Smashwords News: Subscribe to Smashwords Alerts for New Release Updates

I got an exciting email from Smashwords today! I'm excited because now YOU can easily know when I put out a new story or book as soon as it happens.

Trouble's Turn FREE short story on Smashwords TEASER: Prayers come to us like whispers

Smashwords is a great place to get books, short stories, and more in ANY digital format you prefer, whether that's for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, or others.

Here's the email from Smashwords If you have books/stories on Smashwords, you got an email like this personalized for you.

Hello Ronda Del Boccio,

We are excited to announce Smashwords Alerts, a new feature that notifies Smashwords customers of new releases from their favorite authors. The new feature kicks off today.

You can track your number of subscribers and "favorites" in real time from your Smashwords Dashboard under "Marketing and Distribution Tools".

To get the most out of this new capability, please encourage your readers to subscribe to your alerts so they never miss another new release from you.

To subscribe, readers simply visit your profile page at Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AuthorRonda), and click the button labeled "Subscribe to Author Alerts."

Readers are always in full control of their subscriptions. These are "blind" subscriptions, in that the reader's email address is never shared with anyone. Readers only receive an email if there's a new alert from an author they're following, and readers can cancel notifications at any time from their Smashwords Alerts subscriptions page.

Why don't you give it a try by subscribing to your own alert, as well as those from your own favorite authors!

We hope you enjoy this new feature.

We welcome your suggestions for additional enhancements to this feature as we work to make it easier for you to reach the million+ customers of the Smashwords Store. Please contact us here to reach our support team and tell us what you think!

Enjoy!

Sincerely,

The Smashwords Team

Subscribe to My Smashwords New Release Announcements!

Just visit my SMashwords author page at https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AuthorRonda

You'll get a notice each time I put out a new story.

My current stories, which you can read on whatever reading app you like, are:

  • "Trouble's Turn": An adolescent Ally Wolf wants to take on her role of guiding her special human, but her pack thinks she's too young. FREE short story on Smashwords!
  • The Assassin and the Prince:  Feline assassin Aree is taking a break from killing to play bodyguard for a pampered prince on vacation. She comes to regret her choice when he makes her tail twitch once too often.
  • A Tasty Morsel: Sometimes young Ellie pokes her nose in where she shouldn't. Reality takes a major turn when she explores a secret door in a cave she just discovered.
  • ...and whatever I share next...you can know right away!

I hope you enjoy the stories! Thanks for reading.

Please share this all over the social web!

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Authors, Need A Shortcut? Introducing 101 Tricks & Hacks for Writers

People keep asking me for the tricks I use to get so much done.

  • A literary agent recently asked little ol' me for advice on how to streamline her social media.
  • An author asked how I get so much done.
  • Another asked, "You are everywhere all the time. Do you sleep?"

Thank you all, because you gave me the inspiration to write 101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers. I'm working on the book right now, and I need YOUR help.

101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers

Please Tell me where you struggle so I can share the trick or hack that will make your life easier.

As a Writer, Where do you struggle?

  • Exasperating Editing?
  • Pesky punctuation?
  • Grammar grumbles?
  • Marketing misgivings?
  • Pinterest pains?
  • Facebook foibles?
  • Something else?

Tell me where you suffer so I can share the tricks and hacks I myself use to enjoy the fun, cool side of being a writer. I plan to finish the book by the start of fall 2016.

Thanks for helping me help you!

Please tell me what tricks or hack you desire in the comments below!

Please share this all over the social web!

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.

Ronda Del Boccio

#1 best selling author, speaker, and Amazon Top Reviewer

About Ronda Del Boccio

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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Authors: Save Time & Auto-Post to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter with NEW Social Jukebox

Authors have a lot to do.

  1. Write books.
  2. Edit said books.
  3. Proofread said books.
  4. Get said books off to alpha and beta readers.
  5. Seek publishing or set up self publishing...of yeah those books.
  6. And let us not forget...MARKET those books...
  7. and connect with readers...
  8. and do live in person &/or virtual events.

WHEW! That's an exhausting list!

Don't you love to save time and energy?

Well DUH! Of COURSE you do! Who doesn't. I mean...nobody is going to raise their hand and proclaim proudly, "I have NOTHING to do, so please, pile on more STUFF TO DO!"

Social media alone could devour 24/7 if you let it, and that will only account for a small percentage of your book sales anyway.

People tell me, "Ronda, you're EVERYWHERE? Do you sleep?"

Yes, I sleep. I'm everywhere because of some wonderful tricks and hacks As a matter of fact, I'm working on a book called 101 Tricks and Hacks for Writers right now. One of my favorite Cool Tools is in that book.

I know you're asking:

"How can I save time and energy on social media, Ronda?"

You probably feel like an exhausted hamster in a wheel, scurrying around to do this and that in a constant flurry of activity.

Exhausted-Hamster-in-a-Wheel

Slow down. Take a breath. I've got you. Check this out.

The 1-Post Problem

You write a blog post, upload a video, or whatever, and you share it once all over. Then what? Who has time to go back around every week or so and share one of your older posts?

That's the 1 post problem. It's hard to keep sharing your awesome past content.

The Social Jukebox Solution

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Why Should Authors Use Tweet Jukebox?

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UPDATE: I originally did this post in spring of 2015. Tweet Jukebox is still a fabulous tool, but it is out of beta and no longer free. It is becoming Social Jukebox. I still use it, and in fact paid for a year in advance. I'll get to why in a bit.

If you haven't noticed, social media can take up a lot of time! I'm dedicated to making it fun and easy for myself AND for you authors! While interacting on Twitter recently, I came across a great tool called Tweet Jukebox.Before sharing it with you, I wanted to give it a "test drive" to see how I like it.

What Does Tweet Jukebox Offer?

Tweet Jukebox is a free service as of the time of this writing. No idea if that will change, but consider trying it out now if it fits your needs. You can schedule a rotation of tweets to help you share things like quotes, your blog posts, book teasers and more. These posts are organized into "Jukeboxes," and you get a free one with quotes to try out. Here are some of my jukeboxes.

  • Since I do frequent fiction book reviews, I have all of them in a jukebox called Book Reviews. Every few hours, one of them magically goes out into my Twitter stream.
  • Since I also help authors, I have aJ jukebox clled Author Help with all the tutorials, tips and strategies I share.
  • Since I'm an author, I have one with book teasers, excerpts, author interviews, poems and more.

Watch this Tweet Jukebox for Authors Video Mini-class/tutorial

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Book Review: The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

Since every author needs social media and since I'm always reading articles and books to keep on top of things, I thought I'd share one of the excellent books about social media.

And it won't overwhelm you with hundreds of services you don't understand, either. Please take a close look at this book review and grab your copy of...

The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick

One thing I love about this book is that it won't overwhelm you. It gets right to the questions you probably have including:

  • How to optimize your profile
  • How to get more followers
  • How to respond to comments

Throughout the book are wonderful little gems like this one from chapter 1 Continue reading "Book Review: The Art of Social Media by Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick"

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Cat Helps Me Give an AudioAcrobat Testimonial

One of my favorite cool tools for authors is AudioAcrobat. It's a fabulous service to record and store audios, videos, and even podcasts. I've been a happy customer for years, and I love this service. I use it to make a backup recording of my webinars and workshops, no matter what web conferencing service I am using at the time. So here's my cat Trippy helping me give a testimonial.

I even used AudioAcrobat to record that video. Start your free 30 day trial right now, and be sure to join in the many free classes they offer to help you make the most of AudioAcrobat. Please share this review all over the social web! Follow your B.L.I.S.S. Ronda Del Boccio #1 best selling author, speaker, and Amazon Top Reviewer

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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.

PS Before you go - Join NOW for FREE Tools for Writers!

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  • 7 Ways to Earn Money While Still Writing Your Book" special report and video mini-class
  • 7 Ways to Make Your Book Irresistible" special report and video mini-cl
  • Invitations to FREE right-to-the-point classes on everything from book marketing to e-publishing to social media for authors.
  • Free weekly author success top delivered to your inbox
  • and more!

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Make Being Lost FUN?

I don't like being lost. I doubt most people do! But here's a video I made for my "404 page" which means the page that says you got to a page that doesn't exist. You're welcome to use it if you like!

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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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Google Hangouts Change the Landscape for Authors

Move over teleseminars, because +Google+  Hangouts are revolutionizing the way we communicate.

The +TODAY  Show Book Club will feature Helen Fielding’s “Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy..” The hangout is next month.

Could YOU expand your reach by hanging out with your readers and/or customers? 

What help would ou need to make this happen? Answer in the comments and feel free to share this post with your interested friends and colleagues.

Consider Google+ and hangouts on air (recorded video calls that live forever in Youtube) as a way to build your author platform.
#author #bookclub #authorplatform  

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Added photos to TODAY Book Club: Chat live with 'Bridget Jones' author Helen Fielding.

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Easy Ways to Share Photos with Quotes

Photos with quotes are always a big hit. Thanks +Denise Wakeman  for pointing out this excellent Listly list.

I also like an Android app called Phonto. Just pick 1 or 2 that you like and use them.

#images #quotes  

Reshared post from +Denise Wakeman

20 sites for creating quote graphics on this list

Do you have a favorite site not listed? Add it!

Via +Listly 

#quotes   #quoteimages   #lists  

Listly List - Best Sites for Creating Quote Graphics
Listly List - Best Sites for Creating Quote Graphics - Findings, Quozio - Make Beautiful Quotes, Pinlet Magic - Create Quote Pictures in Seconds, KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON with the Keep Calm-o-matic, InstaQuote, Ribbet! Online Photo Editor, LiveLuvCreate.com - Create Beautiful Quote Photos, Pinstamatic - Get More From Pinterest, PicMark - Watermark Your Images Before Sharing, Recite, Photo editor | PicMonkey: Free Online Photo Editing, Share As Imag...

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