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Reader Connections, Fake Personas, and Catfishing

Yellow figurine on pile of fake coins with text: When Does "Fake" Become "Fraud"?

Many authors try to create a sense of friendship and connection to their readers. But some “authors” aren’t authors at all—they’re marketing people using ghostwriters and fake personas to trick readers into forming those connections.

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April 17, 2018

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Does Your Platform Need a Spring Cleaning?

Broom leaning against a wall with text: Spring Cleaning: Time to Update Our Website and Social Media

Our platform consists of online components, such as our website and social media accounts, that we use to get our messages out. But we can fall behind on keeping those components up-to-date and need to do a little spring cleaning.

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April 10, 2018

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Yay! It’s a Surprise Party Giveaway!

Thesaurus books in background with text: Help Writers and Win Books!

To celebrate the 10-year blogiversary of Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s Writers Helping Writers site, I’m giving away their books to those who help make my Writing Skills Master Lists project as complete as possible.

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February 22, 2018

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Do You Share Your Expertise?

Sheet of music composition with text: What's Your Expertise? Now Share It!

As a writer we can suffer from the impostor syndrome, feeling like a newbie many times over. But we all have expertise in something, and now’s your chance to help others and share what you know.

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October 3, 2017

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Blog Commenting: Building a Community

Group of sheep in a field with "Hi" speech bubbles and text: A Community of Comments

Every blog is unique. Every blog’s community of visitors—and their tendency to leave comments or their style of comments—is unique as well.
Here, I’ve been blessed with a great community of blog readers, and as part of my website resign, I tried to find a better comment system to help.

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July 20, 2017

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Secret Project: A New Website!

Screenshot of Jami Gold's homepage with text: Introducing... A New Website!

A few weeks ago, I hinted that I’ve been busy working on a secret project. If you’re visiting this post online, you can see the evidence of that project right here: a brand-spanking-new website! Shiny!

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July 18, 2017

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