Anne R. Allen provides us with bad publishing advice new writers should ignore. Thanks so much for your advice, Anne. We appreciate it very much.
Social Media is both a boon and a curse to new writers. Online writing groups and forums are an excellent source of insider information on the publishing industry—stuff we once could only find at expensive classes and writers’ conferences.
But social media is also a major source of misinformation and dangerously bad advice.
I belong to a lot of Facebook writers’ groups where I see newbies ask questions that get a bunch of conflicting responses. Sometimes when I see misinformation, I jump in to correct it, but often I can tell that resistance is futile. There’s such a wealth of bad advice that I don’t know where to begin.
I know some people can only learn that fire is hot by getting burned. Nothing a more experienced person says will change their minds.
But if you don’t feel the need to jump in the fire, here’s some popular bad advice you can ignore.
Anne R. Allen informs us about 10 mistakes for authors to avoice. Thank you very much for sharing this information, Anne!
These days, an author’s online presence is of vital importance to a career, whether we’re published or planning to publish. Whether we’re indie, hybrid, or trad-pubbed, it’s not only essential to be easy to find online, but we need to keep a professional presence and guard our author brand and reputation.
I’m not just talking about how we present ourselves on our websites. Your online presence means your book page bio, blog, and all your social media bios and interactions–anything that comes up in a Google search.
Anne R. Allen took the time to provide us with a warning about writing scams to look out for in 2019. Thank you very much Anne!
Predators are on the lookout for scammable new or discouraged writers.
by Anne R. Allen
As long as there are writers, there will be writing scams. Hungry predators will always be lying in wait, ready to pounce on any tender young scribe who strays from the safety of the mainstream herd.
And now there are an increasing number of scammers who target the established writer as well—hoping to profit from the discouragement so many indies are feeling as Amazon’s changing policies and algorithms leave them behind.
In the 1990s, bogus literary agencies were everywhere. They advertised directly to writers in magazines and online—often buying ads in prestigious magazines like Writers Digest and Poets and Writers.
Anne R. Allen provides us with an excellent blog post about how to write an author bio for any occasion. Thank you very much for this educational and helpful article!
The author bio on your social media, blog or website is one of the most important things you’ll ever write, so you want to put some thought into it. It’s what’s going to define you for agents, readers, editors, journalists, bloggers, reviewers and anybody else who may (or may not) want to do business with you.
If you’re a beginner, you may still be afraid to tell more than a handful of people you’re a writer. And maybe you feel pretentious calling yourself an “author.”
But you still need an author bio.
Yes. Even if you’ve never published anything but the haiku that won second prize in your high school newspaper.
You never know when one of your poems or blog entries or even a Facebook post will be picked up by an editor or website who wants to publish it. Or you win a story contest you totally forgot you entered last spring. The first thing they’ll ask for is an author bio. You want to be ready.
Actually, you want to prepare several bios:
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