Authors in business; Buffer

Hello Readers!

Happy Thursday!

image1So today I want to introduce to you a new app, if you’ve never heard of it, it’s called Buffer. Buffer is a social media app that allows you to post on various social media accounts. It can be used for free if you use up to three accounts but you will have to pay a subscription for more.

I have been using this app for a long time. I used to use Hootsuite but I just didn’t like the format anymore. Then when I found Buffer, I was in love. I think Buffer upped their prices and this is why I started using the free account. However, the free account is enough for me.

If you promote on Instagram, you can also post on your Twitter and Facebook account if they are connected. So I use the free account to post on Instagram and then post on Twitter and Facebook. BTW: the app alerts you when it’s time to post to your account.

You create posts in the app and then schedule them. You are able to schedule up to ten posts. I love Buffer.

This app is great for anyone who needs help in promoting on social media. I call this my social media assistant!

Check it out in your app store!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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How to Tuesday; How to Create a Landing Page

Hello readers!!

3594980022A landing page is a page where your readers, followers will land after they’ve clicked your link. Creating a landing page is extremely easy however, understanding why you should have one is the tricky part.

When we are asking for directions to a destination, we are hoping that the person giving the directions will give us point A and point B directions. Sometimes those directions come A.1 and A.2 and A.3. 1-3 is unnecessary. We just want to know what to do to specifically get there. This is exactly how your readers and followers feel.

If you are advertising your book, and you are giving away a discount or something and you want your readers to get there, you don’t want them to be stopped along the way. You want them to have clear instructions on what to do to receive the item. This is where a landing page comes into play.

You should have a link or page that is the final place the reader or follower needs to go to get to what they need. It’s as simple as that. When they click your link, it should tell them exactly what you were advertising. They shouldn’t get a ‘wait there’s more’ message. If you are giving them a free book, take them to the free book page so all they have to do is grab it.

So how do you create a landing page?

Simple (but first there’s more)

Your social media cannot be a landing page unless all you want them to do is to follow you on that social media page. Social media will cause people to go searching and we don’t want this when it comes to landing pages.

So, you need to make sure your landing page is coming from your website. You will create a separate page that’s all about what you are offering or what you want the reader or follower to do. On this page it should only include a sign up or purchase link or anything that’s hardly anything else you want them to do.

The goal for a landing page is for the reader or follower to simply land…and do nothing else.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominque L. Watson

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Upcoming Workshop: Boost your Business with a Book

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Join in a five day workshop that will help you write a book surrounding your business.

This five day workshop is $85 for the entire five days. It provides step by step information on how to write a book that surrounds your business.

This course touches on topics that encourage you to write a book surrounding your business and why this can be a great profit and promotion for your services and business. It also teaches about target market, marketing and organization to help you create the best product for your business.

Students will join a Facebook Group that requires participation that allows you to talk with other students as well as have discussions about the days lessons.  Homework assignments are included and are daily.

This workshop is the best start in getting you to write a best selling book to surround your business and services. Sign up today!!

How to Tuesday; How to Create the Perfect Pre Release Package

Hello Readers,

book-launchGetting ready to release a book is one of the most exciting things as an author. It doesn’t matter if you’ve released a book before or not, releasing your 100thbook compared to your 20this all the same. It’s like having a new baby even when you already have two.  So, when it comes to getting ready to release a book, it’s always a lot of fun.

There are so many fun things you can do to get ready for the release, book tours, blog tours, cover reveals, pre reviews etc. So how can you create the perfect pre-release package? Let’s discuss.

The first thing to sort out is what exactly you want to surround this release. Do you think doing a cover reveal will be more exciting for your book? Is your cover so captivating that people will want to purchase your book off the cover alone? Do a cover reveal.

What about a book tour? Are readers going to flock to you off your reading and presence that they will want to purchase your book for that reason alone? Do you have a good following? This might be the right move for you.

Blog tours are basically the same thing as a book tour, but from the comfort of your own home. Are you trying to gain new followers? Schedule a blog tour.

But, scheduling events is just the icing on the cake. Simple organizing and being prepared for the release goes a long away. Here are a few things you need to make sure are set in motion before the book releases.

  • Has the book been through several rounds of editing
  • Have you updated your website about your coming book
  • Are all social media platforms ready for the book you’ve been promoting since you’ve been writing
  • Have you created logos and graphics to help promote.
  • Is the cover finished
  • Has the synopsis been created
  • Is your bio updated
  • Have you started contacting the media about your release
  • Have you created a release date
  • Most importantly, have you budgeted for this release

If you can put together good events to surround your book and then put together a well-organized list to prepare for the release, you are well on your way to having the perfect pre-release package.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Motivational Monday; Organization to Stay on Task

Hello Readers and Happy Monday!

maxresdefaultOrganizing is very fun…to certain people. I, for one, love to organize and see things put into order. For me, organizing helps me stay on trask.

If you are like many people in today’s society, you struggle with staying on task. With so many things holding our attention, it’s hard to stay on task that’s why I suggest organizing to help you stay on task.

Lists are a great way to stay on task. If you have a list next to you, you are more than likely to glance at the list periodically to see what you have coming up next than to mentally wonder off on to something else.

You can also keep a timer or clock. Give yourself a deadline to work on one thing and one thing only.

Distraction free environment. If where you are working at is distraction free, you are more likely to stay on task.

These three things can help you stay on task and get the job done.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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Workshop Discount!

Hello Readers!

PRICE DROP!!!!!

For the next four people, I’m taking $25 OFF the sign up price for the Help me Create a Page Turning Novel Workshop. Don’t miss out. Only four spots available!

Welcome to the Help Me Create a Page Turning Novel Workshop. In this course, writers will be taken through a four week course that will walk them through the steps to write a novel. At the end of the course, writers will be ready to write their next best seller. The workshop helps the writer get their ideas from their head on to paper so that they can prepare for the organization of their story. 

The course starts on September 1st, 2019 ending on September 24th, 2019. 

Writers will also join a Facebook group to interact with the other writers, networking and discussing various topics. Get the help you need in starting and finishing your novel!

Sign up today!

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

How to Tuesday; How to Pitch to the Literary Industry

Hello Readers and Happy Tuesday!

b2ap3_thumbnail_AdobeStock_143440966-1So how do you pitch to the literary industry? You must first ask yourself, who is the literary industry? Is the literary industry your family and friends? Book stores? Magazines? Websites? Blogs? Who are we in fact pitching to?

When you learn who you are pitching to, you can then find out how to bring your work to their attention.

Let’s say for instance, you are pitching your work to a reviewer. The first thing to do is to go to their website or social media. Do a little research. Read about this person. Then go to their contact me page and read a little more. Do they have requirements for contacting them? Take note of this. More importantly, how do they like to be contacted when someone is inquiring about their services?

Sometimes, when we follow people on social media they will tell us how to contact them from a promotion. They may say, “Send an email, now!” or “Use our contact us page to inquire.”, these are things you need to pay attention to if you are thinking about contacting someone about their services in the future.

Once you have figured out how to contact them, then you want to make sure you know their requirements for being contacted. Are they asking for a press release? Bio? Press Kit? You need to know this so that you don’t send a full length bio instead of a simple byline.

Bottomline, in order to know how to pitch to the literary industry, you must first know how they like to be contacted and what their requirements are.

If you are simply pitching to the literary industry, then you need to know how these particular people receive their news. This is called target marketing. We will save this blog for another day.

-Your Literary Mentor

Dominique

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