A little something for my fellow authors (and other small businesses). I was just reading “The 10 Commandments of Author Branding” by Shayla Raquel about using social media. It has a good section on Facebook and she mentioned something I wanted to share. On page 50 she says… “Fact: according to Facebook’s policies, you’re not supposed to use your profile as a business.” If you do, Facebook can suspend your profile or shut it down. For authors, it’s best to create an author page on Facebook for your business (it’s still free).
I just started reading a book called “The 10 Commandments of Author Branding” by Shayla Raquel. I saw her last October at Writers in the Field speak on branding and bought a copy of her new book. So far I’m still in Commandment II, Thou Shalt Have a Local Writing Community. One thing I liked was she said you should start branding yourself before you publish your book. Now she tells me. I’ve already published my second book. Oops.
There are some other things she mentioned I liked as well. Be yourself on social media, not a businessman/woman. I spent right over 30 years running my DJ business before retiring and I find it hard to switch back when it comes to promoting my books. So, here goes nothing.
If you’re interested in checking out her book you can find it here.
Ever had the need for banner ads for your book, and you don’t have Photoshop? Would you like 3-D images of your book? Well, for the last several months I’ve been playing around with an online program called Book Brush. I can tell you all about what they have to offer, but I want to keep this post short, so I’m going to highlight some of the goodies.
First, you choose an ad size and template. They have several predesigned ones for Facebook, Twitter, and so on. You can even design a custom one. Next you have an option to choose over 1 million background images (no, I didn’t count them all), or you can upload your own. Then you can create a 3-D picture of your book in several different angles and styles. Then you add the text for the advertisement. They even have stamps you can use to add logos for Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and a lot more (no more searching for the store’s logo to download). In the end, you just click to save and download for your postings and ads.
Other goodies are a Video Creator and Mockups (scenes where your book cover is inserted to). I created the two mockup images below, and the space scenes images are with custom backgrounds I uploaded.
The online program does have issues with IE and Edge browsers. It’s best to use the Chrome browser instead.
Overall, this program is an excellent tool for authors to promote their work. They have packages you can join; one is free (with limited use), and the other is $96 for a year. You can learn more about them at www.bookbrush.com .
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Winter is fast approaching and the temperature is already dropping. Here is your survival checklist.
Topped With Whipped Cream…Check
A Good Book to Read…Double Check
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Here’s a vital tip for my fellow authors. Don’t go cheap with editing your book. Plan your budget to include a reputable editor/proofreader. Don’t try to save money by doing it yourself. You won’t catch everything. In fact, you will be surprised by what you miss. Also, don’t ask family or friends to help.
I once bought a book for authors that stressed the importance of editing your work. The funny thing is the book was full of typos. Evidently, he didn’t practice what he preached.
I would also avoid most people of FivR, or whatever it’s called. I’ve seen proofreader ads with typos in them.
The best thing to do to find help is to ask other authors for recommendations. That’s how I discovered my proofreader/editor. She did a great job on book 2 (I wish I found her before book 1 went to the publisher), and I’m planning to use her for book 3. And she wasn’t expensive, which surprised me. I guess I got lucky.
Most importantly of all, have fun with your writing.