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3 Blogging Mistakes That Are Killing Your Traffic [Video]

3 Blogging Mistakes That Are Killing Your Traffic [Video] | Education and Training | Scoop.it
In this video I share the three biggest blogging mistakes that will kill your traffic. If you can eliminate these, you can keep from shooting yourself in the foot.
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Patti Smith Shares William S. Burroughs’ Advice for Writers and Artists

Patti Smith Shares William S. Burroughs’ Advice for Writers and Artists | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Would you take advice from William S Burroughs? What if it were filtered through the humanistic sensibilities of Patti Smith?
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Tightening Your Focus

Tightening Your Focus | Education and Training | Scoop.it
When you’re writing a tale, it almost always turns out better if you get deep into the head of your protagonist and tell the story from that person’s point of view.

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Why Writers Should Ask Themselves 'Can You Do This?' - mediabistro.com

Why Writers Should Ask Themselves 'Can You Do This?' - mediabistro.com | Education and Training | Scoop.it
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On today's edition of the Morning Media Menu, we spoke with Daniel Pink, the bestselling author of To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others.

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Bonnie J Brooks's curator insight, April 17, 2013 11:36 PM

Daniel Pink's wisdom for writers. Go from positive, affirmative self-talk  to interrogative self-talk in pitching a book or article. Different than most of us have been taught as the best approach to anything.

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Say It Out Loud: How David Sedaris Makes His Writing Better

Say It Out Loud: How David Sedaris Makes His Writing Better | Education and Training | Scoop.it
With social networking tools and access to e-reader data, 21st-century authors have unlimited opportunities for feedback before a book is indelibly inked.
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7 Strategies for Growing Community on Your Blog : @ProBlogger

7 Strategies for Growing Community on Your Blog : @ProBlogger | Education and Training | Scoop.it
This week on ProBlogger we've been looking at the topic of building community on a blog. We started by identifying ...
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My Life in Books: The Perfect Reader

My Life in Books: The Perfect Reader | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Saw an interesting post on bookriot.com! Read here for the original post, "The 42 Traits of the Perfect Reader." It is a list of things that make up or describe the perfect reader. It was written by Book Riot editor Jeff O'Neal today, April 12, 2013. Of course, I want the input of my trusted fellow readers! Listed below are the ones I fit and the one that makes me mad! So, hit the link, read them all, and tell me what doesn't belong on this list and/or what is missing?

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Authors: How to Choose the Best Social Media Platform for Marketing Your Book | Social Media Today

Authors: How to Choose the Best Social Media Platform for Marketing Your Book | Social Media Today | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Social media can play a key role in helping you promote your book and drive potential purchasers of your book to your seller, or re-sellers sites.

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How to Create a Viral Book Trailer (or Get 1,000,000 Views for Almost Anything)

How to Create a Viral Book Trailer (or Get 1,000,000 Views for Almost Anything) | Education and Training | Scoop.it
How do you create a viral video? I am asked this quite a lot. I've been asked by authors, TV producers, and first-time Kickstarter entrepreneurs. In my experience, the answers are the same for all ...
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Work Mode: The Writer Behind “Dark Knight” And “Man of Steel” On Multitasking, Meditation, And Using Your Good Ideas

Work Mode: The Writer Behind “Dark Knight” And “Man of Steel” On Multitasking, Meditation, And Using Your Good Ideas | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, conceived of the helicopter and developed a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics (among many other things), making him one of the most famous figures in history.
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That eBook Thing Will Never Catch On

That eBook Thing Will Never Catch On | Education and Training | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that I am a big fan of the Amazon Kindle 2. However, whenever I write about it (as I did recently here and here), I always have someone who says, “I will never convert to an eBook reader.
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The Homes of Great Writers

The Homes of Great Writers | Education and Training | Scoop.it
We all have a little bit of voyeur in us, right? That's why reality shows, celebrity magazines, and tours of celeb homes are so popular. I'll admit that famous houses intrigue me. I mean, I'm not g...
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4 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Book Marketing Efforts | Jane Friedman

4 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Book Marketing Efforts | Jane Friedman | Education and Training | Scoop.it

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If other authors are like myself, they are always keeping their ears perked up for any creative ways to improve their marketing efforts. It's a constant and ongoing effort--but one that must be done if we are to see any sales of our books. Another great article by Jane Friedman, and some new ideas to ponder:

 

1) Use your WEBSITE for hard selling - People don't normally buy from BUY MY BOOK!! posts. Use social media for relationship building.

 

2) Brainstorm your MEANINGFUL relationships - Divide the list into 3 groups (Groups A-C) and send different announcements to each one. NOTE: Very few authors do this one.

 

3) Brainstorm the GATEKEEPERS to your readers - Example: Fitness blogs would be the gatekeeper to your readers if you write exercise books. Can you write a guest post? Contribute in some way?

 

4) Invest in professional DESIGN and PRESENTATION - This one goes without saying, but one that unfortunately gets left in the dust. Your books are your business--your store. Do people want to come through your front door? Make sure you have: Professional website, book covers, author photo, business cards, tweet avatar, facebook page, etc.

 

Incorporate these tips into your ebook promotion and marketing, and you will tap into some areas that may bring new readers your way.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Ebook Promotion and Marketing"***

 

Link to the original article: http://janefriedman.com/2012/05/18/4-ways-to-immediately-improve-your-book-marketing-efforts/

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5 Keys to Writing Excellent Blog Posts : @ProBlogger

5 Keys to Writing Excellent Blog Posts : @ProBlogger | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Today in a radio interview I was asked to give 4-5 quick tips on how to write great blog posts. ...
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Renowned radio host Ira Glass on storytelling, sucking at poker

Renowned radio host Ira Glass on storytelling, sucking at poker | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Fans of stories about real people moving through high-stakes situations and changing along the way have likely heard of Ira Glass.

 

[Photo: STUART MULLENBERG]


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Steal Like Picasso: How Outside Inspiration Can Fuel True Innovation

Steal Like Picasso: How Outside Inspiration Can Fuel True Innovation | Education and Training | Scoop.it

Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like an Artist, has quoted Steve Jobs, who cited Picasso’s apocryphal line, “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.” No one knows for sure exactly what Picasso meant (or, for that matter, if he ever even spoke those words), but what is not in dispute is that Picasso was very clever when it came to theft. Instead of stealing from the celebrated artists of his day, which would have made him a second-rate version of Cézanne or Van Gogh, Picasso stole ideas from artists far outside his own milieu.

 

 


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Douglas Eby's curator insight, April 18, 2013 9:44 PM

The above book "Steal Like an Artist" is one of a number of titles in my list of Books for the Creative Mind

http://blogs.psychcentral.com/creative-mind/2011/12/books-for-the-creative-mind/

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Why Every Author Needs a Powerful Online Presence

Why Every Author Needs a Powerful Online Presence | Education and Training | Scoop.it
In fact, before we get to how to build a powerful author brand online, we need to be clear on why it is important for authors to go to the trouble.
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Yes, You Can Publish a Book (Here's How)

Yes, You Can Publish a Book (Here's How) | Education and Training | Scoop.it
I spent the weekend finishing up the initial manuscript for my first book. It's kind of surreal. I never thought I would be publishing a book so soon. But thanks to social media, I am.

I thought...
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How to Generate Your First Professionally Formatted Mobi File | Savvy Self-Publishing

How to Generate Your First Professionally Formatted Mobi File | Savvy Self-Publishing | Education and Training | Scoop.it

When I first thought about publishing my work on Amazon, I had no idea what Smashwords was, what the technical differences were between a .mobi or an .epub file, how KDP Publishing functioned, etc. Like many writers, I just wanted to write and produce the best possible work I could. However, I have some technical experience as a new media project manager and have spent enough time with HTML and CSS to feel comfortable with it.


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What Good Writing Teaches Us About Good Leadership

What Good Writing Teaches Us About Good Leadership | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Kill Your Masterpiece James Joyce’s Portrait of the Art…
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Why One Insanely Successful Author Ditched Traditional Publishers And Went ... - Business Insider

Why One Insanely Successful Author Ditched Traditional Publishers And Went ... - Business Insider | Education and Training | Scoop.it
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Why One Insanely Successful Author Ditched Traditional Publishers And Went ...

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Bonnie J Brooks's curator insight, February 1, 2013 2:57 PM

Tim Ferriss, bestselling author. Looking forward to learning more of his lessons learned. He will probably write a bestselling book about it!

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Why Everyone Should Write a Book / Jeff Goins

No, not everyone will write a book...But you could. And maybe you should. Not so you can become a best-selling author or get heaps of praise. But so you can make something and share it with the world.

So you can say you did something hard, something that humbled you, that helped you care and become more self-aware, allowing you to share an important idea. Because while there may be too much noise in this world, we can never have too many people who care.

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Writing Advice from Cassandra Clare (part two)

Writing Advice from Cassandra Clare (part two) | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Last week we posted part one of an article by best-selling fantasy and young adult fiction author Cassandra Clare. Continuing here, Cassandra shares tips and links writers of all genres will find e...
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What I Wish I Knew Before Writing a Book

What I Wish I Knew Before Writing a Book | Education and Training | Scoop.it
Thinking about writing a book? Check out our Book Publishing 101 guide, then read on for advice from a recently published author on what she wishes she had known before getting started.

 

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What Now? Jeff Goins Writer

A week ago, I quit my job, turned 30, and launched out on my own as a full-time writer. Oh yeah, and it was Easter — a day to celebrate new beginnings.

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