It’s hard to believe we’ve already wrapped up Week Two of #NaNoProMo! So many amazing guests and generous giveaways –so let’s recap who we featured this week and the winners!
Social media expert Frances Caballo shares 13 social media myths:
As I meet writers online and at writer’s conferences, I hear misconceptions about social media. I’ve kept a list of them and decided to debunk these myths for you one-by-one. She is generously donating a Twitter or Facebook social media audit (winner’s choice) valued at $150 to one lucky winner! And the winner is…Donna M Baptiste aka D.B. Moone
Barbara Delinsky is the author of TWENTY-TWO (yes, you read that correctly) New York Times bestsellers and she graciously shares her book marketing experiences here in this post. It’s a must-read.
Our giveaway is from branding superstar Areva Martin (news commentator and a regular on shows such as The Doctors and Dr. Phil). She’s giving away four copies (2 signed print books, and 2 eBooks) of her current #1 bestselling book Make It Rain!: How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business & Brand.
Even if you don’t win this book, you should buy it — it’s packed full of practical, use-right-now advice. Our four winners are:
Print: Cynthia Herron, Lisa Listwa
eBooks: Kelly Wilson, Steven Malone
KJ Waters is an author and cover designer. Her article is packed with helpful info for any author:
One thing I have learned on my journey, and in helping other authors is how important your book cover is not only for your sales but for your book marketing. Your cover is the window to your readers. In the sea of millions of books for sale, if you can grab them with the cover you’re halfway to a sale. If you have a fantastic cover it will be the hallmark of your brand and your marketing materials.
Let’s look at four innovative ways to craft your book covers for maximum impact on your target market.
KJ’s giveaway: a free one-hour consultation in publishing, branding, and social media marketing, so it can be anything from publishing on Amazon to creating your author platform, newsletters, graphics, or book covers. And the winner is Karen Hugg!
From Jeri Walker (editing and publishing professional), Jeri walks us through her free guide anyone can download from her site:
Book club marketing can yield lots of new readers for your book. All authors should consider the benefit of including questions within their book or on their website. Beyond that, various strategies can be employed to connect with book clubs.
To help with that process, I’ve written a free 22-page booklet, An Author’s Guide to Book Clubs, that contains hundreds of questions an author, book club leader, or teacher can use to spur literature discussion. Use them as is or tailor as desired. Tips are also included for contacting and visiting book clubs as well. This sign-up incentive is truly one of a kind. Enjoy!
Her prize package is a critique or copyedit on an opening chapter of up to 5,000 words (a $100 or $150 value) — wow! And the lucky winner is…Dana Lemaster!
LinkedIn is a channel most authors either don’t use or think they don’t need. AJ dispels that notion with these two short videos recorded JUST for #NaNoProMo (what a cool dude), and explains how you can put it to work for you in a few easy steps!
Our giveaway is from Chris Syme who graciously donated four signed books to give away: two copies of each, The Newbie’s Guide To Sell More Books With Less Marketing and Sell More Books with Less Social Media.
Our four lucky winners are Cynthia Harrison, Michael Melville, Dylan Crush, and Cynthia Herron!
Fab post from book reviewer Iola Goulton:
Authors want book reviews. Positive reviews on sites like Amazon provide social proof and help potential buyers decide whether or not this is a book they want to read. Reviews and features on book blogs help spread the word about your book.
Reviews are also a subtle form of self-promotion: tweeting “check out this great review of my book” is nowhere near as spammy as the endless “buy my book!” tweets I see on some author accounts.
I have been reviewing books online since September 2011, first on a basic Blogger site, and now on my website. In that time I’ve reviewed something approaching 1,000 books, including hundreds from indie authors, yet there are hundreds more review requests I’ve turned down.
Iola’s generous giveaway: One free enrollment in the Kick-Start Your Author Platform Marketing Challenge, a $69 value. And the lucky winner is Emmaline Rose!
Thank you SO much to all our bloggers and sponsors this week. I couldn’t have done it without you. And a shout out to everyone who shared these posts on social media and contributed to the creation and distribution of these posts — I’m forever in your debt.
Please continue to join us for this next week of #NaNoProMo amazing expert posts and giveaways. Remember to comment so you can enter!
Here are the Winners for #NaNoProMo Week Two! Are you one?
Rachel Thompson is the author of newly released BadRedhead Media 30-Day Book Marketing Challenge: How to energize your book sales in a month - created to help authors market their book. She is also the author of Broken Places (one of IndieReader's "Best of 2015" top books and 2015 Honorable Mention Winner in the San Francisco Book Festival), and the multi award-winning Broken Pieces, as well as two additional humor books, A Walk In The Snark and Mancode: Exposed. She owns BadRedhead Media, creating effective social media and book marketing campaigns for authors. Her articles appear regularly in The Huffington Post, IndieReader.com, The San Francisco Book Review (BadRedhead Says…), 12Most.com, BookPromotion.com, and Self-Publishers Monthly. Not just an advocate for sexual abuse survivors, Rachel is the creator and founder of the hashtag phenomenon #MondayBlogs and two live Twitter chats: #BookMarketingChat (co-hosted with TheRuralVA, Emilie Rabitoy) and #SexAbuseChat, co-hosted with C. Streetlights and Judith Staff. She hates walks in the rain, running out of coffee, and coconut. She lives in California with her family.
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