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Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey Summoned and I arrive.  Late and distracted as usual.  Was someone hungry?
August 27, 2015, 06:33:19 AM
Re: RPG: Nonsense Survey @Doctor_Chill - I'm in for January, as time allows.  Feel free to take liberties with Cole, he'd probably agree anyways.  He'll be around.  He's like the trickster god of food.

@Lady_Ty - A pleasure to meet you as well.  All cooks are family, no matter the line.  Always nice to find nerdy chef types.

August 28, 2015, 05:21:41 AM
Re: Good quotes “Resist much, obey little.”
? Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass

August 28, 2016, 08:01:13 PM
Re: New Social Media Platform So far, I'm working on figuring that one out myself.  It has some elements of twitter, some of tumblr.  I followed some of the authors over there.

Part of it is that I spend a fair amount of time with social media as a marketing tool, so it intrigues me to just see it as a growing community.

Ello and Diaspora both had an ad-free set up.  Coincidentally, I forgot all about both of them even though I think I have accounts.

The big thing with Izmy seems like the anti-harassment capabilities.  There are a lot of ways to control who has access to what, including the ability to prevent anonymous responses, limit who posts in communities, etc.  Communities branch into neighborhoods, which means there is already substantial writer circles, reader circles, fanfic, etc.

If you want to check it out, send me a PM with your email.  If not <shrug>.  I'm not trying to advertise them, though it seems like we could get an FF community rolling over there easily to draw in new membership.

August 28, 2016, 10:35:48 PM
Re: Using social media I'm in the same boat, not necessarily to promote myself as a writer, but helping my wife with her indie romance (Which launches in 17 days). 

I can reiterate some of the above things.  Twitter is great, not necessarily for the book, but for you.  I love the engagement with other authors, personalities, etc.  But it requires a boldness, and the knowledge that you are throwing thoughts into an [insert metaphor for vastness and empty space] and hoping for an echo.

If you are serious about the work, find a pro editor.  If you want to get notice, look into a professional PR blast.  We've got one (lovingly donated by another author who has found some success and is repaying our editing and beta-reading efforts) for three months for the launch of the book.

The way to beat Facebook's algorithm is throw money at it.  Boost your posts.

Many writers are introverts, and the market is constantly shifting and changing.  The joy and hazard of the modern indie scene is that tastes change constantly.  The tide swells and recedes.  The social aspect of it all can be intimidating, overwhelming and cause much emotional distress.

So keep this in mind, as you embark on this journey:  Have fun.  You are doing something that you love, so keep that love close to you.  Push your own boundaries, but don't betray yourself.  None of us write for the money.

I'll be your friend on Twitter @matthewtmaenpaa

August 28, 2016, 10:48:49 PM