Tuesday, January 31, 2012

TUESDAY TIP Google #FAIL + #Facebook SECURE? It's a Madhouse in Here, I Tell You!

Today we have a couple of pieces of irony in the Great Social Networking Divide (Google vs. Facebook). Click through the jump-break if you're interested in reading my take on the chasm that is widening with each passing moment. This is even more fierce than the MSIE vs. Netscape Mozilla battle of the early 1990s.

Monday, January 30, 2012

MONDAY MARKETING Law 22: Resources U Afford What U Want to Afford #pubtip #marketing #writing #indie

Welcome back to my Monday Marketing series on the best little book of marketing strategies ever written, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout. If you haven't read this book already, take 5 minutes to check it out right now. It's short, it's sweet, it's full of tips you'll need from the experts who "wrote the book." This is the book.

Are you just joining us? Catch up on my previous discussions of how the 22 Immutable Laws relate to Indie Authors by clicking here. That link's at the top of the blog, too, and it'll always be there so you can find the complete series anytime. If you'd prefer to download the series to read offline, the complete series will be edited and released in eBook format "soon" (est. end of February, 2012).

Today, we've arrived at the very last entry in this series, Immutable Law 22: Resources. Although Ries and Trout talk about making a financial investment, I'm going to talk about something far more valuable to an Indie Author: investing your time and effort. Click through the jump-break to read more.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Leibster Blog Awards for #FF - Spread the Love! @TC_BookedUp @Cassie629 @triciakristufek @DafeenaJameel @MTMcGuireauthor

I've received a Leibster Blog Award!

Normally I don't "do" blog awards and I definitely don't like "chain letters" but this chain activity really appealed to me because it's promoting the members of my #1 favorite group on Goodreads, Creative Reviews.

Background
The Liebster Blog Award originated in Germany. Liebster means dearest or beloved, and Liebe is love. In accepting the Liebster Blog Award from Barb, the recipient agrees to:

1) Thank the person who gave them the award and link back to that person’s blog (thank you, Barb ^_^)
2) Copy and paste the award to their blog with these instructions
3) Reveal the 5 blogs they have chosen to award, by posting on their blog to break the news (and/or tweet it!)
4) Hope those people in turn pay it forward by accepting and awarding “The Liebster Blog Award” to others they would like to honor.

My blog winners are:

* Barb at Creative Barbwire
* Tracy at TC Booked Up
* Dafeenah at Indie Designz
* Cassie at Gathering Leaves Reviews
* Tricia at Tricia Kristufek
and a bonus because I feel like it!
* MTM at Hamgee University Press

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

TUESDAY TIP 3 Startups to Watch

Oops, forgot to switch this over from "Draft" to "Scheduled." Sorry for the delay in publication this morning!  Thanks to Mashable for a review of 6 startups to watch this year. I'm only going to share 3 of them with you but feel free to check out the others at Mashable's site or follow Pete Cashmore (@mashable) on Twitter and get the links first hand (haha) Click through the jump-break to read more.

Monday, January 23, 2012

MONDAY MARKETING Law 21 Acceleration: Will U Be a Trend, Fad or Fashion? #marketing #pubtip #indie #writing

Welcome back to my Monday Marketing series on the best little book of marketing strategies ever written, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. If you haven't already read this book, take the 5 minutes right now. It's short, sweet and full of tips you'll need from the experts who "wrote the book." This is the book.

Is this your first time here? Catch up on my previous discussions of how the 22 Immutable Laws (made famous in the 1980s by Ries and Trout) relate to Indie Authors by clicking here. Be sure to look for the complete series, edited and in eBook format, coming soon (est. February, 2012). You can also subscribe to the Webbieggrl Blog and have the next Monday Marketing tip delivered straight to your Kindle.

Today, I'm discussing Immutable Law 21: Acceleration, which boils down to the difference between being a "fad" or a "trend." Sound familiar? It should. It's the same as the "tortoise versus hare" concept I discussed a couple of weeks ago. Read that discussion here then click through the jump-break to learn more about what to do when you start winning the race without trying.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

TUESDAY TIP Google Minus - Google, Minus the Privacy, Minus the Ethics, Minus the Choice? #socmedia #twitter #fb #li #pubtip

I'm taking a big risk today because Google is a behemoth of a corporation--multi-national mega-corporation. They're huge, they're powerful and unfortunately, I've come to find over the last several months, they're no longer the community-minded, granola-crunching "campus-style" company they were when they opened. Nope. Google has gone the path of every other Evil Empire--and they are worse than Microsoft ever was with the Anti-Trust lawsuit of days gone by!

So I'm going to blog on Google services in general, spurred on by the extremely negative experience I've had with the new Google Plus network. Click through the jump-break if you're interested in why I so dislike Google.

Monday, January 16, 2012

MONDAY MARKETING Law 20 Hype - When Things R Not What They Seem #pubtip #marketing #indiepub #selfpub

Welcome back to my Monday Marketing series on the best little book of marketing strategies ever written, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. If you haven't already read it, you need to know these are the experts who "wrote the book." This is the book.

Is this your first time? I've been relating each of the 22 Immutable Laws discussed in the Ries/Trout book to the business of being an Indie Author. Catch up on my previous discussions by clicking here. Be sure to look for the complete series, edited and in eBook format, coming soon (est. February, 2012). You can also subscribe to the Webbieggrl Blog and have the next entry in this series delivered straight to your Kindle.

Today, I'm discussing Immutable Law 20: Hype. When you click through the jump-break, you'll find out how and why it's important to remember things are not always what they seem--nor should they be if you want to sell books!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Friday's Snippetting 4 #SciFiSaturday Again Ch4 (Part 1) is #Free!


Yep, my SciFi self has done it again, snippeted more of the upcoming SciFi Thriller, Conditioned Response. Book 2 of the Phoenician Series.

(Of course, it's only coming as soon as I can get healthy enough in between working the day job to think straight longer than it takes to write a blog entry)

Read Ch 1, Ch 2, Ch 3 or start Ch 4 FREE over on the Phoenician Series Blog.  You can also follow @phoenicianbooks on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the book's release.

-Friday

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

TUESDAY TIP New Facebook App: If I Die - Sends Msgs From Beyond the Grave

Yeah, I'm being a little morbid here. I came home from working the day job Saturday and, unbeknownst to me, had picked up a bug which gave me a fever 4 degrees above normal and all of that "aching, fever, stuffy head, can't breathe, so you can't rest" for which there is no medicine but bed rest. My fever started to break yesterday (went down to 1.5 degrees above normal) but I'm still feeling like death warmed over, so I figured this would make an a propos posting. Plus it's kind of interesting. Click through the jump-break if you're into Facebook apps.

If not, that's okay. Join in this weekend for another #SciFiSaturday on Twitter. Come tweet about your favorite science fiction treats, from books to movies and TV shows. Hey, #Fringe is about to relaunch a new season. Can't. Wait. It's going to be almost as awesome as the 6-episode half-season of #Archer coming Jan 19. Yes, I have my TV addictions and they are silly but fierce.

Monday, January 9, 2012

MONDAY MARKETING Law 18 Success + Law 19 Failure: Different Name, Same Game? #marketing #pubtip #promo #indie

Welcome back to my Monday Marketing series on the best little book of marketing strategies ever written, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing. If you haven't already read this book, do so now! It's pretty short, quick and easy reading--and jam-packed with rich information from the experts who "wrote the book." This is the book.

Not familiar with this series? I've been relating each of the 22 Immutable Laws discussed in the Ries/Trout book to the business of being an Indie Author. Catch up on my previous discussions by clicking here. Be sure to look for the complete series, edited and in eBook format, coming soon (est. late February, 2012).

Today, I'm discussing Immutable Laws 18 and 19: Success and Failure. Find out how alike these two seemingly-opposing concepts really are when it comes to marketing strategies by clicking through the jump-break.