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Blogging Can Jumpstart Your Writing Career…Even Before You Publish a Book

Blogging is the easiest way for a new author to display the vision and marketing skills agents are now looking for in a fiction query.

Source: Blogging Can Jumpstart Your Writing Career…Even Before You Publish a Book

So this just popped up in my inbox, and it looks like some might find it useful. Therefore, I’m reposting and linking it here. Hope you enjoy it!

Housekeeping

The original, on the street at Coney Island. The Cheese Fries! Oh, The Cheese Fries!
The original, on the street at Coney Island. The Cheese Fries! Oh, The Cheese Fries!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Housekeeping has two meanings for this post. The first is that I’m doing a little explaining.

That Tumblr thing? Many moons ago I installed a Plugin that supposedly would post whatever I post here to my Tumblr account. I don’t really have time to write two blogs, so of course that has appeal: two blogs, one post, more exposure, better sales, yada yada. Right? Unfortunately, that plugin never worked for me. So, finally, last weekend, I downloaded a different plugin, one that will share with any social media account you happen to own. I set it up to share to Tumblr, and that Tumbler Test post did, indeed, post to Tumblr, as advertised. Now that’s more like it. (And, yes, I could’ve done that months ago, I know.) The plugin that works for me is called NextScripts: Social Networks Auto-Poster. There, an unsolicited plug. (For some media, you will need to spend some money unless you’re an adequate coder. Not for Tumblr, as I am a thoroughly inadequate coder and a cheapskate.)

And, while I’m on the subject, this sort of housekeeping is important in any job. In sales, they tell the story of a man who started a job as a lumberjack, but kept having trouble keeping up with the production of the seasoned veteran. The veteran’s secret? Every day, he’d take five minutes to sharpen his axe! (It’s a metaphor for “study new sales stuff,” of course ;-)) Same thing applies to writing. You must not only keep practicing your writing, and getting better (natch,) but also you must keep an eye on your social media, marketing, sales (queries, fool,) and other administrativa that, I am sure, drive you nuts. But, look at it this way. When you revise your blog/Facebook page/Twitter Home/Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, etc., you will, perforce, write some new stuff to fit in to the new revision. Boy, howdy! Writing! See how easy that is?

Cheap post this week? Okay, maybe. Tune in next week for some real illumination!