Connect to Your Fans and Followers with the New Social Icons Widget

This is quite interesting, WordPress users! A new widget. I really need to find out how this works. 🙂

The WordPress.com Blog

We’re excited to introduce the new Social Icons Widget, which allows you to connect with visitors on your favorite social media networks.

The new widget supports over 40 popular social platforms, from the ubiquitous Facebook and Twitter, to crafter haven Etsy, to artsy enclaves like DeviantArt and Dribbble. Highlight music or podcasts through SoundCloud or iTunes, or connect with your community via Meetup or Yelp. Business owners will also appreciate being able to hook up their company’s LinkedIn page.

The new widget offers more flexibility, letting you choose from among three icon sizes: small, medium, and large. Pick the one that looks best on your site! You can even drag-and-drop the links in your Customizer to reorder your social icons.

Drag and drop social icons

Activate it now by going to My Site → Customize → Widgets. For self-hosted WordPress users, this new widget will be available in Jetpack soon.

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Video: Basic Setup Process of a Book on Createspace

Rachael Ritchey has taken time to provide us with a step-by-step guide to use CreateSpace. I’m thrilled and I’m sure many other debut novelists are too! Thank you so much Rachael!! You rock!

Fiction by Rachael Ritchey

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I know it’s been too long since I last touched on this great series: How Not to Get Overwhelmed with Indie Publishing, but life hasn’t slowed down all summer long! 🙂 I’ve finally got a video tutorial put together for you on the basics of setting up a Createspace account and first book for publishing.


Here are the picture steps to walk through. Really, everything here is fairly self-explanatory. If you have questions, please ask and I’ll help you find the answer.  🙂

  1) Sign up for the free account then log in w/your email address and password.

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2) Add New TitleStep 02


3) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate info. (Red * means info is required)Step 03


4) Now you get to add your author name (pseudonym if that’s how you roll!) and other pertinent info.

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5) Publication Date is NOT required right away! 🙂

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6) ISBN

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How to Add a Mailchimp Newsletter to WordPress.Com Blog – with Style!

What an absolutely fantastic blog post about how to add a mailchimp newsletter to WordPress.com. Thank you so much for this step-by-step-guide, Aniko Carmean!

Aniko Carmean

The true gift of having a clearly defined definition of success is that you begin to find exactly what you need to achieve that success. I discovered  YOUR FIRST 1000 Copiesby Tim Grahl exactly when I needed a guide for book marketing. I want to get the word out about my books, and I want to do it without being subservient to a cumbersome system I neither understand nor enjoy. Grahl gives me a blueprint to achieve that, and having a newsletter is an integral element in his system. In this post, I share what I’ve learned about setting up a Mailchimp newsletter and integrating it into your (free) WordPress.com blog.

Here are the main points I will cover:

  • Getting started with Mailchimp
  • Customizing Your Mailchimp sign-up form to coordinate with your WordPress.com blog
    • Use Google’s built-in developer tools to find the hexidecimal code for colors on your site
    • Set the font or…

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How to add the license widget to your sidebar

A loyal reader of my blog asked me yesterday how I added the license widget to my sidebar. Since there might be others who are eventually interested in how to do that, I decided to take the time and publish a step-by-step guide.

Now: Please remember that you might have chosen another theme for your blog. Therefore don’t count on the image dimension or font size that’s given within this guide. These dimensions are for my blog and picture size to match the theme.

All right: Let’s get started:

 


1. Download the license .jpg to your computer picture library.

 

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2. Go to your WordPress “Admin” Page and click “Appearance”.

3. Then pick “Widgets” and scroll down to “Image”.

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4. Click on the “Image” button and drag it up to the sidebar. Place it where you want the license to appear.

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5. Click onto the “Image” button to open the widget, by using the “arrow” on the right side.

 

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6. Download the “license” image to your media file and add its URL to the sidebar.

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7. After downloading it, you got the “dimension” there which you can change by clicking the “Edit image” button.

8. The URL of the picture you can find direction underneath the “dimensions” on the right side. Copy and paste it into the widget.

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9. Add the license text to the “caption” of the sidebar. Adjust it where necessary, insert your name, your blog name and the year.

 

The works on this blog are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.  ©…………………………………..(add your name) and ………………………………. (add your blog name), 20XX and following years. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited and violates copyright laws in the country you are reading this work in as well as in the country you are trying to re-publish this work in. Re-blogs are accepted if they are clearly linked to this blog and its respective post. ………………………………………(Add your name), 20XX

 

10. Change the picture size in the widget if necessary. You want it to fit into your blog theme. If you leave it empty, WordPress will adjust the image size and it might be over dimensionally blown up.

11. As soon as you’re done and completed the widget, don’t forget to SAVE your work and close it.

12. Last but not least: Go to your WordPress blog and open it. If done everything right, your Sidebar widget should look similar to this now:

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I hope this guide is of any use for new bloggers. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them, either in the comment section or by using the form widget in my sidebar, which will contact my email.

Have a fun and exciting “widget”-time!

Warm regards

A. J. Alexander

 

How to Make a PDF Cover for Your CreateSpace Book

I found this excellent step-by-step guide on how to create a PDF cover for CreateSpace. It has been written by Jo Robinson and I find it extremely helpful for first time self publishers.

Lit World Interviews

When you’re ready to have your book printed with CreateSpace and you’re planning on tackling the cover on your own it can seem rather daunting. It certainly terrified me to begin with and I only very recently updated my covers from the originals I made using the CreateSpace online cover creator. There’s nothing wrong with using that though. It depends on you entirely. Today I’ll show you how to make a PDF cover using their downloadable template. Once you’ve finished the interior of your book and have the final page count, go to the CreateSpace Template Generator and fill in all the required fields.

  • Click on screenshots to enlarge.

Build Template

Click on Build Template and it will download a zipped file containing two templates. One PDF and one PNG. Drag the PNG across to the folder that you’ve allocated for all the elements of your cover design.

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For some reason these…

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