• Quick Tip: Sort and Filter for Easier Email Management

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 30, 2015
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    A frequent productivity complaint of writers is that social media can become a big distraction from their writing. That hasn't been an issue for me recently. But something else has: email. Today is my first day back to work after about a week off. It wasn't planned time off. I simply decided to take some personal time, after clearing up […]
  • Quick Tip: Keep Your Book Marketing as Creative as Your Writing

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 23, 2015
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    I've been ranting for the last week or two about atrocious examples of marketing from companies like Upwork, Freshbooks, and Canva. So it feels like a good time to change gears and get back to the things writers should focus on rather than avoid. This week's quick tip for writers is a bit of a lead-in to Friday's podcast episode. There, […]
  • 7 Ways to Speed Up Your Website (Infographic)

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 20, 2015
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    Whether you're a freelance writer with a professional site, an author with a site to promote your books, or a blogger, website speed and stability matters. So for this week's "short share" feature, let's look at some tips for speeding up your WordPress websites. This infographic comes from MadLemmings.com. Courtesy of: Mad Lemmings How many of these tips have you […]
  • More Unique Content for Newsletter Subscribers and a New Blog Post Schedule

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 18, 2015
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    For most of this year I've stuck with a five-posts-per-week schedule here on the All Indie Writers blog. While there have been a few exceptions due to personal days and extra time off required to take care of our cancer kitty during a couple of rough weeks, that schedule has been pretty consistent. I've decided that it's time to change […]
  • 8 Blog Post Ideas to Fall Back On

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 17, 2015
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    Do you ever get blogger's block - feeling like you've already blogged about everything in your niche and you can't come up with new blog post ideas? I do. I'd bet most bloggers do from time to time. No matter how much you've written, you probably haven't really tapped your niche, even if it's a narrow one. So when these […]
  • Quick Tip: Tie Your Book to a Worthy Cause

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 16, 2015
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    When you promote a new book release, chances are good you'll send out at least one press release. And one of the biggest book launch press release mistakes I see authors make is sending a release with nothing newsworthy to say. That fact that you're releasing a new book is very rarely newsworthy on its own, unless you're a well-known […]
  • 3 Ways to Torpedo Your Blogger Outreach Efforts (Infographic)

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 13, 2015
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    Earlier this week, I went off on Elance / Upwork for their BS blogger outreach efforts that targeted me and several other colleagues (I've heard from at least six others now who were a part of this supposed "handful" of targeted blogs). In that post, I shared a simple infographic highlighting the three big mistakes Upwork made, in the hopes […]
  • Ways Bloggers Can Minimize the Impact of Being on Skeazy Pitch Lists (Podcast)

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 12, 2015
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      The latest episode of the All Indie Writers Podcast is now live. As promised in my last post's comments, it includes an extension of the Elance / Upwork fiasco with their lame blogger relations attempt. Then I move on to offer a few tips to bloggers who are tired of finding themselves on these lists. Also in this episode: […]
  • Are Freelance Industry Bloggers Stupid? Elance / Upwork Seems to Think So

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 9, 2015
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    It's days like these I wish I hadn't retired Naked PR. If you don't already know, I used to own a small PR firm, where I was an early specialist in online public relations and social media consulting (before everyone under the sun started thinking they were qualified to call themselves that). Naked PR was my blog where I had […]
  • Get Early Review Copies of My E-books (or Become a Possible Beta Reader)

    By Jennifer Mattern on June 3, 2015
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    Update: I just wanted to say "thank you" for the overwhelming response so far to my call for beta readers. I've had more sign-ups for that than I ever expected, and we're only a week into sign-ups even being open. I appreciate your interest in offering feedback on upcoming books and e-books, and I can't wait to work with the first […]