Wednesday, February 19, 2014

GIVEAWAY's last days! Bloodlust, and Creative Blogging

UPDATE!

First off, big congrats to Nicole Zoltack for her brand spankin' new cover!!

NA epic fantasy romance.

In a world torn by prejudice and hatred, six races struggled for supremacy.

Desperation…

Barbarian-Princess Ivy is unwilling to allow her father to provoke the other races into war and forms an unlikely alliance with Lukor the goliath to save her people from utter destruction.

Betrayal…

Unbeknownst to her, Lukor blames the barbarians for murdering his sister and plans on sabotaging her goal.

Bloodlust…


Almost despite each other, they grow to respect each other on their journey to decode secret messages from the trolls. But nothing Ivy can do will prevent the war as her father is blinded by Bloodlust and incites it himself. Not even killing him and becoming Barbaroness can stop the tide. And when Bloodlust claims Ivy, forcing her to kill everyone in her path, she must make a choice to destroy even Lukor, who she may have started to fall for and him in return.

Add it to GoodReads.https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20872373-bloodlust And find Nicole on her blog.

(I LURVE that cover! Awesome graphic!)

Also, it's the LAST few days for my giveaway, so get it while you can!
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 Okay, so I've officially bitten off more than I can chew this month. Are you surprised? Ha! But I knew just who to call for aid! So while I'm buried away in my writer's workshop this month (which I'll share lots of info with you on later) I've enlisted the help of three fabulous bloggers:



That's right! Charlie's Scribes is here to save the day! And they're sharing their genius when it comes to creative blogging. Who better, right? 

Please take it away, Scribes!

Aloha,
I’m Mark, one of Charlie’s Scribes, here at the request of PK, who asked if the Scribes could create a post “on creative blogging with tips and suggestions or examples.”
At Charlie’s Scribes, our motto is “You Snooze, We Muse, so I’ll make this interesting, or fall asleep trying.
(Fellow Scribes, Liz Seckman and Tammy Theriault, may stop by to share important, thoughtful tidbits.)
Well, the first thing I did to create a blog was join Blogger.com. Then I spent hours fiddling with the different themes, layouts and backgrounds until I created my blog.
Liz: That’s not what she meant, Mark.
(Whispers….)
Ohhh, right. Creative blogging… Er, okay. Once my blog was live, I read James Frey’s first book.
Tammy: No, baldy… PK wants us to offer original tips, suggestions – that sort of thing. Come here.
(Silence… until a loud crack as a hand slaps the back of a formerly Irish cranium.)
Ouch. That hurt. I’m going to tell Bosley.
Liz and Tammy: Man up, dude!
(Wipes manly tear from coconut bra…I can do this…. Smoothes down grass skirt…takes a deep breath…)
Here are four thoughts on creative blogging – and what’s worked – for me.
Be Real.
It’s obvious, but if you’re a new blogger, or someone building followers, fad-writing your posts may tempt you, but don’t do it. Your readers will notice and they may skim over you next time.
Liz: May I add, unless the real you sucks...then by all means, fake a personality?
Tammy: Plus don’t repeat what everyone seems to be giving tips on, giving tips on, giving tips on… be REAL-ly original!


 Write to a Friend.
I went online looking for “creative blogging tips” (what? Sorry, I’m not an expert – I’m a Scribe©) and was bored to tears by the second blog I visited (my scalp only wishes it could be so dry.)
So, keep things conversational. Pretend the reader is opposite you having a cocktail or a coffee (or even a coffee cocktail :)
Liz: Tammy and I write every post to Mark. His glossy bald head reflects the light of inspiration!
Tammy: The “nude trick” works, too. Wh-at? (looks at Mark) Ah, man, leave your coconut bra and the grass skirt on.


Verbal Diarrhea
Don’t suffer from it. Keep your posts under five hundred words.
Liz: Two more words left before your 500-word limit, dude... I hear sirens!
 Tammy: And yes, exclamation marks in excess will count as words!!!!

NO!!!

Have FUN!
No, seriously. Have fun. If you’re a writer finishing a first WIP or beginning Book Three in a monumental saga, blogging shouldn’t add stress to your writing calendar.
Blogging should complement your WIP – and not beat it with a whip.
Tammy: That was just wrong, Mark…go dance to redeem yourself now! (cracks whip at grass skirt) now THIS is fun!



Thanks for having us, PK. Hope you enjoyed your time away and please accept this badge to show others that Charlie’s Scribes, not Kilroy, was here.

You’ve Been Posted!


If you need help, email Charlie's Scribes at charliesscribes@gmail.com

Charlie's Scribes are: Mark Koopman
                                  Elizabeth Seckman
                                  Tammy Theriault

And they just rock hizz-ouse. Yo. ;)

Hey did you see the #indiechat on Twitter last night? Check it out for an interesting discussion. Also, IndieReCon the free conference is next week! And great news! My audio book is in production!! So excited I found an awesome narrator and she's working away! Yay! 

Don't forget to stop by Charlie's Scribes and keep their awesomeness in mind if you're in a blogging bind! (Hey that makes a great motto, guys! *wink wink, nudge nudge*)

Check out this GIVEAWAY happening right now!!

So tell me your thoughts on creative blogging. Get any ideas? Have any tips of your own to share? Now is the perfect time ... don't be shy ....

35 comments:

shelly said...

My fur peeps are pretty care free with their blog and I try really hard never to bore anyone at mine. I try to shake things up a bit. A little personal with a little how to with a little bit of promoting others.

Loved the post today!

Liz Blocker said...

LOL. I love the Scribes! Always fun and entertaining :)

Have a great time at the conference!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

The Scribes were great!!!!!! Oops.
I learned anything I know about blogging from my blogging friends. Most are very generous with tips.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Haha This is fabulous. Way to go guys!

Beth said...

Great post. I'll check out the scribes sometime.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Unless the real you sucks, then fake a personality - priceless!!!
Under two hundred words. Couldn't agree more. Or with keeping it fun.
Now time to go. The bald glare is hurting my eyes...

Robin said...

Alex stole my comment... hahahaha. The Be Real section made me laugh. Great job guy and gals!!!

Michelle Wallace said...

You guys are C-R-A-Z-Y!
"...hand slaps the back of a formerly Irish cranium..." LOL
Thanks for the entertainment!

Mark Koopmans said...

Thanks for reaching out, PK and hope to hear lots of writing goodies when you're back on schedule :)

@Shelly: I agree... shaking it up is good for the readers, and good for us, too, right :)

@Liz: Thanks for the kind words - and if you ever need us - we'll be there... eventually :)

@Susan: Blogger Buddies are the best, and don't worry... you use as many exclamation points as you want :)

@Donna: Thanks and you Rock, too :)

@Beth: Please do. We are available 24/7 (but do require 23- hour naps most every day :)

@Alex: Glad you liked the post, but talk to the hand, dude:)

@Robin: On behalf of the gals, I thank you from all the guy :)

Mark Koopmans said...

@Michelle: Glad you liked... we try hard and giggle more :)

Johanna Garth said...

Great tips full of humor :)

What's fad writing? No idea!

Tammy Theriault said...

Wow the scribes are awesome!!!!! Lol

Elephant's Child said...

Love it. Giggles and education go sooooo well together.

Janie Junebug said...

Very good tips. However, at one point I created a character to write my blog. Eventually, I did away with her, but I think most people liked her more than they like me.

Love,
Janie

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great tips. I think having a theme to what you blog about helps, like Alex with his movie and music themes and Ninja news. I focus on debut author interviews and book giveaways mostly.

Tara Tyler R said...

great post, muses!

heres my advice:
use pictures!
relate to others
ask questions!

and comment at other blogs to get more comments

happy hump day!

S.P. Bowers said...

So, do you give tips on how to fake a personality? I could use those....

SA Larsenッ said...

I think this is the best post I've seen in a LONG time!!! LOVE THIS!

William Kendall said...

Very funny, Scribes!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

This was hilarious! Guys you rocked your first assignment and I can't wait to see what you do next.

Leslie S. Rose said...

TOTAL crack up! Loved the Han/Chewie touches.

Nicole said...

That was hilarious, guys! Nice premiere post for Charlie's Scribes.

Norma Beishir said...

My blog is mostly personal opinions and memories. I've found I sell more books by NOT pushing them, just getting to know people and (hopefully) entertaining them.

Charlies Scribes said...

Johanna: glad you came!

Tammy: you're awesome too :)

elephant: I'm edumacated. does that count?

Janie: creating characters can be scary!

Natalie: themes! yes!

Tara: great tips! I heart Pics!

Charlies Scribes said...

S.P.: yes, and by golly we are good at it!!

SA: glad we could make you use lots of exclamation marks!!!!

William: Thanks!

Sheena-kay: Why thanks girl!

Leslie: Han/ Chewie had fun, too!

Nicole: there was a red carpet time earlier, too...

Norma: being pushy only works for pedals... great idea

Melissa said...

*covers eyes* Put your skirt and bra back on, Mark!

Too funny. Great job, guys. :)

Al Diaz said...

Excellent tips. Yeah, I know I suffered from verbal diarrhea all past year. Chronic, additionally. Now the dwarves will heed your advice, I'm sure of that!

jamieayres.com said...

Great tips, and funny too! Most of my posts aren't under 500, but I only post once a week. I try to keep it under 750!!!! Sorry, I do get carried away with exclamation points--I never matured past the age of 13, but that does make me a perfect fit to write YA :-)

Crystal Collier said...

LOL! Now that's a party on the blogosphere!

Pk, I know what you mean about biting off more than you can chew. I'm officially to the point of hiring a lackey to keep me sane. Whew!

LD Masterson said...

Short and fun. Yup - works for me.

Love the Scribes.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

An interesting post that I enjoyed reading.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

E.J. Wesley said...

Nicole's cover is amazing! Super cool. :)

Nick Wilford said...

Charlie's Scribes seems like an excellent venture. I'm sure they'll be in demand! Congrats to Nicole!

M. J. Joachim said...

Too funny, and lots of good advice too!

Charlies Scribes said...

Melissa: mark has them in the dryer...they might shrink.

Al: maybe they make a pill for that :)

Crystal: hit us up!

LD: and we love you too!

words: lots of love

nick: thanks for coming!

M.J.: we try!