TRANSFER OF SUBSCRIBERS TO NEW SITE

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Flying Ahead to New Site

Dear Subscribers

Folks who have subscribed to the marionspicher.wordpress.com site are in the process of being transferred (by jetpack) to my new site marionspicher.com which will serve as both website and blog.

My former website is no longer accessible.  I’ll dress up the new site when time allows–currently the ambiance seems rather drab.

Jetpack instructed me that you will  no longer receive emails telling you of a new post, but the posts could be read in a reader.  That sound like a bit of a nuisance for you all! I don’t plan to post on this site once these little details are handled. Telling you this in case you wonder what the hey?

SIMPLEST SOLUTION:  He said you would also need to subscribe to the new site.  Please do!  I would think that no further action is needed. I look forward to posting on the new site more often and reconnecting with you all.  Hope spring becomes a reality for most of the nation!

crocus found by googling crocus photos

Harbingers of spring

And the winner is Diana Murdock

On my October 25th blog, I offered a drawing for the Donald Maass book “Writing the Breakout Novel” to all who commented.  Diana Murdock was the name pulled from the bag.  Hope you find great things in the book, Diana.  I am currently reading “Fire in Fiction” and highly recommend it.  Now back to writing.  Weekend approaching, wishing you all a fantastic finish of the week, and something you enjoy on the weekend.

For your viewing pleasure, stick with this video to get the message.  I think you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.

Guest Blogging

Rocky Mountains

I would love to have some of my subscribers join me on the blog site where a guest blog (written by me) is sitting there without you all.  A comment like, “Howdy” would be wonderful, and such a gift.  See you there!

Social Media Life Rope

Kristen Lamb’s Blog is well worth a visit.  Her book “We Are Not Alone: The Writer’s Guide to Social Media” is on sale right now for $4.99 according to her most recent blog.  I am currently enrolled in her online class on blogging, and found her teaching most valuable.  Now I gotta run.  Sending good wishes to all.

On Line Blog Class from “Write it Forward”

Who Dares Wins

In response to a comment on my last post, here is an opportunity to learn how to maximize a writer’s potential blog traffic.  Many writers have benefitted from the experience and teaching skills of Bob Meyer and this online class is presented through “Write it Forward” … a site well worth checking out on its own.  The book cover on the left will connect you with Bob Mayer’s main website.  The offered class registration is contained within the Write it Forward site.

Blog on!

Social Networking for Writers: To Do or Not To Do

B&B Whidbey Island Writer's Conference

Unpublished writers, would Social Networking work for you? Browse the pros and cons below:

  • Folks must budget time if they decide to network on line.  I budget an average of three hours a day, checking email loops, writing and reading emails, blogs, facebook, twitter an LinkedIn.
  • No budget constraints? Hire a professional to set up the website and the blog, etc.  The rest of us must learn as we go.
  • 1st turning point suggest we get the learning curve out of the way before one is known and published.  The fear factor diminishes when we know no one but family is paying attention.
  • We can learn to make posts crisp, interesting or helpful, not dallying with readers’ time.
  • Why did I start ahead of the game?  Knowledge of how my mind works. My left-brain has one track, and that track needs repetition, using more time.  Stress freezes my brain cells, and when my manuscript is picked up by an agent or publisher, I’ll avoid the learning curve angst.  Published networking friends taught me pressure builds once published, as one marketing strategy is a network platform.
  • Ancient Whispers by Marie-Claude Bourque

    Knight of Passion by Margaret Mallory

  • The clear message in an email discussion on the GSRWA loop by Marie-Claude Bourque and Margaret Mallory? Creativity and time redirects away from our manuscripts to social networking.
  • Whatever the decision, realize social networking cuts into writing time, and for some, dampens creativity.
  • Weigh the time pressures and alternate zones for creativity.  Techies breeze through social networking, learning to link efficiently.  In a former post on this blog, a pointed to a link ‘how to blog on wordpress for non techies.’ I suggest blog first, then graduate to a website if you must.
  • Agents admit that if two equal manuscripts in the same genre sit before them, and they must choose only one, the writer with a network wins.  Consider the odds. Perhaps not likely. But a great story?  I wager they’ll wait, and deal.
  • Social networking bumps your name up on the Google search. Something to consider when deciding when to choose a pen name.  A writer wastes a lot of name recognition exposure, waiting to switch names.  If you do comment or write blogs or have a website, Google yourself.  You might be surprised. You’ll reap great motivation to make the first sentence count because it may appear on Google.
  • One last thought? Would I have reaped the same level of motivation, inspiration, support, encouragement, resources, & education, without social networking?  No.
  • Would my passion for writing have continued to grow without social networking?  Maybe not. We’ll never know.
  • Blogging for New Writers

    Finally got around to checking for comments today. I’ve had my head buried in a manuscript revision.

    Thanks to all who stopped by and left comments.

    Tia Nevitt, the author of one comment, listed the URL for an educational post she wrote. Check it out here. She has a new blog as well called Debuts and Reviews.  It is worth a visit as well.  Thank you Tia. I hope to make some improvements soon.

    Updating My Website

    A photo to enjoy

    I took the time today to update my website, following some suggestions on a website review offered by 1st turning point. I struggle because the website builder I use, often refuses my requests, gets bogged down, and I have to log out and back in again, and so on. This likely occurs  because I don’t understand the workings of HTML and I try to do too much at once.   I have learned that I need to save what I have changed before I go on to change something else.  I toned down the color, and would like to get rid of the logo and the fireworks banner, but haven’t figured out how to change that. So six and a half hours later … ZZZZzzzzzzz. I may hunt up a new design.

    Have a great week. Would love to read your comments.

    Writer’s Website Review

    April Rickard, Website Reviewer for 1st Turning Point

    April Rickard reviewed my website on  1st Turning Point , the place to visit to learn from experienced “others” who share not only the “how to” but the “why” — in self promotion, platform building, social networking, etc.

    It is important to me to learn as much as I can about platform building before I need one, so the learning curve doesn’t hit during the time when a potential agent or editor either wants to know if you have a social network up and running.  If a writer has established internet exposure, when the new novel  gets published, the publicity can easily be sent into cyber space.  Thank you April, and 1st Turning Point, for the review.  Now if I can just find a spot on my calendar (grin) … the best I can offer is that I will put a note here when I have worked on improving the site.

    Added the Page “About Me”

    A new page “About Me” has been added.  Wishing you the best this Sunday.

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