Getting the Most Out of Guest Blog Post – by Yecheilyah Ysrayl…

Yecheilyah Ysrayl wrote a very useful post about guest posts and how to get the most out I them. Thank you for this informative guest post on The Story Reading Ape’s blog.

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Peace and welcome,

Today, I’d like to talk about guest blogging. After all, that is what I am here for. So, let’s chat.

Why is it worth it to Guest Post? Why is it beneficial to write articles on someone else’s blog? Can’t you just write it on your own blog? Surely, the people will flock to you, right?

Your blog home is equivalent to your real home. It is your house, your rules and you can pretty much do what you want. Well, I hope you aren’t getting crazy (we’re still on the World Wide Web) but it is your domain. Naturally, you are going to behave differently on your own blog.

On the other hand, writing articles on other blogs, preferably ones more established than yours, gives you the chance to showcase your work on a larger scale. Whether you are writing an article, an inspiring post, or…

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A 2016 – Christmas post – by A. J. Alexander

2016 has been a year full of surprises, shocks, fear, but also fantastic meetings with friends, some of whom I’ve known for years and still just met personally for the first time.

And as well it was a year of connecting to many people here online. Followers, friends, writers, supporters, readers and much more.

THANK YOU!

for making this journey a memorable one for me!

Now there’s not much more left to say, except that I wish you and your families:

 

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Free online course from the grandmother of all creative writing courses – the University of Iowa

Thank you so much, Bridget Whelan, for this information!

This course is all FREE TO EVERYONE in the world who have access to a computer or mobile device with a stable internet connection…

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The very first creative writing workshops were pioneered at the University of Iowa in the 1930s and they still have a mighty reputation today.

They are now offering a free open online course to explore Walt Whitman’s writings on the American Civil War,  looking at how writing and image can be used to examine war, conflict, trauma, and reconciliation – in Whitman’s time and today.

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Whitman’s Civil War: Writing and Imaging Loss, Death, and Disaster is open to everyone and they mean everyone. Erxperienced writers and absolute beginners can apply, people who are already experts in Walt Whitman and those who have never heard of the 19th century American poet are welcome.

That’s not all, the International Department at Iowa promise:

Participants who are nonnative speakers of English, new to online learning, and/or new to writing are encouraged to join this new international community. Our community moderators will actively support…

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Tweeting for Authors & Writers

Paul White of “Ramblings from a Writers Mind” has published an excellent and helpful blog post about “Tweeting for Authors and Writers”.

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Twitter can be an amazing tool to brand yourself as author, connect with your readers and fellow authors, if used correctly.

Here are some tips I have scrounged from trawling, (not trolling!), the net.

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Be Yourself, Not Your Book

Present yourself as person and not as your book. It might seem a great idea to take the book title as a Twitter name – but what are going to do when writing your second book. You would need to open a second account for this book, the third book, etc.

Followers are also more likely talking to a person than a book.

Choose your Author-Name as Twitter-handle

To brand yourself as author choose your author-name as Twitter handle. If it is not available anymore extend it with ‘Author’, ‘Writer’ or an underscore ‘First_Last’.

Provide a Bio, a Photo and the ‘URL’ to your own Website/blog.

Take your time to…

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A new #tool to promote (your posts, tweets, videos) Co-Promote

Olga Núñez Miret wrote a useful and interesting post about “CoPromote”, a new tool to spread words about our posts, tweets, videos, and so on.
I think this is excellent and I doubt I can resist too long to use it. 🙂 Thank you Olga.

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Hi all:

A quick post just to make you aware of a new tool an author shared in one the Facebook groups I belong to.

It’s called CoPromote and you can find it here.

I haven’t been using it very long, so I’m learning as I go along, but I thought you might find it interesting. You can sign with Twitter, Facebook…. (the usual suspects). Once you’ve signed, the site gives  you the opportunity to promote (boost they call it) one of your Tweets, Tumblr posts or one of your videos in You Tube or Vine (or the four of them). You’ll have to connect your accounts in those platforms, if you have them, but then if you choose to boost a Tweet, for instance, the site brings up your Twitter feed and you can choose one of them…

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The Great Debate: Maps in Fantasy

Nicholas Rossis latest blog post debates about maps on fantasy. A very informative and interesting – and of course useful post for new upcoming fantasy writers. Thank you Nicholas!

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When working on Pearseus, I decided to include a map. In fact, I ended up drawing at least three versions, then buying Cartographer and doing another three versions there. Then, I realized a lot of people hate maps in books. A recent post by A.J. O’Conell of Bookriot explains why.

From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

I Hate Maps

When epic fantasy N.K. Jemisin released her latest novel, The Fifth Season, she posted the – admittedly beautiful – map from her novel on her blog.  What’s unusual about this is that Jemisin is one of a handful of authors who have been vocal about their distaste for maps in high fantasy.

So, why aren’t some fantasy authors fans of maps? Three reasons are usually cited:

  • Maps on the fly-leaf are cliché; every author from J.R.R. Tolkien to George R. R. Martin seems to have one.
  • Sometimes being able to see every major location in a world

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Formatting Manuscripts – What you need to know!

Claire Plaisted of Plaisted Publishing house has posted a fantastic blog post about formatting for as well traditional as also Indie authors and has done a huge favor to me and I’m sure many other start-up authors as well. This is something that really has tied my stomach in a knot. Thank you Claire for this phenomenal information.

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What You Need to Know!

This isn’t about how to format.  It’s about what you need to format for some of the different areas of writing, editing and publishing.

Formatting is something all writers need to learn at the start of their career.  It will save you time, money and gain you experience of all the different types of formatting that are around today.  Remember as technology improves, formatting is likely to change too.

I have blogged about formatting before.  As a professional formatter and publisher it can be very irritating when work arrives with tab indents.  To me this is one of the biggest NO’s there is.  The other problem is all the different types of formatting needed for editors, submissions, publishing and even writing, never mind the different genre’s there are in the world today.  

So how do we start?  Great question!

First are you…

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