Write Monday for author know-how
What I wish I had known when I started writing a novel. What I wish I knew before I launched my blog. What did you wish you knew, if you could, before you began blogging or writing for publication?
First thing this morning I wrote two blog posts. Then I cut the second blog post out of a Microsoft Word document and pasted into an MW file, which I named and saved. This afternoon, the new file for today’s post had been lost!
Don’t you hate that?
Thank goodness for Time Machine back up. I actually found the entire lost file and restored it. If you use a Mac computer, you need this. I will add a little on Time Machine at the bottom of today’s post.
Writing sites worth knowing in 2018
This morning, about 6AM, I read three writing newsletters. I subscribe to a variety of blogs and newsletters on writing. Not more than five at a time. In the next weeks, I plan to blog about each one of these five long-lasting value email newsletters for writers.
I have challenged myself to define how each writing site and email updates provide ongoing value. Plus make a case for why other writers would benefit from subscribing.
Do you fight for time to write?
Like all bloggers and writers, I must fight for time to write. Family demands time. Work demands time. Preparing and eating healthy food takes time. Home management and cleaning demands time. Of course, planning for fun activities takes time too. Maybe that’s why those social and fun events are last on my list.
My struggle with writing time continues. As well as keeping up with my three separate volunteer commitments. The artist inside must live in a balance of reading for inspiration and recreation. Due to advanced technologies of the World Wide Web, ongoing time must be spent on technical know-how (and problems created by computers, word processing software, software bugs, wifi, and connectivity, etc. The list goes on, and on. But let’s not go there.
Sometimes, I unsubscribe too.
What it takes to keep me subscribed to a newsletter?
What makes me drop newsletter subscriptions? I ask myself this because I look at the time when I also will offer email updates for my Dog Leader Mysteries fans.
What lists do you subscribe to? What newsletters do you keep reading? Week after week, year after year, what of value to you gain by your reading choices?
My short list of why I read and keep reading
- Valuable writing content.
- Personable writers who disclose enough in their topic choices, word choices, writer’s voice (humor helps, honesty, asks interesting questions, a writer that illuminates novel ideas or includes inspiring thinkers and thoughtful quotes.
- Writers who spark my own writing mind to write fresh content.
Why I stop reading. What makes me unsubscribe?
- Repeated selling of a writer’s products
- Constant selling of other peoples products.
- Too many emails a week, which disrupts my workflow to crunch emails.
Ideally, I like a newsletter email no more than once a week.
Some weeks my workflow contains flextime. My general rule of accepting only once a week update bends. Especially for special events, new products or learning opportunities.
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His updates and newsletter vary depending on new content and new professional webinars. After taking webinars with Grahl and signing up for his self-directed online courses, Author Guides, and
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BOOK LAUNCH MINDSETS?
Tim Grahl proposes three mindsets for book launches. There are three different mindsets that an author brings to every launch. If you start from the wrong mindset, I can give you all the tactics in the world, but they’ll fall flat. Every author brings one of these mindsets to a book launch:
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Thanks for reading, Deborah Taylor-French
About Time Machine for Mac Computers: Time Machine is a backup software application distributed with the Apple macOS computer operating system. The software is designed to work with the Time Capsule storage product, as well as other internal and external disk drives. It was introduced in Mac OS X Leopard.