The Blog Has Moved–Will You Come Join Me?

Update: I just changed the URL on the Feedburner widget for the blog updates sign up at cksyme.com. Some of you said you were getting an error message about an insecure site. We are currently working on the issue but it should be okay now. Let me know if you have a problem.

First off, thanks to the many subscribers I have here on this blog. Because of the limitations of this particular theme, I decided to remodel my website and include all this material there. If you are a subscriber, you won’t be transferred automatically. Will you come and join me there? You can subscribe to that blog (same material as here) on the right side about halfway down the page (see the red arrow below). You can go there right now and subscribe. I’d love to have you along at cksyme.com.  While you’re there, please look around. I’d love to have your input on the new site.  Email me and let me know what you think. And thanks for supporting me here.

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Top 5 – What Authors Need To Know About Social Media This Week [Oct. 25]

Big week coming up. My new book gets released on Nov. 1 and I am busy putting all the finishing touches on the fantastic bonus content that you can get with the book. Take a look here.  There’s still time to pre-order the book (with inside bonuses) for 25% off on Amazon until Nov. 1. But enough hype–let’s get to the good stuff. What is happening in social media this week? Continue reading Top 5 – What Authors Need To Know About Social Media This Week [Oct. 25]

10 Characteristics of Sustainable Social Media

In the first article in this series, I introduced you to the SMART social media marketing manifesto. Using the five characteristics–sustainable, manageable, audience-specific, relevant, and tactics-last, will assure that your marketing plan has optimum power to succeed. Today, let’s look at the first of the five: sustainable. Continue reading 10 Characteristics of Sustainable Social Media

Introducing the SMART Social Media Marketing Manifesto

This article is the first in a series designed to introduce you to my new book, SMART Social Media For Authors. The book is available now on Amazon for pre-order at a 25% discount and will be released Nov. 1.

Authors I talk with everywhere are craving an understandable social media marketing system that helps build a fan base and sell books. Social media marketing advice is all over the map. Unethical sites promise boatloads of retweets and book sales if you give them fifteen dollars. Marketers tell us to be on every social media channel, buy Facebook ads, don’t buy Facebook ads, make your own book trailer, develop a community on Goodreads, and be sure and blog three times a week and tweet six times a day.  It’s enough to make you want to run to the window and shout, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.” (For those of you who remember the movie, Network) Continue reading Introducing the SMART Social Media Marketing Manifesto

Top 5 – What Indie Authors Need To Know About Social Media This Week [Oct. 3]

I’ve got some news this week so I hope you’ll indulge me to share a personal item along with my regular tips.

My new book, SMART Social Media For Authors, is available for pre-order on Amazon. The book has oodles of bonus materials on the inside, including three free videos on Facebook marketing. There’s more information here.   Continue reading Top 5 – What Indie Authors Need To Know About Social Media This Week [Oct. 3]

Why Your Social Media Marketing Needs To Start With Goals

In sports we teach successful performance through the breakdown of fundamentals. Great basketball players grew up learning the basics of ball handling, footwork, passing, shooting, and one-on-one defense. Social media marketing is no different. Before you can put it all together, you need to learn the fundamentals. Skipping this step might get you some short-term success but keeping that up is exhausting. Starting with goals builds you a sustainable marketing strategy–one that is built to last. Continue reading Why Your Social Media Marketing Needs To Start With Goals

Top 5 – What Indie Authors Need To Know About Social Media This Week [Sept. 27]

It’s been a Chamber of Commerce weekend in Bozeman, Montana and I am basking in the last remnants of summer. I hope your weekend has been great so far. This week’s need-to-know features some interesting news about Facebook Notes. Here are the top five: Continue reading Top 5 – What Indie Authors Need To Know About Social Media This Week [Sept. 27]