Every Writer Needs A Street Team

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Today’s writer has many roads to travel in learning the craft, adjusting to changes in the publishing industry, and navigating social media. Every writer craves encouragement and support for the journey ahead. Why travel alone? A street team, sometimes referred to as a dream team, posse, gang, road crew, backstage team, […]

7 Reasons Your Social Media Life is Busier Than It Should Be

By Edie Melson @ediemelson I’m just back home from several weeks of teaching at writing conferences. In spite of the fact that I’m a card-carrying introvert, I love getting to share what I’ve learning about publishing and marketing with other writers. One of the things I get asked over and over again is, “How do […]

What are Your Social Media Questions?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills and @EdieMelson A writer’s social media platform helps brand her in the publishing world. This post is to help you reach your writing and publishing goals through social media. Edie and I want to encourage you to establish and maintain your social media presence regularly. If you’ve taken our classes, you’ve […]

Social Media, Marketing & Branding

The How & Why of Using Hashtags with Social Media

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson Today I want to jump into one of the most important tool in your social media arsenal, hashtags. Hashtags—especially for Twitter—can be incredibly valuable in helping us increase out audience. But only if we learn to use them correctly. They’re not that hard, but there are some rules you need to […]

Writer Branding – What’s the Fuss?

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills A writer’s brand is a red carpet of introduction to readers and the publishing industry. It’s an identity that shows genre and demonstrates what others can expect from writing projects, social media posts, and anything attributed to the writer’s name. Branding is not a marque in your front yard with your […]

Organization – the Secret To a Writer’s Social Media Success

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills Getting our writing life organized may or may not be one of our personality traits. But today’s writer must incorporate organizational skills into her social media practice, or she will be overwhelmed and fail. I’ve experimented and will continue to explore methods to work effectively and efficiently with social media. What […]

Social Media, Marketing & Blogging

35 Images You Can Take Yourself for Social Media & Blogging

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson I’ve shared several posts about where to find images for your blog. But one thing I haven’t covered is a list of images you could take with your own camera. I’m always on the lookout for images that I could use to illustrate a post. In my mind, I have a […]

Social Media – a Writer’s Fresh Vision

By DiAnn Mills @DiAnnMills When a writer grows tired of social media and dreads creating a blog or post, it’s time to create new ideas. So how is this accomplished when a writer feels like she’s scraping the bottom of inspiration? Writers can’t find fresh vision while sitting in front of a computer screen. We […]

Tips to Stay Safe Online While Building Your Audience

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson As writers we know the importance of developing an online presence, but is there such a thing as putting too much information out there? How do we know when we’ve gone beyond platform building into an area that puts us and our families at risk? The result of too much information […]