• Social Media,  Twitter

    Top 10 Things Writers Do Wrong On Twitter

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelists  You’ve written a book! You’ve followed all the great advice! You’ve got your Facebook page and your blog set up and your Twitter account is up and running! You’re doing everything right, or at least you think you are.  The Facebook likes are trickling in, you get a few hits on your blog and then there’s Twitter. You have few followers. You have few RTs. You aren’t making a lot of sales. No one has seen your awesomeness.  Ever thought about why? You COULD be making some serious mistakes that are pushing people away.  I know, it’s hard to believe, especially since it seems…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Blogging,  Marketing,  Publishing

    Top 10 Tips To Make Your Blog Title More RT Worthy

    by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist Everybody wants their blog to be noticed. But in reality, that’s a little tricky. According to Tumblr stats, there are 375 million on Tumblr alone, that’s one for every person living in the United States. That stat doesn’t count WordPress and other blogging platforms. Writers are constantly encouraged to blog more, but getting noticed is becoming more and more difficult. How do you get more traffic to your blog? Follow the meme #MondayBlogs! The#MondayBlogs idea is brilliant. On Mondays, anybody who wants to can post a link to their blog and those who follow that hashtag, on Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook, can find new blogs…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Social Media,  Twitter

    Top 10 Reasons To Treat Twitter Like A Big Cocktail Party by Katharine Grubb, 10 Minute Novelist

    Imagine yourself in a packed football stadium — one of the big ones like Gillette or Lucas Oil. Now imagine that every one in attendance at that stadium is shouting at the same time. They aren’t shouting to players on the field, they’re not even watching the game, instead, they are trying to get the attention of the people on the other side of the stadium. Everyone in the stadium, including you, wants attention from others. Everyone wants to be known as clever. They want subscribers or followers or friends or likes. Everyone in the stadium wants the attention of everyone else in the stadium. This isn’t a great way…

  • Marketing,  Social Media,  Time Management

    Making Your Author Platform Work for You — A Guest Post by Rachelle M. N. Shaw

    By Rachelle M. N. Shaw In such a highly competitive world of publishing, it’s no surprise that author platforms have taken center stage and become the foundation for any writer’s success. But who has time to keep up with all the Tweets, Pins, and Instagram posts needed to do so? The truth is, successful authors don’t. They pick the top few social media sites that fit their style and their audience, and they roll with it. What an Author Platform Should Do Provide original content fitting of your audience through a well-designed blog or website Become a place where you regularly engage with your followers; this doesn’t mean you sit…

  • Marketing,  Social Media

    Enjoying The Cocktail Party: How To Use Twitter to Engage Your Target Market by Katharine Grubb

    Imagine yourself in a packed football stadium — one of the big ones like Gillette or Lucas Oil. Now imagine that every one in attendance at that stadium is shouting at the same time. They aren’t shouting to players on the field, they’re not even watching the game, instead, they are trying to get the attention of the people on the other side of the stadium. Everyone in the stadium, including you, wants attention from others. Everyone wants to be known as clever. They want subscribers or followers or friends or likes. Everyone in the stadium wants the attention of everyone else in the stadium. This isn’t a great way…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Social Media

    Is Your Twitter Avatar Creepy?

    I will be the first to admit that I’m probably the wrong judge of what is creepy. I am a white, urban, college educated SAHM who is squeamish about mice in the house. So the very idea that I would set a high standard of cuddli-ness (which I’m thinkin’ is the most clarifying antonym out there) is pretty bold, if not silly. Nevertheless, in order to make my Social Media More Social, I ‘m willing to step up and put out a Creep-O-Meter for your benefit. This is kind of like a Cosmo quiz for people who have more important things to do than to read the first hundred pages…

  • Inspiration,  Perils of a Mom Writer

    How I Write: The Image, The Reality, and The Twitter Jokes

      This morning I woke up with a backache. I decided I would postpone the start of my day until after I felt better. So, what do you do with a little extra time on your hands? You hang out on Twitter! What luck! #HowIWrite was trending! I enjoyed very much reading suggestions from writers all over the world on the specifics of their process.   You know, the hows of our writing is similar. We all sit with keyboards (a few with notebooks), we all daydream, we all fiddle with music and other ambient issues, we all drink ungodly amounts of coffee or tea and we all work at this.…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Social Media,  Twitter

    13 Top Twitter Tips For Newbies By Katharine Grubb

    Congratulations! You have a Twitter account! You were told to get a Twitter account to help promote your books. So you did.  What do you do now? So you’ve set up your Twitter account and you have a lot of questions on how it’s supposed to work. This quick primer will give you a few tips to get you on your way. Before long, you’ll be RT-ing, hashtagging, and DMing your little heart out. 1. Expect Twitter To Work Differently. Don’t expect it to work like Facebook. It’s a different animal altogether. Facebook is like having a big meal at Applebee’s with your buddies from high school, your college roommates…

  • Blogging,  Social Media,  Twitter

    Tips To Make Your Blog Tweet More RT Worthy (Gentle Suggestions For Participants of #MondayBlogs) by Katharine Grubb

    Author’s note: I published this post a year ago, on my other blog,  just as I was seeing the wonderfulness that was #MondayBlogs. I still believe in this meme and still think a little shine and polish on our tweets could make the difference. Agree? How Can I Get My Blog Post Noticed? I participate in a meme on Twitter called #MondayBlogs. The idea is brilliant. On Mondays, anybody who wants to can post a link to their blog and those who follow that hashtag can find new blogs to read and new writers to enjoy. In theory, those who participate read each others’ blogs, RT and favorite the heck…

  • #MagicalMarketing,  Cultural Relevance,  Marketing,  Social Media

    How A Box of Knock-Off Grape Nuts Taught Me About Relevance

    What lesson did your box of breakfast cereal teach you today? The back of our store brand, knock-off Grape Nuts had a large graphic illustration explaining, “The Internet and How It Works.” My children and I read every word (and I totally regret in the telling of this story that I didn’t get a good enough photograph so you could see all of its glory.) It went on to explain such unfamiliar terms as “email” and “emoticons” and “HTML”. We mocked this. We mocked it over and over. What was the most fun, however was seeing my 12 year old son hold his head and shake in mirth. It was hilarious. “I…

  • What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me

    What 10 Minute Novelists Means To Me — A Guest Post by Michele Mathews

    This month 10 Minute Novelists is celebrating our first anniversary. To make it even more fun, we’re asking our group members to post what the group means to them. Today, Michele Mathews shares what she’s learned since being a part of our group!  A few months ago I saw a Facebook friend had joined a group called the 10 Minute Novelists. As a curious person, I clicked on the page to see what it was about, and within a few minutes, I clicked to join the group. I’m so glad I did that. For the last few months, I have been encouraged and supported with my writing. Everyone in the…

  • #EthicalAuthor

    Do Author Ethics Matter? A Guest Post by Jane Steen

    Jane Steen, a member of the Facebook group, 10 Minute Novelists, shares with us today about good practices and ethical behavior for writers. This is an important issue for everyone who has published either traditionally or independently. Please read and consider carefully Jane’s thoughtful suggestions on ethics for authors.  Read the Ethical Author Code here A short history of how I came to draft the Ethical Author Code It started with a Facebook conversation between authors. Someone suggested a visibility tactic that involved, I think, upvoting your own book on a site. I can’t remember the specifics. But I do remember writing, “I don’t think that’s ethical.” Up to that point,…

  • #Top10Tuesday,  Marketing,  Social Media,  Twitter

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Ways To Start Conversations On Social Media

    #Top10Tuesday Top Ten Ways To Start Conversations On Social Media  Your first objective in starting conversations on Twitter is NOT to make a sale. It just isn’t. So when you are making conversations on Twitter, you should ask questions that are NOT yes or no questions. You are looking for a friend. You need to go under the assumption that they are going to LOVE you. No they are going to be amazed by you. This is the assumption. 1. Ask open ended questions. What’s the best thing about this day for you?  What’s the most interesting thing you’ve faced recently?  2. Celebrate with people over small victories. That’s awesome! Tell me…

  • #MondayBlogs,  Inspiration,  Motivation

    Writerly Reasons I’m Thankful

      This last weekend my family and I celebrated with the rest of our nation. We stopped to celebrate and contemplate for what we were the most thankful. As a writer, I have a list too. I’m thankful that it’s super easy to get my words into the hands of readers. I’m thankful for great tools like Scrivener, Evernote, Hemingway, Canva and my MacBook Air to make writing as physically and organizationally easy as it can be. I’m thankful for Createspace and Kindle Direct that became the best solution for my self-publishing needs. I’m thankful that there has never been a better time to be a writer. What was impossible…