Instagram for Authors: Finding Followers Authentically

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When it comes to any social media channel, the number one question I’m asked in my day-job as a social media professor is, “How do I find more followers?” Sometimes this is followed up with another question: “Is it bad to buy followers?” Let’s unpack both of those questions. 

Crystal King

Networking Tips for Authors on Twitter

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Hands down, Twitter is one of the most influential networks, and it’s what I think of as the great human connector. Out of all the social media networks, Twitter gives you the best chance to reach an audience around the world. You can talk to some of the most famous and powerful people on the platform, but more importantly, you can talk directly to your readers wherever they happen to be

Crystal King

Grub News The Writing Life

Grants and Residencies for Writing Parents/Parenting Writers

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GrubStreet Instructor, marketing consultant, writer, and mother of two, Allison Pottern Hoch knows how important support can be to fostering a creative life. She’ll be covering this topic and more in her class Writing Like a Parent, Parenting Like a Writer on July 20th, but until then read on to learn more about grants, scholarships, residencies and more for writers who are parents.

Allison Hoch

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Seven Secrets For Authors Promoting Their Books

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The last couple of months have been a little hectic for me as I prepped to launch my second novel, The Chef's Secret, out into the world. I'm probably an anomaly in the world of writers, but I actually like the whole marketing and promotion aspect of it all. But I know that's not true of every writer, so I'm going to share a few tips that may help when you are out there trying to figure out how you are going to promote your book in a world of small publishing budgets, millions of competing books and a lack of personal time. 

Crystal King

The Writing Life

Your #1 Secret Weapon: Writing Communities

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Building a supportive network takes time and courage. Novelist Katrin Schumann argues that it’s worth starting to cultivate community early on, even if your instinct or your preference is to work alone. This post first appeared on JaneFriedman.com.

I’ve always found people who make movies to be awe-inspiring—in order to evoke a world and a story on screen, they need to work together with dozens of other professionals, from front-end people like actors and directors, to back-end people like sound editors

Katrin Schumann

Books & Reading Craft Advice The Writing Life