THE AUTHOR BLOG: EASY BLOGGING FOR BUSY AUTHORS: an easy-does-it guide to simple, low-tech blogging for authors who want to build a platform, but not let it take over their lives. An author blog doesn't have to follow the rules that monetized business blogs do. This book teaches the secrets that made Anne R. Allen a multi-award-winning blogger and one of the top author-bloggers in the industry. And you'll learn why having a successful author blog is easier than you think. Here are some things you'll learn in this book: How an author blog is different—and easier to maintain—than a business blog What authors should blog about at different stages of their careers Choosing the right blog topics for your genre and audience How one type of blogpost can build your platform quickly Basic SEO tips that don't make your eyes glaze over with tech jargon How to write headers that will grab the attention of Web surfers How to keep your audience by learning the tricks of content writing Essential blog and social media etiquette rules What happens to your blog when you die?
An easy-does-it guide to simple, low-tech blogging for authors who want to build a platform, but not let it take over their lives. An author blog doesn't have to follow the rules that monetized business blogs do. This book teaches the secrets that made Anne R. Allen a multi-award-winning blogger and one of the top author-bloggers in the industry. And you'll learn why having a successful author blog is easier than you think. Here are some things you'll learn in this book: -How an author blog is different-and easier to maintain-than a business blog -What authors should blog about at different stages of their careers -Choosing the right blog topics for your genre and audience -How one type of blogpost can build your platform quickly -Basic SEO tips that don't make your eyes glaze over with tech jargon -How to write headers that will grab the attention of Web surfers -How to keep your audience by learning the tricks of content writing -Essential blog and social media etiquette rules -What happens to your blog when you die? "Anne writes the essential blog for today's writers." Mystery author Carmen Amato. "I love following the blog of Anne R. Allen...for up-to-date tips and helpful articles for writers on what's current in the publishing world." Author D. G. Kaye. "BRILLIANT! One of the Top 10 Resources for Self-Publishing Authors." author Mark Tilbury. "Anne is one of the most successful author-bloggers out there." Reedsy "One of the Top 15 Blogs for Indie Authors to Follow...I adore Anne's blog. Aside from being one smart lady, her mix of sass and education is priceless." Social media strategist and manager Frances Caballo "You know what a huge fan I am of Anne R. Allen's blog...absolutely marvelous." Romance author Collette Cameron "I recommend following the publishing blogs of both Jane Friedman and Anne R. Allen...I've implemented many of their tips, which have helped boost my SEO." New York Times bestseller Eileen Goudge in Publisher's Weekly
Why do you write? Perhaps you’re penning a memoir, fantasy, or romance. Maybe you’re writing a sci-fi series or creative nonfiction novel. At the receiving end will be readers who demand clarity. If you confuse them, you lose them. Learn how to capture their attention and keep them engaged. Discover when to bend or break the so-called “rules” and motivate everyone to finish “just one more chapter.” This book is a must-have for all writers, from amateur to professional, fiction to nonfiction. Sprinkled throughout, you’ll find exercises and examples with ideas for story prompts. Snap ‘em up at will, and ... ... write on.
This novel offers a possible solution to a real unsolved Hollywood mystery—the death in 1973 of David Whiting during the filming of the Burt Reynolds’ movie, "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing". Whiting was found dead in the motel room of the actress Sarah Miles. It destroyed Sarah Miles' career and her marriage. When Nicky Conway meets Fitzgerald-quoting Alistair at a Princeton mixer in 1969, she falls for his retro, Jazz-Age charm. But she discovers he’s a con man obsessed with his own “Daisy”—British actress Delia Kent. After Alistair manipulates Nicky into nannying for Delia’s daughter on the set of a Hollywood film, Delia finds Alistair dead in her motel room. Local police can’t decide if it’s accident, suicide—or murder, in which case, Nicky is the prime suspect.
If You Want People to Read Your Book, Writing It Is Only the Beginning There has truly never been a better time to be an author. For the first time, authors have direct access to the public via the Internet—and can create a community eagerly awaiting their book. But where do new authors start? How do they sort through the dizzying range of online options? Where should they spend their time online and what should they be doing? Enter Fauzia Burke, a digital book marketing pioneer and friend of overwhelmed writers everywhere. She takes authors step-by-step through the process of identifying their unique personal brand, defining their audience, clarifying their aspirations and goals, and setting priorities. She offers advice on designing a successful website, building a mailing list of superfans, blogging, creating an engagement strategy for social media, and more. By following Burke's expert advice, authors can conquer the Internet and still get their next manuscript in on time.
“I am a great fan of Marg McAlister's work and have been for over 10 years. Everything she writes is simple to understand, and it works if you work it!” Grace Lee Patrick The Busy Writer’s MegaPack was compiled in response to many readers who asked for the entire Busy Writer library in one collection. You’ll find a ton of information here to get you well on the way to publication. To successfully write and publish a book, you need to have these things in place: # A step-by-step program to get you out of the gate and running: a take-no-prisoners Kickstart Program for writers. # A sound knowledge of the genre in which you want to publish. # Interesting, vibrant characters that readers will enjoy and want to get to know # A well-paced plot that keeps the reader turning pages, eager to find out what happens next # A comprehensive set of checklists to ensure that you’ve left nothing out (characters, plot, pacing, dialogue, and more) This full collection of Busy Writer books provides you with the tools for every item on the list above, plus a sound basis for popular genres with the addition of Writing for Children, Writing Romance, and Writing Mystery, Crime & Suspense. Many genres have some of those elements: characters are caught up in a romance or trying to solve a mystery. Writing for children can encompass anything from simple picture books right through to young adult books. With the Busy Writer’s MegaPack by your side, you’ll be up and running in no time!
All new second edition, featuring chapters on streaming media, and crisis management. Maximize the Potential of Your Online Brand! Social media has transformed into a necessity for writers. This second edition offers something for both authors new to the social space, and experienced ones looking for fresh approaches to platforms old and new. The variety of social media options alone is dizzying: WordPress, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and more. Social Media for Writers, second edition will equip you with the essential tools you'll need to succeed. In this book you'll learn how to: • Create an online brand: write content for several different networks, and tie them together to develop an authoritative, trusted voice • Utilize "best practices": learn the ins-and-outs of the online community and how to maximize the potential of each platform • Build a community: make connections and create a fan base to endorse your work • Refine your voice, and online persona through platforms like podcasting and streaming media With all of these strategies, techniques, and applicable information, Social Media for Writers is a comprehensive source for all your social media needs!
Nearly seven million individuals in the U.S. currently maintain their own Web sites, and family sites are becoming an increasingly popular way to share family photos, news, and history. Includes step-by-step instructions and templates for a variety of family site projects, including sites focused on new babies, weddings, family reunions and other get-togethers, kids' hobbies and activities, and genealogical history. The CD-ROM is loaded with pre-designed Web site templates and trial versions of popular software programs, including Photoshop elements, Dreamweaver, Paint Shop Pro, and Family Tree Maker.
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 has improved and changed dramatically over previous versions of the product. The capabilities of the platform have expanded greatly with the inclusion of an automated workflow engine, web content management capabilities, and a vast number of document management enhancements. However, the value of this tool to an enterprise will depend primarily on the ability of individuals in the organization to understand the features and capabilities of the platform and effectively map those to specific business requirements. This book is designed to mentor and coach business and technical leaders in an organization on the use of SharePoint to address critical information management problems. It gives detailed descriptions and illustrations of the product's functionality and also includes realistic usage scenarios to provide contextual relevance and a personalized learning experience to the reader. The mission of this book is to provide extensive knowledge to information workers and site managers that will empower them to become SharePoint Application champions in the organization. This book should be the premiere handbook of any active or aspiring SharePoint expert. To complete the exercises in this book, you should have a basic comfort level using Microsoft Office application to create content and a general understanding of how to interact with a web site through the browser. This book is intended as a starting point for any SharePoint 2007 user whether that user has never used SharePoint before or has some familiarity with a previous version and just wants to understand the differences with the new release.
The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published The 2013 Writer's Market details thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings include contact and submission information to help writers get their work published. Look inside and you'll find page after page of all-new editorial material devoted to the business of writing. It's the most information we've ever jammed into one edition! You'll find advice on pitching agents and editors, finding money for your writing in unexpected places, and promoting your writing. Plus, you'll learn how to navigate the social media landscape, negotiate contracts, and protect your work. And as usual, this edition includes the ever popular "How Much Should I Charge?" pay rate chart. You also gain access to: • Lists of professional writing organizations • Sample query letters • A free digital download of Writer's Yearbook featuring the 100 Best Markets Includes a self-publishing checklist, submission tracker, family tree of the major book publishers, and helpful charts. "Writer's Market can save you a lifetime of collecting, sorting, and updating industry info, and it's jam-packed with the things you need, including hard-earned advice from those in the field. As a result, Writer's Market gives you time--that most precious commodity for all writers--so you can turn your attention to the cultivation of your talent." --Julianna Baggott, author of Pure, Girl Talk and The Prince of Fenway Park PLEASE NOTE: Free subscriptions are NOT included with the e-book edition of this title.
Want to break into blogging but don’t know where to start? Dynamic duo Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri of The Moxie GirlsTM show you how to start your first blog, polish your prose, get involved in blogging communities, make sense of RSS feeds, podcasts, photos and more — all with fun, humor and attitude! Inside you will find the need-to-know info to get your blog noticed: How to choose the right blogging platform or content management tool, select a web host, dress up your blog, manage blog content and keep your privates private! When you are ready for more, The Moxie Girls will treat you to insider dish on blog etiquette, analyzing blog traffic, blogging for business, creating podcasts and adding bling to your blog with plugins, add-ons and more. Throw in the refreshing cocktails, beauty tips and gossip with the Girls at the end of each chapter and you’ll be Blogging with Moxie in no time. So, what are you waiting for? The IT Girl’s Guide to Blogging With Moxie is packed with the content you need wrapped in casual, engaging dialog and a cheeky, bite-sized format. Bargain-blogging with tools such as WordPress®, TypePad®, and Vox Choosing a content management system like Expression Engine or Movable Type Managing blog content, using tags and moderating comments Selecting a professional designer and choosing from off-the-rack templates An introduction to podcasting and videocasting Finding, joining and managing blog communities Protecting your online identity Using a blog to better your business
Create Your Own Blog 6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro Second Edition 6 Easy Projects to Start Blogging Like a Pro Personal Blogging Using WordPress.com • Build a Website Around Your Blog • Business Blogging Using WordPress.org Software • Multimedia Blogging • Portfolio Blogging for Artists • Blogging with Tumblr Build a great personal or business blog… absolutely no experience needed! Want a personal or business blog of your own? It’s easy! In this simple guide, one of the world’s most experienced bloggers walks you through every step of building your own WordPress blog, from getting started to building a worldwide audience. Tris Hussey covers it all, from low-cost blogging tools to high-powered writing tips! Get this book, and get started fast—with a professional-quality blog that meets your goals, whatever they are! 6 Easy Projects Build great blogs like these, the easy way! ¶ Personal Blogs ¶ Business Blogs ¶ Audio and Video Podcasting Blogs ¶ Portfolio Blogs for Artists ¶ Blogging with Tumblr ¶ Creating a Website with WordPress Learn from a pro! Discover tips, tricks, and great solutions for: ¶ Setting up your blog the right way—in just minutes! ¶ Writing blog entries people want to read ¶ Handling comments—even nasty ones! ¶ Creating a conversation and building a community ¶ Publicizing your blog ¶ Choosing the right free or low-cost blogging tools ¶ Avoiding beginner mistakes ¶ Earning cash from your blog! You won’t believe how easy it is to create your own blog… or how much fun! Tris Hussey is a speaker, teacher, charter member of the Professional Bloggers Association, and social media consultant. He has been a blogger since 2004 and was one of Canada's first professional bloggers. The author of thousands of posts and articles on social media, blogging, and technology, he was named one of Vancouver's top 20 social media people. He is also a professional photographer and regularly teaches blogging, WordPress, and social media at several Vancouver-area universities.