ReBlogging – What’s That All About?

Dan Alatorre’s blog post is highly interesting and holds some valuable information. Definitely worth re-blogging. 🙂

Dan Alatorre

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While you are building (or expanding) your platform, it’s a great time to polish, edit and add or delete whatever you want added to or deleted from your book. Plus, a lot of the time we have to make choices about what the blurb will say and what the cover needs to look like. Bouncing that stuff off a bunch of Facebook author page friends or Twitter followers or Blog subscribers is a great way to see what the feedback is – and spend no money to find out.

Part of the way you increase your base is by adding people as followers on Twitter, Facebook, and your blog, or whatever other social media you like doing. Most of you have blogs, so let’s focus there.

That's how it feels, yeah. That’s how it feels, yeah.

Look what happened when I posted and tweeted about my…

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The Best Writing Advice You’ll Ever Get…(Guest Post)

Andrew Joyce gave the best writing advice you’ll ever get on Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s blog. I think it’s more than worth reading it. It is so unique!!

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Andrew Joyce

For a few years now, Chris has been posting articles to help us with our craft. I’ve learn some valuable things on this site, from editing to copywriting to marketing books and everything in between. I might have missed it, but there is one bit of advice that I have not seen here. And that is, if you want to write well, you must read.

Reading to a writer is as medical school is to a doctor, as training is to an athlete, as breathing is to life. Think of reading books as taking a writing course.

I would suggest reading the classics: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and, of course, Steinbeck, to name but a few. These three authors made up their own rules. (Hemingway couldn’t get published at first because his writing was so different from the writing that preceded him.)

Below are three examples of Steinbeck’s writing. If you read…

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Is Your Blog As Friendly As You Think It Is?

Hugh gives valuable tips and hints on how to get followers on your blog – and keep them.

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Just imagine it’s your first day here on Planet Blog and you and everyone else with you hears the words “Hands up all those that want 1,000 followers.” What percentage of people in your group do you think would put up their hand?

When we start our journey in the world of blogging, getting as many followers as possible is very important to all of us.  Why write and blog if nobody is going to read what we have to say?

So we’ve managed to gain lots of followers and we want more, yet we seem to also be losing followers.  I wonder why?

I learned very quickly that building and maintaining your very own blogging community is an important aspect of blogging and one of the easiest ways to start losing followers is by not acknowledging those followers that leave comments.  In my time as a blogger I’ve seen this…

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Blog Progress

The past two weeks I have been working intensely on my blog. I was trying to find useful posts for writers, I was writing my poems, I am at the moment working on another guest post. I am reading as many blogs of writers as I can, to learn and profit from their experiences. I read amazing bloggers, authors and writers, believe me! 

Taking this all together I made some progress with “Writer’s Treasure Chest”. And today I got another wonderful gift. 

I got my 1000th “Like”.

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For that I want to thank you all! 

Thank you for dropping in, commenting, liking and sacrificing your valuable time! You all make blogging much more fun than I had thought it would be!

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Warm Regards

AJ Alexander

 

‘…they made me an offer I couldn’t refuse… I try to get out, but they pull me back in…’ (Author Seumas ‘Corleone’ Gallacher)

‘…I need help… my characters are hard people, capable of doing ‘dark things’ ‘ (quote by Seumas Gallacher)
You know me… I cannot resist lending a helping hand if another author is asking for it. That’s one of the reasons why I shared this blog post. The other one is, that I find Seumas Gallacher just a unique very interesting character and personality – and an extraordinary writer!! Enjoy the post.

Seumas Gallacher

…there’s an insidious literary force at WURK that permeates the grey cells of lots of Authors of my acquaintance… fellow scribblers will be well-accustomed to the Midnight Mental Mafia Machinations Syndrome… that strange affliction that creeps into yer head just as yeez try to get to sleep… yer latest masterpiece-in-progress’ Dramatis Personae (fancy WURDS for ‘cast of characters’, Mabel) just refuse to go away… when yer eyelids are drooping and the fuddlement of slumber sets in, these inhabitants of yer embryonic novel kick on into the night shift… the endless nocturnal cerebral committee meetings start… yer subliminal being is usurped by main character after main character screaming at yeez to ‘do this, do that, change this, change that, say this, say that’

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…and yeez wake up in the morning already drained and exhausted… the thoughtfully-planned narrative yeez had in mind has been hijacked and hijeaned, depending on…

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Getting Started with LinkedIn – for Writers

Thank you very much Lisa J. Jackson for this interesting and educating blog post about LinkedIn for writers.

Live to Write - Write to Live

LinkedIn_logoLinkedIn is a powerful marketing and networking tool that offers a lot of opportunities for writers.

Whether you’re just starting your own business, or you’re a multi-published author; whether you write fiction or non-fiction; whether you write long or short, LinkedIn can help you find jobs, connections, and resources to improve your craft in your chosen specialty.

This post is a quick snapshot on getting started with LinkedIn if you are a writer. The tool is user friendly and quite a great resource for finding companies you want to work with or for.

Getting started:

Create an account. You can use LinkedIn a lot for free (it’s the version I have), so don’t feel like you need to invest money. You can, of course, but it’s not required to start out.

Create a profile. LinkedIn walks you through the profile creation process step by step. Help is available all along the…

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