Meet & Tweet

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Since 2006, Twitter has been a functioning website and application used by millions. There are accounts for everything: large businesses and businesses still in the process of starting up, notable figures/celebrities, and average people like you and me!

For everyone involved in publishing, whether you are the writer or work behind the scenes, it looks as though Twitter has become a way to keep these two worlds in touch.

Reaching out to fans is already relatively easy with Facebook or through an author’s website. But if reaching out to publishers, agents, editors, or any other publishing professional is your main objective – LinkedIn or regular e-mail might not be cutting it for you. If you are finding yourself at a standstill, you might want to consider putting Twitter to use.

Over the past 11 years, Twitter has deterred from being a platform to keep your friends updated with your latest pizza choice from Dominoes and more of a place to stay updated with  political views or some feisty celebrity feud. It’s quick, effective, and to the point – which makes it a perfect communication tool to really sell yourself and your work. You only have 140 characters which means you really need to think about what you want to get across and what you want the person at the other end to know. It forces you not to get bogged down in all the gritty details and really think about what sets you and your story apart from other authors and books already out there.

If you choose to give Twitter a twirl, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Follow the people who have helped make your books a reality!
  2. Post memes; everyone enjoys memes.
  3. Use hashtags to broaden your audience and fanbase.

Writing Revelation

Michael Moorcock:

“My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies anmoorcock.jpgd was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on. I always advise people who want to write a fantasy or science fiction or romance to stop reading everything in those genres and start reading everything else from Bunyan to Byatt.”

 

On The First Day of Christmas…

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It might not even be Fall yet (yes, I am still hanging onto the last few days of Summer), but the stores are already well on their way to preparing for the upcoming holiday season. With the impending holiday season right around the corner, why not start on that gift list that you are always rushing around at the very last minute trying to complete?  Gifting a sweet book to a child, partner, or dear friend will never fail you.

But as a writer, how can you prepare for the holidays?

This time of year comes with so much inspiration for your next novel- Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Years! Each holiday has its own unique set of values and traditions that will make for great feel-good books that every reader will enjoy. ‘Tis the season for spending, right?

Halloween is a great time to read a thriller or horror novel. It’s my favorite time to pick up a Stephen King novel or two. It’s a fun time to try out a completely new genre, if thriller/horror writing isn’t usually your thing, since readers are more prone to picking up a spooky novel during the next few months.  I’ve always found Thanksgiving to be my time to shine with my cooking skills, so indulging in a cookbook is one of my favorite pastimes come November. If cooking isn’t your forte, maybe you could throw in a few relevant recipes throughout your next novel that might appeal to a new fan base. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa…these are wonderful holidays which encourage us to focus on gratefulness for those around us. Most of the novels around these holidays revolve around finding last minute love, which always tends to leave readers with an optimistic outlook for the coming year- whether they have already found love or not. New Years brings out the new and hopeful self, so many readers lean on self-help books at the end and beginning of each year in hopes they will help us to stay on top of our New Year’s resolutions.

Another fun route to take as a writer would be to indulge in Children’s literature. If you’re new to children’s lit, writing a simple story with some illustration may be an option to get some work out into the literary world. Teaching children about the holidays and why they are celebrated accompanied by a fictional story with beautifully painted pictures will help to educate their little brains.

At the end of the day (or holiday season), it’s up to you how you want to spend this time. Some authors take the holidays to hibernate and write their beach novel of the year, which isn’t a bad idea either!

HRM’s School Survival Guide

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Old or young, going back to school can always be hard. High school can be vicious and college or graduate school can be intimidating enough to keep you cooped up in your dorm or off-campus apartment/house. But, here at HRM we want to alleviate some of the pain of back-to-school shopping and the hefty price tag of purchasing textbooks from your university store. It’s easier said than done, but sometimes you need to find an outlet for all this stress in order to survive the year. The perfect book could just be your perfect escape when the real world has you down.

For high schoolers, there is a book for everyone in your local or school library or bookstore- whether you’re a wallflower (I’m looking at you, Perks of Being a Wallflower), a heavy gamer (pick up The Feed). If you are dealing with a particular issue at school or have a unique interest that no one else seems to have, there’s likely a book about it. Check out this diverse list of books from Brightly for young readers; there’s a book for everyone on this list!

For the ones going off to college for the first time or returning for another year, there will be many challenges you will face throughout the year: professors being dull during lectures, exams starting just one week into the semester before you even had time to settle down, or having nothing to do during the weekends if the nightlife scene is not your cup of tea. Again, books make the perfect survival tool because there’s a book for everything. Since there were so many options to choose from, I chose to highlight this long list of book essentials for every college student to indulge in.

So hang around by your locker, study hall, university quad, dorm room, or coffee shop with your newest book and let us know how it helps you cope with the school year!