Freebie Friday: Alexandra’s Legacy

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No I’m not dead…

Just really crappy at time management. I always hate when I have to explain why I’ve been missing from my blog, because I feel like I should give some uber exciting reason for my absence, like I wrote a trilogy and have been so busy hacking out contract details with my dream agent that there was no time left to write.

The truth is…life happened. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Since you’re all human(theoretically), I’m sure you can relate. However, I’m back and I will be posting again with some regularity, even if it means scheduling posts.

Writers’ Toolbox: Show Off Your Best at the Sandbox

I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it, networking is important! I know you hate it. It’s tedious, frustrating, and it takes practice if you want to get good at it. One of the most important things for struggling networkers is to educate themselves on the different mediums out there.

When someone says network, most people think of the obvious opportunities to gain an audience (blogging, facebook, twitter, linkedin, etc.), and not of the rare, unique opportunities like writers competitions. Today’s find is a monthly genre contest called Show Off Your Best at the Sandbox. It’s a short story contest that probably won’t gain you international recognition, but you will make connections. Even if you only come away from it with one reader, that is one reader that will buy and advertise your product.

Writers’ Toolbox: Urban Dictionary

Before you use that word or phrase, check it out on urbandictionary.com.  You never know just what the kids are using it for these days, and you definitely want to avoid uncomfortable misinterpretations.

Example: She was carrying two large jugs with her.

(if you can’t figure out what’s wrong with that sentence, you might need to visit the urbandictionary–but please use with caution)

Writers’ Toolbox: Six Sentence Sunday

All you need to be a writer is pen & paper, fingers & a keyboard. To Sell books, especially in the online market, you’ll need a bit more than that. The name of the game is networking. This is why I suggest joining writers’ communities, and participating in activities like Six Sentence Sunday.

Freebie Friday on Saturday

Hey y’all,

I’m sorry I’ve been gone so long! My sister finally had her baby, but she lives just across the street, so one stress has just been replaced with another. Her husband crushed his pointer finger, so he’s out of work for the week. My mother got in an altercation with the garage door and she lost. She can hardly walk on her ankle because the tendon was grazed. My dad is retiring, and my brothers custody hearing is Tuesday. Yes, things are crazy here!

I want to promise that I’ll be posting regularly again very soon, but I’m not sure fate is going to allow that. In the meantime, check out these free reads.