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Works at Altavado - helping authors with digital and indie publishing tips.
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A Quick Guide to Social Media for Writers

You can now download a free copy of my book, "A Quick Guide to Social Media for Writers". If you are trying to build your author platform through social media, then this guide will help you.

Get yours here:
http://www.writersunplugged.com/social-media-for-writers/

A 47-page book in PDF format. 

#amwriting   #writing   #author   #socialmedia  
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Best Book Marketing Ideas #3 – Seth Godin’s Purple Cow

The third post in my series of Best Book Marketing Ideas is now up at WritersUnplugged.

This story comes from Seth Godin's launch of his book Purple Cow in 2003. In the book, he explained how to transform your business by being remarkable. He used the concept of a purple cow to get his point across.

He had a very creative idea for marketing this book and the first 10,000 copies sold out within 19 days!

Read about it here:
http://www.writersunplugged.com/best-book-marketing-ideas-3/

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In Purple Cow, published in 2003, Seth Godin explained how to transform your business by being remarkable. He also had one of the best book marketing ideas.
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I think it's time Seth updated his message, particularly on a planet of diminishing resources.
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Amazon Introduces Kindle Oasis – Lighter, Thinner, and It Runs for Months!
Today, Amazon announced their new Kindle e-Reader, the Kindle Oasis. It’s lighter, thinner, and there’s no need to worry about your batteries running out for months! 

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Today, Amazon announced their new Kindle e-Reader, the Kindle Oasis. It’s lighter, thinner, and there’s no need to worry about your batteries running out for months! In addition to its incredibly thin and light design, it comes with a special leather charging cover that Amazon claims will let you read for months without plugging in. Kindle Oasis is the eighth generation...
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My Kindle 3 is still good but has a hairline crack in the case... I'm not sure if that qualifies for a replacement, but very tempting.
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The Ultimate Guide to In-flight Magazines

Did you ever want to know more about in-flight magazines? I've created this page filled with useful information and trivia about airlines' onboard publications.

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Media Industry News Roundup for 9 March 2016

What's been happening in the world of media and publishing? Here's a quick round up...

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What’s been happening in the world of media and publishing? Here’s a quick round up of some of the news. Condé Nast, Hearst team up to streamline magazine production. The new joint vent…
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17 Incredible Close-Up Images of Spiders

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Some people have a real fear of spiders. Obviously not the photographers behind these amazing close-up images of spiders.
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How incredible and and terrific or terrifying they look. Glad they are not as big as we are?!?
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“Write something that’s worth fighting over. Because that’s how you change things. That’s how you create art.” ~ Jeff Goins

More quotations like this at http://www.writersunplugged.com/why-writers-write/

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That's the truth!
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Why Do Writers Write?

16 authors reveal their motivations.
http://www.writersunplugged.com/why-writers-write/

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“When I sit down at my writing desk, time seems to vanish. I think it’s a wonderful way to spend one’s life.” These words from Erica Jong reflect her love of writing and why she writes. What motivates you to keep writing? In an earlier post on this blog, I listed a number of compelling reasons I could think of to...
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20 of the Most Beautiful Libraries in the World

I hope you love libraries. Here are twenty of the most beautiful libraries in 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...
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What Can a 70-Year-Old Documentary Teach You About Book Making?

I recently came across this interesting 10-minute documentary showing how books are made. It was produced by Encyclopaedia Britannica Films in 1947 and, although so much has changed in printing and publishing over these 70 years, I was surprised at just how much is still the same.

Mind you, our PC police and Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) representatives would definitely have a field day with some of this.

http://www.writersunplugged.com/what-can-a-70-year-old-documentary-teach-you-about-book-making/

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I recently came across this interesting 10-minute documentary showing how books are made. It was produced by Encyclopedia Britannica Films in 1947 and, although so much has changed in printing and publishing over these 70 years, I was surprised at just how much is still the same. Mind you, our PC police and Occupational Safety & Health (OSH) representatives would definitely...
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Imagine a Bookshop that Only Stocked One Book... Yours!

That was the idea behind author Andrew Kessler’s launch of “Martian Summer”. Read more about it here: 
http://www.writersunplugged.com/best-book-marketing-ideas-2/

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Imagine a bookshop that only stocked one book. That idea earned Andrew Kessler's Martian Summer a place on our list of best book marketing ideas.
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Best Book Marketing Ideas #1 – Hugh Howey’s Dust

In this new series of posts, I will be sharing some of the best book marketing ideas from recent years. The first book marketing idea comes from the launch of the book ‘DUST’ by Hugh Howey.

http://www.writersunplugged.com/best-book-marketing-ideas-1/

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In this new series of posts, I share some of the best book marketing ideas in recent years. The first book marketing idea on my list comes from the launch of 'DUST' by author Hugh Howey.
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love practical ideas
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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.

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Christchurch, New Zealand - Hong Kong - Singapore - Cebu, Philippines - Dunedin, New Zealand - Hyderabad, India