Wednesday, September 18, 2013

You're creative. Why talk about money, right? Uh, oh. Read this.

As introverts, it's hard enough to muster up the energy sometimes to talk about anything at all (we hate idle chit-chat). But when it comes to talking about the hard stuff--like money--as creative people who don't love numbers, we really can shut down. Want to see how to make managing money a bit easier for your creative self?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Why we Introverts Love Being Alone: Science Confirms What We've Long Known

In a really cool study on, introverts' brains came under scrutiny with interesting results. The study found, "The brains of extroverts pay more attention to human faces than do introverts. In fact, introverts' brains didn't seem to distinguish between inanimate objects and human faces." Hmmm....check it out.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Written an Indie Book? Indie Excellence Awards Open Now Until March 31, 2014

Many introverts consider themselves very independent--and this serves us well. If you're an independent writer who's got an independently published book, you need to submit it to the Indie Excellence Awards!! Check it out. Submissions are accepted until March 14, 2014.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Where are people getting all those amazing pics for their blogs? Want some too?

Every time you read a blog you love, do you wonder where the author got such darling photos? Do you secretly seethe with jealousy that you don't have anything worthy on your blog? What if you're not a naturally gifted photographer? Now you can grab some royalty-free images from pros that will instantly take your blog up several notches. Here's where to grab the good stuff:

Friday, September 13, 2013

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ever Wanted to Turn Your Blog into a Book? You can!

From Blog to Book from Author Marketing Experts' Penny Sansevieri

In the past few months, I’ve come in contact with numerous bloggers who are ready to take their work from blog to book. Maybe it’s the influence of movies like Julie and Julia, it’s hard to tell, but suffice it to say the idea of selling your blog to a publisher is very appealing to a good many bloggers. But what does it really take to get your blog noticed? Here are some tips if you’re trying to raise the bar on your blog and get it noticed by a publisher:
Penny C. Sansevieri, CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts
Ironically, many of the rules of good blogging apply to this article and the first is: Blog often. If you’re a serious blogger you are likely posting daily, if you’re not, then you probably don’t have much to say. If you want to get your blog noticed, you need to be blogging daily. Why? Because it’ll not only help you look massively articulate, but it’ll really help with your traffic and search ranking, and let’s face it: If no one is finding you how do you expect a publisher to.

Write great blog posts: OK, I know this is probably another “duh” tip, but here’s the deal: if you’re blogging every day you need to keep your writing strong. Not all your blog posts will be worthy of front page news, but your writing must remain consistently good and your blog posts should be unique, helpful, enlightening, or whatever your goal for the blog is.

Be consistent in your message: in other words, don’t change horses mid-race. If you start a blog on, let’s say, dogs, don’t start talking about guinea pigs three posts into it. You’ll have a boatload of dog people going “huh?” Keep it topical and on message always.

Educate yourself in publishing: if you’re going to compete in this market (meaning publishing) you’re going to want to get to know the industry. Go to (writers) conferences, read some of the trade publications (like Publishers Weekly) and dig into this market. If you find that what you’re blogging on is super-hot, you might want to ramp up the promotion of your blog.

See who’s buying what: there’s a site I highly recommend called You can register there for either their free or paid Publishers Lunch newsletter, and with that you’ll also get Lunch Weekly, which shows you who is signing and what they’re buying. If you get a membership on the site you can also dig in and find Editors and Agents that might be interested in your topic.

Telling people you have a blog: do you have a signature file on your email? If you don’t you should, this is the first and one of the best places to promote a blog. Second, get business cards and make sure your blog address is listed there.

Get a unique URL: if you’re going to be a serious blogger get a serious domain name. Yes, you can get but that’s not your own property. Meaning that Google still owns this. If you’re going to be a real blogger, do you really want someone else owning your blog? I don’t think so. Buy a domain name and make sure your blog is hosted there.

Brand yourself: when you’re ready and you have the budget, find someone who can turn your blog into a custom site. They’re great and super easy to do (read: not that expensive) and make a fantastic first impression.

Do some social networking on blogs: get to know your space, meaning get to know who else is doing what you’re doing and make friends. Unless you’re sitting on the most original idea on the planet, I don’t believe in competition. Get to know who else is out there and start commenting on their blog posts so they know you. There’s a great way to find out the top people in your market. Go to a blog search site like Google blog search, type in your keyword and start following the top five bloggers in your market. See what they do, learn from the pros and then thank them for their knowledge by posting helpful comments on their blog  (bloggers love comments, by the way). I have a whole article on social networking on blogs that you can read here: Many of the tips will be helpful to you as you continue to cyber-schmooze online.

Market your blog: now that you have a unique URL and branding, you’re going to want to start marketing it. You can do this by getting a Twitter page and feeding your blog through your account (you can use to do this). You should also consider getting a Facebook Fanpage (again branded to your blog) and feed your blog through that as well. Why do you want to do this? Well it’s important to get as many access points as possible, right? Social networking sites are feeder sites. Use the content on these sites to help you dig deeper into your markets and gather new readers for your blog.

Make your blog shareable: Make sure that folks can share your blog posts to sites like Twitter, Facebook, and all the social bookmarking sites. It’s an easy widget to add and most blogs come with this pre-installed.

Social bookmarking: it’s good to social bookmark all your posts. Yes, and I do mean all of them. You should bookmark on the major sites like Digg, Delicious, StumbleUpon, and Social Poster. You can add more to this list but those are the majors.

Keep good track of your stats: this is another reason why you want to have your own site: so you can keep track of your traffic, which you can’t do if someone else owns your domain. You’ll want to keep a close eye on your blog traffic and learn how to read the site analytics (which is a lot easier than it sounds).

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Looking for a Group of Like-minded Writers? Check out Story Cartel!

Joe Bunting of Story Cartel
When I first heard about the concept of Story Cartel, a place just for writers to share info and form a guild,, I was giddy with joy! The course is now opening up for new members and you better believe I am eagerly seeking a seat.

Share with friends if you, too, want a place to secret away for writing time and inspiration on really creating a life out of your writing!