Posts on Twitter, SEO, Pinterest and Writer’s Block

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This week’s roundup is a potpourri of great posts from the blogosphere. Be sure to check out the Twitterific writing links and suggestions on how to overcome writer’s block. The Buffer blog always has informative posts and the one listed here summarizes all the changes that have occurred in social media lately. Finally, it’s important that as writers we learn as much as we can about search engine optimization so that our books can enjoy the readership they deserve. I hope you like this week’s selection of posts on Twitter, SEO, Pinterest and Writer’s block.

Twitterific Writing Links by Elizabeth Spann Craig: Twitterific links are fed into the Writer’s Knowledge Base search engine(developed by writer and software engineer Mike Fleming) which has over 23,000 free articles on writing related topics. It’s the search engine for writers.

10 Big and Recent Changes to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter that You Should Know About for a Better Social Media Strategy from Buffer Blog: Social media changes so fast that we often miss the small differences on each platform we use. Every now and then I find it really useful to do a roundup of what’s been changing on the big networks lately. Here are ten changes I found that took place in the last couple of months, which could be useful for your social media strategy.

Changing Face of SEO in 2014 from The Yogi Blog: The year 2013 brought a number of significant changes to the SEO and digital marketing arena with most of the changes coming from none other than Google. Grim as it may seem, Google is urging internet marketers to change their strategies in 2014. In fact the changes in Google in 2014, encourages effective content; both textual and media. Brand Management strategies would need some “quick fixes” and tricks in the next fifteen days. Developing quality content and enhanced tactics were the compelling changes made in 2013. Following are the repercussions of these changes and what they mean in the remaining 11 months of 2014 – a future of SEO/SEM and Keyword marketing.

How to get the most out of Pinterest for your small business from Digital Trends: Remember that guy who created the perfect wedding for his wife using her Pinterest? No. Well remember that time you got a bunch of new customers using Pinterest? You should. It’s happening, this internet giant is making the jump from time-waster to marketing tool with the rest of it’s social media friends, and it is time for all small business owners to get on board.

5 ways to get through writer’s block or content marketing fatigue from Buffer Blog: When you’re facing a blank page with no idea what to write, it’s hard to imagine how you’ll ever get to the other side of a finished piece. I’ve gone through this a few times, so I thought it might be helpful to share the methods that have worked for me.

 

socialmediaforwritersAbout the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media manager for writers and author of Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapter, the San Francisco Writers Conference, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google+.

Practical Tips for Marketing Your Books on the Social Web

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Wise Words from Writer Dorothy Allison

Dorothy AllisonOn Saturday, I had the privilege or hearing Dorothy Allison. Her book, Bastard Out of Carolina, was a National Book Award finalist in 1992 (Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses won that year).

 She seemed to be an instant success but that’s never the case, now is it? She started her publishing poems and stories when she was a teenager. When she was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1992, she had already published two previous novels and stories. 

I love Dorothy Allison’s writing. She always seems to get it right. And like Raymond Carver, her stories are gritty, hard to read, and beautifully written.

She’s also a natural storyteller and a phenomenal speaker. Here are some snippets and words of advice that she shared with the crowd:

 “You have a moment if inspiration and a voice comes to your head. Either you’re crazy or you write the next book.”

 “Sexual abuse does not stop you from writing. Poverty does not stop you. They drive your engine.”

 Bastard out of Carolina“Writing is about taking enormous risks with your imagination.” 

“Can you make your words sing? Can you move my heart?”

 “You can’t be the slowest most pitiful writer be because I am.”

 “Books go south. Books take a break. What you need to not destroy yourself are friends who write.”

 “Make of yourself a legend by getting your books banned in schools.”

 Dorothy Allison refers to writers block as a correction. Here’s her advice: “There’s no easy cure or exercises. It’s about endurance. Write dirt until it becomes mud. Write mud until it becomes wine.”

 I hope you read one of her stories. You won’t be disappointed.

 Please feel free to share a quote from one of our favorite writers in the comments section.

socialmediaforwritersAbout the Author: Frances Caballo is a social media strategist, trainer, and author of Social Media Just for Writers: The Best Online Marketing Tips for Selling Your Books and Blogging Just for Writers. Presently, she is the Social Media Manager for the Women’s National Book Association-SF Chapterthe San Francisco Writers Conference, and the Bay Area Independent Publishers Association. You can find her on FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterest, and Google+.