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Public Service Announcement — How Not to Promote: Spam Disguised as “Newsletters”

I think newsletters are fantastic. I’ve started one myself, and I’m still giving away A Happily Ever After of Her Own, a paranormal romance novella, to anyone who subscribes to it.

But I’ve been getting some that are more like spam than true newsletters. Here’s how they manage to irritate me, and I don’t suppose I’m alone in …


My Impression of WriteWayPro

A couple of people asked me if I’ve ever used WriteWayPro and if so, what I think of it.

It’s my fourth day using the program. I think it’s a fine program, and it does what you want it to do.

Strengths:

  • Everything you need for your writing project is right there on the screen, so it’s very easy to

How Not to Shoot Yourself in the Foot Before You Even Get a Chance to Get It in the Door

status: I’m feeling more positive since I realized that I can salvage about thirty pages or so out of the eighty plus I’ve written on the earlier pre-writing draft (WIP).

music: “It’s a Fight” by Three 6 Mafia

On today’s #askagent, someone asked if agents check a potential client’s blog before offering. Colleen Lindsay responded:

Always. And I


How to Auto-Update Twitter with Your Facebook Status

I noticed that Marie-Claude‘s Facebook status appears automatically on Twitter. I asked her how she did it — because I wasn’t able to figure it out beyond that I needed to use Twitterfeed. Alas, Marie-Claude couldn’t remember exactly how she made it work, but she told me to find my minifeed.

That was enough for me. So here it …


Reading List for Beginners

Lawrence Block wrote in Writing the Novel: From Plot to Print, “If you want to write fiction, the best thing you can do is take two aspirins, lie down in a dark room, and wait for the feeling to pass.”

Why?

Because it’s very very difficult to write a novel.

If Block’s advice fails to change your mind, then start …


Now Is Not the Best Time

There have been several articles and blog posts about how the subprime crisis is going to make it near-impossible for new writers to sell, blah blah blah, and I’m sure many of you have read them already. They do look pretty gloomy, the end-of-your-dream-as-a-wannabe-pro kind. And some aspiring writers are feeling so discouraged that they don’t even want to bother …


Your “Baby”

On one of the loops I belong to there’s been a discussion on one of the workshops because some people thought it was too snarky because the manuscripts were someone’s baby. I don’t know … but if you send something to publishing industry professionals, you should be ready to hear what they have to say even if you think their …


Final Remarks

If you haven’t done so, please read the previous installments titled Identifying Your Site’s Purpose and Audience, Go-Live Date, Your Budget, and Your Technical Aptitude, Identifying Your Website Needs and Design Preferences a.k.a. Doing Your Homework, Contacting Designers and Getting Quotes and Evaluating Quotes and Designers before reading this week’s article.

I was going to do lessons learned, …


Evaluating Quotes and Designers

If you haven’t done so, please read the previous installments titled Identifying Your Site’s Purpose and Audience, Go-Live Date, Your Budget, and Your Technical Aptitude, Identifying Your Website Needs and Design Preferences a.k.a. Doing Your Homework and Contacting Designers and Getting Quotes before reading this week’s article.

Within a week or so, most of designers you contacted should’ve responded …


Contacting Designers and Getting Quotes

If you haven’t already done so, please read the first and second installments titled Identifying Your Site’s Purpose and Audience, Go-Live Date, Your Budget, and Your Technical Aptitude and Identifying Your Website Needs and Design Preferences a.k.a. Doing Your Homework before reading this week’s article.

By now you should know what your site to have (at least have some ideas) …