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Posts Tagged ‘blogging’

Meet the Woman Behind Steve Harvey’s Book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man

Becoming a published author is usually a tough, demanding mission. But for Denene Millner, it was “a total fluke.” The journalist landed a book deal after writing an article for the New York Daily News, and since then has written 20 more, including Steve Harvey‘s New York Times-bestseller Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do? series, the author/journalist/blogger tells what cooperative writing is really like. 

“It’s really crucial that the person who’s writing the book trusts me,” she explained. “It’s extremely difficult to walk into a project with someone who doesn’t trust that you can deliver. There’s nothing worse than working with someone who doesn’t trust you to do your job. And that’s whatever you’re doing. You could be bagging groceries at Kroger. If someone doesn’t trust you not to put the eggs underneath the milk, they’re going to give you a hard time for it.”

For more, read So What Do You Do, Denene Millner, Ghostwriter of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man?

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Why Novelists Shouldn’t Blog

In a recent blog post, writer and blogger Livia Blackburne explained why novelists shouldn’t devote too much time to their blog, declaring: “I think blogging is a waste of time.”

Below, we’ve collected three of her arguments from the essay. Blackburne (pictured, via) studies neuroscience at MIT and writes YA fantasy fiction in her spare time. She runs two blogs; one to study the art of writing and one for her academic career.

1. Blogging is better for nonfiction writers because they share their expertise for a specific audience; connecting with that audience could potentially help sales.

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Jody Hedlund on Marketing Your Work

Landing a book deal is just the beginning; all writers have to play a role in marketing their work. Author Jody Hedlund (pictured, via) offered some advice on her blog.

Here’s an excerpt from the post: “Start by loving the readers we already have (including followers on social media sites). We may want more. But first we have learn to take care of those that are already sitting in our stadium…When we’re loving and taking care of the readers and followers we have, they’ll WANT to support us…They’ll be excited to promote for us, essentially taking a large part of ‘self’ out of self-promotion.”

According to Hedlund, “loving your readers” can be broken down into three steps. Connect with them through internet venues, engage them with social media conversations, and then care for them by showing appreciation. What do you think?