Book Marketing: 5 Ways To Stand Out As An Author On Social Media – Written By Eevi Jones

There’s an excellent blog post on ‘The Creative Penn’, written by Eevi Jones, about how to stand out as an author on Social Media. Thank you, Eevi!


It can be overwhelming for authors to manage all that’s involved in marketing our books.

In this article, Eevi Jones shares five easy ways to make the most of your social media branding so that those accounts are doing some of the work for you.

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How to Schedule a Week’s Worth of Social Media Posts in 30 Minutes – Written By Jenn Hanson-dePaula

On the “Mixtus Media” blog I found a great article, written by Jenn Hanson-dePaula. She provides us with advice about saving time working on our Social Media accounts. Thank you very much Jenn!


A big complaint that I hear from authors about social media is how much time it takes. They don’t want to waste what little time they do have on social media when they could be writing.

So imagine their surprise when I tell them that I spend no more than 30 minutes per week posting to social media. And about 5-10 minutes total each day responding to comments, liking posts and engaging with my audience.
Social media is very important to grow your audience, but it doesn’t need to take over your entire day.
I’d like to share my process so you can easily schedule your own social media posts ahead of time and be more productive.
So here’s what I do:

 

Step One: Outline My Buckets

Last week I shared my approach to creating content buckets to make creating content for social media so much easier. Our personal content buckets currently consist of our blog posts, an informational tip, and a quote from another author.
When I first started this process I would take a piece of paper and write out each day of the week and list which content bucket would go for each day. As you’re starting this process, that might be helpful for you to do as well.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://www.mixtusmedia.com/blog/how-to-schedule-a-weeks-worth-of-social-media-posts-in-30-minutes?

 

Author Spotlight – Ann Harrison-Barnes

 

Welcome!
Thanks for having me.

Please introduce yourself.
My name is Ann Harrison Barnes. I love writing fiction and have also written for many professional websites and freelance clients. Some of my hobbies include listening to music, podcasts, and audiobooks, spending time with my family and crocheting.

1. When did you start writing?
I started getting serious about my writing in 2003, although I dabbled in it since I was in about the fifth or sixth grade.

2. What motivates you to write?
Motivation and inspiration come in various ways, from something as simple as a snippet from a podcast or part of an episode from an old TV show to the windchimes out on my front porch and conversations with my characters.

3. What genre do you write in and what made you choose this particular genre?
I write mostly Christian mysteries, although my mysteries are turning into Christian thrillers. However, there are times when I throw in a romantic twist. I have published one children’s book and have two more that I’m working on.
The reason I write in genres like this is because I love to read Christian fiction and I love a good mystery. I often like to drift back to a time when life was simple by reading children’s books, so what better way to do this by writing them as well.

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
My goal in writing is to share the message of God’s love through a simple, yet deep story. If I can touch the life of one person through my stories, then I know I’ve done my job.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
Though I hate to admit it, I do have those moments when the muse refuses to talk to me. When I can’t think of what to write, I go outside and sit in the porch swing, if it’s warm enough, and let the windchimes, melodies within me and often times my characters talk to me. Sometimes, I have to do something else for awhile in order for the muse to take me by surprise.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
If you have a story idea that’s been bugging you for a while, especially while you’re trying to sleep, don’t be afraid to put your butt in the chair and your hands on your keyboard and start typing whatever comes to mind onto the blank document before you. If handwriting is your thing, keep a notebook close by, so you can jot down little tidbits or story ideas that come to you. I don’t care what you write, just write something to start with. The more you write, the better you can hone your craft. I’m not saying you should write every day, although this process works for many authors, but write as often as you can. I also advise new authors to join writers’ groups or connect with other writers either online or locally. The support you get from your writing friends is valuable as your own writing improves.

7. Please, tell us about your work.
My full-length novel entitled A Journey of Faith, is about a young girl who has been plagued by vivid nightmares and a voice crying for help for the last sixteen years of her life. She takes a journey to discover what tragic accident she witnessed at the innocent age of twelve, so she can conquer her fear of climbing. Was this incident an accident or was it murder?
Stories Outside the Box is a collection of tails ranging from mystery, to stories filled with a bit of heavenly magic and more. One of the mysteries will take you into a twisted digital glitch.
Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, An Electric Eclectic Book is a charming little Fairy tail with a bit of mystery and adventure as you ride along with Maggie and her friends on a fun and exciting gravy train journey. The biscuit wheels roll seamlessly down a cookie track.
Inner Vision, An Electric Eclectic Book, is a Christian fiction novelette, with a bit of mystery, adventure and a little sweet romance thrown into the mix. Kelly wakes up in a strange hospital after what she’s been told is an operation. However, when she tries to get some information about the operation, no one can tell her anything, except for one doctor who searches through her medical history to find out why she lost her sight. She and her best friend Anna must go back to the scene of the accident, in order for her to learn how to use her Inner Vision.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!
It was a pleasure being here, thanks again for having me.


Ann’s bio:

Ann Harrison-Barnes is the author of four books: A Journey of Faith, A Stepping Stones Mystery, Stories Outside the Box, Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure, an Electric Eclectic Book, and Inner Vision, an Electric Eclectic Book. She has also been published in several anthologies. Aside from her work as a Christian fiction author, Ann is a professional writer and she also crochets bookmarks and book covers to promote her books. To learn more about Ann and her work, visit her website at www.annwritesinspiration.com


Connect with Ann:

https://annwritesinspiration.com

http://bit.ly/visitEEbooks

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

https://www.facebook.com/ElectricEclecticBooks/

https://www.twitter.com/annwrites75


Ann’s books:

Stories Outside the Box:

 

 

 

 

 

Maggie’s Gravy Train Adventure: An Electric Eclectic Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inner Vision: An Electric Eclectic book

 

 

 

 

 


A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery
(Kindle)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7SCQNM
(Paperback)
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720213240

How Not to Market Your Book – 12 Rookie Mistakes – Written By Frances Caballo

Frances Caballo provided us with an excellent blog post, showing us 12 rookie mistakes and tells us what not to do in book marketing. Thank you very much Frances.


Did you just publish your first book? It’s an exciting time, isn’t it? You’re probably thinking that now it’s time to market your book.

To learn about how to market your book, you’re probably reading blog posts like mine and absorbing as much information as you can.

Writers put so much energy into writing their books that they have little time to think about marketing them until the final edit is done.

That’s when your head tends to come up and when you stop typing. You think to yourself, “It’s time to publish!”

Mistakes You Make When You Market Your Book

No. 1 – You Start Too Late

The first mistake writers make is that they focus solely on their writing and not on their marketing while they write a book.

Sure, your writing needs to be top-notch, but if you don’t start to market your book early enough, it won’t matter how well you wrote your book.

To read the entire blog post go to:

https://socialmediajustforwriters.com/how-not-to-market-your-book-12-rookie-mistakes/

Author Spotlight Phyllis Campbell

Welcome!

1. When did you start writing?

I won a short story contest when I was eleven.

 

2. What motivates you to write?

Several things motivate me to write. I write two bi-monthly columns for National Braille Press, and a monthly for the Blind Post. For these, I’m motivated to offer information. For fiction, many things influence me, an item in the news, a happening in the community, or in my own world. I try to keep a list of things that strike my interest.

 

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

My short pieces have ranged from romance to The Virginia Psychiatric Journal. My books have included my memoir, a mystery, Young Adult Inspirational, supernatural, and Christian (family) I think of a plot, and if I keep thinking about it, I write. As with what motivates me described earlier, many things may influence my choice of plot. For instance, some years ago, I was doing a short piece on the lot of women in the 1800s. At dinner, I wondered what it must have been for blind women, especially those who had ambition. “Like you,” a friend said. “They probably did even stay dead,” he further commented. “Out of the Night” supernatural was born.

 

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

I think we all secretly want a bestseller, but I would be content with steady sales, bringing a reasonable income, and that perhaps, leave something meaningful with the readers.

 

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

I seldom suffer from that dread condition. My husband has been dead for almost six years, but I can still hear him saying, “Leave it alone for a while. It will come.” I do, and it does.

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?

Try to start small. Unless you’re a JK Rowling, likely you won’t have an immediate bestseller. Be happy with that small sale, more likely small sales. Get a feel for the market, and raise the bar. Study the markets, and follow guidelines carefully. They may seem silly to us, but they’re what the editors want, and there are plenty of writers out there, who don’t care how silly they sound. Look carefully at your dreams. Be sure they are practical, and go for them. Try not to get discouraged. Look at your work, just to be sure that you haven’t missed something important. Pick yourself up, and try again.

 

7. Please, tell us about your work.

As I stated earlier, I write in many genre. If it interests me, I write about it. I have written six books, published by both traditional and self-publishers. My latest book is “Where Sheep May Safely graze” Westbow Press, available from
http://www.amazon.com/author/psc-books-all
available both in print and digital formats.
You will find a listing of my books there, along with the link to purchase. I have also written a true-crime book under contract with the family of the victim, rights belonging to them.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


About Phyllis:

Phyllis Staton Campbell, who was born blind, writes about the world she knows best. She calls on her experience as teacher of the blind, peer counselor and youth transition coordinator. She says that she lives the lives of her characters: lives of sorrow and joy; triumph and failure; hope and despair. That she and her characters sometimes see the world in a different way, adds depth to the story. She sees color in the warmth of the sun on her face, the smell of rain, the call of a cardinal, and God, in a rainbow of love and grace.
Although she was born in Amherst County, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in Staunton, Virginia, where she serves as organist at historic Faith Lutheran church, not far from the home she shared with her husband, Chuck, who waits beyond that door called death.


Connect with Phyllis:

Emails: Pcampbell16@verizon.net 
campbellphyllis17@gmail.com

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Phyllis-Campbell/e/B001KC40ZI/

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Phyllis-Staton-Campbell-361675114286715/


Books by Phyllis Campbell:

Where Sheep May Safely Graze

Customer Review
5.0 out of 5 Where Sheep May Safely Graze This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page …
ByAFBon February 24, 2018
This book was wonderful. It held my attention from the first page until the end and I did not want it to end. I hope a second book will be forth coming. Kudos to you Phyllis for the best book I have read in a long time.

Other books by Phyllis Campbell…

COME HOME MY HEART, 1985.
REPRINTED IN 2001

 

 

 

 

 

FRIENDSHIPS IN THE DARK, 1996 Reprint 1997

 

 

 

 

 

The Evil Men Do 2006, true crime, written under contract for the family of the victim.

A Place To Belong August, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Who Will hear Them Cry, April, 2012

 

 

 

 

 

Out of the Night February, 2014

 

 

Author Spotlight – Colin Guest

Welcome!

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1. When did you start writing?
After my late wife died in 2007

2. What motivates you to write?
I get pleasure from writing and hope that readers enjoy reading my books

3. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?
I write in both fiction and non-fiction. By doing so I get the best of both worlds related to writing

4. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?
I like to think that I have what it takes to write a best seller, and that one of my books will be used as the basis for a film or television series.

5. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?
No

6. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors?
When you’re writing and get stuck on how to proceed, take a break. Leave your writing then go back to it the next day with a clear head. Also, once you have completed your work, it is essential that you have it professionally edited. Don’t think for a minute that as you have used an online editing program it is not worth the cost. If you do, most likely you will be disappointed at what readers say when they read what you wrote.

7. Please, tell us about your work.
I have written and self-published seven books. I did pay for my memoir Follow in the Tigerman’s Footsteps to be published by a company I thought good. I found out to my cost it was a big mistake. This company is now listed as one not to use. As is over twelve other sites connected to them. Four of my books are now available as audiobooks, a fifth will be shortly, and my novel A Dangerous Love Affair now in the process of being made into an audiobook. In conjunction with Voyage Media, based on my memoir, I wrote a pilot episode for what they think could be used as a television series. I also write poems with several in the final four in competitions. One was made into a film.

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!


Colin Guest Bio:

As an expat who worked in fifteen countries spread through the Middle, Far East and North Africa, Colin Guest has lived a life most only dream. He has self-published seven books. Two have been made into Audiobooks, with three more due to be completed early 2019.
A number of Colin’s articles have been published in online magazines and one in a UK expat magazine. A local newspaper in Colin’s hometown in England published an article about him. In conjunction with Voyage Media, Colin prepared a pilot episode based on his memoir that they think could be suitable for a television series. Colin has taken part in several online interviwes and once took part in a live online American radio show. Colin uses his website http://www.colinguestauthor and various social media accounts to help publise his books.


Connect with Colin:

Website: https://www.colinguestauthor.com

Blog: https://www.turkmed.wordpress.com

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/Tigermanguest

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tigerman55

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/colinguest9

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9857414

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tigerman77

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tigerman105

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Colin-Guest/e/B00OM3VCLW/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1547607613&sr=1-2-ent


Colin’s Books:

 

Soul Taker On The ‘When Angels Fly’-Blog

This week I’m a guest on the ‘When Angels Fly’-Blog. Thank you so much for the great interview and the wonderful way you presented ‘Soul Taker’! I can’t thank you enough!

The post contains an interview, a book excerpt, the book description, the book links, and my social media links.


This week, we are pleased to feature on our blog, Aurora Jean Alexander, author of Soul Taker. Aurora – this blog is yours for now.

When did you start writing and how did that come about?
I doubt I can tell you one particular time or even time frame when I started writing. I felt that’s what I wanted to do. Since I lack a talent in painting and drawing I had to do something with my creativity and decided that’s the way to do it.
I’m not sure there ever was “a start”. I learned to write at the age of four and I remember developing little stories since I’m a Kindergarten kid. In school, when others complained about essays, mine were easily 6 – 10 pages long, I enjoyed it so much.

Tell us about you, what you want readers to know.

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Continue reading the post here:

https://whenangelsfly.wordpress.com/2019/01/18/soul-taker/

 

25 Sites Where You Can Download Superb Free Stock Images – Written By Derek Haines

Derek Haines provides us with 25 pages where we can download pictures for free. Thank you very much Derek. We’re grateful for your help and support!


You always need free images for your blog or social media sites

The days of using Google Image Search to find images to download is over. Apart from the quality aspect, there are problems with the ownership of images indexed by Google.

If you want photos for personal and commercial use, you need to make sure that the images you use are copyright free.

You should also check if there are any attribution required notes on the image licence.

Most royalty free images have a Creative Commons licence.

To continue to Derek’s blog post go to:

https://justpublishingadvice.com/25-sites-where-you-can-download-superb-free-stock-images/

Unaccustomed as I am…. – Guest Post By Merlin Fraser

Recently on social media, I’ve been shouted at, again, for being too serious…  ME ?

After the usual accusations of being the devil or anti-Christ I was told to Lighten Up and get a Life !!! That and to stop picking on the poor Christians who apparently are still traumatised, something to with Romans and Lions apparently.

Of course, I suppose they’re right, I can’t remember when last I did a light hearted Blog so perhaps now is as good a time as any to relate my efforts and experiences as a Public Speaker.

As writers, we all assume that one day we will be famous and rub shoulders with the social elite, to be admired by our peers and invited to all the best parties but like everything else in life you have to start at the bottom and work your way up… Right ?

We can’t all know Beyoncé or Simon Cowell for Heaven’s Sake !

Anyway, any event organisers that know their salt and expect to get the unwashed hordes to beat a path to their function know they need a top Name to Tweet about or plaster all over their Facebook Page.

They also know that anybody who is anybody is on what is known as the ‘A List.’ These are the celebrities that most people want to sleep with or just to take a ‘Selfie’ inches away from their hero, who has that ‘They don’t Pay me Enough to do This’ look in their eyes… but they manage a toothy grimace anyway.

Therefore, if you have an important event up and coming the greater the celebrity you get to attend then the better the publicity you can attract and the number of punters who will hand over the readies to get up close and personal with the celebrity.  This is of course irrespective of whatever you are promoting or trying to sell.

However, this takes money and bags of it, sure you can dumb down a bit and go for a ‘B Lister’ but you’re taking a huge PR gamble here. Any lower than‘B’and you’re really on shaky ground, I mean by the time you get down to the ‘C’s’ then you are highly likely to get a ‘Has been a Neverwas or a Neverwillbe’. You know the type, they’re the ones who will usually turn up for free to the opening of an envelope or a Kitchen Drawer !

So you can imagine my surprise to receive an invitation to speak.  What list am I on for Pity’s sake… Are there even enough letters in the alphabet I hear you ask?

‘Dear Mr. Fraser’, (Good start, at least they spelt my name right that and I saw no immediate demand for payment). It continued :

‘As a more or less famous local author would you consider coming to St. Catherine’s Day Centre for the Terminally Incontinent and Permanently Bewildered next Wednesday and give us a short talk on the subject of your local history book ?

We apologise for the extremely short notice but the woman who comes to cut their toenails is off sick and cannot make it that day.  Everyone so looks forward to her visits and we desperately need someone to step in and help avoid disappointing the inmates.

If you can come after their lunchtime nap you can entertain them before afternoon tea, Wednesday’s is Walnut cake supplied by the local Women’s Institute although we have asked them not to put walnuts in the cake because so many of our guests wear dentures, so it will probably be jam sponge’.

Of course, I could have said No!  Local celebrities such as myself… Busy Schedules you Know.  Meetings with Agents… Need much more Notice Etc. Etc. Etc…. But there again one never wants to disappoint ones public does one ?

Plus with such a warm invitation how could I turn it down.  That and the promise of cake …I mean how often does one get offered such reward in lieu of actual money ?

Anyway I, digress, as the appointed hour approached I made my way to St. Catherine’s,  having to wait for the ambulance, blue lights flashing to exit the  parking area was not a particularly good omen but we Fraser’s are made of sterner stuff…so in I marched.

I was shown into a room that had the sign DAY ROOM above the door. I must admit that it seemed a superfluous title since the whole place was a Day Centre… but Hey ! What do I know ?  

More confusion was to followed as the nurse who guide my path through the maze of Zimmer frames, wheelchairs and trolleys carrying oxygen bottles, announced that it was also the games room and TV lounge so I might have to speak up a bit to my audience.

“Are they hard of hearing ”?   I asked and immediately thought what a bloody stupid thing to say given the average age of my impending audience.

“No,” she replied, “but you will have to compete with the John Wayne War movie on the TV they don’t want it switched off”.

“They not interested in local history then ”?

“That lot over there ?  They were probably there and helped make it”! She smiled sweetly, like Day Care Nurses do, she wished me luck and disappeared.

So there I was alone, abandoned by the staff who in all probability had buggered off to put their feet up for half an hour while I held the fort.

I looked at them and they looked back…Tough Crowd, I thought. It’s times like this I wish I had a song and dance routine or could do magic tricks like making dumb author’s disappear in a puff of smoke !

Too late to back out now, here I was, I had an audience of ten hearty souls, well eight anyway, two had already nodded off, or at least I hope they were asleep, difficult to tell in places like that especially if you are not packing a mirror.

Anyway with John Wayne saving the world in one corner and me in the other things got off to a slow wobbly start, “Good afternoon… my name is Merlin Fraser and I…..”

“Who is it ”?

“Somebody called Madeline Frey something …”!

“Does she want to see our Feet”?

“She’s not seeing my feet she looks like a man…”

I coughed to trying to bring the focus back to me, “ I AM a man and I don’t want to see anybody’s feet…alright”?

“Is it Thursday..? Don’t we have Bingo on a Thursday ”!

“And Fish on Friday’s …”

“We had fish today…!”

“They told me that was Chicken”.

“Tasted like Fish…”

“Yeah always does… That was chicken… I think they put vinegar on it makes it taste like fish”.

“Ladies…” I tried to bring the room to order, “Actually it’s only Wednesday…”

“What is ”?

“Today Is…”

“So you  ‘Ave come to see our feet then….?”

Already I’m ready to give up, “Would you prefer to watch the John Wayne film ”?

“Who”?

“John Wayne ”!

“I thought you said ‘is name was Madeline something or other….”

I coughed for silence, deep breath one last supreme effort, “I’m here to talk about local History, I have written a book on the subject”.

“What ”?

“A Book…”

“What about it ”?

“Did he leave it here ”?

“Tuesday is book day…. That big Van comes…”

“Is that the one that smells of Pee ”?

“No…! That’s the Mini bus ”!

“Ladies , Ladies… I- W-R-O-T-E  T-H-E  B-O-O-K ”!

“What about ”?

“Local History …About our town.”

“What’s he sayin’ ”?

“He asking about local history….”

“OH That ! What does he want to know?  I can remember the German’s dropped a bomb what killed a Cow during the war… best stew we’d had in years…”!

My heart sank, if nothing else I know when to quit….“I’ll just pop out and see if the tea is coming!”

“Who was that ”?

“Said his name was John Wayne I think”.

“You sure ? Though John Wayne always wore a big hat… hope his horse isn’t crapping on our lawn”!

Ya know those dangling cords that you are supposed to pull only in an Emergency ?

Well I pulled it….Twice !!

But what the Hell ! I Don’t Care !   I’m still putting Public Speaker on my CV…. !

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