News for Authors

Book Blogging with Tumblr

by Neda Dallal|January, 2019

The blogging site, Tumblr is one of the more dynamic and versatile social media platforms out there. In this article, you’ll learn some tips on using Tumblr to promote your books in creative and interesting ways. Read more

Editing Photos Effectively with Instagram

by Dan Vecchitto|December, 2018

You may think of Instagram as a social media platform, but did you know that the app also works as a simple and effective photo editor? If you want to spruce up a photo—tweaking the brightness, colors, sharpness, or overall tone—and don’t have access to photo editing software like Adobe Photoshop, Instagram is a great choice. In this article, we’ll show you how to edit a photograph on Instagram and then save it, without the need to post it on your social media timeline. Read more

Marketing Your Book: What You Need to Prepare for Your Book Launch

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|November, 2018

As you approach your book’s launch date, whether you’re a debut author or a seasoned veteran, you’ll face the challenge of finding or creating the materials to market your book, especially those fit for online spaces. In this post, we list some things you’ll need to prepare for your launch. Read more

Using Pinterest to Visualize Your Author Brand

by Neda Dallal|October, 2018

Among the various forms of social media, Pinterest has unique ways to help readers discover your books. Whether you’re new to the platform or a longtime user, read on for tips on how to boost your Pinterest profile and use it as a promotional tool. Read more

Ask Me Anything: How Authors Can Interact with Readers on a Variety of Platforms

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|September, 2018

Social media offers plenty of ways to interact with your readers. But one special way to build engagement with readers—whether they’re lifelong fans or have never before picked up one of your books—is to open yourself up in a Q&A. In this article, we detail the many platforms available to you if you’d like to have a more direct relationship with your readers. Read more

Making Videos Social with IGTV

by Neda Dallal|August, 2018

Instagram has debuted many features recently that are great social tools for authors. This article dives into one specific new feature, IGTV, and how authors can use it to broaden their social media voices and followings.

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Anchor: Extend Your Author Brand with a User-Friendly Podcasting Platform

by Phil Stamper-Halpin|May, 2018

A podcast can be a great way to extend your author brand, but it requires a sizeable time and financial investment, and the process can be challenging. Enter Anchor, a new app that offers a user-friendly way to record and share your own podcasts. Read more

Snapchat 101

by Milena Schmidt |October, 2016

It’s time we looked at Snapchat, one of the fastest-growing and most-buzzed-about social platforms, with more than 200 million active users. Snapchat is known for its high concentration of millennial users, which makes it a great tool for connecting with the thirty-four-and-younger set.  However, recent reports show that older users are quickly taking to the app as well.  Read more

5 Steps to Making a Great Smartphone Video

by John Clinton|September, 2016

Making videos using a smartphone is a relatively simple and economical way to create valuable content. In fact, depending on the goal of the video, smartphone videos can often be more appropriate than slick professional videos. Smartphone videos can feel more personal and authentic, as you are talking directly to your readers. While viewers are generally forgiving when it comes to quality expectations, there are several things you can do to ensure yours hits a comfortable quality threshold. Read more

Litsy: A New Social Network for Book Lovers

by Milena Schmidt|August, 2016

Litsy is a new social network that is generating buzz among readers. The platform is best described as a cross between Instagram, Twitter, and Goodreads, because of its highly visual, short-form, and book-centric nature. Litsy made its debut this spring as an iOS app. (Android and Web versions are currently in development.) Continue reading for an overview of Litsy, and learn how to effectively use it to connect with readers. Read more