This Week in the Blogs, November 1 – 7, 2014

by | Nov 9, 2014

Busy days for those participating in November writing challenges as we enter the second week of the month. But, it’s always a busy time for us as we continue to learn more about self-publishing and changes in the industry, and building our author platforms to help promote our books.

But before we get to today’s articles I want to let you know about an exciting live event I’ll be hosting this week.

On Thursday, November 13th and 3:00 p.m. Eastern, I’ll welcome back Joseph Michael, “The Scrivener Coach” for another fun and fast-paced educational Webinar.

If you’ve been wondering about Scrivener—which has been called the best program for writers ever invented—this is your chance to see it up close and personal.

With his easy-to-follow style, Joseph will show you the power of this program and how it can help you reach your writing and publishing goals.

Best of all, it’s absolutely free. But like all webinars, we have limited seating, so click the graphic below to reserve your place today. I wouldn’t want you to miss it.

(Note: for the first time, we’ll show you a workflow that integrates your Scrivener project with our Book Design Templates for a complete writing and publishing solution.)

Don’t wait, secure your seat for this free live event right now. Just click the graphic below.

Scivener Webinar

Okay, here are this week’s articles:

Penny Sansevieri on Author Marketing Experts
The New Keywords on Amazon
“Keywords on Amazon are changing again. Amazon has recently rolled out Amazon “themes” – which will replace some of your keywords. Why do themes matter? Because readers search this verbiage to find the books they want. Using this tool will help you gain more exposure and visibility on Amazon!”

Frances Caballo on Social Media Just For Writers
Social Media Changes You Need to Know
“Some facet of social media is always changing…. You can depend on that.”

Catherine Ryan Howard on Catherine, Caffeinated
[Insert Annoying Self-Promoting Message Here]
“I’ve decided to change the way I blog…. From now on, day in and day out, all I’m going to post are blogs that consist of an image of my book’s cover, a link to where it’s for sale online and an excerpt from “another 5* review!” (the word another and the exclamation mark being the most important elements of that phrase).”

Molly Greene on Molly Greene: Writer
10 Essential Website Housekeeping Tasks
“Do you have a housekeeping ritual for your website? When was the last time you checked your site for potential problems? If you’re like most of us, the answers are no, and never.”

Nick Thacker on Write Hacked
42 Awesome Writing Resources You Need to Know About
“I am often asked what my favorite “writing tools” are. Sometimes people mean “favorite app” (Scrivener) or just simply “what do I write with?” (MacBook Pro)… To answer these questions, and possibly provide you with some cool apps, services, and tools you may have never heard of, I present this list of writing tools that I’ve had personal experience with and completely vouch for.”

News

This week Blurb announced Dream Team, a vetted team of professionals with expertise in copy editing, developmental editing, book design, art direction, illustration, photography, cover design, ghostwriting, ebook conversion, and more. Introductions to these collaborators will be available free of charge through Blurb. You can learn more here.

Lightning Source has a special going on through November with discounts for shipments to West Coast addresses, and free title setup on some orders. You can get the details here.
 
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