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Publishing News Roundup Series: Social Media Marketing Changes for Publishing

by Maureen Crisp •  February 26, 2018  •   Follow

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Marketing, particularly social media, is always very important for self publishing.

As social media continues to change, an author’s marketing use of it must too. One thing that is important is that authors should be utilizing it often and keeping themselves in reader’s minds.


Is This The Real You

Facebook is changing its algorithms. So marketing on Social Media needs a rethink. Penny Sansevieri lists the bare minimum interactions andmindset that authors should be doing.  Writers Digest also has some good advice on how not to panic but take advantage of the changes… It’s all about being your authentic real self…
Hands up if anyone knows who Arnaud Nourry is? Hmmm, not many. He is the Chief Executive of Hachette Livre which is why his comments this week, on eBooks being stupid, raised eyebrows. His company makes loads of money from them…. However he thinks the future is in 3D and digital…
Another week… another scandal… Amazon started sending out Tax notices this week and one author got a nasty surprise. His account had been used as a money laundering service and he’s not the only author being targeted.  Brian Krebs takes a look at what happened and how easy it is to do.
Anne R Allen always has great advice and here she looks at blogging for authors. Do you really need to do it? 8 reasons to start an author blog. It has generated a lot of comment so if you are on the fence or need to rethink your strategy go and read what she has to say.
Kris Rusch was surprised to see an editors name on the front cover of a fiction novel. Apparently this is becoming a thing… and not for the better. Kris breaks down why this is ethically and morally dubious… let
alone a sales nightmare.
If you are a visual learner you will love this neat little video on Storytelling by George Saunders. ‘Get out there and do something beautiful…’

In The Writing Craft Section,

21 fun writing prompts– TED ED- Bookmark
Wrestling with tense and point of view -Writer Unboxed- Bookmark
Writing Craft master list– Jami Gold- Bookmark
Plotting- Big Picture vs Small picture– Janice Hardy – Bookmark
5 ways to deepen emotional layering– Lakota Grace- Bookmark

In The Book Marketing Section,

Using box sets and bundling– Joanna Penn- Bookmark
Tips for the new Goodreads giveaways-Chris McMullen- Bookmark
Promote your books with online groups– Non Fiction writers Assoc.
5 Terrible ways to launch your book– Draft2Digital- Bookmark
To Finish,
The Digital Reader site run by Nate Hoffelder has an interesting collection of news, comment and resources. This infographic is lots of fun. How to determine your character by the fonts you use

About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.