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The Self-Publishing Question

Amanda K Byrne

I was talking with a friend at work the other day, and she waved a hand at her computer. On her screen was the cover and blurb for a book up on Wattpad, a site where you can post your stories for free, to be read for free. She wanted to know if I’d read the story, and then proceeded to tell me it was written by a teenager and she’d just landed a contract with a Big 5 publisher.

My first reaction was to scream and throw a tantrum like the two year old that I am. It seems to happen a lot, these self-published books, getting snapped up by publishers with big bucks for the authors, and when I go read the reviews of said books by sources I actually trust, I hear they’re fair to middling, with the occasional “hey, this shit is actually good” thrown…

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5 Top Ways to Not Write a Novel

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If there’s one topic I’m an absolute authority on, it’s the subject of not writing a novel. I’m a bloody expert at it. And as such, I present to you my 5 Top Ways to Not Write a Novel.

Planning
Do not plan a thing. Get some semblance of an idea for a novel and just write. You’ll work it out as you go along.

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The Liar Test

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Glenn is an entrepreneur and eBook author with a few eBooks under his belt. He runs the Rentamentor Network (more on that in future articles) and says he really likes helping other people. He designed this Truth Test and says he swears by it. With his permission I’m including a brief snippet, in Glenn’s own words, here in this review:

Go to a mirror.

Answer these 3 Questions (And Remember where your eyes look as you answer.)

            1. Where is your car parked now?
2. Where do you keep your toothbrush?
3. Are you wearing shoes now?

NOW…

Answer the SAME questions, but LIE.
THINK UP a new location for your car – SAY it out loud.

NOW…

Notice where you’re Eyes Moved? (Totally Different Place!)

This is what border guards on Canada/Mexico border are trained
to do to Catch Smugglers, AND even if you know what they’re doing.

You can’t BEAT IT. The brain is hard-wired.

My book shows you exactly how to use this in a conversation to invisibly CATCH LIARS, and since they never know YOU KNOW. (Nobody gets ANGRY)

Amazingly helpful for the women Parents with kids & any biz owners – I get referred to.

I’m also here to answer questions. Formulate strategies.
(I can do a Free Conference Call and walk buyers thru this as an Added Value or follow up.)

I get referred all around the world – by women who FEEL their spouse or boyfriend is LYING. But want proof.

This is sort of an Unknown SECRET – But very, very VALUABLE.

Glenn’s eBook, FBI Truth Test – How to Catch a Liar in 60 Seconds, is available for purchase on his website.

Sharing Your Writing

There are many ways to share your blog posts and articles. Every time I publish a new article I share it on Twitter and Facebook, but there are many other places that are more than willing to allow you to share your writing. Technorati, YouSayToo, RedGage and many others are excellent places to share. In a few upcoming posts I will explain the importance of joining as many sites where self-promotion is encouraged.

Resumes and Why You Need One

As anyone entering or re-entering the job market knows, it can be a difficult and daunting task. Whether you are a recent college graduate, a mother returning to the work force after raising children, one of many recently laid-off workers or are looking for a career change, you need a professional, well-written resume. Tailoring your resume to a specific job market is key. The average employer receives hundreds of resumes on any given week and devotes an average of just 7 seconds before deciding to read further or place it in the dreaded slush pile. The competitive job market makes it essential to have an effective resume.

Most people are familiar with resumes. They’re basically outlines that summarize someone’s work history, experience (personal and/or professional) with corresponding dates. There are different types of resumes, chronological and functional being the most popular. Chronological resumes are ideal for people with a fair amount of work experience because they list past employers in sequential order. You’ll end up with a pretty short resume with little to no work experience listed in this format if you’re new to the job market. If you’re changing careers this format won’t show potential employers that you possess the skills required for your chosen new field. Functional resumes are better suited for this purpose because they focus on your abilities, related skills and strengths. You still list your past employers but they are listed at the bottom of the resume page.

The ideal resume should be one page, but no more than two. As mentioned before, employers sifting through resumes don’t have time to read lengthy resumes. A succinct, concise resume that gets a potential employer’s attention is critical. If writing is not your forte, don’t despair. There are many books written on the subject. A quick online search will lead you to the many resume writing services available to job seekers. A qualified resume writer can create a professional resume for you. Prices vary, but the cost can be well worth it.

Once you have your resume written don’t think it’s time to sit back and relax. Your newly created resume is now your best piece of advertising. Don’t wait to send out your resume only when applying to jobs you’ve seen and read about in your local paper. Upload your resume to online job search sites like Monster and CareerBuilder. Employers regularly make a habit of searching these sites while looking for qualified candidates. Sign up for a free blog site and include your resume in your blog pages, then Tweet about it or share it on your Facebook page.

Don’t forget about writing a cover letter to go along with your resume. A carefully crafted cover letter tailored to each and every job you apply for will help potential employers know who you are and how you can be an asset to their company before they even get to your resume. After the interview, it’s also a good idea to send a thank you email to the interviewer. Let them know you appreciated the time they took to interview and consider you for the position. This leaves a good impression with employers and could very well move you to the top of the candidate list.

Your resume should reflect who you are, where you’ve been and where you want to be in the future.  Your job search, in effect, becomes your primary job and should be viewed as such. Setting out blocks of time to accomplish tasks such as re-working your resume, making cold calls and sending email queries, perusing the want ads, networking with friends and acquaintances and basically marketing yourself is time well spent.