ThinkingOutLoud 22: Tied to the Desk

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about to unusual nature of their work schedules and how sometimes people don’t understand exactly what they do. They also talk about the self-publishing culture and how it has changed writing and writers to think that the project is complete before an outside edit or formatting. They ponder how they happened upon what they do know and the process by which they determined their skills and how those skills fit into the current marketplace.

Show Notes: 

What Elisabeth is Reading

What the Girls are Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 21: A Little Bit of Personality

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about group texting, and how difficult it is to teach parents the ins and outs of cell phone etiquette. They also talk about how to handle technology in writing and how technology gives an indication of era whether we like to admit it or not. Then, the discuss the difference between a personal presence on social media and a professional persona, and how to make that professional persona help you sell books. They also chase the rabbit of where the future of publishing is headed and whether ninja gigs are the next version of author signings.

Show Notes: 

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 20: The Ideas are True, Not the Events

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Elisabeth and Merianna are joined this week by Molly, a college sophomore who is working at Harrelson Press this summer. In their usual fashion, they talk about books, publishing, and chase a Cold Water Challenge rabbit. Elisabeth and Merianna talk about their summer writing challenge and what it takes to commit to writing or revising a novel. They also discussion the statuary limits on novels and the Amazon/Hachette debate.

Show Notes: 

What Elizabeth is Reading

What Molly is Reading

What Merianna is Reading 

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ThinkingOutLoud 19: Exotic Fruit Night

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about exotic fruit night, and what it means to try new things. They also talk about their writing tunnels and writing barricades and what it means to be a professional writer. They talk about the risks and the bravery it takes to step out and believe in yourself.

Show Notes

What Elisabeth is Reading

What Merianna is Reading

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ThinkingOutLoud 18: Summer Reading Lists

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Elisabeth and Merianna talk about Elisabeth’s Bay to Breakers race, Merianna’s experience at the SC Book Festival, and share some snake stories. They also discuss what it means to market yourself as a writer and how you can find your own style of marketing that stays true to who you are without becoming just another banner booth. They end their discussion by sharing their summer readings lists with each other.

Show Notes:

Elisabeth’s Summer Reading List

 Merianna’s Summer Reading List

 

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ThinkingDaily 28: Having the Courage to Make the Leap

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The universe goes out to get us and life is uncertain. As humans beings, we are highly geared to be resistant to change for a number of biological impulses.

But where’s the deciding line between when change is beneficial or when it’s too risky?

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2750065/

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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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