About Authors and Internet-Stars…

Sigh.

Zoella & Co.

Quote: By churning out ghostwritten stories and slapping a famous face on them,
publishers are doing a disservice to the industry, authors and readers.

…an interesting article by Kathryn Lindsay, and a topic that is probably not without controversy… I daresay it is written in xoJane‘s column “Unpopular Opinion” for a reason. Some of the comments are quite telling as well… and thought provoking.

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and btw… if you feel like writing for them (that is xoJane), they do look for submissions.

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btw 2nd… No, I can neither confirm nor deny, whether these particular books have been ghosted or not. If there were ghostwriters involved, though, I hope the got a decent deal!

and btw Part III… jealous?! Me?! Well, yeah! I mean… sort of… but then again… maybe not? If I was…  Oh, I dunno… *shuffles off mumbling*
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Successful Self-Marketing on the Internet is like naming a Whale… err… or something

If you are a writer/blogger you probably want to make your voice heard – or rather have your words read… which is basically a no-brainer. The internet can be a great way to work on that (well, at least for the bloggers among us that venue is rather self-explanatory). Chances are we all want to enhance our reputation, get more traffic on our websites and occasionally even become rich and/or famous (cue for songs somewhere in the range of “All I have to do is dream”, “If I was a rich man”, “Nice work if you can get it” or “You can get it if you really want” and “Work B*tch”).

In other words: Self-marketing and Public Relations are important tools if we want to get readers, sell our books, find new clients, get our names out there.

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So, how DOES one get ahead in the virtual world? Successful blogging is certainly at least a part of the answer… which is one of the reasons why I keep posting my findings regarding this particular topic. There is more to keep in mind, though, so I went to one of my favorite go-to places on the www. (GIVE ME A T… GIVE ME AN E… GIVE ME A D!!!!) and found a bit of inspiration. It has something to do with the concerted efforts of reddit users to name a certain humpback whale “Mister Splashy Pants”… well, sort of:

In this particular TED talk, Alexis Ohanian of Reddit explains his version of “how to make a splash in social media”.

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