Social Media Tips: For Readers

Social media can be a scary place, a dark ocean just waiting to swallow you whole. But it can also be a connection, a connection to your friends, your family. A connection to your local writing groups, extended writing community, and your fans. It’s scary, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are some quick tips for the lovers of books.

If you’re just starting out and social media is a terrifying, churning sea:

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  • If you love a book, search for it on whatever social media site you want to use! Doing so will let you make instant connections through book chats, social media groups, and fellow lovers of the book you also love. You may also find some folks who have a differing opinion than you about said book, which can spark some interesting conversations.
  • If you don’t see anyone talking about this book that you love, start up a conversation! It can even be a simple as a short tweet about what you like or a longer blogpost examining the pros/cons of it that you share in your social media circles. Chances are, other folks like the book, too, and if they haven’t started talking about it, they will now.


If you’ve waded into the social media depths before and are more confident:

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  • Join in on a few hashtags for readers: #FridayReads is a popular one. #WeNeedDiverseBooks is a good conversation starter.
  • Create images with quotes from your favorite book or by your favorite author. Crafting these are fun and let your book-lover followers which books are near and dear to your heart.


If you wear a trident on your back and can swim in any social media waters, no matter how rough:

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  • Try creating a social media hashtag game about your preferred genre. It’s a lot of work and takes some foresight and a bunch of planning, but it’s pretty fun. Not only will you gain a lot of interesting insights to your favorite genre, you’ll also be able to start many different conversations, too, depending on what kinds of questions you ask in the hashtag game itself. Plus, hashtag games are simply a fun way to meet new people and chat about how books are awesome.

No matter your comfort level, social media is about having fun and making connections, so dive deep and have a good time!

Happy Sunday!
Warm regards,
Kellie

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Creative Without A Community

As many of you know, I recently moved back to Eagle River, Alaska. Okay…so “recently” might not be the best term, as it was over six months ago. But with the holidays and my new job at the State and my freelance editing and some recent celebrations (my sister graduated with her master’s degree, y’all, pretty effing amazing!), it seems like time flew by. Like, it’s been over six months already, how the heck did that happen??

(Which reminds me of time when I was a kid and my best friend Mer and I had this brilliant idea that since time seemed to fly by when we were having fun, we decided to “not have any fun”…needless to say, it didn’t work out so well. But I digress.)

So I’ve been back in Alaska for a while and I’ve discovered something a bit…troubling. I don’t go out much. Now, it’s not like I went out much in the past, as I’ve always been kind-of a homebody, but I did do things. I volunteered for some local organizations, went to writing groups, helped organize a literary reading here in Eagle River. I did things. Now, though, I haven’t really made the time.

Why? Well, I have a day-job that spans from 6:30 a.m. when I wake up to about 5 p.m. when I get back home, and then after that I have my freelance editing job which consists of a really amazing nonfiction editing gig with Tiger Oak Media that I have to do each night for about one or two hours and (a bit more sporadically) my equally as amazing fiction editing gig with Desert Palm Press with a time commitment that really depends on the project, haha! So I’ve been lucky enough to secure two interesting jobs that I get to do each week, and I’m quite proud and happy about it.

However, I’m kinda tired when I’m done with my evening freelancing job, so I haven’t really made time to do anything after that aside from eating dinner, watching something funny on the TV, and then going to sleep. The weekend is my time to recharge, so I usually spend it writing, hanging out with family, and playing games, as well as doing chores and getting prepped for the following week.

It’s worked okay for the past six months, but I’ve come to realize that my system isn’t really the best. This system doesn’t leave much time for me to socialize or rebuild my writing/creative community. I have my online community that I’ve been slowly building in my random tiny snippets of spare time, but in-person connections are super important, too. (Says the introverted person who’d rather pet a stray cat than talk to a stranger. *nervous laughter*)

So, stemmed from that realization, I’ve decided that I need to do better. I don’t really have much time to spare during the week, but maybe once a week I can attend a literary event, like a book reading! I also put my name in the hat to volunteer at 49 Writers, so here’s hoping they get back to me. I’ll be helping the Alaska Writer’s Guild with their conference program like usual sometime later this summer, too. I was also thinking about becoming a member of one of those groups, or maybe the Alaska Romance Writers  of America, since that’ll help support the local writing community. I used to volunteer for Cirque pretty regularly, so maybe they still need some help with things? And maybe I’ll go to the Jitters Critters meeting on Monday nights like I used to? I don’t have any writing to show them right now, but I can help critique.

Hmmm…or maybe I should just try one or two of these things right now, because all of that is kind of overwhelming.

Annnnnd I should also chat with my friends more often, but that’s another story entirely, hahaha…ha…ha… *waves feebly at Alaska friends and whispers, Sorry!*

TLDR: I would like to be more active in my creative community and have lots of random thoughts on how to do that.

What kinds of things do you do to stay involved with your creative communities?

Wish me luck!
Warm regards,
Kellie

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#WIPJoy

 

One of the great things about social media is the chance to communicate and connect with people across the globe. Another great thing about social media are the hashtags, because it allows you to pair down all the posts and really see what people are talking about concerning a specific subject. It allows you to join in a conversation more easily.

A hashtag I’m particularly enjoying this month is #WIPjoy. Started by fellow scifi/fantasy author Bethany A Jennings, #WIPjoy is a month-long celebration of your current work in progress (WIP). The writers follow a specific set of guidelines for their daily posts (including #WIPjoy and usually the specific day, example: #WIPjoy D22) specifically about their writing and then can look at what other authors are doing for theirs. Here are the guidelines this year:

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It’s a great hashtag to join in and look through because it connects you to other writers online, it allows you to really dig into your current work in progress, and you can see all the cool things other writers are doing. Plus, it’s fun! It’s a celebration of writing, how can it not be fun, right?

It’s especially good for me since I needed a boost this month to think about my current work, a five-book fantasy series I’m tentatively called The Broken Chronicles. My folks are visiting and we’ve been doing a ton of adventuring in this state of mine, so I haven’t been able to work on my novel very much. This #WIPjoy allows me to keep my mind on it, if only for a short time of the day.

It’s been a lot of fun. If you’re participating, shoot me your Twitter handle and I’ll send you some love! If you’re not participating (or don’t use Twitter), what work in progress would you talk about if you were?

I hope you have a lovely day!
Warm regards,
Kellie

Write to Publish 2016 Writing Contests!

I can’t believe it’s already October!

Submissions for the Write to Publish 2016 writing contests close on the 30th of this month, so if you have any marvelous Flash Fiction or PNW Poetry pieces, be sure to submit them! I’ve included some of the basic information below, but you can find the rest of the submission guidelines here.


Write to Publish, Ooligan Press’s annual publishing conference, in partnership with the Timberline Review, a literary journal from the Willamette Writers publishing a wide variety of content, and Cirque, a literary journal publishing Alaskan and Pacific Northwest writing, are excited to offer a flash fiction contest and a Pacific Northwest poetry contest this year. Submission for both contests open September 8 and close October 30, 2015.

Entries for the Pacific Northwest poetry contest may be original, unpublished works in any style of poetry up to 40 lines and should be centered on a Pacific Northwest theme. The winning poet will be notified in the first week of December and will win a cash prize of $100, a reading at the conference, and publication in the Timberline Review

Entries for the flash fiction contest must be 700 words or fewer, original, unpublished, and double spaced. The winning writer will be notified the first week of December and will win a cash prize of $100, a reading at the conference, and publication with Cirque.

The contest fee is $10, and only one story or poem may be submitted per person, per contest. Please send submissions via email to w2p@ooliganpress.pdx.edu with “Flash Fiction Contest Submission” or “PNW Poetry Contest Submission” as the subject line.


We’ve been getting some wonderful submissions thus far, but we want more! I’d love to read some from my writing friends here in the blogosphere. And, if you know of any writers, pass the word onto them, too!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Warm regards,
Kellie

Blogging: Achievement Unlocked

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I’m so pleased that blogger Sarah nominated me for The Blogger Recognition Award. This is a pretty awesome award, and I’m so happy to be part of a community that celebrates each other so thoughtfully! Sarah has an awesome blog dedicated to discussing all things related to reading, writing, and publishing. She also created a writing service called To Publish Or Not, which gives free advice to writers about story ideas. She’s pretty awesome, so go check her stuff out!

Rules for The Blogger Recognition Award

  1. Select fifteen other blogs you want to give the award to
  2. You cannot nominate yourself or the person who has nominated you
  3. Write a post to show your award
  4. Give a brief story of how your blog started
  5. Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers
  6. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  7. Attach the award to the post (right-click and save, then upload)
  8. Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them
  9. Provide a link to the award post you created

Pretty simple, right?

How This Blog Came To Be

Well, originally this blog was just a personal collection of stories from my day-to-day life. Longterm followers will remember the blog changing not once but twice throughout it’s little lifetime (this used to be Finding My Voice and then it was Snowed In Scribe). I finally settled on Have Pen, Will Pen, because I finally narrowed down what I wanted to talk about: writing, publishing, editing, and the advice that goes along with it, though I still do occasionally post about life (because who doesn’t right?). I wanted this blog to be a place where writers and editors could come and learn about the (somewhat daunting) world of book publishing. I also wanted to convey the struggles that go along with being a writer and the ups and downs of being an editor. I figured sharing what it was like to have a foot in both those doors and giving advice to help writers navigate those tricky waters would help.

Over the last year, I have gained a new respect for the publishing world, as I’m currently starting my second year as a graduate student in PSU’s Book Publishing program. It’s been an intense ride and working at Ooligan Press has given me new insight that I’d like to share with the world. I’ve also gained a new respect for the writing side of publishing, since I’ve been picked up by Desert Palm Press for my first novel. I’m looking forward to sharing what I learn by going through the process as an author, too!


Advice to New Bloggers

  • Write about something you love. If you love it and are passionate about it, that will shine through in your blogposts. Plus, it’ll give you the opportunity to explore that love and will help you continue to post in a regular fashion.
  • Comment on things you love. If a blogger posted something absolutely amazing, comment on it, like it, reblog it even! The original blogger would be thrilled, and you have a better chance of making connections and building an awesome community of friends by doing so.


Here are my nominations!
(I hope you guys take the torch and pass it on!)

Michelle Magly

Word Nerds Unite

Molly K.B. Hunt

Erika Schnatz

Writer Girl, Lately

Live to Write, Write to Live

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Kristin McFarland

Bottled Up Sentiments

A Glimpse of Starlight

Scarring Words

Girls Gone Geek

Grad Mouse

Grace’s Wanderings

Stephanie Flint

Keep writing!

Warm regards,
Kellie

Writer Conference, Day Two

The Meet and Greet was a huge success, or so I heard, I decided not to go because I didn’t know it was an event you had to pay for (I was outraged and confused).

However, the official Day Two of my foray into the Writers Conference was quite fun. The speakers were inspiring. Patricia Fry, John Vorhaus Verna Dreisback, and Matthew Pizzo were the session speakers I had the pleasure to listen to. From them I learned about the publishing world, the query Letter, the elevator pitch, and the truthful liars.

John and Verna were my two favorites today.

John was absolutely hilarious, he spoke volumes about combating writers block, facing the fear, and even electronic publishing. His idea about writers block was especially fascinating. He said that if you ever do get writers block it’s merely fear and judgement manifesting itself in your “right brain” and all you really need to do is gather information… gathering information activates your “left brain” and allows you to work on something you can control and not pass judgement on yourself. Doing this action ultimately allows you to solve the problems you were having in the first place because when you gather more information your “right brain” is able to solve the issues.

Anyway, it was an amazing talk and I’ll delve more into it tomorrow because right now I am quite tired.

Warm regards,
Kellie

Hello!

Welcome to my blog, Snowed in Scribe.

This blog is meant to be a portfolio of my writings in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. As such I will update it weekly – most likely on Friday or Saturday, depending on my mood at the time. A new poem, article/interview, or snippet of fiction I cannot tell you which it will be but I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my Home page which will be reserved for ramblings of mine – all writing oriented.

Please take a look around and see what you like. Also, I’m always interested in new writers so if you’re a writer please leave a comment and I’ll take a look at your blog. I love reading new posts, poems and stories. It would be great to build a community of writers here on WordPress.com…

Warm regards,
Kellie