This week has been ‘my can’t quite settle to anything’ week.
It is probably due to changes in the family routine...Theoretically I should have more time...I wonder where it goes.
I need to wrestle my house into submission and also my brain, which has been jumping around all over the place. I have a new story idea that I have been doing a little bit of research on, and thinking about on how to tackle the story...You know me, sucker for anything that needs research, also I don’t know why but I have to challenge myself in structure and style as well... Why can’t I just write a simple story? As my good Fabo Friend commented on Facebook recently ‘Just write Maureen write!!!’
So in this week’s blog there is a mix of different ideas that caught my eye.
If you read last weeks post and went aaaarhgh. Social Media and Promotion and...It’s all doing my head in... then have a look at this guest post on Sia McKye’s blog. Janice Hardy takes a look at using your time wisely on promotion.
If you looked at last weeks post and thought Twitter aaaargh. Nicola Morgan has a good series of posts on using hashtags for searching within twitter. (good for research)
If you thought 'I can’t do facebook...'Take a look at this article on Fan Pages from Publetariat.
Nathan Bransford has a post looking at platform...which I have touched on before...If you wanted to know what an authors platform is, in terms of agents and publishers, read Nathans post.
This morning I had the good fortune to be able to chew the fat with some writer buddies (Hi Melinda) and we discussed last years conference. It has been a year since Spinning Gold...(I can’t quite believe it myself.) We discussed the success stories and the challenges of putting on the conference. The next conference, Spinning Tales, will be in Auckland at the beginning of April. Planning is underway with the Auckland team.
One of the topics in our wide ranging discussion was the changing face of publishing and also the speed of change. Jason Pinter looks at this in his Huffington Post article The 12 Game Changers In Publishing (and he doesn’t mention the tech companies....)
There will be pitching at Spinning Tales...so it could be timely to have a look at what happens to your manuscript when it gets requested. An agent tells....
Ingrid Sundberg has a good post on her blog recapping the agents panel at SCBWI LA last month. Great information about what some American agents want.....
Darcy Pattison has guest blogged about book trailers on The Creative Penn. If you have been thinking about book trailers and wondering if it is for you, have a look at what Darcy has to say.
Over on Craicerplus (My Amplify page) There are articles on
Reinventing Book Marketing.
What Do The Most Highly Paid Authors Have In Common.
New Print Books Jump Off The Page With Digital Enhancements.
Speaking Loudly...(how Social Media got the word out for Laurie Halse Anderson when her book was banned in schools....)
5 Ways To Make Your Novel Unforgettable...(for those of us stuck in mid novel blues...)
MG vs YA...(brilliant post and nailed for me why I love writing MG)
I want to leave you with a great video that Rachelle Gardner posted on her blog.
The The Impotance of Proofreading.
And if you know a teacher... send them this....Absolutely Brilliant!
and the pic is not my kitchen sink.