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Winter Author Blog Challenge – Writing Prompt #5 and Recap of Day 4

Linking In … Linking Out … Linking Around

So how’s the Winter Author Blog Challenge treating you? Here’s my daily reminder: we still have more people posting to Facebook than to our Mister LinkedIn 2Linky. If you want to be entered for a chance to win the day’s drawing, you  must add your link to each day’s Mister Linky page.

Yesterday’s topic was LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking site. Launched in May 2003, it has
undergone many metamorphoses – the most recent of which involved retiring two
of its most popular features, LinkedIn Events and LinkedIn Answers. Are you
using LinkedIn to promote yourself as an author? Does your professional profile
include or feature your writing? What is the best connection you’ve made
through your involvement on LinkedIn? Who would you still like to connect with?
Might LinkedIn be a good vehicle for making such a connection? What is your
biggest question, frustration, or suggestion regarding LinkedIn? IF YOU’RE NOT
USING LinkedIn, why not? Here’s a good overview of LinkedIn’s features. After perusing it, how MIGHT you use LinkedIn to help build your author profile? Is it something you’re considering? Be sure to give us the link to your LinkedIn profile.

I didn’t read a whole lot of posts, but the ones I saw were both appreciative and not so appreciative of LinkedIn. It’s definitely the platform I use least, even though there are some great applications for authors.

SNIPPETS FROM YOUR POSTS

Judith Cassis

(1) Social Media is not the path to heaven.
(2) A defunct LinkedIn Account will not close the doors to my writing business.
(3) There are other more important things to worry about; like my blog!
Read more here.

Nice reminder that we can sometimes get a bit carried away, Judith! LO

Jo Michaels

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great for business connections! I just tend to focus more on connecting with readers than I do with businesses. Those
readers are active on Facebook and Twitter, not LinkedIn. They’re not business owners. My target market doesn’t ‘hang out’ on LinkedIn. Read more here.

We can all take a page from Jo’s marketing book – the lady knows her readers! LO

LINKS TO ALL POSTS

Revisit the Mister Linky site to see links to ALL of yesterday’s posts.

TODAY’s WINNER

Teresa Beeman has won a REAL, physical book – a signed paperback copy of Depression Cookies from Tia Bach. Thanks so much for the donation, Tia! We’ll email Teresa with info about claiming her prize.

WRITING PROMPTS

Onward to the Day 5 writing prompt for the Winter Author Blog Challenge…

pinterest

One of the newest and fastest growing social media platforms is Pinterest? Have you jumped onboard? What kinds of images do (or could) you post that are related to your book or the topic of your book? What other kinds of images do you post? Are you linking each post back to your blog, website, or Amazon page? IF YOU’RE NOT USING Pinterest, what’s holding you back? Take a look at book marketer extraordinaire John Kremer’s Pinterest Boards. After perusing them, how MIGHT you use Pinterest to brand yourself and your book? Is it something you’re considering? Be sure to give us your Pinterest link.

POST YOUR LINKS

In order to qualify for today’s drawing, you MUST post your link on our Linky. Click the image below to access it. In the field that says YOUR NAME, you write your name AND the name of your post (not the title of your blog). In the field that says YOUR URL, include your link to TODAY’s post. Your post will not count for drawings and toward overall winner if you do not add your link to the Linky page. However, we still encourage you to share your posts on the wall for the Author Blog Challenge Facebook group.

As always, we continue to encourage you to read each others’ blogs. Today, make sure you follow each others’ Twitter feeds. The Author Blog Challenge works because you support each other by reading, promoting, sharing, and talking up the great posts you come across from your fellow participants.

Let the blogging continue!

Laura & Marcie

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The Winter Author Blog Challenge is hosted by Laura Orsini and her alter ego, Marcie Brock, of the Marcie Brock – Book Marketing Maven blog. Please visit Marcie’s blog for loads of great info about low- to no-cost methods of marketing for self-publishing authors.

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