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My Top Book Buzz Building Tip by Sandra Beckwith
 
The most important way for any author, regardless of genre, to build book buzz is to know your target audience. Contrary to what we’d like to think, it’s never “everyone.” And if it’s women, it’s not “all women” or “all women in a relationship.” It’s more likely to be women within a two-decade age range, with a certain income level, or marital status, or life stage, or life style. They might be defined by where they live – in the Southeastern U.S. for example, or in a city – and they might or might not have children.
 
The more you know about your target audience, and the more specific and niche-y you can be about that audience, the easier it will be for you to find and connect with readers who fit your target’s description.
 
Did you have someone in mind when writing the book? People just like her (or him) are probably your target audience. Did you write the book you wanted to read? Perhaps people just like you are your audience. Regardless, do some online research to uncover demographic information about your genre. It’s out there, so use it to help you find the people who will love and recommend your book. It’s the most important thing you can do to find the right readers – and it’s all about getting discovered by them.

 
ABOUT:

Sandra Beckwith is an award-winning former publicist who now teaches authors how to market their books. Download her free “Top 5 Free Book Promotion Resources” at http://buildbookbuzz.com/gift; you’ll also receive her free weekly newsletter.
 
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Please post on Wednesday! It is all right to miss and post a day late, but come the first Wednesday, your IWSG should be front and center.
 
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It Takes A Village To Publish A Book by Michelle Wallace
 
An ancient African proverb states: it takes a village to raise a child. It does take a village, to work with the family, to raise a child and weather the storms of life. Likewise, it takes a village to publish a book, from the initial concept to the final product.
 
The act of writing is solitary. It takes a team to publish a book. It’s all about support, reaching out to others, networking and collaboration. 
 
Collaboration takes many forms: critique groups, participating in a collaborative anthology, hosting an author on your blog during a blog tour, reading/editing somebody’s work, organising a joint author signing event, joint Facebook promos, street teams, twitter parties, etc.
 
Here are a few benefits.
 
1. It helps to build your platform. When you help somebody else, the favor will be returned.
 
2. Collaborating on a project with other writers means each one brings something distinct to the table, because of varied interests/ideas/perspectives.
 
3. Multiple writers in brainstorming mode fuels creativity.
 
4. It helps to build confidence. We need each other for moral support. You don’t feel so isolated.
 
5. A joint author event means higher visibility - an opportunity to build your fan base.

Life is a lot easier when you are part of a support network like the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. I’m blessed to be a part of this awesome village!

As a thank you for being part of the IWSG and for signing up for our newsletter, we are offering you a gift! Click HERE (or the image) to go to a special page with downloadable files of our 5 most-viewed posts. Mobi, ePub and PDF formats.
LINKS TO ARTICLES:

Social Media:
- How Successful Authors Use Social Media to Sell More Books
25 Social Media Links for Writers
- 15 Steps for Creating a Successful Social Media Giveaway
 
Twitter:
- How to Write a Great Twitter Pitch
205 Author Hashtags

- 7 Things You Need to Stop Doing
 
Blogging:
- Blogging 101
35 Blogging Tips to Woo Readers and Win Business
- How to Handle Haters in Blog Comments and Social Media


Thunderclap:
How to Get the Most out of Thunderclap
Out with a Thunderous Roar? Or a Fizzle? 

Pinterest:
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How to Use Pinterest for Marketing


Goodreads:
-
How to Rock out on Goodreads



All IWSGers who are participating in the A to Z Challenge can link their posts in our Facebook Group. Every day, the badge for each letter will be pinned at the top of the page. Member's posts must be linked IN THE THREAD of the badge provided.

WARNING: A to Z posts linked
outside of the thread provided will be removed.


MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Michael Di Gesu is an esteemed member of our group. He offers many services for writers such as blurbs, cover art  and illustrations. He also revamps blurbs and covers that need a little oomph, helps get stories ready for agents, and
edits the opening chapters. Rates vary, and he can tailor any job to your budget, so why not contact him? 

He blogs at Writing, Art and Design
Never a Day Without a Line by Tyrean Martinson

My favorite quote which has nothing and everything to do with writing:
 
“Nulla dies sine linea.” 
=
“Never a day without a line.” 


~ Horace/Pliny/Apelles
(ancient dudes)

 
As old as early history, this quote has been attributed to three different “ancient dudes” from Greece and Rome, one of whom said it first and then had it translated by the others. However, it has nothing to do with writing in its original form because the original speaker was an artist who thought all artists should never go a day without drawing or painting a line. And yet, the first time I heard it, I applied it to my writing habits.

The question is: what is that minimum “line?” Is it 3-5,000 words a day, recommended by famous authors? Maybe, but my “line” is simple – a line of verse, a line in a journal, a sentence in a story, or a line of idea gathering. I have grander monthly and yearly goals, but to get to those, I stick to my version of “Nulla dies sine linea” – “Never a day without a line.” Each line is an accomplishment. Each line builds a writing life.

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