A Giveaway!

by Greg on February 24, 2010

At conferences recently, besides doing my main presentations, I’ve also been giving individual, shorter social media consultations (see below for the details of how they work).

Because they’ve proven to be so popular, I’ve decided to start offering that same service here through The Happy Accident.

To kick this new offering off  (and to help celebrate my fourth anniversary of blogging over at GottaBook), I’m going to give one of these consultations out for freeeeeee. Yup. You could be a winner right here!

Here’s how the consultation works: I send out a worksheet in advance to find out what you’re doing and what you’re hoping to accomplish in social media.

From that, I write up a page or two of notes, action items, and ideas, and then we talk for 30 minutes to go over it all in detail (and answer other questions, too, as time allows). These have proven quite productive for people just beginning and more advanced, so I’m excited to start offering this outside of a conference setting, too.

How do you win? Thanks for asking!

I will pick one winner at random from the comments section of this post as of 11:59 PM on Sunday, Feb 28th. But wait, there’s more…

In your comment, you need to recommend a blog you think others would enjoy reading. You can’t recommend your own blog (or mine). And since not every blog is right for everyone, you need to write a very brief description of why you’re recommending the blog you’ve chosen.

Finally, make sure you use your email address when you fill out the information my blog asks for as you comment. It will not be public, nor will I put it on a list or anything like that, but if I can’t contact you, I will re-draw the winner.

Sure, I’d love it if you subscribed here or followed me or tweeted the post or any such… but I’m always looking for good new blogs to read, and I’m betting y’all know some great ones.

Questions? Ask away! And I look forward to reading your blog suggestions!

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Joan Szechtman February 27, 2010 at 12:27 am

I can’t restrict myself to just one recommendation–if this disqualifies me from this giveaway, so be it.

Smashwords: Mark Coker’s blog that covers ebook publishing.

The Deepening: blog that promotes indie and self published work, including novel serialization.


Michelle Sussman February 27, 2010 at 6:11 am

I am a regular reader of Teaching Authors.


Six children’s book authors who also teach writing. Love it!


Carol Grannick February 27, 2010 at 7:23 am

…Don’t consider me for the free consultation, but I am a regular reader of Meredith Resnick’s http://www.writersinnerjourney.com, a fabulous exploration of the internal creative journey. Meredith features excellent interviews with writers who share insightful and poignant aspects of their writing lives.


Lori Degman February 27, 2010 at 7:57 am

Thanks for this great contest, Greg – I sure hope I win!!

I wish I’d found this sooner – most of my favorite blogs have already been listed. I regularly read and recommend Anna Staniszewski’s blog:
Anna covers different aspects of writing, weekly writing exercises and fun videos. She always gives me something to think about!


Mary Ann Dames February 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

At Books for Kids (http://booksforkids.blogspot.com) a retired librarian gives recommendations for – what else – books for kids.

Or, if you are also like me and enjoy cooking, check out Enriching Your Kid (http://enrichingyourkid.blogspot.com/) for some easy and tasty Indian foods.


Kristi Bernard February 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

I would like to recommend the National Writing For Children site at http://www.writingforchildrencenter.com. They do an excellent job of promoting information in regards to writing for children. They also promote other writers.


Karen Cioffi February 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

I read a great blog from editor Lea Schizas:
http://thewriting jungle.blogspot.com

Another writing and marketing site by Carolyn Howard-Johnson that’s very helpful is:
.-= Karen Cioffi´s last blog ..Blogger and Its New Static Pages Addition =-.


JAM Ryan February 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Fun contest. I really enjoy Janet Reid’s blog. She provides a lot of savvy advice from an agent’s perspective. Plus, she just seems like a fun person.



aquafortis February 27, 2010 at 5:00 pm

Fantastic list of blogs! I love and regularly read many of those already listed–Shrinking Violets, Jen Robinson’s Book Page, Darcy Pattison’s Fiction Notes. But one that I only recently discovered and have enjoyed exploring is 43 Folders, http://www.43folders.com/

Broadly, it’s about time management for creative people (something I seem to struggle with constantly), and its writer, Merlin Mann, attacks the subject with a lot of much-needed inspiration and humor. I especially like the series of posts offering help with “what sucks?”–My attention management sucks, my blog sucks, etc. http://www.43folders.com/howto

Great contest, Greg!
.-= aquafortis´s last blog ..Cybils Graphic Novel Finalists, Elementary & Middle Grade =-.


Denise Jaden February 27, 2010 at 9:53 pm

The blog I keep up on the most is http://www.thetenners.com – even though I’m a member of this blog, it is always enlightening to me to find out what other debut authors are doing.

As for a blog I’m totally not involved in…I’d have to say http://faeriality.blogspot.com/ or Market My Words – always has great advice on marketing yourself and your book.


Carrie Harris February 28, 2010 at 10:19 am

Some of my bloggy favorites:

http://ktliterary.com/daphne/ – My fantabulous agent’s blog.

http://daisywhitney.com/blog/page/2/ – Daisy Whitney’s New Media Minute.

http://www.thestorysiren.com/ – Keeper of the Debut Author Challenge among other awesomeness.

http://community.livejournal.com/2011debuts/ – The Elevensies are doing a series of interviews with 2010 debuts, and I’ve loved ’em all.
.-= Carrie Harris´s last blog ..More See-Ree-Us-Ness About Post-Offer Editing =-.


Debbie Leonard February 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Copy and Paste by Peter Pappas is a great blogs. His posts are diverse and informative. Most of them deal with education: web2.0, professional development, and all aspects of educational content.
http://www.freetech4teachers.com Another great blog that has not been mentioned is free tecnology for teachers. Mr. Byrne posts tons of great links and ideas for integrating technology into the classroom.
.-= Debbie Leonard´s last blog ..What Time Is It Now? Reflection on Literature and Life by Abraham Rothberg =-.


Angie O February 28, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I love that I have only heard of a couple of these blogs!

Let’s see … a recommendation … I’m a teacher librarian so a lot of my feeds have to do with teaching or technology or authors. But one that crosses over all of those areas is Zooborns.
They post pictures of baby animals born in zoos all over the world.


Laurie Young February 28, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Hi Greg,

This is such a great idea—I am discovering many wonderful new blogs, (and new ways to procrastinate!)

One blog that I can easily recommend is Zen Habits
http://zenhabits.net for it’s excellent tips on life and time management.

Another site that I have found to have great social media/time management info is Red Lemon Club, http://www.redlemonclub.com/

For invaluable writing information, (like taking a class—any questions you may have are likely addressed here,) Fiction Notes, http://www.darcypattison.com

And for pure whimsy, Sophie Blacksall’s blog, Missed Connections, is a real gem, http://missedconnectionsny.blogspot.com

Thanks again for such a great idea!


Maureen Crisp February 28, 2010 at 4:58 pm

HI Greg,
This is a brilliant idea and a great way to celebrate fours years in blogging.
Along with some sites already mentioned, my must go to site is Jane Friedman of Writers Digest. Not only does she have thought provoking posts on all things publishing but her twitter round up at the end of the week is becoming a must read for me. I have learned many things and discovered great blogs through her recommendations.


Cynthia Leitich Smith February 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Thank you for this opportunity!

I recommend Brian’s Blog: Writer Talk: Random Thoughts on the Art and Craft of Fiction Writing:

No bells, no whistles, but a friendly over-a-cup-of-coffee kind of pep talk or musing from a working YA writer about the craft, the life, and occasionally, sheepdogs.
.-= Cynthia Leitich Smith´s last blog ..YA & Kids! Books Central Auction: Bid on a First-10-Pages Critique by Children’s-YA Author Cynthia Leitich Smith =-.


thelittlefluffycat February 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm

I’d love to see people visit my friend Quill Gordon’s blog, The View From Fish In A Barrel Pond, located at http://ghoti62.wordpress.com/.

He is a talented writer and photographer (you’ll have to dip a little further into his blog than the first pages to see pictures in which the Vermont snow is not the main feature, though). Think old-line Yankee humor and you’ll be right on the money.

I dip in and out of a lot of writing blogs, but Quill’s and Lisa Adams’, at http://www.lisabonchekadams.com/Site/Lisa_Bonchek_Adams.html, which is written by a young mother of three who’s in her third year as a breast cancer survivor, are the kind that remind me *why* we write — that in the everyday, and the hard things, there are things to be said.

I always say that there are only two kinds of stories; the ones that have to be told because they’re about unique experiences, and the ones that have to be told because they’re not.
.-= thelittlefluffycat´s last blog ..Chicks! =-.


Evelyn Christensen February 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

What a wonderful opportunity, Greg. I hope I win. One of my favorite blogs to read is Nancy I. Sanders’ (http://nancyisanders.wordpress.com). She’s a children’s author and has wonderful book reviews, author interviews, and just loads of practical, useful tips on ways to become a more successful author.


Jennifer Wolf February 28, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Greg, Enjoyed your presentation at the SCBWI Western Washington meeting. Thanks!
Two blogs that I find extremely useful are:
Angela Morrison is my sister-in-law, so I had to go with that one.


Diane Kress Hower February 28, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I would recommend a blog that I read on a regular basis by author Nancy I Sanders. She inspires me to keep writing when the rejection letters role in. http://nancyisanders.wordpress.com


Tina Cho February 28, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Hello Greg!
I like to read the Wordsmiths Blog, written by a professional group of writers in Southern California, headed by Nancy I. Sanders. This blog offers inspiration as well as how-to’s in writing. http://wordsmiths8.wordpress.com/

Thanks for letting me share.
.-= Tina Cho´s last blog ..Virtual Book Tour: Guest Author Nancy I. Sanders =-.


Krichelle Groth March 1, 2010 at 12:37 am

Hi Greg,

I enjoyed meeting you at the SCBWI meeting in Seattle. I like Jane Friedman’s blog for writers where she compiles the best tweets for writers every week.

.-= Krichelle Groth´s last blog ..I hope my Young Adult books can be a Christian ministry for teens. I spent time with some teens at church today and I have a passion to help them get through the ‘awkward’ years and get connected with God. I don’t miss high school… =-.


Greg Pincus March 1, 2010 at 1:00 am

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions and participation. The giveaway is officially closed (mere hours after the Olympics ended. More than a coincidence?).
.-= Greg Pincus´s last blog ..More Linkage =-.


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