Author: Maralyn D. Hill

Seven Tips on How to Build a Platform as an Expert

Many of you may or may not think of yourself as an expert, but it’s to your benefit to build an expert platform. Why do you need it? Well, if you don’t consider yourself as an expert, why should someone else? If you’re an expert, others will be more inclined to read your book or your articles. The Internet provides many short cuts to building this platform that are new and target a larger audience. Added to off-line techniques, you can “brand” yourself. I’m going to mention some of the things that have worked for me in the past 2-1/2 years. When I had a TV and Web feature for Time-Warner Cable from 2002 to 2006, I did not have to worry about my platform. My profile, column and TV show were featured daily on a TWC website and 4 to 10 times a week on cable channel. I didn’t have to worry about a platform. Everyone knew me. Let’s move ahead to 2007. I had been in Phoenix one year and I no longer had a daily web presence, even though I had a website. It did not have new content. Here is how I suggest starting: • On-line networking sites (Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Stumbleupon and other social sites). Keep your social sites focused on business. o Start with one and a month later add another one....

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Make More Money Writing

Since I believe this is a great tool for writers, I wanted to be sure you know the 2013 issue is available.  |  Subscribe In This Issue: • From the Editor • Make More Money Writing • Write Better Fiction • Writer’s Digest Blogs • Win $3,000! • What’s Happening in Media • Perfect Your Novel Sell Your Writing! Find thousands of publishing opportunities with listings for literary agents, book publishers, consumer magazines, trade journals, contests, and more. Plus, get a one-year subscription to LEARN MORE FROM THE EDITORI have some exciting news to share! My debut full-length poetry collection Solving the World’s Problems has a cover and is up on my publisher’s website (click to continue). It’s really exciting, but it didn’t happen over night. In fact, I’d say it’s a collection 20 years in the making-since I started filling notebooks with rhymes and line breaks as a teenager.Finding success as a writer is not a get-rich-quick scheme. It takes dedication to the craft, building connections, and being professional. Of course, not all writers are built the same, and not all genres are as difficult to penetrate as poetry. This issue of the newsletter is dedicated to helping writers find success making money with their writing. I don’t think there’s a better way to transition into summer!Land an Agent! Learn how to hook an agent with your first 10 pages in The Agent One-on-One: The First Ten Pages Boot...

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The Query’s Bio Paragraph Explained and 2013 Guide to Literary Agents

  2013 Guide to Literary Agents View this email with images » 22ND ANNUAL EDITION 2013 Guide to Literary Agents The Most Trusted Guide for Finding an Agent 2013 Guide to Literary Agents |  Books & Downloads |  Become a VIP? |  Writer’s Digest Magazine ON TAP TODAY… • From the Editor: The Query Bio Paragraph Explained • 3 Agents Seeking New Writers Now • 4 Notes Concerning Your Research of Agents • Let Agent Victoria Marini Help You Craft a Great Chapter 1 With Her June 6 Webinar • The Best of 2012: Evergreen Helpful Articles For Writers • The Agents of Talcott Notch Host a “First 10 Pages” Boot Camp • Agent-Conference Opportunities From the Editor: The Query Bio Paragraph ExplainedAt almost every writers’ conference I teach at, I dedicate some portion of instruction or Q&A to all the ins and outs of the query letter. Surprisingly, one area of query writing that generates the most questions and uncertainty is the “Bio” section of the query letter. Writers seem very unsure of what information to include and not include in their first contact. It’s with that in mind that I penned my latest guest column for Writer Unboxed on“What to Write in the “Bio” Section Of Your Query Letter.” Check out the column and get your questions answered.I know there was a giveaway contest with the column that just closed — but don’t fret. There are actually...

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