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Upcoming Facebook Changes That Will Affect Indie Authors | Successful Self-Publishing

Upcoming Facebook Changes That Will Affect Indie Authors | Successful Self-Publishing | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
According to Social Media maven Mari Smith, Facebook is about to make changes that will affect indie authors who use the social networking site to promote their books.

Via Penelope
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Going into a tailspin everytime Facebook or Google or any other major player announces changes is not going to help. You have to accept that change and rapid change at that, is part of life today in 2013.If you want to swim in the pond you had better get used to the temperature.

As you get older change gets more difficult or at least frustrating.There is so much to learn about life on the Web especially if you are about to launch your stuff on the Internet for the first time. Yes it will take time ...there is no such thing as an overnight success on the  the Web. Answer is... take a deep breath and get stuck in and just accept that you're probably way ahead of most others .Get going and take action,especially if you are a serial procrastinator!

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Penelope's curator insight, March 7, 2013 12:17 PM

 

I don't usually scoop on this day, but this was a true scooper!

 

Facebook is holding a press conference next Thursday apparently to unveil an all-new News Feed for both mobile and desktop. Maybe with filtered streams other than Top Stories or most recent? Possibly even a single column Timeline rollout. These include a Photos feed of Facebook and Instagram photos (Think: author photos and book cover photos). Cool!

 

Also, check out Facebook's "Graph Search". Click through to the article to find out how to get your Facebook author page "Graph Search ready". It is supposed to excite users with thousands of ways to search for things related to our interests and friends.

 

What could this mean for us authors? Instantaneous updates of our photos to mobile phones and desktops from our FB pages!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/upcoming-facebook-changes-that-will-affect-indie-authors/

 

Penelope's comment, March 8, 2013 6:01 PM
Very true Robin! We cannot be waiting with bated breath for every announcement from FB or Google. Just keep moving forward in whatever you know you're supposed to be doing! Great insight! ;)
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The Big Book Project — Write a Book That Helps You Get Known And Get Leads

The Big Book Project — Write a Book That Helps You Get Known And Get Leads | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
Write a Book That Helps You Get Known And Get Leads
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Cathy Presland owner of www.thebigbookproject interviews best Selling Author Shawn Inmon on the benefits of a carefully crafted KDP select promotion. Being supremely creative Shawn has applied his special strategy to getting as many as 3000 sales in the month following his five day  free promotion.Fantastic strategy go check it out (if you dare!) http://www.thebigbookproject.com/shawn-inmon-free-promotions-and-selling-3000-books-a-month/

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From Dublin To Dijon: On A Glass of Red.

From Dublin To Dijon: On A Glass of Red. | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
In anticipation of self publishing on Amazon Kindle at the end of the Month October 2013 I'm putting up the Preface  and Introduction on the site here for all
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Am trying a little pre-publication promotion, which I am told by the Indie Publishing Gurus (of whom there are many), is a good thing. In fact it's essential.We shall see. I've taken the opportunity to put the introduction up on my Baby Boomer Marketing site http://robinpiggott.ie which doesn't get a whole lot of traffic since it doesn't get a whole lot of attention by yours truly.It would be quite,quite awesome to get just a little feed back from you when you get to read it.The memoir covers the two year period in the mid sixties, when as an 18 year old I got parachuted into the real world with just my emergency rations to keep me from falling into the clutches of the Underworld.

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How to Leverage the Power of the Kindle Ecosystem to Build Your Business

How to Leverage the Power of the Kindle Ecosystem to Build Your Business | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
As if you're not doing enough. You have a website. You update your blog once a week. You're growing your email list. And you try to maintain some presen
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Henneke Duistermaat is someone to listen to. As a practising irreverent writer myself (still in beta mode)I like her style .Who wouldn't?

She is a regular contributor to http://CopyBlogger.com and has recently published a first book .If you're an apiring self publisher ,reading her story will take you several steps up the ladder to fame ,fortune and notoriety before you can utter the words "kindle is so awesome...".

Her mailing list gets regular insights into the murky and oft misunderstood sinister world of Copywriting.As I said before her style is ...well captivating..Go on be captured by a great writer you'll probably not regret it.Did I really write that ? well you have to start somewwhere even if it's at the bottom!

Henneke's website is:-

http://enchantedmarketing.com where irreverence reigns supreme

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7 Ways to Be Insufferable on Facebook

7 Ways to Be Insufferable on Facebook | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
A Facebook status is annoying if it primarily serves the author and does nothing positive for anyone reading it.
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Not stricly about Self Publishing but we need a little diversion now and then don't we? The post author is an excellent writer and funny too: exposing the poseurs, ,celebrities , and general good -for-nothings that share their awesome lives with the populace on Facebook.

Some usefull tips though for aspiring self publishers and how they might go about creating communication and engagement with potential readers of their books.

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10 Trends Driving the Future of Authorship (Smashwords tutorial series, #4)

Learn the 10 publishing industry trends that will most impact the future for book authors. Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords, examines how the simultaneous r...
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Have just listened to a fascinating presentation by Mark Coker, the founder of Smashwords when he spoke in Edinborough recently .He has expanded his Slide presentaion with his own Video in the last few days.It's only had 4 views so far, so it's hot off the E-book press so to speak.His views backed up by substantial data make for absolutely essential listening for any writer planning to self publish.

He also, in line with other commentators such as David Gaughran (www.davidgaughran.com) have totally dsipelled the myth that Indie Authors should buy Self-publishing packages form the recently Penguin aquired Author Solutions Company. He brands them as a "Parasite" which is an accurate description in my opinion.They have advertisements crawling all over Google for each of their sub -companies all trying to ensnare unsuspecting newbie writers into parting with insane and criminal amounts of money offering support packages which most Indie Authors are quite capable of producing themselves.

I rest my case. Get to it... all you Indies out there and give Legacy Publishers a resounding smack in the teeth...You know you want to so what are you waiting for?

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The Alliance of Independent Authors Watchdog Warning: New Self ...

The Alliance of Independent Authors Watchdog Warning: New Self ... | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
The Alliance of Independent Authors' Watchdog Service has expressed concern about the new Author Service Comparison Website launched by Writers & Artists, a Bloomsbury imprint.
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From what I read in David Gaughran's (http://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2013/08/30/) blog many of these Author Service providers do not have Author's interests at heart and are just a sneaky way of entrapping newbie writers into parting with extraordinary amounts of moolah!

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Are Self-published Authors Really Authors or Even Published? - Huffington Post

Are Self-published Authors Really Authors or Even Published? - Huffington Post | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
Are Self-published Authors Really Authors or Even Published?
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Haven't read the post yet but have a feeling it's not going to be pretty.

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How to Write and Publish a New Kindle Book Every. Single. Week.

How to Write and Publish a New Kindle Book Every. Single. Week. | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
Blog post at Online Business Marketing Success with Nicole Dean : Today, I have a guest post from one of my favoritest coaching clients (who also helped me to publish my book) AND is one of my dear friends.[..]...

Via Dvorah Lansky
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I think the "publish every single week" depends very much on the length of book or article and what your objective is in the longe term. Short and quick might be a useful strategy once you've got a portfolio already. If you're struggling to get your first book out I think it's important that it is the best that it can be.That's not possible in just a week in my opinion.Be interested to have some feedback on Good Enough just isn't Good Enough!

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Baby Boomer Marketing

Baby Boomer Marketing | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
A Guided Tour For Baby Boomers who want to Market on the Web
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You can't hide away while you perfect every click. Am just testing links and buttons on this fantastic, newly discovered content creator site. I suggest you try it out but don't think twice it's alright!

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Running With Crows trailer

'Running with Crows - The Life and Death of a Black and Tan' a novel by DJ Kelly.
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This is a great little Book trailer video by DJKELLY.Thought provoking music sets the scene. Anyone who has the bright idea of using YouTube to promote her book is bound to be a thought provoking Author. I am certainly going to check this out why don't you...

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dj kelly's comment, May 15, 2013 1:31 AM
Very many thanks Robin. Love my music, composed especially for me by Cork-based musician Derek Flynn. 'Running with Crows' has now been adapted into a stage play, by GLAD Productions and is to debut at The Dunlavin Arts Festival, County Wicklow, Ireland, on 15 June 2013. I'm thrilled that my book has attracted much interest. I'm also loving 'self publishing as a Newbie' on Scoop-it. Denise.
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How to browse the Kindle Lending Library on your PC | PCWorld

How to browse the Kindle Lending Library on your PC | PCWorld | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
Your Amazon Prime membership entitles you to one free book

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Yes there are a lot of hoops to navigate to just about everywhere on AMAZON.It's a really ginormous site but stick with it.You'll only get better with time...it's a bit like becoming an Author!

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Penelope's curator insight, February 15, 2013 1:21 PM

 

If you or someone you know is trying to check out a book on the Kindle Lending Library, you may become totally frustrated with the hoops you have to jump through, and chuck the whole idea before you check out even one book. When you become a member of Amazon's Prime Program for $79/yr, they allow you check out one free book per month. How in the world do you find a book from over 300,000 available?

 

Here are the exact steps you can use yourself or (be a friend) direct someone else who is ready to tear their hair out from the process:

 

1. Head to http://Amazon.com.

 

2. Locate the left edge of the search bar, click little arrow next to "All", then click "Books".

 

3. Now click "Go".

 

4. Scroll down until you see Amazon Prime in the lefthand toolbar. Click the "Prime Eligible" box.

 

5. In the following page, in the Format area, click the header marked "Kindle Edition".

 

At this point you are finally able to view every single book Amazon allows you to check out as part of your prime membership. You've got 6 sorting options, and may want to view "Most Reviews" for best results. Amazon has their act together in most places, but they may want to tweak the steps for their customers in this area.

 

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"*****

 

Link to the original article: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2028407/how-to-browse-the-kindle-lending-library-on-your-pc.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

Penelope's comment, March 8, 2013 5:47 PM
I know it Robin! I does get easier. Indie authors--stick with it! ;)
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Upcoming Facebook Changes That Will Affect Indie Authors | Successful Self-Publishing

Upcoming Facebook Changes That Will Affect Indie Authors | Successful Self-Publishing | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
According to Social Media maven Mari Smith, Facebook is about to make changes that will affect indie authors who use the social networking site to promote their books.

Via Penelope
Robin Piggott's insight:

Going into a tailspin everytime Facebook or Google or any other major player announces changes is not going to help. You have to accept that change and rapid change at that, is part of life today in 2013.If you want to swim in the pond you had better get used to the temperature.

As you get older change gets more difficult or at least frustrating.There is so much to learn about life on the Web especially if you are about to launch your stuff on the Internet for the first time. Yes it will take time ...there is no such thing as an overnight success on the  the Web. Answer is... take a deep breath and get stuck in and just accept that you're probably way ahead of most others .Get going and take action,especially if you are a serial procrastinator!

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Penelope's curator insight, March 7, 2013 12:17 PM

 

I don't usually scoop on this day, but this was a true scooper!

 

Facebook is holding a press conference next Thursday apparently to unveil an all-new News Feed for both mobile and desktop. Maybe with filtered streams other than Top Stories or most recent? Possibly even a single column Timeline rollout. These include a Photos feed of Facebook and Instagram photos (Think: author photos and book cover photos). Cool!

 

Also, check out Facebook's "Graph Search". Click through to the article to find out how to get your Facebook author page "Graph Search ready". It is supposed to excite users with thousands of ways to search for things related to our interests and friends.

 

What could this mean for us authors? Instantaneous updates of our photos to mobile phones and desktops from our FB pages!

 

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

 

Link to the original article: http://selfpublishingadvice.org/blog/upcoming-facebook-changes-that-will-affect-indie-authors/

 

Penelope's comment, March 8, 2013 6:01 PM
Very true Robin! We cannot be waiting with bated breath for every announcement from FB or Google. Just keep moving forward in whatever you know you're supposed to be doing! Great insight! ;)
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Social media workshops, courses, strategy & keynote speaking

Social media workshops, courses, strategy & keynote speaking | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
Keynote speaking on social media, online marketing and social media strategy in Australia and internationally by Steven Lewis | Taleist.
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Steven Lewis is a breath of fresh air. His current post on the meaningful-ness of self publishing and the accompanying Video/Audio of a recent presentation he gave is entertaining, informative and incisive.His Kamikazi Pilot analogy had me in fits, as it did his audience.There is some difficulty with the link to this post so just go to the site URL and trawl till you find it . It will be well wort the trouble.

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Indie Authors: Be Truly Independent | The Alexandria Papers

Indie Authors: Be Truly Independent | The Alexandria Papers | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
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For those of us getting an Ebook ready for publishing on KIndle there is an almost endless supply of books on KIndle explaining how to format. I've bought more "How to Format for Kindle" books than wet days in the West of Ireland.All take different apooroaches.

 

Some say it can be done in five minutes, others say you need to take time, care and multiple pots of coffee. It certainly is something of a minefield, especially if you've not been online forever and are still mystified by terms such as HTML, CSS,TOC and so on.

 

Here's an established Author who has formatted a multiplicity of books and has it down to a tee. So what's that got to do with you? Well friends on her blog, ilustrated above, she goes into great detail about how to do your own formatting .She writes clearly  and with no nonsense .For sure there is a certain level of techie stuff but if you take your time you'll get there in the end.

I found this  series of extensive blog posts every bit as good as all the books on the subject that I have read and I venture to suggest that you will to. Thoroughly recommended!

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Understanding Self-Publishing

Understanding Self-Publishing | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it

Want to understand self-publishing?  It only takes five books to see what all of the fuss is about.


Via Marianela Camacho Alfaro
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This is a really great article on indiereader.com giving the low -down on the rise and rise of selfpublishing and the incredibly short-sightedness of the traditional Publishing Industry.

 

Actually reading what happened to five different Authors when they dipped into indie publishing says it all in one concise article .The reasons for selfpublishing being the way to go from here on in are indisputable.

If this doesn't encourage you to get pounding that keyboard then nothing will.It certainly has got me off my butt in a big way.

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Marianela Camacho Alfaro's curator insight, October 16, 2013 6:59 AM

Like Freethy, Carrey had other options. His decision to self-publish suggests that the perceived stigma of self-publishing has diminished in the mainstream. Carrey is an indie author in a sense more common to the film world: someone who wants complete control of his vision.

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Kobo Cull Self-Published Titles In Knee-jerk Response To Tabloid Clickbait

Kobo Cull Self-Published Titles In Knee-jerk Response To Tabloid Clickbait | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
A media firestorm erupted in the UK on Sunday after a tabloid story about WH Smith selling “filth” alongside books aimed at children, which has resulted in Kobo culling huge numbers of self-publish...
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Davi dGaughran is an insightful writer and analyst.  His posts on everything related to self publishing are essential reading for all Self Publishing Authors. The Online  retailers.firestorm can only run and run.

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Amazon sells amateur literature that glorifies rape, incest on Kindle

Amazon sells amateur literature that glorifies rape, incest on Kindle | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
Online retailer Amazon has been profiting from the sale of disturbing Kindle books promoting child abuse, incest, rape and even bestiality.

Via Darcy Delaproser
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Having read the article regarding the publication of, what can only be described as sickening and disgusting drivel,I am more than a little surprised that Amazon didn't pick up on this before it hit the headlines.

Along with several other Reviewers some months back, I pointed out through reviews that one Author was putting up total drivel as well as plagiarised content.This wasn''t in the genre desribed above but wa salmost equally offensive to any hard working writer and self publisher.It wasn't long before all this author's content was removed.However his AUthor page is still functioning with the titles just being labelled Unavailable..

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out over the next while.Personally  I want to vomit when I see badly written and badly formatted books published on Amazon Kindle and there are mountains of them . I feel no obligation to not review these titles because of  the damage that negative reviews bring down upon these  so called Authors.

Maybe, given time and a shed load of negative reviews which therefore consign a book to oblivion some of these "Slap it Up" merchants will find another use of their time. Amazon needs to get tougher with this type of crap!

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How to Edit Your Own Work Before You Self-Publish Your Book

How to Edit Your Own Work Before You Self-Publish Your Book | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
Writing coach and indie writer Derbhile Graham shares practical tips to help you make your self-published book the best it can be, even on the tightest budget.
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Way to Go~~~ The Best it Can be is definitely the Best route to take.

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How Can We Become A Great Writer

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A brief post from Baby Boomer Marketing last week where I highlighted the encouraging tips from three of the Authors I follow and respect Raymond Le Blanc;Connie Brentford and Hugh Howey.The Howey Interview by Copyblogger is both inspiring and instructive!

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BBC Weather : Limerick

Limerick detailed forecast and a 10 day further ahead view.
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Amazon Kindle Publisher

Introduction to the Amazon Kindle Publishing platform for writers who wish to selfpublish instantly
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Just testing this new platform

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Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing - Step Four: Book Cover & Book Description

Deanna Lynn Sletten: Tips for Self-Publishing - Step Four: Book Cover & Book Description | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it

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Penelope's curator insight, January 29, 2013 1:00 PM

 

I believe I see more questions on this one issue more than any other. How do I make a cover for this wonderful book that I just wrote and want to upload to the Kindle marketplace? This article sews up the loose ends of self-publishing very nicely and gives some great ideas on creating a masterpiece cover and book description that will grab the attention of millions of possible readers.

 

You can puchase a professional stock photo and add your book title, subtitle, and author name onto it, but are you a graphic designer? Do you have an eye for color, design, layout, and all the elements that make a good cover pop? I know I don't, and I use the services of a wonderful designer for very little. Check around on Fiverr, Odesk, Elance or Guru. The author recommends Tugboat Design for a professional cover. You have to remember that the readers are scrolling through hundreds and hundreds of covers (small thumbnail pictures) and it had better grab them in 1 or 2 seconds.

 

The other non-negotiable is to write up a description for your book, that will give the readers a "birds-eye" view of what your book is all about. Don't slap up a one or two liner and think that's going to do the trick. What would you be looking for as a reader? Don't you want to know if the book is going to be worthwhile or totally waste your time?

 

In summary, take the time to create or outsource a beautiful cover, a captivating description of your book (written in third person if fiction), and you will be on your way to being a successful, published author on Amazon.

 

  

*****This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing for Kindle"*****

 

Link to the original article: http://www.deannalynnsletten.com/2012/09/tips-for-self-publishing-step-four-book.html

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Kindle Formatting Formula - eBookLister

Kindle Formatting Formula - eBookLister | Self Publishing as a Newbie | Scoop.it
eBookLister.net provides Free and Bargain Kindle books Every Day.
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Good book for the beginner.It was one of the first I bought when I joined the Kindle Lemming Drive in May 2012.

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