Tip Thursday

Tip Thursday: How To Add Your Book To Goodreads

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in How To, Publishing, Tip Thursday | 0 comments

Tip Thursday: How To Add Your Book To Goodreads

Most of you know that I’m a huge Goodreads fan. I think their free services to authors and readers are invaluable. Not to mention how awesome I think it is to have a digital library with bookshelves, my want-to-read books marked, etc. According to Goodreads it is a “free website for book lovers. Imagine it as a large library that you can wander through and see everyone’s bookshelves, their reviews, and their ratings. You can also post your own reviews and catalog what you have read, are currently reading, and plan to read in the future.” If you’re self-publishing or you have to do most of your marketing, I want to show you today how to add your book to Goodreads. It’s free, easy, and will be a big help in getting your book in front of new audiences and at the very least, in the hands of new readers.   Check first to see if your book is up on Goodreads –  If your book is being published through a publisher, they might add it for you. Before you add your book and accidentally create a duplicate, make sure that you check to see if your book is already up on Goodreads. You do this by searching for your book on the site. Type in your title into the search bar and hit enter, as shown below. The results will show up below.     If your book is not already there, it’s time to put your book up on Goodreads! Be sure to have information ready about your book for when you add it, such as the cover art, the blurb, publish date, publisher, etc. If you have the information and you’ve searched your book and it isn’t already there, choose the option to the right on the screen that says “Manually Add a Book.”   Once you click “Manually add a book” it’s time to add your work of art! Fill in the information on your book, such as title, author, isbn, publisher, number of pages, format, edition, official URL, and book blurb under description. It doesn’t require all of the fields to be filled out but fill out as much as you can. Once you’ve entered all needed information and upload your book cover (link on the right hand side of the page), select “Create Book.” When you’ve hit the “Create Book” button, VOILA! Your book has been created on Goodreads! The nice thing too, is if you add your book to Goodreads before it comes out, users that have added your book to their To-Read list will receive an email when your book comes out reminding them to pick it up. You can’t beat that!   My book is uploaded. What now?   Once your book is uploaded, there are a ton of different ways to promote your work as an author. Make sure you join the Author’s Program: If you’re not sure how to create an author profile, here’s a How-To. Run a Goodread’s giveaway! Get your book into the hands of eager readers! Information on how to run a Goodreads giveaway is here (and actually this whole slideshow is super helpful for any author). Enjoy Listopia! Go a step farther by adding your book to Goodreads lists. There are a million and one book lists such as YA romance or Adult Vampire Books, or whatever the niche your book may fall into. Add your book to as many lists that qualify and it will help with your book’s visibility.   If you have any questions or have anything to add, let me know in the comments below! I’m happy...

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How to Make, Meet, and Exceed Your 2015 Writing Goals

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Tip Thursday, Writing | 2 comments

How to Make, Meet, and Exceed Your 2015 Writing Goals

Writing goals are important. They give you something to work for. They allow you as a writer to have a measurable for when you’re seriously slacking off. Writing goals enable you to have an end-goal in sight. You can dream big dreams but if you set goals you can actually achieve them! After all, I’m a firm believer that all goals are attainable (even the Hogwarts Acceptance letter that seems to have been lost in the mail). 2015 is right around the corner and you know what that means? A fresh start! It doesn’t matter if you didn’t write as much as you wanted in 2014 or if you received 47.5 rejections from agents on that True Life Squirrel Apocalypse Memoir you wrote. Just like the sun sets and the night comes, the sunshine always streams through your window in the morning (*inclement weather not part of this scenario). What I’m trying to say is, you are the master and controller of your writing journey. You control how little you write, how much you write, and in the end, how successful you are. My buddy Brian wrote a super amazing kick-in-the-pants letter to himself about this, and I think you should read it. Otherwise, let me say this. Just as I would tell you, “Don’t let your past define you,” I also highly believe that you can’t let your writing past define you. You can be better in 2015. You can WRITE ALL THE THINGS. 2015 is the year that YOU make it happen. 2015 is the year that YOU make it happen. Click To Tweet How? Set those goals, people! Keep a Writing Log Have you ever heard the expression, 80% of success is showing up? Well, your book isn’t going to write itself. Show up daily. Last year, I left a main character in a burning building for a week! Somehow, she survived when I showed up and wrote her out of it. Your writing talents will grow with practice. Just like people hang trophies on their well, be proud of those words you write. Keep a log! You can do this by writing on a piece of paper or in a journal. Mark it on your calendar. Pen & Muse has actually made a Word Count log for you to use. Get it for FREE here. Anywho, just like professional athletes have medals or scholarly types hang their accolades on the walls, until you have that book to hoist high in the air like baby Simba, your medals and accolades ARE your word count. Keep your log. Marvel at your hard work. Reward yourself for meeting your goals. How incredible are you?! It not only helps to keep you accountable, but you feel damn good when you see how much you accomplished! Your medals and accolades ARE your word count. Click To Tweet Set Writing Goals You should definitely set word count goals but I kind of covered that above. What I mean here is, look at your schedule and your life and decide what you want 2015 to be the year of. I asked around on Twitter and my buddy Shen Hart WOWed me with her answer. Decide if you want to have one, two, or fifty-seven (good luck) novels completed. Decide if you want to get a literary agent. Determine if you want to submit any short stories to any small publishers. Whatever they are, think on a grand scale and decide what you will accomplish overall in 2015. Here are mine: By setting goals you have actionables. You know what needs to be done....

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Tip Thursday: Why Authors Need To Stalk Themselves (With Google Alerts)

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Marketing and Branding, Tip Thursday | 1 comment

Tip Thursday: Why Authors Need To Stalk Themselves (With Google Alerts)

Do you know what shows up under your name on the internet? Trick question. You do. Still not sure? I’m going to tell you why you do, why this is an asset for authors, and just how to do it. Why do you want to know? To Know What Agents and Other Professionals See I hate to break it to you, but in most worlds these day, you’re going to get Googled. Just met someone at the bar (or library!)? They’re probably going to Google you. Applying for a job? You’re going to get Googled. Have an agent curious about you? Or a magazine considering interviewing you? Guess what. Google time. Hint: You don’t want them seeing those pictures from college keg parties.   To Thank People Did you miss someone doing a post on you? Maybe a magazine did an article about your writing journey. Maybe a fellow writer talks about you, or links to you. Obviously you should thank them, yes? Well, now you can!   To Thank Reviewers  If you’re the type that gets emotional about your reviews, ignore this. (Never negatively engage a reviewer.) However, it is a good procedure (and just good manners) to thank reviewers for reviewing your book – regardless of how many stars it is. Do you want to bet that I remember reviewers who have thanked me? Yes. Am I more likely to try their future books? Yes. Am I more likely to help them in the future if they asked for it? Yes. Manners. They still work online.   How do you do it? Sure, you could search the web. Which is fun when you come up first. And interesting when there’s pictures of other people.     But what if you don’t have time for that? Or don’t feel like getting to page nine and realizing that there’s something you wish you had deleted ages ago, and now you’re wondering how many MORE things are floating out there? You sign up to get regular alerts of your name (or book title!).   Google Alerts Want the quick and simple way? Try Google Alerts. It’s as simple as filling out a little form. You can have as many Google Alerts as you want. Note: It’s not super sensitive – you’re not going to get a notification about each social media update you make. It also doesn’t catch everything – but it lets you see how Google sees you (advantage), and is more convenient than searching yourself.   Mention If you’re not a Google fan, there’s also Mention. The sign up process is similar, however you can only have one alert per email address for free. Mention also has apps for your desktop and smart phone. Advantage to Mention? You can be more precise. Because I don’t care what Kristen Stewart does. (Thanks to her playing Joan Jett in the Runaways, my Google Alerts is a lot of K-Stewart at times. Not helpful.) You can also choose where they pull from. I ignore Twitter, because I don’t need another reminder of how often I tweet. Or often it’s about bacon. Mention is more techy – I’ve heard it catches more things than Google Alert, but my account is new so I can’t comment on that for now. One thing that is interesting is that you can hook up your social media to the account to respond to them straight from Mention.   Happy...

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Tip Thursday: Adding Apps to your Facebook Page In 7 Easy Steps

Posted by on Feb 20, 2014 in Marketing and Branding, Tip Thursday | 0 comments

Tip Thursday: Adding Apps to your Facebook Page In 7 Easy Steps

So, you’ve made a Facebook fan page. It’s pretty. You’ve got all your information filled in. But now you want to add tabs to let your fans go to Pinterest. Or Twitter. Or Instagram. Or Youtube. Or some other shiny and fun feature.   (Yes. I finally made a Facebook page. Look at me, keeping secrets from y’all! Feel free to join me there for random talk, writing thoughts, and general KJness) How do you do this magic? 1. Login to your Facebook account. You already are, yes? 2. Visit Woobox’s Twitter app page, and click install Twitter tab. No worries, it’ll direct you to other choices, including Pinterest. (Or you can click the option from the Twitter app page, if you prefer.) Note: There are other apps that do the same thing – I just use Woobox as it gives a lot of variety. If you have several pages, you may need to use more than one app, as there’s a limit on how many times you can use each Woobox feature. 3. Select which Facebook page to put the tab on. 4. Authorize the app to have access to Twitter/Pinterest/wherever. (You may need to also click a Go to App button, depending on what you use.) 5.  Under settings you’ll be able to insert the name of your account, and specific details. For Twitter, you can choose whether replies will be seen, or just your main tweets. For Pinterest, you can choose between  all your boards showing, or just one board. 6. Click save. 7. Pour a glass of wine!   Super easy! Feel free to leave comments directing me to your page with the new...

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Tip Thursday: How To Make Time For Your Craft

Posted by on Jan 30, 2014 in Tip Thursday, Writing | 0 comments

Tip Thursday: How To Make Time For Your Craft

Since we decided to merge the Pen and Muse Press blog with the Pen and Muse blog, we’re carrying over some of the features we loved over there. This one is Tip Thursday, with short tips nearly every other Thursday on everything from writing, marketing, and branding. The most common writer complaint – not having enough time to write. How do you make room in your busy schedule for this? We’ve got  a few ideas.   1.  Set aside fifteen minutes before bed.  Or when you first wake up. Whatever works best for you. Know that no matter how busy your day was, you always have this designated time to get as many words done as you can. It’s reassurance. It’s a safety net. It’s doable.   2. Sprints. Maybe you’ve got half an hour of free time on Twitter. Call forth for a writing sprint. Get some partners, turn off your wifi, turn your phone on silent, and write write write! New to writing sprints? If you’re on Twitter, peek at @FriNightWrites. They do 30 minute writing sprints every Friday – and can often direct you to who may be running sprints on other days of the week as well.   3.  Make use of technology. Are you in a doctor’s office waiting to be seen? Whip out that smartphone and get to typing! (I recommend the Writeroom app for iPhones.) Maybe you’ve got a long car ride? Try out a text to speech app. It may not be perfect, but it’s more words than you would have accomplished without it, so why not try?   4. Take time from elsewhere. Are you spending twenty hours a week on social media? (You can estimate how much time you’ve spent on Facebook during your life here.) What if you spent half of your social media time writing instead? Not sure where you spend the most of your time? There’s a few options to track your computer time at least. RescueTime will track your time on websites and computer applications, while sending you a weekly update. (Let’s be real. I don’t even want to know how much time I spend on Pinterest. Says the girl currently pinning dessert recipes.)   What are your tips to squeeze writing into a chaotic...

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