Blogging Hiatus & February #Wisdom

Hi readers, I have good news and bad news. Oh, you want the bad news first? Sure, I’d like to get it out of the way too. So, bad news: I’m taking a hiatus from blogging. I don’t have a specific endpoint yet, but I think I’ll be posting regularly again in 2-3 months. Why, you ask? I have a few reasons. First, it’s time for a change. Since August 2011, I’ve written over... read more

The Next Step In My Publishing Journey: Twitter Pitching

Back on September 10th, I had an awesome experience pitching my book on Twitter via #PitMad, which happens four times a year. I had never heard of it until two days before, when I read an article by my fellow DIY MFA blogger Sarah Lovett, giving tips and tricks for Twitter pitching. At the time, I had a complete draft of my book, though I was considering doing some edits to the first few chapters based on... read more

You Have To Love Your Own Book

In the last few days, I’ve been obsessed with Waist, my historical novel that I finished back in July. Two things happened at once: first, I finally figured out the edits I wanted to make to my first two chapters (thanks in large part to beta-reader feedback); second, I got a total of nine requests to see the first two chapters during Thursday’s #PitMad, a twitter pitching session. Not wanting... read more

Why You Shouldn’t Feel Guilty About Using Social Media

When you spend time on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any of the other myriad social media sites, do you feel a little guilty? It wouldn’t be surprising if you do. Study after study, article after article, blogger after blogger tell us that social media is wasting our time, dumbing us down, killing our productivity, taking us away from our kids or our kids away from us. It’s frustrating to be... read more

Anniversary Assessment

This week marks the second anniversary of Words From the Sowul. It’s come a long way since the first anniversary last year. I went from a niche book-review blog with a Blogger sub-domain name, to a lifestyle, etc. blog hosted on my own website with my personal domain name and over twice (occasionally three times) the audience. I built the website from scratch, even though I didn’t know the... read more

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