Posts tagged: Professionalism

Will there be any commercials for novels during Super Bowl 47?

By , February 6, 2012 12:00 am

 

Are novels and commercials a successful mix?

 

No matter whether you found the commercials during Super Bowl 46 titillating or a bore, we can agree that soda, Progressive’s Flo, and Detroit got more screen time than novels.  Of course, that is nothing new for us.  Commercial advertisements for books seem limited to James Patterson (a money making mastermind) holding his latest construction and directly telling people to buy it.

 

While most authors who’ve “made it” traditionally have stayed away from making commercials, I have noticed during the past year that more and more indie authors are posting book trailers online.

 

Do you think that these trailers help indie authors?  Is it possible to create a creative commercial for a book that is worthy of $3.5 million dollars during the Super Bowl?

 

Tell us what you think!

Someone Cares and Always Will! Spam Inspiration!

By , October 10, 2011 9:00 pm

 

Feeling unappreciated?

No one tweeting about you?  No pending Facebook notifications?  Checking your work email after dinner just so you feel connected to others?  Do you feel like giving up on your blog?

 

No more! 

You are always connected to hundreds of people who care that you blog: the comment spammers!  Without you they have no purpose, so even when it seems like no one appreciates you, they do!

 

This post is dedicated to the absurd but strangely enjoyable spam comments we don’t mind reading.  Below are some of my favorites that actually lift my mood on a bad day.  Submit your own spam comments for us to enjoy!

 

Short and Sweet

Nice blog. Keep blogging.

I was extremely in seventh heaven to turn up this site.

amazing blog, very interesting.

Hi, this is a great post! Thanks.

Hello. Thank you for posting this post. It helped me alot.

Thanks for the share!

Love your site.

 

Oddly Specific Yet Vague

Hello there, just became aware of your blog through Google, and found that it is really informative.

I want donate this site, how can I do that?

Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your website? My blog is in the very same area of interest as yours and my visitors would truly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Thank you!

I beg permission to quote some articles from this blog to complete the assignment from my school. Thank you for sharing this information, very useful for me.

 

Fortune Cookie Wannabe

Effort only fully releases its reward following a person will not quit.

 

Eleven Signs That You Don’t Spend Enough Time on Your Work in Progress

By , August 29, 2011 12:00 am

 

I try to remain very cooled headed when it comes to querying and waiting for a response.  I expect nothing but the fact that I did my best, that I will always try to improve, and that an agent’s/assistant’s having to read thousands of unsolicited queries is a terrible experience.

 

"Indie Naivete" by MMRule

"Indie Naivete" by MMRule

Fighting the Vortex of Insanity

Designing a literary cupcake after Bransford’s book, however, gave me some jitters.  Bransford is active on Twitter, Facebook, his blog, etc.  Unlike when I write about Stephen King or send out a query letter, I heard Disneyesque birds singing all around me that the person whose opinion matters most very well could see my work and like it.  (For the record he did!)

 

Life Must Continue

The experience made me wonder what would happen if I were able to sit in front of a computer all day with my imagination fueling me.  Fortunately I don’t own a smart phone and have errands and work related responsibilities to complete every day, so it was easy for me to continue living my life while I waited to see if Bransford would notice my post.  But my mind still went to dark places that day.  So many places, in fact, that I surpassed a “top 10″ list!

 

The Exception to the Rule presents Eleven Signs That You Don’t Spend Enough Time on Your Work in Progress.  I’ll let you guess if I’m guilty of any of them!  I admit to nothing and I do not believe that it takes one to know one!  Seriously.

 

11 Signs That You Don’t Spend Enough Time on Your Work in Progress

11.  You read that form rejection letter so many times that you convince yourself that it really was personalized in some way.

 

10.  You bought a smart phone so you can access your email 24/7—just in case an agent asks for a partial.

 

9.  You follow agents on Twitter and keep @mentioning them so they will notice you and realize that you should be represented!

 

8.  You think that having common interests with an agent means that he/she will definitely want to represent you.  (Yes, Stacia Decker, I agree that people should take care of their teeth! I can tell you’ll love my novel!)

 

7.  You dream daily about the movie version of your book and pay no attention to the fact that Dakota Fanning has aged five very formative years since you realized that she is the perfect embodiment of your protagonist.

 

6.  You think you’re friends with your dream agent’s assistant because his/her name appears on your gchat sidebar ever since you received that emailed rejection.  You don’t care that you two have never chatted!

 

5.  You keep track of when agents tweet so you have insight into their work ethic and can guess when they might respond to your query.

 

4.  You have a tab open in your web browser that shows a clock for every time zone where you are querying.  (Come on.  What will that accomplish?)

 

3.  You believe that there is a need for a site that provides more information than querytracker.net

 

2.  You founded querytracker.net (Sorry, Patrick McDonald!)

 

1.  You are only interested in learning about agents, querying response rates, etc. because you have that writing thing DOWN!

 

Now it’s time for your thoughts!

Comment by adding your additions to the list. 

Or reveal which numbers on the list sound a little too much like you!

#TeamFollowBack and the Curse of Low Self-Esteem

By , August 15, 2011 12:00 am

 

I follow back!  Like me and I’ll like you!  Buy my e-book and I’ll buy yours!

 

If you interact with any writers on Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc., then you see messages like these on most days.  When I first joined Twitter, I ignored them because I was too busy creating my content to worry about people’s caring that I exist.  Once I started blogging and had a FB fan page, however, I suddenly felt the sweaty palms and clammy skin of writer’s panic.

“Indie Hate” by MMRule

What to Do?

 

I wondered what I would do if no one liked me.  And as every second of my despair continued, I kept getting those messages from my peers saying, “Like me and I’ll like you!”

 

Stand Proud!

 

An online presence should exude confidence and professionalism.  Twitter, FB, blogging, etc. are social, yes.  But for us writers it is more than that.  It is our chance to create a public image.  Are we the sniveling new kid with too short pants who tries to sit at the cool lunch table?  Or are we the one person at the party who can look cool wearing sunglasses after dusk?

 

Give Back on Your Terms

 

I want to give back.  I really do.  But I don’t want to contribute a series of meaningless gestures.  I prefer to give my thoughts, creativity, and sweat to the online writing world.  Likewise, when I share a blog or recommend an author, I want people to know that my opinion is worthwhile.  Because I don’t like everything!

 

Automatic liking back and following shows a lack of confidence in yourself and will only give you an artificial sense of your success.  Rejoice in those who love what you are doing, and continue to create a product that will draw in an audience.  If no one cares about what you do, try delivering something new!

 

Are you part of #TeamFollowBack and hate when you don’t see others doing for you what you do for them?  Or if you don’t follow back, what methods do you use to inspire people to like you?  Start the discussion under the comments for this post!

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