Find Your Next Good Read With Navigating IndieWorld’s Spring Book Festival!

March 27 – March 29, 2017 | SAVE THE DATE

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Celebrate spring and find your next favorite book(s) with Navigating IndieWorld’s Spring Book Festival!

Scroll through 31 genres and discover new books and authors. There is also a giveaway for $150 dollars worth of prizes.

My books are in the Children’s Fiction/Non-Fiction category, but even if they weren’t included this round, this is a super cool event for indie authors and everyone who wants to find great books to read, so save that date!

Why Indie Authors Should Check Out Pronoun

Thanks to Navigating IndieWorld and a blog post by Nicole R Locker, I found out about Pronoun last Friday, got really excited over what Nicole had to say about it, and wasted no time in setting up my author page.

Pronoun is a relatively new ebook distributor that wants to “design, sell, and promote your book like a pro (with help when you need it), hassle free.”

There’s got to be a catch, right? There’s no free lunch!

The thing is…there might just be a free lunch this time around.

John Doppler of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) did a watchdog report and found that:

“Pronoun doesn’t charge for epub conversion, distribution, reports, or updates. They don’t upsell expensive add-on services. They don’t charge third-party vendors to be listed on the site, and they don’t take a cut of the vendor’s fees. And 100% of the retailer’s net payment is passed on to the author.”

Right now, Pronoun is able to exist on legacy business. Naturally, in the long-term it may seek out partnerships with successful authors.

I find I’m all for Pronoun sustaining itself long-term. Check out this quote from that thorough (and thoroughly enlightening) report:

“Pronoun gives authors the tools, technology, and information they need to create and publish better books. On our publishing platform, authors can create professionally-designed ebook files, sell them on the major retailers, update their metadata anytime, track daily sales and other performance metrics, and use our book data and analytics to optimize their metadata and make smarter marketing decisions. Pronoun authors keep control of their rights and receive 100% of their earnings.” – Allison Horton, Author Advocacy and Marketing representative

When I signed up, I received an email from this same Allison Horton, encouraging me to contact them with any questions or concerns, as they welcome feedback and always want to improve.

I haven’t yet moved either What’s at the End of Your Nose? or Dr. Guinea Pig George over to Pronoun from Amazon, as I really want to make sure I know what I’m doing before I do, but I have linked my books up through my Pronoun author page.

As I write this, four hours ago I received an email from Pronoun telling me that George had received a new review. I don’t get that from Amazon. Oh, you can go to Amazon’s Author Central (where reviews take awhile to populate) or refresh your sales page every day, all day, but I’ve missed reviews that have snuck in.

It’s the little touches like this that nevertheless make a huge difference in a busy indie author’s life that make me want to do more with Pronoun.

They also have a great knowledge base, including timely topics as, “How to respond to reviews.”

Who knows? My next book might just launch through Pronoun.

I’ve been interviewed! Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar

What was What’s at the End of Your Nose? originally called? What’s my best advice to aspiring writers? If I had to choose between never again eating a piece of chocolate or never again drinking a cup of coffee, what would I do??

Find out all this and more today, because—

The wonderful and generous Jessica Hernandez interviewed me on her Coffee with Architects of Worlds Afar blog–check it out here!

She’s also written her own books (see below), has some pretty innovative games to go with them, and has great resources for indie authors on her YouTube channel. Plus, she does book trailers to help your book pop in this fast-paced visual world!

Jessica’s books:

3 LinkedIn Networking Fails

Okay, I’m going to try not to be ranty because it is nice to have a LinkedIn profile that draws attention.

However.

I’ve recently received a spate of interesting inbox messages on LinkedIn, and as I was evaluating them, they made me think of:

  • My value as perceived by others
  • What happens to networking when it’s used as currency
  • Actions and agendas and asks, oh my!
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This value is perceived by both guinea pigs, but to a sad end.

In an earlier incarnation of this blog (and my career), I talked a lot about career resources. So for today, enjoy the career resource resurrection!

3 Ways Not to Network on LinkedIn (Or Anywhere Else, Really)

1. “Congratulations on <insert achievement here>! Is <job position> still open in your company?”

Congratulations lose their appearance of sincerity when you combine them with an ask for yourself in the next breath.

You’ll do yourself more favors by cultivating and nurturing an even-handed dialogue versus throwing an immediate “Let’s talk about me” bid for attention.

Sure, you still have an agenda, but it’ll be accepted far more easily if you leave off the pouncing.

Or just, you know, do a straight inquiry about the job. It’s okay!

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This cub learned through example.

 

2. “Thanks for accepting my invitation to connect! <Cue far too many paragraphs about why I should use your product/support your agenda/just click this link already>.”

or

“After viewing your profile, do you use LinkedIn for <something that has nothing to do with what I do>?  <link>  

I get that we’re all mostly on LinkedIn to sell something.

Will we catch the eye of an employer, acquire information, make sales, make connections? Where does our value rank? How do we get our voice heard?

Even these seemingly guileless posts are heavily calculated bids for your attention and support.

But there’s something majorly off-putting about being hit right after connecting with a form letter and a link. Even if you take the time to personalize it with my name and a few details, to me, that’s not building a relationship. That’s not a dialogue.

But it is pushing your agenda on me.

And if you seemingly viewed my profile but try to sell me something that has little or nothing to do with me? Fail.

What you could do instead: Just ask me what I do or what I’m looking for. If it’s something you provide, THEN share your link.

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See this? This is what this kangaroo values. You’d do well to heed it.

 

3. Forgetting that oops, you didn’t treat the person very well in the past.

There’s that old saying, or there should be, that you never know who’s going to help you get your next job, so it pays to be respectful.

There’s another saying I think I made up that I use when talking about Yammer networks: “What happens offline is reflected online.”

I have an acquaintance who has done a great job of ignoring me–to my face!–over the years.

But now we’ve got a job opening in my department.

Suddenly this person wants to connect and talk about it.

I’m a benefit-of-the-doubt person, but I’d say “Hello,” and this person would cut me dead a la the Victorian era, so much as I find the Victorian era fascinating, there was not much doubt left to have.

You know how word gets around. I quickly found out that this person will ignore anyone until they decide you’re someone to use, and then, well…“Oozing charm from every pore, he oiled his way around the floor.” – Henry Higgins.

And now I was someone to use.

Is this the kind of person you’d want to work with?

There are worse things, sure. But had this person treated me better in my personal life, I may have given more thought to helping them in their professional life. As it was, they self-selected themselves out of the running.

Conclusion

We all make mistakes. That’s one of the sure things of life, so we’ve got that going for us. But if you find yourself doing any of the above, cease and desist. And if you see me doing it, please tell me!

What’s your take? Do you find that people are skipping over the usual conversational steps when they’re on LinkedIn? Does it bug you–or not?

 

 

Facebook Release Party! Or: Books, Books, Books!

A very kind author, Erica Graham, is launching her fourth book in her popular “Talking Tales” series in a Facebook Release Party!

From the comfort of your chair on March 23, 24, and 25, celebrate in the release of “Puppy’s Bubble” with games and giveaways all three days.

Erica is so generous to fledgling indie authors that she has included some of us in this event! I’ll be one of the featured authors with a giveaway of my own that may just include that cover reveal I mentioned before.

You do NOT want to miss this.

>>Sign up for the event now!

Don’t be a slowpoke like Sidney here:

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Copyright 2016 Becky Benishek for “What’s at the End of Your Nose?