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My experience with Twitter Ads

January 9, 2016 – 5:58 pm | One Comment
Site visits

At the end of 2015 I had the idea to experiment with Twitter’s advertisement machine. It’s easy to find: http://ads.twitter.com. You sign in with your twitter account and there’s where you start.
You can set up all kinds of campaigns. I wanted one that got more traffic to my website so I went for that. (You can go into the ads site and look around without …

What to write. For writers and the like.

February 17, 2015 – 11:12 am | No Comment
right words

Dear writer,
Maybe you already have a very clear image of what you want to write. If so, power to you. If you have not such a clear image, power and pictures to you to get the image you want. I’m going to try and put down some help here for you. Help that I think might be good advice, although opinions, as mileage, might vary.
Genre
This …

Is my next book good enough, or: writer’s anxiety

February 15, 2015 – 6:45 am | No Comment
dont_panic_button

Dear reader/writer,
You may not have this problem, the worry if your next book will be good enough. Maybe you do. No one is judging you on that but I do want to address the issue. So what is the problem?
You wrote a book. It is a good book. You know that and your readers  know that. You see 4 and 5 star reviews that toot your …

Have your words checked.

February 11, 2015 – 8:05 am | No Comment
book and glasses

Hello indie writer.
You want to look good from within your books, right? A great story, a catchy plot, fabulous characters, the works, right? Go at it, write the thing, make it the best you can. And after that you have to give the story away.
Why? Because you don’t see everything. You don’t see your own mistakes.
Give the story to beta readers, people who will point …

So you’re a writer. Then be one.

December 7, 2014 – 10:30 am | No Comment
readers

Dear reading writer,
A while ago I had a very interesting and eye-opening talk with someone. Before I go into this, let me ask you a question. How many of you look at yourself as a real author/writer? With this I mean a writer like Stephen King, Agatha Christie, George R.R. Martin, Jackie Collins and others in that range of fame? If you do then you can …

And then you get stuck in your story

June 15, 2014 – 5:31 pm | No Comment
right words

Dear writing reader,

It happened to me. I got stuck. I was typing along in my story and all of a sudden I realised that the story was wrong. Problem was… what was wrong? Where did it go wrong?
Have you ever found yourself in such a tight spot? It’s not pleasant there.
I kept looking and staring and prodding, changed bits and bobs, and it remained wrong. …

Aspiring writers

February 18, 2014 – 6:14 pm | No Comment
typewriter

You’ve probably heard the phrase, or perhaps even used it yourself. “I’m an aspiring writer.”
The free dictionary says this about aspire:
as·pire
intr.v. as·pired
1. To have a great ambition or ultimate goal; desire strongly: aspired to stardom.
2. To strive toward an end: aspiring to great knowledge.
3. To soar.
If you are an ‘aspiring writer’, please stop being one. Be a writer or be no writer.  How can you strive to be a writer when …

E-book formatting 101. When you’re new to this all.

January 13, 2014 – 4:13 pm | No Comment

Dear reader,
I don’t consider myself an expert on formatting e-books, yet so far I’ve done a reasonable job on my own. I’ll let you in on the trick to my “success”.
There are a few things to remember when you’re formatting an e-book:
1. It is not a paperback or a hard-cover.
Well, that’s an eye-opener. Still it is important to understand. An e-book doesn’t have pages. In …