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Tip of the Day: Ensure that Facebook posts you share are public.

When you share links or other posts on Facebook, ensure that the posts are public. This is particularly the case when posting to either your private feed or to various groups. It can be incredibly frustrating to encounter some post on a feed that has some “I thought this was hilarious” comment, but the post itself says Attachment Unavailable. Unfortunately, you won’t necessarily know that this has happened until someone comments on it. General rule: if it is a post from a page, then it will likely be listed as public. If it’s from a closed group or private profile, it will be […]

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Tip of the Day: Editing often means more writing.

When writing those early drafts, a writer will frequently forget to include those added details, or they’ll neglect to include a backstory element that is actually vital. As such, editing a manuscript often means more writing and will always involve some level of rewriting. This is all part of the developmental process. A writer should relish this period of editing, because this is the part of editing where you get to ensure that what is in your head gets transferred to others.

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Tip of the Day: Plan to have parts of header images cut off by profile images.

When selecting header images, plan to have portions obscured by your profile image on social media sites. This is typically the bottom, left-hand corner of the image, so one should avoid placing important information in that portion of the header image. If incorporating the front cover of a newly released books, ensure the cover can been seen at all times.

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Tip of the Day: If you get a negative critique, DO NOT complain about it on social media.

Complaining about anything on public social media is quite frankly a big NO-NO. This goes doubly so for a negative critique. It’s perfectly natural to want to lash out and vilify your critic, but this is where your writing buddies that you made through your local writers’ group or connecting with other writers in your private chat groups come into play. They’re the ones who will understand and will help you get some perspective, possibly even see the value in that critique. But whatever you do, never, ever, lash out on a public forum about those comments.

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The Dos and Don’ts of Twitter, but mainly Don’ts…

Those who have heard me talk about social media and writer’s platforms will know that I highly recommend using Twitter. And those who follow me on Twitter will have seen at least one of my rants about the Don’ts of Twitter. They are instant turnoffs and will likely result in me glancing over your profile and moving right along. Read More→

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Tip of the Day: A writer’s platform is more than just on-line activities.

When writers hear the term writer’s platform, many immediately jump to the concept of on-line presence and the related activities. However, a writer’s platform is everything that you do in your capacity as a writer. It will include your local memberships, your writer’s groups, the conferences, the workshops, the local interviews, book fairs, classes, etc. Of course, your platform will also include any on-line activities as well, but don’t underestimate the power of your in-person activities.

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Tip of the Day: Don’t be in a hurry to rewrite everything after getting a critique report.

You’ve sent your baby out for feedback and the critique report has come in. So many of those comments ring true with you and now you’re eager to get into the editing. Whoa… Slow down. Take the time to read through that critique report in detail; make notes and jot down any sparking ideas. Don’t rush in and make the changes right away. You need to ensure that those comments are what is best for your story as a whole. (Now comments about typos and spelling errors… Sure… Fix those right away.)

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Tip of the Day: View headers on multiple devices.

As part of one’s branding, you might have spend a significant amount of time on that header image used for social media accounts. It’s not an unreasonable idea, however, you should keep in mind that header images behave differently on the different sites for the different apps. What might look okay on the website version of Facebook might be cropped in unexpected ways on the Android/iOS versions. And that same header will have a different cropping on Twitter. Because of where the profile image sits, vital words in the header might be obscured on a phone, but visible on a computer. […]

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