Expert Advice on Finding Experts

Moonday Mania

a blog centered on the craft of writing

My writing days are centered on two things.

One, writing! (Okay, you probably knew that)

Two, marketing.

When I decided to become an author I had no idea that I would need to become an expert at websites, blogs, peeps and tweeps. And if you had told me that I would need to become an expert in all this internet stuff, there is a distinct possibility I would not have even started down this path. You see, until three years ago, I didn’t even own a cell phone.

But I am now an expert! Okay, not an expert. But I am a person who my writing friends now go to for advice about where to find the experts. And that is a giant step for me! Last year at this time I didn’t have a blog, a Facebook account, or a Twitter account. And now I have all three (and Goodreads, don’t forget Goodreads!). But still I struggle with how to wander their myriad pathways. And here is where my expertise of finding experts come in handy.

Gloria Richard is another fellow writer struggling with creating a blog. Her solution has been to enlist the advice of the expert Brinda Berry to help her “Pimp my web”. Not only is Brinda the author of a new YA book, The Waiting Booth (Click HERE for her fabulous article, Interview with a Synesthete) but it turns out she is also a terrific source for how to improve your blog.

For some easy step by step ways to get going on the path to bloghood (globhood?) visit Gloria’s site (HERE) and go back to Brinda’s first post (HERE). That should get you started on pimping your own web.

Brinda, through Gloria, has helped me with the ever challenging widgets on WordPress. I did buy a book, WordPress for Dummies. But I’m with Gloria and I think I need a more basic book. The Guide to WP for the really Dummies would suit me just fine on those days when I am searching for a how to. Hey Gloria, which book did you buy??

Eventually I hope to get this blogging, tweeting, posting, work down to a science. In other words: the more I learn, the easier it should be. But for now, like Gloria, I’m stumbling through getting it all together. So for that I need the experts. Tune in next Moonday Mania for more advice on who to get your advice from. (Okay, not grammar advice, never end a sentence on a preposition.) In the meantime leave a comment for me. I’d love to know how all of you are doing with your forays into new worlds, blogging or otherwise!

Only a few months left till my debut novella Little Red Riding Wolf is released! Tune back to this station for details as we get closer to February 18, 2012!


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8 responses to “Expert Advice on Finding Experts

  1. Jessica- There is nothing in the world more flattering than tuning into your blog post today. Let me set the record straight. I’m not the expert. My only claim to expertise is that I love technology, and I’m fearless about trying new things. I’m so grateful to have such awesome writer friends like you! Thank you for the compliment.

    • Gloria can walk you through the ladder of expertise, but after not knowing anything, then becoming knowledgeable-you teach. And you are teaching my dear, and that makes you an expert! What I think is great about how you teach is that you admit you don’t know everything and you help your students find what they need. That is the sign of a very good teacher in my book, because I believe the next step is Guru, and they know all. 🙂

  2. Smiling, Jessica. My critique partner, YA author Urve Tamberg, asked the not-so rhetorical question, if we knew what we were getting into, would we have done it? Sharon’s and my instant answer, ‘Of course!’ We are writers, we are compelled to write, and to share our work. Before the internet, new writers in search of an audience toted their books around and did readings and visited libraries. Guess you could call them experts on public transportation. The internet is the new highway. If we want to grow our fan base, we need a bus pass.

    Thank you Jessica, Brinda, Joan Swan, Carole St-Laurent and all my awesome writer buds who have helped me grasp technology (and my daughters who taught me to text, lol). You are the ink in my well. May your keyboards never run dry.

    • What a lovely thing to say Sherry. 🙂
      You are right, I would have still written. But I’m not sure I would have plunged into it as a career. Having said that, I love it. Yes, even with the technology. Maybe even because of the technology. I have connections I never thought possible! And every day I work at a different job I just want to be here, on my computer, typing away on my WIP or tweeting or blogging. It’s all satisfying!

  3. I hear you, Jessica. I just try to do what I can do and gradually increase my SM knowledge. I will say that my writing day is about twice as long since I broke into SM. That reminds me, I haven’t got my new post up yet. Supposed to be on holidays this week but will post at least once.

    • I am amazed at how much time adding just one blog a week adds to my schedule. But I am enjoying the blogging. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to think of anything to blog about, but it turns out my chatty nature is an asset here!

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