Archive for the 'Social Media' Category
Porter Anderson on Nov 21 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, INSIDE PUBLISHING, REAL WORLD, Social Media, Writing life
One of the most perceptive regulars in #FutureChat, The FutureBook digital publishing community’s weekly live discussion, is Carla Douglas of BeyondPaperEditing.com in Kingston, Ontario.
And in a recent doing of the discussion, Douglas pointed out that writing, while once among the most isolated and solitary of careers has been made one of the most social by digital communication.
Douglas is always more graceful than I am in these insights of hers.
My iteration of her comment would be that the imperatives of self-promotion through social […]
Annie Neugebauer on Nov 08 2014 | Filed under: Social Media
photo by Gerry Balding
Apparently I’m a glutton for punishment, because if there’s one topic that could be considered controversial about the usage of Twitter, it’s this one. When someone new follows you, should you follow them back?
Some say yes, of course; it’s rude not to. Some say no, why should I? Twitter isn’t meant to be reciprocal. Others (like me) land somewhere in the middle. And still others are baffled, overwhelmed, or totally undecided.
Today I’m going to break down […]
Jael McHenry on Nov 03 2014 | Filed under: Marketing, Social Media
Image by The Magic Tuba Pixie
As an author, especially one just starting out, you’re often told about the importance of your “brand.” You’re lectured that how you act on social media, what you talk about in interviews, and what you write should all be in keeping with whatever “brand” you choose.
But that can seem artificial or inauthentic. You’re a person, after all. You’re not a corporation. You’re not a product.
But you are, in a way, a character.
Think about it. The fictional […]
Porter Anderson on Oct 17 2014 | Filed under: Business, CRAFT, REAL WORLD, Social Media, Un-Conference, Writing life
How Do You Know If You Can Say No to NaNo?
The Internet has mutated reasonable people into wannabe writers…We are blind to the harsh truth-light-radiating facts such as ‘half of self-published authors earn less than $500’, facts written about in newspapers by professional writers.
That’s Tom Mitchell (@tommycm on Twitter) writing an essay at Medium, War on #amwriting. I must thank my colleague in London, Sheila Bounford, for reminding me of it. It could have been lost in the Bavarian Ether: […]
Annie Neugebauer on Sep 13 2014 | Filed under: Social Media
photo by Steve Snodgrass
Okay, tweeps and future tweeps! So far in my column we’ve covered getting started on Twitter, the retweet, the #hashtag, and basic Twitter etiquette. Today I’m going to go over the ins and outs of another Twitter staple: the @reply, also known as a mention. (Still not sure if this whole Twitter thing is even for you? This post might help you decide.)
First and foremost, what’s that at symbol for? The at symbol (@: read as […]
Guest on Aug 29 2014 | Filed under: Business, Digital, Marketing, PR, Publicity, self-publishing, Social Media
“Choosing anonymity is choosing irrelevance.” Eric Schmidt, Google’s Executive Chairman, author of The New Digital Age.
Today’s guest is Carole Jelen, an author, former publishing editor, and literary agent for Waterside Productions. She is a former editor for major publishers including Addison-Wesley, Prentice-Hall and Sybex, an imprint of Wileyholds, and she has two degrees in English from UC Berkeley and UC Los Angeles. She also holds a California teaching credential, and trains and consults in publishing and audience building. Carole is […]
Jane Friedman on Aug 25 2014 | Filed under: Social Media
via Flickr / by Thomas Hawk
A writer recently asked me to comment on whether there is anything to be gained from being active on more than two or three social media accounts. How extensive should you really get—and is it possible that “less is more”?
I interpret this question to mean: When is enough enough? And how do I make any effort worth my time?
Answering this question requires stepping back—waaaay back—and looking at how and why authors use social media in the […]
Annie Neugebauer on Jul 12 2014 | Filed under: Social Media
photo by Ron Mead
It might (or might not) come as a surprise to you that many writers hate Twitter. I confess that I’ve had my own “die, Twitter, die” moments over the years, and it’s usually due to discourtesy. The character limit, the flood of information, the time drain: those I can stomach. But people being rude or obnoxious? Well, I think we’ve all had moments where we wanted to jump ship.
Unfortunately, we can’t make everyone else use Twitter […]
Keith Cronin on May 13 2014 | Filed under: CRAFT, Humor, Inspirations, REAL WORLD, RESEARCH, Social Media, Uncategorized
We’ve all heard the “write what you know” mantra. To be honest, that has never resonated with me. I prefer to write what I want to know about.
This leaves things wide open in terms of storytelling, but it also creates an additional responsibility for the writer, because it requires us to do the R word.
No, not riverdancing. I’m talking about research.
Some writers I know absolutely dread the idea of research. Perhaps for them the word conjures up images of cobweb-draped […]
Annie Neugebauer on May 10 2014 | Filed under: Social Media
photo by RuffLife
After weighing the pros and cons of Twitter last time, maybe you’ve decided to take the leap. But you’re understandably overwhelmed, because Twitter is a strange and mysterious land to the uninitiated. Never fear! I’m here with the basics of what you need to do to start off your Twitter life with a bang. And even if this Twitter thing is old hat to you, I hope you’ll give it a quick glance, because there are tips […]
Porter Anderson on Apr 18 2014 | Filed under: Business, Marketing, Publicity, REAL WORLD, Social Media
Coined by the British aristocrat Horace Walpole in a 1754 letter, [serendipity] long referred to a fortunate accidental discovery. Today serendipity is regarded as close kin to creativity — the mysterious means by which new ideas enter the world. But are hallway collisions really the best way to stoke innovation?
− Engineering Serendipity, April 5, 2013, New York Times, by Greg Lindsay
Here at the new PubSmart Conference, seated this week in an unseasonably chilly Charleston, South Carolina, the term […]
Keith Cronin on Mar 11 2014 | Filed under: Book Talk, Business, INSIDE PUBLISHING, Marketing, PR, Publicity, REAL WORLD, Social Media, Uncategorized, Writing life
A couple of weeks ago, an author in the UK named Lynn Shepherd made one of the more bafflingly boneheaded moves I’ve seen in a long time, by posting a blog on the Huffington Post entitled “If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It.”
Many of you probably read it, and/or saw the resulting kerfuffle as it spread across Twitter, Facebook, and the Internet at large.
At this point the cyber-flames have ebbed and the dust has settled, […]