Tag Archives: Twitter

Short Saturday: Making a List, Checking It Twice

Since we’ve just been talking about the perfect gift—a book, of course—I figured it was time to rerun my lists of lists for book lovers. I ran this post last year but I’ve got a few more ideas to add to it: For Kids It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Christmas books for kids) […]

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Earlier this summer I was sitting on the deck in the growing dusk after supper listening to the Boy talk with his cousins (my niece and her husband, let’s call them Suze and Sam) about social media. Suze is hovering around age forty; she recently left academia—where she eschewed social media—and has a consulting business. […]

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I’m a Spoiler, He’s a Spoiler, She’s a Spoiler, We’re a Spoiler, Wouldn’t You Like to Be a Spoiler Too*

In case you missed it, we’ve had a gin-yoo-wine publishing event last week: the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman on 14 July. (That date will become important as you read on.) I’ll be frank: although her first book, To Kill a Mockingbird, won a Pulitzer Prize, was made into a much-beloved movie […]

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Short Saturday: The Book Is the Thing

Since the beginning of this year, publishing thought leader Jane Friedman has offered an interview series called 5 On. Each discussion is conducted by author Chris Jane, who “asks established, traditionally published authors and experienced self-published authors five questions about writing and five questions about their experiences with the publishing industry.” These 5 On articles […]

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Inspiration Is for Everybody, Even Real Writers

A few weeks ago I saw this on Twitter—“Inspiration is for amateurs. Real writers write.”—and (as we say in the South) it just about made me lose my religion. Meaning it made me so furious I ranted about it on Facebook. What in the world is this person talking about? And what do ridiculous pronouncements like […]

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The Book Selling Biz (The Last Update*)

Perhaps it’s because Amazon is refusing to sell certain traditionally published books and those authors are feeling the pinch, or perhaps it’s just a lot of self-published authors truly realizing how much work it is to market a book—but the air seems full of interesting commentary on selling books. No matter which route to publication […]

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You Can’t Resist It When It Happens to You (An Update*)

Social media, that is. This summer I’m updating some of my older posts while I spend time writing new ones. So let’s have a look at some new, interesting information you might find useful. ✱ Twitter I definitely have a love-hate relationship with Twitter; I’ve written about it so often it has its own tag. […]

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Entering the (Writer’s) Lottery

Recently a young writer with whom I’d worked some time before entered a contest that changed her life (I wrote about Natalie here). Her success brought to my attention the phenomenon of the “pitch contest,” in which unagented writers are invited to pitch a manuscript publicly, usually in a blog, sometimes on Twitter. The pitches […]

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Short Saturday: Authors & Social Media

We were just talking about using Twitter as a marketing tool, so I want to bring two “last words” to your attention. The first is from literary agent Chip MacGregor, who offers ten thoughts on the effectiveness of social media. He had me at “Don’t promote—participate.” 1. Know why you’re doing social marketing. 2. Study […]

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My Very Last Twitter Post. Maybe.

I was discussing social media with a publisher friend of mine recently—particularly Twitter, which seems to be in the strange position of being both more and less than some users in my circle had hoped. My friend remarked that it was now apparent Twitter wasn’t much good for selling books. “Well, yes,” I said. “And […]

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