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10 Holiday Gifts for the Writer in Your Life

It's that time of year, when we rack our brains trying to figure out our gift list. Last year I shared a list of gifts for your favorite socially savvy author (or for you, if you are aspiring to be one!)

November 28, 2018 | Crystal King

The Writing Life

Writers Can Stay Organized and Motivated with these Online Tools

As a writer of historical fiction, I find that one of my biggest challenges is how to manage both my time and all the little tidbits of information that I discover all over the Web. This is particularly tough when some of the data is sent to me from friends, or I uncover new articles and facts through random browsing, not just at times when I sit down to do research.

I could use a notebook, and I do, but those online notes are a time-sink to rewrite, and as a result, my notebook tends to be more for creative ...

October 30, 2018 | Crystal King

The Writing Life

Seven DON'Ts for Socially Savvy Authors

Getting ahead in the world of social media isn't easy, but it's even harder if you are doing things that self-sabotage your efforts. Here are seven things you can stop doing to help you bolster your social media efforts to find more fans and sell more books. 


1. Don't be spammy in direct messages (on any channel). Don't spam people in Direct Messages with automatic replies

Crystal King

Grub News The Writing Life

Five Things Socially Savvy Authors Should Do Every Day

When I talk to authors trying to wrangle their social media activities, one of the big questions is what should I do every day to make the biggest difference? This is especially important to figure out so you can maximize your time and put your efforts in the right place. Savvy book marketers should be able to do the following five things in an hour or less every day

Crystal King

Grub News The Writing Life

Social Media Advice for Authors with Limited Time

I’ve been meeting with the same writing group for over a decade. All of us are in varying stages of our novel process, but one of our group members recently landed an agent and her book is now out on submission.

“You are going to start thinking about your social media now, right?” I asked her. “Don’t wait until the book is published!”

July 25, 2018 | Crystal King

The Writing Life