Who are Your Readers – and Your Competition?


mariathermann:

Here’s more sound advice from Doris at Savvy Writers & ebook international. One word of warning though, start saving up now to have your genes cloned, for it takes at least a triplet version of each author to get through the workload of writing one’s novel and promoting it effectively.

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:

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Authors often do very little research to really understand who their potential audience is – or could be.  Asking them: “Who is your audience and who is your competition?” one might receive only vague answers …  However, these are essential questions that are not only very important for self-publishers, but also for authors who want to go with a traditional publisher!  They need to proof to the agent or the publisher that they have done their homework.
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How Can You Research Your Competition?
First of all make a long list with possible keywords that readers might use to find a similar book.
Check out the complete categories / genres at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, Kobo, Apple, Sony, Google Books, Waterstones etc. and study all the books, that could be akin to your future work. Visit several public libraries to learn about your competition. Borrow the most interesting ones…

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Twimagination’s as dead as a Dodo


Edwards'_Dodo public domainBeware, this is a rant! Twimagination is as dead as a dodo as far as I’m concerned.

I’m not having a good time with technology this week.

Firstly, it took me ages to find a WordPress template that would at least vaguely work for my new German language blog Inspektor Beagle ermittelt.

Secondly, I have just wasted my valuable time signing up to Twimagination, Twitter’s new application for authors and poets. If you launch a new application aimed at one of the largest user groups on your platform, it seems like a good idea to test the wretched thing actually works, wouldn’t you agree? Not the Tweet-Empire.

So far there are less than 500 authors on it by the looks of it (I called up English and German language options), so perhaps others like me tried and gave up or word is out that it’s not a good place to be. Who knows. What I do know is that I shan’t be back.

What’s worse, after advertising grandly that one can upload one’s book links with cover, description and blurb, the wretched thing won’t work. Try browsing and then uploading a cover for your book and you’ll see what I mean. Naturally, the Tweet Team have NOT installed a friendly HELP button anywhere, so I’ve simply written a rude message to my own timeline and hope that somebody way more tech savvy will see it and give Twitter what for, as they say in English.

What has irritated me more than anything is that there is no proper explanation anywhere of what one is to do to use the new application to its full potential. We don’t all work at Twitter, are probably not all related to their cyber geeks…so how are we to know what Twitter intended us to do, especially when things don’t work as they should do?

Even more irritating, when you add the link to your book into the little box, a message comes up that tells you Twitter may alter the link to another online bookseller, if that happens to be one of their partners. This means if you’re trying to point readers to your print edition or promote yourself as a writer for a specific publisher, Twitter may well alter it to $0.99 or ebook edition on Ebay, where somebody else may have illegally posted it, just because Twitter’s got a partnership with Kindle or whoever they partner with. The whole point of using this damn platform for brand building and promotional purposes from a writer’s point of view is to use social media more effectively, and to target a specific market segment, while at the same time showcasing one’s work to a wider audience.

Twimagination clearly has a lot to learn when it comes to writers’ imagination and aspirations for their work.

And, while I’m ranting about bl**dy cheeky platforms, would you believe those awful Wattpad people apparently tried to link to my post Bye Bye Red Room! Deleted at this end faster than you can say sign-up-with-Jukepopserials-you-guys for there you’ll be treated with respect.

 

 

50 Web Links to Let Your Book Go Viral!


mariathermann:

Here is an updated list from Doris at Savvy Writers for all you loverly writers out there who want to promote their books. Stay clear of Wattpad, if you are a writer of anything other than teenage sex/romp/vampire/film&popstar romps and dippy fan fiction.

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:

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PART ONE Tips to “Advertise” your Book for FREE:  Forums / Networks / Book Communities / Book Bloggers – all this means free show casing of your book and free PR.  

For your book to sell, you need to create the demand. You need an audience, a platform – which you will get when your book is showing up on many websites and forums, visible to readers, bloggers and to book reviewers.

Here are fifty links to top websites for you and tomorrow’s blog post will bring you even more!

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  1.        http://www.wattpad.com/
  2.        http://www.kindlemojo.com
  3.        http://blog.booksontheknob.org/
  4.        http://www.askdavid.com/free-book-promotio
  5.        http://www.goodreads.com/
  6.        http://www.booktalk.org/
  7.        http://www.booktalk.com/authors/
  8.        http://www.librarything.com/
  9.        http://www.shelfari.com/
  10.        http://authonomy.com
  11.        http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums

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Introducing Broadcast


mariathermann:

Jukepopserials is becoming a better and bigger writers’ and readers’ platform by the minute! Virtually every month something new is being introduced that will help both sides to have a better reading and writing experience. If you are writer who wants to get exposure for their work but you haven’t completed a novel yet, this is the place for you to get some real constructive feedback, not just a “like” click that is in the greater scheme of things rather meaningless. If you are an avid reader and would love to see “novels in the making”, this is the site for you, too. There are some incredibly talented people showcasing their work on this site (no, I’m not talking about me here!), so have a look at it…and I have no doubt you’ll enjoy the chapter by chapter experience.

Originally posted on JukePop Serials:

Following up on our latest site update to make our growing community of authors and readers more engaging, we now introduce the “broadcast” feature–a way to directly send a message to all your followers or those you follow!

Our previous update enabled the community feed and personal feed, two display columns which track most of the activity around the site, including individual comments on serials. These tools are great if you want to see what other people are saying about the serials you’ve never read, or if you want to participate in discussions about your favorite chapters. But what if you want to make a general announcement? Not just a comment on a single chapter or review, but a comment concerning multiple chapters or serials, or even something else?

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Personal Wall for Announcements to Followers

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Friend’s Wall for Leaving Messages

This is where the broadcast feature comes in. With broadcast…

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6 Social Media Sites, Essential for Writers


mariathermann:

Once again excellent advice from Doris at Savvy Writers & e-Book about effective use of social media for writers. What would we do without you, Doris?

Originally posted on Savvy Writers & e-Books online:

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Going through my list of tweets for the day, I paused at this one:
1. Why engage in yet another social media when I am already on Twitter, Pinterest & Facebook ?
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It reminded me of other statements from new writers, I hear on a daily basis:
2. None of my friends is on Google+ …
3. I have a website, why should I additionally have a blog?
4. Writing my book, I don’t have time for all these Social Media…

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Answer for question 1 and 2 – Google+
This says it all: Google+ = Google, the famous Search Engine… You don’t join Google+ to meet your friends and family as you do on Facebook!  You join to improve your Search Engine Ranking: As the main search engine, Google indexes and ranks its own site much higher than any other content. Google+ posts – with a…

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