Your Amazon Sales Link Demystified

pencil cup with colored pencilsThis week I thought I’d share an article for traditionally and self-published authors with books on Amazon. Build Book Buzz is a go-to site for writers in all stages of experience. Drop by, sign up for Sandra Beckwith’s newsletters, follow her on Facebook.

The right way to save your book’s Amazon sales page link

Ever wonder why some of the reviews on your book’s Amazon sales page are removed by Amazon?

It could be because of the way you saved and shared your Amazon sales page link.

There’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. When you do it the wrong way, you’re signaling to Amazon that you shared the link with lots of people.

When you do it the right way, Amazon doesn’t know that book buyers and reviewers got the link to your book’s sales page from you rather than on their own.

So how do you do it the right way?

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Sunday Prompt Chat with CB

black and white photo of CarolJoin us on Sunday, 16 July 2017 at 7PM ET for a Sunday Prompt Chat with CB.

Included with this Topic Chat blurb is an assignment should you decide to accept it: But first:

All writers have that moment when they crave inspiration. They may be experiencing writer’s block and have no idea what to do. Or perhaps they are having trouble coming up with ideas and need something to turn to. Maybe they just wish to challenge themselves. Well, there is a solution to help writers with these troubles, and they are called writing prompts.

Read this link for more information on WHY writing prompts are helpful:

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/writing-prompts-important-writers

Your patience is rewarded. Here is the dreaded assignment.

Choose one of the following prompts. (Feel free to substitute a proper name for a pronoun.) Then write no more than 150 words, making the prompt your first sentence. Save your work and bring it to our writers chat on Sunday, July 16, when you will have the opportunity to share it with the group.

First-Sentence Prompts:

  1. As he took in the view from the 20th floor, the lights went out all over the city.

  2. He was older than she’d thought he would be.

  3. He’d never seen so many homeless people in one place.

  4. The footprints in the snow suddenly ended.

  5. He should have never been there in the first place.

Don’t be shy about sharing our website with your friends on social media.  We treat our visitors kindly. In other words, we don’t bite, but we dangle participles.

Do you have a prompt you’d like us to consider when we do the next prompt chat?  Leave a comment below.

Sunday Topic Chat – Pseudonyms

 

ink penJoin us on Sunday, 9 July 2017 for a Topic Chat right here at The Writer’s Chatroom.  The doors open at 7PM ET.  Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome. 

Sunday Topic Chat – Pseudonyms

Pseudonyms: 10 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Pen Name by Adrienne DeWolfe

Pseudonyms abound in writing circles. What doesn’t abound is clear and insightful advice on how to choose the best pen name for a long-term career in novel writing.

One of the biggest decisions you’ll face as a newly contracted author is whether or not to write under a pseudonym. Choosing a pseudonym – which is sometimes referred to as a pen name or a nom de plume – will also be one of your greatest creative challenges. In fact, it’s far more difficult to name yourself than to name a character when you’re writing novels.

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Pros and Cons of Pseudonyms by Howard G. Zaharoff

Why do authors sometimes use assumed names? Are there advantages to adopting one? Disadvantages? And how do you get one?

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The Following is a Podcast of about 16 Minutes

Major Mistakes You Might Be Making With Your Author Name​​​​​​​ by Thomas Umstattd on June 1, 2017 in Branding

Some Pointers Thomas Umstattd and his friends touch on are these..

  • The middle initial can get you in trouble
  • Radio and TV interviews
  • Who do people know you as?
  • Radio and TV
  • Who do you think of yourself as?

Come, chat with us at on Sunday July 9th 7PM EDT at The Writer’s Chatroom where writers have been helping writers for twenty years. Share our post.  Sign up for our Newsletter. 

 

So You Want to Be a Writer – Sunday Topic Chat

So you want to be a writer? 

Excerpt

“A first line should open up your rib cage. It should reach in and twist your heart backward. It should suggest that the world will never be the same again.

The opening salvo should be active. It should plunge your reader into something urgent, interesting, informative. It should move your story, your poem, your play, forward. It should whisper in your reader’s ear that everything is about to change.”

Bonnie Le Hamilton is Moderating

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Come, chat with us at on Sunday July 2nd 7PM EDT at The Writer’s Chatroom where writers have been helping writers for twenty years.

Wednesday Open Chat

photo of rail road tracksWould you like to see your blog or website promoted here? A $10 donation will get your link above. Contact sally@sallyfranklinchristie.com for more information.

Every Wednesday night, (unless it’s a major holiday) we’ll open the room for all of you to come and chat. This is your chance to ask anything. The only dumb question is the one you don’t ask. If you don’t ask, how will you ever learn the answer? Join us, 8-10 pm ET (New York Time) for an open chat. We look forward to chatting with you!

Having problems with your writing? Need plot advice or marketing tips? Looking for suggestions on who/what to read next? Come on in! If we don’t know the answer, we’ll make something up. We are creative people, ya know.  By 8 pm ET (New York Time) the door will be open. Login directions are on the Enter Chatroom page.

Wednesday Open Chat

28 June 2017

The Bio Page at the new Writer’s Chatroom site is up.  I’ll be adding photos, soon.I have installed the Chatroom. The room is only open during regularly scheduled chats on Wednesdays and Sundays.

I have successfully added a Shopping page.  Please use it if you are ordering on Amazon, as an affiliate we receive a small percentage of each sale. It helps our chatroom stay free.

I plan to add Podcasts as soon as I acquire working hardware, an issue I didn’t know I would encounter.

Drop by this evening and chat with us in Open Topic.

Join us in The Writer’s Chatroom at 8PM EDT.

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8 pm ET (New York Time) the door will open. Type in the name you want us to call you by, click Guest Access, and click the login button.

I want to thank Carol Baldridge, Bonnie Hamilton and Audrey Shaffer for being so consistently supportive as I learn the ins and outs of keeping the site up and running.

Meet Bonnie Le Hamilton our Moderator at The Writer’s Chatroom

Many of you already know Bonnie, she will be moderating an open chat this evening. Drop in and we will chat about Writerly Things and answer any questions on Writerly Topics.

The Bio Page at the new Writer’s Chatroom site is up. I’ll be adding photos, soon.

I have installed the Chatroom on the new site. The room is only open during regularly scheduled chats on Wednesdays and Sundays.

I have successfully added a Shopping page. Please use it if you are ordering on Amazon, as an affiliate we receive a small percentage of each sale. It helps our chatroom stay free.

I plan to add Podcasts as soon as I acquire working hardware, an issue I didn’t know I would encounter.

Drop by this evening and chat with us in Open Topic.

Join us in The Writer’s Chatroom at 7PM EDT. Be sure to bookmark the new site at http://writerschatroom.sallyfranklinchristie.com/wp


Audrey Shaffer   Lisa Haselton   Sally Franklin Christie

Carol Baldridge (CB) BL Hamilton
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Sunday’s Topic Chat – Non-Fiction

The 15-Step Freelance Writers’ Guide to Writing for Magazines

Way back in the 90s I was writing short stories and articles.  Although I never sold a short story my articles appeared in some national publications.  I had an article in Sage Woman and Pan Gaia, they both paid well.  The last paid article appeared in WOW-Women on Writing issue 15. Predatory Practices of Unscrupulous Agents –  An Interview with Victoria Strauss appeared in late 2007.  Then I tuned to fiction, again.

The Writer’s Chatroom has focused on novel writers. There are poets, short fiction writers, essayists, speech writers, journalists and magazine writers, too.  This Sunday I want to shake things up a little and moderate a Sunday Topic Chat about writing for magazines.

Sunday’s Topic Chat – Non-Fiction

The 15-Step Freelance Writers’ Guide to Writing for Magazines

Do you have this dream? You go down to your nearest big newsstand one day and check out all those big, glossy magazines. You flip one of your favorites open…and there’s your byline.

This is a long article and I doubt we will make our way through all 15 steps.  I encourage all of you to read the article.  We will work our way down.

Before chat I want you to look at a term which was new to me.  You’ll find LOI in #9 of the 15-Step Guide.  I am familiar with the step but have never seen the term.  Yes, I need to get out more often!

Join us in The Writer’s Chatroom at 5PM MDT/7PM EDT

If there is time after the topic workshop, we will open the room for any questions you may have.

Check out our New Contributors Page

Mini Contests – Wednesday Chat

Marty, a chatroom regular, shared a link with us during Sunday’s Chat.

On The Premises – Mini Contests

I am a huge fan of flash fiction and short stories.  Writing short stories can be a very satisfying experience.

Mini Contests – Wednesday Chat

On The Premises holds mini-contests with very small prizes (and no entry fees) between their short story contests.

I’m using the most recent Mini Contest as an example.

Premise: To continue celebrating our tenth anniversary, this mini-contest asked contestants to use no more than 50 words to show, tell, or evoke a complete story in which the number ten or the idea of “tenth” played an important role.

— more examples.

Thank you Marty for sharing this website with us.

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The Writer’s Chatroom is undergoing a re-design.  Eventually the site will move to new digs at.. http://writerschatroom.sallyfranklinchristie.com/wp/home/

I have been editing and adding menu items and pages to the new site and all of us thank you for the patience you are showing during this change.

The Chatroom is still at http://writerschatroom.com/Enter.  I will let you all know when this changes.

I realize change is unsettling to many people and embraced by others.  I am one of the others.  As evidence our site has survived past changes have a look at our Chatroom History Page. 

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New Contributors Page

For our list of Contributors visit our Contributors Page.  We will add your name to the list for a small donation.

 

The Chatroom will be open for tonight’s chat at 6PM MDT 

Welcome to the Writer’s Chatroom

Special Announcement

Audrey Shaffer has been working nonstop at The Writer’s Chatroom for 12 years.  That is longer than most marriages.  She has kept the place running at the website, blog and newsletter and she has done this without compensation.  We are thankful for the many things Audrey has done for us.

Audrey decided to retire for personal reasons and rather than let the Chatroom go the way of lost electrons, I volunteered to keep the place going.

I do not have Audrey’s years of experience but I’ll be doing my best.  She is hanging around to give me a hand as I make changes to the  website, update, schedule topics and guests and to the myriad of things a Chatroom Moderator does..

This transition may be a bit bumpy at first and I hope you will stay with us.

Topic Chat – Marketing

I would like to give one Sunday Chat each month to the topic of marketing.

I would like to break it down into sub-topics including use of Social Media, Websites, Release Day Events, how to market your book, writing an announcement press release and more.  This topic is not just for published writers or novelists, it is for everyone at all stages of writing.  I hope you’ll come to chat on Sunday at 5PM MDT, 7PM EDT and help me build a list of potential topics. I need your participation this Sunday because you, the guests are what drives our website, your input is what drives the chatroom.  I will be taking notes.

I would also like to devote one Sunday a month to Non-Fiction and Article Writing,

Guest Chats will continue and Audrey isn’t going to be far from our reach.  Our other Moderators are also going to be leading chats.

Wednesday Chats will continue much as they are now.

Before I hit send I want to thank Audrey again for all of the work she has done to make the chat room what it is, today.
If there is time after the topic workshop, we will open the room for any questions you may have.

 

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We look forward to chatting with you!

Audrey Shaffer       Lisa Haselton   Sally Franklin Christie

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