So let me wish you aHappy New Year, and then let’s get to it.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve Jobs
THOUGHT OF THE DAY
And of course many out there will be making New Year’s resolutions.
I don’t do that.
I have a plan and I stick with the plan. Write, publish, repeat. That’s my plan. I toss in some marketing, try some new things as I go, see what works, make revisions, but the basics always stay the same…write, publish, repeat.
I don’t like deadlines. I don’t like goals. I don’t like false expectations or unrealistic visions. I make a plan and then, with laser-focus, I work on that plan.
Write, publish, repeat!
Five novels, one non-fiction, five novellas, over three-thousand articles . . . write, publish, repeat!
How about you?
TIP OF THE DAY
I don’t think that needs explanation.
SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS OF THE DAY
Maybe you do some of these things. Maybe you don’t. Maybe you will after reading this. Maybe you won’t. I’m not here to give you the Bible of Writing. I simply make suggestions.
Consider these “do’s” when using social media to promote yourself:
- Take the time to reply to comments and questions
- Post links to articles that will interest your followers.
- Update regularly
- Tell people, in moderation, about your offers and products.
- Share good, quality images.
- Promote businesses complimentary to your own.
- Always offer a quality product.
- Allow your personality to show with each post
- Think before you post. Once you post there is no stuffing the genie back in the bottle.
CONTEST OF THE DAY
“The Writer” magazine starts a new contest called “Your Turn” on January 1st. It calls for a 2,000 word essay about the craft of writing. More information will be posted on January 1st and you can find that information by following this link. I believe 1st prize is $1,000 and publication in the mag.
BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS
So, you’re an independent author and so, you’ve written an eBook.
The Independent Author’s Network is holding their annual Book of the Year Awards, and you can enter your eBook into the competition from now until August. There is a fee, of course, but hey, maybe you’re the next Steinbeck.
GO TO THE LIBRARY
Have you gone lately? If you have a book, have you approached the library staff with it? Libraries are wonderful for supporting local writers. Even if you are a poet, approach the library and ask about doing a public reading. Seriously…what do you have to lose?
I’ll see you down the road of life.
Thanks for a great 2016.
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”