Dog Tweets–Press Release Grader – Make it Better

Here are my Top 10 tweets from this past week, great for retweeting! If you missed these, follow The Publicity Hound on Twitter.

twitter birdPress Release Grader – Make it Better – @prweb #pressreleasegrader #pressrelease

#MobileResponsive, It’s not just flicking a switch! via @JSaeler

Simple Cures for #BusinessBlog Writer’s Block #bloggingforbusiness #bloggingtips

How to Write & Publish a #1 Bestselling Children’s Book to Amazon in a Weekend #bookpublishing

Radio #publicitytip: Call talk shows and comment via @PublicityHound

Five ideas to discover your #marketing niche from @SMExaminer @markwschaefer

8 Steps to #Instagram Enlightenment! #infographic #smm @Louise_Myers via #sbzclub

50 things to tweet about from @Bookgal #bookmarketing

Join my friend Jeff Goins, author of “The Art of Work”, as shares how you can discover your calling. via #sbzclub

Boost Recognition, Get New #Readers, and Increase Sales




Dog Tweets–Story Telling for Blogs

Here are my Top 10 tweets from this past week, great for retweeting! If you missed these, follow The Publicity Hound on Twitter.

twitter birdStory Telling for Blogs #contentmarketing via @Patsiblogsquad

11 ways to rule #Twitterchats via @PRDaily

RT @MyDigitalAgent: A Funny Thing Happened During the 30-Day Blogging Challenge by @Synnovatia

Use Book Trailers in #MediaKits…You’ll love this collection of seven brilliant book trailers. #bookmarketing

Writing a Blog? 51 Ways to Revive A Lifeless Business Blog #bloggingforbusiness #bloggingtips

Big News: Google Loves Press Releases Now | @PRNewser @PatrickCoffee

9 #LinkedIn Publishing Tips That Can Build Your Visibility and Audience via @DeniseWakeman via #sbzclub

How to Survive a Public Embarrassment with Smart #Publicity via @PublicityHound @webmoves_net

@Bookgal brings us tip 47 in a series of 52 ways to market your book! #bookmarketing

From @JaneFriedman How 7 Literary #Authors Collaborated to Launch a Box Set




Dog Tweets–A Book Marketing Truth Few Experts Will Admit

Here are my Top 10 tweets from this past week, great for retweeting! If you missed these, follow The Publicity Hound on Twitter.

twitter birdA Book Marketing Truth Few Experts Will Admit #bookmarketing

RT @RachelintheOC: The Dark Side of Selling Books

You have until April 21 to make sure your website is mobile-friendly

RT @HeatherLutze: #PR Tips From The Blacklist: How to Accomplish Your Media Mission | @Cision

Free tool for radio show gigs, Radio Guest List. #publicitytip

New Research: Content Marketing Performance #contentmarketing #contentmarketingstrategy

Business Blog Writing: How to Avoid Time-Suck via @Patsiblogsquad #businessblogging #bloggingtips

10 Ways to Get Your Book “Review Ready #bookmarketing #authormarketing

RT @NinaAmir: Resource for #writers based on The Author Training Manual. 57 items to help #authors succeed! #pubtip

#Authors: Detailed list of what your #Author #MediaKit must include. Free #tips today at 4 Eastern. #authormarketing


Deadline tonight for discount on Blog Templates for Authors

17 Amazingly Simple Blog Templates for Authors coverMy bundle of 17 Blog Post Templates for Authors has been flying off the digital shelves all weekend. They’re on sale until midnight (Pacific Time) tonight—Monday, March 2—for only $67…that’s $30 off the retail price.
A few authors asked us if we’d demonstrate exactly how to use them. 
You need absolutely no technical skills whatsoever. The templates work regardless of whether you write fiction or nonfiction, use WordPress or Blogspot, publish your blog using a PC or a Mac. 
Andrea Patten, one of our beta testers, told us:
“I was able to draft a 400-word post in about 15 minutes. It’s not the type of post I normally write but your template made it easy to try something new. It works. It’s good. I want more.”

They Work for Fiction or Nonfiction

When creating the templates, I chose topics that work for fiction and nonfiction. They include:
Template #1: Short Book Review and Excerpt
Template #2: Pros and Cons of A and B
Template #3: When to Use A and When to Use B
Template #4: How to Pitch a Guest Post for My Blog
Template #5: Cool Tools I Learned About at…
Template #6: Top 10 Tweets of the Week
Template #7: This Week in the Blogs
Template #8: Fun Facts About Where My Novel Takes Place
Template #9: Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Me
Template #10: How (Fill in the blank) Sparks My Creativity
Template #11: 15 Articles on (Blank) for (Blank)
Template #12: An Interview
Template #13: The Top Mistakes and How to Fix Them
Template #14: Review of a Movie or Play That Ties into Your Book
Template #15: A Character Sketch of My Hero
Template #16: How I Name My Characters
Template #17: An Introduction to My Media Kit

Thanks, Author Bloggers, Beta Testers

 Thanks to the generous authors who let me use their blog posts as inspiration for some of the templates I created:
Rick Hocker, Betsy Robinson, Anne Randolph, Ruth L. Snyder and Cathy Strasser.
Thanks, too, to my Publicity Hounds who volunteered to beta-test the templates: Kathy Watson, Lynda Lippin, Andrea Patten, Ellen Bahsen, Gail Rubin, Kate McCormick  and Julie Hawkins. 
If you missed the free training I did with book publishing expert Joel Friedlander last Thursday to introduce the templates, you can watch the replay here. We shared “7 Fast, Easy Ways to Bring Traffic to Your Author Blog.”

 I’m curious. What did we teach you about blogging that you didn’t know or that you were surprised to hear?

Authors: Free training for fast, easy blogging

7 Fast, Easy Ways for Author Blogging woman with billboard


Update on Feb. 28, 2015

Watch the webinar replay of 7 Fast, Easy Ways to Pull Traffic to Your Author Blog here before 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 2. After that, we take it down and our killer offer for a product that will make blogging fast and easy disappears too:


When it’s time to write a post for your author blog, how many times do you find yourself thinking about something interesting or funny that happened in your personal life?

It might be the litter of adorable puppies that you took in last night from the local animal shelter.

Or the certificate you just received for finishing the American Red Cross course in First Aid/CPR.

Or a something painful you survived, like hip replacement surgery.

And how many times have you asked yourself, “Why would my readers care about THAT?” 

You’d be surprised.

Readers LOVE Knowing More About You

When I write about something personal, like how I finally found a treatment for my voice disorder, or how I know all the words to Talent Roundup Day from the “Mickey Mouse Club” TV show in the 1950s, or the childhood photo of my sisters and me that I gave them this past Christmas, my readers respond!

They comment. They share the post on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. They email me with long stories about their own fears, discoveries and funny things that happened to them.    

If you’re an author, how about sharing what sparks your creativity? For me, it’s a sink of dirty dish water. I wrote about it here and readers loved it!  

Free Training Thursday, Feb. 26

That’s one of seven types of blog posts readers love. Joel Friedlander—a good friend, fellow author and prolific blogger—is hosting a webinar with me from 4 to 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Feb. 26, on 7 Fast, Easy Ways to Pull Readers to Your Author Blog.

In addition to the blog post on creativity, we’ll discuss six other types of posts readers love. We’ll also share dozens of helpful tips that will save you time and money blogging.

For example, we’ll give you two websites where you can subscribe to receive free stock photos every week. You can use them for your blog or other marketing materials. Register here for the free training.   

Who Should Attend

This is perfect for beginning or veteran bloggers, regardless of whether you write fiction or nonfiction.

Not an author? You’re invited too! We wouldn’t want you to miss out on the fun.  :-)