Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Welcome DAWG members

Welcome to this new blog set up to illustrate the speech I gave to DAWG (Dallas Area Writers Group) on Tuesday, May 13th. Hope you enjoy it, and come back regularly.


As promised, below is the handout. Feel free to cut and paste and use yourself. I just ask that if you share this, you give me credit at least once.

Tech for Writers:
Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Help You Produce and Promote Your Words

Passwords – base plus identifier
Privacy – rare today, but security is still possible
iDrive – recommended, 5GB free
Cyphertite – 8GB free
MiMedia – 7GB free
Carbonite and Mozy, 2GB free, aimed at consumers
Keep OS and malware protection current
    Never trust links in emails from strangers
Download.com – safe place to download software (free and trials)

Blogs and Website
URLs – Finding the best domain name
Whois.com – global table of existing domain names
Domain names – GoDaddy, hundreds of others
Blog first, add website when needed
Cheap website hosting

Word Processors
    MS Office
LibreOffice.org- full office suite
Tip: make your word processor full screen to avoid distractions

Writing Programs (organizers, bulletin board views, etc)
    Scrivener - $40 – LiteratureAndLatte.com   
    yWriter - spacejock.com/yWriter5.html
    LitLift – online, co-authors supported
    Celtx.com – online screenwriting software
    FastPencil – online, good for collaborators and reviewers

Organizing and Checking Programs
Mind Mapping Software
TheBrain.com (best), Xmind.net, Coggle.it, many others
Grammar checking
    Microsoft Word
Readibility Checkers
    Hemingway – www.hemingwayapp.com

Social Media Traps
Privacy – none
Twitter – Tequila and hand grenade
    New: bigger image in profile, pin your favorites, add images.
Time suck to the max unless you control yourself (automated tools)

Social Media Marketing
Mailing lists
    MailChimp, Constant Contact, Vertical Response etc.
Facebook author's page – no limit to Friends   
Instagram if you have something that relies on images
    Ditto for Pinterest
YouTube – your personal channel is FREE
Follow people who matter to your audience to get more followers
    Not authors, but leading book reviewers etc.
Give something to get something – free short story for email address
Every message goes everywhere – YouTube video gets blogged, tweeted etc
Affinity forums, sites, blogs around your book subject
Put social link icons on your blog and website
Free images from flickr: https://www.flickr.com/creativecommons/by-2.0/

Social Media Tools
Blog – WordPress or Blogger / Blogspot
    Subject, Frequency, ALWAYS include an image
    Title and first paragraph
    Power of Three – blog title, first paragraph, image title, Twitter post, Instagram
    Comment on other blogs, always comment back
    Include photos and links in your Profile (now expanded)
    2-4 tweets per day recommended.
    Automation tools – HootSuite, TweetAdder ($55+), TweetDeck, SocialOomph
    Author page, post regularly, use photos (linked to Instagram and Pinterest)
    Post questions to encourage comments
    "Like" complementary pages
Instagram, Pinterest
    Great for image-friendly topics
    Can post text in Pinterest, some pin book chapters

James Gaskin
WAGbooks.com (boutique publishing company)
TechForWriters.com (blog)

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