For writers: on the web this week - 25 April 2015


How To Make A Living With Your Writing
Joanna Penn, An IndieReCon video
Quite a long video, but really worth watching if you are serious about making a living from writing.
"Joanna Penn left her day job in September 2011 to become a full-time author entrepreneur. She is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling thriller author under J.F.Penn, as well as writing non-fiction for authors. She is also an international speaker and entrepreneur, voted as one of The Guardian UK Top 100 creative professionals 2013. / In this video, Joanna explains how to make a living with your writing through multiple streams of income – including books in all formats, blogging, product sales, affiliate income, advertising, sponsorship, speaking – and more."


The Definitive Guide To Pricing Your Book
Wise Ink
"Just like the actual writing of a book, pricing is part art and part science. There is an uncountable multitude of influences that go into finding the perfect price for your book, but we’ve compiled seven of the most important factors here for you."

Grumbling, But Not Quitting: What Authors Really Think Of Publishers
Harry Bingham for Agent Hunter
Quite long, but interesting reading. "At the start of March, Jane Friedman and I launched the English-speaking world’s most comprehensive survey of what authors think of the firms that publish them. We invited the views of traditionally published authors only, whether or not they had also self-published. We sought to create a survey that was both balanced and incisive: one that wouldn’t shirk the questions that matter most to authors."
There is a shorter version of the report at

Social media

Twitter For Writers – Proof That It Works
Laurence O'Bryan for BooksGoSocial
Whether Twitter works as a marketing tool is a debate that will roll on and on (see articles flagged in my round-up for last week). Laurence O'Bryan is firmly in the camp that says it does. "Twitter has hundreds of millions of daily users worldwide. It is both a way to engage one to one with people and a way to broadcast information. Writers use it every day for both. Search for #amwriting on Twitter and you will see some of the activity writers are engaging in on Twitter. Some of it is broadcasting. Some of it is looking for engagement. / If you use it consistently you will get noticed."

Twitter Tools For Selling Your Book
Kate Tilton
I suspect these will be useful for writers, but I doubt I would buy a book direct from Twitter. If I see a book mentioned, I will always go to Goodreads and Amazon to check it out and, if I like it, buy it immediately or put it on my wishlist – but not direct from Twitter. But if I was selling a book, I would undoubtedly use these tools. "If you’re on Twitter and you follow other authors, you might have seen the hashtag #AmazonCart or #AmazonWishList show up in your stream. / As an author, you want to make buying books easier for your fans and readers. Amazon came up with a brilliant way to make purchases and add items to your wishlist by using Twitter: #AmazonCart, #AmazonWishList"

New Facebook Tool: How To Use It To Convert Comments Into Sales
Jeff Bullas
"There is now a new tool that helps you gain more control by turning your comments into sales using Facebook. You can sell or presell your digital products such as ebooks by using a new tool. /This is the Heyo Cart ( / Heyo Cart allows authors, experts and influencers to sell to their Facebook fans by asking their fans to simply comment 'buy' to purchase."

Twitter Best Practices: Why, When And How To Say "Thank You" To Your Followers
Amanda Webb for Agora Pulse
"Social media is all about building relationships. From chatting with existing customers, to meeting new customers and connecting with influencers it’s what social media is good at."

Pinterest For Authors
Jay Artale for ALLi
"Pinterest has just celebrated it’s 5th birthday and has nearly 80 Million unique visitors. If you still think Pinterest is only used by American females to create wedding wish-boards and share recipes – think again. / Pinterest is currently the fastest growing Social Network. According to Pinterest, over the past year male Pinterest users grew at a much faster rate than female (62% vs. 42% respectively), and now more than 40% of Pinterest users are outside the United States."


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