The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

  • Author Ellen Meeropol asks: “How is a blog like a Tupperware party?”
  • Fab post on book promotion from Randy Susan Meyers for Beyond the Margins.
  • Ever wondered how much an editor should charge?
  • Attention, freelancers (especially newbies)! Carol Tice shows you how to “Avoid Hassles with a Writer’s Basic Assignment Checklist.
  • Joe Ponepinto suggests that when we need writing prompts, we should head to Home Depot.
  • Natalie Wexler considers “how much freedom should a writer exercise in playing around with historical fact.”
  • Poet Kelli Russell Agodon explains why she has a Facebook page (and why other authors, poets, and writers should have them, too. (Have you seen mine?)
  • Thursday’s Post-Publication Post: Seeking Suggestions

    Three weeks from today, I’ll be presenting a session on “Social Media Strategies for Writers” at the Manhattanville College Summer Writers’ Week. (I’ll be using a hard-earned vacation day from my day job to do this, and that’s always a sacrifice, so I’m especially eager to make sure that the session adds something valuable to the conference attendees’ experience and leaves me feeling as though I’ve lived up to my own high standards, too.)

    The conference director and I have agreed that at least part of the session will focus on the virtual book tour that I planned for my short-story collection, Quiet Americans, and how social media contributed to its success. But I also want to provide an overview of “social media” (starting with a decent definition of the term itself).

    I have 90 minutes, total, so there’s no way that I’m going to be able to provide individualized, detailed how-tos for each and every form of social media that’s out there. But I do hope to hit the key tools and techniques (you can bet that Facebook and Twitter will be among them).

    I’d appreciate some guidance from all of you practicing writers out there:

    1. How do you define “social media”?
    2. How have you created your own “social media strategies”? Any resources that you’ve found especially helpful?
    3. What do you consider to be social media’s most significant benefits for writers? (Speak only for yourself, if you wish, or opine more generally.)
    4. What do you consider to be social media’s most significant pitfalls for writers? (Again, please feel free to share a general impression or speak directly from your experience.)
    5. Which social media sites that are specifically for writers do you frequent? What appeals to you about said site(s)?

    I’d love to incorporate your advice in my presentation–I’ll cite you by your name if you leave it.

    Thanks in advance for your assistance!

    The Wednesday Web Browser for Writers

  • Leslie Greffenius reflects on “The Joy of Writing (Not More, Just Better) Sex.”
  • Publishing Perspectives details the billionaire-backed rebirth of a Russian literary magazine.
  • Meet Victoria Ford, who very much seems to be a young writer to watch for in the future.
  • Erica Mena introduces a new course she is teaching, “Translation as Art.”
  • Nina Badzin addresses the “Twitter Thanking Crisis.” (I try not to fall prey to the behavior cited, but I know that I’ve been guilty from time to time. I promise to try harder to behave.)
  • Since my friend Rachel Hall was the one to introduce me to Jean Thompson’s work, I was especially pleased to discover an interview that Rachel conducted with Thompson over on Leslie Pietrzyk’s blog.
  • Josh Lambert examines “why a growing number of today’s young Jewish fiction writers…are grounding their novels in scholarly research.”
  • Congratulations to the winners of Midge Raymond’s Forgetting English & my Quiet Americans.
  • The June issue of The Practicing Writer went out to subscribers on Monday. If you’re not yet a subscriber, you can find the issue–featuring an interview with author Tayari Jones–online.