[themify_box style=”light-yellow note rounded shadow”]I’m doing a FAQ for the site. I figure I may as well “answer” some of the questions here in these introductions to get things moving and kill two birds. (And, just in case you were wondering, no one’s really asked me squat — just making them up, like every FAQ out there, pretty much.)[/themify_box]
Q: How do you select which articles/blog posts to include in the Reader?
A: It’s very simple. I just select whatever I myself would want to read. I am the model Wordpreneur reader.
Which will explain why you now won’t be seeing a lot of “writing mechanics” content in the Writing category. I just don’t much care for them. Hit Google, or take a writing class, if you want those. Not the same as the storytelling and novel writing tips, etc., you’ll continue to see here Those are cool!
Q: Why aren’t there any podcasts or videos in the Reader?
A: Can’t “read” them, can we? Besides, I don’t like them. Unlike articles and blog posts, they dictate and control the rigid sequential conditions in which their information is delivered. Goes against and kills the “on demand” benefits that written online content gives us, pretty much the very reason I don’t watch much TV either. Bass ackwards use of the Net medium, I think. But hey, if they tickle your fancy, knock yourself out, but not here.
Well, I do include some in the Reader, podcasts in particular, but only the ones that provide full written transcripts or at least ample content summaries, because hell if I’m going to waste time actually focusing my attention to listen to one just to get anything out of it.
OK, enough questions. Let’s do some reading!
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Content & Ideas
Five Things I learned writing a book about independent magazines
“Too many publishers wait until their magazine has gone to press before they start promoting it. This is far too late. Promotion needs to start before you start compiling your first issue.”
How to Kill it With Cornerstone Content and Why
“[D]o you have your anchor pages and content aligned to both deliver your central business message and position your website for digital recognition and results?”
The resurgence of Indie magazines
“It’s been long predicted that print magazines are dead… This can be attributed to the evolution of digital media – why would anyone want to wait for the next edition of a magazine when they can view content online 24 hours a day?”
What Authors Need To Know About Voice Technologies Such As Amazon Alexa And Google Assistant
“Everyone’s heard of Siri and Cortana, but Amazon Alexa and Google’s Assistant are game changers.”
4 steps to writing your Amazon book blurb
“There is a lot of conflicting advice about blurbs out there (ask questions/don’t ask questions, long/ short, share quotes from reviews/don’t share etc.), but what you should always remember is, a blurb is NOT a synopsis of your book – it is a tool to sell your book.”
Crowdfunding Your Book Project
“Publishing a book is comparable to launching a business – you need start-up funds!”
Indie Author Self-Defense: Piracy, Plagiarism, and Impersonation
“If a thief is profiting illegally from your writing, your options for putting a stop to it will depend on the nature of the infringement.”
Self-publishing? Why the last thing you need is a proofreader
“Proofreading is the final stage in the editorial process prior to publication.The self-publisher who moves straight from writing to proofreading is trying to win the race by starting on the finish line.”
Webdev & Traffic
5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making Any Changes to Your Website
“[Y]ou need to keep a balance between the goals of your visitors and your own goals.”
7 SEO Issues to Avoid During a Website Redesign
“Before you begin building your sitemap or thinking about the content you want on your site, take a step back and ask, ‘What are our main objectives for this new website?’”
You Probably Haven’t Tried These Ways to Find Backlinks
“Blog posts and online resources list dozens and dozens of tactics to find backlinks for your site. But just when you think you’ve heard about or tried it all, you discover there are always more link building strategies.”
How to Edit Your Own Manuscript
“The first draft of anything you write needs to be your little secret. Hug it to your breast, murmur sweet nothings to its pages, but don’t let anybody read it.”