Stress and the Part Time Writer

I write novels as a part time gig.  I do not have any illusions.  I know I don’t have time to do all the promotion I need to do, so this blog, my Facebook page and my Twitter account are about the extent of my marketing strategy. I have several jobs: 1.  I teach fullContinue reading “Stress and the Part Time Writer”

This Week’s Roundup: 8/30/2012

1.  E-Book Price Fixing Punished – The U.S. Department of Justice finally nabbed some price fixing companies.  They will have to reimburse customers over $69 million. 2.  E-Books Worldwide – Yet another story proving that the e-book revolution is here to stay.  More and more international authors are jumping on the e-book publishing bandwagon.  AccordingContinue reading “This Week’s Roundup: 8/30/2012”

Friday Roundup: This Week’s Self Publishing Articles

This week’s roundup holds a fistful of great advice for self-publishers.  Being a self-publisher is a very hard life, which usually includes searching the internet for the best marketing strategy, creating a great cover, and using Twitter and Facebook like mad to market to an audience…not to mention blogging.  I learned a lot of greatContinue reading “Friday Roundup: This Week’s Self Publishing Articles”

Work In Progress Challenge

I was tagged recently by Julie Catherine over at her blog, and for this I am grateful.  As per the instructions, what writers have to do is then discuss their work in progress (WIP) in the form of some interview questions.  Here goes: What is the title of your WIP? It is titled This BrokenContinue reading “Work In Progress Challenge”

Because You Are a Writer…

…you corner total strangers in elevators and share with them the sordid details of your latest villain’s origin story. …you get up early and stay up late. …you cause your cousin to never speak to you again one Thanksgiving because you are so “opinionated”. …you see your spouse give you that look that says “Ok,Continue reading “Because You Are a Writer…”

How to Network Your Writing Platform

If you are a writer and you have chosen not to network because you don’t have time and you are sitting in your writing cave, churning out tomes of material that few people see, then come out into the sunlight of social media and blogging and grab a shovel.  There is work to be done.Continue reading “How to Network Your Writing Platform”

Using Twitter Mentions to Increase Blog Traffic

I was averaging 45-50 hits a day until the last two days.  I decided to try a little experiment after hitting upon this sort of by accident. It seems to work pretty well.  If you don’t believe me, then look at these blog stats: What I did was simple.  I started looking around my desktopContinue reading “Using Twitter Mentions to Increase Blog Traffic”

5 Reasons Why Writers Need Social Media

As a writer, I would say that social media has to be one of the greatest tools I could use to get the word out about my work.  When I published my first book, I used Facebook to announce book signings and updates about how the book was selling. That was 2009, and I’ve beenContinue reading “5 Reasons Why Writers Need Social Media”