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Provocations in Publishing: “Engineering Serendipity”

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, […]

Envy: a Lesson in What Not to Do

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 […]

Should You Be On Twitter?

In my last post here at Writer Unboxed, I mentioned that – despite what the “build a platform” drones might chant outside your bedroom window at night – writers don’t have to be on Twitter. It is not required. Believe it or not, we are all grown-up people here (or let’s pretend we are), and […]

Everything You Really Need to Know About Twitter

This post probably isn’t what you’re expecting. If you’re looking for guidelines and tips on how to use and get the most out of Twitter, you can view a list of my past posts here. But before you get overwhelmed, don’t worry. This is not a crash-course on everything you could possible learn about the […]

Twitter: Are You Taking the Lazy Way Out?

Every once in a while, I’ll be on Twitter and start feeling glum. No one is talking to me, I think. No one new is following me. No one’s replying to my tweets. There’s a problem here, and that problem is me. It never fails that if I notice a Twitter slump, it’s my own […]

Learning How to Blog—the Hard Way

Today’s guest is Kim Triedman, an award-winning poet and novelist. Her debut novel, The Other Room, and two full-length poetry collections, Plum(b) and Hadestown, are releasing in 2013. The Other Room was a finalist for the 2008 James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and Kim’s poetry has garnered many awards, including the 2008 Main Street Rag […]

Start Your Author Blog in Five Easy Steps

A few months ago, I wrote an article on using Twitter to turbocharge your writing career. That was like five months ago, so you should have about 20,000 followers by now. After mastering 140 characters, you’re now ready to write exponentially more words and reap far fewer tangible rewards by starting your own author blog. […]

Everything You Need to Know About the #Hashtag

If you spend any amount of time on the internet, you’ve probably seen people using words or phrases with pound signs in front of them, #like #this. On Twitter, this is called a hashtag. Putting that symbol in front of a word turns it into a searchable link. In other words, you can then click […]

Uncaged: The Hottest Tweet-Links of August

    In the past month, we of the Writer Unboxed Twitter Team have implemented some exciting changes. Currently there are five of us working together EVERY DAY to bring you the most beneficial links from around the writing and publishing world–Therese Walsh, Heather Webb, Lara McKusky Taylor, Denise Falvo, and Lydia Sharp. Our monthly […]

Twitter: A Dangerous Sense of Entitlement

Today I want to talk about a problem I see in the community of writers on Twitter: a growing sense of entitlement. We writers work hard to build our platform. We’re told how important it is, so we put our time, energy, and hearts into the effort of building our potential audience. And there are […]

‘Wins’ Without Losses: Agreeable Disagreement

Five Quite Recent Provocations Langdon gasped. If he’d deciphered the symbols correctly, Jesus had married Joan of Arc at Stonehenge! If not, it was a recipe for meatloaf. — Dan Vinci’s Nunferno (@Nunferno) May 24, 2013 Provocation One: Man Booker Irrational? When the American novelist Lydia Davis was given the £60,000 Man Booker International this […]

Everything You Need to Know About the Retweet

If you’re new to Twitter, you’ve likely already seen retweeting come up. If you’re about to jump on the bandwagon, this is one of the first things you’ll need to learn. And even if you’re a seasoned tweep, the intricacies of the mysterious retweet can be confusing. Don’t you worry; I’m here to help. Let’s […]