Using Linked In As An Author

We recently talked about social media and how Linked In can help an author network. Friend of the blog Jen Owenby (author name J.A. Owenby ) stepped up to explain LinkedIn for us.

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There are several ways LinkedIn can help authors. First of all, the connections. The more connections you achieve, the higher ranking you have during word searches. Example: developmental editor, NY Times Bestselling Author, EBook cover designers. If you’re looking for recommendations, reviews, and connecting with services LinkedIn is a hot spot, and it’s all very professional.

 

It’s important to build an author page. You have one, and it’s great! When you achieve 500+ connections it increases your ranking during searches. Authors can list their websites, books, information about themselves (good solid summary and skills), they can recommend other authors, share their posts and build communities across the world.

 

There are also writing groups. One group trades Facebook likes. There are over 700 people participating. I look through several links a week and like someone’s page if I’m interested in their writing. I then message them and tell them I’m in the LinkedIn group and give them my information in case they are interested as well. If not, that’s fine. I want real fans, not ones that will drop off in 2 days.

 

There are groups to help with self-publishing, writing questions, and anything else. You simply conduct a keyword search and the more you interact, the more you’re viewed.

 

You also build (over time) a solid following. People become your fans once they see you giving something back. The biggest mistake writers make is self-marketing alllll the time. I don’t even pay attention to them. lol. I caught myself doing that very thing on my FB page and began posting positive and encouraging quotes as well. I have a blog that I also try and give a lot of fun information and encouragement to writers. I sound positive about writing, and I would say 92% of the time I am, but everyone needs support and tools to help them learn because sometimes the lessons are difficult to swallow.

 

Concerning my business, I post an article once a week on LI concerning resume best practices, job search strategies, and LinkedIn just to name a few. A large portion of my business comes from LinkedIn. I’m able to build trust before I ever speak to someone on the phone. They can see who I am as a person, see my writing, and other relevant factors before hiring me.

 

Please let me know if you have additional questions. I work with clients who stumble through LinkedIn because it’s different, but it can truly be your friend.

Jen Owenby

 

So THERE you go! Some basic things y0u can do to help yet another social media outlet market your work. Thanks to Jen for showing us these steps and explaining Linked IN!

YOU can reach Jen at the following links:

www.onbproresume.com

https://www.facebook.com/JAOwenby/

https://jenowenby.wordpress.com/

@JAOwenby

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferowenbyresumewriter

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Please feel free to ask any questions below!

4 Important Things Every Aspiring Author Needs To Know

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Pushing that PUBLISH button is a big moment, and your life is different – for better or worse – from that moment on.

 

Writers need to get over the fear of publishing.

 

I was lucky, I started by writing family humor essays and my stuff was out there for a years on Facebook where friends read it and enjoyed it and shared it with strangers and encouraged me, so I knew what was funny and how to hook readers and how to get an audience to cry before I ever sat down to create a book. Still, pushing that PUBLISH button is a big moment, and your life is different – for better or worse – from that moment on.

 

I know each new story is better than the last one and believe it will be well received, but getting past that initial fear, worrying that I was about to humiliate myself, was hard for me and is hard for most writers.

 

What I can tell you is DO IT.

 

Publish book one and get book two out as soon as possible. There are very few Harper Lee’s. Most of us are going to have to write a few books to get good at it.

 

Here are the FOUR most important things every aspiring author needs to know:

 

  1. Don’t polish it forever, put it out there.
  2. At some point the changes aren’t improvements, they’re just changes.
  3. Believe in yourself and start achieving your dream. It waits for you on the other side of the publish button.
  4. Mobs do not show up with pitchforks and torches if your book is bad, and odds are you didn’t write something bad.

 

  • From an interview with Cathleen Townsend in her blog The Beauty Of Words when she asked me “What has been the hardest thing about publishing for you?”

 

When chasing after your story, KEEP AFTER IT!

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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.

You’re STILL Stuck???

 

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Stuck?

It’s not just you, it’s Jenny, it’s Larry, it’s Monty…

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Whenever anybody has an issue, there are always a LOT of other people who have it, too, or have had it, or have heard about somebody having it. Talking about it here makes it less of an “all alone” situation.

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Some friends are STUCK.

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They are unmotivated to write!

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That rarely happens to die hard writers, but it can easily happen to newbies, so don’t feel too bad. But do work to get over it.

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Maybe the passion for the story is gone, even if only temporarily. That can come for various reasons, but one good way to get started back up is to read some of your story.

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This is amazing!

Usually, when I need to start a chapter, or just start up on Wednesday morning from wherever I left off Tuesday, it’s helpful to read the prior chapter to reacquaint myself with where I was, the pace, etc. Especially if it’s been a day or two.

 

By rereading, one of two things tends to happen.

 

I get interested as hell in the story and can’t wait to pick up where I left off.

 

OR

 

I see typos and start fixing stuff. I see ways to polish sentences. I see subject verb patterns that are repetitive and I can change them around to avoid the story taking on a boring tone. Fixing that stuff is something I need to do anyway, so as long as I’m stuck and not creating new story, I might as well fix the existing story as much as possible. Attack it! Next thing you know, I’m immersed in the story and want to write more of it.

 

That’s me. I love my stories. Try it!

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE, Black Friday Edition: TWO-SENTENCE STORY

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BLACK FRIDAY TWO-SENTENCE STORY CHALLENGE

Flash fiction is supposed to be short and fast, and it doesn’t get much faster than two sentences! But it’s a holiday weekend here so I wanted to make this fun.

(I saw this on CS Wilde’s blog and LOVED the idea. I spent longer thinking about my two sentence reply than I have for whole sections of stories.)

THE CHALLENGE: Write your best two-sentence story in the comments section below, post the challenge on your blog, and make sure to leave the link to your blog in your reply.

Did you get all that?

  1. Leave your two-sentence story in the comments.
  2. With your blog link
  3. And post it in your blog

Careful! It’s harder than you think!

THE REWARD: as always, the recognition of your amazing talent, as signified by like and shares to your reply here.

READY? Here is the prompt you add onto. A story stem,  if you will:

THE SHOVEL HIT SOMETHING HARD. THEN THE SCREAMS STARTED.

It can be any genre you want: humor, horror, romance; anything at all, as long it’s ONLY a two-sentence story.

Now get after it!

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REBLOG me! Or SHARE this post on Facebook and Twitter! See those little buttons down below? Put on your glasses. There they are. Click them. The FOLLOW button is now in the lower right hand corner.

 

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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.

A Thanksgiving Story To Brighten Your Day

Thoughts from Thanksgivings past… Enjoy!

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Every year at Thanksgiving, when we were kids, my whole family would assemble for a long day of playing football in the back yard, followed by a fantastic, huge Thanksgiving feast. All of the neighborhood kids will remember the great football games, because it was an annual occasion where, regardless of age, brothers and sisters and cousins and neighbors would play. As we got older, it was even more fun, because it might put a college kid against a grade schooler. Rain, snow, mud; it didn’t matter. The dirtier, the better. Around dusk, the game was disbanded, and the players had to get cleaned up for the grand feast.

Thanksgiving dinner at my house as a kid was great. My grandma and grandpa would drive up from Cincinnati in their car. They were appropriately old, having lived through the Great Depression and all that, but certain things they did…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

turkeyIt’s turkey day here in the US of A, so I’ll be over at the in-laws after making some of my famous (INSERT RECIPE HERE).

It occurs to me that you guys in Canada have already HAD your Thanksgiving. And I don’t even know if my friends Down Under or in Great Britain celebrate Thanksgiving. This blog is global. I can’t be expected to know all that.

 

I mean, I could look it up, but that would spoil the pretense under which I’m writing.

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No, we are not celebrating this middle eastern country.

So do me this favor.

 

Today, sometime between football, and pumpkin pie, somebody will say “Even though it’s Thanksgiving, we have lots to be thankful EVERY day.”

 

Yes, it’s a goody-goody cliche. So what. It’s true.

 

So I want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you, and ask that you make a comment about one thing you are thankful for today. Could be the weather. Could be your kids. Could be the fact that I put forth the effort Tuesday to schedule this semi-lame post instead of blowing you off. At least it’s not a re-run like a lot of other blogs!

 

Not doing so could affect your standing on Santa’s list. Just sayin’.

 

Thanks,

Dan