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We are all busy. Being a self-published author means, you have to wear all the hats. Writer, editor, artist, promoter, etc. Sometimes you have to get assistance.  I found one place that might help you out. As NaNoWriMo 2011 was going on, a Doug Lance on G+ was doing book covers for fun. His stuff…

Google+ finally has brand pages!

Very first impressions. One of the issues that has kept writers away from G+ is their anti-pseudonym rule. They say they will change it, but it has not happened yet. Tonight they opened up G+ for brands. And there is a way around that rule now. It took me 2 minutes to set up my…

Google+ for writers, again.

I have been on G+ more than Facebook or Twitter now. As a selling platform, not that good. But as a networking and collaborative platform, amazing. First thing I want to share is make sure people can find you and circle you. The nice thing about filling out your Google profile (and you better, because…

You Want to Brand Yourself? Do What Tom Does.

We talk about author branding and I think most of us get how to do it in cyberspace. But what if you are in a supermarket and someone recognizes you? Or a friend introduces you as “that writer”. What do you do? Well, I had a great lesson. As you know I have been researching…

Giving Your Characters Life: Online

I am cross posting this on MariMiniatt.com and the Self Published Author Blog I did something crazy, but fun this weekend. Something other authors have done, but I was a little nervous to try. Giving your fictional characters on online presence. I used Twitter for one. Facebook for the other. How do you do it?…

Merchanding? Taking the Plunge. Part One.

First off, I am sorry I have not been posting as much as I have in past here. Real life can slow you down. I would like to talk about something that some indie authors might not have thought of. But in the last few weeks has been thrust into my face. MERCHANDISING! For the…

Don’t use Twitter for Marketing?

Lately, I have seen a backlash against using Twitter for marketing. The main complaint is that after they develop a large group of followers, that many start to leave. They blame the people on Twitter. They call them fickle. The problem is, most of the ones that are saying don’t use Twitter, don’t understand Twitter….

Oh, Get Over Yourself! a rant.

For simplicity the numerous people I have seen do this, will be rolled into one person for this post named N.V. The examples are general. I follow a lot of authors, on Twitter, on Facebook, on blogs, etc. They are unpublished, self-published, traditional, fiction, non-fiction, The point is, this disturbing trend goes across the board….

Follow Friday a Necessary Evil

When I first started Twitter, I would dread Fridays. What the heck were all these people doing filling up my stream with names? I really didn’t like it. But as I started to watch and realize, they were shouting out to me too. So I had to rethink my attitude. #FollowFriday is a must if…

Digging Through the Mud

This is about the “advice” you will get when you decide to take the plunge and become an Independent Author.  I am not talking about the good advice you will get, such as from The Publetariat. No, I am talking about the advice that should send your b*llsh!t radar into over drive. Biggest one: Write…