Step by Step: Automated Retweets

Continuing with the Step by Step Series (Simple Instructions for Beginners), here’s a lesson on utilizing a free Roundteam account for automated retweets.

First, go to Roundteam and set up an account. When you set up your initial account, you must choose some options. I do not recommend retweeting your own name.

Now, I will show a series of images to demonstrate how to set up a retweet hashtag. In this case I have chose to retweet #CR4U, which is the hashtag for Clean Indie Reads. But you can choose any hashtag, such as #FridayReads, #BookBoost, #IARTG, etc.










Next, I’ll show you how to create a list and retweet from a list on Roundteam. First, you must go to your twitter account and create a list. Start by searching for interesting twitter accounts you would like to retweet from. This can include any account you like, even friends and fellow authors. But keep in mind that Roundteam will retweet randomly from that account. So lists are more effective with twitter accounts that are uniform in their tweets. My example is a photography twitter account.













I hope these step by step instructions help to simply your twitter experience .




Step By Step: Making a Simple Ad with PowerPoint

Step By Step is a series of lessons for beginners, utilizing simple programs and methods. This first post involves making an ad using PowerPoint.

You will need an image–either one you have taken with your own camera or one you have the rights to use. There are a variety of sites with free stock photos and various sites that offer low cost images. In this case, I’m going to take a picture of some Christmas wrapping paper with my cell phone.

Now, I will open up PowerPoint and choose a New Presentation with a blank slide. At the top of the screen, I choose, Insert>Photo>Picture from file. And I select the newly downloaded picture I emailed to my computer from my phone. Now it looks like this.

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I have made my background red by choosing Layout>Background and picking a solid color. Next, using the mouse and selecting the background on the slide, I right click and it let’s me format the background, changing the color to match my wrapping paper.

Next, I’m going to crop my wrapping paper image. I select the wrapping paper image with my mouse, choose Format Picture>Crop, and move the bar over to crop the image. Now it looks like this.

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Next, I choose Insert>Photo>Picture from file, and add my book cover image. I use the corner arrows to make the book image the size I want, and now it looks like this.

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Now I add a drop shadow to the book, by selecting the book with the mouse, choosing Format Picture, and selecting the fourth picture frame (drop shadow). Then I add two text boxes and a basic shape, formatted to gold. Now it looks like this.

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I add text on the shape, and rotate the text to match the shape. Save the final product as a jpg image. Now it looks like this.

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Now I’ve made an ad for Facebook or Twitter, and I haven’t spent a dime.

I hope you enjoyed the first of this lesson series. Let me know what other subjects you would find helpful.

Next week: Helpful hints, such as… how to make a universal book link that opens to Amazon in every country. Example