• Community,  Social Media

    Networking as a Newbie Author

    When you're starting out, it is easy to fall into the everyone-can-be-a-published-writer crowd. And yes anyone can throw something up on Amazon nowadays, but if you're serious about writing more than one book or making writing a career, then it is important to start with a professional mindset. Who do you want your book next to on the shelf? Anne Rice? Steven King? Francine Rivers?

  • Publishing,  Social Media

    Eight Tips To Help You Get Attention On Twitter

    Twitter isn't a great way to communicate. It's chaotic, disorganized and discouraging. Yet, authors often hear stories of how books are sold, tribes have increased, and deals are made. Somehow Twitter works for those who know how to work it. But if all you do on Twitter is shout into the crowd with no plan, no target and no order, you'll probably come away disappointed. Perhaps we should think of Twitter as a cocktail party instead.

  • Publishing,  Social Media

    How To Choose The Best Literary Agent

    I had an agent for a previous book deal, and we amicably parted ways a few years ago. I am not quite ready to find another one, mostly because my next novel isn’t finished yet. But when I am ready, I am going to do my homework and seek out the best fit for me.

  • Marketing,  Publishing,  Social Media,  Twitter

    Branded: Three Must-Haves For Effective Branding

    By: Rennie St. James Are you branded? Have you seen (or posted) the example of people happily paying $5 for coffee before tipping, but then complaining that a book costs $0.99?? I’ve shared that example myself and have been annoyed by it. Only recently have I discovered a new understanding of it, and that is what I want to share here. Those people aren’t just buying a cup of coffee. They are buying a brand. In the case of Starbucks, one that has been around since 1971. Those people have bought countless coffees that met or exceeded their needs and that’s what they are paying for – that guaranteed success…

  • Community,  Social Media

    The Necessity of a Tribe

    One of the biggest mistakes writers (actually ALL human beings make) is that they are not engaged in some sort of community. Left to ourselves, we are do not make good choices, we do not embrace discipline, and we do not meet our goals. Left to ourselves we often succumb to our fears.

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Community,  Social Media,  Twitter,  Uncategorized

    10 Awesome Things You Get To Do If You’re A Member of 10 Minute Novelists

      In 2018, my Facebook group, 10 Minute Novelists celebrated four years, 12,000+ members, and our first conference!  We are pretty proud of how far we’ve come! We’d love for you to join us! This is what you get if you’re a part of this dynamic group:         1. You get to meet over 12,000 amazing writers from all over the world. Many of these writers are new to writing. Many have a lot of time restraints like full-time jobs or small children. All of them have this desire: to be a great author despite the restrictions in their life. 2. You get practical tips on craft,…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  #MondayBlogs,  Marketing,  Social Media

    Top 10 Ways Marketing Your Books Is Like Exploring A Jungle

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Some authors would call marketing an adventure. Yet other authors would call marketing a long, torturous, mosquito ridden trek full of disease, peril and snakes. In some ways finding buyers for your books is easier than exploring the Amazonian jungle. If you have studied, worked, created, drafted, revised, edited and completed a novel, it’s unlikely you took the time to learn the skills to sell it. And because it seems hard, as hard as hacking your way through a rain forest, you may have a negative opinion of it. You may think that to sell, then you may have to be annoying to buyers, like…

  • Social Media,  Twitter

    Top 10 Things Writers Do Wrong On Twitter

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelists  You’ve written a book! You’ve followed all the great advice! You’ve got your Facebook page and your blog set up and your Twitter account is up and running! You’re doing everything right, or at least you think you are.  The Facebook likes are trickling in, you get a few hits on your blog and then there’s Twitter. You have few followers. You have few RTs. You aren’t making a lot of sales. No one has seen your awesomeness.  Ever thought about why? You COULD be making some serious mistakes that are pushing people away.  I know, it’s hard to believe, especially since it seems…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Social Media,  Twitter

    Top 10 Reasons To Treat Twitter Like A Big Cocktail Party by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    Imagine yourself in a packed football stadium — one of the big ones like Gillette or Lucas Oil. Now imagine that every one in attendance at that stadium is shouting at the same time. They aren’t shouting to players on the field, they’re not even watching the game, instead, they are trying to get the attention of the people on the other side of the stadium. Everyone in the stadium, including you, wants attention from others. Everyone wants to be known as clever. They want subscribers or followers or friends or likes. Everyone in the stadium wants the attention of everyone else in the stadium. This isn’t a great way…

  • Marketing,  Social Media,  Time Management

    Making Your Author Platform Work for You — A Guest Post by Rachelle M. N. Shaw

    By Rachelle M. N. Shaw In such a highly competitive world of publishing, it’s no surprise that author platforms have taken center stage and become the foundation for any writer’s success. But who has time to keep up with all the Tweets, Pins, and Instagram posts needed to do so? The truth is, successful authors don’t. They pick the top few social media sites that fit their style and their audience, and they roll with it. What an Author Platform Should Do Provide original content fitting of your audience through a well-designed blog or website Become a place where you regularly engage with your followers; this doesn’t mean you sit…

  • Marketing,  Social Media

    Enjoying The Cocktail Party: How To Use Twitter to Engage Your Target Market by Katharine Grubb

    Imagine yourself in a packed football stadium — one of the big ones like Gillette or Lucas Oil. Now imagine that every one in attendance at that stadium is shouting at the same time. They aren’t shouting to players on the field, they’re not even watching the game, instead, they are trying to get the attention of the people on the other side of the stadium. Everyone in the stadium, including you, wants attention from others. Everyone wants to be known as clever. They want subscribers or followers or friends or likes. Everyone in the stadium wants the attention of everyone else in the stadium. This isn’t a great way…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Social Media

    Is Your Twitter Avatar Creepy?

    I will be the first to admit that I’m probably the wrong judge of what is creepy. I am a white, urban, college educated SAHM who is squeamish about mice in the house. So the very idea that I would set a high standard of cuddli-ness (which I’m thinkin’ is the most clarifying antonym out there) is pretty bold, if not silly. Nevertheless, in order to make my Social Media More Social, I ‘m willing to step up and put out a Creep-O-Meter for your benefit. This is kind of like a Cosmo quiz for people who have more important things to do than to read the first hundred pages…