Quick How-To: get 1,000 Goodreads followers with 5 minutes of effort — Ana Spoke, author

As always such helpful advice from author Ana Spoke on promoting yourself and your writing. Thanks, Ana! Read on for her Goodreads’ follower tip below.

Have a gander at these here numbers: I now have 1,020 Goodreads friends! How did I manage this, you ask? Well, about a week ago, I had 200 friends, as a result of a year of giveaways (total of 8, which are also responsible for the staggering 2,424 of my books on people’s to-read shelves) […]

via Quick How-To: get 1,000 Goodreads followers with 5 minutes of effort — Ana Spoke, author


Best Free Marketing Tools for Authors

Best Tools to Help Market Your Book

Hello, writers! I’m creating this post for myself and all of you to keep track of useful marketing tools I find. I will add to this whenever I find new ones.  Happy writing (and marketing)!

  • Canva. How did I go so long without this? This tool will allow you to create custom images to use in blog posts, on Twitter, and Facebook. A lot of the images and functionalities are available for free. Check out my Facebook header.
  • Mailchimp. This is a great tool to build your email list. It has its quirks-I have a Word document with notes on how to navigate certain sections-but in general, this is a great free tool.
  • Hootsuite. This is great for managing social media posts and scheduling posts ahead of time. I like to go in at the beginning of the week and plan content so I don’t have to worry about it. Awesome for those of us who have day jobs! One note of caution: the application doesn’t like it if posts are too similar and spaced too closely together, so be cognizant of that.
  • WordPress. I know there are some WordPress haters out there and the program irks me sometimes, but I have found this to be an easy enough tool to use to set up and maintain a web site if you have minimal HTML knowledge.
  • Social media. I will just lump all free social platform-building tools into one bullet. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, Snapchat.

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