Viv Oyolu joined our July Twitter chat to talk book marketing strategies and to share tips for podcasting more effectively. We frequently hear our friends in literary circles asking how to promote their books more effectively, and podcasting and podcast interviews aren't often part of the conversation. It's not as difficult as many authors think, and Viv was full of great info to help authors get started.

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For the June edition of our #BBchat Twitter chat, we asked a few of our authors and literary friends from around the world, including Miral Sattar (CEO of Bibliocrunch) for thoughts on self-publishing budget strategies, as well as tips for trading services and finding freelance help. We frequently hear our author friends asking how to build a budget for their book, and Miral has penned two articles for PBS MediaShift on the subject, one detailing “The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book” and another explaining “How to Self-Publish Your Book on a Budget."

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This Wednesday from 4-5 pm ET, we will host a Twitter chat discussing all things Camp NaNoWriMo, including how to stay motivated, discover inspiration, and navigate the transition between a completed manuscript and a published work. Author and Executive Director of NaNoWriMo Grant Faulkner will be joining us. Add your voice, questions, opinions, and experience to the conversation.

To participate, simply tweet during the scheduled time using the #BBchat hashtag! Join us to learn more about Faulkner's strategies and recommendations for authors.

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Finding Literary AgentsOn March 11th, literary agents will be turning to Twitter to find their next author clients.

That's right: it's time for another #PitMad, the manuscript pitching party on Twitter where you can tweet in hopes of finding an agent for your book.

Here's how #PitMad works:

Between 8am and 8pm EST, authors can pitch their completed manuscripts two times per hour (per manuscript) in 140 characters or less using the hashtag #PitMad, along with the hashtag abbreviation for their genre (see below for those abbreviations).

Literary agents monitor the feed throughout the day and favorite the pitches they like. When an agent favorites your tweet, it’s an invitation to send them your query.

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#BBChat: self-publishing Twitter chatJoin BookBaby and author Lauren Lynne in a Twitter chat about the marketing strategies of successful authors on Wednesday, February 11th from 4-5pm ET!

We will be discussing some of the strategies that successful self-published authors have recently used to market and promote their books.

BookBaby author Lauren Lynne (of The Secret Watchers series) will be joining us, as well as some of our other literary friends, and we welcome you to stop by and say hello!

To participate, simply tweet during the scheduled time using the #BBchat hashtag! If you are not completely familiar with Twitter but are interested in participating, check out this blog post for more information.

Add your voice, questions, opinions, and experience to #BBchat

As touched upon in one of our blog posts from September, “the success of your newest book depends upon you coming out of the gates knowing your audience.”

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UnknownJoin BookBaby and our community of authors in a Twitter chat about new trends in the world of eBook retail

Twitter chats, sometimes known as tweet chats, take place when a group of people all tweet about the same topic using a specific hashtag (#), which links tweets together in a conversation. They are frequently moderated by a host and focused around either a static or rotating topic. The chats are usually held at a specific time and often repeat weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly.

Weekly chats such as #litchat and #futurechat have been well received by authors of all genres and friends of the literary world alike.

This post is to give you a quick overview on how to join a Twitter chat, as well as information about BookBaby’s very first Twitter chat on Wednesday, January 14th from 4-5pm ET!

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I've had a  good year getting poems placed in respected publications. Naturally, I wanted to share my excitement every time on social media (which means Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for me). These are life events on an order of magnitude somewhat greater than "I ate eggs for breakfast this morning" or "I'm listening to my Katy Perry/Mountain Goats mashup again."

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