Ari Meghlen has a great blog post published by her guest blogger Anna Mocikat from Poland. Thanks for sharing this interesting post, and introducing us to Anna, Ari!
Today I welcome author Anna Mocikat onto my blog, who is discusses just why you shouldn’t use Google Translator if you want to include any other language within your novel.
Big thanks to Anna for being today’s guest poster, please make sure to check out her links and details at the end of this post.
I still remember the day very well when the Google translator got introduced for the first time. Everybody was so excited! The press was celebrating it and enthusiastically cheering that soon professional translators would become obsolete.
Greedy publishers were rubbing their hands in anticipation, hoping they would soon save tons of money they otherwise have to spend on expensive, professional translators.
Ari Meghlen published a fascinating and educational blog post, written by Tobias Salem of writing about a character with depression. I found the post very useful and highly interesting. Thank you Ari and Tobias.
Since I don’t have a guest post today, I thought I would put in one of the A Writer’s Guide articles I received since this series is going to be put on hold for a while, I wanted to share the last few I had.
This is part of the series of blog articles called “A Writer’s Guide…”. The purpose of this series is to give detailed information on skills and occupations that writers can use when creating characters.
Check out today’s article by writer Tobias Salem is on writing about a character with depression.
by Tobias Salem
It makes sense that, as writers, we may be expected or feel compelled to include accounts of psychological illnesses in our fiction. Maybe, like me, you are dealing with your own mental illness.
Or, perhaps, it’s your partner, parent, sibling, or child. After all, an estimated 25% of the global population will contend with a mental illness at some point.
I found an interesting blog post about the new Facebook and Instagram changes on Ari Meghlen’s blog. Thanks so much for the information, Ari!
Facebook has once again made some changes that are rolling out in 2019 with the main change being they want to focus heavily on building relationships and interactions.
This means if you want your Facebook Page’s posts to be viewed by more people you need to really build those connections and avoid some pitfalls. Receiving a few “likes” won’t be enough to keep you in front of your readers.
Are you in the loop?
So there have been and will be changes happening on Facebook (and Instagram, since they are owned by Facebook) in 2019. These changes seem to be for Pages, not Profiles.
So if you have an Author Page on Facebook or a Business account on Instagram, you may want to be aware of these changes.
From what I’ve read, the main changes appear to be that there is significantly reduced organic reach for your Posts and Stories.
Also, they are prioritising content based on what they think users actually want to see. We saw a similar change a few years ago with Instagram when they stopped showing updates in chronological order.
Facebook is also tightening up on content especially content that sends people offsite via external links.
Ari Meghlen provides us with an educational and interesting blog post, explaining why it’s important for writers to have blogs. Thank you very much Ari! We all appreciate your hard work and you sharing your experience.
New Monday, new Marketing article. So today I wanted to discuss why I personally think it’s important for new writers to start and maintain a blog.
Whether it’s just a blog, or a blog on your Author Website, here are some reasons you might want to start one.
Blogging is one of the easiest and fastest ways to connect with people. Yes, you can do that with social media but they seem to be shorter lived.
People will seek out blogs, will take the time to read posts, will follow them so they get notifications. Social media seems to be short bites that are almost instantly shuffled away in your timeline.
Social media has it’s place but a blog can help you reach your audience in another way, that I consider a deeper connection.
Blogs allow you to gain followers and receive comments. Comments mean direct interaction with people.
I found a guest post on Rachel Poli’s blog. Ari Meghlen writes about how to guard our writing time. Thank you very much Ari and Rachel!
Firstly, thanks so much to Rachel for inviting me onto her awesome blog and share my thoughts with all her readers.
Unless you’re a full-time writer, you will have to carve out time for your writing throughout a million and one other tasks from errands, to chores, to a job etc.
So, you need to guard your writing time and here are some simple tips to start you off:
Set a Commitment
Give yourself a commitment. Whether that’s a daily word count, a monthly scene quota or just a single deadline to complete the first draft. Write it down. Put it somewhere you can see it every day when you sit down to write. Add in a reward for yourself for when you reach that commitment.
Decide the Outcome
Knowing what you want to have done when you sit down to write will reduce delays. If you’re a plotter, keep your outline close and know what part you want to be writing that day. If you’re a pantser, decide what you want to be writing – a chapter, a scene etc.
Ari Meghlen informs us about book marketing and that you still have to do marketing even when you’re traditionally published. Thanks so much, Ari!
This post has been churning in my head for a while. I’ve had a number of writers tell me openly that they want to go traditionally published so they “don’t have to do marketing”.
There are many good reasons to go the traditionally published route, unfortunately, this is not one of them. Gone are the days when a traditionally published author would get to sit back and let the publishing house sort all the marketing.
There is no right or wrong answer regarding how to get published, you have to make your own decisions about what works best for you. Yet knowing what each option entitles is important as both have their own pros and cons.
However, the biggest thing I see is people believing that they don’t have to market if they go traditional and so blatantly ignore all opportunities to build their platform.
If you want to go traditional, you should at least be aware of the industry and what is expected of you.
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I was honored to be interviewed by Author Ari Meghlen who published the interview on her blog today. Thank you so much, Ari! I’m truly grateful for all your efforts!
This week’s guest post is an interview with the wonderful Aurora Jean Alexander, paranormal romance writer, and owner of the blog the “Writer’s Treasure Chest”. Enjoy!
Q01 – Tell us a little bit about yourself
I’m doing quite many things, by thinking about it. I work for a government-owned corporation as a part of the management team and travel a lot, as well nationally as also internationally.
Currently, I’m planning to move to a new home, together with my three beautiful active and demanding cats. In my rare free time, I love to play the piano, go skiing or horseback riding, amongst other sports, meet friends or go for walks.
I learned reading and writing at the age of four and realized quite early in my life that I love painting pictures with words. During my school time, I participated in poetry and short story contests which I won quite often.
Later on, I participated in writing and poetry workshops to learn the craft.
Creative and journalistic Writing;’ were some of my favorites during my University time. Part of my poetry I published on my blog ‘Writer’s Treasure Chest.’
I’m working on a series of paranormal romance novels and novellas. Writing fantasy books has always been my dream, and I’m looking forward to sharing my first published work with my audience. The need to write a novel had been nesting in my head for quite some time.
Q02 – What is your dream goal for your writing?
To read the entire interview, please go to Ari Meghlen’s blog:
Right now, with the first book of my series about to be published, I’m keen to read about good marketing tips and tricks. This week I found many really helpful blog posts and articles covering this topic.