Wordpreneur Reader 05.11.2012

Here is this week’s installment of the Wordpreneur Reader, with links to articles elsewhere I found informative and useful. Enjoy, go forth and learn, Grasshopper!

Author Blogging 101: Finding Time for Blogging (The Book Designer) — “I’m not a big fan of multitasking, since I find that trying to do more than one thing at a time results in confusion and lowers the quality of whatever I’m doing.”

15 Social Media Lies, Myths & Fairy Tales (Social Media Today) — “Just because you do not know the first thing about social media, social business, social listening, campaigns, reputation management and monitoring, building a social brand or even how to tweet, does not mean you are any less of a person than the guy or gal with 100k Twitter followers.”

4 Ways to Use Pinterest for Market Research (Search Engine Watch) — “Pinterest can be used to monitor and listen to what’s top of mind with your customers today. In fact, Pinterest can be used to help with product research, inspiration for content and even help improve website usability.”

How To Sell Self-Published Books: Read This First (Catherine, Caffeinated) — “Just because you wrote a book does not mean people are going to want to read it. Sounds suspiciously like common sense, but as I’ve said before, common sense isn’t as common as you might think.”

Independent Publishing: The Game Has Changed But The Values Have Not (The Independent Publishing Magazine) — “Circumventing what publishers once provided is not an excuse for a poor self-published book, nor is it an absolution from what needs to be done to write and publish a book of quality!”

19 Ways to Build Relationships With Blog Comments (Social Media Examiner) — “This article isn’t about ‘How to get more blog comments,’ but rather how to cultivate better relationships through comments. Notwithstanding, the two do overlap…”

Side Hustle: 5 Ways to Score Freelance Gigs (The Daily Muse) — “[F]reelance work is a great way to get your foot in the door with potential employers—and earn some extra cash and experience while you’re at it.”

Sixteen Ways to Use Pinterest for PR (Spin Sucks) — “[U]sing Pinterest is not a strategy… These are fun ideas for using Pinterest at work… but they should be used as part of a larger marketing or communication strategy.”

What a 9-Year-Old Can Teach You About Selling (Inc.) — “One of the great things about 9-year-olds: Like many buyers these days, they lack context. Any answer that you provide has to be in a language that they can understand.”

Why are kids’ e-book sales surging? Partly because adults are reading them (paidContent) — “New stats from the Association of American Publishers show that kids’ and young adult e-book sales grew by triple digits in February, while adult e-book sales appeared to flatten. But the AAP notes that’s partly due to the fact that so many adults are reading YA e-books…”

Why the death of DRM would be good news for readers, writers and publishers (The Guardian) — “It’s the beginning of the end for DRM, which are used by hardware manufacturers and publishers to limit the use of digital content after sale. That’s good news, whether you’re a publisher, a writer, a dedicated reader, or someone who picks up a book every year or two.”

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