Tips and Tricks from the Editor

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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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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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Tip of the Day: Don’t second guess yourself, but be open to feedback.

It’s hard to remain positive about our writing. We see so many comments that don’t necessarily pertain to us, but we can’t help but think it does. Don’t second guess yourself. If you don’t believe in yourself, then why should anyone else? That being said, you do need to be open to constructive criticism and feedback. Constantly develop your skills as a writer.

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Tip of the Day: Use the same profile image on all social media

When building a platform, it’s important to consider what aspects will be identifiable as your branding. The profile images used on various social media sites is one aspect that can easily be made consistent. While the cropping on the image might vary from site to site, in general, one should be able to glance at the profile image and know instantly that the message is from you, regardless which platform they’re on. Use the same image across all social media sites.

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Tip of the Day: Multiple projects keep the juices flowing.

Many writers that I know have multiple projects on the go at once. One manuscript might be in the editing phase, waiting for comments from either critique partners or beta readers. Another might be in early drafts where you’re still fleshing out the story. Others might be sitting in the back of your mind as that spark of an idea. It’s okay to be working on more than one manuscript at a time. Don’t feel pressured to finish the one manuscript before you turn your attention to another. Sometimes, you have to let one idea fester while you work on […]

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