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Monday, March 5, 2012

Monday Moods

Asilomar Beach Tidepools


Today's MONDAY MOOD is tired, but with post-Asilomar SCBWI Conference inspiration to off-set it. The conference is at the Pacific Ocean's backdoor, so before or after sessions there's nothing better than a stroll across Hwy. 1 to peer into a few tidepools.


Dan Yaccarino and Naomi Kinsman

As usual the faculty gave excellent presentations filled with encouragement and helpful information for writers. At the final panel, Media Presence: Go Social in 2012 here's what they had to say about writers who blog:


  • If you're going to blog be professional. 
  •  The first thing most agents do if they are interested in a manuscript is Google the author.
  •  Never post anything you don't want others to know. Realize that anything on any forum should be treated as public information.
  • Blogging is an excellent tool for promoting, but doing only promotion for your books is deadly. Give something your readers need or enjoy; don't just push your work with "buy" messages.
  • Being a blogger doesn't replace writing an excellent book. 
We've all heard these comments before, but it's good for those who've been at this a while to be reminded; then there are always new writers/bloggers who might not have. What did I miss?


20 comments:

  1. That last is one heck of a good reminder; I tend to substitute blogging for any other writing,even though the blog isn't what my heart is longing to write. Thanks for posting that!

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  2. Excellent advice, especially the fourth bit.
    I'd add have all your information on your blog where people can find it.

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  3. Yup, that fourth one is the one to remember. I should never feel guilty for not blogging or leaving comments, only guilty for not writing.

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  4. All great advice and reminders. Some authors make a public outcry over a negative review of their book, but they forget that anything said online stays online forever! It's just a matter of finding it!

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  5. Great advice - and not just for writers (I remind my teens about this, too). It's not a bad idea to google your own name once in a while...sometimes I'm surprised by what pops up!

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  6. What excellent advice! It is always good to be reminded of these tips. Sometimes in the online world you can forget that what you write is available to everyone. I like to google myself every now and then to see what shows up. Another great piece of advice I got at a conference was to comment on people's blogs regularly (build a relationship). I try to comment back whenever someone comments on my blog. :)

    Looks like you were in a beautiful setting!
    ~Jess
    http://thesecretdmsfilesoffairdaymorrow.blogspot.com/

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  7. Hi all,

    Thanks for the visit as always and a big thanks for adding your advice. All of it is helpful and, as many have said, we need reminding.

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  8. I think pay it forward is always a goodie. Even if it's just giving recognition to books you've enjoyed or blogs you love.

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    1. That is a good addition, Stina. Thanks.

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  9. Wow, seeing that photo of the tide pools makes me wistful for CA. I have friends who go to that conference, and it always sounds great. Good social media tips, all.

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    1. Join us out here, Catherine. I'm a good tour guide in that area. :-)

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  10. Thank you for sharing, Lee! It sounds like you had a great time. :)

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  11. Oh, how I'd love to go to a conference with that kind of scenery! I answered your tag questions on my blog today. :)

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  12. Oh yes, how often I forget that last one!

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  13. Great advice! I love the tide pools :) And now to figure out today's blog post...

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  14. What a lovely backdrop to the conference. Sounds wonderful.

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  15. Thanks for the reminders! And what a beautiful location :)

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  16. Yes, it's so important to remember that anything you say online should be considered public.

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  17. Oh that gorgeous picture. I'd love to jump into it. Good blog points.

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  18. Another thing to remember: be persistent and consistent. Give your blog followers a regular diet of your material, and keep that quality and topic in roughly the same vein. Sure, you can experiment once in a while, push the envelope, but in the end people follow a blog because they know generally what they're going to get.

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