ThinkingOutLoud 17: Sticking Out like a Glittering Sore Thumb

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about finding their own story of yourself and your characters and making sure it doesn’t stick out like a glittering sore thumb. They also talk about the secret selves that all of us have and try to hide and how finding that hidden self can help create richer and deeper characters in our writing.

Show Notes:

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingDaily 27: You Won’t Believe What This Marketing Professional Says to Small Businesses

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Social media is important for small and large businesses, nonprofits and churches. Even more important is the idea of the “push web” and the backbone of notifications.

The homepage is dead, and the social web has won – even at the New York Times

Internal NYT report could be valuable for other publishers mulling digital future

Pushbullet

InstaPush

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ThinkingDaily 26: Marketing After the Web is Dead

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We’re moving towards a mobile web experience of apps rather than what we’ve traditionally considered “the web.” How does this change how businesses do marketing “online”?

In short: you’ve got to be everywhere (but only where it matters).

Couple of links to consider about this transition that will be more important than the evolution from “offline” to “online” marketing:

www.theatlantic.com/live/articles/2…ot-good/370806/

gigaom.com/2014/05/14/facebook…eam+%28LG+Stream%29

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ThinkingOutLoud 16: A Jumble of Hey I’m Working on This

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their workspaces and how they have evolved. They also talk about Srivener and other apps for helping authors create and publish their work. Then, they talk about the joys of starting a new book, the woes of being in a book club who chooses a bad book, and moving issues.

Elisabeth’s Work Space

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Merianna’s Work Space 

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Show Notes

Scrivener

EPub Create

Carriage Driving Events

Obstacle for the Carriage Driving Event

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 15: If the Zombies Attack, I Will Die

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Elisabeth and Merianna discuss how the world of books and movies and TV impact how we view life. For Elisabeth, her new found love of running was inspired by the realization that if the zombies attacked, she would die because she wouldn’t be fast enough and running away from a chance to meet Matt Smith because she needed him to remain Dr. Who. For Merianna, it means that she views all of Connecticut through the eyes of The Gilmore Girls and has no real desire to visit the sets in LA. Join them as they wander between the world of story and reality!

Show Notes:

Lenny (Of Mice and Men)

Veronica Mars Movie Trailer

George Martin Creative Process

50 Shades of Grey Selling Statistics

Elizabeth Gilbert Interview On Writing the Novel of a Lifetime

Madeline L’Engle Books

Diane Keaton Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty

Jon Hamm Big Date 

Petra Temple of the Sun

Star Wars Abandon Books

What Elisabeth Just Finished Reading

What Merianna Just Finished Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 14: How long is a short story?

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the frustrating process of customer service, whether libraries are dying and finally get into a discussion about how long short stories, novellas, and novels are. There might also be a discussion about ghost writing in the middle somewhere. There’s never a dull moment with these two!

Show Notes:

How long is a short story?

Writer’s Digest How long is a short story?

Are Libraries Dying?

Celebrity Ghost Writing

Ghostwriting

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

 

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ThinkingOutLoud 13: Deal or No Deal?

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Elisabeth and Merianna discuss the review culture, especially the influence of trolls. They also talk about the difference between self-publishing, dual-endeavor publishing, and traditional publishing. Trolls are all around us in the world of publishing, but the question is always, “Deal or No Deal?” Ask someone before you sign!

Show Notes

The Bullies of Goodreads

5 Ways for Authors to Handle Bad Reviews

What is an Internet Troll?

FURminator

Gilmorisms

Michael Jackson Fairyland World

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 12: Facing Rejection

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about personality types and how they impact work flow. They also console each other over the news that Dr. McConnell will not be able to be on their show. They talk about how rejection is a part of the process of a writer.

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Are you Type A?

Are you sure you’re not Type A?

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 11: Diamond in the Rough

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In this episode, Elisabeth and Merianna talk about the partnership between writer and editor and writer and publisher. They discuss that it’s a two-way street and that both people have to be comfortable with the relationship. Once you find that person who is going to help make your creative dream become better, it’s like finding a diamond in the rough.

Show Notes

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 10: Branching Out

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Merianna and Elisabeth talk about the influence of the Kindle store on publishing and how to decide whether to print or publish in the digital role. They also talk about their runs in with libraries and library fines. After they covered that, they talk to Sam Harrelson about his book and how our culture and society is producing a Digital Dark Age with the emphasis on the digital work.

Show Notes

What We’re Reading

Ready Player One: A Novel

Lucifer’s Hammer

All You Zombies

Anathem

 

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