Hidden Gems: Google+ Hashtags

Hidden Gems: Google+ Hashtags

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If you are a long-time reader of this blog you might have realized that I am a big fan of Google+ – or GooglePlus – however you want to write it.  And I am not the only fan of this Social Media site, more than a billion other people signed up and it won’t take long until Facebook is a thing of the past.  At least for professionals who realized how important their Google Search Engine ranking…

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Benefit of Writing Contests and Book Awards

Benefit of Writing Contests and Book Awards

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How to Get More Readers from an Award
Publicity around a book award will boost your book sales. Contests are a great way to hone your craft and show the world how much better you are than other writers. Winning a book award for your self-published fiction or nonfiction book is a great way to gain recognition and approval. You will not only see an increase your book sales – if you market it…

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Did You Write a Kindle Single?

Did You Write a Kindle Single?

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Many writers have taken a strong 70-page idea and stretched it into a weak 300-page book because that was what the industry demanded. Amazon gave short formats – Singles – an identity.
Any writer can approach Amazon directly, as Stephen King, a prominent author, did with Guns,  a nonfiction essay too long, at 8,000 words, for most newspapers or magazines. Another hit was his Single “Mile 81”…

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The Party is Over for Authors - Really?

The Party is Over for Authors – Really?

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Aaron Shepard Wrote a Blog: The Party is Over.
“Amazon has been touted as fostering a thriving culture of self publishing with its level playing field for online sales and its promotion of new reading and publishing technologies, particularly the Kindle. Well, much of that is valid. Amazon has made self publishing more and more accessible to writers and for many years supported a good number…

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The Magic of Keywords for Your Success

The Magic of Keywords for Your Success

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Did you ever wonder why almost identical blog articles or books get different amounts of readers / popularity? If topics and quality of the content are comparable, then it is almost always the right keywords – or their lack of.

Don’t expect that only building high-quality web pages that offer a valuable user experience, invites Google’s Search Engines to discover your pages, and reward them…

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All-You-Can-Read Kindle E-book Subscriptions?

All-You-Can-Read Kindle E-book Subscriptions?

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Netflix for Readers?  At least Amazon is testing it, as this cached screen-shot shows… 
Amazon is testing an e-book rental service: “Kindle Unlimited”. The “all-you-can-read” book service will cost $9.99 per month. Darrell Etherington from Techcrunchwrote: “Amazon tests “Kindle Unlimited”, a “Netflix” for e-books and audiobooks. Amazon’s big advantage here could be its offering of nearly…

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Are You Blogging or Writing an Online Diary?

Are You Blogging or Writing an Online Diary?

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Blog-Writing

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Readers are always curious to find out more about an author, or to see more of her or his writing.  What would a book lover expect when visiting their favored writers pages? An author bio, background stories to the book(s), maybe something about the writing and publishing process, news about upcoming books and a sneak peek (maybe even a chapter) into the next one, even a prequel or a link to…

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Who are Your Readers - and Your Competition?

Who are Your Readers – and Your Competition?

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Authors often do very little researchto really understand who their potential audience is – or could be.  Asking them: “Who is your audience and who is your competition?” one might receive only vague answers …  However, these are essential questions that are not only very important for self-publishers, but also for authors who want to go with a traditional publisher!  They need to proof to…

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How to Leverage Social Media

How to Leverage Social Media

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Statistics have proven how important social media networks are for a business:

  • 8 out of 10 internet users are reached by social media sites and blogs.
  • 87% of small businesses claim that social media has helped their business.
  • Marketers saw an increase of 74% in website traffic after devoting just 6 hours per week in social media.
  • 85% of business-decision makers believe that at least having one…

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5 Google+ Tips for Advanced Users

5 Google+ Tips for Advanced Users

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Before I even joined Twitter, GooglePlus (Google+) was my first Social Media Network of choice. I loved the beautiful images and videos that appeared on my timeline. And I steel a couple of minutes every day to scroll down and share, or at least place a “plus sign”, on interesting posts.  Google+ has now the title of being the world’s second largest social network. It’s a non-brainer to use…

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