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by Polenth
May 12th, 2011, 4:31 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Not Cool Enough for Social Networking?
Replies: 18
Views: 4363

Re: Not Cool Enough for Social Networking?

You're taking no comments on a blog post to be a rejection of you as a person. By viewing your blog as a way to solve all your friend issues, you're setting yourself up for failure, because often you won't make friends via your blog. My advice is to turn comments off for a few months. Keep writing i...
by Polenth
April 20th, 2011, 12:38 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Hiring A Social Media Expert
Replies: 11
Views: 3846

Re: Hiring A Social Media Expert

I think the biggest use would be a teacher, to show you what you need to do and critique your social media presence. I don't think getting someone to send the messages for you is a good idea, as it makes your accounts impersonal. However, most people I've seen who claim to be social media experts ar...
by Polenth
April 9th, 2011, 5:08 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?
Replies: 19
Views: 6752

Re: Is "sci fi" a poisonous label?

Some science fiction fans have a thing about calling it sci fi. So you're best off calling it science fiction in the query, as you don't know if the agent will be one of those. If they represent you, then you can point and laugh in a professional manner if they explode at the term sci fi. But no nee...
by Polenth
April 9th, 2011, 4:56 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do You Use LinkedIn?
Replies: 7
Views: 2863

Re: Do You Use LinkedIn?

I use Twitter, Facebook and StumbleUpon of the ones you've listed. I don't have a LinkedIn account.
by Polenth
March 31st, 2011, 7:43 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Must-follow Blogs
Replies: 18
Views: 8689

Re: Must-follow Blogs

Janice Hardy (middle grade fantasy writer)
http://blog.janicehardy.com/

Juliette Wade (science fiction writer)
http://talktoyouniverse.blogspot.com/

They both post on other stuff too, but look through the archives and you'll find a lot of post about the writing side of it.
by Polenth
March 20th, 2011, 10:40 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have a new blog post?
Replies: 2688
Views: 341307

Re: Do you have a new blog post?

I answered questions from Google auto-complete. The answers may even be correct! http://polenth.blogspot.com/2011/03/aut ... appen.html
by Polenth
March 19th, 2011, 1:07 am
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Could self-promotion through social media be a bad thing?
Replies: 9
Views: 13804

Re: Could self-promotion through social media be a bad thing?

Again, I think promotion through social media is valid and a good idea, but I'd just be concerned about what I was promoting--me and my personality, or my work. Your worry seems to be that people will follow you because you're fun to be with, whilst ignoring your work. That hasn't been my experienc...
by Polenth
March 18th, 2011, 11:56 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Do you have an author page on Facebook?
Replies: 14
Views: 5101

Re: Do you have an author page on Facebook?

siebendach wrote:I'm embarrassed to say this, but . . . I don't have any idea how to make an author page. Can anyone provide a link to an explanation? Sorry to be so dense
Facebook's help on pages:
http://www.facebook.com/help/?page=904
by Polenth
March 12th, 2011, 10:36 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Questions about blogspot.com
Replies: 3
Views: 1044

Re: Questions about blogspot.com

To get rid of email comments... 1. If you go to blogger.com whilst you're signed in, you should see your blog listed (this is the blogger dashboard). There are a number of links under your blog name such as comments, settings, stats, etc. Click on 'settings'. 2. You'll now have a screen where the se...
by Polenth
August 21st, 2010, 4:24 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: As a reader how do you feel about this?
Replies: 15
Views: 2531

Re: As a reader how do you feel about this?

I don't mind if the antagonist gets away, but I do mind if the protagonist fails in every way. Harry may not defeat Voldemort at the end of every book, but he does succeed in stopping a small plot. Without any kind of success, you'd have trouble getting me to read more books. I don't want to read si...
by Polenth
August 20th, 2010, 3:28 pm
Forum: Finding An Agent
Topic: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?
Replies: 75
Views: 19855

Re: Do any of you other unpublished authors have websites?

I have a Blogger blog and a traditional website with my name as the domain (I built it myself). I'm not agented. I made it around the time I started submitting short stories. The biggest gain is it increases the chance of retaining people who find me. By that, I mean that if they read a story they l...
by Polenth
August 13th, 2010, 1:36 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Justin Beiber Writing a Memoir... oh, he's 16 yrs old
Replies: 9
Views: 1728

Re: Justin Beiber Writing a Memoir... oh, he's 16 yrs old

It's not a memoir. Beiber clarified that it's a photo diary thing of the leadup to his tour.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpres ... 5cP9gKN3wQ
by Polenth
July 29th, 2010, 11:46 am
Forum: Self-Publishing
Topic: Mad Ideas for promoting your novel
Replies: 12
Views: 4537

Re: Mad Ideas for promoting your novel

Lysimache wrote:Not that I'm calling you an alien, Polenth. ;)
For a moment I thought my secret was out!

(Though there is a nice fluffy black and white cat, who's taken to sleeping in the garden. All I need now is a net and some cat treats...)
by Polenth
July 25th, 2010, 8:56 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Trend: the acknowledgments page
Replies: 33
Views: 9753

Re: Trend: the acknowledgments page

Sommer - too true! The cover artist never gets mentioned anywhere, except sometime on the author's personal blog to say, "I just got a look at the cover for my new book and boy, is it awesome!" Or something to that effect. Still, there's usually no name. Talk about being underappreciated. The risk ...