Susanne

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Name: susanne
Date registered: August 18, 2009

Latest posts

  1. Do I need an EAN and ISBN — June 22, 2016
  2. Tips For Building An Author Platform — April 25, 2016
  3. coloring book contest — March 14, 2016
  4. Doodling is an incredibly powerful tool — March 8, 2016
  5. Write Better: Create A Bullet Journal — February 27, 2016

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Jun 22

Do I need an EAN and ISBN

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For authors trying to figure out what EAN is and if they need it. Got quite a few questions lately regarding this question.

While most retail products in the US are marked with a UPC symbol, virtually every other country uses the European Article Number (EAN). To provide world wide standardization in the sale and handling of books and because the book industry produces so many products annually, a special “country” with its own EAN prefix just for books has been designated in the EAN system — 978 for “Bookland” — which is used in the universal barcode system.

Any EAN which begins with the 978 prefix is called a Bookland EAN barcode and is used on books and book related products.

In Canada, getting an ISBN with barcode is free in the United States the charge is around $125. The bar code is part of the ISBN making the number 13 digits long.

When you get your own ISBN this registers the book to you the author not for example to Createspace or Amazon.

The purpose of the ISBN is to establish and identify one title or edition of a title from one specific publisher and is unique to that edition, allowing for more efficient marketing of products by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers and distributors.

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Apr 25

Tips For Building An Author Platform

build-writer-platform copyTime and again I get asked

  • What is an Author Platform
  • Do I need one
  • How do I make one

I came across this informative podcast by Jane Friedman’

She discusses building an author platform, including the struggles authors face and what the key components of a platform are, tips for blogging for both fiction and nonfiction authors, and what she would do if she started as an author today. It is 37 minutes long and I know you will enjoy this information.

And remember if you need help building your website I can help.

 

 

Mar 14

coloring book contest

The-Mindfulness-Coloring-Book-Collection-Bright_Large400_ID-1409289Coloring Books are great fun. These 3 coloring books are being given away. You can enter the contest here:click here 

 

Coloring is totally accessible to everyone. Regardless of any coloring “skill level”, a person can happily apply crayon, colored pencil, marker, or pen to the coloring book pages.

By now we know how to color inside the lines!

The Mindfulness Coloring Book is a particularly exciting collection because the designs within it are so diverse. One page may have mandalas while another page shows a gorgeous landscape. Portraits, abstract patterns, cartoons, and more fill this book. Not only will you find a variety of content inside, but the level of detail from image to image also varies. Ranging from bold lines and low levels of detail to very fine lines and intricate detail, the coloring book pages suit any mood!

Here is the link again to enter the contest. Enter

 

 

Mar 08

Doodling is an incredibly powerful tool

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Do you believe- to doodle-  means  making meaningless marks, to do something of little value, substance or import, and — my personal favorite — to do nothing. No wonder people are averse to doodling at work. Doing nothing at work is totally inappropriate.

But research says something different about Doodling.

Our culture is so intensely focused on verbal information that we’re almost blinded to the value of doodling. Here’s the truth: doodling is an incredibly powerful tool, and it is a tool that we need to remember and to re-learn.

Doodling is really to make spontaneous marks to help yourself think. That is why millions of people doodle. Here’s another interesting truth about the doodle: People who doodle when they’re exposed to verbal information retain more of that information than their non-doodling counterparts. We think doodling is something you do when you lose focus, but in reality, it is a preemptive measure to stop you from losing focus. Additionally, it has a profound effect on creative problem-solving and deep information processing.

Pretty neat, right?

So here is my point: Under no circumstances should doodling be eradicated from a classroom or a boardroom or while watching TV.. On the contrary, doodling should be leveraged in precisely those situations where information density is very high and the need for processing that information is very high. And I will go you one further. Doodling is  universally accessible and it is not intimidating as an art form, it can help us see the bigger picture and open our minds to solving a problem

This is a fact: doodling has a profound impact on the way that we can process information and the way that we can solve problems.

So, I say let us doodle more.  Especially when we are trying to think of a story line or how to move  a character into the next scene. It helps us think and solve problems.What do you think

Feb 27

Write Better: Create A Bullet Journal

largeBullet Journal Your Way Into Writing

Do you find it hard to find time to write?

When you do have time to write, do you waste time wondering what to do?

Inspired by a blog post by the wonderful children’s book author Kate Messner, I have started bullet journaling.

To find out how to do this, watch the video

The Bullet Journal is a customizable and forgiving organization system. It can be your to-do list, sketchbook, notebook, and diary, but most likely, it will be all of the above. It will teach you to do more with less.

With these Journals you can personalize them to suit your personality.

Action Steps:.

  1. Take the time to think out your month
  2.  Think out your days and week
  3.   Break down your writing projects into distinct steps.

You might find, like me, that you have more time to write when you make it a priority and when you know just what to do when you sit down. This last bit is so important to me,,,I do not have to “think what next” it is all set out in my Journal. I can go ahead and “DO”

I have built a word doc Bullet Journal you can access for free. Click here
Hope you find it as helpful as I have!

Jan 28

Social Media Planner For Authors

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Did you know that the work you put in before your book launch determines the success of your book?

And like the cat says if you don’t know where you want to go or how you want to publicize your book nothing will get done which also means no success.

Of course you could wait for launch day, but you may be left wondering why the hundreds of sales you were expecting don’t happen.

Writing a book is a good start, but it’s not enough. You need to promote it too.

Promoting your book takes careful planning so you get the most out of your time and effort. And that’s why having a Social Media Book Marketing Plan is an essential part of the process.

Most of you probably already know that your author websites are considered the hub of your promotional platform and everything outside of this such as, social media, forums and events work at drawing viewers and readers deeper into your web, with the purpose of landing at your website or directly buying your book.

Things to think about

Why do I want to use social media to promote your book?

What I mean: to sell books, to connect with readers, or promote a Hangout

What do I want to accomplish with your social media efforts?

What I mean: gain followers to your social media, create a niche following for your books, or build an author platform.

How much time do you have to spend each day on social media?

What I mean: You must determine how much time you’re willing to invest on social media. Will it be 15 minutes in the morning and evening, one hour total per day.

You’ll need to make a commitment to your social media every day once you get started.

Two smaller chunks are better than one larger one so you can check on comments and activity.

The Social Media Planning Template helps you harness the power of social media marketing and amplify your ‘word of mouth’ marketing through your social network.

To keep you on track with your marketing, download a free social media planner. It will keep you organized.

 

 

Jan 18

Market Your Fictional Character on Social Media

You’ll find fictional characters on social media. And they’re all from books.
ivanthegiraffeCheck out Ivan the Giraffe.
He has his own book series
It’s an effective strategy for novelists.

 

Why you want to do this

Why should you create social media profiles for your characters? Here are just a few reasons:

 

By bringing your character to life outside the pages of your book, you’re giving readers and fans an opportunity to connect with the character in a way that further bonds them to your writing. This can be especially meaningful for series authors.

It helps you create character depth while you’re writing your book.

You’ve got something to say on social media besides “buy my book.”

You will have an outlet for precious, beloved material cut from the story.

It can be more fun than tweeting or posting Facebook updates as yourself.

Tips for doing it effectively

Really get into character when you post.

Too many people use their character’s Facebook Page to post content that they post on their author Page, too. You know — the standard “Author XYZ is doing a book signing tomorrow!” or “(Book title) just got another five-star review on Amazon!”Is that really what your character would be sharing on social media?Get into character and have a little fun with it!
Your character’s status updates should be created from their perspective, not yours.

Stay away from those “buy my book” messages that are inherent in author appearance announcements and focus, instead, on what your character might say or do at that event.

Look for real ways to engage readers with your characters.

Let your character ask questions, provide commentary on world affairs or politics, share favorite image quotes, request movie recommendations, or post pictures from a book club appearance. Know what your audience is interested in, and use your character to share information, ask questions, or lead a discussion on that.

Don’t market. Connect.

Stop thinking about selling books. Focus instead on connecting with readers. Your character’s social media accounts provide a way to bring that character out of the type on the page and into a new dimension. You get to bring that character to life.

If you’re forcing your character to share details about book signings or $.99 sale days, you’re just trying to sell. Readers aren’t interested in that — they’re interested in their favorite character’s take on what’s happening in the world around them.

Character profile resources If you like this idea but have trouble imagining how you’d pull this off, consider using social media profile templates that educators use to bring fictional characters to life for today’s social media savvy students. “Fakebook” is one. Here is a twitter template. Just filling out the templates without worrying about hitting “submit” will get you thinking about how you want to approach this.

You might also have fun with “ifaketext,” an online tool that lets you create images of fake iPhone messages — messages that, of course, might have been sent by your character.

Does your book’s character have a social media profile? Share the link in a comment!

Jan 16

How To Start A WordPress Blog -Checklist

Many of my clients have asked for a WordPress checklist.  It makes creating a blog so much more efficient if you have  a list made of all the things to successfully launch a WordPress blog. The customization section is where the real things start to happen. Things like permalinks, categories, plugins and doing this all with SEO in mind.

So here is the list. Start checking items off your list!

 

1and11. Register a Domain Name
Do this step first, as you’ll need to enter your domain name when you set up your hosting account.

I use 1and1.com to locate available domain names and over the past 10 years they have given exceptional service and kept my domain registration secure.  You always want to set up your hosting separately from your domain.

The main reason I advocate for keeping your domain name(s) separate from web hosting is because things are far more likely to go wrong with your web hosting before your domain name. Domain registrars are at least partially regulated, by ICANN. . Domain registrars serve one purpose: managing a domain name for a small fee.

Web hosts have full control of what your website can do. Almost all of them have restrictions in their terms of service (especially shared hosting) which limit what you can and can’t do. If they have your domain name too, you can’t simply change web hosts in the event of a problem or dispute. Your domain can be held hostage or as a bargaining chip to make sure you renew or pay them.

There is potentially a secondary problem with a web host registering a domain name for you. The ownership of the domain name comes into question. Do they register it in your name making you the legal owner or their company’s name, making them the de facto owner.

So to summarize. domain name registration with one company web hosting on an other.

2. Set up your Hosting Account
I use HostGator to host my WordPress blogs because they make it easy to install, and they have great online & phone support. They are also very inexpensive at less than $10/month for unlimited domains, sites and/or blogs on that one account.

click on the image above, and use the coupon code “wordpresschecklist”. That will give you the first month free (or, for a penny – which is about as close to free as you can get).

3. Update Nameservers
Check your email for the account details for your new hosting account. Inside this email you’ll find 2 nameservers. Keep the email open and go back to1and1.com. Log in to your account, find your new domain name, and edit the nameservers to the two shown in your HostGator email. Contact me if you need help.

It can take up to 72 hours for your domain name to point to your new hosting account, so you want to do these steps right away.

4. Install WordPress
You don’t have to download WordPress and then try to manually install it yourself – that’s doing things the hard way. Instead, go back to your HostGator welcome message and find the link to your control panel. You will have to use the temporary IP Address link since your domain hasn’t propagated yet. Log in to your control panel with the username and password in that same email.

Once you log in, scroll down and look for the Quickinstall button. It’s towards the bottom, under Software/Services. Under the navigation on the left, choose WordPress and follow the instructions to install your WordPress blog.

5. Choose a WordPress Theme
While you’re waiting for the domain to propagate, do a search for “free wordpress themes”. Pick one (or pick a few) and download the zip files. Do not Unzip or extract the files.

Your wordpress install comes with a free theme which is exceptionally functional. Has all the bells and whistles that you will need..just need to activate it.

6. Still Waiting?
At this point you are probably still waiting for your domain name to propagate (meaning the nameserver update hasn’t taken effect yet so you still can’t see your new WordPress blog when you type your domain name into a browser).

There isn’t much you can do at this point since most of your links – including your WordPress admin login – depend on the domain name. So while you are waiting, decide what your first few blog posts will be about.

Write a few blog posts, based on the keyword phrases you selected. It’s a great starting point because you know people are searching those phrases, and are specifically interested in those topics.

7. WordPress Customization
Once your domain is working, you’ll be able to log in to the WordPress dashboard. Just go to yourdomain/wp-admin/ in a browser, and put in the username and password you chose when you installed WordPress on your hosting account.

Now that you’re logged in – Welcome to WordPress!! – follow these steps:

activate your new theme (under appearance > themes)
change permalink structure help
edit/delete the default post (Hello World) and delete the test comment
fill out About Me page  About page is one of the most important pillars of your blog.Often I’ll visit blogs and want to know more information about the author – either so I can   contact them, or quote them in a reference – and have zero luck finding anything at all.
Can you answer this one basic question: Who are you?
Ideally you have a photo and a basic introduction to “who you are and what you do”.. you   should have a visible hyperlink to an About Me page.
Remember to tell viewer how you can help them not give a long list of all your credentials.

edit/add categories

Now you’re all set and ready to blog! 😀

If you need more instruction you can purchase a set of 23 videos explaining in depth how to install and customize your new wordpress site. go here

 

Jan 06

7 Marketing Tips For Fiction

fictionmarketingmistakesThere’s no question that it’s harder to promote fiction than it is nonfiction (and let’s not even talk about poetry).

Be open to the possibilities

Promoting and publicizing fiction requires more thought, creativity, and effort.

Give one or two of these seven suggestions a try and evaluate the results. You have nothing to lose, and much to gain.
1.Support your book with a good website designed by a professional. Your website has to be as good as your writing. Use your site to help us connect with you as an individual, not as a silent author. Help us  know you better by including video interviews and links to other media exposure.

2.Use your content to identify promotion allies. This could be your secret weapon because honestly, not enough novelists are doing this. Camille Noe Pagán’s novel, The Art of Forgetting, tells the story of what happens to a friendship when one of the friends suffers a traumatic brain injury, so Pagán partnered with the Bob Woodruff Foundation (Woodruff suffered a brain injury while covering the Iraq war for ABC-TV). Look, too, at your characters’ professions – there’s an association for just about every occupation. Send a copy of the book with a letter outlining promotional possibilities and what’s in it for them. You might offer to speak at their national meeting, write for their member publication, or offer a discount to members.

3.Think beyond book reviews. Book reviews are valuable and securing them should be on any author or publisher’s book promotion to-do list, but your novel deserves more widespread, long-term, and ongoing exposure than it can get through reviews alone. Send out press releases. You want the press to talk about your book for as long as it’s available for purchase.

4.Use the nonfiction nuggets in your manuscript to create newsworthy material for media outlets. Is your protagonist a radio jock? The morning drive time personalities would love to interview you by phone. Is she a jilted wife starting over in the workforce as – let’s say – an account executive at a high-flying packaging design firm who finds love with her client at a consumer products company? You’ve got publicity opportunities with the packaging and marketing trade magazines. What about locations, products, or services in your novel? And a brand name product that plays a key role could get your book into that brand’s employee newsletter. If you’re writing your novel now, work in some nonfiction nuggets you can capitalize on later.

5.Take advantage of holidays, special occasions, annual events, and seasonal stories. You want to constantly look for special days or occasions you can connect your book to.  There’s a holiday for just about everything. Hitch your book to one of them and use it to get into the news. (Use the monthly calendars at Holiday Insights for inspiration.)

6.Leverage what you uncovered while writing your book. Did you learn about a period in history or a specific region? Use this knowledge as a springboard for publicity. The author of a historical romance novel set in South Carolina, for example, can write and distribute a news release announcing the top romantic attractions in that state or pitch local newspapers or regional magazines on an article about the state’s most romantic date destinations. Your goal is to be quoted as an expert source because this requires using your book title as one of your credentials.

7.Get social. Focus on one or two social networking sites and master the most effective and appropriate ways to use them to promote your book.

And this is just the beginning. But I’m wondering: What has been your most successful tactic for promoting fiction? Please tell us about it.

Oct 07

Can’t Log Into My WordPress Site

Not being able to access your admin area because you can’t remember your password or username is really frustrating.

Fortunately, with WordPress, there is always a way to get back into your website or blog. You can recover a lost or forgotten password or username and get access to your website again.

Wrong Username/Password

If you use a wrong username or password WordPress will let you know: Error: Invalid Username

If you are using a wrong password WordPress will let you know: Error: The password you entered for this username ——(will tell you the username you used) is incorrect.

If you know your username or email address, then click on the “Lost your password?” link in the error message …

You can also access the lost password feature by clicking on the link below the login box …
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A new window will appear type in your username or email and click “Get New Password”

You will receive a system notification via email with a password reset link. Click on the link to reset your password.

Enter a new password into the “Password reset” field. Make sure to choose a strong password containing upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols, like “$, ^, %, #, @” etc …

After your password has been reset, log in using your new password

What To Do If You Can’t Remember Your Username And Password

How can you log in if you can’t remember both your username and password?

You can still access your WordPress site, but this is where things start to get a little technical.

The easiest way is to contact your hosting company and ask them to reset your wordPress password and username  from phpMyAdmin

To reset your username and password  you will  need an encryption tool that lets you generate an MD5 hash function. Your hosting company can do this for you.

For security purposes, never set up WordPress sites with the username admin.

This is the default installation username for WordPress and one of the leading causes of brute force attacks on WordPress sites.

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