Monday Morning Mashup: 5/21/12

creative combination
or mixing of content
from different sources.

Things are kind of hectic today, but I thought the links I’ve collected in the last week were too good to skip my mashup. So, although morning has passed, it is still Monday. So, let’s start mashing:

Chuck Sambuchino has a guest post by Khan Ha titled “Rules for Writing and Revising Your Novel.” Khan Ha, the author of Flesh, provides a list of seven rules – all excellent. To entice you, here is his first rule:

1) Find discipline in solitude, in aloneness so you can meet your characters. It’s like a rendezvous with ghosts. Then make that meeting every day or every night with no excuses.

I’m printing out his rules and will post them in my office. The rest of his article is as good as that first rule.

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Once again, Jane Friedman provides relevant and useful information to help authors maneuver the long and winding path to publication. Her post, “Four Ways to Immediately Improve Your Book Marketing Efforts,” begins by pointing out a mistake I see constantly all over the Internet: Using social media to hard sell. She suggests that an author’s website should be used instead. But my favorite was Item 2:

2) Brainstorm a list of all the meaningful relationships you have—people who you can count on to read your e-mails.

Ms. Friedman suggests breaking this group into three sub-groups:

a) Friends, coworkers, old classmates, etc.
b) People with significant reach or influence – ie, bloggers, other authors, etc.
c) Devoted fans who will be willing to spread the word

This is one of the best-described marketing ideas I’ve seen.

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Every Tuesday, Madison Woods invites a guest to post an article relevant to writers. The post, “Networking and Twitter for Writers,” by Debra Marrs, was posted in February. However, I’m including it in this week’s mashup because it provides detailed steps on how writers can improve their presence on Twitter. Give me steps to follow and I’ll try just about anything!

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When love and skill
work together,
expect a masterpiece.
                                                ~ John Ruskin
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5 Responses to Monday Morning Mashup: 5/21/12

  1. janmorrill says:

    Reblogged this on Jan Morrill Writes and commented:

    Mashed together this week: Marketing AND writing advice!


  2. Madison Woods says:

    Thanks for some great links Jan 🙂 I’m going to be reading through Jane Friedman’s and Chuck Sambuchino’s this evening. Debra’s post was very informative and I appreciate your including it in your fine Monday Morning Mashup!


  3. Thanks for the shout-out!


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