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Suw Charman-Anderson
Author, journalist, bookbinder, social technologist.
Author, journalist, bookbinder, social technologist.
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This year is the 200th anniversary of Ada Lovelace's birth, and we are already getting cracking organising our event for Ada Lovelace Day on 13 October. We are now looking for sponsors for our flagship event, with packages from £200 - £7,500, and need your help reaching the right people! Please take a look at our prospectus and pass it on to anyone you know whose company might be interested in supporting women in STEM! 

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To celebrate the launch of my online course, How To Write Your Own Social Media Strategy, I’m giving out a 50% discount coupon (just click on the link) which is valid until 31 December. 

If you’ve ever wanted to write your own tailor-made social media strategy but didn’t know where to start, or wanted to revamp an existing strategy that isn’t working, then this course is for you! With 50 lectures, including 23 videos totalling over 2 hours of instruction and 22 in-depth exercises, this course will walk you through every stage of creating your social media strategy. It’s based on a very successful workshop that I have been running over the last year, and is perfect for small businesses and the self-employed in any sector. 

Don’t worry if you don’t have time to do a course before Christmas - once you sign up, you have lifetime access and the course is self-directed so you can start it in the New Year and work your way through it whenever is convenient to you. 

Please do feel free to share this discount code URL as widely as you like! 

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This year, I am once again compiling an anthology of writing about women in STEM for Ada Lovelace Day (14 Oct). Last year's book, A Passion for Science: Stories of Discovery and Invention, has been extremely well received and is available from our website as an ebook:

http://findingada.com/book/

I'm now looking for chapter proposals for the new book that tell the stories of women in STEM, either as individuals or groups. I've had a fair few suggestions for women in medicine and science, but not many for women in math, engineering and not enough for tech (especially inventors). 

I'm hoping to improve diversity amongst our writers and am particularly interested in hearing from men and people from minority groups who'd like to contribute. We'd also like to improve diversity amongst our chapter subjects, so would be very keen to get submissions about women of colour and from other minorities. 

More info about the call for submissions:

http://findingada.com/book/call-for-submissions/

We are also offering two mentorships to unpublished women writers in STEM who would like to contribute to the book. The successful applicants will be mentored by Veronique Greenwood, Jennifer Ouellette and Ed Yong and will be given structural and stylistic feedback to help improve their writing. 

More info about the mentorships:

http://findingada.com/book/mentorships/

Deadlines for both are 21 March. 

I would be very grateful for help in spreading the word about this (and our current book, of course, which is a fab read!). 

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Yay! ALD Live video now available: Learn about laughter! See things explode! Hear cheeky geologic terminology! How can you resist? You can't, right?

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In which I take a detailed look at a new ebook creation tool, Vellum. 

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Facbook likes are not the same as Twitter shares. We need to be much more careful when analysing social network data. 

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Taking a look at George Walkley's advice to people wanting to enter publishing, and describing the three key skills he believes applicants need to develop. 

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Some interesting insights around marketing from last week's Futurebook conference.
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