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How to Create Your Author Platform

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Platform
, a buzz word these days… “What’s Your Author’ Platform”?  THE famous question you will be asked by agents and publishers before they even consider to read your query or manuscript. As they spend almost all of their marketing dollars for bestseller authors, publishing houses nowadays expect authors to do their own book marketing. To ensure, the author brings his or her own audience and lots of potential readers and book buyers, agents and publishers want to see lots of followers and friends on Social Media sites and how an author appears on these sites. They want to see a solid number of blog subscribers/web visitors and the authors ability to present themselves to an audience.
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So, What Are the Essentials of a Platform?
In short:, platform is the visibility, the authority of the author, a proven reach, as well as a far reaching audience.

  • A Quality Blog / Website with a Large Readership
  • Guest blogging to successful websites, blog, magazines, and other media
  • Public speaking – the bigger the better, however at least at your local library
  • Smart connected social media presences (Google+, Twitter, FB, LinkedIn etc.)
  • Forum memberships, starting with Goodreads, Bibliophil, Wattpad …
  • Media appearances/interviews online and in print, TV, radio
  • and …. more than one book!

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Building an Author Platform
is not something you can do overnight, or in a month. The best time to start working on your platform is long before you start writing your book. Even if your book is excellent, has received great reviews, a marvelous cover – if readers don’t know about it, you are stuck. And if you go with a major publisher and they would receive – within three months from your books’ launch – lots of unsold copies returned by the bookstores, they would never publish anything from you again. That’s why they ask, “how will you market your book” or “what’s your platform.”

You might think, this is the publishers job – and you might be right. But not even for famous authors they will do all the blogging or social media part, they only advertise celebrities way more than unknown writers and pay for exposed space in bookstores, or send these authors on book signing tours.
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That’s all Publishers will Do:

  • editing, transforming a good manuscript to a great one
  • design the book (layout) and its cover
  • organize the printing process / e-book formatting
  • distribute your book in stores, speciality retailers and online
  • carry out all the necessary book keeping with retailers and your royalty payments

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Publishing houses laid off a huge amount of their staff within the last years. Remaining, over-worked publicists are not able to give your book’s marketing the attention it needs.
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“When is it Time to Start Building your Author Platform?”
Alan Rinzler, former editor for some of the “Big Five” explains in detail the Do’s and Don’ts “What writers need to know” and gives detailed examples – a must-read for every author.  He reminds authors: “A cardinal rule of the new author platform is never to actually ask people to buy your book (and my advise: never to motion people to like / follow you on FB or Twitter). Rather promulgate your work by making an enduring connection. Establish an authentic online personality, offer valuable information, analysis, opinion, and inspiring entertainment.”

Jane Friedman, e-media professor and former publisher of Writer’s Digest brought it to the point: “Getting a book published does not equate to readership. You must cultivate a readership every day – and start today. Audience development doesn’t happen overnight, or in six months or a year. It continues for as long as you want to have people read your books.” Read also Kristen Lamb’s blog article “When is it Time to Start Building your Author Platform?” Read the blog post about bestseller author Trey Ratcliff, mentioned in a former article.
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Without having a clear idea of which methods of promoting yourself and your work are really worth the investment of time, you might be tempted to avoid the subject entirely. But in today’s publishing world, neglecting your platform, even before you have a book deal, can be a precarious mistake. The most successful authors are those who have created ways of finding lasting fans – and of reaching out to new ones every day.
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Reading Classics Can Change Humanity

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Guest Blog by Fiza Pathan
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In the wake of the present war in Syria one tends to wonder how can humans be so cruel & merciless? Is it possible that humanity has degenerated just the way old vegetables get soiled with fungus in a Tupperware can? Is there any remedy to war, terrorism, rape, homicide, genocide, suicide, murder, abuse etc., According to me there is one unique & yet unusual way of putting an end to all the evils of our world…….the reading of good classic literature!

At first on hearing my suggestion one would wonder if I was making a joke as, how can a book change humanity? Well, for most of us who are well aware of history, we have in its annals certain places where books however harmless they seemed from the outside….were heralds of change sometimes for the better & sometimes for the worse. Adolf Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf’ was one such book during the early phase of the 20th century that sparked hate among the hearts of so many people against their own human brethren.

On the other hand Thomas Paine’s ‘The Rights of Man’
influenced a whole nation including America towards the overall emancipation of man & democracy. Yet another book ‘On The Origin Of Species’ by Charles Darwin changed the way we looked upon ourselves as human beings. Many such books can be quoted written by many authors who have by their efforts, molded our present. It would therefore be incorrect to state that books cannot change people…..in fact, books can change the past, present & future in ways unimaginable.

In this context, where does classic literature stand? According to me from all types of literature, classic literature should be given prime importance in every manner possible, if we have to save our future from being destroyed by our very ignorance.
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Could the reading of good classics avert many man-made disasters?
Yes, where classics are concerned, everything is possible. For if we do agree that books have acted as milestones in history ‘good & bad’……and if we do not want our children to make the same mistakes we made or their ancestors made, then I believe that the reading of classic literature must be taken up on a grand scale immediately by all parents, teachers, counselors & other educationists.

For those of you who do not comprehend what I mean by ‘classic literature’ I refer to those books that have been written so well in the past that they have been cherished by generations as wholesome books of literature, art & ethics. I’m talking about ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘The Phantom Of The Opera’, ‘David Copperfield’, ‘The Red Badge Of Courage’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘The Railway Children’, ‘The Odyssey’, ‘The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes’, ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’, ‘Little Women’, ‘The Invisible Man’……I’m talking about literature with morals as well as a rich story……I’m talking about ‘the classics’.

All classics written by revered authors of the past that have lasted from generation to generation according to me should be made mandatory in our modern day education system. I don’t want to sound like a Judgement Day preacher but, the gruesome happenings of the world around me does not make me quite optimistic either unless certain action is taken on the positive front at once. By making our children & students read good classics which project & promote morals like peace, tolerance, dignity of labour, honesty, justice etc., we will be cultivating the fertile ground for a much better society than what we have got now.
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How is this possible? Why by just reading, reading & READING.
In my latest book ‘Classics: Why we should encourage children to read them’ in one chapter, I’ve even analysed how my students have become better people by just molding themselves on the values they have gained by reading classics. I have seen this work & with a group effort. I know that the love for classic literature can spread not only within our own society or school…but throughout nations & cultures.

With the help of novelists like Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Alexander Dumas, Anna Sewell, Jane Austen, Jonathan Swift, J.M.Barrie, Herman Melville, Robert Louis Stevenson, Lew Wallace, Bernard Shaw, E.Nesbit, Jack London etc., we can promote a healthier society for the future generations to come. It is said a pepper seed cannot produce a mango fruit, thus  by allowing our children to only indulge in materialistic pleasures will only lead to negative forces plaguing our planet……as it is doing right now.

Through my experiments with classic literature I’ve only seen it benefitting my students. Infact, the 7th graders the other day were feeling troubled with the affairs in Syria & one of them innocently stated that:  “Fiza miss, I’m already against anymore wars & so are my children even before they are born.” To which his twin sister added: “My grandchildren are seconding his children.”

For is it not true, that only ‘war begets war’…..if we sow the good seeds of enriching classics, won’t we be helping our own people to prosper?
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If anyone yet presumes that classics are old, ancient & decadent & they cannot be connected with our present…..then what does one have to say about:

1)    The terrible destruction in ‘War Of The Worlds’

2)    The racial discrimination in ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’

3)    The child labour in ‘David Copperfield’

4)    The fear in ‘The Diary Of A Young Girl’

5)    The treachery in ‘Treasure Island’

6)    The corruption in ‘The Pickwick Papers’

These may be old texts but their themes are running on ‘full house’ mode even till this day. If we allow our children to read classics, we will not only be enlightening them intellectually but, also morally. It does not take a doctor in literature to see:

1)    The love in ‘Little Dorrit’

2)    The sacrifice in ‘A Tale Of Two Cities’

3)    The charity in ‘David Copperfield’

4)    The faithfulness in ‘Greyfriars Bobby’

5)    The friendship in ‘Peter Pan’

6)    The love for animals in ‘The Call Of The Wild’

7)    The bravery in ‘The Red Badge Of Courage’

8)    The kindness in ‘The Prince & The Pauper’

One only need name a classic & one will realize that from it pours out all the good qualities that one would want to observe in all our children. In the end, all classics do not end happily but I know that our future can, so also the civil strife in Syria. May our education change to a moral humanity based one …let’s read a classic a week!

A link to my book on Amazon:
http://amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=CLASSICS+children%2CB0091BCNTU

Blog:  http://insaneowl.com

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Do You Put People You Know in Your Books?

Finding Characters

Guest Blog by Romance Writer Jan Scarbrough

Author-Jan-Scarbrough's-dogs“Do you put people you know in your books?”  How many times have I been asked that question by friends?

Once the ladies in accounting asked my husband (then my boyfriend) if he was the inspiration for my love scenes. He blushed and hid his face, ducking quickly out of the cubicle where they were working.

Robert McKee, author of Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting talks about this very thing in his presentation at the Chicago Romance Writers of America (RWA) convention in 1999. I recently listened again to the tape.

Writers watch people, he said. They gather material through observation, assembling characters from the bits and pieces of people around them. Sort of like Dr. Frankenstein creating his monster.
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More importantly, writers find characters in themselves, because the only person they can truly know is themselves. We understand other people the more we know ourselves, because we’re all fundamentally human. McKee points out that if we are thinking it, feeling it, others are experiencing it too. Self-knowledge is the key to all great writing.

Okay, I’ll buy all that. I don’t have one person in mind when I create a character, but I admit to putting myself into each one of my characters. McKee says we have to love our characters just as we must love writing simply because we love doing it.
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All profound stuff. All eye-opening stuff. But I want to fess up:
I put my pets into my stories too.

In Kentucky Flame, I created a white English Setter named “Major” after a dog I rescued as a puppy from the Humane Society. The real dog, “Flops”, shared my life and my children’s lives for fifteen years.  What better way to memorialize a faithful friend?

Kentucky Cowboy contains pets that have also crossed over Rainbow Bridge. “Ginger”, a tortoiseshell cat with a peculiar stripe down the bridge of her nose was the real life “Gloria”, a cat my daughter brought home from college for Thanksgiving. My husband’s cat “Jester” also stars in the book as “Joker”, the hero’s black cat. Our late Border collie, “Binky”, was my inspiration for the heroine’s pet dog.

When I wrote Santa’s Kiss, I had fun giving the heroine a traveling companion named “Little Bits”, who is the carbon copy of “Lenny”, my comical Pembroke Welsh Corgi.
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Lenny, the Welsh Corki

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Excerpt from Santa’s Kiss where a dog named “Little Bits” comforts the heroine:

That dull, nagging pain of regret hit her again, souring her stomach, making her want to throw up. Dawn reached for a Coke Zero in the console and took a drink from the half-empty bottle. It was tepid and flat. As flat as she felt. Flat and defeated. She was having trouble coping with the sudden changes in her life. Yip! Yip! Yip!  The sound of barking from the travel carrier in the back of the SUV made her smile. “Hush, Bits. We’re almost there. Yip! Yip!

Dawn heard Little Bits circling in his crate, trying to get comfortable. The trip had been hard on the small Corgi, but he had been a trooper and her only companion on her cross-country journey. Self-pity surfaced and Dawn wiped another tear from her eye. No, she wouldn’t cry. She had done enough of that. She would make the best of this, no matter what. She just needed some rest, some peace and quiet, and solitude to figure out what had gone so terribly wrong.

There’s one important lesson I learned about putting pets in books—never kill a cat in a romance. In my first book Tangled Memories I broke the rule! I must admit the gray cat “Munster” that met a sudden death in the book is really a gray domestic long-haired cat named “Bugsy”. She lived long nineteen years until old age took her across the bridge while I wrote Tangled Memories.

Jan Scarbrough
http://www.janscarbrough.com
https://www.amazon.com/author/janscarbrough

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11 Tips How to Create Web Content Without Writing

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I get this questions so often from new writers, book marketing clients or those who start a new blog or website for the first time: “What shall I write on my blog?” It surprises me always to hear this from authors, that have written 200 or 300-page manuscripts …

Creating Content Without Writing A Word?
Is that possible? Well, a couple of words, headlines or introductions should be always there, along with links to other websites, photographers or resources. All writing – and if it is only one single sentence should contain keywords for Search Engines to find and increase the ranking of your web presence.
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Great content doesn’t only come by way of articles, it can be:

  1. Photos
  2. Videos
  3. Podcast
  4. Re-blogging
  5. Slide-Shares
  6. Guest posts
  7. Infographics
  8. Lists
  9. Snippets from your book
  10. Polls / Surveys
  11. Research for your book

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Photos
Brainstorm what kind of photos you can shoot, that would be compelling to your readers and other prospects. These photos you take are not only useful for blogs and websites, but also for all your social media site, especially on Pinterest and Google+. Photos can certainly be free uploaded from a variety of photo sites, see a couple of URL’s on a former blog.

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Videos
Video engages your audience more than text because it includes sights and sound. Link to any
of the million videos on the internet or create your own.The content can range from quasi
power-point-presentation to an animation movie. It is a lot of fun, and if you are new to video
shooting and editing, get tips at 111 Tips to Create Your Book Trailer.  Learn how to plan and
download free software, create and most important: market your video.

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Podcast
Become your own radio / TV station and post your creations on your blog. You can create what
is essentially a radio program that you can promote through iTunes or your blog. What pod
casting is, how it works, and how you can create pod casts, is shown an intro video:

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Re-blogging
Re-blogging http://en.support.wordpress.com/reblogs/ is considered legitimate
sharing when the original source is obvious and available, linking to the original source,
comparable to sharing on Facebook, where it includes the link and where only a small portion
is shown. Readers can then follow the link to read the full article on the original post. WordPress’
re-blogging also includes an excerpt of the blog post, a link to the original blog post, and it
encourages you to add your own comments or an introduction before the re-blogged post. Alice
Elliott explains in her excellent blog post step for step how it works and shows all the details via
computer screen shots.

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Slide-Shares
Slideshare.net is a site where you can host your presentations and share them with others. Your
presentations can be linked to the site itself or embedded in a web page. Use this link to your
slide show to embed it into your website, blog and all social media sites your are on. You can
also synchronize an MP3 audio file (podcast) with the slide set to create a slide cast – a more
powerful way of distributing presentations/tutorials. Slideshare is also a fantastic resource site of
presentations. See some samples from Slideshare.net website to get inspirations.
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Guest posts
Invite other writers to post on your blog. Let them add their bio and a short description and link
to their book’s sales page. And post often about this guest blog. A review for this writer’s book would also be a nice gesture. Your friendly guest blogger might even bring you some new readers. But at a later time write for them as well – it’s a two-way lane.
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Infographics
These visual stories became highly popular – the bloggers answer to cartoons in magazines
and books. Five years ago, barely anyone knew what the heck an infographic was. Search the
Internet for infographics that are free (copy and paste their code) or if you are fit with InDesign or
Photoshop and have time at your hand, you can create them yourself. Ordering them from a
designer might be a bit more than you want to spend. How to create infographics is explained here:
http://www.quicksprout.com/2013/07/25/how-to-create-a-popular-infographic/
http://readwrite.com/2013/06/10/5-tools-for-creating-your-own-infographics#awesm=~ogTr9VVEBhg3hJ

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Lists
are a very easy and friendly way to read a blog post as long as the list is not too long and is
structured correctly. Create fantastic headlines with lists: “The five best …”, “The secret of the
most successful …”, “Seven ways of telling ….”.  You get the point?

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Snippets from your book
Use these short articles as a teaser for your book, always add your books blurb and a short bio.
And certainly add the cover image of your book, and links to all online sales pages where
readers can get it.
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Polls
Get to now your audience. Why not give your readers an opportunity to get involved and give you feedback on existing books or planned product feature releases, such as book covers to choose from, or the types of content they’d like to see on your page. Use apps from Polldaddy (a WordPress subsidiary) to start polls / surveys.”How to Supercharge Your Social Media Presence with Online Surveys” is an informative guide.

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Use the research for your book
You gathered a lot of material, newspaper clips, websites, you might have been even travelling
to places. Use every bit of information you have for blog posts – and at the same time write articles, using this very material to feed your stories. Check out this blog post I wrote about Content Marketing for Writers: How Smart Authors Get Paid for Marketing their Books.

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Don’t forget:
Your blog is the basis for your Social Media partizipation, the “bread and butter” and your
inventory. Use it! When it comes to updating your blog, the more frequently you do so the better.
To reduce the likelihood that you let weeks slip by without a blog update, set a schedule for
updating your blog, committing yourself to doing so every Monday and Thursday, for instance.
Read other related blogs, comments on posts, forums or ebooks. This is how the best ideas
come to my mind. And writing down your own experiences and answers you found when
looking for solutions.
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Some useful tips about blogging and the do’s and don’ts

http://www.trafficgenerationcafe.com/write-great-blog-post/
http://bloggingwithamy.com/15-basic-blogging-dos-and-donts/
http://www.probloggingsuccess.com/capturing-readers-interest/

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If you would like to get help in all things publishing, have your book intensively promoted and learn how to navigate social media sites: We offer all this and more for only $ 159 for 3 months. Learn more about this individual book marketing help: http://www.111Publishing.com/ Once you are on this website, click on Seminar to register.

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Freelance Writing: A Rewarding Challenge

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Guest blog by Mariana Ashley, a freelance writer and blogger.  She writes about her start as a professional writer:  “I want to tell you about how I found an intellectually stimulating challenge in freelance writing.

Not too long ago I was working as a copywriter for an advertising firm. I had studied journalism and advertising in college, and I was one of the lucky few among my graduating class that found a job almost immediately after finishing school. After the endless all-nighters, study sessions, and project deadlines that typified my college experience, I was glad to be part of the “normal” workforce. A desk job seemed like just the right fit for me.

Unfortunately I discovered very quickly that the advertising world wasn’t something that brought me any happiness personally or professionally. Worse yet, I found myself at the mercy of superiors who had me working hours even worse than those I worked in college although my official hours were 8-5. The work was neither rewarding nor inspiring, and most of the people in my office seemed jaded on a daily basis.

After over a year at the advertising firm, I decided to quit my job and start a new career as a self-employed freelance writer.

I won’t lie to you reader: those first few months out on my own were very tough. I assumed that I’d hit the ground running with my modest connections in the writing industry and my formidable copy writing skills.  I had to work hard just to get free gigs, writing assignments that I needed if just to add more content to my still small writing portfolio. Luckily I had amassed a small amount of savings just in case, so my finances were not as tight as they could have been. But those first few months of freelancing were among the most humbling and instructive periods of my life.

When I did finally start to make money from freelancing, the feeling was like none other. I was struggling to land decent writing gigs one day, and then the next I was juggling multiple clients at a time, writing copy at all hours of the night and trying to keep track of the numerous projects going on. My hard work and persistence was starting to pay off—quite literally.

Of course, in order to make ends meet I had to veer slightly from my initial plans as a freelancer. I couldn’t only sustain myself by writing copy—I also wrote as a guest blogger for a number of sites (as I am now!) to get my name out there. I also wrote on behalf of clients who wanted stronger content on their websites, regardless of the industry that they worked in. In other words, I had to diversify my approach to freelancing. I had to adapt with the market needs if I wanted to survive.

The point of my little anecdote here is to encourage you to set out to achieve your own writing ambitions, no matter how outlandish they may seem. Perhaps you want to write the next great American novel, or maybe you just want to work for yourself as a freelancer like me. Whatever the case may be, I wholeheartedly encourage you to follow your dreams and make them happen, even if it’s a scary option to consider. If I made it, you certainly can too.”

This guest post is brought to you by Mariana Ashley, a prolific blogger who provides web content to a number of blogs and websites. She’s most interested in providing guidance to prospective college students who wish to attend online colleges in Montana. Mariana welcomes your questions and comments at mariana.ashley031@gmail.com.
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See also our recent blog post about Job Banks for Freelance Writers
“11 Websites to Find Freelance Writing Jobs”
https://savvybookwriters.wordpress.com/2013/08/24/9-websites-to-find-freelance-writing-jobs/

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How to Get Back into Writing after Your Vacation

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The Stale Writer
Guest post by Patricia PacJac Carroll
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You have taken an extended break from writing, a long vacation, or summer with the kids. It’s time to get back to the keyboard. You glance at the monitor. Nagging questions rip away your confidence. Do you still have it? Did your creativity expire?
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It’s been a while since I have had any kind of disciplined writing schedule, but I have a plan:
  • TV is not your writing friend.
  • Social Networking is not your writing friend.
  • Games are not your writing friend.
  • Eating is not your writing friend – not even ice cream.
  • Naps are not your writing friend.
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So, what is a stale writer to do?
How can you breathe life into that smoldering ember of imagination and finish that book you have been working on for over a year? There must be a better and faster way of writing.
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Prepare
Is your work location neat? Clean up the clutter. Add an inspirational photo or an item that sparks your creativity. Set a date to start writing.
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Anticipate  
Do not let yourself write on the novel until the set date. Think about what you’re going to write. Taste it. Smell it. Feel it. But do not begin writing on that book.
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Set Boundaries 
Look at your day and pick out the times that you’re least likely to be interrupted. Determine if you’re an early morning writer or a late nighter and make plans accordingly. Have a timer handy. Most phones have one.
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Be Wise 
Before you go back to your writing, plan on turning off the Internet unless you need it for research. Keep FB, Twitter, games and whatever else you waste time with turned off. (Pinterest, ebay, Amazon, Stock Market, etc) Place your smart phone out of reach. Trust me; the free world is not dependent on your Tweet. If you are in Word and hit the space bar twice thinking a period will appear, you have become a fb and text message addict. Before you start your writing, set your rules.
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Food and Exercise  
You don’t need food to write while exercise will feed your brain with fresh blood and oxygen. Set your timer to ring every hour or two, get up, and move. If you must, walk into the kitchen and reward yourself with a quick treat – like a carrot, piece of celery, or apple.  Yeah, I know those are not exactly in the treat category. Just don’t eat anything loaded with sugar or fats so your eyes will stay open. Good things to do – walk the dog, jump on a rebounder, use weights, stretch. Then go back into your work area, set the alarm for another break, and continue writing.
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Free Writing
Pump your creative well. Before working on your book, write for five minutes, ten, or fifteen without your editor. Write nonstop about anything until the time is up. You might be surprised at what comes out. One of my friends draws a picture before she starts her day. Just do it. Feed the creative side of your brain.
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Speed Up
If you type with the speed of an arthritic ninety year old, work on your skills. Free writing on the computer will help. Keep track of how many words you write in a day. Set a goal. If you write a thousand words a day, you will have a 90,000 word novel in three months. You can do this! Get back on the keyboard and be productive!
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Author Bio:
Patricia PacJac Carroll is blessed beyond her imagination. She lives in the DFW area of Texas with her awesome husband, amazing grown son, and her wonder dog, Jacs. Currently she has one book available on Amazon, Liberty Belle Her second book is soon to come out as she is furiously working on her plan. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers as well as North Texas Independent Christian Authors. Patricia Carroll’s blog:  http://patriciapacjaccarroll.blogspot.com. More about her:  http://about.me/patriciapacjaccarroll
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If you would like to get help in all things publishing, have your book intensively promoted and learn how to navigate social media sites: We offer all this and more for only $ 159 for 3 months. Learn more about this individual book marketing help: http://www.111Publishing.com/ Once you are on this website, click on Seminar to register.

Please feel free to check out all previous posts of this blog (there are 840+ of them : ) if you haven’t already. Why not sign up to receive them regularly by email? Just click on “Follow” in the upper line on each page – and then on “LIKE” next to it. There is also the “SHARE” button underneath each article where you can submit the article to Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Chime.in, Facebook, Tumblr and to StumpleUpon.

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Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Author/Writer, Guest Blogs, Writing

 

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Like to Write an Article for SavvyBookWriters?

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Guest Blogs anyone?

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For the past two years I have written more than 880 blog posts for SavvybookWriters, which have been read by over 290,000 people, and now also for the new blog. These post’s URL’s have been submitted regularly to many Social Media sites, such as Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Chime.in, Tumblr, StumpleUpon, and to dozens of Google Communities as well as Goodreads. Many other bloggers re-blogged them too.

ALEXA Traffic Rank
Our ALEXA Traffic Rank in the USA as of August 2013 was: 39,196 !!! out of of more than 500.000 sites, which means being in the top 8% in America. Our worldwide rank was 116,444 – out of almost
1 BILLION websites. If I do the math right SavvyBookWriters should be in the top 1% of the world’s websites? Have to use a calculator : )
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Guest Posts anyone?
However, this blog would benefit from time to time by a variety of voices, additional advice and different points of views. So, 
I am now inviting guest posts to our successful blog.
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Content Writing
You might have read an article, I wrote earlier this month, explaining how authors can get publicity for their books by writing content.  Blog guest posting is one possibility of many, and here is the best reason for it – beside the fun of writing:
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Link to your book
Guest posting is a great way for your blog and your book to get some fantastic exposure. You certainly can add links from your guest blog to your website, your own blog or the retailer where your book is sold. At the same time you’ll be helping readers (most of them are writers) of this blog, by providing them with useful and relevant information.
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We welcome guest posts from writers or bloggers and others in the publishing industry, who know from their own experience what they are writing about, and who are able to produce quality content, edited and maybe even with an image.
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Here are some guidelines for you:

  • Your Guest Post must be original. It should be a new, original post, written entirely by you. No articles from article directories.
  • Topics: should be relating to writing, publishing and book marketing. It doesn’t have to be specific to e-books.
  • Length: somewhere between 500 words to 700 words. Longer posts if the subject requires it.
  • Exclusivity: for 30 Days. By submitting a guest post to us, you agree not to post it anywhere else online for a period of 30 days after it first appears on this blog. After this time the article is yours again.
    Exemption:  You might re-blog it on your own website, as soon as it is online on SavvyBookWriters. Use the re-blog button on top of our blog.
  • Don’t query. Just send your entire post to 111publishing *at* gmail  . com – copy and paste it directly into the email body – No attachments will be accepted!
  • Subject line for the email: Guest Post
  • Please include a short “About the Author” bio of up to 150 words (including the link to your Web site or book sales page, max. two links. Using the http://About.me function, you can pack lots of links in one, and readers can find your Social Media sites as well.
  • The link back to your own website must be in the Author Bio, not within the article itself. Your bio link must link to your own author site, or to your sales book of your book. No affiliate links and no links to unrelated sites / products.
  • Please submit a polished post that you would be proud to have published.
  • Become familiar how to write for the web
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You will be contacted within 3 working days. Thanks a lot for your interest and I do look forward to hear from you!

Doris
http://About.me/ebookPR

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If you would like to get help in all things publishing, have your book intensively promoted and learn how to navigate social media sites: We offer all this and more for only $ 159 for 3 months. Learn more about this individual book marketing help: http://www.111Publishing.com/ Once you are on this website, click on Seminar to register.

Please feel free to check out all previous posts of this blog (there are 840+ of them : ) if you haven’t already. Why not sign up to receive them regularly by email? Just click on “Follow” in the upper line on each page – and then on “LIKE” next to it. There is also the “SHARE” button underneath each article where you can submit the article to Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, Chime.in, Facebook, Tumblr and to StumpleUpon.

Thanks a lot for following:

@111publishing
http://on.fb.me/TvqDaK
http://bit.ly/VmtVAS 111Publishing @ Google+

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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Blogging, Guest Blogs, Marketing

 

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