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A-Z Guide: How both my books reached #1 on Amazon @Nicholas_Rossis

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Pearseus, Rise of the Prince (book 2 in the series) book coverA-Z Guide: How both my books reached #1 on Amazon.

via A-Z Guide: How both my books reached #1 on Amazon.

 

This was an amazing article I read in my research hour on Nicolas Rossis’ website that I must share with you!

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Detroit Actress Kristin Dawn-Dumas to star in ‘Presumed Incompetent’

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Push Nevahda’s Controversial Drama “Presumed Incompetent” Comes to The Detroit International Centre Theatre October 5-6

Alpena actress Raychel Roxy, writer & director Push Nevahda and Detroit actress Rachel Smith rehearsing scene in upcoming production of Presumed Incompetent

Alpena actress Raychel Roxy, writer & director Push Nevahda and Detroit actress Rachel Smith rehearsing scene in upcoming production of Presumed Incompetent

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Celebrate @ebookweek w/ @sylviahubbard1: FREE Internet Marketing 4Writers & Business #michlit #mwn

Internet Marketing Guide for Writers and Businesses

By Sylvia Hubbard
Rating: 1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star
(5.00 based on 2 reviews)

Published: April 12, 2009
Words: 18437 (approximate)
Language: English

description

A guide for writers with or without published work. A comprehensive resource that every writer should have in their library in order to learn how to publish, promote, and market themselves on the Internet. With over 1000+ websites, tips and more to help you become a success and spreading the word about your product and services.

Available e-book reading formats

Format Full Book
Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser) View
Online Reading (JavaScript, experimental, buggy) View
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Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others) Download
PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing) Download
LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don’t support .epub) Download
Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices) Download
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Authors Find and Engage their Target Market with Social Media

The economy is shaky, customers are more conservative and marketing budgets have shrunk. What’s a  entrepreneur to do?

Well let’s begin by looking at the definition of an entrepreneur. “Entrepreneurs use personal initiative, and engage in calculated risk-taking, to create new business ventures by raising resources to apply innovative new ideas that solve problems, meet challenges, or satisfy the needs of a clearly defined market.” (Entrepreneurship: Creating a Venture by Lily Kretchman et al. Toronto: Wiley, 1991.) In this definition the answer is clear. Entrepreneurs no matter what the economic outlook take calculated risks, create new business ventures and solve problems.

This is why Social Media Made Easy works to give entrepreneurs the edge. Entrepreneurs have and will always be the creators of the innovative businesses ventures that will change the landscape of communities, cities and the world. So who needs on-line marketing/social media? The answer is authors, speakers, personal trainers, holistic health practitioners, coaches, self-improvement teachers, real estate agents, MLM professionals and all the other problem solvers. Finding and engaging your target market has never been easier and the best part is that access is essentially FREE.

Join Social Media Made Easy at Mobile Media Mysteries Uncovered 2/9/12 @ 6pm at WCCCD Eastern Campus.

www.socialmediaforauthors.eventbrite.com

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Social Media for Authors: New Google Social Network and more…

At a Google presentation last week, many business owners in Michigan learned firsthand from the search engine gurus themselves, why every business must have a website.  At the top of the list of vehicles to help customers find their website was social networks like Facebook and Twitter.  These networks are so important because they help your customers find you as you leave breadcrumbs
that lead to your on-line store.

You may have heard that Google has recently launched their own social network, Google + but do you have a circles yet? If I’m talking a foreign language to you, I invite you to visit www.facebook.com/socialmediamadeeasycoachingand watch the recent videos that were created by Google to show you how their new social network can work for you.

Google gets it. They know that social networks are not going anywhere. They are only growing. Google sees that this concept of people connecting to the things that matter to them (which 10 years ago was made popular by another search engine Yahoo and social network MySpace) is worth them also giving it a shot. With the best internet minds and their robust search engine user collateral at their disposal, Google is betting they can compete with Facebook the current social network favorite with 500 million active users.

Don’t wait any longer. Learn to maximize your social media connections and content. The book buyer’s market is vast and many readers are impulse buyers. Start leaving breadcrumbs that lead to your book everywhere. Here is one of my breadcrumbs. www.theartofreinventingyoubook.com Follow it and see where it leads you.

BTW, http://bookbusinessmag.com has this free white paper “21 Tips for Book Publishers to Build an Effective Social Media Strategy” that I highly recommend. Check it out as well.

Until next time press those buttons, I dare you.

Coach Versandra Kennebrew

Join me on Google +

www.socialmediamadeeasydetroit.com

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Social Media for Authors: What I really want to say is…

Writers are master story tellers. We take lessons and experiences; add characters, plots, antagonists and protagonists to the mix to produce products for customers all over the world to buy. But why does social media appear to be so problematic among authors?

The quick answer to this million dollar question is; just like a writer sends their transcript to an editor to check it for grammatical errors and make sure the story flows, they should also consult a social media strategist to help them develop an on-line communication plan (a script) that works for them.

After the social media plan has been established, character disassociation or roleplaying is an excellent tool for authors as they move into their role as best-selling author. Once you establish you are an award winning or best-selling author, you can determine what you really want to say to the world.  

Register today for the Upgrade Business Boot Camp November 14-16 from 6p – 9p

Coach Versandra Kennebrew

The first day of the boot camp is free to the first 10 authors to register on-line.  Get to know a social media coach and technology consultant that cares about you and your literary projects. 

http://www.upgradebusinessbootcamp.com/

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Social Media for Authors: What do they want from me for God’s sake?

So you have your Facebook Author Page up and running and you’ve invited all your friends to like you. Two-days have gone by and no one has liked you yet?  You begin to second guess yourself, wondering; what do they want from me for God’s sake? But then you remember why you set the page up in the first place. You wanted to make sure your readers got to know you. You wanted to know that your message was getting across to your readers loud and clear. You wanted to meet your readers and reward them for their support. Well, here is a checklist that I use with my social media clients to make sure my I’s are dotted and my T’s are crossed.

  1. Check to make sure your content is tight. Do you have 7 or more pieces of killer content populated on your page?
  2. Is your information page totally complete with the about, description and award sections complete?
  3. Do you have a favorable picture of you and your book or logo as the profile image?
  4. Have you asked for feedback to encourage reader engagement?
  5. Do you have excerpts from your book in the content?
  6. Have you scheduled an event?
  7. Have you linked your Facebook page to your Twitter Account and Website?
  8. Have you identified 10 people per day that you can individually message, sharing something interesting about your new page with a link to it?
  9. Have you liked relevant Like/Fan Pages?
  10. Are you asking your friends to give recommendations on your personal wall with a link?

Learn more about how you can upgrade your social media at http://www.socialmediamadeeasydetroit.com

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Social Media for Authors: Who loves you baby?

Everybody loves you, right? I’ll bet you know because your bank account is overflowing with money from all the books you sell every day. Well, maybe not.

What if I told you there were a few easy ways to find out who really loves you on the internet by using a tool that comes standard with your Facebook fan page? What if all you had to do to expand the people who love you on the internet (people who would most likely buy your book) was to check this tool out regularly and target an ad directly to those people? Well it’s a fact and this is how it goes in 3 easy steps:

  1. In the last segment I briefly mentioned Insights (a Facebook tool which comes standard with Facebook pages that tells you how many people visited your page during any given period. This tool also tells you where your page visitors come from and their age range.
  2. Review my last blog to learn how to grow your on-line community using killer content and after following those tips for 30-days, you can check your Insights and review them to see who loves you baby.
  3. Now that you know who loves you, your goal should be to find more people in that demographic to join your community and buy your book. Referrals are the best way to do this however the second best is through Facebook ads.

I invite you to join me at my next Social Media Made Easy Meetup or call me for a Social Media Coaching Session if you need support with creating a Facebook ad or for referral strategies.

www.socialmediamadeeasydetroit.com

www.theartofreinventingyoubook.com

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Social Media for Authors: Where are you going?

Coach Versandra Kennebrew

Your social media strategy is your road map to book sales success. But you don’t get on the road traveling to a place you’ve never been before without mapping out your route. If you do, you must anticipate pulling over often and asking for directions. You will probably waste a lot of time and your productivity will suffer. Imagine yourself driving around in circles wandering, wondering how did I get here?

This is exactly why your social media strategy is so very important. Below you will find 10 tips for creating a successful social media strategy that will improve communication with your readers and encourage more book sales. I’ll be looking forward to your questions in the comment section below and will answer them ASAP. Are you ready for the ride?

  1. Determine your sales goal and your why
  2. Decide the date you plan to achieve your goal
  3. Who will help you achieve your goal
  4. How will you celebrate achieving your goal
  5. What incentive will you offer people who help you achieve your goal
  6. Develop 10 pieces of killer content related to you as an author and your book’s benefit to readers (videos, blogs, podcasts, interviews, press releases… add buy now links)
  7. Introduce your content to your readers and potential new customers, 1 per day for 10 days (always ask open-ended questions)
  8.  Encourage your affiliates and respond to your customers daily (refer to buy now links)
  9. Evaluate your customers responses (Facebook insights, inbox messages, analytics), your sales to goal and your affiliate productivity
  10. Repost your previous content using information from your previous posts and acknowledgement of previous supporters and affiliates
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Social Media for Authors: Who are you and why are you here?

Coach Versandra

As a writer, speaker and coach I absolutely love social media. To me, it is the most amazing vehicle for global communication. No, I am not one for logging in to Facebook to talk about sitting on the porch watching the cars drive by, but I do visit my special places on the world-wide-web often. Typically I visit in the morning and then again in the evening to connect with my readers, clients and business associates. Sometimes I am only on-line for 10-minutes and other times I may hang out for an hour. My focus when I am there however is to connect, share and express who I am.

I told you already what I do for a living, but who I am runs much deeper than a title. I am a very passionate woman of faith who has been a talker since I was a youth. As a matter of fact, during my senior year at Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Alabama, I was given the official title “Most Talkative.” At first I was offended. How could they possibly decide that I talked more than any other young lady in my graduating class? As the years went by, I began to see what others saw in me and gosh darn it, I did what every warm blooded American does when a gift or talent is discovered, I capitalized on it.

Ok, I’m telling you more about what I do but look deeper into my words. I’m telling you who I am but do you hear me. Are you really listening to my story? I believe I’m beating around the bush because I actually don’t like putting a label on who I am.  I hate being put in a box. But, one day I was watching television and saw Halle Barry speaking about one of her many philanthropic efforts to support survivors of domestic violence. In that interview, she matter-of-factly stated that she was a “Life Changer.” That title resonated with my spirit and I claimed it. My mind took me to the booth inside the Thai Food Restaurant in Greektown where my business coach and I sat and discussed the reinvention of my business. My tagline “Touching the World” described every product and service I provided and now “Life Changer” described who I was.

This is a sample of how an author can connect with their readers using social media via a blog. The above three paragraphs tell your readers who you are and why you are on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.   Now you are set apart from every other fiction and non-fiction writer using social media. Your readers are searching for you on-line. They are hoping to connect with you on a personal level. You know how fans talk about their favorite sports player? If you did not know it, you would believe they were friends from back in the day. They simply take bits and pieces from the news, interviews and gossip of course and talk about them as if they know them. This is also how your fans want to connect with you.

I know what fans are looking for because I listen when I run into them at the grocery store, the movies and even Starbucks. They always say, “I know you” then they continue to tell me something personal about myself. This summer, I attended the Kem Live @ Mack & Third: A Call to Service event, and on my way to my car, I saw a distressed young lady sitting on the steps of the Masonic Temple across from Cass Park in Detroit, MI.  I sat beside her as she told me her story. Several people stopped to hug me as they walked by and the young lady said the famous phrase “I think I know you.” She continued to tell me about how I took care of my brothers because my mom was mentally ill. She said her mom was sick too and that she just put her out of the house and didn’t care about her. She explained that she read my book at the local shelter where she was residing. Besides this personal story, the book Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business, by Ann Handley, C.C. Chapman has all the research and more killer blogs for you to read. Content Rules is an essential read for every author. I use what I learned in this book every day.

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