I recently shared 7 Reasons for Using Videos in Your Social Marketing Campaigns. Many commented that it’s hard using YouTube effectively–a statement I agree with, as I’m pretty inexperienced in its use myself. Which is why I hope you find today’s guest post by Mahendra Bajiya useful! Mahendra is an entrepreneur and blogger who uses YouTube […]
Have you heard the news? It’s all over town. If you ain’t heard it, well, you’d better sit down. Tell all the authors and the readers alike, Rave Reviews is really outta sight!
Here’s the scoop: Rave Reviews Book Club is launching their first ever Writers’ Conference & Book Expo. Now for the real cool part: It’s a virtual conference, which means no planes, trains, or automobiles need be involved. All you need to attend is a computer and internet connection.
What’s the WC&BE all about? I’m glad you asked. This event will include sessions on:
- Blogging for Success
- Marketing 101
- Formatting Made Easy
- Social Media Dos & Don’ts
- Writing the Perfect Book Review
- Building Your Author Platform
- Editors: Sniffing Out the Right One
- Why Your Brand is Important
- Indie Publishing versus Traditional
- Writing in the Senior Season
- And much more!
If you’re a writer, or if you just enjoy reading, this is the place you need to be.
The Rave Reviews Book Club Writers’ Conference & Book Expo runs from December 1st thru December 3rd. If you want to attend, you’ll need to register by November 23rd.
To register, click HERE!
For prices, click HERE!
I do hope you’ll join us in what is sure to be an amazing event for indie authors from around the world.
Indie author Larry Hyatt has been awarded this week’s Rave Reviews Book Club’s #PUSHTUESDAY seat of honor. If you are a fellow member of RRBC — and even if you’re not — please join me in supporting this incredible writer.
For those who may not be familiar with Larry Hyatt, he is the author of How to Reach for the American Dream…(And Not Get It).
How to Reach for the American Dream… (And not get it), is the fictional, comedic account of the life of an entertainer who from childhood had what it took to “make it.” You’ll laugh, cry, and cheer him on as he struggles to achieve what only a select few can, through his television kid show debut, glee clubs, remedial college studies, gaining weight as a “starving” artist, dating women out of his league, nightclub entertainer, and romps through radio, television, and publishing. I didn’t want to write the worn out story of a celebrity induced rise and fall. This is a comedic “never risen,” written to inspire, teach, and explain that the paths of dreamers take many turns, go winding through many roads, but ultimately detour, to the highway of your heart.
About the author (in his own words):
Since the age of five I’ve been a performer. I’ve written radio comedy, sketch comedy and plays, produced television and radio, worked as a creative director for an arts and entertainment magazine, and published numerous humorous articles and essays. Add appearing in operas, musicals, and a movie, and one would wonder how someone who has entertained so much, has so little. Well, I’ll tell you…but wait, that would be stupid, because I wrote the book on having what it takes, and now want you to buy my book on knowing what it doesn’t.
I didn’t want to write the worn out story of a celebrity induced rise and fall. This is a comedic “never risen,” written to inspire, teach, and explain that the paths of dreamers take many turns, go winding through many roads, but ultimately detour, to the highway of your heart.
SOCIAL MEDIA BUZZ!
BUY THE BOOK: How to Reach for the American Dream…(and not get it)
Visit Larry’s Blog: Hy Hatt
Follow Larry on Twitter: @hyhattlarry
A loud and gigantic CONGRATULATIONS to Gwen Plano on being named Rave Reviews Book Club’s #PUSHTUESDAY honoree!
For those who may not know who Gwen Plano is, let me introduce you to her. Gwen Plano is the author of a book entitled Letting Go Into Perfect Love. In this memoir, Gwen shares her struggles and her triumphs with readers, offering hope to those who are still in the grips of domestic abuse.
But that’s not all there is to Gwendolyn Plano! Did you know she is also the host of the popular blog talk radio program Aspire to Inspire? This show airs each month on the Rave Waves network.
So if you happen to find Gwen today on Twitter, don’t forget to send her your best wishes. And again, CONGRATULATIONS, Gwen! You deserve this honor!
Visit Gwen at her web site: http://www.gwenplano.com/
Find Gwen on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gmplano
Listen to Aspire to Inspire live or in the archive: RAVE WAVES
Grab a copy of Letting Go Into Perfect Love
Don’t miss your opportunity to find great support for your book. Join Rave Reviews Book Club today: JOIN RRBC
Greetings from beautiful Michigan! Just letting everybody know that we have winners (three of them) from my recent RRBC Book & Blog Block Party stop here at The Indie Spot! These lucky folks won prizes for simply posting a comment here on the day I had my party! That means you still have the opportunity to win prizes for yourself by visiting the remaining Book & Blog Block Party stops and leaving your comments. But you’d better hurry. Once August is over, so is the party!
Here are the lucky three winners:
1.) Gwen Plano
2.) Stephanie Collins
3.) Jo Ann Wentzel
Each of these winners scored a $10.00 iTunes gift card (though Gwen Plano opted instead for a copy of some book called Jazz Baby for her Kindle).
Good luck to everybody else in grabbing freebies from the other amazing blogs along this incredible party tour!
Marketing in this modern world of indie publishing has afforded authors a wide array of options. Among these choices are blogs, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn. I personally prefer Twitter. Twitter allows for quick messages and immediate feedback. With generous retweets, the audience potential is virtually unlimited.
On Twitter, I’m known as @voiceofindie (though I’ve recently added @BeemWeeks). Those who follow me know this account isn’t just a self-promoting entity. I promote the work of others more so than my own. Writers, bloggers, musicians, artists, and photographers often benefit from shout-outs and retweets. But I don’t do this expecting retweets of my own stuff. I do this for one simple reason: A stronger indie movement is good for everyone treading this platform.
When we indie writers, musicians, and artists work together, we strengthen an up-and-coming industry. This tells the mainstream: Hey, we can do this without you. It lets the world know we exist, that our work is of the highest quality, and we’re only gaining in power.
I’ve discovered many new and talented writers through this process. I’ve also been turned on to great music from some seriously amazing musicians. Bands like Argentinian rockers Amoenus and Nashville-based The Bloody Nerve are reaching the world with music that, in most cases, sounds far superior to the auto-tuned nonsense seeping from the major labels these days.
@voiceofindie is growing each day. The only drawback is that I may not be able to get to every retweet every day. There are just so many wonderful participants involved in my little experiment. And that’s exactly what it is: an experiment. I set out to see if creative sorts from across the world would come together in the twitterverse to share what they’re reading or writing or listening to or recording. And it’s working. So why not join in and support indie! Tweet for tweet is the cheapest way to spread the word.