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BONUS MATERIAL for Debbie's 2018 SCBWI-LA Social Media Master Class

(Last updated: August 2, 2018)

The following are some of the links and resources were mentioned or referenced during my Social Media Master Class workshop at 2018 SCBWI-LA. 

 

MY TWITTER RESOURCES:

Twitter Guide For Authors and Illustrators (some outdated info)

List of agents who represent kidlit/YA

List of art directors and creative directors

List of children's kidlit/YA editors and editorial assistants 

List of kidlit/YA librarians

 

USEFUL TOOLS AND STATISTICS:

TinyURL.com - Helps make long URLs tiny 

Linktr.ee - tool that can be used to create a profile link in Instagram (and other social media). Free service -- you can pay a fee if you want to customize the appearance. Here's what mine looks like right now. Advantage: easy to maintain. Disadvantage: traffic goes to the service, not to your own website, plus if Linktr.ee goes down, so does your profile link.

Statista's graph of the most popular mobile social networking apps in theU.S. as of May 2018

Statistics re: Stories on FB, Instagram etc. May 2018

One way to choose RT winners on Twitter (via Tweetdraw)

Gleam.io - one way to do giveaways on your FB page (Competitions/Hobby level plans costs $10/month)

Social Media Playbook For Authors - by Jess Keating.

 

RESEARCHING AGENTS:

My FAQ entry: "Any advice on how to get an agent? How did you get YOUR agent?"

Landing The Right Literary Agent and the Journey To Get There - by Katrina Moore (7/29/2018): LOTS of up-to-date resources!

 

HOW TO FIND BOOK BLOGGERS, WHERE TO SEND ARCS AND REVIEW COPIES:

Dusti Bowling's tweet tagging book tour groups like #bookexcursion #bookjourney etc.

Best ways to get ARC Books - 2017 - This article is geared toward readers who are looking for ARCs, but info could be useful to authors and illustrators looking for ways to connect with book bloggers.

Children's book blogs and pages - via Bookmonsters.info

Teacher Librarian Bloggers (and other blogging friends) via Pinterest - compiled by Joyce Valenza. Check blogs to see which ones are also book bloggers.

 

CONNECTING WITH EDUCATORS AND LIBRARIANS:

On Twitter: my list of kidlit/YA librarians

Nerdy Book Club

Some of the educators on Twitter that I mentioned:

Pernille Ripp - Kathy Burnette - Jillian Heise - Christina Carter - John Schu - Donalyn Miller - Colby Sharp - Matthew Winner - Travis Jonker

Some nErDcamps: nErDcampMI (original) - nErDcampLI - nErDcampNNE - nErDcampNJ -

 

RESOURCES ABOUT SPECIFIC PLATFORMS

 

FACEBOOK:

Facebook For Authors: Getting Started Guide - by Jane Friedman

3 simple ways to engage on your Author Facebook Page - by Caitlin Muir on AuthorMedia.com

Facebook Live For Authors - Tips for a Basic Live Q&A 

How to create a Facebook Author Page (2017) - on WrittenWordMedia.com

The 4 Best Types Of Facebook Ads For Authors (2017) - by Andrea Vahl

Facebook survey of authors re: ad effectiveness for selling books

Facebook Cheat Sheet (dimensions of cover image etc.)

 

TWITTER:

Using Twitter Lists - Twitter Help Center

Using Twitter - posts by Linda Parkinson-Hardman

Tools for scheduling tweets: Hootsuite, Sproutsocial, SocialOomph, FutureTweets

I use ManageFlitter to sometimes unfollow inactive accounts.

Using Twitter search - from Twitter Help Center

The Ultimate Writers' Guide To Twitter Pitch Contests - by Carly Watters

Most popular Twitter pitch parties for writers - by Jenner Porter

How to participate in a Twitter Pitch Party - #PBpitch PDF

PBPitch (Picture Book pitch) resources and rules

About #PitMad

 

INSTAGRAM:

Instagram Stories FAQ - help on Instagram site

How to use Instagram as an Author plus 10 Ways To Grow Your Account Organically - by Joanna Penn (2017)

Top 7 Ways Authors Are Using Instagram - by Adrienne Erin

YA Highwayers On Instagram - by YA Highway

10 Authors and Publishers To Follow On Instagram - BookRiot

How Authors Can Build Their Audience On Instagram - Duolit

 

How to use Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories FAQ: Instagram Help

Instagram Stories: How To Use It Like A Pro & Build Your Audience - Hootsuite blog

How Authors Can Use Instagram Stories: by Jenn Hanson-dePaula (2016)

 

How I share my Instagram photos:



PINTEREST:

Pinterest for Authors: A Beginner's Guide - by Kristen Oliphant

34 Strategic Ways You Can Use Pinterest to Market Your Book and Your Author Brand - by Kimberley Grabas

5 Ideas For Using Pinterest As An Author - by Amanda Luedeke

23 authors using Pinterest for Book Marketing & Inspiration - by Diana Urban

 

LINKEDIN:

Using LinkedIn - posts by Linda Parkinson-Hardman.

LinkedIn for authors, writers, playwrights, script writers, ghost writers, literary agents, publishers and distributors - by Sue Ellison

LinkedIn For Authors - by Tara R Alemany

 

 

 

VIDEOS:

20 Ways Authors Use Videos To Engage With Readers (2017) by Diana Urban

How authors can use video to reach readers (2017) - by Dane Cobain

7 reasons why writers need to start using video for book promotion (2010) - by Joanna Penn

 

RESOURCES ABOUT PROMOTION

How Authors Can Rock 2018 Using Social Media For Book Marketing - by Crystal King

9 Ways To Use Social Media To Launch A Book - by Michael Stelzner

7 Strategies and 110 Tools To Help Indie Authors Find Readers and Reviewers - Digital Pubbing

Kidlitosophere Central: Society Of Bloggers in Children's and YA Literature

Librarian's Quest - example of book blogger

 

 

 

RESOURCES ABOUT NETWORKING

6 Ways To Network More Effectively - by Drew Hendricks, Forbes

 

USEFUL TIME MANAGEMENT RESOURCES

Pomodoro Technique

Pomodoro Time app for iPhone, iPad and Mac

 

MISCELLANEOUS RESOURCES

Advanced Search in Google

Google Search Operators guide: find pages that link to a certain page etc.

Days Of The Year 

National Day Calendar