Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Robot Raquel and the Masters of the Blogosphere!

Robot Raquel
As writers, we can't click on a blog or scroll through Tweets without hearing about online presence, digital eBooks, and technical chores that we need to address. It can get overwhelming.

Now, I'm pretty comfortable with technology. The picture above is me Skyping with my brother. He sets me on this cart and he and I have "dinner" once in a while because he lives two states away and I miss him terribly.

I'm not a closet hacker. I didn't take web graphics classes or HTML programming courses. But there is an aspect to the writing business that calls for a measure of technical savvy.

So I wanted to put together some links that are helpful to writers. Places that show you how to make your blog better, what the heck the hashtags (#) are on Twitter, how to improve your Facebook author page.
  • Tony Eldridge explains how to link your book cover to your shopping cart.
  • Louise Wise did an amazing post on Building an Amazon Author Page.
  • Book Buzzr recently had an article on how to rise to the top on Kindle.
  • The Savvy Bookmarketer shows you how to post your book on the publications section of LinkedIn.
  • Alexandra Samuel wrote 8 Ways Writers Can Make the Most of Online Video.
These are just a few of the helpful blogs out there for writers figuring out the new way authors interact with readers.  From Virtual Book Launches to Blog Tours with chats...things are changing on the publishing landscape.

Don't forget to take a look at Writer's Digest's, There Are No Rules blog by Jen Friedman. A round up of the best in writing craft, social media, industry news and other posts, her weekly "Best Tweets For Writers" is indispensable. 

Until next time...Go Write!
Photograph by Carlos C. Franco.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Cool links - thanks!

Josh Hoyt said...

These are some great links. I love skype as well:)

Eric W. Trant said...

Having children helps. My 10 yo daughter recently showed me how to properly use a an iPod Shuffle I won at work (and she said, It's called a Shuffle).

No idea how she knows all that, and you should see her and her brother with their phones.

You are correct. You must have be tech-savvy. Least a little bit.

I don't know about them vlogs... Maybe I'll get drunk and do mine like the Man Show used to be. I hate being on camera, not sure I could do it sober.

- Eric

Erin Kane Spock said...



Go ahead, say it with the robot voice. You know you want to.

I highly value your technological prowess. Or, perhaps I value you're daughter's. Who knows?

Rachael Harrie said...

Ta for the links Raquel. That's so cute how you have dinner with your brother :) Love it!



Alicia Gregoire said...

I love how you and your brother have dinner via Skype. That's pretty awesome.

L'Aussie said...

Hi Robot Rachel. It's sweet that you keep in contact with your brother this way. I've got Skype but haven't got around to using it yet!

Thank you for the great links. I'll definately be checking them out.

I've just posted about a new Romance Writers Group. I'll leave the link in case you'd like to check us out.


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