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Is Blogging Dead?

I wonder, sometimes, if blogging is dead. The internet is an ever-changing platform. People are constantly finding new places to communicate. Where blogs were really popular before, people had it condensed into 280 characters for a tweet that was still meant to convey emotions.

From there, I feel like it changed to a picture on Instragram. And from there, it seems like TikTok and 30 seconds for your story is the new thing to do.

But there are still some of us who are trudging along on their blog. Of course, I’m hitting up the other social media platforms (I just got on the linktree kick <— Go ahead and click it to hit up my other social media sites), and I try to be active everywhere that I can… but I’ve seen so many people just completely drop off of blogging.

I don’t know. There’s something about it that’s so wonderful to me. I’m writing down my thoughts, getting to use as many characters, as much time, as many words as I want to convey them. I can share full stories here, I can link to those other places if I do something cute there (let’s be real, I never managed to make a Youtube channel, so me making a TikTok is questionable, but I’m going to attempt it). But… there’s something about a Blog, about getting to write, which is all that I’ve ever wanted to do to begin with…

Well, it feels right to me. I still see active people here, and I still see people reading the things that I put out via my analytics. People are still around, and people still want too write their thoughts out instead of doing it via a small amount of characters, a video, a picture.

Call me greedy, but I want it all. So… is blogging dead? I don’t think so. I think that blogging just reaches out to a different demographic of people, and I’m fine with that.

Circling around on this thought, I’m going to try to post here more. I have a ton of book reviews that I need to get up, and I’m going to start one of my challenges again (maybe an A-Z challenge again, or something equally fun!) So stay tuned for that!

Until next time, y'all!
Keep writing and writing, and keep being awesome!
Author Amanda McCormick
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Social Media?

I had an urge to help everyone boost themselves. Drop your social media links in my comments ♡ And follow mine if you wanna ♡ Let’s help each other be visible!

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Alphabet Series Writing Tips – P is for Publishing

P is for Publishing, and I’m not exactly an expert on this. So, I’m not going to talk to you about i as someone who knows what they’re doing… but instead, as someone who is searching for the answers.

When I first approached writing and getting something published, I had it in my mind that the only way that I would try to publish was traditionally. Of course, when I first wanted to publish, publishing through Amazon wasn’t even a thing. There have been a lot of bounds and leaps in the Publishing World that makes it a lot easier to get your book out there than it used to be. Whether it’s through Amazon, or the smaller publishing houses that are now popping up everywhere, you have more options.

However, through my research, what I’ve learned is that even if you do self publish, you’re going to have to do so much marketing. What I’ve learned through my research is, even if you publish traditionally… you’re still going to have to do marketing.

My research is what led me to my blog, what led me to my Twitter… what led me to my (used to be completely about writing until Fallout overtook my life) Tumblr. It’s what will eventually lead me to a youtube channel, once I can afford a proper camera (any help or suggestions there are appreciated <3). It’s what led me to make my Patreon.

I decided that I needed to have a social media presence of some sort before I even thought about publishing. What I want to try is going through the traditional venue, and if that doesn’t pan out after trying for a few years, I’ll self publish. Regardless of what I do, I want to get my name out there first, so that I am capable of telling people about my book, and the fact that it exists. Basically, what I’ve learned is that you need to be fully capable of marketing yourself, because there are a million and one books out there, and yours (no matter how amazing) will be one amongst those million. So, establish yourself – get a blog, get a youtube channel. At least get a circle of friends that will know about your novel and be able to spread you around by word of mouth. I’ve tried to make as many connections as I can, and I’m still striving to do that while I edit my (what I hope to be) debut novel.

It’s about loving and caring for your baby through all the processes. You are your best advocate, and you can recruit more!

As far as information on publishing, I’ve found some really good youtube channels to help with that, as well as Google articles. Check out channels like BookishPixie and Jenna Moreci. There are dozens of good youtube channels out there for people both traditionally published and and self published (the two people I listed are as such, in order). The point is, I’ve realized that there are a lot of amazing writers out there, and I’ve realized that the writing community is one of the most caring, giving, and lovely as far as wanting to help each other goes.

So, when it comes to research, always turn to the people who are willing to help you.

The only other advice that I know to give (because I’ve honestly just learned a lot of what I’ve learned through research – my point above) is to try to get published in magazines, newspapers, whatever. Get your name out there. Build yourself a reputation! You can do it!

Of course, the most important thing to getting published is to finish your novel – and I don’t mean just write it. Edit it. Get it Beta’d. Get it edited again. Maybe do another round of Betas. Polish that baby until it shines, because whether you go through traditional or self-pub, you want to give it the best chance possible.

For this blog, I’m really leaving the comments open. I implore everyone who has tips and advice to comment it below, and I’ll add it to the body of the blog. ❤ We should all pull our resources to make this easier for each other. You’re all amazing, you’re all writers! You deserve to be heard!

Until Q (oh dear, what is Q gonna be?),

Author Amanda McCormick

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Posted in Creative WRiting, league of legends, patreon, tumblr, twitter, Writing, writing prompts

I have Delved…

Into the land of pintrest. By clicking THIS LINK, I have set myself up for my next writing prompts for a while to come. Now, I am still completely open and adoring the idea of suggestions from all of you, prompt ideas, or even just you selecting one of the prompts from the provided link.

Otherwise, I thought it would be fun to try to get a little novel of short stories created during the year! I can’t wait to see what I end up turning out! I should have my prompt for the day up by sometime tonight.

Other than that, things have been going well. I will admit that I’ve been a little distracted from the writing because of the weekend NA LCS games that were going on. (She’s a writer and she plays League of Legends… ohmai). However, I’ll be getting back into the grind of things today!

I think tomorrow I’m going to do a revamp of my writing area/get new pictures/blog about it. Right now, it’s a bit messy… and I’m actually going to touch on that subject in tomorrow’s blog!  I can’t wait to show that to you all!

Other than that, please, feel free to steal the link provided! If you do any of the prompts, I would love a link to them in my comments!

Until next time, keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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Take Two of Daily Writing Prompts!

That’s right, folks. I know that I tried to do this before, and I failed miserably. However, I’m going to start at it again. I would really, really like to get daily writing prompts going, and I figured that the best way to do it was to put them on here! This will also give me the ability to hold myself accountable for this writing! So! I’m going to start with some prompts from Writers Write, but I have a proposition for you all!

I would love it if you suggested my next prompt in the comments below! I think that it could make for some really fun and interactive writing!

So! Daily Writing Prompt #1

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Well, this isn’t exactly creative, but I find it extremely interesting. My current novel is about the zombie apocalypse, with the infected fueled by the power of Hell itself. My main character, while calm and collected, a real ‘good girl’ spend the former portion of the novel completely doubting the existence of any God that would allow such travesties to happen. The second half of the novel, her view point certainly changes, but I don’t want to spoil that for anyone who might read it later!

As to whether her beliefs meet up with mine? I’m Theistic Agnostic, so.

So, there we go. An extremely easy one, but still, a writing prompt! I would LOVE to see some creative suggestions!

Until next time guys! Keep reading and writing!

Author Amanda McCormick

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An Author Website

(Lol, I guess I need to redo this, for some reason it didn’t post any of my text.)

 

Author Amanda McCormick

Above is a link to my author website. I think that it’s really important to have one of these if you’re really looking to get your books published, whether it be through a publishing house or via self publishing. To an agent, you’re showing the fact that you’re involved in social media, in your book, in making sure that you do well. It’s really important to get yourself out there, whether it is through a blog, twitter, or your website. It’s your storefront, your face, you showing the world who you are and what you have to offer. An agent will see that.

Even more important though is if you’re thinking of self publishing. I, personally, do want to try to get an agent, but I may end up also going down the path of self publication if that doesn’t work. Having a website shows the world who I am, again… what I have to offer. It shows them that I am an author who takes herself seriously. Having a clean, professional looking website is a step towards that. It’s one of the same reasons that I run this blog! I like to show the world that I’m here, I’m a real person, and I want to talk, discuss, and share my feelings with you all!

If anyone has a link to their website that they’d like to share, I’d love for you to leave it in your comments! Happy writing!

-Author Amanda McCormick