Monthly Archives: May 2012

“Technology: No Place For Wimps!” ~ Scott Adams, American Cartoonist

Most days you can find me feeling pretty smug about not being a wimp. A possible reason is that I take to heart Winston Churhill’s powerful quote, “Never, never, never give up.”  On writing days that are more daunting than others, you might find me chanting, never, never, never, never, never, never, never… ever!

While I have been busy writing a novel that took hold of me a few years ago, technology and publishing has been changing at warp speed. Thankfully, many wonderful writers and social media experts are investing time and energy to share their knowledge to help people like myself enter and keep up with this evolving world.

So as not to wimp out and to never give up on my publishing dream, here I am, jumping into social media. I have been following some interesting people on the internet. You’ll find them on my Writer’s Helping Writers page, but today, I want to share a couple of links to recent posts I’ve found very helpful towards stepping into the world of technology and social media.

Jane Friedman, professor of e-media and former publisher of Writer’s Digest, has a clear take about the Definition of Author Platform . Yes to; “Finding meaningful ways to engage with and develop your target audience.” No to; “self-promotion, hard selling, annoying people.”

Jody Hedlund, author of The Doctor’s Lady a Historical Romance, knows why not to quit social media and gives a pep talk in her post, 8 Reasons Not to Quit Social Media When You’re Burned Out

Chris Brogan  President of Human Business Works, talks about the importance of content in your blog in this post. He says, “Nobody reads ANY blog – If they’re Boring.”

My goal is to not be boring :), not quit, and to create a generous, giving writer’s platform routed in the spirit of the many writer’s blogs and websites that I have been lucky enough to stumble upon…via technology.

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“Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

As I leap into the abyss of creating a writer’s platform I want to give a shout-out to the many fearless writer’s whose blogs I have been silently stalking  following these past few months. The list is growing but for now you can find some of  their names and addresses by clicking on my Writers Helping Writers page.  I’ve absorbed their advice and thoughts about blogging, tweeting, the craft of writing, and the changing times of publishing.  Now it’s time to put what I’m learning into practice including weighing in on their sites with some comments and letting them all know how much I appreciate the time they give.

The writing community is a giving, sharing, hand-holding group of people and an inspiration to jump in and be a part of this evolving work-in-progress.

Staying in a writing frame of mind isn’t always easy, but what can you do, when you don’t have a choice. If you’re a writer you’ll know what I mean.

I invite you to stay with me as I share thoughts on what I learn from others, and what I learn about myself in this odyssey called writing. Oh, and along the way I’ll be finishing my manuscript. (public promise to self) 

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