SUMMER SPARKS writing challenge sign-up is TOMORROW!

Are you ready? Tomarrow sign-ups open up forSummer Sparks

 

Don’t miss a line up full of advice, story sparks, and some prizes scattered throughout.

SO STAY TUNE AND SIGN-UP!

***Sign-up will be June 1st through June 14th.  You MUST comment on the June 1st post, complete the challenge, and comment on the last post to be eligible for prizes.***

SUMMER SPARKS writing challenge sign-up in 2 days

Are you ready? Only two more days until sign-ups open up forSummer Sparks

 

Don’t miss a great line up full of advice, story sparks, and some prizes scattered throughout.

SO STAY TUNE AND SIGN-UP!

***Sign-up will be June 1st through June 14th.  You MUST comment on the June 1st post, complete the challenge, and comment on the last post to be eligible for prizes.***

SUMMER SPARKS writing challenge is in 3 days!

Are you ready? Only three more days until sign-ups open up forSummer Sparks

 

Don’t miss a great line up full of great advice, story sparks, and some prizes scattered throughout.

SO STAY TUNE AND SIGN-UP!

***Sign-up will be June 1st through June 14th.  You MUST comment on the June 1st post, complete the challenge, and comment on the last post to be eligible for prizes.***

www.Wednesday: KIDLIT411.COM

Are you struggling trying to find information on the internet about children’s writing? Let me direct you to a great resourceful website that is FULL of information:

 

KidLit411

KidLit411

I spoke with the owners,  Elaine Kiely Kearns &  Sylvia Liu, about the website. It is so full of information and I wanted to give some great highlights. They mention the following interviews:

Good interviews:

Debbie Ridpath Ohi- Author-Illustrator- http://www.kidlit411.com/2014/04/kidlit411-debbie-ohi-author-illustrator.html
Jodell Sadler- Agent- http://www.kidlit411.com/2014/05/Kidlit411-Agent-Spotlight-Jodell-Sadler.html
Drew Daywalt – Author- http://www.kidlit411.com/2014/03/kidlit411-Drew-Daywalt-Author-Spotlight.html

 

AND here are some of their Most Popular Pages: Most visited

Submissions: Agents & Editors –http://www.kidlit411.com/2014/01/kidlit411-submission-how-to.html
Contests & Awards- http://www.kidlit411.com/2013/12/kidlit411-contest-awards.html
For Writers- http://www.kidlit411.com/2014/01/kidlit411-for-writers.html Picture Books- http://www.kidlit411.com/2014/01/picture-books.html

As you can see not can you find things about agents and editors, and writers and illustrators, but you can find contests, links, and you can learn more about the writing craft, tips, and and … okay, I’m getting tired here. GO! Click on the picture link above to go check out the website!!!

 

DON’T FORGET

Only 4 more days to sign-up for the SUMMER SPARKS writing challenge!

 

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Let me know what you thought about this website! Are there others you would like seen highlighted here? Do YOU have a resourceful website and would like to be highlighted?

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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Monday Marketing: YOUTUBE *video killed the radio star*

Today I’m talking about Marketing with VIDEO.

Yes, video!

What better concept to get your message across. Let’s face the facts. MOST PEOPLE ARE VISUAL LEARNERS. This means a picture is worth a thousand words.  (which makes me sad… I’m an author! I live on words.) You can tell someone something (directions/recipes/variations of color/yadda yadda), but if you SHOW them… It clicks!

Think of other social media. Sure you read peoples status updates, but the ones with pictures will grab your attention faster. Right? RIGHT! The ones with videos on how-to or something funny last with you longer. Right? RIGHT! This is one reason why Pinterest has blossomed like it has. It works with pictures.

THEN ADD GOOGLE TO THE MIX! Yep, I said it. Google is the #1 search engine and if you load your videos onto YouTube (which is #3 search engine, btw!!!) You  will get tones of hits. Because Google owns YouTube. PLUS, PLUS, PLUS YouTube has made it so easy to add categories and tags to your posts to make them easier to find. THUS enriching your seo!

But I don’t know how to make a video. What kind of equipment do I have to buy?
Do you have a smartphone? Here’s a quick and simple video I did for an example:

 

Another option is using your Google+ account and making the most out of Google+Hangout On Air.

 

 

Using videos will only add to your search engine optimization. It is a total Win situation.

You don’t have to be on camera either. There are tutorials such as power point, book trailers, interviews, and so on. BUT by being on camera, your customers, followers, and others in your field will be able to get to know you more, such as your mannerism, voice, smile, sarcastic remarks. They will begin to trust you more because their is the “PICTURE” of you right there in front of them.

 

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Let me know what you think. What ideas have you seen worked? What else would you like to know about video? I’d love to hear from you.

Now get out there filming!
~t

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How to Support an Author’s New Book: 11 Ideas For You

REBLOG: Great ideas on how to show authors some love!

Writers In The Storm Blog

By Chuck Sambuchino

large_5595133805My Writer’s Digest coworker, Brian A. Klems, recently geared up for the release of his first book — a humorous guide for fathers called OH BOY, YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S SURVIVAL GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS (Adams Media). On top of that, my coworker Robert Brewer (editor of Writer’s Market) recently got a publishing deal for a book of his poetry.

So I find myself as a cheerleader for my writing buddies — trying to do what I can to help as their 2013 release dates approach. I help in two ways: 1) I use my own experience of writing & publishing books to share advice on what they can expect and plan for; and 2) I simply do whatever little things I can that help in any way.

This last part brings up an important point: Anyone can support an author’s…

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Thinking Thursday: SUMMER SPARKS writing challenge

Summer Sparks

Hello people!

WHAT is Summer Sparks? Well, I’ll get to that in a little bit. First I want you to know that I know how hard coming up with ideas can be. To help me out I have participated in a a few writing challenges:

Shannon Abercrombie’s: START THE YEAR OFF WRITE
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&

Tara Lazar’s: PIBOIDMO
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THEN I like to participate in several writing challenges…

Julie Hedlund’s: 12×12
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&

Paula Yoo’s: NAPIBOWRIWEE
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That being said, I still find myself stalling out mid-year.  *waaaaaaaaah*

WHY?

I don’t know. Maybe it’s the nice weather? Maybe it’s the kids being out of school? The gardening needing weeding and planting and harvesting? Vacation to be taken? There are SO MANY things it could be. Sometimes it my ideas didn’t pan out. Sometimes I’m in a rut and need a good kick to get going again. SOOOOOOOOOO….

Summer Sparks

Is a brain child of mine. I will be hosting this writing challenge *YIKES!* during the first two weeks of Summer!
Here is the run down:

  • SIGN-UP: will go from June 1-15. I will blog a sign-up post on JUNE 1st. YOU MUST COMMENT ON THIS BLOG TO BE INCLUDED IN THE PRIZES AT THE END OF THE CHALLENGE.
  • SUMMER SPARKS: June 21-July4 will be the run-time of the challenge. You will have until July 11th to catch up on challenge. (because I know some of us will be busy during the holiday)
  • BLOG POSTS: Each day a guest blogger will talk about the different challenges and/or aspects of being a picture book writer. They will also give you a ‘spark’ of a writing prompt to give you an idea for a story.
  • PRIZES: Some bloggers will be giving away prizes. You will have to follow each day and participate the whole two weeks to be eligible.
  • ACCOMPLISHMENT: What I hope this will give you all is at least 14 sparks for new stories.

GUEST BLOGGERS WILL INCLUDE:

  1. Kelly Halls
  2. Alison Hertz
  3. Alyane Christian
  4. Corey Schwartz
  5. Julie Gribble
  6. Jodi Moore
  7. Susanna Hill
  8. Tara Lazar
  9. Tracey M. Cox
  10. Kristi Call
  11. Donna Earnhardt
  12. Donna M. McDine
  13. Kris Dinnison
  14. Carol Ekster
  15. Claire Murphy (BONUS Blogger)

To find out more information go to : https://traceymcox.wordpress.com/summer-sparks/  . You will find pictures and links to each blogger. Hope to see you all there.

Have fun writing!!!
~t

Tuesday Tips: 7 Google+ Tips and Hints

Hi everyone.

Sorry for the month long hiatus.
I want to pick up where I left off with Google+. I had stated that Google, being the giant that it is, makes it almost a necessity to have a Google+ account. That being said, it is a great asset for your smo and to get your brand out there to the public.

Here are a few tips I created to help tackle the Google Giant:

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7 Google+ Tips and Hints

Again I want to say… Give it a try. There are so many avenues out there. See what works for you and you just might surprise yourself in the process.

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Let me know how you use Google+
What have you found the most helpful?
Any tips you know about communities? Finding friends? Creating fantastic lists? How about those videos?

Have fun Googling!
~ t

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