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6 Ways Twitter Lists Can Help Build Your Author Platform

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I hope all of you are enjoying the final days of summer. In September, I’ll resume my regular three-day-a-week blogging schedule here, but until then I have another guest post to share with you. Last week, I visited Joel Friedlander’s Book Designer blog to talk about how Twitter lists can help(…)

Top 10 Links for YA Writers

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m on vacation this week, which means my husband will hide my laptop if he catches me doing work, so I thought this would be a perfect week to offer you a targeted mash-up on something I’m not likely to write a post about myself. So I’ve gathered some great links(…)

Why Every Writer Needs to Be on Twitter

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I’m still on my summer guest posting travels around the internet (you’ll see more posts here at the home base starting again in September), and I didn’t want you to miss my latest. This past week I visited Kristen Lamb’s blog to talk about my favorite social media site–Twitter. Twitter often(…)

How to Make the Most of a Scene

I have a special treat for you today. As some of you might remember, I used to co-manage a writing blog called Girls With Pens with my good friend Lisa Hall-Wilson. We shut Girls With Pens down earlier this year, but I didn’t want the great content we’d collected to be lost. So I contacted(…)

The Dangerous Side of Hope

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) In a world that can be dark and brutal and unfair, hope is one of our most powerful weapons. It can also be a weapon used against us, to keep us from changing our lives. In the movie version of The Hunger Games, the screenwriters chose to pull back the curtain(…)

How Well Do You Understand Showing and Telling?

I’ve been traveling around the internet again, and I didn’t want you to miss the guest posts I’ve done on showing and telling. How Star Trek Helps Us with Showing Rather than Telling at Kristen Lamb’s blog How to Include the Five Senses Without Falling into the Telling Trap at Janice Hardy’s blog I hope(…)

How Important Is Freedom?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) Man of Steel is supposed to be a story about the origin of Superman. It’s really a story about the importance of freedom. On Krypton, Superman’s home planet, everyone is created for a specific purpose. They have no choice about the path their life will take. Superman’s parents dream of a(…)

5 Tips for Navigating the Marketing Maze

Today I’m pleased to welcome special guest poster Grace Fox to share some insider secrets on marketing. Grace Fox is the author of five books including Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation. She’s written hundreds of magazine articles and speaks internationally. She’s also just a super nice lady.(…)

Do the Odds of Success Really Matter?

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) I have a creative’s heart and a scientist’s mind. I like facts and formulas. I like logic. I like percentages and statistics. I don’t like when the odds aren’t in my favor on something I really want. Because I have a strong rational side, odds that aren’t in my favor make(…)

How to Use Google+ to Easily Record a Video Blog

By Marcy Kennedy (@MarcyKennedy) When someone talks about the advantages of video blogging for your author platform does your heart start to race with that how-am-I-going-to-find-time-to-learn-another-new-thing feeling? First you’d have to figure out what technology you need, then you’d have to buy it, and then you’d have to learn how to use it. Or you could just sign(…)