Sunday, June 23, 2013

Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By Deanna Dionne via DIY MFA

In a bookstore, shoppers feel at home, walking up and down the aisles filled with hundreds of books, perhaps with a coffee in hand. They take their time, looking at each book cover as if in a gallery.

You’re not in a traditional bookstore. In the fast-paced world of digital publishing, users demand instant gratification. They swipe, click, tap, and some barely spend 3-5 seconds looking at a page of book results, let alone one thumbnail. It is now more important than ever to have a cover that stands out. That’s professional. That’s intriguing.

As a self-publisher, you have control over your book cover. You can choose your designer, and tell them exactly what you want. A good designer will take that and bring it to the next level. However, A great designer will read your synopsis, perhaps ask a few questions, and come up with an amazing concept birthed from years of training. If you are hiring a capable designer, you may want to give him the space to really get creative.

Things to look for in a successful cover:


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again: 
  1. Key Questions for a Standout Book Cover - DIY MFA : DIY MFA
  2. Facebook rolling out hashtag support starting today | The Verge
  3. 6 Ways to Survive Bad Reviews | Catherine, Caffeinated
  4. Joseph Eastwood's Blog: How Helpful is Hashtagging on Facebook?
  5. When It Feels Like There's Nothing Left to Be Written | Nathan Bransford, Author
  6. Using CreateSpace as a Learning Experience | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  7. My new perspective: The what, when, where, why, and how of public speaking | Self-Publishing Resources
  8. We Are All Vulnerable to Plagiarism | Self-Published Authors Helping Other Authors
  9. Notes From Tabor Lane: Today's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts
  10. Facebook Pages vs. Profiles for Authors | Nathan Bransford, Author
  11. How Books Get Sold to Traditional Publishers: @NinaAmir RT @elizabethscraig
  12. Why is there still a lack of respect for self-publishing? | Self-Publishing Resources
  13. Special Guest Post: New Writer Mistakes by Chris Redding | Attacking the Page
  14. Top Kindle Book Promotion Sites for Paid Kindle Books $0.99 and Up | TCK Publishing
  15. How to Write When You’ve Run out of Blog Post Ideas -
  16. How To Get Backlinks From Authoritative Websites?
  17. "Dishin' It Out": 5 WAYS TO DEVELOP A STORY
  18. What If Your WordPress Blog Gets Hacked? [Infographic] 

I’m always looking for great content to share. If you have a writing and/or marketing blog, or have a favorite that you visit often, please leave a link in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy writing & running, Kathy

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