30 Blog Promotion Tips for Authors – Blog Traffic Infographic

I’m posting the Blog Traffic Infographic for authors because EVERY author needs to  have a blog today.

Not blogging, is like shouting in a phone without hearing the conversation. A sure sign that you don’t care about your readers.

Blog Traffic Infographic

  • 30 Ways to Promote your Blog Posts
  • Blog Success Tips
  • Social Media Musts
  • Bookmarking Sites
  • and more.

I'm posting the Blog Traffic Infographic for authors because EVERY author needs to  have a blog today. Not blogging, is like shouting in a phone without hearing the conversation. A sure sign that you don't care about your readers.

Blog Traffic Infographic

Wondering what to do after you write a blog post?

30 ways to promote your blog posts and to drive more traffic to your blog

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Everyone Can Retire Secure with James Lange’s Help

JamesLange-indexWhat do you do if you don’t foresee the ability to be financially secure when you retire?

CPA and Attorney James Lange’s new book Retire Secure: For Same-Sex Couples takes the best of his financial advice and tailors it to older same-sex and unmarried couples who typically don’t have the same benefits as traditional married spouses. Because in reality, all you need is to be better informed on your options.

A recent Supreme Court decision and changes in the tax code have changed the playing field, and awareness is the first step towards change.

The well-organized book’s narration flows well, and the blueprint  is laid out in an easy-to-understand and customizable manner, with charts and graphs to illustrate crucial points. And it explains why positioning assets correctly is key to happy retirement. Just implementing some of the strategies on same-sex marriage, health care, trusts or inheritance taxes could save a couple hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Reading the book won’t make you rich all by itself. But reading and following Lange’s advice allows you to build and protect wealth to the fullest extent possible.

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Bestselling author James Lange advises people on how to save on taxes and maximize retirement funds.

The book has a social aspect as well. All proceeds from the book are being donated to Freedom to Marry, a non-profit organization that promotes marriage equality.

Grab your own copy on Amazon, for yourself or a loved one who would otherwise retire without enough money. It’s sure to become a well-loved and heavily used resource for the future.

Are You the Author of Your Own Life?

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We’re all the authors here.  And I think that one of the first things that we can do is if we understand the power of self-amplifying feedback loops, the way our spaces influence our thinking and our thinking in turn influences our spaces, is that we could then control what happens to us by exercising creative control over the circumstances that we throw ourselves into.

And there’s always going to be the wild card.  There’s always going to be the circumstances you can’t plan for.  There’s always the unexpected relevance and the serendipity.  But just like that book The Power of Pulltalks about, we can funnel the serendipity or we can channel the serendipity funnel.  We can help engender and engineer serendipity by the choices that we make every moment, right?

So by cultivating rich social networks, by cultivating weak ties, not just closed ties but the weak ties, by becoming connectors and by connecting others so that they connect us, we create a world in which these self-amplifying feedback loops feed on top of each other.  So good circumstances lead to other good circumstances which lead to other good circumstances and each one of them encourages us to then live more openly and participate in that sort of creative flow space.  You can go on and on.

Online Bookstores Gained, While Brick-and-Mortar Lost

online bookstoresBowker study says bookstore chains held less than 20 percent share in 2012 while online bookstores continued to do well.

In the year following the exit of Borders from the book retail scene, online bookstores — led by Amazon — earned 44 percent of Americans’ book dollars, up from 39 percent in 2011. The insights into where book buyers are spending come from the 2013 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Review, the publishing industry’s only complete consumer-based report integrating channel, motivation and category analysis of U.S. book buyers. The Review, an information staple published this month by Bowker® Market Research and industry trade magazine Publishers Weekly, notes that while book retailer Barnes & Noble (including BN.com) remained the second largest bookselling outlet, it depended more on sales of print books in 2012 than it did in 2011, with consumer ebook spending there declining from six percent in 2011 to four percent.

“The Review reveals the larger industry impact of the growth of ebooks,” said Jo Henry, director of Bowker Market Research, a service of ProQuest affiliate Bowker. “This is more than simply a format change. Ebooks are driving powerful behavioral changes among book buyers. The Review captures those trends, providing greater ability to predict and prepare in a very dynamic landscape.”

The Annual Review explores who is buying books, what they’re buying, along with where and why they’re buying them and the industry changes those demographics and behaviors are driving. Information is culled from the Bowker Market Research consumer panel of almost 70,000 Americans who bought books of any format and from any source in 2012 and reveals another pivotal year in the evolution of the book industry.

Among the Review’s highlights:

· Women increased their lead over men in book buying, accounting for 58 percent of overall book spending in 2012, up from 55 percent in 2011. However, men are bigger hardcover buyers – the only area where their buying outpaces women’s.

· The slowly improving economy has improved the climate for purchasing books. By the close of 2012, 53 percent of consumers said the economy was having no effect on their book buying habits, up from 51 percent at the end of 2011.

· Ebooks continue their steady upward trend, with an 11 percent share of spending in 2012, compared to seven percent in 2011.

· The growth of ebooks varies widely among the different publishing categories with their deepest penetration focused in fiction, particularly in the mystery/detective, romance, and science fiction categories, where ebooks accounted for more than 20 percent of 2012 spending.

Despite the growth of ebooks, traditional print book output grew three percent in 2012, from 292,037 titles in 2011 to 301,642 in 2012. The Review contains Bowker’s popular breakdown of print production by genre and for “Unclassified” works comprising mostly reprints and Print-on-Demand, public domain works marketed almost exclusively on the web. This category bounced back with 11 percent growth after a steep 65 percent decline between 2010 (3.8 million titles) and 2011 (1.3 million titles). In 2012, the Reprint/POD sector accounted for the largest ISBN output – more than 1.4 million titles — and as a result, drove an overall increase in print book output of ten percent.

“The book industry continued to change in some unexpected ways in 2012,” said Jim Milliot, Publishers Weekly Editorial Director and editor of the Annual Review. “The information in the annual review is just what is needed to help all industry members adjust to the new publishing reality.”

The 2013 U.S. Book Consumer Demographics and Buying Behaviors Annual Review is available now by visiting www.bookconsumer.com. Through August, the report can be purchased for $799 for a single-use PDF or print copy. After August the price rises to $999. Members of the news media can purchase at a 30 percent discount by contacting [email protected] Print copies are being manufactured on demand by Ingram Content Group’s Lightning Source, the global leader in print on demand book manufacturing and distribution.

Book Store Death Watch: Barnes & Noble to Discontinue Nook Tablet

nook deadBarnes & Noble will no longer produce new tablet devices as it transitions to a “partnership model” on color tablets, the company announced today in its fourth-quarter and full-year earnings report. The company also announced greater than expected losses for the quarter of $122 million or $2.11 per share on $1.3 billion in revenue.

Investors expected sales to fall to $1.33 billion and a loss of $0.99 cents per share for the quarter. For the full year, the company’s results weren’t much better, following a disastrous holiday quarter in which it became apparent that Nook tablet sales were struggling. Revenues decreased 4.1% to $6.8 billion versus 2012. The company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) was $10.3 million versus $176.7 million a year ago. Overall, the company’s net losses were $154.8 million, or $2.97 per share, as compared to $65.6 million, or $1.35 per share in 2012.

Barnes & Noble shares are down about 15% in early trading.

“Going forward, the company intends to continue to design e-reading devices and reading platforms, while creating a partnership model for manufacturing in the competitive color tablet market,” the company wrote in today’s earnings release. “Thus, the widely popular lines of Simple Touch™ and Glowlight™ products will continue to be developed in house, and the company’s tablet line will be co-branded with yet to be announced third party manufacturers of consumer electronics products.”

Full Story on Digital Book World site

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