Monthly Archives February 2012

Indie Blogging 101: Creating Effective Posts

Everyone comes to the network with a different level of experience on the web. In the last post I shared the basics of what a blog is and how to create one. Now I’d like to talk a little about creating posts. The WordPress Platform In blogging, articles are called “posts”. The Indie Writer’s Network runs on the WordPress platform, one of the most popular blogging platforms available online today. Because it runs on WordPress, if you’ve ever had a WordPress blog, you’ll find that it works in much the same way. It also means that you can easily import
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Talk Radio for Indie Writers

On Saturday, February 18th, I had an experience completely new to me. I was a special guest on a radio talk show. The talk show is part of the Indie Author How-to site, which is part of the TalkShoe network. The live session lasted two full hours. I had no idea what to expect, and, I must admit, that I was a bit nervous thinking about it beforehand. But the entire broadcast turned out to be quite enjoyable, in large part because of the wonderful host, Lakisha Spletzer, and her two wonderful co-hosts, all three of whom made me feel
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Using Twitter: Are you a writer, a brand or a salesman?

I recently wrote a few blog posts to help some of the people that I had met on forums to get to grips with Twitter. I said from the start that I am no expert, but over the last ten weeks or so since I launched Only the Innocent I have learned a lot more about Twitter which I’ve tried to share with other indie publishers.  I got some great feedback to the earlier posts, and some very interesting comments –  which have cast a slightly different light on things. I have concluded (and am happy to be disagreed with)
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The Future of the e-book

Professionally I’ve done quite a bit of public crystal-ball gazing. Sometimes I’ve hit the nail on the head, with predictions that happen so accurately I wonder if I should done a gypsy outfit and pitch a tent somewhere. Other times, I’m left waiting for the events to happen. Examples of both are the use of biometric recognition on cell phones (happened three months after I published the prediction with the introduction of a fingerprint scanner on a phone made by a French firm) and large scale denial of service attacks using smartphones (still waiting). I’ve been toying with the idea
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Interview Techniques for Writers

“There are two sides to every question.” – Protagoras, Greek pre-Socratic Philosopher (490 BC – 420 BC) As a writer you might be mistaken into thinking that knowing how to do professional interviews is not a particularly useful skill. You would, however, be wrong. I was a management consultant for many years and have interviewed hundreds of people professionally during this time. Eons ago, when I was starting out, I had the good fortune to be trained by some of the best. The techniques they taught me have proven themselves countless times and I still use them successfully today as
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Crafting Interesting Characters

What do readers want to know about the characters? 1. The basics The characters should be directly affected by the events unfolding in the story, i. e. the plot. Their demeanor, the way they dress, act, and interact with others should all stem from three places: 1. What is happening to them in the story. 2. Their personality. 3. The internal conflict and how they are going about to resolve this conflict. 2. The superficial characteristics What the character looks like should give the reader some guide as to how they present themselves to the world. It is often taken
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What Can You Do on the Indie Writer’s Network?

The Indie Writer’s Network is a fully-functional social network designed with you in mind. The first step to getting involved is to create an account. After that, here’s some things you’ll want to try out: Let people know who you are You do this by filling out your profile. There are several sections you can fill out to help others get to know you. You are welcome to fill out as much or as little of this as you like, but this does give you an opportunity to advertise your books and share a bit about yourself. How do I do this? After you
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Can Authors Get Effective Online Marketing for Free? | Phyllis Zimbler Miller

I spoke to yet another prospective book author who thought her idea for a book could be very successful. At the same time she explained that, in order to save money, she had built her professional website from a template and had only hosted blogs. Now the truth is that an author can get effective marketing online for free — if that author is willing to put in the time and effort learning as much as possible about effective websites, blogging and social media sites. Here is part of the email I wrote to this prospective book author: I was
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