We typically think of writer’s block as a mental state, fear of the blank page, concern that the words will never flow again. But today, I’d like to talk about a different kind of writer’s block, other things that keep us from getting words on the page. Don’t get me wrong. All the things on Read More
You’ve got your online hub, your email subscription provider is capturing emails, and you’re producing some great content. Now, in order to ‘move’ your platform forward, you will have to find ways to SHARE. I liken this to pedaling the bike. I have listed various methods of sharing in no particular order. Obviously, you should Read More
Last time I introduced two key components that are necessary for every author platform: an online HUB like a website or blog, and building an EMAIL list with which to communicate directly with your audience. I realize that some people may argue the necessity of both, but let’s face it, riding a unicycle is a Read More
This post first appeared on Janet Sketchley’s blog, “Tenacity.”
If you’re a writer—and even if you’re not—you’ve probably seen posts about the GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation. It makes sense to be concerned about how our personal data is collected, stored, and used, but the GDPR has caused a lot of trouble for many authors, bloggers, and other writers.
While this post isn’t about rules and regulations, all the talk about the GDPR did lead to the thought … why can’t writers just write?
If money were no object, perhaps, a writer could outsource everything except the writing itself. But are there really any writers who do that? Highly unlikely.
Authors and other writers are expected to do so much more than write.
Right now, it’s cool to have a platform, but has your writing taken second place? Is it no longer sharp and crisp?
I ask this question.
“Do you really trust God with your writing career?”
“Of course I trust God.”
“Then why do you spend hours every day jumping on the latest platform bandwagon?”
“Well, everyone says I must have a platform.”
Recently I read two opposing opinions on publicity, platform, and social media: one by Sandra Beckwith and the other by Ewan Morrison. Sandra says, “We’ll talk about how to create and use the single most effective publicity tool for both fiction and nonfiction.” Ewan Morrison counters with, “Do you want to spend 80% of your time creating unpaid market propaganda for the social media industry? Or would you rather step away from the hype altogether and spend as much time as you can being a 100% writer?”
Now that you know the basics of Twitter you’re ready to dive in deeper. There are many topics we could discuss about Twitter. However, each writer has different reasons for using Twitter which will affect what he or she wants to learn. Here are some resources I’ve found helpful.
You have your Twitter account set up, now you’re ready to tweet. Here are ten tips for creating outstanding tweets that will help you gain followers and keep people interested in what you have to say.
Most marketers recommend writers become active on social media as a way of promoting their work. Twitter is one of many social media platforms available today. Twitter allows you to post short (140 characters maximum) updates to share what you’re doing, link to interesting information, or answer questions.