Monday, June 23, 2014

Promoting Your Book On Twitter

Social media has become a great way to promote your books and stay in touch with your readers. Twitter has provided a great service for us to promote our authors and their book promotions. Using hashtags and sending alerts to certain accounts like @FreeBookPromo helps you spread the word in real time. If you can get a retweet from these accounts or your followers, it can become viral. This will drive free traffic to your blog or book sales page.

However, as with any social media sites, some accounts are setup and either abandoned or in some cases never even used. It is a shame because some of these accounts have great user ID's. Our guess is that when Twitter was launched, people signed up and secured a great ID, only to let it lay dormant in cyberspace. I wonder if Twitter will ever clean up these dormant accounts or release the ID so that others may be able to use them.

Here is an example of an excellent user ID that could provide an excellent source of information or a service for authors. The Twitter ID is @bookpromo. The account was created in 2009 and has never tweeted. It has one lonely follower. Imagine the possibilities this account could provide an author or a publisher. Unfortunately, it looks like an opportunity wasted.

Now, you may be asking, why am I telling you this or even care. The reason is I see many tweets with these Twitter ID's in them. I realize what the tweeter is attempting to do is get their tweet seen or retweeted by the ID they are including in their promotion. Through a little research, I have found some of these inactive accounts. I value my time and efforts and believe you probably do as well.

Here are accounts I have found to be either dead or inactive in the past year. I hope this helps you to save you some time and effort and promote your books to active accounts. Here they are:

*Author Tools  @AuthorTools
*Author Tweeting @AuthorTweeting 
*Book Promo @bookpromo 
*Book Review Talk  @bookreviewtalk 
*Cheap Kindle 1 @cheapkindle1 
*eBook @ebook 
*eBook Price Drops @eBookPriceDrops 
*Free 2 Kindle @free2kindle 
*Free eBook Deal @FREEeBookDeal 
*Free Kindle Books @kindle_free
*Free Kindle Stuff @FreeKindleStuff 
*Free Read Feed @FreeReadFeed 
*Free_Kindle @free_kindle 
*Free_Kindle_Fic @free_kindle_fic 
*Free_UK_eBooks @Free_UK_eBooks 
*Indie Author Book @IndieAuthorBook
*Kindle Book King @KindleBookKing 
*Kindle Free Books @KindleFreeBooks 
*Kindle Freebies  @Kindle_Freebies 
*Kindle News @kindlenews 
*Kindle Stuff @kindlestuff 
*Kindle Updates @KindleUpdates 
*Tweet Your Novels  @TweetYourNovels 
*WLC Promotions @wlcpromotions 
*Zilch eBooks @ZilchEbooks 

*Note*If you see your account on this list and have recently become active again, please contact us and we will remove you from this list.

The good news, there are hundreds of active accounts out there who are glad to promote your books and promotions. Here is five of them:

Authors Central  @authorscentral
Book Buyers Club @bookbuyersclub
Free Book Promo @FreeBookPromo
Kindle Book Pulse @KindleBookPulse
Kindle Free Reads @KindleFreeReads 

If you would like our complete list of these accounts, please contact us here.

I hope this helps you with your future book promotions.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Our New Promotions Page

We have added a new page for our book promotions. This page will be used to provide our members, authors and new visitors a quicker way to view updated free book promotions. You can visit it here or find it in our page tab on the left side of the site.

Keep in mind that this page will change upon updating so if we are running a free book promotion, please download it as soon as possible. Once the promotion is over, it will be removed and our next promotion will begin. The page is not strictly just for free books. It's our way to help you find these promotions quicker.

Please share the page with your friends and family. Thanks for your support!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Author Tweeting Tips

Tips to Tweet Your Way to Better Book Sales

While some writers look down at Twitter as shameless self-promotion, new authors are turning to the tweet to engage with readers, market their books, and put a human face on the person behind the book.

It's easy for established writers with publishing contracts to sneer at the Twitter universe, but for authors without the might of an established publishing house behind them, social media is a great way to gain access to potential readers and build their fan base. The key is to not only tweet for the purpose of book marketing, but to establish an authentic presence to interact with a growing community of writers  and readers who are continually seeking new reads and connections.

A powerful presence on Twitter can simultaneously help you build authority as a trusted source on your subject matter, while also giving you a platform to speak more informally about books, writing, and your interest.  Numerous authors who are popular on Twitter share a mix of formal book promotion updates along with casual exchanges with fans and friends. It’s important to interact with other writers as well and not just toot your own horn all the time.

Before you start tweeting, create an attractive profile that includes an interesting, brief bio listing your book title and author website, if you have one. One main thing you must do is to get rid of the default "egg" photo that Twitter provides. Upload an appealing photo so that potential readers know you're a real person.

If you're wondering how to promote your book on Twitter but not sure where to start, search for favorite authors you like, and start following them. To join the conversation, try using related hashtags like #AmReading or #FreeBookPromo to let the Twitterverse know what books you love.

Don't be bashful about praising other authors you admire. Help promote their books and retweet their links. Make sure you include their Twitter i.d. so they are aware of your post. This will help down the road as they may be more apt to retweet your tweets as well. Tweet about articles or websites you come across related to your own interest and genres of your books. Genuine, positive interactions can brand your online identity as an authentic, interesting author and can help you grow a community of supporters and, ideally, loyal readers.

 Twitter is an excellent way to promote your books and yourself. Get started today!

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Writing Tip # 3 - Overused Words

Mark Twain once said, "Substitute 'damn' every time you're inclined to write 'very'; your editor will delete it and the writing will be just as it should be."

He was stating the fact that many people will overuse words such as "very". In fact, just as every poker player has a "tell", every author has a set of words or phrases that they tend to overuse.

Some commonly overused words are: very, it/there, have/had, knew/know, feel/felt/feeling, maybe, just/then, smell/taste, watch/notice/observe, very/nice/great and that.

Since we use these words all the time when we talk, they sneak into our writing and make it boring and repetitive: they become our crutch words when we don’t have anything better to say. Sometimes they're the mark of a generic description, such as "she was very pretty." Once you identify which words you have a tendency to overuse then it will be much easier for you to eliminate them and your copy will improve dramatically.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Writing Tip #2 - Vary Your Sentence Length

Varied sentence length is an important feature of good writing. Some sentences should be long, informative, and flowing; others, short and punchy. Passages in which all of the sentences are about the same length can appear boring. 

If you’ve ever sat in front of a piece of writing and wondered why it seems so boring, chances are if everything else seems right it's because all the sentences are the same length. Sentence length needs to ebb and flow like the tide. 

Clusters of sentences of the same length can make your writing tepid. Try counting the words in each sentence to see how they vary. If you spot a group of sentences of about the same length, try and vary them.Long sentences are often hard to understand and you should try and shorten them for clarity.

It's surprisingly difficult to accurately split sentences up. Abbreviations, such as etc. can cause confusion and cause difficulty. Also text that is written in dialogue can be difficult to split into sentences.

Always read what you have written to make sure it flows and makes sense. Avoid repeated words and redundancy as well. You readers will thank you for it. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Tips On Writing #1 - Favor Active Verbs

Writing Tip #1 - Favor Active Verbs

Using the active voice instead of the passive voice is the single best thing you can do to improve your writing. The active voice injects a sense of importance and urgency into a piece of writingWriting full of the passive voice seems dull and lifeless. 

Many European languages, such as French and Spanish rarely use the passive voice. Sadly, in English, use of the passive voice is more common. This often leads to dull, lifeless writing.

Consider this sentence:

The ball was thrown over the fence by John.

This sentence is in the passive voice. The person or thing doing the action (‘John) follows the action (‘was thrown’). Using the active voice turns the sentence around and puts the ‘actor’ first. This makes the sense clearer and the sentence shorter:

John threw the ball over the fence.

Often in the passive voice the actor is completely omitted:

The ball was thrown over the fence.

Also be aware that the passive voice can sometimes be reduced, or hidden:

The ball, thrown over the fence, was later found.

Is a reduction of:

The ball (that was) thrown over the fence, was later found.