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Gary McLaren
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"Our currency  for tomorrow is the intelligence we create today." -Tom Kavanaugh
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"Writers get paid for what other people get scolded for: daydreaming. We're supposed to wander."
~ Richard Walter

#writingquotes   #amwriting   #writingtips   #writing   #writingadvice  
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... and thanks for all the +1s . Please pass it on if you like it.
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How Do You Hook Your Reader?
 
"Give your story a bit of thought before you just dash off that first line, that first paragraph and page. Quite often I go back once I’m done and re-read the opening line, pulling something from later in the story, moving it up. Sometimes I rework the beginning to better represent the actual story. Pull the reader in quickly, hint at something more, a history or a possible future—consequences or tensions that are mounting. If you do it well, once that hook is in, it’s hard for the reader to slip away."-- Richard Thomas
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Here's an interesting piece on the length of your social media updates.
 
Did you know that the length of your social media updates can affect whether they are read or not?

So how long should they be, really?

"Every so often when I’m tweeting or emailing, I’ll think: Should I really be writing so much?

I tend to get carried away. And for the times that I do, it sure would be nice to know if all this extra typing is hurting or helping my cause. I want to stand out on social media, but I want to do it in the right way.

Curious, I dug around and found some answers for the ideal lengths of tweets and titles and everything in between. Many of these could have been answered with “it depends,” but where’s the fun in that? Solid research exists to show the value of writing, tweeting, and posting at certain lengths. We can learn a lot from scientific social media guidelines like these. Here’s the best of what I found."

Read more here: http://blog.bufferapp.com/the-ideal-length-of-everything-online-according-to-science

#socialmediamarketing #socialmediatips #seotips #marketingtips
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Indeed, there is only one fact to - anything, no matter how far we tend to drive everything into; complex, complicated, sophisticated, technical, reasons, and that is "personal" interest.

If you catch someone's interest, they will read 2, 5, or even 500 lines. When do you catch someone's interest? 2 reasons. No1. gossip, No2. benefit. People never read anything, because what you write is - just good. Nobody cares about it, how good your write, even if you're a celebrity writer. Is it good enough for me to gossip about your writing, or can I benefit from it, in any way. That is all that counts, and reason for people to read, what your write.

Take my reply, for instance. If you still read it, then you either have found it grounds good enough to gossip about it, or you find some value in it, and that can be as simple as just "associate yourself" with what I said.
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Here's a helpful Infographic with tips for various social media networks.
 
just found this amazing infographics. ..   #social  media #checklist  http://bit.ly/1oyTUWe
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Hall of games social check list and media's greatest tip list.
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Some Highlights from Day 1 of the London Book Fair

1. Grow your email list
2. Your best marketing tool is your book
3. Audiobooks are growing quickly
4. Do what feels right for you. Why? The most important quality that defines independent authors is their freedom

via +Paris Marx 
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What advice do you have for self publishing? its a minefield out there!!
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An Editor's List of Novel Shortcomings

An interesting list of top shortcomings this developmental editor sees in manuscripts.

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James Scott Bell @jamesscottbell One of the great bon-mots of popular cultural history occurred during the 1974 Academy Awards ceremony. David Niven was at the podium when a "streaker" (an inexplicable fad at the time...
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Kiwis Still Love Indie Bookstores

"...Lincoln Gould of Booksellers New Zealand said the indie booksellers' recent success is following trends in the US that saw independent bookstores increase their sales by 9 per cent in 2013."

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Online book retailers have not spelled the final chapter for ‘local' bookstores.
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Sad to hear Parson's in Wellington is closing after all these years. High rental and lack of interest from family, to take on the business from retiring owners, cited as reasons for the closure.
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A New Look at Making Music When You Type

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Quite possibly one of the most hilarious pieces of music I've heard in quite some time. h/t +Joseph Wu 
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Thank you for sharing. A wonderful way to start a Monday.
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Keep Striving for More.. But Never Stop Appreciating What You Have.

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Thanks Gary
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Introduction
Author of 'The Indie Author's Guide to Publishing Ebooks', 'The Beginner's Guide to Ebooks' and other books. 

I am blogging about self-publishing at PublishYourOwnEbooks.com, freelance writing at WorldwideFreelance.com, and how to build an author platform at PlatformPundit.com.

The topics I focus on are self-publishing, digital publishing, blogging, freelance writing, content development and content marketing, and social media. 

Every day on Google Plus I share a few helpful posts that I think will be useful for authors, writers and independent publishers. 

I also love photography and I'm a member of several communities for photographers on G+.
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