How to Pitch a Radio or Podcast Interview

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Part of being a published author is being available for interviews. While few authors actually get on NPR or even land a coveted three-minute interview on Good Morning America, there are many opportunities for you to be interviewed by radio stations or podcasters nationwide. There are over 1000 talk radio stations across the country–and even […]

Connect Online in 15 Minutes a Day

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Social Media has become a valuable mainstay in any book promotion strategy. And while you shouldn’t sell your book directly on social media more than once or twice a month, you should remember to engage with your online community weekly, if not daily.

It doesn’t really take long if you stick with the task you are doing and save the rabbit trails for when you have more time to be online.

Here’s what you should be doing daily on your top three social media sites:

1. Check in and see what has been posted to you or about you. Reply, comment, and thank the person for engaging or sharing. (5 minutes)

2. Check out what some other people are posting or saying about writing, reading, or your genre. Comment where you can and share what is appropriate with your audience. (about 5 minutes)

3. Engage with other people by commenting on their posts or in forums. (4 minutes)

4. Take your last minute and share unique content on your site; a quote, an idea, or something about yourself.

And there you have it; four ways to easily connect with others online.

Do you have any tips for connecting with your fans? Share your ideas in the comments below.

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Coach’s Note for June

A monthly note from me with tips, tools and time savers that make self publishing easier!

Anyone who has talked with me about self publishing knows they will hear about blogging in our conversation. Blogging is the best tool you have to continually connect with your readers new and old with new content and ideas. It keeps your relationship with your fans fresh…and if we’ve talked about blogging, we’ve also talked about the importance of images on your blog.

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Made with StockSnap and PicMonkey!

Today I have two great tools that make images easy and free—who doesn’t love easy and free!

The first is Stocksnap.io This is a great source for free photos to use on your blog. The photos themselves are masterpieces and will make any blog look so professional. If you like them be sure to share the love and post about them on social media. Remember, be sure to read the copyright agreement about how you can use the photos.

Next, you can use PicMonkey.com to edit your photos with fun features like text, borders and filters. This tool is so easy to use, and most of the features can be accessed for free. You can have fun with colors and textures…but remember not to go overboard! Beauty is usually something that is understated.

Do you like these tools? In the comments below tell me what you think!

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