Internet Cliques?

Social Media – the cliques of the internet. While the pack of internet folks moves from one to the next, there’s always some that stay behind. Memes joke about the two sides of Tumblr – of Pinterest. Digital anthropologists study them like physical civilizations. I stare and slink away back to dead bodies. Dead bodies... Continue Reading →

Pitch Contests

A lot of people like things that make their lives easier. For agents and editors, this can be pitch contests. They get hundreds of emails from potential authors a day. The time it takes to read and sort through them (considering the number with incorrect formats, genres that aren’t represented, or big warning signs) –... Continue Reading →

Internship

A while ago, I encouraged you all to check out internships at literary agencies and publishers. Those who have interned or are interning generally do better on contests. Why? Because they have the PR powerhouses behind them. They're known in the literary world. They're working on their craft (not just writing but marketing) daily. Practice makes... Continue Reading →

#QueryFear

Querying - the fret-filled cover letter of the literary world. Across social media, aspiring authors scratch their heads as they realize they're unprepared to market their books. I've heard complaints ranging from inability to self-brag to inconsistent format fears. Some get beaten down by #tenqueries and seek out #querywin. Others like the clear yes/no of... Continue Reading →

#PitMad is this Week!!!

Imagine me with a megaphone. Here, I sit bellowing at you - yes, you aspiring authors out there - because the madness and mayhem of #PitMad is coming. While many know and love #PitMad, let's give a quick explanation for those who don't. The lovely and wonderful Brenda Drake has set up a pitch contest... Continue Reading →

5 Writing #Hashtags to Follow

Twitter and I are still newly acquainted. I'm not terribly consistent with it, and there are days when just looking on my Trends List makes me done with social media for the day; however, as I've said many times, Twitter is an excellent resource for writers - aspiring or otherwise. Below are a list of... Continue Reading →

Marketing: The Annoying Kind

My marketing updates have been well-received, so I'm tossing another one your way. Unlike the blog tour and shop talk, this one is my least favorite technique. Why? Because there is a thin line between marketing through these so-called "public cold calls" on social media and spamming. Oh, I felt some of you roll your eyes.... Continue Reading →

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