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September Resolutions

Every year September gives me a second start to the year. My kids go back to school and the summer fog lifts from my mind. It’s usually a great time for me to get some stuff done. So like my kids, I buy some school supplies: an inspiring journal, a new calendar and my favorite pens. Unlike January when the temperatures are almost the same as December and February, September actually feels like a shift as we transition from warm … Read More

Fake Reviews are Worse than Bad Ones

Recently I read an article published in the New York Times called, The Best Book Reviews Money Can Buy, by David Streitfeld, about authors who are paying for reviews in order to help promote and sell their books and increase their visibility. Instead of real reviews from real people, these paid for, all favorable reviews, are written by people who are just churning out reviews, and sometimes don’t even read the book they are reviewing. Then another story broke about … Read More

10 Skills to Thrive in PR Learned from Reality TV

I have a confession to make. My guilty pleasure is reality competition shows like Project Runaway, Top Chef and Amazing Race. I know I am not alone because all these shows have seen years of success and ratings. Recently, I thought working in PR is a lot like being a candidate in a reality competition: same pressures, same deadlines, same high expectations. I also noticed that there are some common skills between the candidates who do well in these shows … Read More

PR Is Stressful, But You Don’t Have to be a Stress Monster

I have seen PR people stressed out, screaming, sending emails in all caps, and worse. A new study puts public relations as number seven on the top 10 most stressful professions. As a public relations executive, of course I have days that are stressful, but I don’t think that has to make the entire profession stressful. Some of our industry’s drama may be self-induced. According to a recent article by Rob Biesenbach, some people take a “perverse pride in how … Read More

12 Ways to Build Your Brand and Promote Your Book on Twitter

An author recently reached out to me via email and said, “I’ve been tweeting for a couple of weeks and don’t see a change in my Amazon ranking. What am I doing wrong?” I told him, “Nothing. Twitter is just not an instant fix. It takes a long time to build a community in social media.” That’s the honest truth, but there are still ways to make sure the time you spend on Twitter is as productive as possible. You … Read More

4 Ways to Maximize Your Book’s Content on Social Media

If you want to become known as an expert in your field, you need to build your personal brand.

6 Tips for Designing Author Websites in 2012

By Fauzia Burke In 1996, we launched our first ever website. It was for the NY Times bestselling author Sue Grafton. Not only was it an honor to design our first site for such an important author, but at the time it was such a big deal that the New York Times even wrote about it. Today websites are common place and every author has a site. However, looking towards 2013 when forecasts predict that there will be 1.7 billion … Read More

We Need Your Voice: An Open Letter to Publishing Sales Reps

If you are a sales rep and not engaging in social media, you are missing a great opportunity—an opportunity your competitors may not be missing.

Steve Jobs Makes Me Better

by Fauzia Burke Steve Jobs stepped down as the CEO of Apple on Aug. 24, 2011, and if you read the news on Twitter first, then you also saw the millions of tweets thanking him and feeling sad at the news of his departure. Think about that for a minute: we, the people, were thanking the CEO of a company for making us better. Most of us don’t even know the CEOs of companies, but we know Steve Jobs. We … Read More

Twitter Tip: How to Organize with Lists

by Ken Ishii It’s no secret that online social networking is an efficient way to spread news fast and far. Great news for authors. And among social networks out there, Twitter has proven itself a powerful vehicle able to drive users to both familiar and new communities with little effort. If you don’t have one yet, you should really open a Twitter account quickly before you lose a golden username to someone too quick to the draw. Already a member? Then … Read More