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How to Use Twitter to Find and Engage Book Reviewers

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Today’s guest post is by Ricardo Fayet, one of the founders of Reedsy:

“You need to be on Twitter.” That might be one of the most common phrases I’ve heard at social media workshops and conferences for authors. Why? “Because everyone is on Twitter!”

But what is it that you can do effectively on this massive social network? Tweeting about your book or promoting your latest blog post doesn’t work anymore. The growth of Twitter has led to a significant reduction in click-through rates and made tweets far less effective. You are going to get more visits to your author website if 100 people see it on their Facebook feed than if 1,000 people see it on Twitter.

Another problem is that so many authors can be stumped when thinking of new ways to use social networks like Twitter. Often when they try it out and see how little engagement there is from their audience, many authors despair. But fear not! Twitter can still be extremely useful in building relationships with influencers and reviewers. Continue Reading…

Using Beta Readers to Help You Write Your Best Novel

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Today’s guest post is by editor and writer Stuart Horwitz:

Writing is an act of communication, so it is only natural that you would want to show your work to other people. So then the questions arise: When should I show my work to beta readers? What should I show them? And how can I manage the process so that I get the most out of it?

Let’s back up for a second and define what a beta reader is. A beta reader is an individual who reads your work before it is finished and offers you feedback. Not just any feedback though—constructive feedback. Useful, motivating, eye-opening feedback. Well, that’s the way it’s supposed to work.

When I teach a writing class, I mention there are two things you’re not allowed to say about someone’s work. You can’t say “I love it,” and you can’t say “I guess I’m just not your audience” (which is code for “I hate it”). Continue Reading…

Introducing Authors’ New, Free Entry into Libraries: SELF-e

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Today’s guest post is by journalist and publishing consultant Porter Anderson:

Main SELF-eAt the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York this month, I had the pleasure of presenting some of the best news for independent authors this year: the roll-out of the SELF-e program from Library Journal and BiblioBoard.

SELF-e is an all-new discovery platform that authors can use to get their ebooks into the American library system. Here’s how it works.

The SELF-e project is a client of my consultancy, Porter Anderson Media, and I’m delighted that C.S. Lakin has invited me to tell you about it here at her site. Thanks, Susanne.

To be clear, as a consultancy client, Library Journal pays me a retainer, not an affiliate fee. That means there’s no incentive here for me to rack up lots of new authors for SELF-e. My role is simply to let writers know about this new opportunity. I want you to have the information you need to evaluate SELF-e and decide whether it’s right for you. Continue Reading…

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