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Top 3 Tools for Building a Readership

Most of us write with the intention of being read. That’s not always the primary goal. Perhaps we want to simply write the stories burning inside us. Perhaps writing is cathartic or even (dare I say) fun. But in our core, we are storytellers. We want to reach humanity with our words. And to do that, we’ve got to find a way to put our words and stories in front of those who will read them and be moved by them.

Thankfully, we live in an age of constant communication. The Internet provides infinite outlets to reach potential readers. But it’s easy to get lost in the chaos of websites and forums. It’s best to focus our attention on a few effective tools to meet and engage readers, remembering that the goal isn’t to reach as many people as possible, but to get to know people and to earn their trust through honest engagement. No one will take the time to read your writing if they don’t trust that you have something to say. ...

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Twitter Vs. Facebook: Tips for Writers

Social media is key to helping readers find your writing, whether you’re promoting your blog, your book or your stories. But each social media platform is a different beast, and platforms take time to master. Here is a simple guide to help you tame these two monster social media sites. ...

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Author Takes a Break from Social Media and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

Congratulations to Cindy Eastman, winner of the 2016 Stuff Writers Like Writing Contest with this entry. Please stay tuned to @stuffwriterslik for runners up and editor's pick over the next few days.

Author Takes a Break from Social Media and You Won’t Believe What Happened Next!

You’ve seen those headlines before; they’re the lifeblood of the Internet. Click on this link! Come to our website! Read this amazing, yet mainly insubstantial, article and our site will win the Internet!

Clicks and links and counters and imprints, that’s the language of today’s marketing. Half of what writers write about these days has to do with maintaining one’s digital presence, their platform and the posts are full of hyperlinks. Maintain a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Foursquare, Google+, or expect to die a slow professional death because no one will ever read your book. Or buy your handmade tea cozy. Or ...

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And the #1 and #2 Social Networks Around the World Are …

"While Facebook is the most widely used social network in most countries, it’s not the biggest in every country, including China and Russia," reports MarketWatch.

Facebook is the clear global leader, but in China and Iran, where Facebook is blocked, other approved networks have emerged. Facebook is not blocked in Russia, but users there prefer V Kontakte and Odnoklossniki.

The map of the #2 networks shows a different story -- one where Instagram's popularity (Instagram is owned by Facebook) is growing fast worldwide, while their primary competitor, Twitter, retains a strong foothold in Europe.

Now compare to the same map of most popular social networks in 2009. That was before Facebook went public and back when networks like Zing, Mixi and Friendster were still popular around the world.

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How to Build an Online Presence Without Spending Money

As an inspirational speaker on the side, I often get asked by people how am I so well known. How do I get these gigs and why have people heard of me before? Some think I've spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to get my name out there, and some others have never questioned it at all. However, I'm happy to share my secrets of how I got my online presence out there without spending any money.

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Step 1 to tactfully find writing work over the holidays: Fix your LinkedIn profile

A recent report says job-hunters are more likely to find a job over the holidays, because there’s less competition, the season puts people in a receptive mood, and all those parties and family gatherings overflow with networking opportunities. But don't forget to optimize your LinkedIn profile first.

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