Category Archives: Social Networking

A Book Marketing Truth Few Experts Will Admit

Book marketing is tough, especially when it comes to self-publishing. The good news is there is no shortage of experts, books and websites out there to advise authors on how to market. The bad news is that while some offer … Continue reading

Posted in Marketing, Platform, Promotion, Publishing and Self Publishing, Social Networking, Uncategorized | 74 Comments

5 Steps To Find Your Book’s Ideal Audience

There’s nothing quite like seeing a book with your name on it. The beautiful cover, the weight of it in your hands, the pages of your creativity bundled into a package for readers to enjoy. It sits o the shelf–maybe … Continue reading

Posted in Buying Books, Marketing, Promotion, Publishing and Self Publishing, Social Networking, The Business of Writing | 42 Comments

How To Make a “Wow” Blog Image with PicMonkey

I am BEYOND excited about today’s post, people. Last week, Doug Langille was here to talk about the importance of fair image usage and how to share pics without infringing on the copyright of others. As a blogger, this is … Continue reading

Posted in Blogging Tip, Guest Post, Social Networking, Uncategorized | 40 Comments

Creative Book Launches That Command Attention

Being an Indie author means a tremendous amount of pressure lies at our door as we release a book. Without the backing and promotional support of a publishing house, we are on our own. Success or failure is up to … Continue reading

Posted in About Us, Experiments, Marketing, Platform, Promotion, Random Acts of Kindness, Uncategorized | 20 Comments

Website Tips for Authors

Welcome, everyone, to the new home of The Bookshelf Muse! I hope you’re finding your way around easily. Angela and I feel like we’ve upgraded from a condo to a multi-family home. Finally, there is ROOM for everything! In the … Continue reading

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Need Online Exposure? Asking Bloggers For Help

Recently I posted a tip on Facebook regarding the wrong way to contact bloggers for exposure after being “cold call” emailed myself. The cliff note version is that a marketing person sent me a form letter asking for book exposure, … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Marketing, Platform, Promotion | 38 Comments

Your Blog As A Promotion & Branding Tool

I am super excited to welcome Nina Amir, Inspiration to Creation Coach, who inspires people to combine their purpose and passion so they Achieve More Inspired Results. She motivates both writers and non-writers to create publishable and published products, careers … Continue reading

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Reluctant to Join Social Media?

Hi everyone! For some, the war cry of Join Twitter! Network! Engage & Share! Create a Facebook Page! Get Yourself Out There! can seem a bit much. I know a lot of writers who are confused and frustrated because they … Continue reading

Posted in Platform, Social Networking, Uncategorized | 15 Comments

Creating An Author Platform That Sticks

Today we welcome S.R. Johannes, author of the YA Wilderness Thriller, Untraceable and the newly released On The Bright Side, a super fun Tween Paranormal about a girl becoming a guardian angel after she dies, only to discover her charge … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Marketing, Platform, Promotion | 37 Comments

Do You Need a Social Media Intervention?

It’s drilled into us by the Publishing Powers That Be: platform, platform, platform. Embrace Social Media. Blog. Get on twitter. Engage. Network. Connect. Start early, think ahead, get a platform in place before the deal. And because we want to … Continue reading

Posted in Agents, Balance, Blogging Tip, Focus, Platform, Writing Time | 68 Comments