This Week in the Blogs, July 28 – August 3

by Joel Friedlander on August 4, 2013 · 5 comments

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Here we are in August already, and even though vacations are in full swing, there’s no denying the summer season is going to be drawing to a close. Today you’ll get a full serving of marketing goodness, courtesy of some outstanding blogs, so if you’ve been wondering how to sell more of your books, you’ve come to the right place.

Kimberly Grabas on Your Writer Platform
71 Ways to Promote and Market Your Book
“The best time to design and implement your marketing plan of action is before you even start writing your book. It takes time to build relationships, learn your readers wants and needs and develop a base of rabid fans that clamour for more. Grow your readership as you write your book, and when it’s time to launch your baby, you’ll already have an invested and eager audience waiting.”

Suw Charman-Anderson on Forbes.com
Book Country: Developing Authors And Audiences
“Penguin Random House has recently relaunched its writing community Book Country, opening it up to authors working in more genres, and adding an ebook store for those interested in self-publishing.”

Catherine Tosko on Self-Publishing Review
The Dilemma of Dumbing It Down for e-Book Sales
“Self-publishing a book can be a labor of love and for some of us, it’s what we live for. But why is it so many people now fancy themselves an author? And why is it that so many simple and frankly unreadable works are hitting the Amazon e-book charts? Should we all join in and get stupid?”

Lindsay Buroker on Lindsay Buroker
How To Win Followers and Influence Readers on Wattpad
“By now most people here know that Wattpad is an online community for reading and sharing stories. It has a highly active base of readers/writers and allows them to build reading lists, vote for and comment on individual chapters, “follow” their favorite authors, and interact with other reader/writers via both public and private messages. For me, Wattpad has been a wickedly fantastic way to connect with readers, sell books, and build toward that holy grail of 1,000 true fans.”

Donna Fasano on Indies Unlimited
Book Promotion 101 – 7 Critical Marketing Principles for Authors
“Promotion, especially for new Indie Authors, can look like a harrowing hike up Mount Kilimanjaro—fraught with slippery slopes, hair-raising heights, and dangerous cliffs. But it doesn’t have to be, not if you take it one step at a time. So let’s tighten our bootstraps and take a little hike.”

Ksenia Anske on Ksenia Anske Fantasy Writer
Choosing Fonts for Your Self-Published Book
“What I will give you here is a quick summary on top font choices applicable to both print and digital book versions for your reference for later, when you don’t have time to look for a gazillion smart sources and just want one clear answer and be done with it.”

Templates on Sale at BookDesignTemplates.com

Well, we had no sooner launched our new children’s book design templates than the biggest outage I’ve ever seen hit the blogosphere. Bluehost, who hosts this blog, along with its sister companies including Hostgator, went down, taking millions of blogs and websites with them.

It took hours—most of the day in some cases—before service was restored. Thousands of people who clicked through the links in my post or in an email found… nothing.

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But it won’t last forever, only until Monday at midnight Pacific time.

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    Raymond August 4, 2013 at 7:53 am

    As an author and blogger, I love this weekly post. Great information that continues to increase the bloggers I follow! Thanks Joel

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    Joel Friedlander August 4, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Thanks, Raymond, it’s fun to put together, and especially to find new voices like Catherine Tosko and Donna Fasano, who have never appeared in these posts before. Thanks for reading!

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    Ksenia Anske August 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you so much for including my post here! I’m honored.

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    Kimberley Grabas August 4, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Thanks for adding my article, Joel! I too was hit by the outage, but managed to sneak this article out between the down-up-down again shenanigans!

    And thanks for making the decision to get the “Story” Children’s book template a no brainer! :)

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