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Tools of the Trade — Coopetition [REPOST]

tools of the tradeOriginal post on 01/28/2014

All writers have their little tricks and shorthand to be better writers, and I am no different.  Some of what I do seems unnecessary while other things I do are almost unheard of from others.  What I do is what works for me and I share this with my followers (both present and future) in hopes that it helps other writers. Today we discuss working together with your competition.

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Book Review: How to Market a Book by Joanna Penn — Repost

Originally posted: Jan 20th, 2014
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From what I can tell, I’m not the first to do a review on this book and so many have given great reviews. I’m not exactly breaking ground here in this review, but I do talk to a lot of starting writers who need a boost forward and this book is unknown to them. I hope that those writers visit my blog, so this review is for those who need a good starting point. And this book is that starting point. I do this review for anyone who hasn’t read this book because I think it deserves all attention it can get. Read more

Tools of the Trade — Twitter

All writers have their little tricks and shorthand to be better writers, and I am no different.  Some of what I do seems unnecessary while other things I do are almost unheard of from others.  What I do is what works for me and I share this with my followers (both present and future) in hopes that it helps other writers.

This article briefly goes over Twitter. Now most of the tools I discuss in my blog will directly help you with writing, but Twitter is a marketing tools, much like other social media sites, such as Facebook, Tumblr, Linked-In, GoodReads, and a variety of others.

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Machiavellianism & Mary Sue — A-to-Z Blog Challenge, Literary Terms

MFinally in the middle…of both the month and the alphabet. Today will be a fun one as this was the letter I was most looking forward to since I started this. It has been an uphill battle to get here, but I am proud of my commitment.

Today is Machiavellianism and Mary Sue. Two key terms, and both related to the written word.

Everyone has been great in showing their support, and I always try to respond and look at your work to show support. Thank you.

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Learned Helplessness & Least Effort Principle — A-to-Z Blog Challenge, Literary Terms

LNow starting the third week and we start off with L, or as I call it, the Longest titLe for this chaLLenge thus far! Like many letters up to this point, L proved to be a challenge and I had to once again scour the internet for good words that still represent concepts that writers should know.

Today we tackle Learned Helplessness and Least Effort Principle.

I thank everyone for the support thus far and I look forward to reaching the end of our path together. Show me you’re still out there with a comment below.

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Katharsis & Kleos — A-to-Z Blog Challenge, Literary Terms

KNow we come to the end of the second week with K. I would like to believe the difficulty of this letter was the last of my challenge, but I know that this challenge is going to get even worse. My problem is not with finding words (though that is still a challenge) but finding two words that I can connect together.

Today we have Katharsis and Kleos. So obscure that Firefox thinks they are misspellings.

As always, post below and tell me what you think. I love the attention… I mean encouragement… yeah, encouragement.

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New site released: http://home.chrisvotey.com

I am pleased to announce my new website, http://home.chrisvotey.com

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What is this site? For anyone serious about writing, they need a page where they can show an aspect of their lives and their accomplishments. Also, it is a good idea to have a Press Biography, so if a reporter ever wants to interview you, you can provide them a lot of the information on your site, making their jobs easier.

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Book Release — Terran Psychosis

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It is cause for celebration for me. I have released my second book, Terran Psychosis. This was actually a story I wrote before my work related injury and had intentions of publishing nearly 2 years ago and of course the accident got in the way.

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Tools of the Trade — Coopetition

All writers have their little tricks and shorthand to be better writers, and I am no different.  Some of what I do seems unnecessary while other things I do are almost unheard of from others.  What I do is what works for me and I share this with my followers (both present and future) in hopes that it helps other writers.

COOPETITION

Such a stranger word. Basically it is combining Competition and Cooperation together, much like frenemy is a combination of friend and enemy, and is parallel in definition of Coopetition.

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Worldbuilding — Introduction

I will soon start writing a fantasy series and started trying to picture the world where my story takes place, but was having difficulty. I decided that I would try to draw it out, but I lacked the ability to draw and even if I try to fake it, I didn’t know how to make my land appear organic and nearly random. While there are many tools out there to help out with that, most of them cost money.

Money is a funny thing for us writers. Generally our primary focus when it comes to spending money is on professional editing, cover design, and any tools that help us release a book. So making a map of our world and designing further elements that may not be in our initial story is frivolous. It is nice to have a map, but not crucial. But wouldn’t you like one anyways?

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