Inspired by Dane Golden's guest post on YouTube videos, I have begun a new series of YouTube videos, the second of which answers the question "Should all authors (published or not) blog?" Check out the video below for my answer. Also, one announcement: Litquake, San Francisco's literary conference, is introducing Digi.lit, a one-day digital publishing conference that will take… Continue
Added by Meghan Ward on May 16, 2013 at 8:15am —
You probably know that Amazon bought GoodReads at the end of March. A week before that, I had the pleasure to meet Patrick Brown, Director of Community at GoodReads, when he came to lunch at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Brown spoke about the…
Added by Meghan Ward on May 2, 2013 at 1:00am —
If you’re a journalist looking for a way to display your clips on your website, look no further. Contently.com offers a “build-your-own portfolio” site tool that is quick and easy to use and that you can embed into your own… Continue
Added by Meghan Ward on April 18, 2013 at 8:00am —
An essay that ran in Salon Tuesday titled “I’m a self-publishing failure” recounts how one writer, John Winters, spent countless hours and dollars promoting his book online only to sell a handful of copies. Where did John go wrong? How can you avoid becoming a self-publishing failure?
1. First of all, start early.
Added by Meghan Ward on April 4, 2013 at 2:30am —
1. Use your name/brand as your Twitter handle. For the same reason that you want your name on your blog and your Facebook page, people won’t realize that Kiala Givehand is “supercoolwriter,” whose Tweets they follow and love, when they see her book in the bookstore, and they won’t buy it. Unlike on Facebook,… Continue
Added by Meghan Ward on March 21, 2013 at 2:30am —
Social networking makes teenagers of us all. Lots of my ridiculously successful friends — some of whom appear regularly on television, give TED talks and are the kind of people who get harassed in restaurants by their fans (while my fans remain remarkably good-mannered and never, ever come over to introduce themselves or say a word) — will still not permit themselves to have a Facebook account because the thought of people unfriending…
Added by regina barreca on March 11, 2013 at 11:13am —
For those of you who were intimidated by the thought of marketing yourself on YouTube, here’s a video tool for you.Vine, Twitter’s new social media video app, allows you to make short videos on your computer or mobile device and easily upload them to your Vine, Twitter, and Facebook accounts. The catch? The videos are limited to… Continue
Added by Meghan Ward on March 7, 2013 at 8:23am —
Today I'd like to welcome guest blogger Dane Golden of Hey.com, who is here to talk about how writers can use YouTube to build their author platforms.…
Added by Meghan Ward on February 21, 2013 at 1:00am —
Multimedia ebooks, enhanced books, enriched books, interactive ebooks—whatever you call them, they’re here to stay. As more companies make the foray into multimedia book publishing, authors have greater opportunities than ever to transform their static PDFs into living stories with the addition of audio, video, and graphics.
Below is a comparison of the top multimedia ebook publishers on the market, but keep your eyes peeled. There are new ones popping up every… Continue
Added by Meghan Ward on February 7, 2013 at 11:00am —
Before the ink dries on your New Year’s resolutions, I want you to add one more to your list: BACK UP your data. Please. Do it now. And do it regularly.
If you’re like me, you wait until one computer dies before you buy another, which means you’re bound to lose some files in the… Continue
Added by Meghan Ward on January 10, 2013 at 12:00pm —
Something we don't talk about very often in the world of online networking is the importance of taking a break. We hear a lot about the value of posting to our blogs, Facebook and Google+ pages, and Twitter accounts frequently and consistently. We read about the necessity of blogging on a schedule. The most successful bloggers will tell you they "have never missed a scheduled post." But what few people talk about is the importance of setting your social media… Continue
Added by Meghan Ward on December 27, 2012 at 9:00am —
If you have a professional Facebook page, you’re probably familiar with Promoted Posts, which Facebook launched in May of this year. For $5 $10, or $15, Facebook will make your post more visible within your followers’ news feeds. If you don’t promote your post, only a fraction of your followers will ever see it. On average, 16 percent of all your Facebook activity on your professional page shows up in your followers’ news feeds, which means a slightly higher number of your status updates get… Continue
Added by Meghan Ward on November 29, 2012 at 1:00am —
For those of you who are new to blogging or still thinking about setting up a blog, here are some of the "Best Blogging Practices" I teach my students in my Blogging for Beginners class at the San Francisco Writers' Grotto. Have a great Thanksgiving next week. I'll see you on November… Continue
Added by Meghan Ward on November 15, 2012 at 3:30am —
When most people say, "I'm doing a Twitter cleanse," or, "I'm on a social media cleanse," it means that they're refraining, wholly or partially, from social media. Social media is addicting. Sometimes you must quit cold turkey just because. But me? I've done a different kind of Twitter cleanse. I haven't refrained, but, rather, I've gone through all of my Twitter followers and purged many who aren't following me back. What's more, there were many who'd I'd given a courtesy follow to who had… Continue
Added by Sonja Hegman on May 30, 2012 at 1:24pm —
I guess I just don't understand the creepy weirdness of some people. Some creepy weirdness, I get. I am, after all, an artist.
I tell myself that perhaps a few generations ago, it might have been the "in" thing to be a complete social recluse of a writer. It made the authors mysterious, and by extension, some kind of cool. I suppose.
In the days of writers and artists like Poe, Fitzgerald, Hemingway,… Continue
Added by Regina Y. Swint on February 6, 2012 at 4:30pm —
I started my blog almost two years ago after attending a writers’ workshop on publishing in the digital age. There wasn’t much talk of e-books or self-publishing from the presenters. Instead, they hammered a single message into us all day: you, as writers, need an electronic presence . . . preferably a blog. It’s how you control the message of who you are and what… Continue
Added by Julija Sukys on December 15, 2011 at 6:30am —
I’m Gulf Coastal Southern and most of the time my stories are flavored with southernisms. Rick Bragg recently noted in Southern Living that the way to tell if you’re a true southern writer inducted into the canon is if you have a tale that includes a dead mule somewhere. To set the record straight… Continue
Added by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson on June 7, 2011 at 10:00am —
Running from meeting to meeting, checking off the to-do list- that isn’t really living. Discovering the playful side of life. Spreading joy. Being colorful...clever...creative.
Now that’s living!
This is post two of my tour through closets and cabinets illustrating what Be Brave. Lose the Beige looks like to me. Even though BBLB isn’t just about color, today’s post is. BBLB argues that running from meeting to meeting, checking off the to-do lists, etc. isn’t really… Continue
Added by Liz Kitchens on October 8, 2010 at 12:19pm —
* This title is not ironic. I really believe our new digital age is full of opportunity.
A few years ago, it was considered "quaint" for an author to have a website. Now, it's a must. The "planks" of our author platforms aren't just our published works, newspaper columns, radio gigs--they're Facebook, Twitter, blogs...social networking.
, for example. Yeah, I hear you groaning. Some of you, anyway.… Continue
Added by Mindy Friddle on December 27, 2009 at 12:20pm —
The iS Collection, a Bay Area and Sonoma County publication, launched this week. I wrote an article that explores branding yourself and using social networking sites to promote your work. Check it out!
Added by Michelle Threadgould on December 10, 2009 at 10:23am —