Monthly Archives: October 2011

Guest Post: A Review of The Top 3 Comments Systems

One of the single best things about creating a blog is that when you’re interacting with users properly you’re creating dynamic and fresh content. A perfect example of this is when you create a piece of content for your blog which creates a lot of feedback in the form of comments from your readers.

How you deal with these comments can be critical to the overall success of your blog – after all these people took the time to leave a comment for you to read so the very least you can do is reply or at least acknowledge their reply.

But managing comments with the default WordPress interface, as an example, can be really time consuming and is just a little bit clumsy. But you do have options in terms of how you can manage these comments and we’re going to do a review of the top 3 comment management systems that you can choose from: Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on October 31, 2011 in Marketing & Networks


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Feeling Successful (Podcast)

It is so very important to feel successful along the way. A career as a writer is a long, hard road. Pace yourself. Set benchmark goals along the way, and ensure that you feel successful while you build your author platform and cultivate your networks.

Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 21 – Feeling Successful.

Original Blog Post: Feeling Successful.

Read more about the book, Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author.

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Podcasts


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10 Bad Twitter Practices

Last week I came upon this awesome article thanks to my dear friend Dr. Q. And I couldn’t agree more with almost everything she has to say. For those of you who follow me, you know I’m a pretty heavy Twitter user. I tweet, both live and automated, throughout the day. I have met friends and readers and colleagues on Twitter. I get the latest news on Twitter. I build community on Twitter.

But there are some practices on Twitter that are just highly annoying to everyone. Below I make my own comments on a post by Emily Chand, and she is certainly of my mind in most of these issues.

  1. TrueTwit is exceedingly annoying. I’m just not taking those extra steps to follow you. Not going to happen.
  2. The @replies from Who.Unfollowed.Me saying “@christinerose just unfollowed me” makes me doubly glad I did. How truly pathetic. Honesty. As Emily asks, why would you want to publicly tweet that? It’s just creepy.
  3. Auto DMs. EW! I must delete 50 or more a day. I don’t even read them. I just delete. Delete. Delete. Although I don’t unfollow people who send auto DMs, I know a lot of people who do. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted by on October 26, 2011 in Marketing & Networks


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Kindle Indie Bookstore

A few months ago, Amazon announced the Kindle Indie Bookstore, a place where emerging authors and their books are showcased by Amazon, giving them higher visibility for potential readers. Awesome, if you’re chosen.

Currently, there is no submission process, and Amazon chooses these showcased authors by “a combination of automated techniques and editorial activities to select books based on criteria that [they] believe will best serve the interest of Kindle readers.”

That really doesn’t give us much to go on. Now, does it? Basically, if you have a quality book with a lovely cover and you’re very, very lucky, you’ll get chosen. Of course you book should always be professionally edited and have a professionally designed cover. Don’t go trying to make one yourself to save money unless you have extensive experience in graphic design. Seriously. I’ve said it before, and I will keep saying it. This is an investment. Do it right.

To be chosen, your book must fall in one of their seven categories: Biography/Memoir, Fantasy, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thrillers, Romance, Science Fiction, or Teen; and, of course, be published via Amazon’s KDP platform for the Kindle.

For more information, visit their FAQ page.


Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Publishing Industry


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Give A Little Respect (Podcast)

We’re all colleagues. Whether one is published through a New York Big Boy, self-published, or with a small indie press, we’re all authors trying to get our work in front of an audience and to build an author platform. Show respect to yourself and your colleagues. Play nice.

Publishing & Marketing Realities: Episode 20 – Give A Little Respect.

Original Blog Post: Give A Little Respect.

Read more about the book, Publishing & Marketing Realities for the Emerging Author.

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Posted by on October 21, 2011 in Podcasts


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Kindle Singles

As I predicted over two years ago, eBooks will bring readers a resurgence of short fiction. It’s now more accessible. eZines and eReaders have given authors more markets for their short stories, and with the too-busy lifestyle in this culture, short stories provide a quick lunchtime reading escape.

It’s a match made in cyberspace.

Amazon, the corporation that has gone from bookseller to one of the major 7 publishers, leads the way in this new trend with it’s Kindle Singles.

Kindle Singles is for shorter fiction and essays, but it does not include all short fiction. Their submission policy states that nominations must fall between 5,000 and 30,000 words. Although Short Stories are defined by word count of between 1500 words and 40,000 words, short fiction under 5,000 words won’t be considered for the Kindle Single program. These are basically stories published via Amazon’s KDP, but through Kindle Singles they get showcased to readers looking for short fiction to read.  Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on October 19, 2011 in Publishing Industry


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Amazon Payments

Last week when I was setting up O. M. Grey’s kickstarter program, I learned about Amazon Payments. Seeing as how I’m such a huge supporter of and everything they do, I was quite surprised I hadn’t heard of Amazon Payments before.

PayPal has been my online method of choice for fifteen years. I’ve been so happy with PayPal, that I just haven’t looked further. But now there is Google Checkout and Amazon Payments as well. Amazon, which is a leader in technology and online commerce, much in the way that Apple is, usually is the first to do something, but this time it’s Amazon who’s playing catch-up to PayPal.

There is a great comparison here, and the article does a great comparison of the three. Amazon has made their fees identical to PayPal, which was smart. They certainly shouldn’t have been more.

It likely just comes down to personal preference when deciding which to use for most of your business transactions, unless, of course, you do a Kickstarter Campaign, then you have to use Amazon Payments.