Category: the business of creativity

#AmCurrently 8.16

#AmCurrently 8.16

I’ve barely turned on my computer all last week. At some point (Mon or Tues) I decided I wanted to find the blog I read years ago with all the contract details, publishing insight and overall exceptional information. I had to look through some old notes too find a link but I made my way back to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Blog. #AmRecommending I kid you not, it’s a Masters class in publishing. The kind you get from an internship instead of a university because it’s filled with hard truths, detailed info and the personal, real world experience of someone who has walked in pretty much every part of the business. […]

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Why I Want You to Care About Pinterest

Why I Want You to Care About Pinterest

If you’ve read my earlier social media posts, you’ll know I didn’t think too highly of Pinterest. Repinning seemed like nothing more than vanity marketing, raising people’s awareness of me. And hopefully they liked me. But it didn’t translate into clicks back to my website or increased book sales or reviews. Then, just before Christmas 2015 I came across a post by Stephanie at thesepaperhearts that turned my whole outlook on Pinterest around. It’s worth the time to read it because there’s a lot of great information, but one idea stood out for me. Pinterest isn’t just about curating pretty pictures. Pinterest is a search engine. Researching Georgian era culture […]

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the impact of the internet on nom de plumes

the impact of the internet on nom de plumes

Pseudonym, nom de plume, pen name… fifty years ago there were a number of reasons why an author might choose to use a different name. Marketabiliy or trying to sell books as a female author in a male skewing market. Genre specificity or ‘I write as this persona for sci-fi and this persona for contemporary romance.’ This also ties into the ability to reinvent yourself. Privacy. Perhaps you want to keep your private life especially private. Then the internet came along and with social media, blogging, the expectation to build a a platform it’s a whole different world today for authors. One day, I found myself considering how this new […]

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Balance in Focus

Balance in Focus

This is mostly a post about writing, but I think it’s the sort of thing that also isn’t about writing at all. And it’s something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while. One of the pieces of advice you hear for writers again and again is to keep writing. Don’t get distracted in research. Don’t spend all your time redesigning your website or marketing or on social media – WRITE. I thought about that frequently this past year when I was doing a lot of things that weren’t writing. I recorded an audiobook. I produced that audiobook. I redesigned my website. And also published my second book (that […]

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Joss Whedon and the power of hybrid artists

Joss Whedon and the power of hybrid artists

Joss Whedon recently revealed, at Paleyfest NY, that he has made more money from Dr. Horrible than from the first Avengers. While that’s a mind boggling fact, it’s also a perfect glimpse into the power of hybrid artists. There are layer upon layer of reasons he made money with Dr. Horrible; connections between his work in the mainstream and independently that converge in Dr. Horrible and stand as a startling counterpoint to The Avengers. And if you’re anything like me, it’s fascinating. The Fandom Foundation Dr. Horrible made money because people watched it. Without tv ads, without print media, barely with any internet promotion, people showed up in droves to […]

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social media 3 – the remnants

social media 3 – the remnants

I posted previously general thoughts of which social media outlets I really engage with and why. And then the first round of an author’s point of view on the whole thing (or at least this author’s point of view). But that draft was far too long and so we have the undiscussed, the leftovers, the remnants of using social media to build an author brand. As a quick recap, we’re looking at the benefits each venue provides (other than having fun). The prime benefit is obviously book sales and new readers. Another benefit would be notoriety (how many people are looking at you and listening when you talk). And finally […]

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social media 2 – the author version

social media 2 – the author version

I posted previously general thoughts on the different social media outlets I engage with and why. But, as an author, there’s a different piece to the whole equation than just what I enjoy. Part of being an author in this day and age is building your brand, expanding your readership and connecting to your readers. The majority of which happens online. So, when looking at social media outlets, I also have to consider how effective that outlet is in engaging with and building my audience. There’s two pieces of that – whether its inherently effective and how adept I am with it. Because some outlets might be more effective than […]

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social media

social media

I think most blogs at some point have a post discussing social media. It’s such a huge part of blogging and being an author and the book community and yet has so many different facets. We engage in the different outlets for promotion and for connection and for fun. So, this is the first in a social media series to discuss the different uses for different outlets. This one is all about what’s fun. I’ve tried most social media avenues. I’ve thought about what they are and what they do and I don’t know that I’ve used any of them well. But one thing I’ve realized is how my love […]

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