Words from the otherworld: Media, marketing, noise and just, no. This is a web, let’s treat it as such.

catherinewinther

I have been thinking a lot about ‘marketing’ lately. I have also been doing a lot of researching and admittedly I still have a lot more research ahead of me. However, what I have read so far didn’t sit well with me. It made me uncomfortable and even went against my values. “Ah, but marketing isn’t about values its about money! And making sure your wonderful book reaches the readers that so desperately want it!” Hmmm. That still doesn’t sit well with me. So, I have been sitting and thinking about the internet, the ‘web’. The web is my main source of contact to the outside world since falling ill and in many ways it has been a life saver. I have made some truly profound connections via the web. Also, I met my partner and the majority of my great loves and friends, via the web. How did these…

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Blogging for Authors Video Course

Our Video Example

BloggingThis is Blogging for Authors, an example website from a video course.
It’s possible you came here from another way, but you might be a Udemy student and that’s great if you are. Udemy is a smart place to learn almost anything, like my courses for writers.
This course focuses on making blogs at WordPress.com and Blogger. However, the info presented works for all kinds of other platforms including WordPress.org. It’s all fairly universal.
As you probably know, millions of people are blogging, but most of them aren’t doing it well. If you’re working on your game, you can easily develop into a better blogger than most of the writers who are doing it.
I believe blogging is one of the smartest things an author can do. Why? Because blogging:

  • gives you a platform for writing about anything.
  • boosts your online presence.
  • has wonderful SEO properties and helps people…

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POP! Goes the Blogger! x

That Dress Is Mine!

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It’s funny how all of a sudden you could be in the middle of something trivial and mundane then ‘POP!!!” out of no-where there is an idea for a blog entry. Then you get caught up al all the things still going on around you, then before you know it, you’ve lost your idea and that excellent train of thought. My goodness, how bloody annoying is that?

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No matter how hard you try, NOPE, that brain of yours isn’t having any of it and that beloved idea/though is gone forever! (DRAT!!! I’m being polite and ladylike here – I must remember my P’s and my Q’s, ok!!!)

Then on  the other hand, there is that time when you try so darn hard to come up with an idea and I swear, your brain acts like the Sahara Dessert with multiple tumbleweed moments because all you hear is NOTHING!!! once again…

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How I learned NOT to be an obnoxious author

Sarahbeth Caplin

Take in that title with a grain of salt, because it is me, after all 😉

With a few years of publishing experience under my belt, I’ve come to the conclusion that one hallmark of an immature author is the temptation to try and sell, sell sell all your books to anyone who knows how to read, regardless of their genre preference or whether they even know you. It’s hard work to convince strangers who’ve never heard your name to give your book a chance, but doing so can make you look like that attention-craving six-year-old no one thinks is cute, except her parents.

That’s why I’ve decided to drop that idea completely. I no longer use social media, or even this website, as a platform to sell books.

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How to Reach Out to Hostile Readers

Read to Write Stories

Jess Stoner thought being a postal carrier could be her dream job. It turned out to be a nightmare. Jess Stoner thought being a postal carrier could be her dream job. It turned out to be a nightmare. She wrote about the experience in “Blues on Wheels.”

Everyone has a story to tell, but sometimes not everyone wants to hear it. What happens when this is your story? How do you get skeptical, or even hostile, readers to pay attention?

Jess Stoner faced this problem in her essay, “Blues On Wheels,” about her experience with illegal and abusive labor practices as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. The essay is one of the most powerful and disturbing pieces of writing that I’ve read in a long time. It was published at The Morning News, where you can read it now.

How the Story Works

Stoner writes about the systematic abuse that she and other carriers faced at the USPS. She was screamed at and threatened, forced…

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Goodreads

The Newbie Author's Guide

goodreads

Goodreads is the largest book social media site. It has many more features and author activities than Shelfari and Librarything. When something new comes out they are usually the first to implement it. For example, when Google+ and Pinterest came along Goodreads added +1 and “Pin It” buttons to book pages so authors and other people can share books on these new social media platforms!

For more tricks and tips you can visit Novel Publicity and read their Goodreads series in the Jan and Feb 2012 archives.

Achieving Author Status on Goodreads

Getting Author status on Goodreads works much the same way as it does on Librarything. First you find one of your books and click on the author name. Goodreads will ask you “if this is you” and then you click yes. A questionnaire will come up and ask a couple questions. If you use a pen name as…

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Things my favorite authors do that drive me nuts

The World of Lanaria

I am about to commit multiple counts of blasphemy, please forgive me if I happen to list your favorite author. But remember, I did say favorite authors. I love their work even if there are a few things they do that really irritate me. Several of these things relate specifically to a certain series; there are very few authors that I have read their entire body of work.

Most of these are things that have shaped my own writing style: I say to myself, “Don’t do that! It drives me nuts!”

Michael Moorcock

I loved the Elric of Melnibone series, the action sequences were fast, and visceral. Yet there were a couple of glaring things that bothered me even when I was a young man.

First; the lack of detail. I can’t tell you how many times I would have to re-read something 3-4 times just to figure out what…

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Why bother blogging?

Vagabond Urges

CoffeeI’m supposed to be writing a blog right now. Instead, I’m pretending to type while observing the hunched man across the communal table, who looks like Lewis Black fallen on hard times. His hair is greasy and thinning, spots on his amorphous button-up shirt, and a stained paper coffeecup close at hand, even though we’re sitting in the coffeeshop.

 

He looks like a scientist who’s spent too much time in the lab. He looks like the parents’ least favorite bus driver. He looks like a calm madman, glaring at his crotch as if it holds the answer, and occasionally starting sentences like “I don’t know why…” and “It would work if…” but never finishing them, just exploding in sighs and more staring.

 

Coffee, postre, and a journal in El Salvador Coffee, postre, and a journal in El Salvador

Now from his lap he takes a clump of papers, green ink notes and revisions. He’s a writer…

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How to Reach Out to Hostile Readers

Read to Write Stories

Jess Stoner thought being a postal carrier could be her dream job. It turned out to be a nightmare. Jess Stoner thought being a postal carrier could be her dream job. It turned out to be a nightmare. She wrote about the experience in “Blues on Wheels.”

Everyone has a story to tell, but sometimes not everyone wants to hear it. What happens when this is your story? How do you get skeptical, or even hostile, readers to pay attention?

Jess Stoner faced this problem in her essay, “Blues On Wheels,” about her experience with illegal and abusive labor practices as a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service. The essay is one of the most powerful and disturbing pieces of writing that I’ve read in a long time. It was published at The Morning News, where you can read it now.

How the Story Works

Stoner writes about the systematic abuse that she and other carriers faced at the USPS. She was screamed at and threatened, forced…

View original post 1,159 more words