Perfect is Boring
When I began writing police mysteries I said to myself, “Aha! This is fiction, not a documentary. I have the opportunity to make everything come out perfectly.”
Listened to a Webinar today given by Jason Schmetzer, Marketing Mgr. for Authors Learning Center. He is a writer, teacher, website designer and marketer who works with SEOs every day. Here's some of what he had to say.
I. WHAT SEO IS:
It's growing your site's visibility on the Internet by improving your ranking by search engines like Google and Bing. Your ranking is determined by the number of times people go to a site based on its relevance and popularity.
Relevance: How well does your site answer queries?
Popularity: How many people go there and how long do they stay?
Yesterday I posted the late Elmore Leonard’s best advice for good writing. Not everyone agreed with the old boy. Neither did I. Well, I liked 3 or 4 of his rules, but didn’t exactly agree with the rest. But those were his ideas and he has been successful.
Today I’ll try to get back into everyone’s good graces with my own advice. This is one I believe in—100%.
What was Leonard’s secret to success as a writer? Here are 10 tips which were taken from a New York Times article, “Easy on the Adverbs, Exclamation Points and Especially Hooptedoodle.”
1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb “said”…he admonished gravely.
All members receive, or should receive, a report on your page(s) on the AGT site. If you want to know a little bit more about terminology used on the report, I invite you to read attached document. One may also be interested to do some training to get even more familiar. I hope you get something meaningful out of this.
THE LENGTH OF WHAT YOU WROTE AND OTHER THINGS THAT WILL DRIVE YOU CRAZY
By Wayne Zurl
My problem isn’t unique to writers. If your personality demands that you and other people get the facts straight, you might cringe when you hear blatantly incorrect statements.
I post about taxes yearly since there always seem to be writers whose accountants have steered them wrong, saying that they can't take tax deductions unless they're making money. Not true! The IRS hobby rule doesn't have to apply to writers if you're serious about your writing. All of you need to know that you CAN deduct expenses--and for many, many years. Below is my standard post and at the bottom is a link to changes for this year.
In today's world of hacking, spamming, phishing & all kinds of other threats, that makes life using internet via all kinds of devices more and more cumbersome, for the every day user - we need to protect ourselves and become more aware of these threats.
Even high-raking politicians apparently are not as aware as they ought to be. A small reminder is the current election in the USA. However it is also ones reponsibility in todays age to become more aware and learn what to do to stay protected. The blog is specifically about Ransomware and how to be more proteced against it. You do no want to pay people who have succesfully taken over access to your computer and information on it.
Ransomware threats like Cryptowall, TeslaCrypt, and Locky are on the rise, targeting organizations of all sizes. This paper explains how these attacks work, and why a large number of new infections continue to surface despite existing protective measures. It also provides practical short- and long-term steps that organizations should take to protect against them.
This documentent may be a bit technical, but surely one can get some great advise from it, as to what to do and what NOT to do.
I read in one of my writing magazines about attending a farmer's market. Yesterday I attended the farmer's market in Tellico Village at the Yacht Club. It took me 15 minutes to set up. I had a folding table, folding chair, metal rack, and books. I could park either in my designated spot or close by.
It is open each Wednesday in the summer from 9 to noon. In that time, I sold 11 books, was asked to speak at two book clubs, and had three future buyers.
There is NO COST and you can cancel at any time according to your schedule or weather. You just show up and start selling. The earlier you go, the better spot you'll have. I arrived at 8 am with a cup of coffee and a breakfast bar.
Is there anyone who would like join me for next week, Wednesday, June 22nd? Let me know.
Check out your own town's market. Some charge a yearly fee, some charge per time, and some are free. Let AGT know what you found out so we can participate if we want to.