Fauzia Burke

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Making It In America

Making It In America
by Fauzia Burke
What does it take to make it in America? There are so many business, economic, social, and cultural conditions to consider and arguments to be settled to know where to even begin. But the following books will get you on the path to understanding what makes this nation tick and who’s tugging at what ropes so that you can decide for yourself how you’re going to live within one of the most colorful nations in the world.

Divinity of Doubt: The God Question by Vincent Bugliosi

Vincent Bugliosi, whom many view as the nation's foremost prosecutor, has successfully taken on, in court or on the pages of his books, the most notorious murderers of the last half century - Charles Manson, O.J....

Social Networking Importance

Social Networking Importance
by Fauzia Burke
By Fauzia Burke

We recently posted a Twitter basics blog post that covered the fundamental parts of tweeting that many beginners find confusing. Well, the response has been quite positive and a few of our clients have expressed an interest in knowing whether or not social networking was really worth the extra effort for authors. The overall answer is yes. We’re getting to a point today where authors are thought to be behind the curve if social media tools are not being equipped. Does that mean it’s too late for those who haven’t taken their campaigns online? To that we say no. And to help those who have not adopted social media skills yet, we have decided to share why an...

Twitter Tweet Anatomy

Twitter Tweet Anatomy
by Fauzia Burke
by Ken Ishii

For authors, Twitter is an incredible platform for promoting not only your book(s), but publicizing you - as an author, as an expert, as a person.  Twitter gets compared to Facebook and texting when, really, it’s a social networking platform unlike anything out there.

There are millions of people on Facebook and it’s the top social networking service for good reason.  Using Facebook is a great way to connect with friends, family, and people that have decided to “like” you.  But if you’re looking for new users to introduce your book to, it can take a great deal of time and effort to get outsiders to visit and interact on your page.

Using Facebook is arguably becoming one of the...

Looking for Balance in a 24/7 World

Looking for Balance in a 24/7 World
by Fauzia Burke
By Fauzia Burke

It is not uncommon for me to get business e-mails at 6:30 a.m. or 12:00 midnight. Until recently, it was also not uncommon for me to answer them. However, this year for my birthday I've decided to give myself the gift of balance.

We live in a culture of 24/7 work and it has become normal to many of us. We have raised the expectation of availability to a point that is unhealthy. Recently, a potential client wrote to me on a Saturday, then wrote back on Sunday wondering why I had not e-mailed him back. Another prospective client emailed me at 10:30 on a weeknight and by 8:30 the next morning had written again, a little frustrated, asking...

2010 Social Media Stats and Insight

2010 Social Media Stats and Insight
by Fauzia Burke
Happy New Year to everyone out there. Hope you had an enjoyable, safe and sound holiday with all your loved ones.

Now that “2K10” is set tidily in our past, a collection of social media reports and statistics detailing top trends from last year have surfaced to help anyone lost at digital sea get back on route to where the online action is. Now that there are over 300 social media services vying for your time, it’s wise to know where the pack is heading. Hopefully you’ll find the information below helpful when planning your social branding or marketing strategies from here and into the rest of the year.

Facebook

As reported by AddThis, a social sharing service, Facebook continues to lead the...

Study: Twitter Chatter Sells Books, Sometimes

Study: Twitter Chatter Sells Books, Sometimes
by Fauzia Burke
By Fauzia Burke

Recently, two Hewlett Packard scientists developed an algorithm that projected movie sales with 97% accuracy based on Twitter chatter alone. Inspired by this and other recent social media studies, my staff and I decided to conduct some social media research of our own to see if Twitter chatter sells books.

As promised in my previous post, I would like to share the preliminary findings of our research based on the perceived correlation between Twitter chatter and Amazon rankings. First, we began exploring the types of social media search tools that are now available. We discovered some fantastic applications, such as Addictomatic and Topsy, but eventually chose TweetReach to conduct our research. TweetReach searches Twitter chatter, allowing you to see how many tweets...

Social Networking Your Brand

Social Networking Your Brand
by Fauzia Burke
by Ken Ishii

It’s not enough to rely on traditional marketing platforms today. There’s a shift in both habit and attitude that is making “push” sales a thing of the past. Our time is being stretched around a stack of new tools and technologies leaving us with less room for fast-fading television, newspapers, and magazines. To compensate for lost time, consumers and sellers alike are budgeting their minutes strategically. That means passing on activities that require physical interaction in favor of virtual interaction using devices like computers and mobile phones that are tethered to the modern lifestyle.

Understandably, people choose to “unplug” from time to time, falling back on activities away from the Internet, but these are moments when most can’t...

RIP Hardcovers ... Long Live the Kindle

RIP Hardcovers ... Long Live the Kindle
by Fauzia Burke
By Fauzia Burke

I wonder if manufacturing hardcover books makes sense anymore? In talking with fellow publishing friends, we agree that the current publishing model is not ideal. For example, selling books essentially on consignment, taking huge returns, giving advances that don't earn out, not having enough marketing dollars, all create huge challenges to the current model. The biggest threat to this model is not the e-book or the Internet, it is the hardcover book.

As a Kindle user I am noticing more and more that I am no longer buying hardcover books. I recently realized that I may never need to buy a hardcover book again, and this is shocking to me! I love books! My husband and I are "book...

'You Gotta Be In It To Win It'

'You Gotta Be In It To Win It'
by Fauzia Burke
From many years of promoting books online, the one thing I know for sure is that each book has its own sales trajectory. Some start selling right out of the gate and reach great heights, others take the scenic route and sell steadily for years, and yes, there are some that don't sell well at all. We--publishers, marketers, authors--can make the same effort for both kinds of books and yet some books resonate with buyers better and more quickly than others. Why is that?

As much as I would love to say, "I know the answer," or "I guarantee your book will be #1 on Amazon if you hire us" it's just not possible. We have worked on many books that...

There Is No Competition for 'YOU'

There Is No Competition for 'YOU'
by Fauzia Burke
by Fauzia Burke

With over 15 years of experience in online marketing, I can say without a doubt or any reservations, that developing a personal brand online is crucial to your success as an author.

Personal branding is new to all of us, but its importance is growing exponentially. So the question I get asked most is, "What's in it for me? Why should I invest in building my brand online?" The most important element of a personal brand is that it helps you be yourself and stand out from the crowd. After all, there is no competition for you.

The essential elements of personal brand development include: web publicity, blogs, syndicating content for guest blogs, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.  The benefits of...

Building Relationships One Tweet, One Post, One Friend at a Time.

Building Relationships One Tweet, One Post, One Friend at a Time.
by Fauzia Burke
by Leyane Jerejian

A communications and marketing specialist, Leyane is the latest publicist to join FSB Associates and has experience in many different areas of marketing, including e-mail marketing, client relations, event planning, and project management.

Social Media in 2011

2010 brought an onslaught of social media buzz and hype. Since the early part of the century, the trend of social media has spread to virtually every corner of the globe. Like a tidal wave, we couldn't predict how large and powerful it would be, nor were we able to grasp the vast effects it would have on our personal lives and our business environment.  Social media effectively changed the way information is served and accessed, as well as the way people and...

PR Quick Links

PR Quick Links
by Fauzia Burke
Here are to 10 quick links to help you on your Web PR journey. Hope you find them helpful.

1. Alltop (top stories and blogs by every topic imaginable)

All Top

2. PR Daily from Ragan's. They have a great newsletter:

PR Daily

3. I think you have seen this: FSB's blogger directory

FSB Media

4. HARO

Help a Reporter Out

Nice video explaining the service and blogger outreach: MyRagantv.com

5. Top Newspapers by Twitter followers

Journalistics.com

6. Top Newspapers on Facebook

Journalistics.com

7. Top Newspapers by traffic

Journalistics.com

8. How to pitch bloggers

Journalistics.com

9. How to add blogger outreach to your PR plan

Mashable.com



10. A comprehensive list of holidays and observances (helpful in pitching books to editors). Sometimes a small, silly holiday can make a quick blog post for someone:

Holiday List

Marketing Tips for Authors: Go Digital. Start Early. Be Authentic.

Marketing Tips for Authors: Go Digital. Start Early. Be Authentic.
by Fauzia Burke
By Fauzia Burke

Anyone who works in the book industry will tell you it's the people that make our industry so amazing. Everyday I work with publishers who are generous and smart and want to do right by their authors. So when I started working on a piece on marketing tips for authors, I decided to tap into the collective intelligence of our industry. I asked them, "What is the one marketing tip you would give to authors?" Of course as is their nature, they responded right away.

If you are an author or aspiring author, I hope you will find these tips helpful. Maureen Donnelly, VP, Director of Publicity of Penguin Books advices that you, "Listen to your publicist. If you are a...

Happy Days

Happy Days
by Fauzia Burke
By Ken Ishii

We’re all smiles at FSB and what’s not to be happy about?  Fall (arguably the most romantic season) is here and along with the new season we’ve got new projects, achievements and, greatest of all, people added to our workplace.

This month our shelves are lined with projects from every end of the genre table.  We’re performing balancing acts with titles ranging from Carmine Gallo’s business marketing book The Innovation Secrets of Steve Jobs to Annexed by Sharon Dogar, a historical novel recounting Anne Frank’s story through the eyes of a boy she shared a sheltered life with.  On the lighter end, Comfort of Apples by Phil and Lauren Rubin is chock full of recipes featuring America’s favorite autumn...

Twitter 101: Tips to Get You Started

Twitter 101: Tips to Get You Started
by Fauzia Burke
By Fauzia Burke

I have a confession to make: I was not an early adopter of Twitter. To be honest, I didn't get it. I didn't get the language. It seemed like a string of links to even more things I had no time to read. It felt overwhelming.LinkedIn and Facebook made sense as a perfect extension of networking I was already doing, but the charm of Twitter eluded me.

Sound familiar? I hear the same thing from many people, but what I discovered when I actually engaged on Twitter has turned me into a devotee. Twitter has been one of the greatest learning tools of my career.

If you are hesitant to join Twitter, you are not alone. However, I want to encourage you...

5 Easy Ways To Build Your Digital Reputation

5 Easy Ways To Build Your Digital Reputation
by Fauzia Burke
By Fauzia Burke

Social media has given us great ways to protect and build our digital reputations. Today we have the ease of searching conversations, the ability to set alerts to help us monitor our names, the constant availability of learning opportunities and more ways to communicate and interact with others. All of these tools, which were not available just a few years ago, now make it possible for us to be proactive in maintaining, building and protecting our good name. Here are five easy ways to do just that:

#1 Set Goals I am sure you have done this already, but just in case, first do a search on Google for your name in quotation marks. It is important to see what comes...

Looking for a Job? Throw Away Your Resume

Looking for a Job? Throw Away Your Resume
by Fauzia Burke
By Fauzia Burke

As the needs of our clients increase and FSB expands to serve them better, I find myself looking to hire people. However, this year, my approach is very different. As we are working on branding authors on the web, I am looking for people who can demonstrate that they have the skills to help us market and publicize books in a new way, using social media and web technologies to communicate a story.

What I have found is that a resume is just not enough to get my attention. The job market is tough, for sure, and everyone is looking for an edge. My bold suggestion is that you pretend you don't have a resume. Think, then, how would...

Q&A with Fauzia

Q&A with Fauzia
by Fauzia Burke
by Ken Ishii

Before facing the challenges for themselves, many writers underestimate the difficulty of getting a book published. That's where publishing expert and author Marcela Landres steps in. At the same time, those same writers often overlook the arduous task of book publicity and may be unfamiliar to major changes made to the game. That's where FSB steps in.

Marcela featured Fauzia recently in an interview for her award-winning e-zine, Latinidad, that covers online book publicity and offers writers a chance to establish a stable online presence and a road map of what lies ahead.

Q: What are the advantages of online book publicity vs. traditional book publicity?

A: The Internet offers longevity. Web features and links are available to readers now, and...

Online Branding for Writers

Online Branding for Writers
by Fauzia Burke
By Fauzia Burke If I were an author in today's competitive market, I would consider the time I spend developing my online platform and building my brand on the Web as an extension of my job as a writer. Publishing a book or any professional writing is a small business and authors should look at it as such. Sure, the publisher will offer support and expertise, but it is the author's responsibility for building a long term Web strategy. Now, online branding is not a luxury or an afterthought -- it is a necessity. And, to be honest, it's fun. Of course I am biased because the Web has always been fun for me. In 1995, I was 28 years old and...

I'll Take a Community with That Book, Please!

by Fauzia Burke
By Fauzia Burke

With today's search empowered readers, do we need to market and publish books differently? Does general publishing makes sense in an age of Google searches, micro communities and niche marketing?

Today's readers are tech savvy and resourceful. They know how to get the information they need and have higher expectations from publishers and authors. They don't just expect a book, they expect a community with their book.

I often hear publishers say that there are "very few brands in book publishing." But to thrive in today's competitive, niche markets, perhaps brands are exactly what we need. What readers choose to read is personal and an extension of who they are. Shouldn't their book choices be supported by a publisher, a...