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Social media self-promotion for writers Lesson One: Do not beat up on your readers
September 8, 2014 | 10:25 am

Chelsea CainBest-selling crime author Chelsea Cain appears to have gone into social media meltdown in a really bad case of Author Meets Facebook. In a series of posts, she managed to diss on her readers for their asinine behavior and intrusive questions. She then managed to compound the damage. Her initial posts were taken down pretty promptly, apparently at the behest of her publisher. So the following is not first hand. But it is based on direct copies of the original posts like those you can see in this article, which have been widely corroborated. Cain wrote: I am not your personal customer service...

Free e-books for reviews: bad idea?
June 10, 2014 | 3:15 pm

Well, this is fairly tone-deaf and yet remarkably predictable. Kim Ukura on BookRiot reports on publisher Crown Publishing Group’s book review program, “Blogging for Books.” This program sends books to bloggers to review…and then they have to review it, publicly, or get dropped from the program. Under Blogging for Books, the vision of an ideal reader is one who reads everything, writes about it, then shares those thoughts across the web to create “buzz” about titles. It’s not enough to read a book and tell a friend – your feelings have to be made public (preferably...

Some content marketing options – with a bunch of ebook sites you may not have heard of
May 7, 2014 | 10:25 am

content marketingEbooks are consistently bundled under content in marketing circles, through the same skewed categorization that dubs advertisers as "publishers." And of course, this means that any eager self-publisher busy promoting their wares is engaged in content marketing. Hence the infographic below. Courtesy of BlogMost, a tutorials, tips and tricks site, this breakdown of "Smart Ways To Combine Content Marketing With SEO" gives one of the best guides to different venues for various types of content that I know. And there is also a big cluster of venues for "Ebook Submissions" that includes many unknown to me, as well as a few...

Morning Roundup: Bloggers are media, Goodreads launches “Add Amazon Books” feature and more
April 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

bloggers are mediaNew Competition Highlights Indie Books (Indie Reader) The Pulitzer prize winning British newspaper, The Guardian, is co-sponsoring a new competition exclusively for indies. *** Goodreads Launches Add Amazon Books Feature (Digital Book World) You can now add books you’ve purchased on Amazon – both print and Kindle books – to your Goodreads shelves. This will be available in the next few weeks to members in the U.S., Canada, and Australia. *** Court Declares That Yes, Bloggers Are Media (Techdirt) While it seems crazy that this kind of issue is still being debated in 2014, it's good to see a court make such a clear statement on the...

Blogging for children: some practical considerations
March 30, 2014 | 12:25 pm

blogging for children Last Saturday, I spent the morning talking to children aged 8-12 about blogging for a writing workshop. I know about blogging. I have too many of them. However, I had to figure out what to tell a bunch of kids about it. First thing, I told them to make sure to ask their parents’ permission about everything they want to put online. Once I was done with that, my research turned up a number of blogs that are actually run by kids. I was fascinated. I didn’t realize so many children were out there writing blogs. The best part about the blogs was...

Morning Roundup: Two articles on libraries and a look at making a living by blogging
March 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

librariesThe Awesomeness of My Little Free Library (Book Riot) When we bought a house in late 2012 in the urban neighborhood of Capitol Hill, DC, those little boxes of book love called Little Free Libraries were just starting to make the news. *** US Libraries Spend More on Audiobooks, DVDs than eBooks (The Digital Reader) Library Journal released the results of a survey last week, and it revealed that ebooks don’t have nearly as large of a share of libraries’ budgets as the one might assume from the press coverage. *** Rage Against the Monopolized Machine (The Guardian) Phones we can’t unlock. Shows we can’t skip. And...

Amtrak Residency Program begins taking applications from writers
March 9, 2014 | 3:49 am

zephyrAs was promised a few days ago, the application process for the Amtrak Residency Program has opened up. Amtrak discusses it in a blog post, and links to the actual application form. Up to 24 writers will be chosen for the first batch of residencies, taking place from March 17, 2014 through March 31, 2015. The application form asks why you want an Amtrak Residency, and how it would benefit your writing, and gives you 1,000 characters to answer each question. Then it asks you to upload a sample of your work, of up to 24 megabytes in size....

More details emerge about Amtrak Writer Residency program
March 7, 2014 | 12:59 pm

amtrakbridgeA few more details have come out about the Amtrak Writer Residency program, thanks to a Reddit Ask Me Anything with Julia Quinn, Director of Social Media for Amtrak. For those who lack the time to go through the entire thread, The Wire has a pretty good summary of the important points. Amtrak is planning to open an online application process within the next few days, with the program to begin this spring. Applications will be considered by a panel of representatives from Amtrak and the literary community, with a fairly loose definition of “writer” for the purposes of the program....

Amtrak gives writers free train rides in writing residency program
February 23, 2014 | 8:07 am

amtrakA lot of writers seem to like writing on trains. It’s hardly a surprise; they have comfortable seats and often tables, power outlets for your laptop or tablet charger, free WiFi, more space than in an airplane, and you’ve got plenty of time as you trundle down the tracks, especially if you’re traveling very far. Maybe something about just traveling unhurriedly, isolated from the rest of the world, just breeds ideas. J.K. Rowling got the idea for Harry Potter on a train, for example. Now The Wire reports that Amtrak might just be looking at trains and writers in a...

Hey TeleRead! What happened to my comment?! (And other site updates)
August 16, 2013 | 2:16 pm

TeleReadHello readers! At some point over the past seven or eight days, some of you may have noticed that the comments you've written and attempted to post to a particular article here have failed to appear. Pretty frustrating, right? Right. But contrary to what you may have recently read on message boards or Twittter feeds elsewhere, there is not, in fact, a grand TeleRead Comments Conspiracy underway. We're not censoring your words, readers, nor would we ever—even the mean ones that make us sad and drive us to drink. So then, What's the deal, you ask? The deal is this: I've been...

Is It OK to Hate Reading to Your Children?
July 23, 2013 | 10:09 am

READINGI had to laugh at this blog post on the New York Times website where the author laments the chore of reading out loud to her son. It's not that she dislikes books, she's careful to explain—it's just that the books her son enjoys are tedious and irritating. Those Richard Scarry books particularly irk her: "In Richard Scarry’s world, there is a lot to look at, but not a lot to read, and when there’s not a lot to read, you have to make up things. I could go that route, and I probably should go that route, but since I am...

Technology: No Big Deal Anymore?
July 16, 2013 | 3:30 pm

technologyI posted earlier about the computer shopping that's been going on in my family lately. Well, gadget lusts strikes again—the Beloved's mother showed me a 900-page doorstopper of a historical fiction novel she plans to take on an airplane with her, and I commented that it would be so much easier to just take an -ebook reader with her. There proceeded a 20-minute debate about whether she reads enough to 'justify' the purchase, and if so, what sort of purchase she should make. Privately, the Beloved and I concluded that, just as my own parents do with tech purchases, she is vastly...