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Friday, June 18, 2021

Tips for Authors

Using Tech for Book Marketing

Kate Gingold from Sprocket WebsitesKate has been building websites with her husband Don since 1996 for all sorts of clients, including authors.

Kate regularly writes about online marketing for Sprocket Websites and provides tips and techniques for entrepreneurs and small-business owners. Since being an author today is not really different from being an entrepreneur with a small business, most of those tips are just as useful to authors.

Kate is an author herself. She writes books on local history, including the award-winning "Ruth by Lake and Prairie," a fictionalized account of the true story of Great Lake pioneering to the shores of Chicago and beyond to found Naperville, Illinois. 

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Author Tips and Tales

Summing Up World War I in 500 Words or Less

While also remaining neutral...

Kate Gingold Host 0 97 Article rating: 4.0

This book I’m working on is a glossary – meaning you can look up a word you run across while reading an Agatha Christie mystery novel – so the “writing” part isn't more than a sentence or, at most, a paragraph. But in talking with editors, we have decided that an introductory chapter for each book would be a good idea. These essays, or whatever you call them, wouldn’t be long, but would provide space for a deeper dive into some topics.

Are You Only as Good as Your Writing Tools? Or Are You Better?

Trying out Grammarly

Kate Gingold Host 0 88 Article rating: 2.0

I write in Microsoft Word a lot, as well as on Facebook and in emails. Microsoft OneNote was where I compiled this current manuscript. All of those programs include spell- and grammar checking, but the website where I am editing the manuscript now does not have those helpers. 

Researching Ends (Boo!) and the Editing Begins (Yay and also Boo)

Starting the new year by finishing a manuscript!

Kate Gingold Host 0 250 Article rating: 3.0

I just finished the manuscript I have been working on for several years. As I move on to the next stage, I keep hearing “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” in my head. While I’m super excited and proud of myself for having completed this project, the research has been so much fun that I’m going to miss it very much. 

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Marketing Author Interview

Following a presentation for In Print Professional Writers Group, Kate's husband (and publisher!) Don was interviewed by author Louise Brass for WBOM Radio. During the conversation, Don shared many of the marketing tips from his presentation. You can listen to it online here.

The Sprocket Report

The Sprocket Report is published every other week with Internet marketing tips, tools and techniques. The archive features articles from 2011 up to the present. You are welcome to read how business owners are using technology to market themselves and apply those tips to your author business.


 

 

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Kate will be happy to send you her brief Book Signing Checklist. Treat your book promotion like a business - because it is!

AND, since much of your efforts will be online, she'll also enroll you in her Sprocket Report, an email newsletter sent every other Tuesday, that includes 2 Internet Marketing tips and a post from a guest blogger on related business.

No worries! She won't use your email address for anything else, and you can unsubscribe from the newsletter anytime, but the checklist is yours to keep.

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