Tuesday, October 25, 2016

What’s So Great About Florida Christian Writers Conference

by Eva Marie Everson @EvaMarieEverson

For the past four years, Mark Hancock (who serves as Director of FCWC alongside me) and I have worked hard to bring the best in Christian publishing to Florida Christian Writers Conference.

This coming year’s conference is no exception. And, this year we offer a few changes and surprises I’d like to share with you. Here are the first four.

Monday, October 24, 2016

17 Scariest Things About Social Media

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It's getting on to the end of October and I just couldn't resist a tongue-in-cheek post about something scary. After spending the fall traveling and teaching social media I have plenty of fears to share. Lest you think this is me pointing fingers, let me reassure you. EVERY single one of the things listed has been something I've done/struggled with at some point. 

Remember, none of us is born knowing how to do this stuff. So lets laugh at our phobias together!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

A Supernatural Supersize - A Most Magnificent More

by Rhonda Rhea @RhondaRhea

Many people have held out hope that it would never happen again. Yet here it is:  I’ve written another poem. Yes, I do know I’m not a poet. Real poets? They feel compelled to write poetry. Me? I write poetry more out of…rebellion. Real poets write poetry from the heart. I think mine is more from the liver. Maybe pancreas.

As if it’s not enough that I’ve ignored the pleas of those who’ve read my poetry before, this particular poem must be read in the voice of a well-schooled Shakespearean actor. Those who are weak of constitution or who are…you know…English-literature-literate, should read with caution. And also with my apologies. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

When A Writer's Platform Numbers are Low

by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

I heard at a writers conferences that 10,000 was a good number. The question was how many readers need to be in your audience for a major traditional publisher to consider publishing your book. 10,000?!

About that many people attended my former church, and for my original publishing dream to come true, every person in my church would have to like my writing and follow me online. The thought left me breathless.

I started my first blog in one of James Rubart’s marketing classes, and I remember being happy that I had 12 followers after a while. I joined the Facebook and Twitter frenzy pretty late compared to friends my age, and when I reached 300 followers, I did a happy dance on the inside.

Friday, October 21, 2016

SEO and Keywords 101 for Self-Publishing

by Traci Tyne Hilton @TraciTyneHilton

By now everyone is an expert at SEO and knows how to load up their books and their book pages with keywords.



Well, if you are nodding along pretending to be an expert (like I do sometimes) than this post is for you.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Does Platform Trump Writing Ability - Who Wins the Debate?

by Cyle Young @CyleYoung

As a literary agent, I routinely get asked which is more important platform or the quality of the writing?

For writers who are looking to get published, this is an important question to debate. It may be the most important question.

The correct answer is not as easy as it may seem. The winner of this important debate between platform and writing ability can change more frequently than the tide. For the purposes of this post, I will look at this great debate from a traditional publishing perspective as it pertains to unpublished authors. For self-publishers, a third-party candidate weighs into the equation—marketing/networking.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

5 Steps to Great Writing Habits

Edie here. I'm sure we all knave friends who are not only super organized, but can apply their organizational skills to others. Today my guest post is from just one of those friends - Cynthia Owens. She also has a new book releasing today that applies those skills to organizing our computers. Be sure to check out her book, ORGANIZING YOUR COMPUTER FOR WRITERS & SPEAKERS, previewed at the end of this post. Also leave a comment and be entered for a drawing for a copy of the book!

5 Steps to Great Writing Habits
by Cynthia Owens @EfficiencyAdict