Linkedln Pluse or Blog

Yep another place to blog about your writing and book.  My review of it, it isn’t worth the time.  Well, not yet.

First Linkedln needs to make it so you can find where to post faster.  It took me almost five minutes before I happen to find it while looking over my posts from this blog which I have linked to Linkedln.

Second, not sure how many people will see your posts.  Now if your friends list is different than your friends list on your blog and fb, yes it will give you a bigger exposure.  If everyone is the same people, how many times do you think they want to hear about the same post or your novel?   It could get rather boring and over kill for them.

Third, Linkedln is all about the money.  Yes, they have different account types from Free basic to Pay out the but Premium.  Your choice on how much money Linkedln is worth.  Remember if you can’t get sales for your novel, paying for a site may not be worth the money.  Ad money might be a better place for it.

I would link where to post on Linkedln but I can’t find a general site not linked to my account.  Here is the link to Linkedln.

Good luck finding how to post on there if you are interested in it.

Now back to sleep so I’m wide awake for my new job

Terra Ann Spencer

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Amazon, Goodreads and an Idea

I had this cool idea after Chantelle Atkins, a fellow author, was reminding her readers and the world Amazon does not link up the reviews across country.  This means a review at Amazon US will not be seen by a person on Amazon UK.

I thought well they are the parent company to Goodreads so why not streamline the whole review process for the book section only through Goodreads.  How hard would that be?  I mean granted there would need to be office meetings and Goodreads and Amazon would have to strike a deal together on how it would work.

Other than that…?  Not seeing a whole lot which would be bad or complex.  I also know parent companies make money off their little companies under them though they do not usually make their choices for them about business.  A few parent companies might have more involvement but others might have less.  Still, Amazon is making money off of Goodreads so to promote it you would think would be in Amazon’s favor.  You would think, right?

Well, me being me sent them an email.  I got the worst email back I’ve gotten from any company.  It only stated the facts which I already knew, something about a highlight review (this part didn’t even really make sense) and how Goodreads is separate so they don’t share data with Amazon.  Ok, so?  I thought the least they could do was review the idea and send it to someone who might be higher on the food chain.  I guess not.

Thinking companies should want more ideas and less upset sad customer service

Terra Ann Spencer

Go Down the Rabbit Hole: A Writer’s Manifesto

I think this is such a neat way of looking at writing I needed to have it reach more people. Enjoy!

Writing for Digital Media

1. You are the work. The work is you: both an articulation of the self and a possibility for self-reflection. Be honest in creation: allow yourself to bleed into the work, but also allow it to work on you. Your work can show you things: illuminate and clarify your own thoughts, motivations, actions. If you do it right, you will find the work changing you, too.

2. Thinking is process. Laying on the floor. Sitting on park benches. Getting lost on purpose. These are all working. Learn the difference between mindless distraction and mindful wandering.

3. Go down the rabbit hole. Sometimes the work isn’t about what you think it is. Allow yourself to get lost down alleyways, to follow a train of thought around a corner. Don’t feel you need to reign yourself in. Too much focus squeezes all the possibility for revelation out of the work.

4. Fear…

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Not so free for commerical use

iStock is all the ‘new talk’ this second on the internet.  Why?  Free photos to use.  I saw this and thought what a great thing to do.  It’s for the movie Unfinished Business but it’s not free photos.  Well, if you only plan to use them to highlight the movie or the photos or business in general without a commercial reason, yes they are free.  For book covers, they would cost money and that is a bum deal.

So if you see this story and get the thrill in your gut that you might have just found the perfect picture for your cover, think again.

Terra Ann Spencer