Put your hand up if you have found yourself becoming a shutter-bug. Be honest.
With the latest phones, many of us now have a high-resolution camera sitting in our back pockets (or in my case, the outside pocket of my purse). So, it’s not surprising that people have become trigger happy with their phone cameras. Add in the fact that smartphones have easy access to the internet, and those photos are now being showcased for the world to see.
Before you hit the share button, you might want to take a good look at that photo.
One of the ways to connect with others on Facebook, or any social media, is to share tidbits of information. However, it looks bad when you come across a post that says Attachment Unavailable. This happens when you share a post that was marked as private or restricted to Friends. This will likely be the case if the shared post is sourced from someone’s private feed. Always try to go to the original source of information — share the post from the website or public page it came from.
For writers like me who enjoy the community on Twitter so much, it can be easy to forget that a writer’s platform consists of more than just Twitter. It’s everything that can be found online and offline about you and your books. On-line presence might consist of Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Amazon author’s page, website, blog, Instagram, and the list goes on. An offline platform might include radio interviews, conference appearances, workshops, newspaper articles and even your local writers’ group memberships.
In this day and age, many submissions are handled through email. Agents and acquisition editors will often look at the submissions sent to them on an electronic device, commonly a computer or tablet screen. For many submissions, the initial contact is contained in the body of an email (no attachments). However, if they ask for added materials, they expect things in the standard submission format. Yet, agents and editors will still often look at those submission materials using electronic devices.
So, if everything is now through electronic submissions, why must we format our manuscripts using a format that was devised back in the day when everything was printed? Well, believe it or not, the standard manuscript format is very specific for a reason.
It is vital to give readers of your blog a way in which they can follow your blog, receiving announcements via email. It is also vital that you make it easy for your readers to find the subscription tools. This site has subscription options on the sidebar, but if you don’t have sidebars on your own site, then put the subscription tool in the footer. If you don’t have a footer either, then work out a way to incorporate your subscription tool into every post. DON’T make your readers go hunting for it.
Writing can be very isolating. Family and friends, unless they are writers too, won’t understand the emotional roller-coaster that comes with the publishing industry. You need to reach out. A great way to make writing friends is through social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. There are many groups out there; all you need to do is join one. Join it and the rest will follow.
There are many out there who will use the terms website and blog interchangeably. The difference between the two is not as clear as one might think. It probably doesn’t help that many blogs are hosted on personal websites. However, there is a BIG difference between a website and a blog, although the line is a little fuzzy.
A website is your internet home, containing information about yourself and your various projects. The pages are static, occasionally updated to reflect changes. It will contain the most up-to-date information about your work, assuming that you actually keep it up to date.
A blog, on the other hand, is like a diary. It will be constantly changing with whatever content or other information you choose to share with the world. In some respects, a blog will contain even more up-to-date information about your work. However, the information on a blog quickly gets buried, depending on the frequency at which you post. This means that you can’t rely on your blog as a marketing tool for older works.
If a reader visits your site, they want to be able to find your books, products, or whatever quickly — and with little effort. This is the key point that distinguishes a website from a blog.
You know those sites that offer you something for free, but they insist on having your email first? The moment you provide an email address, you give the site permission to send you spam. If you use an email address intended for spam, then who cares. You’ll only log into the account to get that one bit of information that you wanted. Use the same email for all those frequent shopper cards too. For the sake of your sanity, get a spam email.
We are more than our writing, and quite often we writers (and editors) forget that. Remember to take a break from all the writing occasionally to remember the simple things in life. Enjoy the chocolate — don’t inhale it.