Link of the Week – ActionSprout

October 7, 2014

Thumbs upWe all know there is a vast community on Facebook. Droves of people that could potentially be your fans and supporters. I stumbled on an app that could help “engage and recruit” them. ActionSprout can “turn Facebook into your best email acquisition channel.” You can try it for free and for as long as you want.

ActionSprout is the key that unlocks the full potential of Facebook for your organization — to increase supporter engagement on the actions that you need, drive recruitment of new supporters, and capture their data including email addresses so you can supplement the conversation off Facebook.”

Check out the video for more.

http://actionsprout.com/knowledgebase/getting-started/

 


Link of the Week – Book Boost PR and Summer Author Promo Blitz

July 22, 2014

blitz14 buttonSometimes, okay, lots of times, authors need a little boost to help promote their books and their brand. Enter Book Boost PR. Book Boost offers “a wide variety of services and levels of service from simply creating media kits to full-service publicity campaigns.” The site is run by a librarian and an author, both of whom I know personally. 😀

Check out their services here!

http://www.bookboostpr.com/home.html

http://www.bookboostpr.com/services.html

It just so happens that Book Boost PR is hosting a SUMMER AUTHOR BLITZ. Lots of authors to explore and lots of prizes to be given away. And I’m one of the featured authors!blitz 14 banner

http://bookboostpr.tumblr.com/

https://www.facebook.com/bookboostpr


Link of the Week – Amazon Keyword Issue

December 3, 2013

RF getty red lightI recently did a post on metadata and key words. Keywords are very important by way of driving readers to you books. But the wrong keyword can get your book removed by Amazon. It’s not new to link your style of writing or similarities of your stories/genres with other authors and their titles. It’s a marketing tool. But if you do so in your keywords and/or description on Amazon, you are misleading the public and they will take action.

To read more about this in greater detail, check out the post on Author Marketing Experts.

http://www.amarketingexpert.com/author-alert-resolving-amazon-keyword-issue/


Link of the Week – Goodkindles

June 11, 2013

RF getty ereader booksThis week it’s all about bringing authors to readers. Goodkindles features new free and cheap books available for Kindles everyday. Not only is it a website, but readers can signup for a daily newsletter showcasing those books. Plus, readers can also follow Goodkindles via Twitter and Facebook to learn about new books and giveaways. Another nice thing about this website, authors can sign up their books even if they are not free or bargain-bin priced.  And the prices to list books range from $8-$20. Wow!

Give it a look-see, will ya.

http://www.goodkindles.net/

https://www.facebook.com/goodkindles


Link of the Week – InD’Tale

March 19, 2013

Getty rf penThis week’s awesome link is to InD’Tale Magazine. The online magazine is dedicated to self-published and small press authors. Within the pages and all throughout the website, there are honest book reviews, educational articles and columns, contests, polls, interviews, and industry information.  It’s a great place for both writers and readers.

http://indtale.com/

While you are there, check out the nice review I received earlier this year for A KISS IN THE WIND.

http://indtale.com/reviews/kiss-wind-romancing-pirate-2


Link of the Week – RomanceWiki

March 12, 2013

magnifying glass RF GettyIn the style of Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, there is an online encyclopedia for romance fiction—RomanceWiki. I thought it was interesting and maybe you will, too. Authors can create an account, build an author page, and update their information as needed. Individual book pages can be created, too. It could be another cog in the marketing machine.

http://www.romancewiki.com/Main_Page

Check out my page.

http://www.romancewiki.com/Jennifer_Bray-Weber


Link of the Week – Promocave

February 5, 2013

Getty rf caveThis week’s link is for authors looking to market themselves on a platform designed just for them.

“Promocave.com is an online community where authors can market their work and readers can find great books and interact with their favorite writers.”

What author doesn’t want that? Check it out and see if this new site is right for you.

http://promocave.com/

http://promocave.com/what-is-promocave.html


Editor Shop with Samhain editor Jennifer Miller and a multi Samhain author give-a-way event!

December 28, 2012

Pitch to editor Jennifer Miller with Samhain!

I’m a day and a half EARLY! Mark your calendars ladies and gents because this only happens once in a blue moon!

blue moon

Okay, it might have something to do with having to work this weekend, a self-imposed deadline, a soon-to-be-release and the abundance of sugar still coursing my veins after the holidays, but hey, I’ll take the energy where it comes from. 🙂

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This Editor Shop we welcome my uber-awesome editor Jennifer Miller with Samhain!

Pitch Day is January 12th 2013 at 10:00am EST.

As an added bonus to our Editor Shop, I’ve invited some Samhain authors to the blog to talk, answer questions and give-a-way some books to anyone who comments!
Comment to win on Jan 12th, 2013!

We’ll have all these authors giving away free copies of their books:

  • Lacy Danes – WATERFALL
  • Isis Rushdan – KINDRED OF THE FALLEN
  • Anne Hope – SOUL DEEP
  • Jackie Ashenden – FALLING FOR FINN
  • Candi Wall – PRIMITIVE NIGHTS
  • Cynthia D’Alba – TEXAS TWO STEP
  • Barbara Elsborg – COWBOYS DOWN
  • Renee Wildes – GOD OF FYRE MOUNTAIN
  • Joy Daniels – REVVING HER UP
  • Mari Carr / Jayne Rylon – WINTER’S THAW

Check out these covers!!!!

CowboysDown FallingForFinn

GodofFyreMountain KindredoftheFallen

PrimitiveNights RevvingHerUp

SoulDeep TexasTwoStep

Waterfall WintersThaw

Mark your calendars! The more you comment, the more you’re entered to win! And some of us are giving away more than one copy!


Triberr – An Author’s Quick Guide

October 17, 2012

Song of the Day: Unity by Shinedown

(This post originally appeared October 5, 2012 on The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog.)

So what is this Triberr people keep talking about? How does it work, and, more importantly, do I have to dress in animal pelts and coif my hair with chicken bones if I join?

Let’s break down Triberr into easy digestible chunks, shall we.

First, what exactly is Triberr? In short, Triberr is a reach multiplier. Huh? What does that mean? Triberr is a community of bloggers who also double has pimps, or marketing tools. These bloggers band together in tribes and share blog posts. When one tribe member posts a blog, the blog is tweeted through Twitter by all the other tribe members.

What is a tribe? No, it’s not drinking the Kool-aid. Tribes are collaborative groups of bloggers that often have a commonality. In our case, that might be writers and reviewers. Groups might consist of cliques for a more narrow target market, such as authors who write historical, erotica, thriller, etc. Tribe mates in these classification specific units share quality, relevant content and networking, and often provide guest posting opportunities.

How does it work? Triberr easily manages this through the RSS feeds (every blog had one). Triberr automagically imports blog posts into the tribal stream (much like a Twitter stream or Facebook wall) which is shared by all tribe mates. Tribe mates then share these posts with their Twitter followers, either manually or automatically.

I’ll give you an example. Say I write a fascinating post on Caribbean pirates. For simplicity’s sake, let’s assume I have 10 tribe mates. My one post is tweeted 10 times. Now think about how many Twitter followers each of my mates might have. Also think about how many people integrate their Twitter accounts with other social media networks like Facebook. The number of possible exposure grows exponentially. And what if you belong to more than one tribe? Whoa! Now that’s driving traffic to your site.

Let’s one-up that. Every tribe mate can reblog your post. Reblogging through Triberr offers extra incentives. Let’s go back to my pirate post. Tribe mate Johnny thinks my post is pretty awesome. He reblogs it on his blog, putting my article in front of a new audience. Any comments made to the post on Johnny’s blog will show up on mine as well. And if tribe mate Orlando also reblogs  my post to his site, any comments made there will appear on both mine and Johnny’s blog.  In other words there is no loss of engagement.  This is good for all involved. It’s like guest posting. Less work and more interactions. Wow. I’m all over that!

Triberr is a community of engagement, and it’s growing. There are forums called bonfires for tribe members to ask questions, get tech support, network, and more.

Tribe members also collect bones. No Triberr is not conducting secret cannibalistic rituals. Bones are the equivalent to currency. Bones are earned through activity on the site and they are spent on benefits to bloggers and to creating more tribes.

But why use Triberr? Here’s the important part. When invited to join Triberr, you become a part of an instant community. Not only are you connecting with like-minded bloggers, you are expanding your potential readership sweep. It’s share and share alike. Your post gets distributed. Tribe mates are sharing good relevant content to their followers. And followers are exposed to you. Your blog traffic grows. For authors, pffsh, it’s a no brainer.

Triberr is always improving, too. Soon the network will be integrating social media sites like Facebook and Pinterest. Can you just imagine the potential reach? Get your ooga mooga primitive groove on and check it out.

Triberr.com/

Any thoughts? Questions? Are you on Triberr and would like to share your experience? Let’s hear from you.

(This post originally appeared October 5, 2012 on The Ruby-Slippered Sisterhood blog.)

 


Pinterest for the Author

October 3, 2012

Song of the Day: Unity by Shinedown

I’m a visual person. I learn, imagine, and write visually. So it might come as no surprise that I love to whittle away time on Pinterest. Of course that might just be an oxymoron, as I don’t have much time to whittle.

The images and photography I have seen on Pinterest are amazing, breath-taking, heart-wrenching, useful, arousing, and inspiring.

But Pinterest is another social media site. And like all social media sites, there are opportunities for authors to market themselves.

Here are a few tips for making Pinterest work for you.

Indentify yourself! Fill out the About Me section. Don’t forget to add links!

Mine reads:

Author of dark, steamy, and adventuresome historical romance.

http://www.jbrayweber.com

Visitors to my page will discover who I am and where to find out more.

*Optimize driving traffic to your page by using keywords and board categorization.

Ex: Board Title: Pirates Categorization: Film, Music, Books

This narrows down searches, making it easier to find images.

*Title and describe boards to segment target market and/or audience.

Ex: Romantic Suspense, Fashion, Holiday Ideas, Recipes, Books on Writing Craft, Movies That Inspire Me, etc.

These different boards likely have different audiences. Take it further and describe the boards. Ex: Board Title: Gothic, Steampunk, and Fantasy Description: Images encouraging the fanciful illusions of my paranormal muse.

*Pin imagery that reflects you, your personality, and your brand.

*Use boards to your advantage – generate storyboards for WIPs, create boards dedicated to each of your books, add music videos that inspired books or characters, develop boards of your favorite authors; the possibilities are endless.

*Link book covers to your website or directly to buy sites like Amazon.

*Engage – repin, like, comment, respond, and follow

*Cross promote using social media integration. Pinterest has made it easy to like, tweet, and share pins. Plus, it is a great way to build an audience.

*Pin what’s trending. The reasoning? More exposure, of course.

*Quality over quantity – don’t pin for the sake of pinning. Oh, it’s easy to do. Pinning can be quite addictive. But as authors, this goes back to what defines you and your brand.

*Credit the sources.

It’s all about exposure and engagement! Stop by my page. http://pinterest.com/jbrayweber/

Do you Pinterest? Got any Pinterest tips you’d like to share? How about Pinterest questions? Let me hear from you!