Twitter Decoded – sale price for a limited time

Twitter Decoded

Twitter Decoded: Tips & Tools for Authors is now available in paperback and e-book. Starting September 9th, the Kindle version will be on sale for $0.99 U.S. Since Amazon only offers Kindle Countdown Deals on Amazon.com, I am making the digital version of this book available from my website. If you are not able to purchase from Amazon.com, click here to purchase your copy for $1.25 Canadian.

Use Twitter to easily and effectively reach your readers

Successful writers take responsibility for marketing their own work. Social media, including Twitter, can be amazing tools. But how do you get started and use Twitter productively without wasting valuable writing time?

Ruth L. Snyder explains the benefits of Twitter for writers and leads you step by step through the process of setting up an effective account. Using this manual, you’ll learn the lingo, find your way around the Twitter dashboard, and start building relationships with your worldwide audience. You’ll also discover many tips and tricks to engage your audience and build a solid marketing platform in minutes a day. Finally, you’ll learn how to write great tweets, use hashtags, link shorteners, Twitter tools, schedule your tweets, use tweet templates, and continue building relationships with your worldwide audience.

NOTE: This e-book provides updated material combined from Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps and Learn Twitter: 10 Intermediate Steps.

REVIEWS:

Bobbi Junior

“For a tutorial, Snyder’s content is surprisingly readable and interesting for the Twitter newbie. Explanations are clear and concise – perhaps the result of raising five children. Screen shots with arrows pointing to a relevant box make navigation a breeze. I found myself looking forward to trying the next “Your turn!” at the end of each chapter, as I invariably felt successful after meeting each new challenge.

This book isn’t only for new tweeters, though. Those who are familiar with Twitter will gain from reviewing the Dos and Don’ts of tweets, what goes into a good tweet, and general rules of following and sharing. It’s easy to get into lazy habits, so fine-tuningTwitter activity will serve to enhance the reader’s return for time invested. Moving on in the book, information takes the experienced tweeter to more in-depth understanding of this social media tool. Many will want to leave the later chapters until they’ve had time to get used to the site. Others, though, will appreciate taking their tweeting to a new level.”

Kimberley Payne

“I thought I knew all there was to know about Twitter! But Ruth proves that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

This resource is set out in an organized fashion that you can refer back to again and again. It’s loaded with tons of useful links to dive deeper into specific areas without feeling overwhelmed.

It’s an excellent resource that makes it motivating to “play” on Twitter. Highly recommended!”

Twitter has been a big mystery to me. I’ve known that I need to use it, and I figured out the basics, but what the heck is it good for? This book helped answer that question, as well as giving the basics of how to set up and get started. Very useful for all writers who want to expand their social media presence. I know the information will be valuable for me as I work to promote my own books.

Try out my 10-Day Social Media Challenge to build networks and increase engagement.

10-Day Social Media Challenge

Try out my 10-Day Social Media Challenge to build networks and increase engagement.

What’s more important than Google when it comes to driving traffic to your website, sales pages, and affiliate offers?

If you said social media, you’re right.

With billions of loyal users, social media sites like Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram are now credited with more than 30% of all website traffic, according to a study by Shareaholic.

Clearly, we all need to pay attention to social media marketing, but if you’ve ever tried to put the power of social media to work for your business you may not have seen the results you wanted. Without a plan, it’s easy to flounder around, waste a lot of time, and not really achieve anything.

A good social media plan incorporates a mix of all the following elements:

  • Interesting and compelling content you create (your blog, videos, podcasts, etc)
  • Older content that still has value to your visitors (and you)
  • Other people’s content
  • Inspirational messages and quotes
  • Funny quotes and images
  • Events and offers
  • Personal stories

I will provide information and an assignment or challenge, each day Monday through Friday, for two weeks. You will have the opportunity to share ideas, ask questions, and learn along with others in a private Facebook Group as well as here on my website.

Ready? Click here to join the challenge now!

Not on Facebook? Send me an e-mail and I’ll get the information out to your inbox each day.

Questions or comments? Enter them in the comment section below.

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Which Cover Would You Choose: Learn Twitter Intermediate

I’d like feedback on cover choices for my second Twitter book. I’m keeping the format the same as the first book, just changing the colour scheme. The first book had light blue and pink. I’ve redone my website and used navy and green. Here is the book synopsis:

Use Twitter to easily and effectively reach your readers!

Successful writers take responsibility for marketing their own work. Social media, including Twitter, can be amazing tools. But how do you get started and use Twitter productively without wasting valuable writing time?

In Learn Twitter: 10 Intermediate Steps, Ruth L. Snyder explains how to go beyond the basics and use Twitter effectively. Using this manual, you’ll learn how to write great tweets, use hashtags, link shorteners, and Twitter tools, schedule your tweets, use tweet templates, and continue building relationships with your worldwide audience. You’ll also discover many tips and tricks to engage your audience and build a solid marketing platform in minutes a day.

This is the second book in the Authors’ Social Media Mastery Series on Twitter. The first book, Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps, helps you master the essentials. This book builds on the basics and helps you learn to make the best use of your Twitter account.

Become more proficient at using Twitter today!

Which cover option would you choose? Why?

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New Bestseller from Canadian Author, Ruth L. Snyder

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(Glendon, Alberta – April 27, 2015) Ruth L. Snyder, an author from Glendon, Alberta, hit Amazon’s Bestseller List with her book, Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps the first day the book was available for pre-sale and it remains there. In Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps, Snyder explains the benefits of Twitter for writers and leads readers step by step through the process of setting up an effective account. Using this manual, readers learn the lingo, find their way around the Twitter dashboard, and start building relationships with their worldwide audience. She shares many tips and tricks to engage an audience and build a solid marketing platform in minutes a day.

Author Michaelann Smith says, “When I started reading this book, I had a Twitter account, however I had no idea what to do with it or how. Since I read this book and followed its very easy steps, I have a lovely Twitter homepage and have figured out whom to follow. Thanks for making the overwhelming world of Twitter understandable and very doable. I can’t wait to read more books in your series and learn how to tweet with the best of them.”

Snyder ventured into the virtual world of Twitter in 2009. She says, “Authors are busy people. Not only do we have to write, but we are also expected to connect with our readers. At first it can be overwhelming, but I’ve learned to do it by spending an average of ten minutes or less a day on Twitter.”

Ruth L. Snyder has had numerous articles, three novelettes, and one devotional book published. She has hit the Amazon bestseller list with all her published books. This is her first book in the Authors’ Social Media Mastery Series. She is working on Learn Twitter: 10 Intermediate Steps, which is scheduled to release later this year. Ruth is a member of The Word Guild and The Christian PEN. She currently serves as President of InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship

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Download the news release    Download the Kindle book from Amazon.ca or Amazon.com

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Launch Day for Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps

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It’s here! My official launch day for Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps. (Due to the number of links included in the book, I decided to launch it only on Kindle. My plan is to publish two more books in this series – Learn Twitter: 10 Intermediate Steps and Learn Twitter: 10 Advanced Steps. Once all three books are available on Kindle, I may combine all of them and publish a paperback version.)

I hope you will take advantage of the opportunity to download the book for free from April 27 – May 1, 2015. Please leave a review on Amazon if you like the book. Thanks 🙂

I’ve had very positive feedback from people who’ve already read the book:

-A great, quick read with TONS of resources. Marie Cole

-Well done! I can see how these techie help books may open doors to our ‘heart’ writing later on down the path. Melanie Fischer, Authorpreneur

-Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps is an excellent how-to guide for Twitter newbies, or those who use Twitter but don’t quite “get” it. The book is to the point (like Twitter!), very practical and helpful. Beth Jones, International Speaker/Author of The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VN77IXQ/

-Great stuff! Many people will benefit from this resource. Kimberley Payne

-Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps is written in clear, concise language. Although it’s very basic, I discovered new concepts throughout the book. I recommend this helpful book. Elma Schemenauer, Author of many books including Consider the Sunflowers.

Download your copy from Amazon.ca or Amazon.com


Social Media Blog Hop Week 4 – Content of Posts

Social Media Blog Hop

This week we are discussing these questions:

  • What do you share?
  • Where do you find content?
  • Ratio of promotional/other

What do you share?

The content I share depends somewhat on the social media site where I’m posting:

Facebook Profile: Information I think would be interesting to my friends and family:

  • Some of my activities
  • Things that I’m celebrating
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Pictures
  • Links to blog posts and other information I find helpful

Here’s a post from my timeline today:

Thankful for a successful trip to Edmonton yesterday. I played many different instruments, some several times. (For fun, I even tried out a $200,000 Steinway, a $240,000 Bosendorfer, and a $50,000 Petrof!) In the end, we came home with a digital piano from Don’s Piano Place in St. Albert. (The same place I bought my own Samick grand over 15 years ago.) Looking forward to using the instrument for many years to come smile emoticon

Facebook Page: Information I think would be interesting to acquaintances, readers, and other writers

  • Links to helpful resources
  • Humour
  • Quotes
  • Recipes (because I like to cook)
  • Tidbits about me
  • Information about my writing and products

Here’s a link to a recipe I shared recently with the comment, “When you want some chocolate.”

Twitter: Information I think would be interesting to acquaintances, readers, and other writers

  • A daily quote graphic
  • Links to helpful resources
  • Comments about things happening in current events
  • Pictures of book launches, book signings, etc.
  • Tidbits about what I’m doing (These are very occasional, and quite general in nature, like “Just finished teaching music to 3 and 4 yr. olds. FUN!”)

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Where do you find content?

Since I’m a writer, I tend to find content everywhere. I know that’s not very helpful to those who are looking for ideas, so here are some specific places I find good content:

  1. Twitter – I can type anything into the search bar and find interesting content in seconds.
  2. Facebook – When I enjoy something or find it helpful, I share it.
  3. Quote books – One I’m reading through right now is 1001 Ways to Leadership. When I find an especially helpful or thought-provoking quote, I use WordSwag to make a graphic to share, giving credit to the person I’m quoting.
  4. Books I’m reading – I read with a highlighter and pen, making notes in the margins. Learning is something I enjoy and share.
  5. Funny things that happen in my life.
  6. Other social media sites. Links are easy to share and help other people find information they want.

This post by Bethany has 50 content ideas for posts.

Ratio of promotional/other posts

I try to follow the 80/20 rule:

80 % of my posts are about other people, books, things I’m learning, recipes, etc.

20 % of my posts (maximum) are about my books, writing, etc.

I want social media to be about building relationships. When other people monopolize the conversation, I get bored and leave. The same is true on social media. If I want to build relationships, I need to focus the conversation on others. Here’s one of my favourite quotes:

“People don’t care what you know . . .

until they know how much you care!”

-Theodore Roosevelt

 


This is the last week in the Social Media Blog Hop. Please join in by adding your link below. Thanks for joining in the discussion!

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In a couple weeks we’ll start the next topic: Parenting!

  • Week 1 What do you find most challenging about parenting? What helps you get through the tough days?(May 7)
  • Week 2 What parenting tip would you give to new parents? (May 14)
  • Week 3 Share a family tradition with us (June 10)
  • Week 4 Share your favourite holiday destination and/or how you make long family trips more enjoyable (June 24)

If you’d like to join the Parenting Blog Hop, send me an email.


Social Media Blog Hop Week 3: Scheduling Posts

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The two ways I schedule posts to social media are with a WordPress plugin called Social Time Master (to share blog posts) and with Hootsuite (to share basically everything except personal blog posts). You’ll want to check out Hootsuite’s resource area to learn how to use it most effectively.

Scheduling posts is something I resisted for a long time. I don’t like to see my Facebook or Twitter feed full of repetitive messages and neither does anyone else. However, life is busy and scheduling posts does save time. So how do we take advantage of the time saving tools, but also keep our posts interesting and helpful?

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Scheduling posts on Hootsuite

Here are some ideas I keep in mind when scheduling posts:

  1. The 80/20 Rule – We all know what it’s like to be around people who always talk about themselves … boring at best, annoying at worst. I use eighty percent of my posts to share helpful links (from others), quotes, retweet, and comment on other people’s posts. The other twenty percent of posts I use to share my own links, advertise my products, and share my work.
  2. Social Media is about building relationships, not making sales –  Social media should be about building relationships, about the other people we interact with, not about ourselves. When we build relationships, sales will follow because people will trust us.
  3. Repeating the same message over and over chases people away – How many of us enjoy being around a whiny child? Repeating the same message over and over is just as annoying – a great way to lose followers. It’s okay to share the same link repetitively, but the angle and information shared in the post should vary.
  4. Post when your audience is most likely to see the message – When we pay attention to our audience, we don’t waste time doing things that are ineffective. For general guidelines, check out the information shared by Social Media Today. One or two posts during high traffic times may be more effective than ten posts when our audience is offline or preoccupied. Sometimes it takes trial and error to figure out when our personal audience is listening, but it will save time and effort in the long run.

I’m still working on my scheduling strategy. In my ideal world I would schedule posts once a week. In my real world my schedule is not predictable and I end up scheduling when I have something important to share.

Do you use an app or software to schedule posts? Share your strategy and tips with us!

Want to learn more about Twitter? My new book, Learn Twitter: 10 Beginning Steps is available for pre-order on Amazon. (April 27th – Read a Story Day – is my official launch date.)

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Life as a Writer – Author Support Blog Hop

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Thanks to Sharon Bayliss for hosting this author support blog hop.

WHAT do you do? Give us a summary of your crazy life and all your responsibilities

HOW do you do it? How do you manage to find time to write? What tips can you share?

  • I use a planner and calendar to keep track of activities and events for the whole family.
  • On weekday mornings I get up at 5:10 to have a quiet time where I read my Bible, pray, figure out priorities for the day, and write for a half hour.
  • When I have a project, I break it down into smaller steps and set daily goals for myself. I try to leave extra time so that if something unexpected comes up I’m still able to meet deadlines.
  • My children are all in school now, so I write while they are away.
  • My 16-year-old daughter enjoys helping me by looking after her siblings when I need extra time to write.
  • I’ve learned to say “no” to things that don’t fit in with my goals.

WHY do you do it? Other than just sheer insanity, what keeps you going? Why have you chosen the life of an over-stressed author? What keeps you motivated during dark days?

  • I write because I believe God has given me the ability and responsibility to write.
  • I primarily write for an audience of One. If I write to the best of my ability for the glory of God, that’s really all that matters.
  • When I write, I’m happy.
  • Other people enjoy my writing.

QUESTIONS and PLEAS for help. Other authors will be reading your post, so if you have questions or want advice, you can ask. Also, if there is anything you need, or anything you can do to help others, mention that here as well.

  • How do you help others understand the importance of treating writing as a profession?
  • I’m working on Twitter Tips & Tricks for Writers. If you’d be interested in receiving a copy in exchange for an honest critique, please email me.

Is there anything else you’d like to know about my life as a writer?