Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Sites Where YOU Can Improve Your Writing Skills!

   I’ve been at this for a few years now and it’s been a long, hard haul in regard to the learning curve. I have been fortunate to have met some very talented and experienced people along the way who have been more than generous with their time and talent.

   In addition, I have learned a lot from strangers whose websites have instructed me in website design, logo design, book trailers, editing services, landing pages, marketing and advertising.

   Because I have been so fortunate to have received a nearly free education in novel writing and book publishing, I feel the time has come to ‘pay it forward’ as they say and share what I’ve learned with new writers who are just getting their feet wet and could use a little direction.

   What follows is a listing of 10 websites that I have found helpful and informative. 
   This is not an endorsement as I am not a paid spokesperson. It is instead it’s my way of saying thanks to the administrators of these sites for being so helpful and for their continued service of helping writers find success.

   *Note* Like all businesses, in addition to the free content they also offer additional services which you may or may not decide to purchase. BUT, if you opt to get their free newsletters or sign up for their many free services. (You can opt out at anytime)  You will be amazed by how much useful content they offer.

   First and foremost:

   Facebook and Twitter If you haven’t already signed up, do so now. Absolutely invaluable in getting you established.

   Copyblogger  Sign up for their free news letter. The content they provide on nearly every writing topic will speed your trip over the learning curve.

   Where Writers Win Like Copyblogger, great site for info. Sign up for their free news letter.

   Author media They occasionally provide free webinars that are very helpful at getting you established as an author.

   Get10000fans This is one of my favorites. A lot of free tutorials that provide important and useful info. I found it so valuable that I paid for a few of their webinar courses . Worth every penny. Especially worthwhile because they WILL refund you money should you find the webinar not useful. I received a full refund when I discovered that one particular tutorial I had purchased provided information I had already gotten from other sources.

   Hubspot This is a terrific site that provides very valuable information on PDF’s that you can download into your computer.

   Wikipedia You need info quick? Good place to go.  

   Socialoomph free sign up to have your marketing tweets tweeted at selected times during the day.

   iStockphoto the place to go when you need specific images, audio or video for your book covers or book trailers. You purchase licenses from the artist to use their material without having to pay royalties. In most cases very affordable.

   And of course, Ari publishing where you can see the books we have to offer and their video trailers. Where we provide interesting content and images to inspire creative people. In which case if you enjoyed this article, why not click on the link and give us a LIKE?

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