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Batten down the hatches. This book will make you smile one moment and then pull your heartstrings all the way down to Davy Jones Locker. Get ready for some fun book club talks that also touch on serious social issues.

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Ahoy mateys! This book will put the wind in your sails and lead you on a gently rolling adventure that will leave you and your friends on the edge of your seats.

One Anchor

 

Hang on to your buoys! This fun, fearless, flirty book will leave you and your friends laughing as you talk about your favorite scenes and characters.

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In the early 15th century, during the middle of the Hundred Years’ War, England and France were fighting for sovereignty over France. It was a time of hand-to-hand combat, the invention of the longbow, and real knights in armor.

Simon Beauvallet was born in 1386, the illegitimate son of Geoffrey of Malvallet. After his mother’s death in 1400, he and his half-brother, the legitimate son and heir of his father, became great friends of the Prince, fighting against France.

Known for his silence and nicknamed “the Coldheart,” Simon nonetheless loved children and had a complex and deep personality. After the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, he was sent to besiege Belremy, where he met the lady, Margaret, who eventually surrendered to the English and became his bride.

Making the Most of Your Social Media

Social media is a great way for authors to connect directly with readers and potential readers. But there are a lot of different social media platforms, and it can be overwhelming to choose which one in which to invest your time. That’s why it’s important to keep in mind what platform is used by your readers. Rather than being active across all platforms, choose 2 or 3 that are the best fit for your reader, and start working on building those profiles first.

To help give you an idea of what platform is best for you, we have a brief overview of each one below.

Want to know more information on how to get started on social media? Check out these articles:

How to Be Active on Social Media without Losing Your Mind
Finding a Target Audience for Your Book in 3 Steps
17 New Release Marketing Examples We Love

FACEBOOK:

The world’s largest social network, Facebook has 1.11 billion users and counting, and many of those users are readers you want to reach.

The general rule when it comes to Facebook (and most other social media) is to post more frequently in order to maintain page views and engagement. You can use Facebook EdgeRank to find out how your profile is doing right now. Shares on Facebook are critical to broadening your reach into your followers’ social circles. Pay attention to your posts that are most shared. This will help you learn what posts will help you engage the most followers.

Although Facebook is definitely one of the most powerful weapons in your social media arsenal, frequently changing rules on the site means less control and reach for brands. While you do want to put a lot of effort into your Facebook presence, you should also diversify with other platforms.

Not sure if you should use your personal profile or create a public author page? Here are a couple of articles that run through the advantages, and disadvantages, of both:

Facebook Page vs Facebook Profile: Do You Know the Difference?
How are Pages different from personal profiles?
Expanding Live Video to More People

See the articles below for tips on creating a profile and improving your author presence.

Facebook for Beginners
5 Ways to Improve Your Facebook Presence
The Power of Facebook for Authors

TWITTER:

Twitter is constantly asking you to answer the question "What are you doing?" Users post very short text messages (up to 140 characters). The posts ("tweets") are short, quick, and real-time, easily allowing your readers to follow your updates throughout the day (and you to follow others). It is all about participating in the conversation.

The key to Twitter is to figure out what kind of tweets engage your fan base the most. To do this, start out by tweeting a wide variety of content to figure out what works for you. Attempt a mix of original tweets, retweets, and @ mentions to see what captures the most attention. Some other ideas for harnessing the potential of Twitter include:

  • Schedule posts to reach fans in different time zones.
  • Incorporate multimedia into your posts. Followers tend to engage most with multimedia (photos and videos) and links.
  • Tweet about book releases and the writing process.
  • Consider using quotes from your own work and from blog posts, if relevant or applicable.
  • Retweet your favorites that are posted by fans. Get readers talking!
  • Search for fellow authors in your category and see what hashtags they use. Utilizing the right hashtags in a tweet can garner a lot of traffic and exposure to new readers.
  • Try paying attention to the hashtags your fans use when they tweet at you.
  • Try to respond to tweets by your fans when possible, even just with a thank-you. The more you engage with your fans, the more they’ll be inclined to engage with you.

See the articles below for more tips on how to make the most of your profile on Twitter.
The Beginner’s Guide to Twitter
How to Use Twitter to Supercharge Your Book Launch

PINTEREST:

Pinterest is a tool for collecting and organizing images of things you love in a very aesthetic and organized way. With 47 million users and counting, it’s the fastest-growing standalone website in history. Pinterest is fun and interactive, and there are endless ways to create a visual and continuous story around your book and you as an author.

Authors use Pinterest to post images of their books, other books, or authors of inspiration, images of their books’ settings, and other images that capture the essence of their characters. There are thousands of librarians, teachers, and booklovers on the site who love pinning bookish things and ideas.

13 Things Writers Should Know About Pinterest
10 Tips for Authors Using Pinterest
5 Ways to Succeed with Pinterest Promoted Pins

INSTAGRAM:

With more than 400 million active users, Instagram is a rapidly growing platform that focuses on sharing images from your daily life. Favored by millennials and younger generations, the image-centric nature of Instagram translates to higher engagement from your followers. To make the most of Instagram:

  • Include relevant hashtags with your posts. In order for your images to be found by the audience you are targeting, it’s very important to use hashtags they might be searching for. Not sure what these hashtags are? Look up posts by authors similar to you and examine what tags they use. You can also use free search tools like Websta to see what tags are most popular.
  • Follow the accounts of media influencers and fellow authors. Get new ideas and see what’s working to reach your audience by checking out other authors’ accounts.

13 Instagram Marketing Tips From the Experts
How to Grow a Loyal Following with Instagram

SNAPCHAT:

A relatively new platform, Snapchat allows users to take pictures and videos that disappear from a recipient’s phone. Besides the disappearing act, the key component that sets Snapchat apart from other image-heavy platforms is the number of different edits and filters you can add to a video or image. Snapchat is overwhelmingly used by younger audiences and can be a good way to reach YA readers.

10 of the Best Brands on Snapchat Right Now (And Why They’re So Great)
5 Ways to Use Snapchat for Business

TUMBLR:

Much like Snapchat and Instagram, Tumblr skews heavily toward users in their teens and early twenties. On this platform, users share images, quotes, posts, and interact with one another anonymously.

  • Authenticity is very important on this platform. Purchase-oriented posts will not gain much traction here.
  • Share content you genuinely enjoy. This will help you find followers who share your interests and will be interested in your work.

The Complete Starters Guide to Tumblr Marketing

YOUTUBE:

YouTube is a video-based platform that can be a great place to showcase your personality. With a very healthy community of book reviewers, or “booktubers,” there is a lot of potential to outreach new readers.

  • Linking a YouTube channel to your Google+ presence can help with SEO, as well as allow experimentation with Google Hangouts, offering fans an easy way to engage in Author Q&As, online release parties, or author readings.
  • Post new and relevant videos from YouTube on your other social media (especially on Goodreads). You can even embed them in your website.

GOOGLE+
Google+ is a social network operated by Google and is increasingly critical for improving SEO within Google and the growing Google universe. If you already use Gmail, you already have a Google+ account, but it’s important to make sure you have a Google+ account dedicated to your professional author profile. To make the most of Google+, make sure to:

  • Complete your Google+ profile entirely.
  • Include an up-to-date photo and bio and include links to other sites and profiles.
  • Add links to any of your published material online.
  • Consider adding it to your Facebook or Twitter rotation for social media posting.
  • Add book cover images, and use it to promote your latest titles and series.
  • Add people in your network to your Google+ circles.
  • Tie your Google+ profile to your blogs and other parts of your brand. This can help unify your online presence.

Authors can utilize Google+ in many ways that are similar to Facebook or Twitter, creating “circles” of family, friends, and professional contacts, but the best part about Google+ is Google Hangouts, Google’s group chat feature.

Google Hangouts is an easy way for authors to record videos that can be directly uploaded to their YouTube channel. These videos can also be embedded on your blog and shared on your social media outlets.

See the articles below on how authors can build and utilize a platform on Google+.

Six Reasons Google+ Beats Facebook for Author Platform Building
Seven Ways Writers Can Build Online Authority With Google+
12 Ways to Connect, Create, and Collaborate Using Google Hangouts

 GOODREADS:

Goodreads is the social media site for readers. As an author, you will already be listed under your published book, but there is so much more you can do on this site as an author to engage readers, and the best part is, readers who loved your book are right there in front of you.

Authors will find that Goodreads has endless possibilities for engaging readers and finding new audiences. You can add and rate books you’ve read; follow your readers and other authors to see what they’re reading; post quizzes, trivia, and updates about your books; create groups surrounding your book; create or join book clubs; and host author chats.

Tips for your Goodreads profile:

  • Keep your Goodreads bio up-to-date with series names and more.
  • Your bio on Goodreads should be more conversational, informal, and fan-oriented than your bios on other sites. A purchase-oriented bio will not work as well in this space. Goodreads is not the place to attempt to sell your books. Instead, it is where you want to engage your readers.
  • If your book has been previously published in other editions, it is the author's responsibility to choose the most current edition as the default edition. It will be important that most current/US Edition of your book is selected as the defaut edition at least 5-6 months prior to publication. Goodreads Authors are the only people who can use this feature, and can only do so for books on which they are the primary author. To use this feature, you must be logged in to Goodreads, and go to the eiditon you wish to set as the default. Click the "edit" link. On the edition's edit page there will be a link on the right side, about mid-way down the page and just before the link ot refresh stats, to "Set this book as the primary edition for this work."

Click on the link below to learn more about how authors can utilize Goodreads.

Goodreads Author Program

WIKIPEDIA:

While Wikipedia isn’t technically a social media platform, Wikipedia pages help with Google search and SEO by linking your presences and bolstering your authority as a brand.

The most important thing to do on Wikipedia is to make sure you have a page for your author name. The page should be simple and only highlight the facts that are verifiable (such as birthdate, place of birth, number of titles published, awards won, etc.). Wikipedia articles must link to outside sources or they run the risk of being deleted, so be sure to link to your website, publisher’s page, or any other relevant websites.

Take a look at some of your favorite authors’ Wikipedia pages for guidance.

 AMAZON:

Amazon uses an author’s profile to match titles with the correct author. Consumers are also influenced by Amazon profiles, which tie together anything an author writes and help to pass along one book’s success to another.

  • Use an author bio that is more sales-driven to aid consumers in making purchase decisions. This is the perfect place to write with your sales pitch in mind.
  • Keep your author bio fresh and up-to-date. Give plenty of detail about any series or recent books, etc.
  • Use your author page to link to other social media. You can even set it up to pull your latest tweets directly onto your Amazon author page.

For help setting up a profile, visit Amazon’s Author Central.

Managing Your Various Accounts
If you plan to keep multiple social media presences up-to-date, there are tools to help manage your social media updates around the web. Here are two options to consider. The choice generally comes down to personal preference:

  • Hootsuite: Hootsuite allows users to link multiple social media accounts into a single browser-based dashboard for easy posting across networks. The free account allows you up to five profiles and to schedule posts in advance.
  • Buffer: Like Hootsuite, Buffer offers centralized social media management. The free version supports up to three profiles and enables users to preschedule updates to post throughout the day.

AUTHOR WEBSITE:

One of the most important components of your online presence is your author website. Your author website will act as an anchor for all of your social media profiles, newsletter, and general book and series information. It’s a key component for building your author brand.

Building a website can be intimidating at first, but there are a lot of easy-to-use tools, like SquareSpace and WordPress, which act as great website hosts.

What to include on your website:

  • Navigation Bar: Your navigation bar should be easy to read and easy to use. Some tabs to include are:
    • Homepage: This is the first page readers will see when they visit your website. We suggest having information about your most recent release and your newsletter front and center.
    • News: Dedicate this page to updates for your readers on events and new releases. It only needs to be updated with new information as it comes out.
    • Books: Include a list of published books with descriptions about each title and buy links for the following retail partners: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Books-A-Million, Kobo, Chapters. See Instructions for creating retail links for author websites.
    • About: Author bio and social media links.
    • Newsletter: This could be a separate tab, a sign-up box on the side of every page, or both.
  • There are many ways to organize your website. Here are a few different examples of author websites.

 

NEWSLETTERS:

Don’t underestimate what your email list can do for you! A newsletter is the best way to build direct engagement with your fans without having to rely on a third party or navigate the rules of a social media platform. Your newsletter is one of the most personal and direct ways you can connect with fans.

Tips for curating a large newsletter list:

  • Highlight your newsletter sign-up on your website. Ideally, you would feature this sign-up not only on your homepage, but on all secondary pages as well.
  • Have the user sign up within your website. When users are taken offsite to a sign-up form that’s not branded as you, they are less likely to be willing to put their info into the page.
  • Leverage your social media presences to drive newsletter sign-ups. Make sure a sign-up for your newsletter can be easily found on your profiles across social media.
  • Offer newsletter subscribers something special with your newsletters. If they are going to allow you to contact them, they should feel like they’re getting something great in return. Including exclusive content is a great way to do this.
  • Use giveaways to drive newsletter subscribers. Using ARCs or finished books, or even another small prize, as giveaways is a great way to encourage fans to sign-up for your newsletter.

 

David P. Murphy, author of Zombies for Zombies David P. Murphy

Zombies for Zombies - The Play and Werk Book

About the Author

David P. Murphy is a living, breathing guy, spending an excessive amount of quality time thinking and writing about zombies. He obtained his Ph.Z. from the prestigious Port-Au-Prince Capon Academy, and currently can be seen shambling about the Bay Area where he closely guards his brains.

 

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Shana Drehs

Editorial Director, Sourcebooks Landmark

What I'm looking for:

Fiction:
accessible literary/book club fiction that's gripping, emotional and dramatic, near-historical that illuminates the past in a new and entertaining way, commercial women's fiction with a unique hook or emotional weight

 

Nonfiction:
women-driven memoir, parenting, relationships, self-help, humor and pop culture, inspirational and gift books that entertain and inspire women

Right now, please don't send me...
Romance genre fiction, Fitness/Diet/Cooking, Health, Home/Gardening

How I got into books:
I think I might hold a record for most library books checked out at one time from my hometown library, and as a child I did everything one-handed, with a book in my other hand. I entered the business of books as a bookseller at two B. Daltons, in Iowa City and Sioux City, IA, and after some stints in online media, jumped to the publishing side of things at Random House. I had the pleasure of working in the Crown division, editing both fiction and nonfiction, where I worked with Wayne Coffey (NYT bestselling author of THE BOYS OF WINTER) and Suzanne Hansen (NYT bestselling author of YOU'LL NEVER NANNY IN THIS TOWN AGAIN among others.

Just a few of the books and authors I've acquired and edited in the past five years:
Marianne Richmond’s blockbuster classic children’s and gift book IF I COULD KEEP YOU LITTLE, Charles Belfoure’s Indie Next Pick novel THE PARIS ARCHITECT, James Whitfield Thomson’s stunning domestic suspense novel LIES YOU WANTED TO HEAR, Amy Thomas’s hit memoir PARIS MY SWEET, Geralyn Murray’s perennial pregnancy journal FROM PEA TO PUMPKIN.

Some favorite books and authors I didn't publish:
The Night Circus, Margot, The Art Forger, The Rosie Project, The Other Typist, Where’d You Go Bernadette, Gone Girl

One of the more important things an editor does for an author is...
Work with an author to shape a manuscript's structure, positioning and message, taking it from a rough draft to the most polished book it can be, and talking about it in a way ("positioning it for the marketplace") so that the right audience finds it!

I love my job because...
I can't believe sometimes that I have a job in which I get to read all day, and I'm absolutely never bored. And I know that I'm spreading the love of reading every day, in a way that can really influence and impact folks. As we say here, "books change lives."

I keep my reading pile...
Overflowing from my nightstand, in my car, on my phone, on my iPad. I'm happiest when there are books everywhere!

Bookstores you should visit before you die:
A shout out to my home state of Iowa -- Prairie Lights in Iowa City. There's also Powell's in Portland, which blew me away. Anderson's Bookshop here in Naperville is everything you'd want a local bookstore to be.

When I'm not reading, I'll be...
Spending time with my family, running

I follow reading, writing, and publishing news at:
PW Daily, Publishers Lunch, Shelf Awareness


Agents can contact me at:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , direct line 630-536-0535

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We're thrilled to share that Everything is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs has received a STARRED review from Booklist

Booklist calls it a "harrowing, heartbreaking, and cathartic memoir," and goes on to say, "Wachs writes with immense love, humor, and humanity... Everything about this book is horrible, wonderful, timely, and not to be missed."

Book Info

9781492664109

Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful by Stephanie Wittels Wachs

Sourcebooks

Publication Date: February 27th, 2018

Buy It: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Book Depository

The space between life and death is a moment.

But it will remain alive in me for hundreds of thousands of future moments.

One phone call. That’s all it took to change Stephanie Wittels Wachs’ life forever..

Her younger brother Harris, a star in the comedy world known for his work on shows like Parks and Recreation, had died of a heroin overdose. How do you make sense of such a tragic end to a life of so much hilarious brilliance?

In beautiful, unsentimental, and surprisingly funny prose, Stephanie Wittels Wachs alternates between her brother’s struggle with addiction, which she learned about three days before her wedding, and the first year after his death, in all its emotional devastation. This compelling portrait of a comedic genius and a profound exploration of the love between siblings is A Year of Magical Thinking for a new generation of readers.

A heartbreaking but hopeful memoir of addiction, grief, and family, Everything is Horrible and Wonderful will make you laugh, cry, and wonder if that possum on the fence is really your brother’s spirit animal.

 

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