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Squidoo is Fun, Try it!

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series SQUIDOO This

This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series SQUIDOO ThisSquidoo is fun. For the past two months, I’ve been learning to Squidoo. Squidoo is that combination of publishing platform and online community that sprang from the mind of Seth Godin. I’m here to tell you it’s fun. I’ve had a blast. Why I…

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Squidoo helps develop online writing skills

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series SQUIDOO This

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series SQUIDOO This Learning to write a Squidoo lens or article is a great tutorial for online writing. An effective Squidoo lens will need to have good keywords so Squidoo can be a crash course in SEO or search engine optimization. I confess, I’ve been blogging…

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Squidoo – A Tool for Writers

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series SQUIDOO This

Squidoo is a great site for writers and the brainchild of marketing master Seth Godin. I’ve spent the last two weeks swimming around that vast cyber ocean known as Squidoo and find it fascinating. It can be a great tool for writers.

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Social Media Madness, the writer’s digital Waterloo

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog Challenge

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series 31 Days Blog ChallengeThe stereotype is that writers are a super-introverted, angst-ridden, egotistic lot who have no time for social engagement. That may be true for some, but there are just as many good writers who are, by nature, friendly, extroverted, and eager for social…

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Internet Writing Tools: iGoogle

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 11 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersOne of the things I like best about today’s tools found on the web is the way they bring everything to me. Instead of having to go out and search, much of the material I like to skim, surf, and read arrives…

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I write fiction. I don’t need no stinkin’ social network.

Most writers are solitary souls: they inhabit their own universe apart from the rest of the world. The clutter of life is a distraction. All this new social media network stuff is nothing but quicksand guaranteed to suck your attention away from the important work: the book. So why bother to plug in? For sure,…

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What’s up with all this Twit and Luv stuff?

In the “just so ya know” department, I’ve stumbled across a couple of neat little applications that add some social media flavor to this blog. If you’re a social media maven, you’ll appreciate the addition of TwitThis and I’ll appreciate your ability to use it. If you’re a blogger, then using the CommentLuv application should…

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Down the Writer’s Path launches first Facebook ad campaign

One of the concerns of any blogger has to be readership. But doesn’t that become a concern for most writers? The first question generally revolves around defining who the reader is. Once that is figured out the really big question is where to find them. If you’ve noticed my Facebook profile on the left, then you…

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Writer’s Tools: OMG, I’m Facebooked!

The solitary writer is no longer alone. I have finally succumbed to the social networking phenomena and opened a Facebook account. I did it in the name of research, of course. I wanted to experience what my characters did on a daily basis. Now I’m not sure why it took me so long. Too much focus on…

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The Prayer of Jonah: Introducing my new blog

Today marks the introduction of my The Prayer of Jonah blog to the blogosphere. The Prayer of Jonah is a new writing endeavor–well, not so new to me but new to the world–that I’ve created to capture my more spiritual and faith-based writings. I created the blog back in 2004 when I first took up…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Catch it with Stickies

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersI am old enough to remember life without the Internet, typewriters prior to word processors, and index cards before the dawn of Post-its. I love stickies. Canary yellow, pale pink, turquoise blue, and spring green, the list goes on and on. Now…

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Internet Tools for Writers: JacketFlap networks people in the children’s book industry

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 7 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersSocial networking is here to stay. So if you’re among the thousands of writers who have not made an attempt to tickle any social networks such as MySpace, Facebook or Twitter, it’s time. Anyone remotely connected with the children’s book industry should…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Save Time with Google Alerts

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersIf you’re guilty of losing time on the Internet surfing for research and information, one great tool for writers is Google Alerts. Instead of you going out to find the information, Google surfs the net, mines the web for any info particular…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Lower your Email Anxiety

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersAre you sucked into a whirlpool of email every morning only to finally be spit out to discover 1-2-3 hours have gone by? Take advantage of the software and Internet tools to gain control. I use filters and folders so that much…

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Internet Tools for Writers: Furl

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for Writers

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series Internet Tools for WritersWhen I go online to research or surf, one of the Internet tools I rely on is FURL. If I find something that may be interesting but not something I need to read or spend time on right then, I FURL it….

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