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Creative Existentialism: The Meaning of Write by Angie Powers | Book Writing World

Creative Existentialism: The Meaning of Write by Angie Powers | Book Writing World | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it

Publish or Perish? It's not a zero sum game.

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Have you thought about what publication really means?  Since publishing a book does not make us thinner or younger (in fact, often quite the opposite)  what does it mean?  Before you dive into the fickle world of publishing and promotion, consider what you really want.  It may not be what you think.

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How to create a writing routine (without shortening your life expectancy) - The Writer

How to create a writing routine (without shortening your life expectancy) - The Writer | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
If you’re looking to create a regular writing routine, then taking tips from the greats is an excellent place to start.
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The best saying that applies to some famous writing routines:  write drunk, edit sober.  It's good to have space, it's good to know your own routines and systems.  Or just write when you are, when you are and see what happens.

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The Dreaded Synopsis—What It REALLY Reveals About Our Writing

The Dreaded Synopsis—What It REALLY Reveals About Our Writing | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
There is one word known to strike fear into the hearts of most writers. Synopsis. Most of us would rather perform brain surgery from space using a lemon zester and a squirrel than be forced to boil down our entire novel into one page. Yes one. But alas we need to for numerous reasons. First and foremost,…
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Big help with the very worse writing author must do: the synopsis.  Kristen Lamb is a great writer and has great advice.  I wanted to pass this along because I absolutely hate writing the summary and synopsis of my books - I feel I never really get them right!

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How Authors Can Benefit from Goodreads Giveaways - Digital Book World

How Authors Can Benefit from Goodreads Giveaways - Digital Book World | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
How can traditionally published and self-published (indie) authors go about orchestrating Goodreads giveaways? And why should they? Read this to find out.
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I'm often asked about Goodreads giveaways.  This is a good break down - the trick?  Give away about two or three books, and extend the giveaway to two weeks, then another two weeks.

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The Counterintuitive Way to Get the Attention Your Work Deserves – Medium

The Counterintuitive Way to Get the Attention Your Work Deserves – Medium | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
What do you do when the world stops listening — when no one pays attention to what you say or do?
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I liked this article on paying attention to the creative work you do, or any work really, as opposed to talking about the work, promoting the work, bragging about how hard you're working.  It's all so noisy.  Take a break, just create in silence.  It will feed your soul.  As creativity should.

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The secret libraries of history

The secret libraries of history | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
After news emerged about an underground reading room in Damascus, Fiona Macdonald discovers the places where writing has been hidden for centuries.
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Who doesn't love the discovery of secret libraries and books!  Can we hide books in Virtual Libraries?  Or are books so real and important  we need to keep them - real.

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If You Want to Be a Prolific Writer, Become a Voracious Reader – The Mission – Medium

If You Want to Be a Prolific Writer, Become a Voracious Reader – The Mission – Medium | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
If you listed the habits of successful people, one that seems to emerge in nearly every book or article written about the subject is their…
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A simple article, but one that struck me as I spent all Sunday reading the Oct. pick for my bookclub - My Brilliant Friend.  I find that hours of uninterrupted reading refreshes me as much as the same hours at a beach or by the pool. Oh wait, that's because I read when I'm on the beach or sitting by the pool. Does reading refresh you or drain you?

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Independent authors are starting to outsell the Big Five - The Writer

Independent authors are starting to outsell the Big Five - The Writer | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Today, a six-figure income – or at least a full-time writing career – is actually a possibility for independent authors.
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This is great news for independently published authors.  We're breaking through! I don't recommend quitting your day job yet. But the numbers are increasingly encouraging.

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Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done.
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What do you do to ramp up?  Sometimes we need to push a project to the very edge of a deadline or understanding in order to feel "inspired" to write.  I try to plan for the panic which includes enough chocolate in the house and enough wine in the cellar. 

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The Best Paint Colors to Boost Creativity

The Best Paint Colors to Boost Creativity | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Got writer's block (or painter's block, or are just in a general creative funk?) The color of your walls might be one of your culprits.
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I love design and decorating.  I love that color can enhance or squelch the creative process.  BUT I also know that there is nothing so  tempting when you have a creative block, than deciding what you really need to do is re-paint your study. Because doing so will make it all better.  Warning you.

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What disturbed me about the Facebook meeting. — Medium

What disturbed me about the Facebook meeting. — Medium | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I had an opportunity to meet with some of the senior staff at Facebook, including Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg. I found…
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Thoughtful article addressing the supposed belief that FB is suppressing conservative voices. From this account, no.  Well written article!

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Social media tips for regular people...

Social media tips for regular people... | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
There's no doubt that it's harder as a small business / individual to make
headway in advertising your business on Facebook these days, your reach
number get smaller or don't grow much, you don't get all those likes you
used to get... You wonder what you've done wrong... 

 

Likes ain't everything, reach certainly helps, but there's one thing you've
got to remember to do and that's to look after the people that have already
'liked' you, that said, here are a few really simple tips to help you out
with your social media efforts, maybe you'll reach a few extra people and
get that lovely smile back that you once had. 

1. Timing is everything...
I've found that it's good to think about when you're posting your stuff. A
small example would be, if you're a small business (say, creative) in
Australia and you get this ace piece of content ready and then post it when
you've finished it, you know, at ONE AM... Who in Australia is going to see
it? Sure, if you're aiming for the morning tea crowd in New York or the
afternoon break crowd in London, post away, but if you're after local
market - maybe wait until you think they're online. Going a little further,
think about silly things like this; Someone that goes to work isn't going
to go right to their desk at 9am and jump on Facebook, they might do
something like grab a cup of coffee, get to their desk at 8:45, have a
quick browse and then strap in for the work day - so aim for when it makes
sense that they will see your content. If you don't know what time it is
where, use this - it's great www.worldtimebuddy.com

2. Re-Invigorating content...
There's nothing wrong with "re-invigorating" content... Though, rather than
simply re-sharing it to your page, it's best if you can use interaction to
bring it back to life. When someone likes or comments on your content, it
jumps back up the news feed and when it does, there's a chance it to be
seen again, so, if someone comments on your content BUMP up it goes, then
when you reply you have the same effect - so think about this: if your
content is getting comments, use those comments to help put you back in
front of people, maybe wait a bit to reply (obviously if it's something
that needs replying to, reply right away) and then stick a comment in -
wait for another hours or two, or if you're a global brand, wait until
another time zone comes alive (if you can) 

3. Links, not always...
There are a few 'rules' regarding social media marketing, and they're
mostly just made up - so I'd say make your own rules and stick to them if
they're working for you. But, one I do try to stick to is the 5:3:2 rule...
(many variations... but I'm currently with, roughly, 5:3:2) What the hell
is the 5:3:2 rule? Well, it's pretty simply - 5 bits of curated content
from relevant sources within your industry, 3 bits of content you've
created directly related to your brand and 2 bits of fun - something to
attempt a bit of "human" within your marketing messaging... Sure, it
doesn't always work like this - but what I'm saying is don't ever use the
ME ME ME ME ME ME model. Ain't nobody got time fo dat. 

4. Support is important...
Point two was about holding fire, waiting a little before you reply... But
there's nothing more frustrating for someone that not getting a reply to
their social media question - sure, people don't think that we're not all
24/7 or that a small company would only have someone on deck for a couple
hours a day. And not just getting an answer a day later (I always try for
within 24 hours, usually a lot sooner, but you never know when someone's
going to ask a question) Social Media in 2016 is as much a support channel
as it is a social network for sharing cute cat pictures - If your customers
can't find what they want on your website and it's out of hours, there's a
good chance they're going to hit your social media and try their luck - you
could use the auto-response feature within Facebook's messaging to let them
know you're listening and that you will be in touch, but that doesn't work
for page posts or comments by others, so keep your eyes open and make sure
everyone gets a reply or a little loving like.

Well, they're four pretty simple tips (tips within tips) that you can adapt
to your own brand and have a try with. I'd love to know if you're either
doing these things or you're going to try them - feel free to leave a
comment or find me on some form of social media, I might even reply! 

--Simon
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Simon is a brilliant Social Media analyst.  Timing our posts to appear when we think our people are reading is a key point.  Now all I need to do is figure out when you are all reading posts!

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Snapchat engagement and other myths

Snapchat engagement and other myths | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Snapchat engagement levels makes the platform a red-hot target for brands. But is it real and sustainable?
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Best description of Snap Chat and why or why not we need to pay attention.  The description sounds just like the early days of blogging and then of Twitter - "Even in my little Snapchat experimental world, I already have access to so many stories, that I’m ready for them to be over. OK, I see you with a clown nose. Great, I see you eating your hamburger today. Yippee, you’re drinking beer with friends. You’re walking through a mall. When can this be over please?"  

 

It may be over for some of us before it began. If you do not have an unlimited marketing budget and you are not working hard to reach the elusive 18-24 market (Digital Natives) go ahead and stick with Facebook.

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The plague of fake news is getting worse -- here's how to protect yourself

The plague of fake news is getting worse -- here's how to protect yourself | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
It's time for a new rule on the web: Double, no, triple check before you share. Especially if it seems too good to be true.
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I'm a fan of triage - especially for news.  Where did you read it?  Do you learn about events strictly through Social, only through TV?  Just in the paper?  A little of all three can help, and checking into the origins of any story will quickly reveal if the story is legitimate or not.  One of the most frustrating features of all this easy information, is the amount of work it takes to know what is real and what is not.

But it's worth the work.

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Newbie Writers Guide - a blog to help new writers.

Newbie Writers Guide - a blog to help new writers. | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
blog site for Newbie Writers Blog including links to the Newbie Writers podcast.
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My blog is focused on helping writers either through inspiration, humor or flat our advice.  

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I Published My Debut Novel to Critical Acclaim—and Then I Promptly Went Broke

I Published My Debut Novel to Critical Acclaim—and Then I Promptly Went Broke | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Author Merritt Tierce on writing, money, advances and publishing her novel Love Me Back.
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I liked Merritt Tierce’s  honesty about publishing.  We think it’s all about getting an agent, then getting an advance, then selling thousands of books. But I believe writing is about writing, about creativity, and I appreciate this article about how little “success” has to do with satisfaction.

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The Wise Ink Blog

The Wise Ink Blog | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it

Make sure you get the right editor for your project!

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I'm a fan of Wise Ink Blog - this is a helpful article about choosing an editor.  We come in various sizes and shapes - I am a development editor which is different than a copy editor.  Ask around, interview a couple of editors to make sure you have a good fit for you and your book project!

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A perfect storm: Margaret Atwood on rewriting Shakespeare’s Tempest

A perfect storm: Margaret Atwood on rewriting Shakespeare’s Tempest | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
How do you update a play about a castaway sorcerer, a malevolent creature and an air spirit? Margaret Atwood on the prisoners, politicians and hackers who make up her modern day Tempest
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Hogarth Press - http://crownpublishing.com/hogarth-shakespeare/ is issuing a series of novels based on Shakespear's plays.  I read the Gap of Time in order to better understand The Winter's Tale. The novel helped, a little.  But more to the point, what an exciting and creative venture!  I may collect them all, but you may want to check out Margaret Atwood's interpretation of The Tempest.

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Six words added to Oxford English Dictionary to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Anniversary – MyKotori

Six words added to Oxford English Dictionary to celebrate Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday Anniversary – MyKotori | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Roald Dahl, who was a British novelist, short story writer, poet, screenwriter and fighter pilot, remembered for his witty, beautifully written children’s books, the author having created some of our most beloved fictional characters. He often used incredibly unique words to describe the vivid worlds of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant […]
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Love new words, and Golden Ticket was just canonized by the OED.  Now it's official. 

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3 Reasons You Should Ignore Pokémon GO

3 Reasons You Should Ignore Pokémon GO | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Resisting the urge to jump on the latest marketing trends can pay off big for your business.
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Did you twitch when you saw the title Pokemon GO?  Of course you did, it's a marketing reflex - new thing, we must be doing it, exploiting it, playing it. 

What a relief that we don't. Have to play.  Need to promote.  It takes some experience and yes, fortitude to resist the pull of the new, new thing.  Who do you need to communicate with?  I'm betting it's not the best Pokemon GO player at the mall.

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Read Books, Live Longer?

Read Books, Live Longer? | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Book readers lived an average of almost two years longer than those who did not read at all.
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Not only to book readers live longer, we have more experiences, more insights and more opportunities to be other people and live other lives.  Virginia Woolf commented: 

“When the Day of Judgment dawns and people, great and small, come marching in to receive their heavenly rewards, the Almighty will gaze upon the mere bookworms and say to Peter, “Look, these need no reward. We have nothing to give them. They have loved reading.”

My take-away?   If you love reading, good news, you'll get a few more years to read a whole bunch more books.  Win-win.

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40 Things Everyone But You Is Doing This Summer — Medium

40 Things Everyone But You Is Doing This Summer — Medium | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
1. Finding perfectly ripe avocados on sale. They are scooping out the pitts, creating no irregular divets, leaving no flecks of greeny…
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I loved this article!  It's a snarky take on the perfect summer experience that we are all NOT having.

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Is tech addiction making us far more stressed at work? - BBC News

Is tech addiction making us far more stressed at work? - BBC News | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Checking our work emails and social media accounts at all hours of the day is making us more stressed, research suggests, but what can we do about it?
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Is the new, new thing turning off the new, new thing? The time between Wow, check this out, to OMG, turn it off, turn it off!  seems to shorten with each blog.  And yes, It's ironic to post an article on Social Media that's all about turning off social media, but I could not resist.

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How Typography Can Save Your Life — Pacific Standard

How Typography Can Save Your Life — Pacific Standard | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
What words look like matters — in some cases, a whole lot.
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Clearview versus Highway Gothic.

 

Great Geek article on typography, something that affects us every day but something we don’t really pay much attention to. My favorite factoid:  the font on highway signs was called Highway Gothic, inspiring some interesting poetic ideas.  And the new font?  Clearview.  Sometimes those small things add up to a big functional difference.

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Cyber Bullies vs. Cyber Lynch Mobs—Does Anyone Win?

Cyber Bullies vs. Cyber Lynch Mobs—Does Anyone Win? | Writing and publishing books | Scoop.it
Humanity has been gifted with this lovely new invention…the internet. For the first time in human history, we can connect and even befriend people all over the world. We can easily research, whether that is for a novel we're planning or to figure out why we broke out in weird spots after eating pistachios. There…
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I agree with Kristen Lamb, when we come across something on line that we deem insulting, can we limit our response to a frown?  Do we need to go all out and insult the offender?  I think not, I think we can be adults.  Remember those?  Adults?

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