Does an Author Really Need a Social Media Platform?

Check out this great article by editor Lynda Dietz on whether authors need social media platforms.

Writers After Dark


Ask the Editor Series, Q16

WAD Ask Lynda CartoonQ: I’ve heard authors should always have a platform. Is that really necessary for success?

A1: It can certainly make you look taller, and many tall people appear more commanding and therefore successful. Go, shawty!

A2: Ohh . . . a social media platform. Well, that’s different.

Think of your favorite author of fiction or nonfiction. Whoever it is, they’re probably readily found on the internet. All it takes is a handful of keystrokes and you can read about them or read their work.

Whether you’re a self-published (indie) author, published with a small press, or signed up with one of the bigger publishing houses, you’ve probably heard about the importance of having an author platform. Do you have one? Do you know what an author platform is? Let’s talk about it.

What’s a platform, anyway?

Having a platform is a general way of…

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5 Things To Do After Getting Beta Feedback

If you haven’t seen this already, check out this great article by author K.M Allan on what to do once you have Beta Reader feedback!

K.M. Allan

Any writer who has gotten to the beta reader feedback stage of their writing journey knows handing your MS to others to read is a helpful part of the process.

It can be essential for addressing plot issues, character flaws, confusing narratives, what works and what doesn’t, and picking up those elusive typos.

It’s also nerve-wracking.

Unless you’ve done the impossible and written the perfect draft, your beta feedback will include things you might not be ready to hear and could involve putting more work into the next draft than you initially thought you’d have to.

These aren’t bad things, even if it feels like it. Instead, embrace the help you’ve been given and do the following…

5 Things To Do After Getting Beta Feedback

1. Really Look At The Comments

While the first thing you’ll do is look at the comments, the second thing to do is really

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How To Get Back On Track

How To Get Back On Track

If you have been following this blog for a while, you will probably be aware that my life has been derailed by situations, events and the never-ending house rennovations!

Things like this happen, they rise up like damp and drag all your time, focus and energy until you're just a dried up husk, a HUSK I say!!  And while you are dealing with these big issues, other things have to be put on hold.  But what happens when you are finally able to get back to those things on hold?

Monthly Goals: September 2021 | The Merry Writer Podcast

September Goals 2021 | Monthly Goals

I had planned to keep September's goals nice and simple, maybe sticking with just 5.  Well, that lasted all of 30 seconds into writing this blog post.  So, despite September usually being the start of my business rush as people start buying for the holidays (and the fact that August, usually a quiet month, was actually crazy busy) I have added more goals than I planned to.  Oh well, I do like a challenge 😀

The Power Of Planning

There is a lot to be said for planning.  When we make plans, we are creating a form of commitment to ourselves and to others.  We are structuring our days into some working cohesive schedule in order to move forward with less friction. 

So that's what I want to talk about in today's blog post, the Power of Planning.