Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday's Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

By: Ed Cyzewski

I get emails every week asking me to review, promote, or endorse someone’s book, and it’s an honor to know that someone thinks I’d be able to help them spread the word about their work. It’s also becoming extremely unsustainable for myself and most other bloggers I know to help everyone who asks. I wanted to offer some alternative ideas for authors and publicists in the thick of book promotion and some best practices for working with bloggers:

A Bit of Perspective on Blogging about Books

I’ve been blogging since 2005, and I remember how awesome it used to be when a publisher sent me books for free every once in a while. Sometimes I didn’t care for the books, but the lure of something new was still pretty exciting. However, more publishers and authors started to catch on, and now it’s just been a tidal wave of PDF’s from publicists and authors every month.

Based on the conversations I’ve had with fellow bloggers, most of us now dread getting asked to review books on our blogs. Most bloggers I know dread the drop in traffic from book review posts that eat up hours of time. One friend considered adding a page titled, “Will I Review Your Book?” and the body font had a single word: “NO.” So free books have gone from exciting perks for bloggers to a major time drain now that we receive so many. If you’re promoting a book, you need to keep this in mind: A FREE BOOK IS NO LONGER A TREAT.

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Read the full article HERE!


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Giacomo GiammatteoHow To Edit Books On An iPad - Giacomo Giammatteo
  2. The Write Conversation : Indie Tuesday—Crafting the Perfect First Line
  3. Why Character Names Are the Secret Ingredient to Your Story
  4. Murder by 4: A Simplistic Step-by-Step Guide on How to Prepare Your Ebook Novel for PRINT, by Aaron Lazar
  5. Pleaded vs. Pled Daily Writing Tips
  6. The Book Designer — Practical Advice to Help Self-Publishers Build Better Books
  7. Marketing | chrismcmullen Book Marketing...Where to Begin
  8. Writer Unboxed » Becoming a Better Writer in 2015
  9. Writing Scenes v. Narration: Know the Difference | Linda S. Clare
  10. The Best Reason to Blog — 2014 Edition | Jami Gold, Paranormal Author
  11. Want to Launch Your Book With a Bang? Then You Need This. | Your Writer Platform
  12. Publishing ... and Other Forms of Insanity: eBook Market Set to More Than Double to Top $16Bn By 2020
  13. 5 Writing Tips From Robert Pruneda - A Writer's Journey
  14. How to Effectively Use Visual Content in Social Media Marketing - #infographic | Digital Information World
  15. Self Development. We All Need Mentors At Different Points In The Journey. | The Creative Penn
  16. How to Make Money With Your Blog: Your Own Products
  17. 7 Tips to Help Writers Gain Attention in the World of Fiction | Live Write Thrive
  18. How to Calculate the Value of Your Blog : @ProBlogger
  19. 3 Tips for Writers Who Are NOT Their Own Worst Critic
  20. Finishing Your Novel: how to know when you're done writing your book - BookBaby Blog
  21. I Can’t Review/Endorse/Blog About Your Book, But This May Help | Ed Cyzewski :: Freelance Writer
Happy running and writing, Kathy 

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