Friday Writer’s Tips – Optimize Your #Amazon Pages, Twitter Tips, Paid Writing and More!

Tips for Writers


Welcome to my Friday edition of Writer’s Tips. Every week or so I share a post with links I’ve found across my blog reading which I’ve found beneficial to my own writing and self-publishing efforts. I do believe there is something for everyone here.


Editor Jeri Walker has some wonderful tips for us on how to pitch our books

Source: #PubTip: Pitching to Literary Agents at a Conference – Word Bank Writing & Editing



Rachel Thompson of BadRedHeadMedia is guest writing at the blog of Anne R. Allen. sharing with us, a plethora of great tips for maximizing our posts using Twitter

What You’re Doing Wrong on Twitter and How to Make It Right



Sally Cronin has an informative post about the closing of Google Plus and spammers on our blogs



Nicholas Rossis is informing us about places that will pay for our writing



What is GuttenbergΒ  – the new editor coming to your WordPress –Β 

Frequently asked questions



And here’s a great video to give you a better detailed instructional on Guttenberg


Google Docs vs. MS Word by Jacqui Murray



And two more informative posts from Nicholas Rossis on how to use the best keywords for your book publishing on Amazon, and how to optimize you author page on Amazon!



How to optimize you Amazon book pages by Nicholas Rossis


Happy reading!

Happy Reading!


34 thoughts on “Friday Writer’s Tips – Optimize Your #Amazon Pages, Twitter Tips, Paid Writing and More!

  1. Thanks for that, Debby! I’m a little worried about Project Gutenberg, as I love my current WordPress interface. It looks like we will still have the option to use the “old” (current) interface, at least for a while, so I’m grateful for that.


    1. My pleasure Nicholas. Your links stole the limelight here for helpful author tips! Plenty of us have been dreading Guttenberg, but as you said, we are now going to get the option. I hope that includes self hosted blogs like ours or you’re going to be getting a lot of people asking you for advice, or maybe just me! LOL πŸ™‚ πŸ˜‰


    1. Thanks bunches Sal. I try to curate the most helpful links for us writers and yours popped up just in the nick of time to make this edition. ❀ ❀


    1. Oh fantastic Chuck. Glad to be able to help. Also they are saying possibly you will have a choice to keep the old editor. Who knows, they’re always changing their minds lol. But I’m reading your book!!!! πŸ™‚ x


  2. Thanks Debby – I’ll be over to see the Guttenberg video anon .. but thanks again for all the interesting links … and the affordable writing programme … thanks so much – these are always so helpful – cheers Hilary


  3. It will take me a month to read all these wonderful and useful links, Debby! Thanks for sharing them.I knew Google+ was doomed two years ago. I took it off my blog sharing a while back. I tried to watch a webinar about Gutenberg but the audio kept crashing, so I gave up. I wonder how this will affect bloggers?


    1. Lol Ter, you can always bookmark the post for referrel or bookmark the links. I hope there’s something for everyone here. Yes, it’s time to say goodbye to Google Plus, much to much spam! πŸ™‚ x


  4. Thanks so much for the links, Debby. I took a few hours yesterday to implement Nicholas’s suggestions. He’s always a great source of Amazon tips. I’ll return to the Gutenberg link later… before I go into panic mode! I don’t do well with technological change so appreciate the heads up! πŸ™‚ Hugs.


    1. Great Diana. Happy to help out. I think all us bloggers don’t really like the change in technology. Rumor says WP should be allowing the use of the old editor. Fingers crossed! πŸ™‚ xx


  5. Thompson’s Twitter tips were excellent. A couple of weekends ago, I spent a few hours culling my followers. I was brutal. I went from following over six thousand to now following under two thousand. If a bio was full of links to other sites, I gave the author the axe. A bio needs to entice. Also, if a bio was just a series of hashtags, I unfollowed as well. I stopped following anyone who wasn’t an author or somehow into books a long time ago, but I am no longer going to follow someone back just because they have followed me on my Twitter editor account. I want to do more to cultivate relationships with fewer followers instead of making it a numbers game.


    1. Wow, good for you Jeri. That’s what I want to do – clean house. But I must say, I do a quick check on every single new person who follows me before I consider following back. My criteria were that they were relevant to my postings, they actually tweet and they’re not full of spammy links. But I’m sure it’s time for a new check up. I also want to do my best to make sure they are bots either. And like you, it’s not about any numbers. Thanks for adding to the conversation Jeri. ❀


  6. Hi Debby, thanks so much for including the Gutenberg video. I’ve heard lots about Gutenberg but not tried it out. I loved what I saw in the video. For me, it’s going to make creating blog posts much more fun and easier. I love how you can resize images in it, resize the font, add links to images etc, etc. I’m glad they are keeping the classic editor, but I do wonder how long they will keep it for.
    I know it will be a learning curve using Gutenberg, but I’m going to give it a go just in case the classic editor version is removed or they stop repairing bugs to it.


    1. Hi Hugh. I’m so glad you took a look at the video and you’re willing to give it ago when it comes. We will now all be waiting and learning from you, especially many of us diehards who aren’t quite ready to take the leap. I will be expecting some great blog posts from you on the new editor once you begin using it! πŸ™‚ ❀


  7. Thanks for the ideas for future blog posts, Debby. That’s a great idea. I’d recommend you giving it a go at some stage just in case they do stop bug fixes to the classic editor. In my experience, WordPress has a habit of forcing users into using the tools they recommend by eventually stopping their staff from fixing older versions of outdated software. Now, this could a long time to happen (perhaps a year) but I’d recommend trying it out when it becomes available. I believe for WordPress.Com users, it’s November 19th

    I’ll find out some more information and do a blog post about it.



    1. Thanks Hugh. Yes, I’ve heard that date too. I think I’ll keep with the old until pros like you have perfected and shared helpful tips before I jump on, LOL πŸ™‚ But you are right, they will take away updates as soon as they are perfected too. πŸ™‚ xxx


  8. Thanks for the collection of informative articles about writing, Debby. It’s always nice to find out which resources pay for our writing. I’d like to get into submitting articles and stories again, but my time is spent on totally different things these months. 😦 I can’t wait to jump into my memoir again as well… Traveling or writing… it’s always a toss-up!


  9. That video on Gutenberg is so helpful – like lots of others I’ve been holding off, clinging to the old, comfortable, well-loved editor, but now I don’t feel so anxious about the change – thanks for sharing πŸ˜€


    1. So glad you found it helpful Deb! Me, well, I’m not that ambitious, lol. I’ll be sticking to the old one until I hear no more complaints from those tearing their hair out, lol. πŸ™‚ x


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