Just Five Things: Creating blog content

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5Just Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

1.   Curate content.

2.  Invite guests to write a blog or contribute content.

3.  Develop regular features such as What I’m Reading, Five Favorite Things, Friday  Freebies, etc.

4.  Identify a common problem for your readers and offer a solution.

5.  Comment on a recent article (be sure to link to the article and cite the source) or topic.

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.

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Just Five Things: Avoid common promotional mistakes

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5Just Five Things, a list of simple actions that can enhance your publishing career. One tip for each day of the week related to every aspect of publishing from time management to marketing to writing.

  1. Be intentional about your marketing. Don’t invest resources in a promotional activity just because everyone else is doing it.

2. Be proactive instead of reactive. (Reactive = responding after something happens; Proactive = preparing a course of action before something occurs.)

3. Be willing to invest time, money and energy in promotion and marketing.

4. Educate yourself about marketing and promotion. Ignorance leads to poor decision making and reflects lack of ownership of your success.

5. Recognize that effective marketing is cumulative. Don’t expect instantaneous results.

See you next week for another list of Just Five Things.

If you have a tip to share or need help with a challenge, email me at myauthorconcierge@gmail.com.

Gifts for Writers Guide

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“If I get one more journal…”

Sadly, this is the mental dialogue in every writer’s head when they start to unwrap a gift. Choose one of these items for a gift that will genuinely be appreciated by any author, journalist, writer or poet. Heck, some of them are so fun you might want one for yourself as well!

Cover

1. Create a photo blanket with an author’s book covers. Purchase: https://www.collage.com/product-blanket

Mug

2. “I turn coffee into books” coffee mug. Purchase: http://etsy.me/1QRtcp1

Bling

3. Writer bling! Purchase: http://amzn.to/1IBicJG

4. Fund a professional membership, conference, workshop, advertising or services (editing, cover design, etc.). Most writers have limited budgets and would adore not only the fiscal generosity, but your support of their career!

Perfume

5. Eau de Paperback? Not sure musty aged paper works as a fragrance, but it’s definitely writer-oriented. Purchase: http://demeterfragrance.com/Paperback.html

Tote

6. If you’re a writer, you can’t ever have enough totes. This Betsey Johson bag is practical and pretty. Purchase: http://amzn.to/1IBketj

7. A gift subscription to Writer’s Digest is just $20 and provides a year’s worth of good stuff. Purchase: http://bit.ly/1MCjK1a

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8. For any writer who puts in hours at a desk, this crazy-looking work surface is a must-have. Portable and mulit-functional, it creates several different work stations. Purchase: http://amzn.to/1mdiM6L

9. For those days or weeks when your favorite author is on deadline, give the gift of time. Coupons for meal prep, running errands or babysitting could save their sanity!

Calenar

10. Writers love memes and Someecards are the best! A year’s worth on this tear-off calendar. Purchase: http://bit.ly/1mJ9fEq

Wine

11. Personalize a bottle of wine with an author’s book cover for a special remembrance. Purchase: https://www.personalwine.com/

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12. Word fun! Bananagram is easily portable so perfect for writer retreats and travel. Purchase: http://amzn.to/22u0jU2

Keychain

13. “Ask Me About My Book” hand-stamped keychain. Purchase: http://etsy.me/1NeLb2B

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14. No more forgetting brilliant inspirations between the shower and the computer! Aqua Notes waterproof notepad! Purchase: http://amzn.to/22u1AdQ

15. Comfort is important, but so is looking good. Replace those worn out sweats with new yoga pants. Throw in some sneakers and fun T-shirts to remind your favorite writer it’s also important to get up and move!

Flask

16. Hip flask. This one is definitely on my list. Purchase: http://etsy.me/1RB32WW

Rug

17. For the “comma-happy” writer. Purchase: http://etsy.me/1QQDSoh

18. Assemble a gift basket of healthy goodies – nuts, dried fruit, turkey pepperoni, pretzels, dark chocolate, nut butters, granola, trail mix, fresh fruit.

19. About $15 a month, a subscription to Audible makes a great gift for authors. http://www.audible.com/mt/GiftMemCredits

Scarf

20. Scarves are a popular accessory. For writers, these literary scarves really make a fashion statement. Purchase: http://amzn.to/22u0xKL

Lamp

21. Shhh! Writer at work desk lamp! Purchase: http://bit.ly/1UcsPmX

Tent

22. Perfect for a spontaneous getaway or writer retreat!  Purchase:  http://bit.ly/1JDd1El

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23. Whimsical literary tea bags. Purchase: http://bagladiestea.com/product/novel-tea-pouch/

24. For those writers battling procrastination. Purchase: http://amzn.to/1QWbAIk

What’s the best writer gift you received or gave?