Jabberwocky

Jabberwocky, for anyone unfamiliar with Lewis Carroll’s poem, has come to mean “a playful imitation of language consisting of invented, meaningless words; nonsense; gibberish” or speech or writing consisting of such words.  Have you ever coined a term? Made up a word out of thin air? Carroll certainly did! As you slowly, carefully read his poem, Jabberwocky, Read More …

Images Motivate Readers to Share

“Great images” don’t have to be slick, magazine-quality, professional photos. But if you want people to share your posts, learn to make or find illustrations that increase the odds by 50% or more. Read More …

Posts Not Turning Heads? Try On 25 Headlines to Find Your Best Fit, Every Time

Kevan Lee gave us 30+ Ultimate Headline Formulas for Tweets, Posts, Articles, and Emails. Or 30+ templates for headlines that make us click, even as we roll our eyes… Click-baity, Upworthy-style, BuzzFeed-type headlines work, because they have the backing of human psychology. These headlines whet the reader’s appetite and tug at the brain until we’re compelled to Read More …

Glow

“It’s remarkable,” said Anne, turning the glass float over in her hand. Holding it up in front of her nose, Anne squinted at the textured glass. Unlike most of the Japanese fishing floats she’d seen, this one was made of a wavy, ruby-red glass that was nearly opaque. It contained a tiny swirl of phosphorescence that Read More …

Facebook Presence Needed for Authors?

Do you really need to be on Facebook? Yes and no. I recommend concentrating first and foremost on your own website/blog. This is the web presence you have the most control over; it is the most predictable place to establish as a hub or base of online operations. As Facebook continues to “tweak” their algorithms, Read More …

Equipment Check! Signings, Social Media Events, and Travel Checklist

Know what you need, where it is, and how to use it – before you need it. Do an equipment check – both to ensure that you have everything you need and that it’s in good, working order prior to your event or travel. It’s also a good idea to keep a packing list when Read More …

Be a Data Driven Blogger

Is your approach to blogging and social media data driven, or intuitive? Mine’s generally been a spotty combination of intuition, common sense, intuition, and wishful thinking. When we say things like, “Don’t be a spammy spammer” or “never use those nasty pop-ups” and “be real, be vulnerable, be a people person” we are, to some Read More …

Checklist for Blogging: 27 Steps to a Winning Author Platform

Do your blogging efforts sometimes feel a little haphazard – just a bit too “hit or miss”? You may have heard, “You need a blog!” but still don’t have more than a vague notion of why or what to do with one. Are you an inconsistent blogger – enthusiastic and energetic, one day, while forgetting you Read More …

Diversity Isn’t Something to be “Tolerated”

It’s something to be appreciated. Valued. Biodiversity is critical to our planet’s survival. Diversity of thoughts, ideas, perspectives, and experiences fuels innovation. It keeps the world from being homogeneous and dull. Imagine if all the characters in a novel were the same – all “matchy-matchy,” as my daughter used to say. How boring would THAT Read More …

Blog: Holodeck for the Author’s Brain

Step into my author blog. It is a holodeck for my brain. Today, it is a tiny library lit by the amber glow of a banker’s light atop a heavy, burled walnut desk. The bookshelves stretch from floor to ceiling; there is a trap door with a spiral staircase, just behind the desk, that leads to Read More …

Add-to-Any WordPress Plug-in: Sharing Made Easy

Writers have been learning the importance of “shameless self-promotion” for over a decade, but it’s still more comfortable for many of us to promote other people than to toot our own horns. Oh, we’re learning – but that doesn’t make it “comfortable.” It’s not really our “happy place.” Most authors would prefer to have a small Read More …

Blogging from A to Z: The Day-Late Theme Reveal

Last year, I had an epiphany: I should have chosen “The Dictionary” as my theme, and called it “Stick a Pin In It.” I might not have felt so constrained, and it would have been impossible to run out of material. It might have felt like cheating – a little – but I would have made it Read More …