Posts Tagged ‘advice’

  Today I’m reposting a terrific blog post by Gary Smailes

Stop by and check out more of Gary’s thought provoking site   >>>>>>          ProactiveWriter.com

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       28 Blogs Every Writer Should Read

 14 JANUARY 2013 –   –  GARY SMAILES –   

Here’s a list of some of the blogs for writers we read on a regular basis.   Great stuff.

Andrew Lownie Literary Agency: UK literary agent blogging from an agent’s viewpoint.

Authors on Show: Blog for Authors on Show website, lots of marketing stuff.

Author Marketing Experts: Blog for Author Marketing Experts website, as the name suggests this is marketing based.

Author Media: Blog for Author Media wedsite, mostly marketing stuff.

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It has been one unbelievably fun year since my first novel was published.   New writer friends, reader feedback, sales, and an experience that exceeded my wildest dreams (and I can have some doggone wild dreams!)   The social media aspect of this past year has been off the charts cool.  I have made dozens of writer friends and thus tapped into this incredible community of folks who are just like me (though probably less weird).  They are smart, funny, supportive, and just downright nice.  Hats off to all of you.  You set the standard  for what social media is all about.

2012 would not have played out this way without a couple of very special folks who contributed their time and enthusiasm to my project.  So here is a holiday shout out of thanks to some very, very special folks (in random order) —

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I’ve prided myself on being a decent practical jokester but the wifey and her friends pulled a fast one on me (and a few other Dads)………  had to share.

The Classic “Fake Orgasm” scene from “When Harry Met Sally”

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There was a time when I was cool.  I know there was.  I can feel it like one of those distant memories that comes back to you with some clarity and you can glimpse it for a few moments, then it disappears.  Unfortunately, now the level of my coolness is completely dependent upon the whims of my 14 yr old teen queen – and she sets the bar pretty high.  Here is a recent conversation –

Me – “Hey, did I tell you that I now have 36k followers on Twitter.”    TQ (teen queen) –  “That’s not really cool, Dad, you don’t even know those people.”   Me – “Yes I do!  They’re all my BFF’s!”

TQ – “You mean even those folks you swap messages with in Korea and the Phillipines?”

Me – “Uh, yeah!   I’m good friends with all of them.  We chat about how much we love K-pop like ‘Gangnum Style'”   (I then begin to dance around the room like I’m riding a horse and sing the song.)

TQ- “Ok Dad, ok,  …stop dancing, please please stop dancing  ….. .I’m sure you are BFF’s with all your twitter followers (eyeroll).   You should know there is a new acronym for folks like you on social media.  It is  S-M-H .”

Me- “Wow!  Does it stand for  So Macho & Handsome?”      TQ –  “No…..  it stands for  —  Social Media Ho.”    Me – (indignantly) –  “No way!  I’m not a Social Media Ho.”    TQ –  “Well Dad, I didn’t make up the term.  You better

do a little checking on the web and see if maybe you are one.”      Me –     “Challenge accepted.”  

    

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Huh?  Me?  I got nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award.  What the Heck?

OK,  so i’m in …great idea and thank you Tammy at Novel Opinion  –

http://novelopinion.org/2012/06/03/versatile-blogger-award/

Jeff Bennington writes insightful posts on his experiences as a writer and as a provider of services to self-published authors.  He’s very active on Twitter and on other social media sites.    Here is his blog site –

http://thewritingbomb.blogspot.com/2012/05/common-lies-self-published-authors.html

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As an indie author I have to confess that I am guilty of believing a lie — not just one, but many. They are the same lies I see self-published authors fall for all the time. I see the lies in tweets, in emails, in DM’s and blog posts. The lies run rampant. The lies are deadly. The lies set writers up for failure and they are like a disease that has the potential to thin out the indie author population within a couple of years.

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