Writing a novel? Warning: Bad Days Ahead

bike ride, endurance sports

I think about writing like I think about long distance biking. I (used) to do a century (100-mile) bike ride about once every other month and even tried a double century (but only made it 172 miles ). Tour de France rider I am not.

The analogy is this: Writing is a long-haul exercise, just like any endurance sport. And if you are into endurance sports you know you are going to hit really bad times along the way. It’s going to happen. You have to be ready for it, or you will give up when you hit the hard times.

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How You Can Optimize your Social Media and Blogging Images with these free tools

 

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Optimize your images for Social Media and Blogging with these free tools

 

Confused by all the different image sizes you need for your social media presence? Wish there was a simple tool to create the images you want?

Problem solved! I’m going to keep this simple by highlighting the best sources for both.

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Clothing Optional: How to protect your identity on Social Media

 

Social Media Security: Staying secure and promoting yourself is a balance
Social Media security settings. As aspiring writers we may learn how to write a novel, but we must also promote our work, so we need Social Media such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. It is dangerous out there, though, so we also need to be careful.

The good folks over at SocialMediaExamier put together a helpful, concise summary of how to configure the security¬†settings at a number of the most popular social media sites (Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest). Before you go there, though, let’s think about what your security settings should be as a writer seeking publicity. Just as there are steps to writing a book, there are steps to staying safe. Obviously you do want to increase your exposure and how often search engines find you (or SEO¬†— Search Engine Optimization — as it is known). You don’t want your bank account emptied, though, so let’s talk about some social media security tips.

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