Books, Blogs, and Organizations We Recommend

If you have a resource you’d like me to consider for this list, please email me at chris@cksyme.com.  If you are pressed for time (and aren’t we all), start with the resources that have an asterisk.

Blogs Authors Should Follow For Marketing Advice:

Book Marketing Tools (podcast as well)

The Book Designer (Joel Friedlander)

*The Book Bub Partners Blog

*Build Book Buzz

Create If Writing

The Creative Penn

Honoree Corder Blog

Jane Friedman’s Blog

My Author Concierge (tips for virtual assistants)

Social Media Just For Writers

The Write Life

*Writer Beware (the latest scams authors should avoid)

Writing Without Bullshit (Josh Bernoff – nonfiction specialty)

Podcasts That Offer Practical Marketing Help For Authors

(find them in the ITunes Store, Stitcher (Android) or on your favorite podcast app) All these give great tips and marketing advice for authors:

*The Author Biz with Stephen Campbell

*The Creative Penn with Joanna Penn

*The Sell More Books Show with Jim Kukral and Bryan Cohen

Authority Self-Publishing (Steve Scott)

The Self Publishing Podcast with Sean Platt, Johnny B. Truant, and David W. Wright (sometimes out there and irreverent humor, but good stuff)

The Self-Publishing Formula podcast with Mark Dawson

The Book Launch Show with Tim Grahl

General social media marketing advice (how-to stuff):

Content Marketing Institute

*HubSpot blog

Jon Loomer (Advanced Facebook)

Mari Smith (Facebook)

Amy Porterfield (Facebook expert – good podcast)

*Social Media Examiner The best site for how-to’s. You need to follow this site!

I do not recommend blogs like Mashable and Tech Crunch for authors–they are basically blogs for people in the biz of marketing) 

Recommended Reads on Book Marketing


SMART Social Media For Authors
 by Chris Syme

Sell More Books With Less Social Media by Chris Syme

*Discoverability by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (how to get your work discovered–excellent)

How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis by Bryan Cohen (copywriting and book descriptions)

Launch to Market by Chris Fox (step by step process for successful book launches)

Platform by Michael Hyatt (building a total author brand)

You Must Write a Book by Honoree Corder (nonfiction authors)

Prosperity for Writers by Honoree Corder

The Six Figure Author by Chris Fox

General Marketing Books You Need Read To Understand Current Marketing Strategies

*Youtility by Jay Baer

The Content Code by Mark W. Schaefer

Professional Organizations & Marketing Clubs:

Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi)

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Author Marketing Institute 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuff To Stay Away From:

There are so many of these sites, I can’t begin to keep up. Whenever I find one, I put it up here. These are sites that, for the most part, are a waste of your money. Any site (like contentmo.com) that offers Twitter packages to sell your books is generally a lost cause. If you know of, or have tried others and failed, let me know.

99% of the Book Marketing/Social Media Gigs on Fiverr–waste

Kindkebookpromotions.com

Freeboostmarketing.com

Contentmo.com

Shareyt.com