June 30, 2012 at 6:00 am (blogs, Uncategorized)
Well friends, after much consideration, I’ve decided to stop the Saturday morning posts here at Pajama Marketing… set the blog free.
I’ve begun writing advice and marketing blog tips for Freelance-Zone.com, with frequent posts, and Pajama Marketing was intended to give writers an easy way to get into the writing routine with a fun tip or suggestion each week.
Since I started this blog, there are more and more blogs, social media distractions, and tweets galore – all taking your time and attention. So I’ll leave this up for a month or so, then produce an ebook based on the content. Those who’ve visited and boosted my traffic to over 2,000 visitors can email me and request the ebook for free. Send a note to Helen@releaseyourwriting.com.
New material, ideas, and inspiration will continue to appear at Freelance-Zone.com and on the Release Your Writing blog at releaseyourwriting.blogspot.com, I now create and manage so many blogs for clients that I’ll spend my Saturday mornings writing content for others, I appreciate your loyal following here, and look forward to seeing you online, and reading your blogs as always.
Happy Independence Day to all writers!
June 9, 2012 at 8:22 am (Book review, Books, writing)
If you freelance, you might want to read the latest book by our prolific friend, Kelly James-Enger.
Take a few minutes to read my review on OpenSalon.com …
June 2, 2012 at 6:05 am (blogs, Guest post, writing)
Take a jog over to Release Your Writing’s blog today to enjoy eight productivity apps for writers, courtesy of my friends at onlineclasses.org.
May 26, 2012 at 6:08 am (Essays, Literary journals)
Poets & Writers, pw.org has an online article of great value: An interview with Philip Lopate, back in 2008. I’m posting just the tiniest excerpt here, so you’ll be motivated to click the link now. This resonates with me because after asking me how to self-publish a book, the question most people ask me is about the difference between memoir and essay.
Here’s the answer from the esteemed Philip Lopate in an interview with writer Lanai Knight. Make tea, read it, print it, take a dizzying walk around the block, and read it again. It’s that good.
P&W: What is the difference between personal essay and memoir?
Lopate: The memoir requires other people. The personal essay can avail itself of other people, but it can also be a reflection on a subject where other people are not necessarily that important.
Read the full 2008 interview here.
May 12, 2012 at 8:20 am (Titles, Visibility, writing)
There’s a long essay at The Millions this week entitled The Appeals and Perils of the One-Word Book Title.
It’s well worth reading, as it covers a lot of ground, and stresses the importance of the title for your books.
Writer Bill Morris discusses the appeal of one-word titles … “mainly because they can be so enviably concise and memorable, so perfect. At their best, one-word titles distill content to its purest essence, which is what all titles strive to do, and then they stick in the mind.”
Think of the pressure involved in choosing just one single word to convey the meaning of your entire book! A lot can go wrong, but if you get it right, well, you’ll have a successful book, driven by curiosity over the title. So, whether you have a book in mind, have already chosen a title, or just want a little exercise this morning, think of one word, just one word, that would convey the essence of your book.
As further impetus to study the one-word-title concept, Morris notes:
“Seven of the 32 books on the current New York Times hardcover fiction and non-fiction best-seller lists – a healthy 22 percent – have one word titles.”
Curious? There’s a section on the importance of title in Release Your Writing. Like naming a baby, it’s pretty important.
April 28, 2012 at 6:12 am (blogs, Productivity)
I am out at two workshops today, in Mundelein and Lake Zurich. The topic, Power Blogging, is my most-requested program this year.
As a writer, you know a blog is good for gaining exposure for your work, but there’s more:
A Blog is…
A public space to be seen, and to reach people
Regular writing exercise
A way to connect with people
A free tool to build a following
The basis for a platform to promote your work
In summary, a blog is easier than a web site, more focused than Facebook, and more tantalizing than Twitter.
Stay home in your PJs on a rainy Saturday, and blog today!