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Our Favorite Quotes of the Week

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Greetings from the Curation Team at Find My Audience! 

In our daily wanderings through the rooms of social media, members of the FMA curation team eavesdrop on the most inspiring conversations.  In one room, Samuel Beckett, with his magnificent head and Weimaraner eyes, dispenses advice to young writers; in another, Virginia Woolf wafts past, holding forth on truth.  We’ve culled the most memorable “overheard” lines from the past week and now we present them to you in one spirited gathering.  Lean in close; bend an ear.

 

“The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”–Mahatma Gandhi

“I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.” –Winston Churchill

“No person is your friend who demands your silence or denies your right to grow.”  –Alice Walker

“If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads.” –François Mauriac

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong.” –Bertrand Russell

“If a story is in you, it has to come out.” –William Faulkner

“We must mistrust utopias: they usually end in holocausts.” –Mario Vargas Llosa

“Advice to young writers? Always the same advice: learn to trust our own judgment.” –Doris Lessing

“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” –Toni Morrison

“The moment that you place blame somewhere, you undermine your resolve to change anything.” –Joseph Brodsky

“The secret of good old age is none other than an honest pact with solitude.” –Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Language is a spiritual mansion in which you live and nobody has the right to evict you.” –Saul Bellow

“Privilege, you see, is one of the great adversaries of the imagination; it spreads a thick layer of adipose tissue over our sensitivity.” –Chinua Achebe

“I want / To do with you what spring does with cherry trees.” –Pablo Neruda

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” –Samuel Beckett

“Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things that eat you up.” –John Edgar Wideman

“As long as you can start, you are all right. The juice will come.” –Ernest Hemingway

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world . . . then you read.” –James Baldwin

“When the enemy has no face, society will invent one.” –Susan Faludi

“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. ‘Pooh?’ he whispered.

‘Yes, Piglet?’ ‘Nothing’ said Piglet, taking Pooh’s hand. ‘I just wanted to be sure of you.’” –A. A. Milne

“Are we their friends or the monster standing over their heads making sure they do things the right way in order to spare them defeat?” –Nicola Jacobs, “tiger mom”

“So you think that you’re a failure, do you? . . . Well, you probably are. What’s wrong with that? . . . Go ahead and fail. But fail with wit, fail with grace, fail with style. A mediocre failure is as insufferable as a mediocre success. Embrace failure! Seek it out. Learn to love it. That may be the only way any of us will ever be free.” –Tom Robbins

“Never, under any circumstances, take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.” –Dave Barry

“Good telling of human stories is the best way to keep the Internet and World Wide Web from becoming a waste vastland.” –Walter Isaacson

“If you do not tell the truth about yourself, you cannot tell it about other people.” –Virginia Woolf

“Without the possibility of action, all knowledge comes to one labeled ‘file and forget.'” –Ralph Ellison

Sincerely,

The FMA Curation Team

At Find My Audience, we understand that not all authors are marketers. That being said, growing your social audience can expand your readership and book sales. You don’t have to be a book marketer to find new readers online. We are here to simplify this process for you. Sign up today and connect with potential readers across the globe.

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The 10 Most Memorable Book Titles of Last Week

Greetings from the Curation Team at Find My Audience! 

We have decided to write weekly blog posts that will reflect upon our experiences curating information about books, authors, blogs, and bloggers. You can expect to see us cover a wide variety of topics, ranging anywhere from posts like The 10 Most Memorable Book Titles of Last Week to posts about The Authors We Want to Hang Out With. Today we are focused on the former (but don’t worry, the latter is on its way).

We try not to judge a book by its cover, but it’s hard not to judge it by its title. We chose the following list of 10 most memorable book titles because they caught our attention and stayed on our minds last week. Some are funny, some are sad, and some are just flat out strange. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

What were the 10 most memorable book titles we curated last week? 

Have a lovely week!

Sincerely,

The FMA Curation Team

At Find My Audience, we understand that not all authors are marketers. That being said, growing your social audience can expand your readership and book sales. You don’t have to be a book marketer to find new readers online. We are here to simplify this process for you. Sign up today and connect with potential readers across the globe.

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Pinterest for Authors

Every morning I spend a few hours collecting content to share on the Find My Audience social media platforms. I look for trends in the publishing industry and I pay special attention to the articles that describe how things are changing for writers (and readers, for that matter).

The publishing industry is always evolving and it adapts with the times—and fast! That said, in today’s age an author’s success is dependent on his or her ability to hit a moving target. Authors are left wondering, “What can I do to keep up?”

One thing the experts do agree on is the need for authors to focus on building a strong social media presence—right now. The social web is where things are happening for authors these days; and it makes sense, considering that’s where their readers spend their time.

One of the best social media platforms for reaching readers and sharing content on the web is Pinterest. You can use it as a tool to introduce yourself, engage with your audience, and drive traffic to your various websites.

What is Pinterest?
Jon Reed describes Pinterest as “a virtual corkboard – a place to pin your interests. You create and arrange boards on specific topics and pin images and other media such as video to them.” In essence, Pinterest is a referral engine that is filled with customer insight intelligence. Seth Fiegerman adds to the conversation in his article explaining why, “Pinterest Drives More Traffic to Publishers Than Twitter, LinkedIn, and Reddit Combined.” He says that, “When it comes to referral traffic from social networks, there’s Facebook and Pinterest—and then there’s everyone else.” Instead of having to ask people what they like, they tell you by pinning it.

Why is Pinterest a useful tool for authors?
It gives you the opportunity to share your content and your books with your current audience, as well as many potential prospects. As long as you have a visual representation of the work you have done – book covers, book trailers, illustrations from your novel, fan art, or even a headshot – you can pin links to your work, driving traffic to your website(s). Because referral marketing is so powerful in the publishing industry, it’s no wonder why successful authors are starting to use Pinterest. It screams book marketing!

Authors who are on Pinterest already?
Take a look at some of these Young Adults authors who already have accounts on Pinterest:

Lisa Shafer (Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire): http://pinterest.com/lisawriting/
Laura Thomas (Tears To Dancing)http://pinterest.com/lauracthomas/
Todd R. Tystad (Blue Hill): http://pinterest.com/toddrtystad
Sara Zarr (Story of a Girl, How to Save a Life, etc.): http://pinterest.com/sarazarr
Amie Kaufman (Wrecked): http://pinterest.com/amiekaufman
Lynne Kelly (Chained): http://pinterest.com/lynnekellyh
Caitlin Kittredge (The Iron Codex series, etc): http://pinterest.com/caitkitt/

So how do you get started?

  • Sign up. You have the option to log in using your email, Facebook or Twitter account. I recommend connecting with one of your existing social media accounts because it will be significantly easier for you to find your friends, family members, and favorite public figures or blogs to follow.
  • Create your profile. You get to choose a username for your account. Keep it consistent with your other social media usernames. That’ll make it easier for your fans and potential followers to find you.
  • Check your settings. Turn your email notifications on. You want to know who is pinning what, and overtime you’ll start to understand the “why” behind their behavior. Having access to the “whom”, “what”, and “why” is important.

How do you pin?

  • Install the Pin It Button. With the Pin It button on your browser, you can easily pin any of the content you have on your page.
  • Add a Pin. When you are browsing the web and you want to add a pin, you can click the Pin It button on your bookmark bar or on the website you are pinning from. Then, Pinterest will give you the option to select which board you’d like to pin it to.
  • Create a New Board. Everything you pin is added to a board you have created. You can do so by clicking the “Add +” button in the upper right-hand corner of your main Pinterest page. Select the option to Create a Board. You can name your boards anything you’d like–but try to be specific, so that when potential users search for pins or boards similar to your board, it will show up in their search results.
  • Repin from Your Feed. You are able to see what your followers are pinning as well. In order to repin their post, all you have to do is run your mouse over the pin and select the “Pin It” button. It’ll direct you to the board you’d like to pin it to.
  • Like and Comment. Engage with your Pinterest community! Like pins; comment on pins; get to know your followers and let them get to know you.

Sources used for the above information:

–Alexa Davis

At Find My Audience, we understand that not all authors are marketers. That being said, growing your social audience can expand your readership and book sales. You don’t have to be a book marketer to find new readers online. We are here to simplify this process for you. Sign up today and connect with potential readers across the globe.

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