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Best-Selling Author Nicole Williams on Marketing Yourself

Nicole-Williams-blogNicole Williams, resident career expert at LinkedIn, is not only the founder of her own media company, WORKS by Nicole Williams, but also the author of three best-selling books, including Wildly Sophisticated: A Bold New Attitude for Career Success and Earn What You’re Worth. Her latest title, Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules Into Career Success, has even been optioned for a film by Academy-Award-winning producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen.

It’s safe to say Williams knows a thing or two about marketing herself as a brand. Here, she talks about finding a connection with the vice president at Penguin and getting your name out there in a terrible economy:

Ten, 15 years ago, when I was getting my book published, the vice president of Penguin was sitting in on my meeting. And for some reason, I had done [an] Internet search and knew that this guy came from Toronto, Canada, which is where I was born, and it was that affinity that [enabled] me to [get a] record-breaking advance. Use every method possible to prepare yourself and then to market yourself so that you’re someone that gets noticed. There are opportunities out there. And sometimes in a bad economy there’s actually more opportunity than [less]. It’s just a matter of [going] after it more strategically.

For more from Williams, including how to optimize your LinkedIn profile, read: So What Do You Do, Nicole Williams, Author, Entrepreneur and Career Expert at LinkedIn?

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Memoir Writing

Memoir WritingStarting January 7, work with a published memoir writer to tell and sell the story of your life! In this course, Wendy Dale will teach you how to create your story around a marketable premise, hone your narrative voice, write a memoir with a solid structure, and sell your memoir before you've even finished writing it. Register now!

5 Ways to Find an Agent for Your Book

Every week we receive emails from aspiring writers looking for guidance about publishing a book on the traditional publishing route. We always offer the same advice: find the best literary agent for your manuscript.

Every aspiring writer needs to make a list of literary agents they would like to pitch. If you are looking for an agent, there are five simple steps that everybody should follow (whether you are a small town writer or a business leader with a great story or a GalleyCat editor).

We’ve collected five foolproof methods for finding the best agent to pitch with your book–any suggestions to add?

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Mediabistro Book Club Returns to Los Angeles

0912_bookclub_150x100.jpgYou can read all the online book reviews in the world, but nothing beats real-world conversations between readers, and authors. To help our community grow, we will host our second West Coast edition of the Mediabistro Book Club on October 11th in Los Angeles.

If you are an author or publicist looking to participate, you can follow this link to apply. The deadline is September 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM (PT). If you are a reader, mark your calendar–the next installment of our free book club will feature four authors from different genres, tons of book giveaways and plenty of practical conversation. The location will be announced soon.

East Coast authors can sign up for the November 17, 2011 edition of the Mediabistro Book Club. Follow this link to apply.

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Author Lindsey Pollak: ‘Twitter Is Crucial’ for Job Seekers

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lindsey112.jpg How useful is Twitter in helping one obtain a job in new media? What about when promoting your book or author platform? Writer Jennifer Pullinger put the question to bestselling author and career expert Lindsey Pollak, one of the speakers at the Mediabistro Career Circus August 4.

“Twitter is crucial because it allows you to create a personalized newsfeed of the thoughts, questions, activities, and opinions of people in the industry you want to join. That information is invaluable for a jobseeker trying to meet people and make a good impression in the industry.”

“Participating in the conversation on Twitter is like attending a conference or networking event all day, every day. If I were looking for a job in new media, I would follow every single person who works in the company or industry I want to join.”

Lindsey Pollak talks about building a meaningful public profile and social presence in her upcoming presentation at Mediabistro Career Circus on August 4 in New York.

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