Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book General > Writers' Corner

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-14-2013, 04:10 PM   #31
avantman42
Guru
avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
avantman42's Avatar
 
Posts: 955
Karma: 3087163
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: UK
Device: Kindle & Nook
Quote:
Originally Posted by ebooklovers View Post
One of the things I love about Tumblr is that other users will also be able to see your post, regardless if you two are connected or friends. This means that Tumblr automatically provides an audience to your post so all you need to do is to make a good and interesting post for your market.
Unless I've mis-understood your point, that's true of all blogging software. Some offer ways to lock posts down so that only certain people can view them, but by default they'll be visible to anyone.
avantman42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2013, 06:13 PM   #32
Penforhire
Wizard
Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Penforhire ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 2,112
Karma: 7067396
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Southern California
Device: Kindle PW, PRS-650, iPhone 4, iPad 4
avantman is correct, blogs are public by default though you can make them private. Comments are another area where you can make choices (e.g. to approve each comment before it is posted or restrict who can comment).

I'm not sure if there is an easier way to provide blog subscriptions now but I used Feedburner, a 3rd party service, to offer one. Every time a new post goes on-line it is directly fed to subscribers. A small amount of background blog jiggering was required to code a "click here to subscribe" button in my blog. Wordpress had easy enough examples to guide me.
Penforhire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2013, 07:18 PM   #33
Elfwreck
Grand Sorcerer
Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Elfwreck's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,140
Karma: 24387938
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, California, USA
Device: Clié; PRS-505; EZR Pocket Pro, PRS-600, Kobo Mini
Tumblr's good for high-activity limited-feedback posts. There's no decent archiving function at Tumblr; if you write That Perfect Article that bounces all over the web for a week and a half... in another month, nobody will be able to find it. Tumblr has very limited comment functions--usually none; they're allowable but not automatic. Tumblr's designed to have its content reblogged and shared around; not good if you want your stuff to stay where you can track it.

It can be used for marketing, but it's a very specific type of marketing. And a lot of the literary market is staying away from Tumblr because Tumblr is where the porn is it's picture-heavy and discussion-light, and crowded with teens and college students.

I wouldn't recommend Tumblr as a commercial platform for anyone who isn't already very savvy about social media networking unless their target demographic is Tumblr users. Like Twitter, it can be used as an adjunct to a more traditional site, but as a main platform it's got some serious weaknesses. They're not insurmountable, but wouldn't be easy for a beginner.
Elfwreck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 02:50 AM   #34
avantman42
Guru
avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
avantman42's Avatar
 
Posts: 955
Karma: 3087163
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: UK
Device: Kindle & Nook
Quote:
Originally Posted by Penforhire View Post
I'm not sure if there is an easier way to provide blog subscriptions now but I used Feedburner, a 3rd party service, to offer one. Every time a new post goes on-line it is directly fed to subscribers. A small amount of background blog jiggering was required to code a "click here to subscribe" button in my blog. Wordpress had easy enough examples to guide me.
I just dragged the "Follow Blog" widget to one of the widget areas. When I write a new post, it sends an email to subscribers. That's on a blog hosted on wordpress.com A self-hosted Wordpress install doesn't have that by default, though it's probably available to install.
avantman42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2013, 10:31 AM   #35
Gregg Bell
Gregg Bell
Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Gregg Bell's Avatar
 
Posts: 899
Karma: 3405736
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Itasca, Illinois
Device: none
Elfwreck

Quote:
Originally Posted by Elfwreck View Post
Tumblr's good for high-activity limited-feedback posts. There's no decent archiving function at Tumblr; if you write That Perfect Article that bounces all over the web for a week and a half... in another month, nobody will be able to find it. Tumblr has very limited comment functions--usually none; they're allowable but not automatic. Tumblr's designed to have its content reblogged and shared around; not good if you want your stuff to stay where you can track it.

It can be used for marketing, but it's a very specific type of marketing. And a lot of the literary market is staying away from Tumblr because Tumblr is where the porn is it's picture-heavy and discussion-light, and crowded with teens and college students.

I wouldn't recommend Tumblr as a commercial platform for anyone who isn't already very savvy about social media networking unless their target demographic is Tumblr users. Like Twitter, it can be used as an adjunct to a more traditional site, but as a main platform it's got some serious weaknesses. They're not insurmountable, but wouldn't be easy for a beginner.
Thanks. I'm much informed about this stuff from your advice. It's greatly appreciated.
Gregg Bell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2013, 02:30 PM   #36
cathalmc
Member
cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.cathalmc ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 16
Karma: 510134
Join Date: Sep 2012
Device: Kindle
I paid for my book's domain to get hosted by WordPress, it's very cheap. They allow you to upload files for hosting so you can put links to samples of the book there - although you have to change the file extension from .epub or .mobi to .zip, and add a notice to the webpage to anyone downloading.
cathalmc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-17-2013, 04:24 PM   #37
Gregg Bell
Gregg Bell
Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Gregg Bell's Avatar
 
Posts: 899
Karma: 3405736
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Itasca, Illinois
Device: none
yeah

Quote:
Originally Posted by cathalmc View Post
I paid for my book's domain to get hosted by WordPress, it's very cheap. They allow you to upload files for hosting so you can put links to samples of the book there - although you have to change the file extension from .epub or .mobi to .zip, and add a notice to the webpage to anyone downloading.
I heard about that uploading feature. It is nice. But for now I'm going w/blogspot because it's easy. Thanks for the input.
Gregg Bell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 08:40 PM   #38
avantman42
Guru
avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.avantman42 ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
avantman42's Avatar
 
Posts: 955
Karma: 3087163
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: UK
Device: Kindle & Nook
Quote:
Originally Posted by robert eggleton View Post
Greg, if you paid a penny to promote your book, please do not refer to yourself as an author.
I don't remember seeing any suggestion that Gregg had paid to promote his book, but I'm curious. Why shouldn't he call himself an author if he has?
avantman42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-22-2013, 11:15 PM   #39
CWatkinsNash
IOC Chief Archivist
CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.CWatkinsNash ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
CWatkinsNash's Avatar
 
Posts: 3,485
Karma: 32531038
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Nashville, TN, USA
Device: Nook STR Glowlight, Sony T1, Acer Iconia A200
Quote:
Originally Posted by avantman42 View Post
I don't remember seeing any suggestion that Gregg had paid to promote his book, but I'm curious. Why shouldn't he call himself an author if he has?
Yeah, I really want the answer to that as well. Very curious to know what Robert meant.
CWatkinsNash is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-24-2013, 02:11 AM   #40
Elfwreck
Grand Sorcerer
Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Elfwreck ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Elfwreck's Avatar
 
Posts: 5,140
Karma: 24387938
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: SF Bay Area, California, USA
Device: Clié; PRS-505; EZR Pocket Pro, PRS-600, Kobo Mini
Quote:
Originally Posted by robert eggleton View Post
Greg, if you paid a penny to promote your book, please do not refer to yourself as an author.
Plenty of authors pay to promote their books. They attend conventions they pay for to do book signings; they buy business cards with the name of their book on them; they buy webspace dedicated to their authorial career. None of that makes them "not authors."

Not sure how it's more noble to pay a percentage of one's sales to someone else for their promotional efforts. Authors whose publishers cover "promotional costs" are still paying for the promotion--they just don't know how much, vs how much they're paying for editing and how much for the publisher's office space.
Elfwreck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 11:14 AM   #41
bmcox
Connoisseur
bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.bmcox ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
bmcox's Avatar
 
Posts: 78
Karma: 1000000
Join Date: Dec 2012
Device: None
I'm using Wordpress and Tumblr. I haven't really delved into all that Tumblr can do but there are a couple Tumblr blogs that I follow and they're fantastic.

Between Blogger and Wordpress I went with Wordpress because it had the most options for customizing and could later be ported to a self-hosted site.

If you are willing to spend a monthly fee, I hear Squarespace is also a good choice.
bmcox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 02:00 PM   #42
Gregg Bell
Gregg Bell
Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Gregg Bell ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Gregg Bell's Avatar
 
Posts: 899
Karma: 3405736
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Itasca, Illinois
Device: none
thanks

Quote:
Originally Posted by bmcox View Post
I'm using Wordpress and Tumblr. I haven't really delved into all that Tumblr can do but there are a couple Tumblr blogs that I follow and they're fantastic.

Between Blogger and Wordpress I went with Wordpress because it had the most options for customizing and could later be ported to a self-hosted site.

If you are willing to spend a monthly fee, I hear Squarespace is also a good choice.
Thanks for the feedback, bmcox. I appreciate it.
Gregg Bell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2013, 04:54 PM   #43
TaraMcTiernan
Enthusiast
TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.TaraMcTiernan can program the VCR without an owner's manual.
 
TaraMcTiernan's Avatar
 
Posts: 28
Karma: 174980
Join Date: Mar 2013
Device: none
Another vote for Wordpress

I'm throwing in my vote for Wordpress too. The best! I've had a blog with Blogger and the problem is, you never know when you'll go there and something won't be functioning properly. Today I tried to get on and change some of my pages and it wouldn't load the pages at all. Just hung there. My other sites have been with Wordpress and they were great/no problems...
TaraMcTiernan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-19-2013, 12:57 PM   #44
Alex Bleach
Enthusiast
Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Alex Bleach ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 39
Karma: 532396
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: UK
Device: PC - PDF & Kindle Desktop
It's worth mentioning a blog is only useful if it is updated regularly, otherwise stick with twitter.
Alex Bleach is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My free Android app blog is up and running Nate the great Android Devices 4 07-08-2011 10:16 PM
Great Blog with Free and Cheap Books JohnSauer General Discussions 0 12-21-2010 05:10 PM
Great way to get free books to review on your blog lmpreston Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 0 07-08-2010 11:02 AM
'The Career Novelist': free pdf download garygibsonsf Deals, Freebies, and Resources (No Self-Promotion) 0 10-20-2008 04:13 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:35 AM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.