Fauzia Burke

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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...