Let’s Tweet

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Back in February when I started using Twitter I wasn’t sure if it would be a helpful tool or one more thing to distract me from everything else or just a fad. I’ve decided it is all three to some extent.

In planning for National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, I’ve found it the most useful too. I also have it set up with ping.fm and hootsuite.com to post to Facebook. This combination of interacting with people has been a refreshing addition to my internet experience.

I have spent endless hours visiting web sites, following links and reading blogs, but Twitter has quickly introduced me to some amazing people in the illness/health field that I never may have found otherwise.

Not only can I scan a profile description quickly and click to visit a person’s web site, but by seeing what kinds of things they Tweet and ReTweet, I can see what they value, what kind of information they think is important to share, and yes, even hear about the fact that their 2-year-old just threw a tantrum or they are off to have a picnic. The combination of information is about the person makes them just that… a person, not a company or a PR representative.

I’ve connected with some women in ministry and authors that I have long admired, but would have had to go through “their people” to connect with them in any other way other than Twitter.

I’ve found a group of people who I am excited to work with and they are excited to work with me. It goes beyond “networking” and far surpasses the (someone cold) term of “joint venture.” It’s just friends, sharing their resources, great finds, and each other’s “stuff.”

I began with @lisajcopen and that’s my main Twitter for anything illness, health, personal and ministry. Some tweets have nothing to do with illness, but they are just part of something I think people may be interested in. I moved on setting up @invisibleillwk for people who wanted illness related information and also Invisibel Illness Week updates (but not all my personal stuff).

Next, I started building relationships in the adoption community because of my web site ScrapbookMyAdoption.com so I began @scrapbkadoption.

And this last week I realized that I have so much book promotion stuff sitting around waiting to be put into the next ebook, and I really wanted to start sharing it now! So I began @youcansellbooks . If you are wondering how I keep track of all of these, it’s easy with hootsuite.com

I think I am about done now with setting up accounts, because all of my passions (or “niches”) are covered.  And I found myself setting them up not really because I was out to start adding numbers to a new list, but because there were so many people I wanted to follow and I wanted them somewhat organized so my brain could process all the information. (Some of you have written and said, “You aren’t following me…” but I am, just on a different account than maybe I Twittered from. If I don’t use hootesuite.com sometimes sending a message to a certain person means I have to sign out of one Twitter account and sign in to another.)

So, what does all of this mean to you? I hope it will be helpful that I can push more information I have out to you faster. Running 8 blogs isn’t easy, and I starting to like that 140 character limit of Twitter.

At some point this weekend, I am determined to put all busy work aside and actually work on a book I am writing. So, instead of blogging for hours, I hope to “tweet” and “write.”

I’ve also invited some guest bloggers to come and share their book marketing tips, tricks, and helpful articles. I hope you find this helpful as well.

If you have a book… and you are NOT yet on Twitter, go and sign up. I don’t know how long Twitter may last as this popular form of communication, but you need to at least jump on the wave in order to ride it. Start following people in your niche area, and when/if you are ready in a month or two to become more active, you will understand it better and be ready to participate. If you are an author with a book you cannot afford to ignore Twitter!

And if you Twitter about anything illness-related check out my new social network Illness Twitters. You may want to consider starting your own social network for people who Twitter on your subject material, to bring them all to one place, to help each other, share information and be readily available when the media come looking for book reviews, product reviews, blog comments, etc. The “mother” of all this is (in my opinion) Twitter Moms which has nearly 18,000 members!

So… go sign up to follow me @youcansellbooks and let’s get ready to kick our sharing up a notch. I look forward to getting to know you (and even what you had for dinner last night) soon.

Lisa

 Lets Tweet

Who is Talking About You?

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twitter Who is Talking About You?In my quest to organize information overload, I found this. We should all have our book titles, names, etc. in it just like we do for Google Alerts (do you have Google alerts set up for these right?)

Tweet Beep: http://www.tweetbeep.com — This service will alert you via email anytime your name, book title, company, or other keyword is tweeted about. You can set up similar alerts using TweetLater. A

You may also be interested inTwitter Search: http://search.twitter.com — Use this Twitter service to search for tweets. I put in “invisible illness” and then sent replies to people who tweeted on this topic to let them know about Invisible Illness Awareness Week.

Lisa

Blog Posts to Twitter

I’m trying to combine some of my efforts so I can concentrate more on content and less on posting it all over. I’ve been testing out some different things to do with Twitter and here is a link to Twitterfeed that seems to be working. It takes about 5 minutes to jump through the hoops to sign up, but after that you can sign up to have your blog posts post (title and brief description) to Twitter. Wanted to pass it along to save you a but of time too!

Anyone have any Twitter tools they want to share for us non-tech people?

Lisa

Everything You’d Ever Need for Twitter

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I am a twitter novice and learning to find the balance between being interesting, being honest and also using it as a marketing tool. But this week John Kremer (book marketing EXPERT) struck again by providing us with a wealth of resources for everything you’d ever want for Twitter.

Posting in advance, tweeting your blog, social networks for Twitter, and a list of media outlets that twitter (good to know!)

I’m going to work my way through all of these applications and decide what I really need to use first, but can’t wait to start. Let me know how you use Twitter, specifically to get people to your site or to sell more books.

 Everything Youd Ever Need for Twitter

The Power of Social Networking For Authors

 This article is compliments of Yvonne Perry, who has a new ebook out called Book Marketing in the Digital Age: Online Promotion Made Easy . I have not yet read it, but based on her web site, articles, reviews and more… I have no doubt she knows her stuff!

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The Power of Social Networking For Authors
By Yvonne Perry

Recently, I was asked, “What is the best tool for helping authors promote their books online?” Had you asked me that one year ago, I would have said blogging, and while that is still somewhat true, I have to admit that social networking is the best tool for helping authors promote their books online.

Social networking includes interacting or socializing with a number of people in a public chat-like setting except there is no live chat room. It retains the flavor of an email going back and forth the dialog ending at any time but a message being delivered. I’m referring to sites like Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Ning, Yahoo groups, and such online places where people share friendship and information. Twitter only allows 140 characters per post, so writers have to learn to be concise. That’s a good exercise to practice when one needs to tighten their writing.

I hate selling anything but I love sharing what I know and I enjoy interacting with people. I’m not sure that makes me an expert on any particular topic, but it does bring great response to whatever I’m promoting. After all, the only reason I’m promoting a book or author publicity service is because I have something valuable to offer but I can’t afford to give away all my time. I’m always researching and learning, asking questions and gathering information. I create books and eBooks as a way of dispersing some of the knowledge I have acquired. For example, my new eBook Book Marketing in the Digital Age Online Promotion Made Easy is a compilation of the material I crammed into an hour-long lecture I gave at Nashville Writers Meetup Group when I presented to the group earlier this year plus everything I presented in a three-hour intensive workshop at the Tennessee Writers Alliance 3rd Annual Conference; and it includes the most recent research I’ve done on SEO and social marketing.

I do give away a lot of information to help people see that I do have some idea of what I’m talking about. If an author tries my free marketing tips and has success with it, I figure they will come back for more. Perhaps they will buy my books or have me help them with their writing or editing needs. It’s a win-win for both of us, and that creates a nice balance-a zen sort of thing.

I met James Helms on Twitter and he made a post on his blog http://todaysbesttools.com about my new eBook. He didn’t ask anything in return for the favor, but I was more than happy to Tweet about his generosity. That’s the power of social networking.

Yvonne Perry is a freelance writer and the owner of Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services (WITS). She recently released an eBook titled Book Marketing in the Digital Age, Online Promotion Made Easy. Read more about the eBook and find free tips for marketing your book online.

Networking with Web Site Owners That Like You

The internet can seem like a huge place to make friends and network with others. As social networks increase in use (from Ning to Facebook) we can easily forget about old-fashioned web page where people just exchanged links. When you are looking for places to market your books, a great place to start is with people who have already expressed an interest in you!

There are numerous ways to find out who is linking to your web site, and many of them require a piece of HTML code on your web site. So let’s keep it simple: Just go to www.google.com and enter in the searchbox link:www.mysite.com

Some of the web sites will be your own, pointing to different pages on your web site. But many of the web sites that will pop up will be unfamiliar to you. Take a couple of hours, or hire your teenager, to visit these web sites and collect the email addresses of the web site owners. Do not spam them and add them to your mailing list without their permission. But it is a nice idea to send them out an email to say thanks for the links and interest in you/your book/your content, etc.

Then ask their permission to add them to your mailing list so you can contact them in the future. You may want to email them when

  • you have a new book come out and want to let them know. Have a virtual book party and give away some gifts and copies of your book
  • you are looking for blogs for a virtual book tour
  • you want to give away books as gifts for a drawing on certain sites
  • you want to let the site owners know when you have fresh content/articles. They may want to use it in their ezine or in their ezine
  • you are looking for submissions, anecdotes, personal examples
  • you would like some book reviews
  • you want to let people know they can link to your book at Amazon and even make a small percentage of money of the sales through the Associates’ program
  • you want to feature some of the web sites in your own ezine
  • It’s always nice to give a link back to those who have linked to you. If you do so, be sure to let them know.
  • some of these may be authors you’ve not yet pursued co-op ideas with. Talk to them! Are you serving the same people? How could you compliment each other?

Most people who are building small individual web sites may not think of ways they could help you, even if they want to. And some of their “small” niche sites get thousands of visitors per month. Offer some suggestions and be sure to find a way to say thank you! They won’t forget it and those links will soon become relationships.

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Lisa and Joel Copen have a variety of experience in founding a nonprofit that receives over 80,000 visitors per month, music and sound editing, web design, and book marketing and publishing. They look forward to your ideas to make the series of ebooks on book promotion a practical tool to help you sell more books!

Post Your Book For Free!

Think there is no such thing as a free book listing? Think again! For absolutely no fee of any kind self-publishers may display their book’s cover, a blurb and a link to their own website.

Mark Landsberg, founder of http://www.selfpublishersplace.com , says, “Book lovers deal directly with authors cutting out the expensive middlemen. We have a unique sales plan and work tirelessly to help authors promote their books. Our international forum is open to all. Whether you are a writer or a reader please check out our new site and let us know what you think. We value your input.”

Go list your book!

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Lisa and Joel Copen have a variety of experience in founding a nonprofit that receieves over 80,000 visitors per month, music and sound editing, web design, and book marketing and publishing. They look forward to your ideas to make the series of ebooks on book promotion a practical tool to help you sell more books!

 Post Your Book For Free!

Get Listed as a Radio Guest in New Publication

Did you know there is a new glossy, 4-color magazine called Best Guest Digest? It was launched by Michael Carruthers, host of the syndicated radio show, Something You Should Know, in October 2007. It goes out to about 5,700 radio and TV hosts and producers.

If you mention Mike’s name, you are entitled to 25% off your first ad.

You can see the first issue online at www.bestguestdigest.com. Click on “Current Issue.”Approximate rates are: Full page $950; half page $575 and ¼ page $390. For a free media kit email mikec@bestguestdigest.com

You may also submit a pitch for a section called ”Guests At A Glance.” This is a free editorial listing. Space is limited but it’s worth a shot. See here for details. Send to: info@bestguestdigest.com.

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Lisa and Joel Copen have a variety of experience in founding a nonprofit that receieves over 80,000 visitors per month, music and sound editing, web design, and book marketing and publishing. They look forward to your ideas to make the series of ebooks on book promotion a practical tool to help you sell more books!

 Get Listed as a Radio Guest in New Publication

Update Your Author Profile at Good Reads

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Visit www.goodreads.com and update your author information. Do a search for your name and you will likely see a “blank” photo where your photo should be. Below it is a link to “email us if you are the author” and then they quickly set up an account for you to log in to. (They responded to my request in less than a couple of hours.) This web site seems to get their “feed” from Amazon. Good Reads describes itself as “A place where you can see what your friends are reading and vice versa. You can create ‘bookshelves’ to organize what you’ve read (or want to read). You can comment on each other’s reviews. And on this journey with your friends you can explore new territory, gather information, and expand your mind.”

This web site reminds me of a very small Amazon book site, with the ability to add reviews, see other people’s reviews, etc. An author can add articles, news, comments, book excerpts, reviews, etc. so it’s worth taking twenty minutes to set up all of the information on your book. I found this web site while doing a search on my own name and a topic I’d been writing articles on. Though their Alexa traffic ranking is just 12,803, if I found my own author profile on this web site without even looking for it, others will too and it’s important to always have your photo, contact information and additional reviews about your book wherever it can be found. See http://www.goodreads.com .

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Lisa and Joel Copen have a variety of experience in founding a nonprofit that receieves over 80,000 visitors per month, music and sound editing, web design, and book marketing and publishing. They look forward to your ideas to make the series of ebooks on book promotion a practical tool to help you sell more books!

 Update Your Author Profile at Good Reads

Book Marketing with Bloggers

A great way to get some exposure and “talk” about your book is to identify bloggers who would be passionate about it. I have done this quite a bit for Beyond Casseroles: 505 Ways to Encourage Your Chronically Ill Friends. This is pocket-size, 94-page book, so the expense of giving them the actual book wasn’t a significant investment. If you’re limited in how many books you can afford to give away, you can send it to them as a document.

Note: As a blogger and editor, however, I can tell you I get about a dozen books a week to review. Those that are actual books that I can take with me to McDonald’s playground or to a waiting room always receive priority. I know I can print out the others, but how many people are going to use up their ink on printing out 250 pages? If you do send an electronic copy, be sure to add some kind of incentive to read it, such as a free gift or mention of the review and the link to their web site to your entire newsletter list of subscribers.

  1. I found bloggers who would be most interested by reviewing the topics that come through from bloggers in my Google Alerts each day.
  2. I searched technorati.com and the individual blogging directories
  3. I did a search on my name and organization to see who had already blogged about us or one of our events.
  4. I posted on  my “bulletin board” at MySpace for people who were interested in a free copy to contact me.
  5. I invited everyone to let anyone else know who may be interested in blogging about it or reviewing it, such as columnists, or especially editors of newsletters and magazines.

Lastly, I did this big pitch to bloggers right before National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week, which we sponsor. The fact that there was an event gave the blogger some motivation to finish the review early or at least mention the book while posting about the event.

Remember not to do a strong “pitch” asking for a book review. Rather tell the blogger, based on their topics and style, you thought they may be interested in your book. You can also offer to email them 10-20 pages so they can see if they want to request the book.

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Lisa and Joel Copen have a variety of experience in founding a nonprofit that receieves over 80,000 visitors per month, music and sound editing, web design, and book marketing and publishing. They look forward to your ideas to make the series of ebooks on book promotion a practical tool to help you sell more books!

 Book Marketing with Bloggers

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