As an author, I’m bombarded with all manner of experts telling me how to attract readers, how to create content for them, how to … There are simply too many “experts” and how-to articles on the Net to even begin to make sense of creating an author platform. As you might imagine, it’s confusing. I even read an ebook two weeks ago telling me to forget the time and effort of having an author platform and simply spend that time writing instead. (Tempting, very tempting) 🙂
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Growing up, I read a lot of books.
When I was in grade 5, my teacher wrote a note on my report card saying, “He would do much better work if he slowed down and took his time rather than rushing through the work so he could go back to reading.” We could read if we’d finished our work so given the choice of “taking my time” or the book of the day I chose the latter.
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If I promised you could create images for your blog like these in under 10 minutes, would you be impressed? The bottom one took me 90 seconds.
Before we go any further, let’s agree the Web is now a graphical place where images and video rule. While text remains important, images rule on social media and an important component of almost any website post is a graphic. You may have the skills to make stunning graphics but I don’t. . Having great software that does it all for me is something I only used to dream about.
Here are two cloud-based, free to low-cost cloud-based software programs that have made my life easier.
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I think it’s only fair to warn you about a few things. That sounds rather ominous, doesn’t it?
Well, not so much ominous as getting a peek into my mind and how I’m setting up for this fiction adventure. That way, you won’t be surprised when you see the range of subjects I’m writing about. [Read more…] about Want To Join Me On A Crazy Adventure In Fiction Writing
One of the things that has always interested me is communicating with customers and readers. Back in my nursery days, I had a customer newsletter that we mimeographed and then stuffed into envelopes for sending out. My kids were the envelope stuffers and they still hold it against me that they had to stuff over 5000 of these things several times a year. I still hear about it twenty years later even though I point out they were paid for it.
One of the first things I did back in 2005 when I started full time online-writing was to start a mailing list. And it’s been an interesting ride. My enthusiasm for it waxed and waned over the subsequent ten years but I never considered killing it (although some days when readers violently disagreed with something I wrote, I thought it might kill me.) [Read more…] about My Evolution With Mailing List Software
A few years ago, I read a post describing a far future where everything would live up in a “cloud” and nothing would remain on the desktop or personal hard drive.
I scoffed. No way I’d trust anything to some “cloud” and put all my writing on somebody else’ server. No way indeed.
I continued to upgrade computers as needed and the drives became bigger and bigger to hold all the images and files I worked with. My writer’s notebooks over the years show how I worked with this system nicely.
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