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ATTN: BLOGGERS AND ONLINE VIEWERS

HI, I WOULD LIKE TO TAKE THIS TIME TO THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO VISIT MY BLOG/JOURNAL. I'M JUST GETTING STARTED, SO PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH ME. I WILL BE INCLUDING MANY HOT TOPICS AND ALSO SHARING POETRY PERIODICALLY THAT I KNOW YOU WILL HAVE A PLEASURE READING. AT YOUR CONVENIENCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE A DETAILED COMMENT IN REFERENCE TO WHAT YOU HAVE READ......

GOD BLESS,
WRITER & POET
DONIELLE SMITH
From jeanie_w via Twitter:

Do you Twitter and write or edit Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror? If so, then you can add your name to http://www.greententacles.com/twitter/ to find others in the field and make it easier for them to find you.

Interesting Blog Entry

From Tracy Marchini (via Nathan Bransford's blog): 21 Things an Author Can Do With Twitter.

I would add, though, that those tweets alone likely won't engage people unless they are already fans. At the moment, most of the writer tweets I'm following are either a: people I've found or who have found me through this community or b: people who are sharing interesting articles, resources, and info on writing.

Interesting Blog Post on using Web 2.0

Over at The Golden Pencil, Jenny Cromie has posted an entry on using social media sites to streamline your brand and how you can make the process a bit easier.

I found the blog through nickdaws' Twitter stream.

The Benefits of Twitter

Over the past few days, I’ve been giving Twitter a bit more thought – specifically as to how a service like Twitter can benefit writers. The following list highlights some of the benefits I see; please feel free to add more in the comments.

Proof that you are not a unique snowflake

As soon as I step away from the computer, I’m in a writing vacuum. I simply don’t know any other writers in real life. I’d love to join a writing group or have a chat with another wordsmith over coffee but it just hasn’t been possible – those opportunities can be few and far between in small town Canada.

Reading posts about other writers’ word counts or the planning of their next projects is reassuring and motivating. It’s tangible proof that other people are going through some of the same things that I’m experiencing.


Spreading the word about good resources

When I finished reading an Ethan Ellenberg essay in “Making the Perfect Picth”, the first thing I did was get up and post a tweet. It was one of those rare pieces on publishing which did not (as a new writer) make me wonder if I should have my head examined for thinking that I’d have a shot at publication. Today, over lunch, I ran a Twitter search on “literary agent”. Amongst the heart-ache, there was a small gem; someone had posted a link to Nathan Bransford's blog.

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Quick update on community promotion

Just a quick update to thank those who have mentioned the community on Twitter and/or their personal blogs.

I've posted promos in a few communities (bookish, community_promo, writer_ads_news, and twittertweeters).

If anyone has any promo suggestions, please feel free to comment (I started my own blog, This Round Life, over a year ago and only just managed to crack 100 friends so I fully admit that I'm not too experienced when it comes to active promotion).
Name/User Name: Eric/mysticalforest
Twitter Account: Abashima
Current Project: Ongoing—I'm a contract writer in the games industry, currently at Microsoft working on Games for Windows.
Stage: Always looking for the next contract. ;)
Anything else to add?: One of these days, I shall participate in NaNoWriMo. Until then, I have my daily writing keeping me busy. In addition to video games I also sometimes write for the tabletop adventure industry.

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Name/User Name: jonaskaite
Twitter Account: http://twitter.com/lyndyn
Current Project: The Edge of Wordless Wonder, literary nonfiction; also some in-progress short stories and essays without a clear end result in sight.
Stage: Theoretically shopping for representation, though I haven't, uh, actually done anything with it. Negotiating with local press for a serial contract that might expand this manuscript, and/or result in an eventual sequel.
Anything else to add?: I finished (the current incarnation of) Wordless Wonder back in June, as the creative component of my undergrad thesis, and I was all on fire to get it published right away and... I haven't done anything with it. Or new writing. Or much of anything. I know part of that is fatigue and a busy day job, but part of it is just damn laziness, and seeking out the company of other writers who are actually writing and marketing might be just the sharp stick I need.

Intro Post

Name/User Name: Devi42
Twitter Account: http://twitter.com/devi42
Current Project: Made you Look, general fiction with a plus-sized cast of characters.
Stage: Currently editing/revising. Hope to begin querying in February.
Anything else to add?: I have a Mr. T bobble head on my desk for inspiration (I pity the fool who don't polish pages, I pity the fool who don't hit word count... it really is good for all occasions)