Welcome to Livestreaming: Facebook Live

...and Goodbye to Blab, for now

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by Bethany Jett, @BetJett The livestreaming community went into a state of momentary shock when major player Blab.im said “buh-bye for now” and went offline two weeks ago. According to their farewell blog post, they’d “gone from 0 users to 3.9 million users in less than one year.” 3.9 million users in less than a […]

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Online Etiquette for Writers (and Others)

Online Etiquette for Writers

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Recently I’ve been reminded what a small world publishing really is. Even if we don’t actually know each other, it’s likely that we have friends and associates in common. Because it’s such a small world, it’s important for us to all pay attention to how we interact, especially online. What I say […]

How a Writer Says No – Gracefully

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By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Writers are often asked to volunteer, give of their time and talents, bend, stretch, and fed guilt-lines to convince them to edit, speak, teach, write, mentor for free, and the list goes on. This is probably you. Please don’t misinterpret my thoughts here: a willingness to serve is a positive trait […]

3 Traits of a Great “First Reader”

aka the Perspective Check

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by Bethany Jett, @BetJett Your First Reader is a super important person in your writing journey. As writers, we get so close to our projects, our writing “babies,” if you will, that it can be difficult to take a step back. Having a second set of eyes (or three or four) will boost your manuscript…if you […]

Creating a Successful Book Signing

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By DiAnnMills @DiAnnMills Are you a writer who wants a successful book signing, but you’re not sure how to make it happen? Book signings are an opportunity for the writer to help: The bookstore owner. The employees. The customers. The publisher. For approximately two hours, the writer greets people and enjoys their personalities, drawing them […]

Writer Candy

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By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills A bowl of M&Ms might propel your creativity, but I want to talk about the kind of candy that sweetens our writing, the books that take our craft to the next level. When I’m stuck on creating a character with unique goals: The Art of Character by David Corbett springboards me […]

3 Steps for Repurposing Our Writing

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by Kathryn Lang, @KathrynCLang “Repurpose your words.” The first time I heard this idea I was sitting in a session by Cheryl Sloan Wray about perfecting my query. I liked what she had to say about taking the same concept and the same words and then shifting them a little to work for different publications. […]