All posts by Elizabeth Spann Craig

About Elizabeth Spann Craig

Elizabeth writes the Memphis Barbeque series (as Riley Adams) and the Southern Quilting mysteries for Penguin and writes the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. She also has a blog, which was named by Writer’s Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers. There she posts on the writing craft, finding inspiration in everyday life, and fitting writing into a busy schedule.

Twitterific Writing Links

Bluebird with beak open and 'Twitterific Writing Links' by ElizabethSCraig superimposed on the image

by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 43,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers.

Have you visited the WKB lately?  Check out the new redesign where you can browse by category, and sign up for free writing articles, on topics you choose, delivered to your email inbox!  Sign up for the Hiveword newsletter here.

Happy Thanksgiving to my US readers!  I’ll be taking this week off from posting and will return next Sunday with another Twitterific.  

Continue reading Twitterific Writing Links

Quick Tip for High Resolution Book Cover Images

A bike is shown propped against a bookcase of books and knickknacks. The post title, "Quick Tip for High Res Book Cover Images" is superimposed on the photo.

by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig 

From time to time I need a high resolution cover image.  Sometimes it’s because a guest blogger has sent me an image so small that WordPress is showing it blurry on the post.  Sometimes I’m sending a cover for publication in a print magazine or newspaper.

I came across a tool for high resolution cover images from eReader Palace last year.  I bookmarked it because I thought it might come in useful.  But I’ve found myself using it so much that I decided it was time for me to mention the tool here.

It’s very easy to use.  You pull up the ebook on Amazon (and it must be an ebook because the ASIN is needed).

Copy Amazon’s ASIN identifier.

Paste it into the box on the website

Click “Get the Cover Image.” I always use portal A and have never had a problem with it.

 

The image will open in another tab. Right click and save the file to your computer.  I’ll usually save them as :  Title–High Res–Elizabeth Spann Craig .

That’s it.  :)  Short and sweet today.  Hope this will be a useful tool for some of you out there.

Have you run across any helpful tools lately?

Quick tip for high res cover images: Click To Tweet

Photo via Visual hunt

Book Promo Services

Large 'Sale" sign in the background and an older woman walking past it on the street. Post title, "Book Promo Services" is superimposed on the photo.

by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

I’m always on the lookout for ways to connect to readers and find new readers without being obnoxious.   I’m not one to really promote on Facebook and never promote on Twitter.

One way of finding and connecting with new readers seems pretty obvious to me: ebook promotion services.  The best-known of these is BookBub.  These aren’t retailers, these are services that let subscribed readers know about free or discounted books.
Continue reading Book Promo Services

Twitterific Writing Links

Bluebird with beak open and 'Twitterific Writing Links' by ElizabethSCraig superimposed on the image

by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Twitterific writing links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine (developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 43,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers.

Have you visited the WKB lately?  Check out the new redesign where you can browse by category, and sign up for free writing articles, on topics you choose, delivered to your email inbox!  Sign up for the Hiveword newsletter here.

Continue reading Twitterific Writing Links

3 Ways to Sell More Books on Amazon

by Elizabeth S. Craig, @elizabethscraig

Author Michael Alvear, who has been a guest on my blog, recently sent me the results of an interesting study he’d conducted.

I’m always interested in ways to move more books on Amazon–which is the retailer I have the most success with.

The cool thing about this infographic is that Alvear’s study shows where Amazon customers focus on a book product page.  This gives writers insights to reader behavior.

An infographic from Michael Alvear shows where readers focus on an Amazon book page.

 

The first insight is that readers do focus on the ‘sponsored products related to this item’ section.  Alvear points out that it makes sense to capitalize on this by placing ads on a competitor’s page. Continue reading 3 Ways to Sell More Books on Amazon