Connect with other writers on Slack!

Do you love to talk with other writers about what you’re working on or hear about what they’re working on?  Do you like to swap writing prompt ideas?  Do you have questions about how to publish a book?  If you said yes to any of these questions, join the WritePubChat community on Slack!  WritePubChat is a community just for people like you (and me!) who want to discuss the things we love (writing, publishing, book marketing) with other writers.

What is Slack?

Slack is a real-time messaging app that has recently become all the rage.  It is typically used by businesses for instant messaging and is replacing email communication for many, but Slack is also being used for community building for people with common interests.  Visit SlackList for an extensive list of Slack communities.

WritePubChat

WritePubChat is a new Slack community for people who are interested in networking and discussing all things related to writing, publishing and book marketing. If any/all of these things interest you, we’d love to have you join us!

Join the WritePubChat Slack community by simply filling out your information in this Typeform.  Let’s chat!

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[Series] Promoting Your Book on Twitter

Here are four posts related to promoting your book on Twitter.  The list below includes summaries and quick links to each of the posts:

  1. Tweeting for Book Promotion — a few ideas of what you might want to tweet as an author to help promote your book.
  2. Decoding the Twitter Language —  a few of the common acronyms and symbols to know as you get started on Twitter.
  3. 10 Tweep Authors Should Follow for Book Marketing Tips and Opportunities — If you’re an author on Twitter, you may want to follow these people on Twitter who will provide you with tips on writing, publishing and book marketing.
  4. The Dos and Don’s of Twitter — a few etiquette (or “twittiquette”) tips to keep in mind as you build your community on Twitter.

If you have other thoughts on how to promote a book on Twitter, please share them in the comment box below! 

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BOOK REVIEW: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

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ABOUT THE BOOK (from Amazon):

The instant #1 NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller

Named a Hot Fall Read by USA Today, Vanity Fair, Newsday, O Magazine, the Seattle Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mashable, Pop Sugar, and the San Antonio Express-News

Named a Best Book of the Year by Brainpickings and Book Riot

“A must read for anyone hoping to live a creative life… I dare you not to be inspired to be brave, to be free, and to be curious.” —PopSugar

From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat Pray Love: the path to the vibrant, fulfilling life you’ve dreamed of.

Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

MY REVIEW:I have participated three times in National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), where people set out to write a novel (or at least 50,000 words of one) within the thirty days of November. I successfully completed the challenge two of those years (last year I was close, but lost steam when I went on vacation the third week of the month).

Every year I do it, I think my writing is a little bit better than the year before — the characters are a little more developed, the story is more plotted out.  Also, every year I participate I ask myself a million times WHY am I doing this?  I have never considered myself a writer, but I have found that for some reason I enjoy the process of trying to write a book. There’s something within me that wants to do it even when everyone around me thinks I’m crazy. I would be horrified if anyone actually read the stories that I wrote during NaNoWriMo, but I keep thinking I might re-write them and maybe some day they’ll be presentable.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic was just the inspirational push I needed.  It has inspired me to finish (at least) one of the books I have already started. It also encouraged me to participate in NaNoWriMo again, despite the fact that I tell myself every year in December I will never do it again.  And it even motivated me to make writing more of a priority in my life, not just during NaNoWriMo. Why?  Because it is something I enjoy.  Will I ever publish anything I write? Maybe. Will it make me rich someday?  Probably not. But that is not why I do it.

If you are an artist in any sense of the word, this book is a must read. It isn’t just for writers; it is for anyone who enjoys creating something.  What is your art?  Is it painting, knitting, cooking?  Whatever it may be, Big Magic will inspire you to take a look inside yourself, to listen to your passion and to live a more creative life.

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