Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spreading The News (March)



This whole week is off schedule. I can barely keep track of what day it is. Hopefully you'll find at least one tidbit of info in this post to make up for my scatterbraininess (is that even a word???)

Markets

Romance Writers:

Highland Press Publishing is looking for 12,000-20,000 word manuscripts for their Themed Romance anthologies. Visit their website to see their list of available themes.

Science Fiction Writers:

Lightspeed Magazine is seeking original science fiction and fantasy stories of 1500-7500 words. Stories of 5000 words or less are preferred. They pay 5¢/word for original fiction, on acceptance.

MG Fantasy Writers:

Cricket Magazine is looking for more fantasy with a 9-14 year old hero.

Non-Fiction Writers:

The Dollar Stretcher, USA is looking for articles on ways to help save time and money. Their monthly print version pays $.10 per word!

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Websites

The Working Writers Club is a professional club for writers, coaches, and speakers. They provide training, resources, and networking opportunities for its members. The club also offers genre critique groups, including children's.

Nan Yielding's site, The Writing Dream, offers tips and resources for aspiring book writers.

Need the perfect comparison? Simile Stack lets you search for similes based on keywords. You can even submit your own.

When you're feeling overwhelmed with work and underwhelmed with ideas, subscribe to Zenhabits. They have fantastic posts about how to be creative in today's hectic world.

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Social Media

Google + --Although Facebook is still the most used social network, Google Plus is sweeping the internet. Add Me to your circle and check out the following blog post by Robert Lee Brewer.

11 Google Plus Tips For Writers


Pinterest --The third most popular site behind Facebook and Twitter, allows people to use pictures to organize, discuss and spread ideas and interests. I hear this site is downright addicting. I still haven't gotten an invitation to this site, (Hint, hint) but if you're one of the lucky pinners, here's a great article by Writer's Digest, for you to read:

How to Use Pinterest to Market Your Book

Klout --Klout was founded in 2008 to help you measure and leverage your influence. Klout measures influence online using data from your social networks. Anywhere you have an online presence, you have the opportunity to influence people by creating or sharing content that inspires actions such as likes, retweets, comments and more. The more engagement your posts receive, the more influential you are. Klout uses this information to provide you a Klout Score that measures your overall influence. I signed up this week and my score is already a 31.4. Plus, they offer perks!

Well, what are you waiting for? Go check out one or all of these cool sites and let us know which was your favorite!