5 Ways an Author Website Can Help Grow Your Platform

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By Elizabeth Ludwig I belong to several organizations for writers. In recent months, one topic of conversation crops up more than any other…author websites, and the questions being asked are almost always the same. Do I need an author website? What sort of content should I include? How often should I update? Obviously, answering even one of these questions could …

LISTENING: It’s Almost Like Being There (Giveaway)

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By: The ACFW Leadership Team Writers write. And research. And ponder. And listen. We listen in on conversations so we can write authentic-sounding dialogue. We listen to podcasts about marketing and to interviews to incorporate historical accuracy in our stories. Your ACFW leadership has created a brand new listening opportunity for you–listening to all* the instruction and encouragement offered during …

The #1 Best Method for Growing Your Instagram Following

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By Lara Helmling If you’re not using the method I’m about to teach you for your Instagram account, you are missing out big time. You probably know that Instagram is the most effective social media platform right now. Do you also know that publishers expect you to have thousands of followers? To make it even more fun, they expect you …

Self-Promotion: The Ugly, The Bad… and The Good?

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By Michael Anthony Torres Thanks to Steve Laube for the questions that inspired this meditation. The increasing demand for self-promotion is arguably a by-product of the internet and the democratization of publicity. Surely, there are many more who could speak to this from more of an industry insider’s perspective; but when I was a young adult reader, I don’t recall …

The Reading/Writing Sisterhood

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by Marianne Evans Today’s post is a shout-out to the Internet, and the power of social media to bring people together from all walks of life, all locations, and create a blessing. Yes, the advent of cyber-communication is a paradox—the best of things, the worst of things—but I’m fresh from the cobbled streets of historic Deadwood, South Dakota and a …

Resolving Tension

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By Sarah Hamaker As writers, we work with tension all the time—without tension, our stories would sag and our heroes and heroines would have very boring relationships. But this blog is about the tension we experience between what we want to work on and what we have to work on. For many of us, writing is not our fulltime job. …

When Social Media isn’t Social Anymore

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By Norma Gail Any writer who handles the majority of their own social media is frustrated. Facebook was fun when it was just family and friends. Now that it’s a necessary part of my platform as a writer, I’ve developed an intense dislike for it. I can’t take the sting out of hours spent on social media instead of writing. …