Monday, August 31, 2015

Blog or Website—Which One Does a Writer Really Need?

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

The reason we do social media is to connect with our audience. And one of the best ways to deepen that connection is by hanging out with them on a blog. Because of that, I’m going to spend the next few weeks on blogging issues.

The first issue I want to talk about is the difference between a blog and a website. It’s important to know the terminology and be able to evaluate exactly what you need for your circumstances. Just like social media, blogging is not a one size fits all proposition.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Writing is Both A Mask & An Unveiling

This quote by E.B While intrigues me. I'd love to know your thoughts.

Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

I invite you to use this image any way you like online. Post it to your blog, share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, anywhere you'd like. All I ask is that you keep it intact, with my website watermark visible.

Don't forget to join the conversation!

Friday, August 28, 2015

The Power of a Six-Word Story

by Lori Hatcher @LoriHatcher2

Legend* has it that Ernest Hemingway boasted to his friends one day over lunch, “I can write an entire story in six words.” To make his point, he plunked a ten-dollar bill on the table and bet each that he could do it.

When all the takers had tossed in their money, he wrote this story on a napkin:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Keep Dreaming Big Writing Dreams

by Henry McLaughlin @Riverbendsagas

At one time or another, we’ve all had big dreams. When I was a kid, my dream was to play Major League Baseball. But I stopped growing and my bat never could figure out how to hit a curveball.

As we grow up, our dreams change but they’re still big: the right job, the perfect spouse, the promotion to the corner office, a ministry that touches millions.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Art of Saying No for Writers (And a Writing Book Give-Away)

by DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills

Writers are often asked to volunteer, give of their time and talents, bend, stretch, and fed guilt-lines to convince them to edit, speak, teach, write, mentor for free, read my book and tell me what’s wrong, and the list goes on. You probably have been posed the same question.

Please don’t misinterpret my thoughts about helping others. A willingness to serve is a positive trait for all of us. Unfortunately, too many times we say “yes” because we feel it’s our obligation to respond positively to all opportunities, but the art of saying “no” takes guts, planning, determination, and practice.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Novel Rocket Writing Blog is 10 Years Old and Celebrating!

Edie here. Don't panic, you didn't click on the wrong website. As many of you know, I'm the Senior Editor and a monthly contributor to  the award-winning Novel Rocket writing blog. I wanted to help them celebrate—and let you in on the give-away fun. Be sure to stop by and wish them Happy Birthday!

Queue the hats and horns!

Happy birthday, Novel Rocket!

We’re turning 10 years old this September! It was in September of 2005, our very first author interview was with Deborah Raney. To celebrate this 10-year milestone, we have 2 announcements:

First: we hired a VA to go back and catalogue all the interviews from the past 10 years. Now you can access those by going to the Interviews tab on Novel Rocket. There you’ll find a linked alphabetical listing of every author, agent, publicist and publisher we’ve interviewed. And for 10 years, it’s quite a substantial list!

Second: September will be Giveaway Month. Every week, one lucky winner will receive 5 autographed novels (unless they are an e-book. You can’t autograph one of those) by the Rocketeers of that week.

Every comment you leave will give you one chance in the drawing. If you leave one every day, you have 7 chances that week.

So get ready to celebrate Novel Rocket’s 10th birthday with us!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Do You Have Unrealistic Expectations for Social Media? Part XI, Social Media Basics for Writers

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

“I’m not getting any traction with social media,” is one of the complaints I hear a lot as I travel and teach writers how to connect.

There are a lot of reasons people feel this way, a few are legit, but most are just unreasonable expectations. Today I’m going to address the unrealistic exception for social media that many have.  

Unrealistic Expectations