How To Use Tik Tok To Promote Your Work

The future of Tik Tok is unclear, however there is no denying the impact it has on small business owners and their work. So promote your work now, and let the people know who you are!

Tik Tok Do’s and Don’ts

Do keep it fun! Tik Tok is a great way to show the fun and humorous side of your brand. So be creative and try to make the viewers smile:)

Do use music. Music is a big part of Tik Tok, especially since the beginning. Viewers are more inclined to finish a video if it is paired with audio…especially when the audio is very popular. 

Do shoot vertical. If you shoot horizontal you will get unflattering black bars on the side of your video. 

Do use a challenge. There is almost always a popular challenge going around Tik Tok and with the appropriate use of hashtags your video will more likely be viewed.

Do mimic content that’s trending. This doesn’t mean don’t be creative, but by mimicking a popular trend viewers will be drawn to it and continue to watch. 

Don’t make an average ad. Viewers are not here necessarily to be sold to. They want to have fun and be inspired. Push the business/product in a fun way without being directly sold to.

Tik Tok is a great way to drive your business. Try and get in contact with influencers or creators that are doing well on Tik Tok in a like-minded way to your business/product. The more humorous and entertaining you are the more likely your video will be shared and liked. 

This is not going to say that creating is easy. It takes time and effort just like everything else. So do your research! Look up businesses/products like your own and see what trends are going around. Now more than ever is a perfect time to self promote on digital platforms. Remember, it only takes one video to go viral.

Good luck!

Songbird by Peter Grainger – $3.99 on CHIRP BOOKS

We keep running back to Chirp Books for their unbeatable prices! Songbird by Peter Grianger is available for only $3.99 until August 29th! And the best part…joining is FREE!

If you are big into mystery audiobooks this one is for you! Bonus..you might recognize the voice of the narrator from Charmed! That’s right Gildart Jackson will guide you through this gripping novel. 

Click here for Songbird!

About Songbird

Detective Sergeant Chris Waters got the call at 05.29 that July morning. This is it, said DCI Reeve, you’ll be first there, it’s all yours, you’re the crime scene manager. Suddenly, after months of waiting and wondering, Waters finds himself in at the deep end, and alone at the scene of a puzzling murder.

As the investigation proceeds, the detectives at Kings Lake Central find themselves visiting familiar places and talking to some familiar faces, while old enmities reappear in the incident room. Before this is over, Chris Waters will need to make a career-changing decision, and another member of the CID team will find herself facing an unexpected challenge. And Smith? Gone but not forgotten? Surely, he would say, you cannot write me off with a worn out cliché like that…

“He saw a bare arm first, the hand palm up with fingers curled inwards. Then he stopped and took a few breaths. He could hear the two constables making arrangements before they separated, one saying he’d bring the other some tape from the car, and then it was just the summer morning quiet again.”

Happy Listening!

July Audiobook Releases

The month is over? Ju-lying! If you have been here for a while you know the drill! And if not…welcome! Each month we compile the audio we have helped create with our wonderful array of authors!

There is so much to listen to! From romance, to supernatural, to suspense! Please feel free to browse and let us know what you think!

Happy Listening!

Five Reasons You Should Introduce Audiobooks into your Life — Liv’s Book Corner

CALLING ALL BOOK LOVERS!

Thank you to Liv’s Book Corner for such a great post!

Now, I am a die-hard fan of the physical book. I still vividly remember the shock when my mother suggested I buy a kindle (“but Mum, I need to feeeeel the book! I need the smell!”), and I still stubbornly defend this love even when I’m dragging a suitcase full of heavy books on holiday […]

Five Reasons You Should Introduce Audiobooks into your Life — Liv’s Book Corner

TikTok for Book Lovers

You may have thought this popular app was just full of dances, but there is so much more! Especially for book lovers and literature enthusiasts. So next time you find yourself scrolling through the app, check out these bookish accounts!

@Berrybookpages

Her bio reads “CEO of falling in-love with emotionally unavailable book characters” which sums up her presence on the app. Every book lover won’t help but be able to relate to her!

@penguin_teen

Penguin Random House brings all the fun to literature in videos centered around books and publishing. If you want to see the humorous real life creation of book memes..look no further. 

@BEARCUB79

If you want to take a step back from book recommendations and quirky videos, check out @bearcub79’s account for awesome book binding demonstrations! If you want a closer look into the process and get restoration tips this is a good place to start. 

@Epic_reads

This account captures feelings and thoughts booklovers have without them truly noticing! Each video will bring you a constant “oh that’s me” moment. 

@24hourlibrarian

That’s right! A librarian right at your fingertips! Follow this account for fun craft ideas, library tips and a good laugh!

Believe me when I say..there are so many literary focused tiktok accounts out there! And you will be caught in a constant video frenzy! 

Happy Scrolling!

Do Audiobooks Count as Reading?

This may be a no brainer to some people and a head scratcher to others, but the debate about whether or not audiobooks count as reading still lingers.

Our first memory of experiencing a story is when a book was read to us. We weren’t doing the actual reading, but we were still experiencing the story. Consuming the narrative through every word. As we got older understanding audiobooks was just as easy as reading print books, maybe even easier! But do we get all the benefits of reading while listening to an audiobook and vice versa?

You can hear clues in the narrative easier through audiobooks just as you understand the speech of a person’s voice better than in a text message. However, the information is still the same. Think about it in terms of your everyday communication. Is receiving information through text messages different than on a call? I told you… this could be a head scratcher!

The research is also out there. As audiobooks become more and more popular people want to know the facts, benefits, pros, and cons of investing in the format. 

Here are a few of my favorite articles.

Time

Chirp

Bookriot

I know there are some very visible arguments to consider when thinking about audiobooks as reading or not- especially being that there are no actual words to look at. I also think there is a whole other branch to the argument when putting education to the test. In terms of learning, audiobooks could lack the cognitive skills needed to teach students the fundamentals of spelling and grammar. However, audiobooks could be more accessible and enjoyable for people with learning disabilities and the visually impaired. It is a whole universe of alternative reading that really has some interesting benefits to consider. 

Where do you stand? There will always be a back and forth between the two, but your preference is your own! And we can all still enjoy the value of a story. 🙂 

Share your thoughts with us!

Happy Reading!

DEAL ALERT! – Best Friend’s Lil’ Sis for only $2.99

Chirp is a service that has great limited pricing on audiobooks along with great everyday pricing, with no subscription fees or minimum purchases! If you like it, you buy it- there’s nothing else to it! Whenever one of our authors audiobooks go on sale we will let you know about it, so that you can take advantage of a great deal.

About the Book

Single mom Amber is perfectly responsible, except when it comes to her heart. Logan knows his best friend’s sister is off-limits, especially because of their explosive past — but when he gets a chance to win Amber back, how can he resist? Read by dual narrators, this fiery romance is sure to make you swoon!

Publisher Description

Amber

How would I describe myself?

Single mom. Strong as steel. Stupid—because I listen to my heart and not my head.

Logan

This job interview was supposed to get Amber in front of me so I could apologize for hurting her. So I could figure out how to get a second chance to make her mine.

I don’t care if she’s had kids since us—I’ve always wanted to be a dad. She’s my best friend’s li’l sis—we’ll figure that out. I’ve got money—but I can’t buy her. I was her first—she was mine. I want her to be my last. Wait … is that even possible?

Contains mature themes.

If you or anyone you know may be interested in buying this audiobook click here! The promotion will run until August 5, 2020!

Happy Listening!

Editing Tips for Writers

Let’s take a look at this quote… 

First, find what it means to you and then carry on with the rest of this post.

There are a million ways to dissect this quote and analyze how others perceive it. However, there is one thing that is fundamentally true any way you look at it. Editing is a very important step of the writing process. There is no way around it. Without proper editing even a ‘good’ book can appear bad. Now, if you are someone who wishes to improve their editing techniques here are a few places to start!

Less is more!

Filler words are never a good idea. Find what you are trying to say and use the least amount of words to properly get your point across. For example: There are many people who write — Many people write.

Avoid weak verbs.

Use visceral verbs or verbs that express action over weak verbs. For example:

Find out — Discover

He went to Italy — He traveled to Italy

Avoid weak adjectives.

Be mindful when using words like ‘really’ and ‘very’. There are always better alternatives. For example:

Really good – Great

Very big – Huge

Don’t introduce unnecessary words.

Why use a weak word when a stronger verb or adjective is available? 

Give your post a proofread — Proofread your post (verb form)

He shows signs of carelessness — He is careless (adjective form)

You can find a lot of programs to help you edit as well, but that is a whole other post! Never be afraid to continue to educate yourself on your writing. There are so many outlets looking to  help you. Including us!

So follow us along your literary journey and we will learn together!

Happy Editing!