November Writer’s Tips – Gutenberg Block Editor, Deadly #Writer Sins, Online Safety, and More!

Welcome to November edition of Writer’s Tips where I scan the web in my reading travels and discover some worthy posts helpful to writers. In this post we’re covering, reusable blocks in the new editor, online privacy, avoiding four deadly writer sins, blog traffic, New! KDP Hardcovers, 5 Indie mistakes that could cost authors book sales, Audio books, and Pinterest for book marketing.

 

 

Hugh Roberts our resident Block Editor Guru is showing us how to create a ‘reusable’ block you can add ready made to any post and How to Increase Blog Traffic

Are You Using This Little Known About Block That Helps Promote Your Blog? – Hugh’s Views & News  

 

 

Are You Struggling To Get People To Your Blog? These 7 Free Methods Will Help

 

 

Tech Teacher and author, Jacqui Murrary is sharing great tips on how to stay online safely

https://worddreams.wordpress.com/2021/09/22/lon-ta-6-ways-for-writers-to-protect-their-online-privacy/

 

 

Four Deadly Writer Sins and How to Avoid them, by Ruth Harris at the blog of Anne R. Allen. 5 Indie Author Mistakes that could lose you Book Sales by Tech Author, Barb Drozdowich at the blog of Anne R. Allen and the benefits of creating audio books by William Hahn, guest writer at the blog of Anne R. Allen

5 Indie Author Mistakes That Can Tank Book Sales

 

 

4 Deadly Writer Sins—and How to Avoid Them. Plus a Top-Secret Pro Tip for Writing a Book Readers Can’t Put Down

 

 

The Things I’ve Heard: Confessions of an Audiobook Narrator

 

 

Nicholas Rossis shares the announcement that Amazon KDP is now producing Hardcovers for Indie books

https://nicholasrossis.me/2021/10/09/hardcover-books-on-kdp/#comment-365780

 

 

Jan Sykes at the Story Empire shares what she’s learned from advertising books on Pinterest

https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/2021/10/18/mktg-part-6-pinterest-socialmediamarketing-pinterest/comment-page-1/#comment-151838

 

 

©DGKaye2021

 

 

Writer’s Tips – #Canva Animation, #BookBub, KDP Tools, Famous Writer Advice, Slash Your #Wordcount

Welcome to the July issue of Writer’s Tips. In this edition we have tips on animation text for Canva, Lessons for Authors, How to Slash your Wordcount, Why some writers quit writing, and the new KDP tool for authors, and tips for promoting on BookBub.

 

Natalie Ducey is back with another fab tutorial on how to animate text using Canva

https://natalieducey.com/2021/06/29/how-to-create-animated-typewriter-text-in-canva-for-free/

 

How to be an Everyday Star Writer, and advice from famous writers, by Ruth Harris at the blog of Anne R. Allen

How to be an Everyday Star: Lessons From 4 Famous Authors

 

Fantasy author Diana Peach shares her experience with promoting her books on BookBub

https://mythsofthemirror.com/2021/07/14/my-bookbub-experience-and-a-few-tips/comment-page-1/#comment-87956

 

Kathy Steinemann with Part 7 of her Slash Your Word Count series

https://kathysteinemann.com/Musings/word-count-7/#comment-9653

 

Jacqui Murray at Worddreams with some valid examples of writing that may deter readers to continue reading

https://worddreams.wordpress.com/2021/07/07/iwsg-july-4/

 

Just a couple days ago (around July 12 – July 14, 2021), KDP added a new marketing tool to the KDP interface. It’s called A+ Content. It’s NOW available to KDP users. You can access the feature from a couple different places from within your KDP dashboard

KDP Has Added A New Marketing Tool, It’s Called A+ Content!

 

Here is the direct page to Amazon’s KDP new author tool

https://kdp.amazon.com/en_US/help/topic/G8EP5W6H9CY7T8GS#marketplaces

 

I hope you enjoyed and found something useful from this edition of Writer’s Tips.

 

©DGKaye2021

 

 

 

Writer’s Tips and a Personal Note – #Amazon, #Canva, #Audible, #PDF Converter, and #Blogging Tips

Well, a day late, but I’m getting my Friday post up today on Saturday. My life is very crazy right now, so my posts throughout the coming weeks and month will be erratic. Besides the grieving journey I’m on now for my husband, I am also moving! Yes, that is a story in itself, but suffice it to say, I’m moving to a smaller condo in the same complex, and that involves cleaning out ‘our’ life and getting rid of so many things in order to final downsize. Besides the physical gruel of this mission, don’t get me started on the emotional gruel it takes to look at every single thing we’ve owned and shared together. But that will be a post for another day. In the meantime . . .

I’ve been curating and keeping some great help articles for writers and bloggers, and there are some goodies in this edition – new Kindle Vella for serial publishing, creating animated logos in Canva, #Audiblegate and more!

 

Nicholas Rossis has some amazing news for authors with Amazon’s new short writing program – Kindle Vella

https://nicholasrossis.me/2021/04/23/hello-kindle-vella/

 

At the blog of Anne R. Allen – Three things you should know to make your query letters stand out

Three Things Your Query Letter Needs to Stand Out

 

Deborah Jay shares some great information on making sure authors are using all the tools available in our Author Central accounts

https://deborahjayauthor.com/2021/04/12/are-you-making-the-most-of-your-amazon-author-central-account-editorialreviews/

 

Also by Deborah Jay – Have you heard about the madness going on with Audible? #Audiblegate

https://deborahjayauthor.com/2021/03/29/audiblegate-and-why-its-important-to-all-authors/

 

Nicholas Rossis shares a new PDF Converter Tool – The Tool Rocket

https://nicholasrossis.me/2021/04/02/toolrocket-a-free-pdf-converter/

 

Blogging Guru, Hugh Roberts with another blogging tip lesson – How to reblog correctly

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2021/03/15/how-to-reblog-a-blog-post-correctly-on-wordpress-bloggingtips/comment-page-1/?unapproved=113951&moderation-hash=1100de8fefb69389c0439d41bc1900f8#comment-113951

 

And Natalie Ducey with another informative tutorial on How to Create Animanted Logos FREE in Canva

https://natalieducey.com/2021/03/11/how-to-create-an-animated-logo-for-free-in-canva/

 

These should keep us all busy for awhile. Don’t forget to save these articles, no doubts we’ll want to come back and reference them!

©DGKaye2021

 

Writer’s Tips – #Twitter Tricks, Scheduling and #Blogging Tools

Welcome to December edition of Writing Tips. Today I’m sharing some worthy articles for writers on how to maximize your Twitter, how to colorize your photos, a Twitter app scheduler, Mistakes to avoid, and attention authors – Author Central has moved!

 

Hugh Roberts offers up a new tutorial for those bloggers who aren’t familiar with how to attach your name to your Twitter share button on your blogs.

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2020/11/18/how-to-connect-your-twitter-account-to-your-wordpress-blog-via-the-new-wordpress-dashboard/comment-page-1/?unapproved=103911&moderation-hash=45bcefb2ea823be9e119bc7aa8517a45#comment-103911

 

Deborah Jay features Reedsy writer – Desiree Villena with 5 important things to avoid when self-publishing

https://deborahjayauthor.com/2020/11/30/the-five-most-common-publishing-mistakes-and-how-to-avoid-them/comment-page-1/#comment-29499

 

 

Nicholas Rossis shares a great editing tool for writers – The Picture Colorizer

https://nicholasrossis.me/2020/11/17/picture-colorizer-free-photo-editing-tool/

 

Looking for a good app to schedule your tweets? Check out Signal.

https://www.pensignal.com/?src=cross_pr_smedian

 

Here’s an interesting article I came across by the Writing Cooperative – How to get more retweets for your Twitter posts – Twitter does not like external links! And how to make Twitter Threads

https://writingcooperative.com/your-articles-arent-getting-rt-d-because-twitter-hates-external-links-a017c3fcbcf1

 

And last but certainly not least for authors!

Attention all authors, Author Central has moved! Manage all your authorly needs here

Source: Amazon Launches New Author Portal | The Digital Reader

 

©DGKaye2020

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Writer’s Tips – Action Writing- Apple Books for PC- Self-Hosted Blogs and More!

Welcome to this edition of Writer’s Tips. I’ve come across a wealth of insightful articles these past few weeks that I’m happy to share here for writers and bloggers. In today’s curated articles there’s a plethora of information on everything from better writing tips, publishing with Apple books news, onlines tools for free, self-hosting vs. WordPress.com, editing tips, and how to get more viewers for Youtube. Also, Harmony Kent has been running a series at The Story Empire with a detailed description on how to load our books on the Amazon platform. Check it out!

 

Author Meghan Ward is guest writer at the blog of Anne R. Allen sharing a wealth of tips of how to keep the action alive in our writing.

Is Your Story Getting Lazy? 5 Ways to Improve the Action in Your Story

 

David Gaughran demonstrates how to publish with the new Apple Books for Authors now available for PC.

https://davidgaughran.com/2020/05/08/apple-books-for-authors-launches-pc/#more-8629

 

Nicholas Rossis is sharing some great online tools for writers.

https://nicholasrossis.me/2020/05/29/free-content-creation-online-tools/

 

Also from Nicholas Rossis- a free tool – the Amazon Book Description Generator!

https://nicholasrossis.wordpress.com/2020/06/07/free-amazon-book-description-generator/

 

 

Jessica Norrie is sharing some great editing tips on how to de-clutter our writing.

https://jessicanorrie.wordpress.com/2020/06/05/declutter-your-writing-advice-from-a-hoarder/comment-page-1/?unapproved=2159&moderation-hash=1c0a7d73171fdafd27958ffc9dc5ac22#comment-2159

 

Natalie Ducey has another informative post on the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress self-hosting and what’s involved.

https://natalieducey.com/2020/05/26/wordpress-com-or-wordpress-org/

 

Janice Wald of MostlyBlogging.com has an excellent article on what’s involved to get noticed on Youtube.

https://www.mostlyblogging.com/not-getting-views-on-youtube/#comment-80266

 

Last, and far from the least, Harmony Kent has a writer’s help series at the Story Empire where you will find all the links to each article in-depth on how to publish on Amazon. Below find the first part of the series:

https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/how-to-publish-with-kdp-part-one/

 

 

I hope you find these articles as helpful as I do, and I suggest saving what is relevant to you in folders for easy access.

 

©DGKaye

 

Writer’s Tips – Author’s Toolbox, Scams, Search Engines, Freelance Writing and More!

Hi everyone! Welcome back to my Writing Tips edition. This is the first post I’m sharing of 2020 on tips this year since I was on a winter hiatus. I picked out some posts I found had great information along my blog and newsletter reading, and I think  all writers will find these posts helpful in some way. There’s always something in my tips that you may not need now, but more than likely you will need at some point in your writing career, so you may want to create a folder for yourself in your files or in an app file for future reference. I personally, have all my reference files in the Evernote app, in case you’re looking for a recommendation. (No, this isn’t a sponsored ad, just trying to be helfpful.)

 

Books

 

Google Keep – a great note taking tool by Jacqui Murray (I use this on my phone. It comes in handy for making lists of things to remember.)

https://worddreams.wordpress.com/2020/03/18/authortoolboxbloghop-why-google-keep-is-a-great-notetaking-tool-for-writers/

 

 

Anne R. Allen with some great information on Publishing Scams to beware of:

10 New Publishing Scams to Watch Out for in 2020

 

 

The Bookdesigner demonstrates how to use Amazon’s Search Engine

Amazon is a Search Engine–Make Your Book an Easy-to-Find Product

 

 

Deborah Jay has some terrific information on how to get our books in more categories

https://deborahjayauthor.com/2020/02/03/how-to-add-categories-to-your-book-on-amazon/comment-page-1/#comment-16670

 

 

Anne R. Allen again, with great tips on how to write a good Query Letter

How to Write a Professional, Not-Embarrassing Query to an Agent, Reviewer, Editor, or Blogger

 

 

Janice Wald from Mostlyblogging.com sharing some freelance writing websites

https://www.mostlyblogging.com/freelance-writing-websites/

 

 

Doris Heilmann of 111 Publishing offers some interesting tips on how to get more exposure for our books

Sweepstakes: Getting Your Book Message Viral

 

 

Nicholas Rossis has an excellent share for creating your  Online Signature for documents you have to send back signed

https://nicholasrossis.me/2020/03/25/working-from-home-tools-wondershare-signx/

 

I hope you find these tips as helpful as I have.

©DGKaye

 

 

Writer’s Tips – Amazon Pages Update, Gutenberg Editor, Maximizing Blog Traffic

Welcome to this week’s edition of Writer’s Tips. I’ve curated some informative articles I came across in my blog reading that all bloggers will find useful. From how to update your Amazon author pages to working with the Gutenberg editor and how to maximize your blog traffic and a great instructional on how to back up your blogs, this post has a bounty of invaluable tips!

 

Harmony Kent over at the Story Empire has an informative post on how to update our Amazon author pages

https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/2019/10/16/how-to-get-your-book-sales-page-looking-good-on-amazon/

 

Natalie Ducey has a new episode of instructional on how to increase our blog traffic with our sharing buttons

https://natalieducey.com/2019/10/08/adding-and-customizing-social-media-sharing-options/#comment-3027

 

Colleen Chesebro has been running a series on how to effectively use the Gutenberg editor in WordPress.

https://colleenchesebro.com/2019/10/09/the-basics-of-using-the-gutenberg-editor-part-two/

 

Hugh Roberts has a new post out with complete instructional on How to Back Up our Blogs

https://hughsviewsandnews.com/2019/11/04/how-to-backup-your-wordpress-blog-to-prevent-losing-all-its-contents/

 

Navigating Twitter for Readers and Authors by James Cudney

https://thisismytruthnow.com/2019/11/08/tips-advice-11-8-twitter/

 

Thanks to all our blogging friends who take the time to put these invaluable posts together.

 

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Great Author Share by Sally Cronin – Details on How to Set up Your Amazon Author Page

Sally Cronin has written a detailed ‘how to’ on how to set up your Amazon Author Page and how to fine tune your page. Some authors aren’t aware of how much more we can do with using Author Central. As many of you already know, Sally hosts a bookstore and cafe at her blog – Smorgasbord Invitation. Are your books in Sally’s bookstore? If not, and you’d like to be part, visit the bookstore to find out how to be part.

 

 

I began promoting authors and their books back in 2001 and then it was all about splashy book launches, press releases and getting local coverage. Indie authors had it tough in those days trying to break into the establishment and get the attention of national press, but could do very well locally.

It is very different today in many respects, but certainly you can still make a big splash in your own local area, especially if our books are relevant to the history of the area. Press releases and going door to door to established businesses such as bookshops, cafes, art galleries and holding book signings can certainly launch a book and possibly get the attention of a wider audience and the national press.

Six years ago I began promoting my own books (particularly Ebooks as I tend to still go local for my print books) and a handful of authors here on Smorgasbord, which over the next two years developed to become The Cafe and Bookstore.  This celebrated three years of book promotions earlier in the year and there are between 150 and 175 active authors with new releases and reviews at any given time.

Taking my experience of the ups and downs of book marketing over the last 18 years I feel that if I can give a helping hand to other authors, it might help them navigate the marketing process a little more effectively. Especially when we have a global marketplace at our fingertips.

I am delighted that I am in a position to showcase authors here on my blog and on social media. And for me it is important to provide this FREE as I know how tough it was back when I started, and even more so now, to get noticed.

 

However, I have over the years found some stumbling blocks that are common to many authors.

It would be lovely to think that we write a book and readers will then flock through the doors on the online bookstore and grab a copy. Unfortunately today you are in competition with the many thousands of other books that are published that week, particular in a popular genre on a worldwide basis.

So everything you do online has to have one clear goal, and that is to encourage readers to buy your book. But all the promotions in the world with wonderful blurb and reviews are not effective unless they address one very important question.

Where do you want potential readers to end up? 

Somewhere they can buy the book immediately.

For most of us, whichever publishing path we have taken, Amazon is our primary bookseller. Some of you will publish through Amazon’s own Kindle and Print publishing services, others like myself are independent and do our own formatting and design before signing up for a seller account.

But, you do need to meet the technology and worldwide opportunities at least halfway and one of the most effective tools at your disposal, even with one book, but certainly with multiple releases, is the Amazon Author Page.

 

There are a number of book promotional sites available, mine included, who will promote your book, but we need to put a buy link for your book so that readers can head over and purchase. That link is usually Amazon as it is the largest online bookstore in the world. More importantly it is where those who live online, such as other authors and bloggers have set up accounts to buy their books.

That being the case, I always put the Amazon author page in the bookstore so that when the potential buyer heads over they can see the authors bio, photograph and more importantly, not just one book, but all of them.  They can then choose which book to select, but you never know, they might just pick up another one or two at the same time.

The majority of authors that are promoted here have an Amazon author’s page, but you will be amazed how many do not who ask me to promote their books.

This is one of the most important book marketing tools that you can use as the link should be on all your correspondence, from the signature on your emails to your profiles on all the social media sites you are using. Certainly on your business cards and also at the back of your books, along with the covers of the other books you have written.

From the perspective of a book promoter, it makes it very difficult when an author has five or six books and no author page.. I have to spend considerable time tracking them down and I then do not have one central link to put them under.

This loses you sales.

 

Amazon is your bookstore, your bookshelf and your author page needs maintenance from time to time.

  1. When was the last time you checked your bio. I see many that are at least a year and a couple of books out of date.
  2. Would a new profile photo give your author page a new look too?
  3. Have you added your blog link so that your posts will show up on the page encouraging readers to visit you there.
  4. Are all your books, including your latest listed on your author page?
  5. Is all the information correct about your books?

Even if you only have one book, it is a good idea to set up your Author Page and you can do so on both the UK and the US sites as when they list your books on one they might not carry over your bio or other information, including the photograph. Often if you do not manually update your author page on the other country’s site, you will find there is no bio or the photograph is missing so you do need to keep an eye on both.

Even if you have not been the person who uploaded the book, as the author you can sign up for the Author Central or as many of you are a KDP author you can use that identity to log in.

I have taken some screen grabs to illustrate the process. If you feel that uncertain about creating your own author page or need assistance then I suggest you enlist the help of a member of your family who is tech savvy and that you are happy to share your Amazon password with, to do the online side for you.. Just make sure you have prepared your author bio in advance and have a photograph ready.. pass that around friends and see what they think too.

 

As you can see there is a question in the bottom left hand corner.. Are you an author?  Click on Learn More at Author Central.

This will take you to the log on or sign in screen and click the relevant option to you. If you are signing up for the first time you will need your email address and a new password. Or you can use an existing Amazon identity. CONTINUE READING AT SALLY’S BLOG.

 

Source: Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – Book Marketing – Setting up your Amazon Author Page by Sally Cronin | Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

 

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