Pick of the Twitter: November, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my Top Twitter picks for November, 2014:

  1. How To Build A Top-Notch Media Kit by @MMJaye via @mollygreene @BelindaCrawford

  2. The Art of a Distraction Free Life by Courtney Carver @bemorewithless via @elizabethscraig 

  3. 17 Tips: How to Successfully Run Book Giveaways   @111publishing

  4. Rejections Are Part of the Journey by Patricia Sands via @Jess_Alter

  5. What Is #MondayBlogs and Why Should Bloggers Participate? by Rachel Thompson @BadRedheadMedia

  6. Considering Doing a Blog Tour?  by @stephaniebond  via @bkmkting

  7. 5 Rules of Writing From Pixar  via @magic_violinist via @write_practice

  8. Guest Post Strategy: Should You Pitch the Editor Before You Write? @SteveGillman @thewritelife

  9. 10 Blog Post Must-Do’s for Writers | The Book Sales Accelerator @IstanbulPuzzle

  10.  Your Elusive Creative Genius  A TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Many thanks to Tweeters and Bloggers alike!

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Pick of the Twitter: October, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my Top Twitter picks for October, 2014:

  1.  6 Traits of Strong Characters   @mythcreants via @elizabethscraig

  2.  Submission Tips for Writers  @writing_ie

  3. 99 Essential Quotes on Character Creation by M J Bush  @writinggeekery

  4. Self-Pubbed AND Traditional? An Interview With Author Pam Beason  @mollygreene

  5.  9 Practices to Inspire Your Writing in an Instant  @WriterJoMalby

  6. NaNoWriMo – Should You Take Part?  @GlynisSmy via @elizabethscraig

  7. 23 Seldom-Used Ideas for How to Use Twitter Lists  @BrianHonigman

  8. Is There A Name For That? Grammar Fun With -Nyms by Kelly Jensen @BookRiot

  9. How to Rock a Writers Conference    @TonyMaxeyRB   @TrueFactBarFact

  10. 15 Experts Share The Worst Blogging Advice!  @10minnovelist 

  11. How to Format a Short Story Manuscript for Submission: a Checklist @write_practice

  12. Preparing for NaNoWriMo: Manage your time, stay motivated, and keep the creativity flowing  @BookBaby @chrisrobley

 Many thanks to Tweeters and Bloggers alike!

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Pick of the Twitter: June, 2014

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Looking for writing/marketing tips? Here are my favs from my June, 2014 Twitter feed:

  1. What the World Looks Like to a Hammer (Understanding Your Character’s Obsession)  by Bret Anthony Johnston @glimmertrain via @JaneFriedman (Superb post!)

  2. 8 Steps For Getting Started on a Writing Career  by Jody Hedlund @JodyHedlund

  3. Mixed Review? Why it’s All Good.  by Therese Walsh via @WriterUnboxed

  4. 5 Ways to Find Blogging Motivation by Amberr Meadows @amberrisme via @CiaraBallintyne

  5. 5 Basic Literary Devices That Will Deepen Your Fiction by S. Alex Martin via @KMWeiland

  6. Tips for Attacking Any Big Project  by Elizabeth Spann Craig @elizabethscraig

  7.  101 Ways to Blog as a Book Author – Updated Again  by John Kremer via @IndieAuthorALLI @K8Tilton

  8. A Critic at Large: BLOCKED (Why do writers stop writing?) by Joan Acocella via @NewYorker

  9.  12 Leadership Traits every Author Needs to Survive & Thrive. by L. Z. Marie @LZMarieAuthor

  10. Political Correctness & Historical Fiction  by Ron Yates

  11. Breaking the “Write What You Know” Rule:  by Alan  Rinzler via @WriteToSell

  12. A Scientific Guide to Hashtags: How Many, Which Ones, and Where to Use Them  by Kevan Lee  @kevanlee via @socialmedia2day

  13. 6 Ways to Outline Your Novel Faster  by Cathy Yardley  @cathyyardley via @KMWeiland

  14. The Four Characteristics of Author Attitude and Why You Need Them by Nina Amir @NinaAmir  via @WriterUnboxed

  15. The 8 Types of Images That Increase the Psychological Impact of Your Content by Alex Turnbull via @copyblogger

  16. Five Thing I Learned When My Publisher Went Under by Kim Curran @KimeCurran

  17. Why Authors Need to Talk to Their Readers by Carole Jelen   @CJelen via @KMWeiland

 

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Twitter Handle on Blog Post

by  @AnnieDaylon

 

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Dear Blogger,

Do you put your Twitter handle in the byline of your blog posts?

Some do. Many do not.

Why use a Twitter handle? So people can easily @mention you when tweeting a link to your post. An @mention will show up in your Twitter feed, allowing you to:

  • know who’s sharing your information;

  • thank them;

  • retweet the tweet; and

  • gain followers.

 

A readily-displayed @handle will  also ease the job of the person (like me) who wishes to tweet your link. I always try to credit the author, to @mention the author and, if the Twitter handle is missing,  I go on a hunting expedition.  However, I often scan fifty posts a day and  don’t always have time to track down those adorable blue Twitter birds!

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If your Twitter Handle is different from your byline, use both: by Your Name @YourTwitterhandle. (On my posts, since my name is in my Twitter handle, I usually just use @AnnieDaylon as my byline.)

Looking forward to getting a handle on all those great posts!

Thank you!

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@AnnieDaylon  🙂

Blogging for Writers: Ten Tips for Beginners

by  @AnnieDaylon 

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Blogging for Writers: The Sequel 🙂
(10 Tips for Beginners)

 

My last post about Blogging for Writers dealt with value: What’s In It for Me? What’s in it for Us?  This one deals with content. Here are 10 Tips for Beginners:

 

1.  Get StartedDon’t wait until you have the exact area of interest or until you have perfected your style. These will come. Choose a topic and go.

2.  Keep it Short. Write enough to cover your topic. Stop. I set time limits for reading blog posts (busy!) and, out of respect for other readers, I set word limits for writing them. My writing goal/post? Fewer than 500 words. More to say? Write a sequel!

 3.  Keep it Simple. Get to the point. Tell your readers what you are going to write about, write about it, and tell them what you have written.

4.  Use White Space (or, in my case, blue. 🙂 White space is simply that, the leftover space around the words. White space around content actually draws readers toward content. To create white space, use short paragraphs. Get rid of unnecessary words. Use Point Form.

5.  Include a Question to Encourage Readers to CommentE.g. What are your best blogging tips?

6.  Use a Call to ActionAsk people to subscribe or follow.

7.  Share, and Ask Others to ShareUse Twitter, Facebook, Linked In, Google+, whatever works for you. Make sharing easy for your readers by including Share Buttons. A blog is a tool.  It is useless if people don’t know it is there. Share. Share. Share.

8.  Use your Twitter Handle in the Byline of your Post. When I read a good post, I share it via Twitter. I schedule my Tweets using Tweetdeck. If I can find the Twitter handle of the author, I add it to the Tweet. Why? If someone at-mentions you (e.g. @AnnieDaylon) it will show up on your Twitter stream; you can favorite it, retweet it, reply to it. Your post will gain more ground.

9.  Always Check your WorkI just checked this post and realized that I had 9 tips, not the promised 10. I added this one. 🙂

10. Invest in a Good Resource about Blogging. Try Blog It  by Molly Greene. It contains information on everything from Set Up to SEO. It saved me a lot of time and energy. Highly recommend!

 

If you are on the verge of blogging, as I was a while back, try the above Ten Tips for Beginners.

If you are already a blogger, what tips do you have for beginners?

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