The Rush-The-Process Dish

Over a year ago, I jokingly reported about some of the flavours of the Rush-The-Process dish. I’m talking about those scenarios where writers are in such a hurry to submit their work for publications that they skip vital steps in the editing or publication process.

In that post, I spoke about the ones who only have family and friends looking at their work, not other writers or editors. I spoke about the ones who take editorial reports and stick to the most basic of rewrites. Then there are those who submit to agents and publishers unfinished works, only to go into full panic mode when they get the request for fulls. And my personal favourite: upload to Amazon without editing at all, because they supposedly can’t afford it.

But there are some other flavours to this Rush-The-Process dish that also requires some attention.

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Helpful Tips

Tip of the Day: Script your videos, even loosely.

With the introduction of Facebook and Twitter Live, it’s not surprising that many are now turning to vlogging (video blogging) in a rudimentary way. However, before you make any recording, it’s important to have an idea as to what you intend to record. Where possible, script your videos. Rambling can make you seem scatterbrained and unable to structure thoughts into a coherent form. For the sake of your reputation, make a few dummy recordings as practice, before you use the Live features.
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Tip of the Day: Don’t feed the trolls!

Common advice, but one that is so tempting to NOT follow. Let’s face it, the nasties on social media do, at times, go for the jugular and start making personal attacks. It’s natural to want to get in there and defend yourself, or your friends. But you can’t. No matter how much you want to lash back, you need to find a way to brush it off, even if that means ranting to a close friend somewhere off of public platforms. However, do keep in mind that there is a BIG difference between public debate and feeding trolls.
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Tip of the Day: NEVER share posts from private feeds

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.
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Tip of the Day: A writer’s platform consists of more than just Twitter

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.
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There’s a reason for the standard manuscript format

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). If additional materials are asked for, agents and editors expect things to be in the standard manuscript format. Yet, agents and editors will still look at those added materials using electronic devices.

So, if everything is now electronic, 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.

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Tip of the Day: Ensure that your blog has a subscription option.

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.

BTW, I would avoid using popups. Google now penalises sites that use popups, giving those sites lower SEO rankings.
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Tip of the Day: Connect with the writer community through social media.

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.
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Tip of the Day: Setup a spam email.

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.
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