*Before we get started, I have one quick announcement* There is one week left before I close the call for sponsors for my spring 2011 Twitter contest. The last day for you to let me know if you want to participate is Thursday, March 31st. If you have a book, product or service that can help an author market his or her book, then I invite you to check out the call for sponsors post. You must let me know via the form on the page if you are interested in being a sponsor. For everyone else, the exciting news is that our spring contest is just a few weeks away! More details coming soon.
Now, on to our trip around the net...
1. 10 Reasons Why Authors Love Ebooks- Joanna Penn starts us off with 10 reasons why authors love e-books.
2. Bestselling Author Turns Down $500K Deal to Self-Publish- Jane Friedman highlights a conversation between JA Konrath and Barry Eisler, after Barry turned down a $500K deal from St. Martin's to self-publish his next book.
3. Why would JA Konrath recommend spam for ebook marketing?- Steven Lewis gives great advice on making sure your e-book marketing is not spam.
4. Book Marketing: Your Online Press Kit- Joel Friedlander gives you all you need to know about creating an online press kit.
5. How I Shot to the Top of Google with Keywords in the News- MaAnna Stephenson discusses how keywords in her blog post title affected the traffic to her blog.
6. Create Custom Facebook Content with iFrames- Dana Lynn Smith will show you how you can do a lot more with your content on Facebook by using iFrames.
7. How NOT to Write A Query Letter: Comparing Your Book to a Mega Bestseller- Penny Sansevieri invites Jeff Rivera to share why this tip is a big mistake and how you can still tie in your book with a best-selling author.
8. Consistently Adding Original Content to Your Website Can Pay Off- Phyllis Zimbler Miller discusses why it is so important for you to consistently add new content to your website.
9. Another Take on Where Ebooks Are Headed- Walt Shiel enters the discussion on the future of e-books.
10. Blog Tours Part 1: A Primer for Authors- The team of DuoLit gives you a great road map to help you plan your next blog tour.
11. 5 Things You Need To Be Prepared For When Starting A Blog- Daniel Scocco invites Mark Riddix to give a reality check to new bloggers who want to be in it for the long haul.
12. 200+ Free Book Marketing and Author Tools! Shelley Hitz shares an amazing list of author tools just free for the taking.
13. 4 ways to turn your mobile phone into an e-reader- Piotr Kowalczyk shows you how you can turn your phone into an e-reader (Which the Kindle version of my book, The Samson Effect, would read great on :) )
14. Tim Ferriss: "Book titles are just about getting people's attention"- Just how important are titles to books? Roger C. Parker takes another look at best selling author, Tim Ferriss, to find out.
15. Book Promotion Without Getting Out from Behind Your Computer- Carolyn Howard-Johnson shows how even the most shy writers can become a social butterfly by using Facebook.
16. E-Books, Downloadable Audio Books Continue Growth Based on AAP Publishers January 2011 Sales Report- If you're into industry statistics, then you'll love this report summary on Publetariat. It talks about the huge growth of e-book sales.
17. The Better Blogging Formula: Think, Do, Write- Darren Rowse invites Tyler Tervooren to share his formula for a successful blog.
18. Does Your Ebook Need Its Own ISBN?- BookBuzzr invites Sue Collier to discuss whether your e-book needs its own ISBN number. And while you're there, check out my guest post that just came out today on BookBuzzr, 5 Tips On Setting E-Books Prices.
That's it for this week's trip around the net. I'll look forward to seeing you bright and early on Monday with a new post from a returning guest, Phyllis Zimbler Miller.
Tony Eldridge is the author of The Samson Effect, an action/adventure novel that Clive Cussler calls a "first rate thriller brimming with intrigue and adventure." He is also the author of the Twitter marketing book, Conducting Effective Twitter Contests.