I launched Rants Raves & Reviews in July 1997. It was the first website I ever designed. This was back before “blogging” was even a thing. I loved reading and I wanted to have a way of promoting the books I read that I thought deserved more publicity.
Over time, I changed to an e-zine (short for electronic magazine) format, rebranding the website as berniE-zine: Book Reviews & More. When my website hosting…Continue
I started writing when I was 14 and it changed everything. I can't even begin to describe how much it changed my life, and me.
I started my first novel in a notebook until I got my first computer. Typing was so much faster than writing with a pen. I was amazed by how many words I could write in a day--and amazed that my computer kept up with how many words I had. My first complete novel wasn't good. In fact, it was horrible. My writing had no structure and no…
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Deciding to write a book is the easy part, everything gets difficult from there on, but I thought I'd share some tips with you before you get started on writing your first book.
First, you will need to decide whether you will be writing in present, past, third person omniscient, third person objective, or third person limited omniscient. Research what these mean before starting.
Main character. You don’t have to have his/her personality figured out entirely--you…
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If you're going to write a book, you should write about something that you're interested in.
You should write something you want to write about. You write for your readers, but you write for yourself more than anything. When you wake up in the morning you should be excited about writing. And you have that crave to write. If you're not interesting in what you're writing, you won't be so ecstatic to write which will put a damp on your work. Writing is supposed to be…
Added by Ashley Earley on June 30, 2015 at 10:40am — No Comments
A lot of things can inspire me to write.
I can't tell you how many times I've zoned out at the dinner table while thinking about books, writing, more books, random things, etc. I get a lot of my book ideas while I'm zoned out in my own La La Land. I also get a lot of book ideas when I can't sleep at night...When I first started writing, I had to keep a notebook by my bed because I didn't have a phone at the time. The "Notes" App really comes in handy in the middle of the…Continue
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When I teach Blogging for Beginners at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, we get everyone's blogs set up, but that’s the easy part. Learning how to use Wordpress, Blogger, or SquareSpace will get your blog online, but it won’t make you a great blogger. Great blogs have five things in common—quality design, great content, clear layout,…Continue
How many words does your blog post have to “catch” a reader and bring some traffic to your website? Do you use any particular tricks to create and generate awesome content? Do you consider content a really important tool for your promotion after all?
When we blog we want to have many readers,…Continue
Small Biz Publishing Banter
I hope your day is going well. Full day, as usu. Up super late last night (er, after 2AM) re Jamaica income tax research as a result of getting work permit down here. (Taxes, ugghh!!!) So I'm a "likkle" foggy-headed this morning, but duty calls.
Right now, coordinating with internet guy to transport old author blog to new platform (see note below)**; working on "…Continue
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Wondering how to build a better blog and increase your traffic this year? Check out this article for a few tips that will help!
Bloggers are always looking for new ways to improve their writing and boost traffic. While compelling content is the main reason why your readers keep coming…Continue
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If you're like me...
You remember that you never RSVP'd to your friend's book launch, so you log onto Facebook to search for the invitation and you see that another friend finally gave birth to her long overdue baby. You congratulate her. Then you notice that a third friend has posted a fascinating article about orcas and having just watched Blackfish, you can't help but click the link. Oddly, you recognize the name of the author of…Continue
One day I mentioned to my graphic designer friend Alta Peterson that I had never backed up my blog. Here was her response:
OMG you have never backed up??? This is bad...
Joanna Johnson is a Melbourne-based graphics and interior decorator and blogger with lots of creative ideas on her mind. Most of all, Joanna likes to share her experience and take part of educational programs for young creative souls like her. She is a brilliant photographer and a loving mom of two. In her free time, she enjoys reading and visiting new places.
Joanna loves spending time thinking of new ways to upgrade her…Continue
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The weekend before last I attended BlogHer '13 in Chicago along with 5000 other (mostly female) bloggers. We heard keynotes by Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, social media guru Guy Kawasaki, Facebook COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg, and Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd. Queen Latifah…
If you’re heading to BlogHer ’13 the (mostly female) blogging conference in Chicago today, email me. I’d love to meet you! Meanwhile, I’m packing my bags and these are a few things I’m taking:
The leak of the NSA’s Prism program has everyone thinking about online privacy. In addition to wondering whether your emails to your grandmother are being monitored by the…Continue
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
A few years ago I told my brother that I was writing a novel.
He looked at me strange and said, ” Don’t you need an imagination to become a writer.”
I was dumbstruck that he thought I wasn’t imaginative enough to write. Yet, I soon found out that he wasn’t the only one that thought that way. I…Continue
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