Five Things To Include In Your Author Newsletter - LinkedIn

Let’s talk about author newsletters.

Don’t worry, they aren't as difficult to make as you think, especially if you use services like MailChimp or Constant Contact.

They are also one of the best ways to promote your latest books AND reward your loyal readers with awesome, behind-the-scenes content.

But, how do you create an author newsletter that people actually want to read?

Check out these 5 things to include in your newsletter (that won’t make you look like a seedy salesperson).

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Manuela Williams
Three Things To Look For In A Good Editor - LinkedIn

There’s no getting around it: quality editing is a must for authors. Without it, you run the risk of embarrassing typos, formatting errors, and overlooked plot holes. Ick.

Especially in the self-publishing industry, you want a clean, error-free book. Not only does it make you look more professional, but it also helps sell more books.

Many authors decide to go the DIY route when it comes to editing. While this works for some, it is generally not a good idea.

Why? Because you’re too close to your own book to edit it thoroughly and honestly.

When you’ve spent an insane amount of time working on something (and have become thoroughly attached to it), it can be hard to spot simple errors, as well as bigger mistakes (such as plot holes, or scenarios that don’t make any sense).

The right editor will not only pick up on mistakes you might have missed, but they’ll also be able to provide constructive feedback that takes your book to the next level.

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Manuela Williams
Marijuana Advertising on Social Media - Nevada Lawyer Magazine

In 2017, there were a reported 2 billion active users on Facebook, and more than 1 billion people used the social networking site on a daily basis; additionally, there were a reported 1.5 billion active users on YouTube and 700 million on Instagram. These numbers are sure to rise in the next few years, both as the world’s population grows and as digital marketing becomes even more prominent.

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Manuela Williams
Five Benefits of Volunteering For A Literary Magazine - DIYMFA.com

Around the time I was getting ready to graduate with my BA in English, I made the decision not to pursue an MFA. Although I knew I had made the right decision for myself, I still didn’t know how I could be part of a writing community without going back to school for it (cue some panicking on my end).

Luckily, around that same time, I found a post online about volunteer positions at Carve (a literary magazine named after the great storyteller Raymond Carver). The best part about the posting? I didn’t need to have an MFA to volunteer! Just a passion for words and a good sense of the magazine’s style.

Fast forward two years later and I’m still volunteering for Carve. I’ve had the opportunity to read through and evaluate hundreds of submissions and was even able to conduct my very first author interview not too long ago. All while finishing up my Bachelor’s degree and joining the workforce.

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Manuela Williams
Five Simple SEO Tips for Authors - DIYMFA.com

If you already have a blog on your author website (or are thinking about starting one), you might have heard of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). And if you’re anything like I used to be, you might be freaking out a little bit over it.

So, what is SEO?

SEO isn’t just for big, shiny businesses anymore (and it certainly doesn’t have to be complicated either)! Simply put, SEO is an organic way for websites to gain more quality traffic.

Authors who utilize good SEO practices can drive traffic to their website and increase book sales and email newsletter signups. SEO can definitely be overwhelming at first, so here are five simple tips to get you started.

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Manuela Williams