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Four Smart Writers to Learn from Today!

Hi Everybody! This post should have been up for Friendly Friday, but I have worked hard to get the word out about the book this week, and then got to visit with an old friend I haven’t seen in twenty years. All in all, a pretty great weekend, including a much-needed evening out!

I do have a few awesome new people to introduce you to today that will help with your writing career:

John Soares, Writer

John Soares writes the Productive Writers blog. Work Less ~ Earn More ~ Live More– he could not have a better tagline for writers. He recently wrote an article about being more productive and writing faster– Write Faster: 12 Top Tips for Freelance Writers, and talks about over-researching, perfectionism, and meeting deadlines. Another post on his blog introduced and reviewed Cuttings.me, which is a site where you can build an online portfolio site easily to show potential clients, and editors. Spend a few minutes on his blog and you will find some tips that will definitely help you to be a more productive writer, which of course translates to more money.

Another good writer I came across this week (surprisingly enough on John Soares’ blog) is Linda Formichelli. She co-wrote The Renegade Writer in 2003, and they keep up a blog by the same name. A

recent article of hers that is important for freelancers to read is On Writing for Peanuts. This post points out the mistakes many new writers make by feeling they need to get a paying job at any ridiculously low price offered. No, working for peanuts is NOT a given, if you know where to look for work.

Another blog I want to introduce you to is OddBlogger. Holly Jahangiri shares ideas on blogging, promotion, SEO tools, and marketing on her site; these are all things that writers need to learn more about in today’s business environment. Her latest post discusses negative comments that you might get on your posts, and how you should actually view these as positive. Tips for Dealing with Negative Comments definitely puts the positive spin on the negative!

Mavis Nong

One last person I think you will all benefit from knowing more about is Mavis Nong. Mavis writes a blog,Attraction Marketing Online. Her blog teaches you about building relationships online, gaining a reputation and becoming established as an expert in your field. She feels that you should help others free of because along the way those same people will come back and buy your products and services. This is something I’ve always tried to do…and intend to follow more of her advice going forward. I think she’s just awesome! Check out 101 Surefire Ways to Attract Targeted Prospects for a sample of what she has to offer.

You owe it to yourself to read what these smart people have to say! They will make you think and stretch yourself in ways you need for success. Make time, go to their blogs; you will be glad you did! Which of these articles do you like the best? What did you learn that you can apply TODAY?

On a more personal note, my first attempt at making a video  (just yesterday) is now up and posted on my “How to Write and Get Paid” Kickstarter project. Please check it out and give me some feedback– positive or negative– I can take it!


Tip Junkie Tuesday: A Collection of Cool Tips to Help with Writing and Blogging

First of all, let me apologize for the solid block of text– I assure you that is NOT the way I wrote this. Seems there is a glitch with WordPress at the moment…I’m hoping it will all be a bad dream in the morning.!

You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.—-Jack London

This year’s new themed blog pages continue today with Tip Junkie Tuesday!  Over the last several years, I have learned so much about writing, internet marketing, social media, blogging, and <gasp!> even some HTML language. If you don’t know what that is, don’t feel bad…I didn’t either a few years ago. (Turns out, it is pretty important, though.)
Instead of writing a post filled with tips for bloggers and writers, I thought I would link to some awesome ones that I have found… and I guarantee I will NEVER run out of great stuff for you to read.  So, here is my first offering to you for Tip Junkie Tuesday…
Need to build a Facebook Fan Page for your business? No problem, right? Actually, getting a few things right will bring lots more traffic to your Fan Page.  I will let Kristi Hines tell you all about her recent experience and how to make sure you are taking full advantage of the FREE platform you have. Kristi is one of my absolute favorite bloggers…if it has to do with writing, blogs, or social media…she is on top of it!  Here is a link to her post:  http://kikolani.com/tips-for-starting-a-new-facebook-fan-page.html.
Do you have writer’s block? Check out this post from About.com filled with tips that actually do work…and believe me, I know. (If the Queen of Procrastination can spend time writing every day, anybody can.) Here is the link to some cool tips to help rid yourself of writer’s block for good: http://fictionwriting.about.com/od/writingroadblocks/tp/block.htm.  

What advice would successful published authors give you?  This post, written by Marelisa Fábrega, a self-described Writer, lawyer, entrepreneur, dream-weaver, alchemist, and dragon-slayer. Creator of Abundance Blog at Marelisa Online gives us 54 Tips for Writers, From Writers…. http://abundance-blog.marelisa- online.com/2009/05/24/54-tips-for-writers-from-writers/.
Want to know how to create a successful blog?  You can create a blog in any niche and have it be a total flop– nobody reads it, you don’t get any comments, and you feel like you are talking to yourself. Or, you can follow the great tips that expert marketer, Mavis Nong, shares so generously. Here is one set of her tips, but expect to see more:)   
Okay, I know that does not look like a lot, but believe me, once you get to the pages where these tips are, you will find lots more great stuff to read… so do come back here at some point and let me know….Which writer’s style do you like? What is the best tip you read about? What kind of tips would you like to see next week?