Tag Archive | social media

5 Reasons Why I’m a Bad Influence

5 Reasons Why I’m a Bad Influence

I fed my kids pie for dinner Yes, you read that right. I fed my kids pie for dinner last night. Did I mention the crust is made with butter and lard? That’s not low-fat ice cream either but Blue Bell vanilla bean. We might have had some sushi and warm crusty bread too. But […]

Writing with Jacob’s Sticks

Writing with Jacob’s Sticks

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart My kids, ages two and one, are really awesome. No, I mean REALLY awesome. They both slept through the night beginning at four weeks. They’re generally happy and easily self-entertained. They love to read. They eat what I give them with little complaint. They are angels at the store, and all […]

Limbo

Limbo

I remember thinking that everything would be awesome after I signed a book contract. Self-doubt would fade. Writer’s block would vanish. No more contests or trying to get noticed. Right? Au Contraire. I almost long for a good contest to enter now. But I can’t. I’m in limbo. I’m not published yet, but I’m contracted […]

Could we build a SpecFic community on Twitter?

Could we build a SpecFic community on Twitter?

Over at the Anomaly, while we were talking about strengthening the linkages between the various sites where Christian SpecFic writers and fans hang out, Dave Withe, aka Newberry Dave, brought his usual insight to the discussion. I’m going to excerpt what he said.—Kristen Stieffel Guest Blogger: Dave Withe We are the links. God sews His […]

The discoverability puzzle is not unique to SpecFic

The discoverability puzzle is not unique to SpecFic

The conventional wisdom about how to market a book goes something like this: blog, maintain a website, post on Facebook, chat on Twitter yada yada yada… But, as Becky pointed out in her response to Heather’s “Snagging Readers” post the other day, “social media is great for building community and connecting with readers once you […]

Fad

Fad

Do you ever wonder why some things become fads? Seriously, some of the stupidest things become the biggest fads. The inexplicably rise to popularity, everyone imitates or joins in, they live a brief (some things longer than others), shining life, and then they disappear, only to resurface fifteen years later, sometimes as a recurring fad […]

Post-conference letdown is a common malady

It’s a sensation often felt after weekend gatherings, whether professional conferences or spiritual retreats. On Monday morning, returning to the “real” world is the last thing you want to do. A pastor at a spiritual retreat I attended a few years back put it best when, on the last day of a three-day retreat, he […]