+-*Earlier this year, I got to know Kathy Ide, a freelance editor, writing mentor, and author. During the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, Kathy and I served on the critique team and co-hosted a lunch and dinner table.
One morning, we joined several other faculty members for a field trip to nearby Santa Cruz, CA, where we ogled a pod of sea lions and sampled chocolate-covered bacon.
As Kathy and I deepened our friendship, I learned that she is not only smart and fun-loving, but she is also kind and generous. Kathy is sponsoring a “Promising Beginnings” contest in which the prize is a FULL SCHOLARSHIP ($897 value) to the 2015 Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, March 27–31, 2015.
+-*Children’s author, Diane Stortz, decided it was time to upgrade her Blogger blog to a website that would feature her books and her editing services.
She wanted a “look” that would appeal to her primary audience of parents and grandparents of young children, and her secondary audience of publishers and writers looking to hire an experienced editor. She wanted her brand to be bright, fun, contemporary, personable, and professional. A tall order!
In this article, you’ll learn how the Blogging Bistro team worked with Diane to update her logo, website, business cards, and social media accounts.
+-*If you’ve been collecting names and emails for your e-newsletter and are now ready to begin using them, it’s a good idea to verify that the emails are valid before you import them to your e-newsletter list.
+-*Wouldn’t it be cool to have your next Amazon order delivered by drone? Drone delivery is indeed in the works at Amazon [click to watch video].
The “little guys” have begun using drones, as well. Ryan Haslet, a real estate agent in my area, hires a photographer to fly a drone equipped with a high-definition camera over the properties he represents. Haslet incorporates the aerial footage into his marketing videos.
The videos are an effective tool for showing a listing to prospective buyers who live overseas or in other states. And even though I live less than five miles from this estate, I found the video pretty interesting, too!
After several years away from fiction writing, I began delving into my stories again. Being an introvert, I had an aversion to all things social media and recognized that I was a tweet and an Instagram behind the times. I attempted to wade into those waters, but they were swift and over my head.
After several conversations with a writing friend in which I moaned and complained and she worked at convincing me of the value of online interaction, I lifted my dragging my heels and decided to hire a social media expert.
I’d met Laura Christianson at a writing conference and was taken with her approachability and kindness. My writing friend highly recommended her skills. So I made an appointment, even as I dreaded its approach. My heels were still dragging just a wee bit.