Month: August 2011

Getting to Know Authors on Twitter

Seeking answers to the question “Why tweet?” Up until the time I opened my own Twitter account, @dcPriya, I couldn’t understand why in the world anyone needed this global email in IM form. What could it possibly do that wasn’t already covered by existing technology? Mea culpa: I get it now. Each day, I find it fascinating to spend time absorbing the ideas, advice, warnings, and news shared through the Twitterverse.  Below, I have listed some of my favorite tweets from people I follow.  Enjoy… @mjkanebooks: “I feel so naked! Went to laundrymat and left my writing notebook at home! Pen in purse but no paper! I’m going crazy, must write something!” @ktcrowley: “I may hold a vote on my blog to decide the name of my latest protagonist, since she and I can’t seem to agree. #div...

The Best Dog: R.I.P., Lizzie (1997 – 2011)

We will miss you for a long, long time.

Selling eBooks in a Global Marketplace

Modern settlers are not trudging through endless fields, or scaling virgin peaks, or building houses from materials hewn entirely by their own hands. There is no wagon train filled with pioneer men and women, babes in arms, being jostled about for weeks or months on end, in a desperate quest for new horizons. No longer are there patches of land in America free for the taking, if only you will plant your roots in the soil, and raise your family, your crops, and your hopes inside its boundaries. Today, the word “boundaries” refers to the limits of your computer processing speed, or how many bars you can get on your cell phone from the comfort of your couch, or how much space remains on your eight gigabyte memory card. The internet has become the portal to the future; product branding has bec...

Doers And Wimps

As part of my (painfully) slow going exploration of Facebook, I recently posted a poll on my author page. I figured I would get a feel for how the poll feature works, collect some usable information, compare that information to my publishing plan, and tweet about the whole thing. According to the weekly statistics email I received from Facebook yesterday, 153 people clicked into the poll. Two responded.  (Sigh.)  Everyone has to start somewhere. For example, for years, right up until the time I launched my first business, I thought archeologists were insane. What were they thinking digging in the dirt all day under the hot sun with bugs clinging to their sweaty skin? For weeks, months, even a year they focus on a tiny space, trying to understand everything that small patch of ground has to...

Starting a Blog: Oh, Daddy!

Twelve weeks ago, I self-published my first short story collection, Love + Family.  I was downright giddy seeing my words, my characters, my happy endings right there on the screen of my very own Kindle. It was tough to tuck that euphoria aside and to settle myself back into business mode, but I had to do it. The journey was only beginning. This past spring, when I was developed my publishing plan, I decided to first launch Love + Family on Amazon before turning my efforts to establishing a website.  I’m glad I waited.  Seeing my own work in an e-book renewed my confidence in this long, uncertain path. With my domain name in hand, I was ready to take the next important step forward.  All I needed was a web designer, a hosting company, and—based on the quotes I received—some more money in m...

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