Editors Who Are Also Authors Offer Book Publishing Advice - Beyond Your Blog

Editors (Who Are Also Authors) Offer Book Publishing Advice

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We often think of our editors as proofreaders, content curators, and mentors. Sometimes we forget that editors are almost always writers too! Whether they have had books published or have a long list of magazine bylines to their credit, our editors are almost always writers just like we are. This article spotlights three editors/authors and their books, along with their best publishing advice just for us! Beyond Your Blog participates in the Amazon Associates Affiliate program as a means to earn incremental income for the site and support the efforts of the humans required to run it. Some of the … Read More

But I Don't Want To Show Readers An Annoying Pop Up! - Beyond Your Blog

But I Don’t Want To Show Readers An Annoying Pop Up!

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Beyond Your Blog participates in the SumoMe Influencer program as a means to earn incremental income for the site and support the efforts of the humans required to run it. You’ll find partner links in this post. If you click on one and subsequently install SumoMe, Beyond Your Blog receives a commission from SumoMe at no additional cost to you.  Read our disclosure policy for more details. People often ask me how to get more subscribers and readers on personal blogs or collaborative sites they’ve started. As soon as I tell them I was able to make a major impact to growth for Beyond your Blog with SumoMe, I … Read More

Writing For Free Is Not Not Pure Evil, And Here’s Why

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If you are a writer, I’m sure you’ve seen all the recent to-do about how evil it is for publications not to pay writers, and how wrong it is for anyone to write for free. I take the opposite view, and here’s why. The plumber argument doesn’t hold water – A popular argument against not paying writers is that you would never expect a plumber (or insert other occupation) to work for free. True, but if you are coming to install my faucet, you’ve probably had some training on how to do it. Writers come in all experience levels, especially since anyone can create … Read More

Shaking Off The Self Doubt In Writing - Beyond Your Blog Guest Post By Karen Johnson

Shaking Off The Self Doubt In Writing

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I walked in the door, after a trip away from my husband a few years ago, and saw a framed copy of my first in-print article. It was published in our local parenting magazine—the first time I saw my name in print in a mass publication. He found it at the grocery store (where the free parenting magazines tend to be) and grabbed 20 copies. This was somewhat problematic as there were likely 30 copies there… so I ended up taking quite a few back. The point is, he was proud of me. I was excited, but I wouldn’t say … Read More

Caution! Blogging Will Suck You In... Do It Anyway - Beyond Your Blog Guest Post By Marlene Kern Fischer

Caution! Blogging Will Suck You In…Do It Anyway.

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My name is Marlene and I am a blogger. At first it all started innocently enough with a few blog posts on WordPress. Having always enjoyed writing I figured I would just jot down a few thoughts in between loads of laundry and put them out there. I learned how to set up my site and was up and running in no time at all. I shared those initial blogs on Facebook and smiled at the likes and encouraging comments I received. I admit that the positive feedback felt good and I was deeply grateful to the friends who shared … Read More

Did These 7 Bloggers Get Published On The Sites They Were Aiming For A Year Ago - Beyond Your Blog

Did These 7 Bloggers Get Published On The Sites They Were Aiming For A Year Ago?

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Over a year ago, Beyond Your Blog published a post called Most Wanted: Bloggers Share The Sites They Most Want To Be Featured On, where some of our readers shared their publication goals with us. We recently checked back in with 7 of them to find out whether they had achieved those goals. Here is what they had to say: Mandy blogs at Aphrodite Blossoming, and in September of 2014 was targeting Huffington Post, BlogHer, and Women of Spirit & Faith. UPDATE FROM MANDY: Honestly, I was too young in blogging when I made my initial goals. I realize now that … Read More

Can Readers and Writers Get Along?

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I keep a running list of blog ideas, things that happen in my life that are infuriating, or peculiar. I’ll write a rough draft, a free-flow of thoughts on the topic. When it’s time to edit and publish, most of my writing never reaches my audience. Writers and readers can’t get along. I like having friends and family. If they read some of the things I think about them, it might make the holidays too awkward for comfort. I enjoy challenging people, and pushing my practical agenda, but one thing I’ve learned is, (unfortunately) people don’t bend to my will. … Read More

Sharing Your Truth - Blogging To Impact Others - Beyond Your Blog Guest Post By Lacey Johnson

Sharing Your Truth – Blogging To Impact Others

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Bravery has long been one of my strongest suits. I’ve always felt comfortable exclaiming all of the things many people only dare to whisper to those closest to them. I’m not afraid to shake hands with the elephant in the living room, nor to step up to the mic to acknowledge its presence for all who are willing to listen. I never imagined the impact my boldness would have on others, however. One afternoon in late September, I was preparing to do yoga in my living room when inspiration tapped me on the shoulder and blew through me with a … Read More

Does Anyone Start Submitting Writing BEFORE They Have A Personal Blog? Yep, and here's what she learned her first year out. - Beyond Your Blog Guest Post By Libby Galin

Does Anyone Start Submitting Writing BEFORE They Have A Personal Blog? Yep, and here’s what she learned her first year out.

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It’s been quite a year in my writing life. Before 2015, my writing existed in my journal, on my computer and in my head. I did not have a single writing credit to my name. By year-end, my pieces had been run on a number of well-respected publications. At the start of the year, I was not in a place to start my own blog or attempt a book, but I wanted to try my hand at submitting something. I’ve always loved writing and consider myself a scribe of sorts. I taught writing in my first career. I journal regularly. I’ve … Read More

Surviving (and Thriving) as a Writer with Thin Skin - Beyond Your Blog Guest Post By Christine Organ

Surviving (and Thriving) as a Writer with Thin Skin

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“Some people have a thick skin and you don’t. Your heart is really open and that is going to cause pain, but that is an appropriate response to this world.” — Anne Lamott If there is one piece of advice that I have heard more than any others, it is this: Develop a thick skin. I’ve heard it from family members, friends, fellow writers, and editors. A thick skin, it seems, is the quintessential job requirement for a writer, especially those of us who write creative nonfiction. With each personal essay, we aren’t just opening our writing abilities up to … Read More