What's your definition of success? How about happiness? How do you plan to achieve those two states in your writing? What benchmark will you use to determine whether you've achieved them? Start with this blog post for one writer's take on achieving author happiness.
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4. "7 Must-Do Tactics for Promotional Tweets" on Books Go Social (Laurence O'Bryan)
We've all heard it before: Don't just use Twitter to promote yourself and your book. No one likes to feel spammed with millions of tweets that say, "Buy my book! Buy my book!" Here's a post on how to tackle that touchy topic delicately and with professional finesse.
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3. "5 Ways to Start Writing Your Novel Today" on WritersDigest.com (Cheryl Pon)
Afraid of the blank page? Nervous to start a rewrite of your current project? No idea where to begin? Writer's Digest consistently offers fantastic, engaging advice and helpful tips for writers at every stage of their project and in every genre ... so start here.
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2. "A Smattering of Stupid Writer Tricks" on Terrible Minds (Chuck Wendig)
In my estimation, information isn't stupid if it's applicable and bears repeating over and over until all the rest of us get it. Chuck Wendig is a master at delivering useful information to readers of his blog and writers in general. This post is PACKED with tips, tricks, and tidbits to make the writing process smoother.
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1. "Rating Self-Promotional Techniques for Authors and Their Books" on Terrible Minds (Chuck Wendig)
I don't usually include two posts from the same source in my "Top Five" summaries each week, but this week, Wendig has outdone himself. (And trust me, he's renowned enough that he's not paying me for PR ... he needs none!) In his trademark snarky, irreverent style, he catalogs a myriad ways authors tend to promote themselves and rates them according to their usefulness. If you like your information blunt and unapologetic, you'll want to see this post.
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And that's the lineup for last week. What did you get out of Chuck's blog posts? What did you find as you explored the blogs and posts on Writer's Digest's website? Let me know!