
  • #KidLit
  • #Literature
  • #LitFic
  • #MGLit (Middle Grade Lit)
  • #MemoirChat
  • #Mystery
  • #NonFiction
  • #Novel
  • #Paperbacks
  • #Paranormal
  • #Recipes
  • #RomanceWriter
  • #Romance
  • #Romantic
  • #RomanticSuspense
  • #RWA (Romance Writers of America)
  • #SCBWI (Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators)
  • #Science #Fiction
  • #ScienceFiction
  • #SciFi
  • #SciFiChat
  • #Short
  • #ShortStories
  • #Short #Stories
  • #ShortReads
  • #ShortStory
  • #SteamPunk
  • #Suspense
  • #TrueStories
  • #UrbanFantasy
  • #WomensFiction
  • #YA

Here's a huge list for hashtags for authors. I hope the tutorial helps demystify hashtags. More, I hope you'll use them to connect with readers and influencers.

More Social Media help for Authors

The multimedia self-study course called Effortless Social Media for Authors helps you quickly master social media. You'll learn: A simple way to hit all your networks in 10 minutes a day. Insights into how each networks so you connect without getting in trouble Quick and easy tutorials like this one. Videos, audios and text to support your preferred learning style. Right now, Effortless Social Media for Authors is only $7. Go to WriteOnPurpose.com/social  and get started right away. Follow your BLISS, Ronda Del Boccio #1 best selling author and speaker

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Social Media Lingo: Abbreviations & Alphabet Soup of Social Media Marketing

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There are so many acronyms! It's like onscreen alphabet soup. Here's the decoder ring. Thanks +Peg Fitzpatrick 

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An EPIC list of Social Media Acronyms & Abbreviations from +Kevan Lee and +Buffer 

The Ultimate List of Social Media Acronyms and Abbreviations
A complete glossary of social media acronyms and abbreviations - along with definitions - for social media updates and marketing.

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