Author 2.0

author2blueprintIntroducing the new paradigm for publishing and promoting your book …

I am thrilled to have come across this programme that outlines how any author can fully harness the power of Web 2.0 to make connections to promote and sell their books.

Irrespective of whether you are a published author or just starting out on your path, you will find this programme packed full of useful advice and guidance.

Author 2.0 is the brain child of Joanna Penn – @thecreativepenn on Twitter – and I am thrilled to be among the first in the UK to introduce the programme.

Author 2.0 consists of 12 modules designed to be done once a week over 3 months. However, they are all available once you sign up so you can move ahead at a pace to suit you.

Start harnessing the power of Web 2.0 to build your author platform today with this free sample blueprint

The information provided in the programme will enable you to:

* Build a comprehensive online book promotion platform that will help you make more sales, get more readers and media attention

* Publish your print book on Amazon.com and sell globally

* Publish your book as an ebook on the internet, on the Amazon Kindle and on the iPhone

* Design and build an author website and blog that effectively promotes you and your books online

* Redesign your own business model as an author-entrepreneur in order to make more money and create multiple streams of income

* Create podcasts/audios that help create a relationship with your listeners enhancing your credibility online

* Effectively create press releases that get media attention online and in traditional media

* Create and distribute videos and book trailers that get you more online traffic and exposure as well as creating valuable online content that will keep on promoting your book

* Create an effective social networking presence on Twitter and Facebook that efficiently uses your time online to create relationships and word-of-mouth marketing for you and your books

* Use Amazon.com specific tools to build your author presence on the biggest bookstore in the world

* Create keyword rich articles that drive significant traffic to your website/blog, brand you as an expert and boost your online profile

* Understand how the sales funnel works and apply the ‘Freemium’ model to increase your book sales and online audience

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Unleashing your author’s voice

I work with many authors who prefer to dictate their books than write them on paper or type them up.  I am sure that this is because they have a preference to the auditory side of their brains as opposed to the visual or kinesthetic.

For some this even manifests itself as a block that prevents them writing … if this sounds like you then help is at hand …

Many solutions exist for doing semi-automatic speech to text conversion but by far the best text to speech conversion system is another human being.

wescribeitlogoI had just completed another successful Unleash the Book Inside workshop where at least two attendees expressed this preference and, as if by magic, fell across an excellent online transcription service called WeScribeit on Friday.

Like all these things, I like to test them myself before recommending them to my clients and I did so. What’s a bit surprising and impressive is that it’s Monday morning and I have the results of the tests back already – their service is stunning !!!!

AND THEY DO ENGLISH AS WELL AS AMERICAN !!!

I tested them out on an audio file with some tricky stuff in it which also uses hypnotic trance which is unfair on anyone trying to concentrate on a cognitive task … have a look and listen for yourself to see if you are as impressed as I am

Here’s the source audio file:

and here’s the transcribed file

Well, I for one am really impressed and their rates are as impressive as their turnaround

Thanks to Melody and the folks at WeScribeit for providing yet another excellent resource for authors everywhere.

With specialist MP3 recorders being so cheap and virtually ever new phone being able to record audio, this is a brilliant way to rapidly draft a book.

Or why not combine it with the audio note facility on iMindmap?

P.S. I should mention I found WeScribeit on Twitter – if you are a serious author and not on Twitter yet, you are missing out on a whole load of serendipitous contacts

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