Ask an Editor (Or Four Writers)

ImageIt seems to me that the more I write, the more I realize what I don’t know about writing.

Usually, it’s right before I fall asleep, when some burning, writing question pops into my head. I still fall asleep, mind you. But I wake the next day, determined to find answers. (And looking a little worse for wear, I might add.)

The Muffin answered a writer’s question this week, and as it happened, I was one of the writers who made a suggestion. You might have this very same question and find the answer you’re looking for among the four writers who weighed in. But it occurred to me that even if you don’t, you might have another writing question that’s causing you nightmares.

If you can’t find the answer amongst all those issues over at WOW!Women-on-writing.com, you might want to ask the editor. Maybe your question will show up over at the Muffin.

Then frabjous day! You’ll be a writer in the know!

(And you can get some much-needed beauty rest. Or maybe that’s just me.)

Friday’s Fun Find: WOW! Blogging and Social Media

Whenever I go to writer’s conferences, an attendee will ALWAYS ask, “Do I need to have a blog?” and “Do I need to be on Facebook? Or Twitter?”

And the professional–editor, agent, publisher or author–will say, “It’s not absolutely necessary, but it’s a very good idea.”

That’s the short answer. The long answer is that first, what you write needs to be good. All the blogging and social media in the world is not going to make stinky writing smell nicer. But if you have sweet writing, then blogging and social media will give you a step up, will show professionals that you are a savvy writer as well as a good writer.

WOW!Women-on-writing’s issue this month is all about blogging and social media. What that means for you, dear writer, is a fun way to get all the info about this topic, whether you’re just getting started or you haven’t begun. Or even if you’ve been at it for a while and think you know everything (ahem) because now there’s Pinterest and really, shouldn’t you at least have an idea what that’s all about?

So.  The next time you’re at a conference, you can sit there, nice and smugly and in the know and skip the lecture about “Why Blogging and Social Media Are a Good Idea.”  Maybe you can pass notes to your friends instead (I recommend sitting on the back row).

Tuesday’s Tip: Top 50 Blogs for Writers

Isn’t that a swell-looking award? All bright and shiny and award-y? Isn’t it swell to get awards?

Okay, technically, I didn’t get the award. The Muffin, WOW’s super blog, won that award. A whole handful of wonderful women writers contribute posts to that blog to make it, according to Tribal Messenger Daily, one of the Top 50 Blogs for Writers.

I know a great many of my regular readers also read (and have contributed excellent posts!) to The Muffin, so I’m sure you’re not surprised to find WOW’s blog on the list. But you may find a few surprises on TMD’s list. And maybe you’ll find a blog gem that you’ve missed. There are blogs for freelancers, fiction writers, non-fiction writers…well, there are 50 blogs, so there’s bound to be a blog to have the writing info just right for you.

Meanwhile, I’m moving closer and closer to the Top 5,000 Blogs for Writers as compiled by someone named Ricky who lives in his mom’s basement. Yay, me!

 

Blogher, Tags, and The Divorce Girl

Hmmm…that’s a strange title for a post, isn’t it? But it’ll make sense (and it’s all connected!) when I explain:

First, I added that little blog bling thingie (It’s over there on the sidebar. You did notice it, right?) because Blogher picked up one of my guest posts over at The Muffin.

Er, not that post. The post I wrote about tagging and how checking off those tags is a really helpful thing to do in the selling-books department.

And speaking of really helpful things, let’s talk about blogging. If you’re blogging for fun and pure enjoyment, then honestly, you can do whatever you want (well, within legal limits and such). But if you’re a writer/artist who’s blogging to build a platform or increase exposure or promote your work, then it’s a good idea to be mindful of what you’re putting out there on the wide world of the web. Your blog is you. Your style, your voice, your thoughts. So give it your best effort because you never know what good things may follow.

(Um, it may follow that people steal material off your blog without crediting you. That is not a good thing. So check your name regularly, and if you find someone lifting your work, without your permission, nip it in the bud.)

I was excited when Blogher contacted me about the post the editor wanted to spotlight. But I wouldn’t have had that opportunity if WOW! Women-on-writing hadn’t given me the opportunity to contribute to The Muffin (You can contribute to the Muffin on Fridays when they host a Friday Speak Out like this one. Details for contributing are at the end of the post.) And I wouldn’t be posting over at The Muffin if the editor at WOW! hadn’t read my blog and liked my voice.

See how it’s all connected? (I’m hearing “It’s a Small World” in my head. Okay, now, I’m singing it. Hold on a sec–)

So, put your best blog foot forward. (Oh! But first, zip over to this post about The Divorce Girl to leave a comment. I’ll be drawing a name TOMORROW to win a copy of this engaging YA/Adult novel on a WOW! Blog Book Tour!)

 

Where in the (Blog) World is Cathy C. Hall?

Didn’t you love Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? Honestly, you’d think I’d be much better at that whole geography thing, after watching that show a zillion times. But alas, I have trouble finding my way around my own neighborhood.

Anyway,  you’re not going to need an atlas (or even map skills) to find me today. All you need is the Internet so that you can click right HERE.

It would be so lovely if you left a comment over there, and let me know what you think. I’ve been invited to join the crowd, posting a couple times a month, and I’m sure it’ll be a fun gig.

That’s assuming, of course, I find my way back there.