Arcs and Hashtags
Posted by oneofthedragons
I have kind of a lot to share today, mostly because I actually prepared for this one. A little. For starters, I wanted to revisit the topics of hashtags and Twitter (scroll down past the video for an explanation). I also wanted to give another update on the editing process. This really is some tedious bullshit, let me tell you, but it’s important. Like, REALLY important. I don’t want to waste an agent’s time with something that isn’t my absolute best. I owe it to myself and to my novel. There’s still a lot of work to do.
Also, my social platforms have experienced some tweaking, including our wordpress.
The rest of this video is basically me being high on caffeine and looking cute. I’m really good at those two things.
As a general disclaimer, about me: you should know that I swear a lot, I have opinions, and my videos are unscripted and unedited. Nothing I ever say is meant to offend or spark a debate or anything. It’s just me, blabbing about doing something that I love and whatever other inane shit flies through my skull at the time. In most of the public ‘sphere,’ I censor that about myself. However, if you ever read my books, all of this is going to come out anyway, so I might as well be up front about it. I value honesty and personal freedoms. I am free to make these videos and blather on about whatever. You’re free to ignore me.
Thank you, though, for currently choosing to follow. 🙂 The outpouring of support since Frankie and I started this is astonishing and encouraging. We honestly thought we’d most be talking to ourselves. ❤
As I said in the video, M. Talmage Moorehead sent us a link to some hashtags that might be useful for writers. That link is this: http://writersinthestormblog.com/2014/11/12-best-hashtags-for-writers/
To summarize, these tags are covered on that page in more detail (I didn’t want to copy/paste, since it’s not my material):
#SciFiChat: Sci Fi Chat tag
#KidLitChat: Children’s literature chat tag
#ACFW: American Christian Fiction Writers
#getpublished, #publishing, #askeditor, #promotip
#writingprompt, #storystarter, #1k1h or #1k1hr
And now, I’d like to add:
#amediting, #amrevising, #amwriting, #amreading: They mean exactly what they say. I use them to tag my posts with what I am working on, since nowadays I am almost always working on something. You can find a lot of people also toiling away under these tags if you need someone to share your pain.
#WNDB: stands for “We Need Diverse Books,” a currently popular tag that will put you in touch with other people writing diversity (gender, sexual orientation, race, etc.). HINT: Agents follow these, too. SPOILER ALERT: My senpai is really into this tag. I knows this.
Genre tags: There are a lot of these to list, but you’ll want to research them for the ones that are relevant to you. #A, #NA, #YA, #MG, for example, are all age-bracket tags. When you’re fishing for attention, you’ll want to make sure you’re attracting the right kind!
You can put your hashtag anywhere, which if used correctly helps you compose a good tweet. For example:
See how I put the hashtags mid sentence instead of the end?
If you need to learn how to use Twitter, there are a lot of good resources out there. I believe in you.
Thanks for following us, beautiful people! I have work to do, so I must away!
Did senpai notice me today?
Answer: No, but senpai did notice me a couple of days ago!
About oneofthedragonsSamantha K. Balk and F. R. Donaldson met on An Archive of Our Own, one of the many fanfiction sites online, when Sam asked Frankie to illustrate the fanfiction that would one day lead to Sam's first novel. They've been friends ever since! This blog was created as a way to share the oftentimes difficult journey any new author experiences on the uncomfortable quest of an introvert for attention to his or her most personal work. It is meant to remind you that authors don't just appear fully fledged like a George R. R. Martin, that all of us start out unsure and feeling inadequate. Feel free to ask us anything. Sam: email@example.com Frankie: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on December 18, 2014, in Information, Sam Updates and tagged Agent, author, books, Bragging, character death, coffee, Editing, fangirl, Frankie, vlog, writing. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.