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Where Have All the Sharing Buttons Gone?

 

Now that we’re all good and melancholy, here’s the point of this post:

Have you noticed that like and share buttons have disappeared from your favorite blogs? Or perhaps, even your very own blog?

Um, be that as it may…I’ve found the problem.

IF YOU ARE A FIREFOX USER  WITH THE ADBLOCK ADD-ON, GO TO TOOLS>ADBLOCK PLUS>FILTER PREFERENCES>FILTER SUBSCRIPTIONS AND BY JIMINY, DISABLE  FANBOY’S ANNOYANCE LIST.

Yes, I understand some tracking might be perpetrated by a couple of social media sites. But lawsy, don’t you want to be able to share an interesting post on Tumblr, with one click? Or, perhaps, see what’s what on your own personal site?

You’re welcome.

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WRITERS’ BOOT CAMP: COME SEE MY BLUE HAIR.

PEOPLE OF EARTH.

There is something extremely nifty going on in Omaha on Saturday, September 7th, 2013. Not only can you see my blue hair, you can learn a thing or two.

Jenn Bailey and I will be running a Writers’ Boot Camp for SCBWI-NEBRASKA.

Jenn starts the day with Scrivener 101. You’ll see how to storyboard, organize research, revise using keywords, and a lot more. Imagine being able to pull up all of your main character’s dialogue at once to see if his speech pattern remains the same. Track a secondary plot thread. Check your research–videos, pdfs, sound files–right in your Scrivener program. Save time and write a tighter, multi-layered manuscript.

Next, Twitter Tune-up.  Learn how to connect with agents, editors and other writers, or movers and shakers in any industry. Where and how to join a chat. And find out how to hashtag, MT and RT with the best of them. We’ll demystify the lingo and let you in on the etiquette of successful Tweeting.

Last of all…face it. You know you need a website. If you’re like me, html and CSS might as well be Aramaic. But there’s a way for anyone to put together a beautiful website, with or without a blog. I will hold your hand and take you step-by-step through the WordPress Workout. We will set up a site together, so you can see exactly how themes, headers, titles, widgets, pages and blogging work. We’ll talk about the dreaded SEO and how to get recognized by Google. You’ll leave with your very own site, ready for your personalization.

Everyone’s invited, whether children’s writer, adult writer, business person, student or teacher. Anyone who wants a bit of web presence or must produce documents should come.

Also, Jenn and I are a ton of fun.

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Don’t let the crowns fool you.

REGISTER HERE:

http://www.scbwi.org/Regional-Chapters.aspx?R=16&sec=Conf

10 sites for kidlit authors, and other funlovers

This is known as “The Lazy Girl’s Way to Blog”.

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But these really are great links.  If I do say so myself.  I surf the net until my toes are wrinkled every week, putting together the Sunflower Scoop newsletter for KSCBWI.  I’ve picked up a few things along the way.

1.

Keenan Gundy. Dovie Bertog. Hedwig Nardone.

Names from the random name generator.

2.

Secret Agent contest.  A list of middle grade pirate novels.  Book promotion for the non-blockbuster.

Go to the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Message Board run by Verla Kay.

3.

This is a fab blog written by rotating midwestern kidlit authors.   They even have brilliant guest bloggers, like myself.  Here’s my guide to writing Guy Lit.

4.

Want to have your query letter gutted like a fat, juicy Rhode Island Red?  Go to Evil Editor.  Even if you just watch others lose their innards, it’s instructive.  And entertaining.

5.

The nitty-gritty of how to make submissions, write a synopsis, find an agent, etc.  Cynthea Liu.

6.

It’s a dictionary!  Thesaurus!  Reference!  Translator!  All in one!

7.

I’m not afraid of the dark. But your character is.

Like the cliche of the cursed lottery winner, how can the best thing that has happened in the story so far be turned into a terrible thing?

Tomorrow morning your character rolls over and sees the fruit of last nights mistake sleeping on their pillow…more interesting: maybe they don’t regret it.

Put your character in a sticky situation with the Random Plot Generator.

8.

Know what all the proofreading marks are and what they mean?  Now you do.

9.

Side boob.  LNSOL.  Xeus.

Don’t know what those mean?  Try the Urban Dictionary.

10.

I love a good word cloud, don’t you?

Freckles McYoungest and I have been watching Lost in Space DVDs this evening.  So I will leave you with this:

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