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Using Twitter: are you a writer, a brand, or a salesman?

Using Twitter: are you a writer, a brand, or a salesman? | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
I recently wrote a few blog posts to help some of the people that I had met on forums to get to grips with Twitter. I said from the start that I am no expert, but over the last ten weeks or so since I launched Only the Innocent I have learned a lot more about Twitter which I’ve tried to share with other indie publishers. I got some great feedback to the earlier posts, and some very interesting comments – which have cast a slightly different light on things.
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Five Reasons for Writers to Blog

Five Reasons for Writers to Blog | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

If you’re looking for a way to get rich quick, blogging is not for you. You have more chance of getting rich by buying a bit of land and panning for gold or buying a lottery scratch card every day, and certainly learning how to play the stock market would be more productive.

 

Sure there are all those stories about people who have become famous, sold tonnes of books, got a screen deal, but really how many of those are there? Name me some. It’s like anything, a few talented people make it big by being in the right place at the right time, and an infinite number more don’t.

 

So I’m not saying don’t do it, I’m saying don’t do it if your only motivation is fame and fortune. There are other perfectly valid and highly motivating reasons to blog other than money. Here are my top five.

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Facebook for Writers: Gripes, Tips (Part1) | The Loneliest Planet by Randy Ross

Facebook for Writers: Gripes, Tips (Part1) | The Loneliest Planet by Randy Ross | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
2014 Update: Facebook for writers. Includes the bad news, posting tips, and why you may not want an author page.
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How to Succeed as a Self-Published Writer – a Conversation with David Gaughran | Lateral Action

How to Succeed as a Self-Published Writer – a Conversation with David Gaughran | Lateral Action | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
Self-publishing expert David Gaughran on the opportunities of a 'golden era' for writers' and his new book Let's Get Visible.
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Punk Poet John Cooper Clarke returns to Salford roots as honorary graduate - Manchester Gazette

Punk Poet John Cooper Clarke returns to Salford roots as honorary graduate - Manchester Gazette | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

One of the leading voices of punk and youth culture of the late 1970s is among this year’s honorary graduates from the University of Salford.

 

As part of the University’s 2013 graduation ceremonies, Salfordian ‘Punk Poet’ John Cooper Clarke will receive a doctorate of arts on Thursday 18 July, in recognition of a career which has spanned five decades, bringing poetry to non-traditional audiences and influencing musicians and comedians such as the Arctic Monkeys, Jarvis Cocker, Steve Coogan and Bill Bailey.

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7 Ways Friends Can Support Your Book (and How To Ask For Their Help) - The Savvy Book Marketer

7 Ways Friends Can Support Your Book (and How To Ask For Their Help) - The Savvy Book Marketer | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

In today's guest post, book publicity expert Sandra Beckwith shares some great ideas for enlisting friends (and colleagues) to help spread the word about your book, without being a pest.

7 Ways Friends Can Support Your Book (and How To Ask For Their Help)

by Sandra Beckwith

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Online Publishing – OCW KU Leuven

Online Publishing – OCW KU Leuven | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

In this course, we will familiarize ourselves with state-of-the-art online publishing techniques and relevant cultural issues. This entails both a technical and theoretical component: hands-on practice with online publishing tools are balanced by a meaningful theoretical reflection on the phenomena discussed. The students will learn to plan, create, setup and manage a website.

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Useful free course for the technical skills needed to self-publish.

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Author Program - use Goodreads to promote yourself and your books

The Goodreads Author Program is a completely free feature designed to help authors reach their target audience — passionate readers. This is the perfect place for new and established authors to promote their books.

 

The Author Program is designed for people with published books, or who are in the process of publishing a book. It's best if your work is on a bookseller's website, such as Amazon.com or BN.com, but we will accept any author who has published a book. This includes authors from other countries as well as authors who are self-published (such as through Barnes & Noble pubit! or services like Lulu). If your book is self-published and is not yet in the Goodreads database, you may manually add it.

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New Book Discovery Tool Helps Authors and Publishers Share Excerpts | Digital Book World

New Book Discovery Tool Helps Authors and Publishers Share Excerpts | Digital Book World | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
[Press Release] DAB (Discover a Book) announces a low cost service for self-published authors that puts an excerpt of their book in front of key book buyers
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20% off all items on Lulu.com until 5 October

20% off all items on Lulu.com until 5 October | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

20% off all items on Lulu.com until 5 October.  Time for that book project yourself or maybe buy someone else's. For example "Outside Looking In" by Bernard Young (Paperback). Visit the Lulu Marketplace for product details, ratings, and reviews.

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15% off any order on Lulu.com to 21 Sept 2012

15% off any order on Lulu.com to 21 Sept 2012 | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

15% off any order on Lulu.com to 21 Sept 2012 with code PIRATA. Buy "Outside Looking In" maybe? http://www.lulu.com/shop/bernard-young/outside-looking-in/paperback/product-20369094.html

 

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10 hurdles as ‘old media’ dream of digital success

10 hurdles as ‘old media’ dream of digital success | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

It is 10 years since US learning luminary Marc Prensky wrote his seminal work about “digital natives” (those born digital) and “digital immigrants” (the rest of us). He might, of course, have been addressing the challenges of traditional media companies as they struggle in a world of hyperactive digital natives. Here are Colin Morrison's 10 Thoughts for immigrants…

 

(I prefer the digital residents and tourists concept more).

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Want a book deal? Get on Facebook

Want a book deal? Get on Facebook | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
Recent news from Independent.ie shows exactly how budding authors can advertise themselves through Facebook, thereby allowing publishers to know all about their talent.
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Theresa Cramer: 5 Tips For Self Publishing

Theresa Cramer: 5 Tips For Self Publishing | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

Theresa Cramer is an editor by day and an author by night. After she is done putting together EContent magazine and its website, she goes into creative mode to work on her Fiona Blake mystery series.

 

She self-published the first, Fiona vs the Foot Tickler, and here she shares what she learned, as well as her professional publisher’s take on bringing out a great Paper.li.

 

She has two, The EContent Daily and the DIY Daily: Self-Publishers Unite.

 

What can you share with other self-publishers?

 

1 Target your audience! No matter what you’re publishing, from an ebook to a blog to a Paper.li, if you can hone in a specific audience, you’ll find success.

2 Be engaged! Social media makes your life so much easier when it comes to marketing, but if you’re not engaged, and your heart isn’t in it, then everyone will know.

3 Price matters! On the one hand you want to encourage readers to try your work, but lately there has been a lot of talk about not underselling yourself. It’s a difficult balance, but it’s worth paying attention to.

4 Quality matters! If your book stinks, no one wants to read it. And if it’s riddled with errors, people will feel cheated. So do your best to put out a quality product.

5 Don’t expect too much! Whether you’re self-publishing or you’ve got a book deal, the truth is, making a living as a book author is tough. Remember, slow and steady wins the race!

 

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Self Promotion for Writers | The Loneliest Planet by Randy Ross

Self Promotion for Writers | The Loneliest Planet by Randy Ross | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
Enhance your book platform whether you're a fiction or non-fiction writer.
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Facebook for Writers: Part II | The Loneliest Planet by Randy Ross

Facebook for Writers: Part II | The Loneliest Planet by Randy Ross | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
Recent changes to Facebook: How writers can make the most of a bad situation.
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Some good tips and strategies.

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The Poetry Agent's curator insight, March 12, 2014 11:42 AM
Tips applicable to any one who is marketing themselves - ie artists and craft people as well.
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The Rialto Nature Poetry Competition - closing date 30th September 2013

The Rialto Nature Poetry Competition - closing date 30th September 2013 | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

The term ‘Nature Poetry’ will be given a very wide interpretation by the judge. Closing date 30 September 2013.

1st PRIZE £1000
2nd PRIZE £500
3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2014 (worth £540)

Entry Fees £6 for your first poem £3 for each subsequent poem.

- The Competition is international and open to anyone other than Rialto team members or RSPB staff.
- Poems must have a title and must be no more than 40 lines, excluding the title, and be typed in black ink on one side of A4.
- Poems must be the original work of the entrant and must not have been published, self-published, or published on any web-site, or broadcast.
- Poems are judged anonymously so the poet’s name, address etc., MUST - NOT appear on the poem.
- Poems must be written in English.

 

For full information see: http://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/the-magazine/nature-poetry-competition-2013/

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Thoughts on writing and publishing by Kasey Edwards

Thoughts on writing and publishing by Kasey Edwards | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

When I first started writing I had a painfully romantic idea about the writing process. I fully expected that a bolt of creativity would strike me at around 2am. Always 2am. The early morning atmosphere has a certain romance that a bright sunny afternoon simply can’t match. It would compel me to leap out of bed and I’d sit at the kitchen table swilling whiskey, sucking cigarettes and furiously typing 10 000 words of pure genius before the suits had even dragged themselves out of bed to their cubicle hell.

 

But the bolt of creative lightning never came. Smoking gives me hives and I don’t like whisky very much.

 

Before long I realised that if I didn’t change my approach to writing I would become yet another person who is ‘going to write a book someday’. I decided that I needed to treat writing a book like a job. As a management consultant I often had to write reports or presentations. I didn’t wait round for the optimum writing conditions, it didn’t matter whether or not I felt inspired and drinking whiskey at your desk was against company policy. It was my job to write the report so I sat down and my desk and wrote it.

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Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade - free course started 13 May 2013

Crafting an Effective Writer: Tools of the Trade - free course started 13 May 2013 | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
We are a social entrepreneurship company that partners with the top universities in the world to offer courses online for anyone to take, for free.

 

About the Course

Learn to become an effective builder of sentences using the basic tools of grammar, punctuation, and writing. By dedicating yourself to the craft of writing, you will learn to develop the four basic sentence types into a well-organized, detailed paragraph. This course is designed for anyone who wants to become a better writer. If you need to write more clearly for work, prepare for a placement test for a college, or improve your skills for current writing projects, this class will definitely be beneficial.

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This is just one of many courses on offer.

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How To Get Found On YouTube | Search Engine People | Toronto

How To Get Found On YouTube | Search Engine People | Toronto | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
How to post videos on YouTube. 8 tips & tricks to getting found amongst the 1.5 million business-related searches on YouTube each week.
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What has video got to do with self-publishing?  Well if you want to sell anything video is a good way and youtube is the most popular engine.

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17 Tips on How to Market Your Books Online

17 Tips on How to Market Your Books Online | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
Includes social networking, where to sell digital books and how to check out the effectiveness of your websites.
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Wikimedia enables ebook export feature on Wikipedia for your offline reading pleasure

Wikimedia announced that it has enabled a new EPUB export feature on Wikipedia, but only on the English version of the site. You can use the new feature to collate your personal collection of Wikipedia articles and generate a free ebook, which can then in turn be read on your mobile device(s).

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Able Muse Review - Print Editon (Number 13) - a review of poetry, prose and art -Summer 2012

Able Muse Review - Print Editon (Number 13) - a review of poetry, prose and art -Summer 2012 | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

Able Muse Press announces the publication of Able Muse - a review of poetry, prose and art - Summer 2012 (No. 13 - print edition)

 

Edited by Alexander Pepple - Featured Poet: David Mason; Featured Artist: Alper Çukur. Includes honorable-mention poems from the 2011 Able Muse Write Prize, and the winning story and poem from the 2011 Able Muse/ Eratosphere 30-Day Workshop. With poetry, fiction, essays, book reviews, interviews, art & photography from Wendy Videlock, Catharine Savage Brosman, Timothy Murphy, Jennifer Reeser, Richard Wakefield, Julie Bruck, M.A. Schaffner, Ned Balbo, Jay Rogoff, Anna M. Evans, Kim Bridgford, Gale Acuff, Brian Culhane, Reginald Dwayne Betts, Michael George, Bruce Bromley and others.

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Free Online Survey Tools - Reviews

Free Online Survey Tools - Reviews | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

OK this is stretching it in relation to social media marketing for artists, but any marketing requires some customer feedback from time to time.  This article reviews 3 free online survey tools. These are freemium services.  Free options with a premium paid for premium service.

 

Make sure you keep a back up of any surveys that you create.  I used a free service, kwiksurvey.com, which got hacked and went bust and I didn't have a backup copy of the survey that I had spent ages online putting together.

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Ranjith Kumar's comment, October 31, 2012 10:07 AM
Survey Face is a free online Survey tool, offers unlimited surveys, responses, Address book maintenance, Track responses and reminders, Automatic response alerts, PDF, EXCEL, CSV, HTML and XML Reports, Share Results, Password Protection and much more. You can visit Survey Face at http://www.surveyface.com
vino's comment, November 21, 2012 11:00 AM
User friendly survey sites which offers plenty of services at free of cost is very much essential nowadays. Survey face site belongs to such a kind of online survey tool. For further details regarding this site visit http://www.surveyface.com
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A High Tech Way To Make Your eBook Go Viral

A High Tech Way To Make Your eBook Go Viral | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it

This is a detailed how to guide for adding an email form to a website that sends a message with link to your ebook to a friend of the person who has just read it.  I am bookmarking it for the PHP code but it is also a useful concept that could be carried out in many ways.  The key is simply to include a live short URL link in your ebook (with instructions that it will only work if you are on an internet connected ereader) that takes the reader to a page that will send an email. Interesting! Obvious?

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The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy

The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy | Self-Publishing Help | Scoop.it
The growing business of self-published books has spawned an industry in which hired reviewers produce favorable online reviews.

 

Rutherford thought, Instead of trying to cajole others to review a client’s work, why not cut out the middleman and write the review himself? Then it would say exactly what the client wanted — that it was a terrific book. A shattering novel. A classic memoir. Will change your life. Lyrical and gripping, Stunning and compelling. Or words to that effect. In the fall of 2010, Mr. Rutherford started a Web site, GettingBookReviews.com. At first, he advertised that he would review a book for $99...

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