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For Writers: How to Blog Without Really Trying But Still Managing Not to Be Half-Assed About It

I’m teaching my Creating an Online Presence Class this weekend and also going through a madcap rush to update the accompanying book. The class and book are aimed at helping people tame the bewildering timesink of social media, website, pocasts, … Continue reading

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Social Media and Internet Links for November, 2014

Nobody reading your blog? 10 reasons to persist!: Tne more than valid reasons to keep blogging, even when the only person commenting is your mother. 12 Places to Find Fabulous Content: Some good stuff here that’s adaptable to whatever type … Continue reading

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The One Twitter List You Should Be Keeping

Are you a writer on Twitter because you’ve been told you need to be on there? Are you trying to establish “a social media presence” while not quite sure what that involves? One useful tool for making the most of Twitter is the list feature.

Twitter lists are great. I’ve got a few set up for industry professionals, close friends on Twitter, members of various writing groups and organizations, former students, and people in a variety of fields. But there’s one that is more important than any of the others.
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Twitter Basics and Best Practices for Writers

This year I switched the focus of my social media efforts to Twitter, because it seemed to me Facebook was an increasingly ineffectual way to reach fans. Because of that, I’ve been spending a lot more time looking at the people following me on there as well as thinking about Twitter, its philosophy, and its uses overall.

Why does a writer want to be on Twitter? The reason is more than just “sell books”. It’s often a way to network with existing fans (who will buy more books in the future), cultivate new fans, connect with peers and other industry professionals, to find out industry and writing news and yes, of course, to procrastinate in a thousand different ways.
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Creating An Online Presence Now Available for More E-formats

Huzzah! Thanks to the patient labor of Tamara Vining, there’s now plenty of options up on Smashwords, including epub, mobi, pdf and online.

If you’re not familiar with the book, it’s based on my online class, and tries to go through basics of creating and maintaining an online presence for writers. It includes what you need on a website, how to effectively use social media, how to find readers via social media, what free resources and tools are available to writers (and how to use them most effectively), whether it’s worth it to pay for online advertising, and, most importantly, how to promote yourself online without using all your valuable writing time to do so. Because the writing always comes first.
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Building an Online Presence for Writers: Outline for the Book

More on the e-book that contains all the class info and then some. Here’s the working outline:

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Upcoming: Building an Online Presence for Writers E-book

I’m putting together many of my notes from the Building an Online Presence for Writers class as well as the various blog posts I have done about online promotion and notes from the Near + Far book launch campaign in an e-book by the same name that I hope to release at the end of August, along with another e-book, Podcasting for Speculative Fiction Writers, written with Folly Blaine.
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Social Media: FollowerWonk Writeup and Links for 3/25/2013

I spend at least a little time each day looking at social media news and new stuff and track the most useful links here. If you enjoyed last week’s Pinterest Analytics post, are interested in using that social network more effectively, and have an hour where you need something to listen to, I recommend this webinar. Among other things, I found out why people do those long tall pictures/infographics (which was obvious once I thought about it, so everyone else in the world may have already figured that out).

So here’s some thoughts after spending some time poking at an app provided by Seomoz.org, Followerwonk, a Twitter Analytics tool.
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Social Media: Amazon Affiliate Program Changes and A Fresh Crop of Social Media Links

A discussion of changes to the Amazon Affiliate program and some links about social media and electronic publishing.
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Creating an Online Presence for Your Group: Some Basic Steps

Trying to set up an online presence for your group or organization? Here’s some basics to think about.

One: Include a blog on your website that has new content on a regular basis.

This first step is key to a better social media presence, because it influences your search engine rankings. Better search engine rankings draw more traffic to your site, as do good keywords, and if your blog features information about the group, it’s pretty much guaranteed to have the appropriate keywords.

Establish realistic criteria for “regular”: daily? weekly? biweekly? What can you actually expect to do?
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