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Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books

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You wrote your book and sold copies to family members, friends, and colleagues. Now you want to reach readers around the state, across the country, or on the other side of the world. But how? With social media, you can build your platform and reach markets you never imagined possible before. In this book you will learn how to: create your Facebook fan page and initiate act ...more
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Published October 9th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Stina Lindenblatt
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It doesn’t matter if your books are traditionally published or self-published (or both), you’re the main force responsible for marketing them. One of the best forms of marketing available is social media. But with so many different ones available, how do we know which will benefit us the most when promoting our books, and how do use them for maximum benefit?
In her book Social Media Just for Writers, Frances Caballo focuses on several popular social media sites*. She explains how each one works a
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Wendy Jones
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Although this may be a rather niche book it certainly packs a punch for all those writers who want to extend their social media reach. It does not try to overextend itself but focuses on the following social media channels
Facebook
Twitter,
LinkedIn
Google+
Blogging
I think this is a good thing as it goes into each of those in depth. This means that you will be able to use each of these social media channels to their full extent if you follow the advice.

The book takes you through each of these in clea
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C. McKenzie
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The only negative thing I have to say about Social Media Just for Writers is it should have been published sooner. The book is divided into the major online media marketing tools and describes the overall best use for each. It lists the features and how to maximize them to get the most out of the time you spend setting up your pages, profiles etc. and interacting with your connections. I loved the clever tie in the author made between famous people and each media marketing tool: Facebook & N ...more
Nancy Thompson
Jan 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the review I did for TLC book tours which posted to my blog at http://nancysthompson.blogspot.com/ on 01.24.13:

It’s hard being a neophyte at anything, especially something tech-based. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a total Luddite—I embrace technology as much as the next guy—but I also struggle with it at times. Mix that lack of knowledge with my abhorrence for all things related to marketing, and you have an author drowning in dread.

I’ve done many of the things an author is supposed to do
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Aimee Jodoin
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
From Facebook to Twitter to Pinterest and more, the options for networking and gaining readers are more plentiful than most writers believe. By comparing the significant social media vehicles to writers and artists who would have loved the tools had they lived in the modern age, Frances Caballo outlines the best online marketing skills needed to reach a wider readership. This guide is an invaluable source that takes writers through a simple step-by-step process—led by writer and communications m ...more
Meradeth Houston
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Social Media is a how-to book for setting up and managing the different giants that exist in the world of, well, social media. Frances Caballo goes over the worlds of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, LinkedIn, and blogging. For those who are really new to any of these areas, Caballo spends some time going over the basics of getting everything set-up, and set-up right (the first time--seriously, I really wish I'd known about these things before I stumbled through it all the first time around ...more
Allison Renner
This book has chapters on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, blogging, and even Pinterest - as well as sections within each one on how to connect these all together (have a Twitter feed on your blog, coordinate everything with apps, etc). For each platform, she walks you through how to set up a profile and/or fan page, provides a glossary of relevant terms, and suggests schedules and topics to help you garner the best audience - and not bug the crap out of them with frequently boring updates. ...more
Sharon Porter-Moxley
Jan 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must for authors who want to sell their books. It provides easy instructions for reaching potential readers. It is well illustrated and has some grabby titles such as Be as Gutsy as Nora Ephron, The Agatha Christie of Social Media and Twitter is its own Universe-Its a Twitterverse.

For those of you who are new to the practice of selling your book this book will help you understand and provide easy access to social media. Its a cook book for accessing the internet and telling the
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Andreia Nuno
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book for specialist and non-specialists of social media with great tips and strategies for social media management.

Frances Cabello outlines in 140 pages the details on setting a profile, develop a healthy network and gain a digital presence in order to promote books. As she uses different authors, strategies and tools to compare and recommend different possibilities, Cabello takes her readers on a simple, comprehensive journey through the best social media skills needed to have literary
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Loren
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: writing-books
This book was published in 2012. I bought it in 2016, unaware it was going to be updated in December. Make sure you by the most recent version.

She persuaded me to join LinkedIn, but I needed more examples of what I should be writing on my profile. I'm not sure how to apply the instructions she gives to the redesign of LinkedIn, but if I had a model of what my profile should look like, I could match it.

I fully admit that I am tech-challenged, but I've managed to set up and update my Facebook, Twi
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Ginae B.
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Social Media Just for Writers is a beginner's book for those who are wanting to know more about social media. It's just the basics. There was very little for one who has been using social media for so many years now.

However, it didn't hurt to just have a look at some of the information. We tend to forget details, as they overwhelm us. So, it was good to have a look at them. There were some bits that we didn't know about.

Social Media Just for Writers is better geared for authors, rather than blo
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Kimmarie
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
very informative without being intimidating. lots of step by step how tos
Jim Rossi
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Solid, concise look at applying social media marketing for writers that is helping me a lot as I finish CRUCIBLE: The Mojave & the Future of Solar Energy. I do wish (1) it was geared a bit more to the experienced, serious nonfiction writer such as myself, as well as fiction writers. (2) Also some of the recommendations - like posting on Twitter 4-8 times per day as I recall, sound highly counterproductive. Many colleagues/potential readers said they would find this extremely off-putting. Tha ...more
Rivka Levy
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read SO many books on social media and book marketing, but this one really stands out as being full of useful, and mostly FREE stuff (don't you just love that word?)

It takes you through everything from Facebook (which I hate...) to Linked In (that I don't mind...) to blogging (which I love...) and everything in between.

I try to avoid spending a lot of time online, so having some useful sites to go to that could do me high-quality FREE (that word again!) banners for Twitter etc was really
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Kyle Atwood
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
This was an impressive guidebook for authors who are NEW to the world of social media. So for a beginner's book, this gives some very thoughtful insights. I personally liked the useful hashtags included in the book.
Afton Rorvik
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is oozing with information. I have a long list of apps to investigate and lots of ideas about scheduling and prioritizing various types of social media. I'll be returning to this book again and again. As a debut author the mandate to "use social media" made my head spin. Where to start? How often to tweet, post, pin, blog? Does it really matter? After reading this book, I'm feeling less alone on the journey, which I often equate to trying to learn Italian. Whew!

Favorite quotation:s "Cr
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Allynn Riggs
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reference
Some of the information is four or more years old but it still has a lot of information that makes getting started less intimidating. The step-by-step instructions with screen shots works for me because I like to know "exactly" where to look on the screen for the little box to check. Some of her suggestions have led me to take a second look at what I have done in the past year to see how I might update and improve. It's a good basic to intermediate instruction book. Even if some sections could u ...more
Julie Thomason
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I had been dipping in and out of this book for ages but decided just to sit and read it cover to cover. The style is straightforward but a bit i am telling you at times. All the information can be found on line and some of it is a bit dated but it is good to have a book where you can look at it and follow while working on screen. I like teh irony of print copy being more effective for online use. I can now dip into as i need.
Kristina Von
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Social Media for writers makes the process clear

I have been struggling to make use of social media. At last I found this resource to follow to set
up an on line campaign in order to market my recently released memoir.
Jayla Jasso
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is chock full of ideas that I hadn't found elsewhere. Long lists of apps to try and step-by-step instructions for getting set up on various social media platforms. Huge help, and now I have a long to-do list!
Steven Atwood
Jun 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great info

This is a fantastic collection of actionable ideas and methods on how to use social media. If you want to market our social media, check this out.
David Bossert
Dec 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
A good read and much of it you may already know but there are some good tips for using social media.
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Frances Caballo is an author and social media strategist and manager for writers.

She’s written several social media books including The Author’s Guide to Goodreads, Social Media Just for Writers, and Social Media in 30 Minutes a Day. Her focus is on helping authors surmount the barriers that keep them from flourishing online, building their platform, finding new readers, and selling more books.
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