As writers and artists, it’s almost imperative these days that you have some semblance of a social media presence (especially if you’re still new to the scene).
Around four years ago (wow, has it been that long?) I started working on a graphic novel. The pictures were rudimentary at best, the characters all drawn as stick figures with different hats. For someone who had not a single artistic bone in his body, I’d say it came out rather well. But it definitely wasn’t good enough.
Thanks in large part to the blossoming of the internet, being a “writer” has paradoxically become much more simple, yet, at the same time, much more difficult.
There are some very important things one must take into account regardless of one’s con-going preferences if one expects to exit said convention with one’s sanity intact! These truths hold true to anyone, regardless of whether you’re unrolling your tent in the Hall H line or if you’re simply wandering through the hall, taking in the scene.
Query Tracker is a killer querying website that gives users the ability not only set up an agenting wishlist, but also to keep track of several queries at once (a la SubmissionMojo and Duotrope).
Head off into the depths of the internet for writing advice and chances are you’ll come back with a whole lot of contradicting instructions and a new list of neologisms that make no sense when you really think about them.
Streamlining and simplifying the creation of content is always at the forefront of my mind. While this may sometimes be mistaken for laziness, I like to think of it as “optimizing.”
I recently stumbled upon a really fantastic Reddit post by user synapticsynapsid about how to build your own book and decided that I couldn’t keep this great little tidbit to myself. I’ve always loved the idea of printing and binding my own books (especially if it’s for a book that I don’t want anyone else to read – I think we’ve all got at least one of those), so when I found this great visual guide, I immediately bookmarked it (and then promptly forgot about it for two years).
In my last post, I mentioned Hashtagify’s trail of breadcrumbs leading me to the Twitter hashtag “#MSWL” and all the goodies contained therein…
I’m not going to lie. Up until recently (I’m talking within the past couple of years) I really, really hated hashtags. They popped up across all kinds of social medias, […]