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Publishing News Roundup Series: The Pros and Cons of Social Media as an Author

by Maureen Crisp •  July 25, 2016  •   Follow

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Socially Speaking

Pic from Flickr Creative Commons / MySignAG


This week I’ve been thinking about social media, mostly because I’m away from it, visiting family. Every now and again it is good to get out and meet people face to face whom you only spend time with on Social Media. Shared laughter and hugs stay with you longer than emoji’s. And often the gossip is better in person.


When you spend a lot of time on line sometimes you forget to take a step back and figure out the best use of your time on line. Molly Greene has a great list of 45 ways that you may be sabotaging yourself on Social Media.


Back ups… Back Ups… Back ups…
There are so many ways to lose everything. If you are storing your work online make sure you have a copy off line too. Google just took 14 years of an artists work in an accidental deletion. Please read the comments – it could be you!


Think Longterm. Create a Body of Work. This is a key chapter in Joanna Penn’s latest non fiction book, The Successful Author Mindset. Joanna
shares this chapter on her blog this week. It Is Gold!


Jane Friedman has an interesting guest blog this week from Gabriela Pereira about the value of an MFA. This is always an author discussion
point. Do you need an MFA to be a writer? Genre writers say NO BUT…. Read this excellent article on the myths and realities.


Catherine Ryan Howard has just had a successful book launch of her first traditionally published book. But the second book deadline is looming up… and Catherine found it difficult to focus. This is a very honest look at how fear of the second book can hold us back. How to write a novel when you’ve forgotten how.


Janice Hardy is an absolute treasure. She always has solid advice for writers. It is rare for me not to link to some gem of hers every week. She has a great blog post on writing accountability. This is a great way to progress your projects…


In The Craft Section,
Writing Character thoughts– Darcy Pattison- Bookmark
Query Letters – The Pitch- Writer Unboxed
15 Character creation tips– Now Novel – Bookmark
The burden of knowledge– or how to get your thoughts on the page- Jennie Nash-Bookmark


In the Marketing Section,
Social Media in 30 minutes a day– Frances Caballo- Bookmark
How to give away free books and why you should – Book Funnel and Joannna Penn-Bookmark


To Finish,
When I get together with other children’s writers we always ask each other what we’re working on and we share interesting ideas.  Janice Hardy takes it a step further with a great post on Writer Accountability.  Janice is an absolute treasure She always has solid advice for writers. It is rare for me not to link to some gem of hers every week. This is a great way to progress your writing projects… and it can be social at the same time! 



About Maureen Crisp

Maureen Crisp has been writing her weekly publishing roundups for over seven years. She is a traditionally published children's author as well as indie-published. She lives in New Zealand and is heading the team organising the 4th National Conference of Children's Writers and Illustrators. She is currently trying her hand at writing a children’s book series if she can drag herself away from forever tweaking her Mars novel or obsessing over space.