Helpful Tips

Tip of the Day: It’s never too early to start a writer’s platform.

The moment you make the decision that you want to become published, start thinking about a writer’s platform. It’s never too early. Get involved in Twitter — start connecting with other writers. Connect on Facebook — lock away a custom author’s page. Think about a blog/website. Maybe you like taking photos, so use Instagram. There are so many options. Let’s face it, agents, publishers and fans will google you. The more hits you can get on the Google search, the better off you’ll be.

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Social Media

Hidden Private Messages on Facebook

Most users of Facebook are very much aware that the site developers are constantly changing things to improve the end-user experience. However, sometimes the changes mean that things go missing or unseen.

One of the changes means that random users can sent you private messages (PM), even those who are not listed on your Friends list. How many times has someone said they send you a PM and you have spent hours digging through your old messages trying to find the elusive message but to no avail? How many of those message requests has Facebook filtered such that you don’t see them?

Well, here’s how you can access your missing Facebook PMs.

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High School English: It’s Now Social Media

Things have changed so much since I was in high school. Gone are the days of analysing that Shakespearean text. Instead, they assess how various forms of media has influenced our written and spoken language. His English latest assignment is to develop a marketing campaign using social media. He’s apprehensive of doing this, aware of the dangers of the Internet. In steps mom and her checklist for building a basic on-line platform.

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Checklist for Basic Online Platform Setup

This checklist is a starting point for a basic online platform. It is intended just as a reminder of the core elements common to most writer’s platforms. No specific detail is provided in this document as it is meant to be used in tandem with Hidden Traps: A Writer’s Guild to Protecting Your Online Platform, due to be released August 2017. Other related posts and resources: High School English: It’s Now Social Media Facebook and a Writer’s Platform The Dos and Don’ts of Twitter, but mainly Don’ts… Social Media: The Dangers that Writers Never had to Think About Before Post, […]

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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: 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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Facebook and a Writer’s Platform

I frequently find myself in the middle of a conversation on some forum about Facebook and how one might include that particular social media site into their writer’s platform. There are a lot of things to consider. Unlike Twitter, where you can have as many accounts as you do email addresses, on Facebook, you are meant to have only the one account. Yes, there are some writers out there who have two accounts: one for personal use and the other for their writing persona. For those that get away with it, good on you. However, for those considering doing this […]

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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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