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Social Media and Authors

Blogging, social media, and online reputations. Sample topics: the writing community, developing our website, blogging issues, protecting our online reputation, interacting on social media, etc.

Branding 101: Be Google-able

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If someone does a Google search on our author name, will they find us? This issue comes up more frequently now as writers want to know if they should have a website and/or blog before they’re published.  That’s a complicated question that doesn’t have an easy answer.

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June 2, 2011

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Branding 101: Online Brand vs. Author Brand

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Brand.  Platform.  Social media presence.  How many of us cringe at those words?  Whatever happened to the days when writers could simply write? But the truth is that as soon as we’re sociable as a writer, whether online with Twitter or in real life at a conference, we’re forming our […]

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May 31, 2011

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What Should We Do with Blog Awards?

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Sometimes it still comes as a shock to me that anyone visits my blog and cares about what I have to say.  So when I received my first blog award, I was completely unprepared. My first thought was of being tremendously flattered.  I think my exact reaction was, Me? Seriously? […]

May 19, 2011

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Can Karma Help You Become a Better Writer?

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Yesterday, author Jody Hedlund had a blog post about why most writers are blind to their own faults.  The first reason she mentioned really resonated with me: We naturally view our work through our maturity level. When we first start any new project, writing or otherwise, we don’t know what […]

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April 5, 2011

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How Do You Decide on Your Author Brand – Part Two

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Disclaimer: I love Maureen Johnson’s “I am not a brand” manifesto down to the last punctuation mark.  That’s not the approach to branding I’m talking about. An author’s brand isn’t about selling.  It’s about recognizing that what we say and how we act affects what others think of us.  It’s about then […]

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January 6, 2011

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Is a Blog Like a Query Letter?

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Today’s post is the unofficial “part three” of the results from my poll.  I hadn’t planned this post, but the comments from last time inspired a new thought. In part one, we talked about how to help your blog readers find you.  And in part two, we discussed the things […]

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December 21, 2010

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Poll Answers: Part Two – What Makes People Avoid Blogs

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My last post highlighted ways a blog can serve its readership.  This post focuses on what not to do when designing a blog.  Some of the answers might surprise you. Once again, I want to thank all of you who voted in the polls, commented, and tweeted me with feedback.  […]

December 16, 2010

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Poll Answers: Part One – How People Access Blogs

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First of all, huge thanks to everyone who answered my poll questions last week about how you use blogs.  Hopefully, the high participation rate means the results will be helpful to all of us.  In fact, due to the abundant and informative feedback in comments and tweets, I’ll be dividing […]

December 14, 2010

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Can Blogging Train Your Muse?

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Should authors blog?  We’ve all seen this question in some form or another.  Some wonder if agents expect it.  (Not yet but close.) Others want to know if it will help build that elusive platform.  (It can.) But I propose another reason to blog: training your muse. My regular readers […]

December 9, 2010

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Poll: How Do You Use Blogs?

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Help!  I need you.  Don’t panic, I need only your answers on some polls.  I think these questions could help all bloggers understand how their readers are accessing and using their content, and I’ll share the results once the poll is done. For those of you reading this via email […]

December 7, 2010

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