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Gary McLaren
Works at Altavado - helping authors with digital and indie publishing tips.
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10 Day Trip to Hong Kong

I'm flying to Hong Kong tomorrow for a 10-day visit. I'm looking forward to catching up with many good friends there... a city I lived in for 10 years and still consider one of my homes. 

It won't be all holiday though as I have some exciting developments coming in the next couple of months, and I'll be making use of this time - and some of Hong Kong's great cafes - to do some planning.

I'll  post a few photos too when I have a chance.

#HongKong  
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Me too, lived there a few years and still have it under my skin! Some memories never die, but linger on forever and shape who we are—the third culture kids!
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Infographic: My Tips for Indie Authors in 2015

A few weeks ago I posted my views on where we’re heading in the independent publishing industry and what will be most important for indie authors in 2015.  So many readers enjoyed the post that I created the following infographic that contains the key points.

http://www.garymclaren.com/infographic-my-top-tips-for-indie-authors-in-2015/
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Man Booker International Prize 2015: Final Ten Authors Announced

"Ten writers are on the judges’ list of finalists under serious consideration for the sixth Man Booker International Prize, the £60,000 award which recognises one writer for his or her achievement in fiction."

I think it's great see the diversity among these finalists, coming from ten countries with six nationalities included on the list for the first time: Libya, Mozambique, Guadeloupe, Hungary, South Africa and Congo. The proportion of writers translated into English is also greater than ever before at 80%.

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Hola, muy buenas noches. Sr. Gary McLaren. Para mi es un placer estar en sus círculos. Muchas gracias. Le deseo pase ud. un feliz fin de semana
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The Writing's on the Wall

A very clever video. Well done!
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"Writers get paid for what other people get scolded for: daydreaming. We're supposed to wander."
                                                ~ Richard Walter

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Very good point! Daydreaming <3
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Thanks to +Nina Amir for this helpful post with some top tips of successful bloggers...
 
Do you want to succeed as a blogger? Read these fabulous bogging tips from +Kathleen Gage, +Joel Friedlander, +Denise Wakeman, +Carol Tice, +Frances Caballo, and +Rachel Thompson.
Six bloggers offer their time-tested tips for blogging success.
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Super! I will keep you in mind for the next time...probably in April or May! I have another blog were indie publishing is a hot topic. Always looking for guest posts, too!
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What Jeff Goins Learned from Launching His First Bestselling Book

+Jeff Goins ' The Art of Work launched a few weeks ago and immediately became a Publishers’ Weekly, USA Today, and Washington Post bestseller. Check out Jeff's journey for this book and what he learned along the way.

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My new book is a best seller. But it wasn't my first book. It was my fourth book. Here's why it took three failed attempts to finally achieve success.
My new book, The Art of Work, is now a best-seller. But this wasn't my first book. Here's why it took three failures before I could succeed.
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20 of the Most Beautiful Libraries of the World

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I’ve always loved libraries. Even as a young boy I was a regular visitor to our local library where the world opened up to me through books and reading. Many years later I look back on those early reading experiences and I reflect on how they influenced some of my adventures around the world.

I hope you love libraries too. Here are twenty of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

Read more... http://www.garymclaren.com/20-beautiful-libraries-of-the-world/

#amreading   #amwriting   #libraries   #library  
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Digital Marketing Trends for 2015

This infographic from +Syndacast reveals some of the top digital marketing trends to watch in 2015. 

Thanks for sharing it +John Paul Aguiar .
 
New Post:  Digital Marketing Trends for 2015 – Infographic

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Infographic showing you the top 6 digital marketing trends for 2015. Some are happening already and some are coming.

#digitalmarketing #digitalmedia #marketing #marketingtips #trends2015 #blogging #smallbusiness #business #socialmedia #mobilemarketing  
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How to Create Amazing Infographics that Get Shared Like Crazy

Here's a very helpful article by +Pauline Cabrera that's absolutely packed with good tips on creating your own infographics.

http://www.twelveskip.com/marketing/content-marketing/1393/create-a-infographic-that-gets-1000-shares

  #contentmarketing   #contentcreation   #blogging  
 
How I Create A Bangin’ Infographic That Gets 1000 Shares by +Pauline Cabrera 

Ever wonder why I add an infographic on every content I create?

To get noticed, of course. 

Infographics are like teasers for my content.

It's my way to grab people’s attention, make them curious and get them to click the link to my website.

Ever since I started creating infographics, the engagement rate on my blog has been pretty incredible.

A lot of people in my industry started linking out to my content, sharing my posts, and not to mention one of my infographics even got published in a best-selling social media book, The Art of Social Media by +Guy Kawasaki and +Peg Fitzpatrick. Sounds awesome, right?

So infographic is definitely a hot way to spread your message.

Learn the tips and tricks I use to create a bangin' infographic that gets 1000 shares here: http://www.twelveskip.com/marketing/content-marketing/1393/create-a-infographic-that-gets-1000-shares

#infographicmarketing   #visualmarketing   #contentmarketing  

Mentioned in the post: +Rebekah Radice / +Andrea Beltrami  / +Canva  / +Social Warfare / +HubSpot 
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China's Amazon? Tencent and Shanda to Merge Online Publishing and Ebook Services

via +Nate Hoffelder

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The Best Hashtags for Indie Authors in 2015

In this new post I list some of the most useful hashtags for indie authors in 2015. There are quite a few differences to the list of hashtags for ebook publishers I compiled several years ago. Check out my new list here:

http://www.garymclaren.com/best-hashtags-for-indie-authors-in-2015/

#amwriting   #indiepublishing    #iartg   #asmsg  
In this post I'll reveal some of the most useful hashtags for indie authors. For those not familiar with hashtags they are essentially a keyword beginning with the “#” character. When someone write...
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Introduction
I am the author of 'The Indie Author's Guide to Publishing Ebooks', 'The Beginner's Guide to Ebooks' and more.

I blog about writing and self-publishing at GaryMcLaren.com and PublishYourOwnEbooks.com, freelance writing at WorldwideFreelance.com, and how to build your marketing platform at PlatformPundit.com.

WHAT I USUALLY share here on Google+
  • self-publishing advice
  • digital publishing tips
  • freelance writing resources
  • blogging tips 
  • content marketing tips
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I also love photography so occasionally I post one of my photos, typically revealing some of my beautiful surroundings here in New Zealand.
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Auckland, New Zealand
Previously
Christchurch, New Zealand - Hong Kong - Singapore - Cebu, Philippines - Dunedin, New Zealand - Hyderabad, India