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What do I post? Finding And Managing Content to Beef Up Your Social Media Presence

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Awhile back I shared some tips on how to use social media without being annoying, which was also the title for one of my Muse & the Marketplace sessions in May. In that article I talk about the 80/20 rule and I give some examples of how to think about the types of content you are posting on your social channels. I am not going to rehash the article here, so make sure to check it out.

August 27, 2015 | Crystal King

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An Ancient Creative Writing Idea Generator: The Why/Why, How/How Exercise

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The unexamined life is not worth living. ~ Socrates

I'm a big fan of Socrates (and yes, I have to admit that Bill & Ted forever messed up the pronunciation of his name for me). However, I think if I had known him in life, I probably would have poisoned him too. Why? Because of that very question—why.

July 27, 2015 | Crystal King

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How to Write What You Know—and What You Don't

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When I was in the 7th grade I had the chance to meet Madeleine L'Engle at a young writer's conference. I think I only shook her hand and said hi, not knowing what else to say, even though she wrote one of my all-time favorite children's books, A Wrinkle in Time. I didn't have an appreciation for the mastery of her art until I was much older.

A few years ago Carole F. Chase helped L'Engle compile bits about her life into a book called Madeleine L'Engle Herself

June 25, 2015 | Crystal King

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What Would Napoleon Do With Your Novel?

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Are your characters feeling flat and lifeless? Have you heard that your hero needs a bit of personality? Fortunately there is a great exercise called the Napoleon technique that may help you breathe new life into the people in your novel.

The Napoleon technique has been used by countless creative thinkers in the business and science sectors to help tackle problem-solving in new ways

May 28, 2015 | Crystal King

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Social Media for Book Marketing: One Myth and One Truth

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The Myth: Social Media is Free


Last year at the 2014 Muse & the Marketplace, I sat at a table with the wonderfully talented Randy Susan Meyers (whose latest book, Accidents of Marriage, needs to go to the top of your To-Be-Read list right now)

April 23, 2015 | Crystal King

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