Monday, April 01, 2013

A to Z Challenge - Articles

For the A to Z Challenge, I’m posting promo and other tips for writers, along with a daily photo.(All photos taken by me.)

I want to take a moment to thank Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out for starting the A to Z Challenge. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the past two years and look for another successful April.


Articles are a very cost-effective means of promotion and place you in front of new audiences.

What do you write about? If you are a writer or author, you’re an expert in SOME field! Share that wealth of knowledge with the world. Remember, the purpose of articles is to provide valuable information and/or solve problems - not to promote you or your book.

How often? To be truly effective - 1-3 articles per week. (Especially leading up to the release of a book.)

Now it’s time to brainstorm! What topics can you discuss? How can you help others be wealthier, healthier, sexier, more informed, or save them time?

Visit other participants in the A to Z Challenge HERE

And your daily photo - "A Spot of Red"



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82 comments:

  1. "What topics can you discuss?" - Reflexology and relationships. "How can you help others be wealthier, healthier, sexier, more informed, or save them time?"
    The how can I help is a tough one, hopefully what I write will shed some light for some people, but ultimately, I believe, they need to help themselves. - Great photo.

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  2. Wow, that photo is awesome. I need to work on my photo taking skills. I look forward to reading more of your A-Z posts throughout the month.

    Susanne
    PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER
    From the Market to the Plate

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  3. Great photo!

    Looking forward to all your tips all month. Hoping to use them for my own books.

    Tim
    The Other Side
    Red Sonja: She-devil with a Sword

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  4. An awesome post Diane, enjoyed the read.

    Yvonne.

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  5. Loved that photo. Rushing around visiting at the moment.

    JO ON FOOD, MY TRAVELS AND A SCENT OF CHOCOLATE

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  6. I wondered how often should I post when I started the blog. Thanks for the advice. And that's a great pic.

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  7. Good post, good advice from one smart writer! Thanks for sharing. Happy A to Z! :)

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  8. Great advice, beautiful photo!

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  9. Good luck with the challenge! LOVE the little red bug...;~) I participated last year and had a blast!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  10. Great start! Good luck to you!

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  11. Writing articles is, indeed, a powerful way to promote yourself. I did it for 30+ years as a PR person (mostly for my clients). But I freelanced a lot as well. I love the berry photo, Diane.
    Karen

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  12. Love the pic and am looking forward to your posts.

    As a first-timer with A to Z, I'm a bit overwhelmed but ready to go for the challenge. ;)

    Best,
    Barbara

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  13. How fun! Thanks for hosting this. And please visit us at http://citymusecountrymuse2012.blogspot.com/ where we are doing A-Z original poetry to celebrate National Poetry Month!

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  15. Beautiful photo, Diane!

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

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  16. Great advice. It's on my list of things I need to do more of.

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  17. Great advice! I try to write blog articles at least that often. :) Love the photo!

    Jaimie
    Living in the Light

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  18. Cool photo and great advice, too!

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  19. Do blog posts count? Because that's where I keep my articles.

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  20. Tim, I hope they help then.

    Karen, you know the power of articles.

    Thank you so much, everyone.

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  21. Didn't know you were a photographer, too! You seem to have endless talent! Now, are you talking articles to submit to magazines, or posts? I have a post that many people have suggested I submit to some magazines...but I have no idea how to do that...guess I'll check with Mr. Query himself, Matthew McNish.
    Great theme - looking forward to it!

    You're about the billionth (yes, I do enjoy hyperbole...)to recommend this movie so I'd better get on it.
    Gentle reminder: the Arlee thing.
    Looking forward to your posts - I'm a total movie buff!

    Tina @ Life is Good
    Co-host, April 2013 A-Z Challenge Blog
    @TinaLifeisGood, #atozchallenge

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  22. thank you for the sound advice... shout out to the boss and sweet photo...

    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host
    Oh No, Let's Go... Crazy

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  23. Def looking forward to reading your postings this month. :) Also love the pic reminds me of the warmer seasons ahead of us!

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  24. OOPS. Been cutting and pasting comments in case they get eaten. Please ignore my comment to Livia in the middle there...
    ~Tina

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  25. I'm not sure what I'm an expert in, but I like the idea of the article. I think it's a good way to put yourself 'out there' without hawking a product.

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  26. This is a good tip. You are the 2nd blog I've visited today from the A to Z Challenge and Damn if we don't have the same theme. My theme is rules for the artist to follow :)

    Images by Bil

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  27. I think someone's already mentioned that you need to be a good photographer to write articles, so I need to brush up on that first! But, you're right - after reading your post I looked through a glossy magazine and thought "I could've written that". Thanks for getting me thinking!

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  28. I'm not an expert on anything. I probably know just enough to be dangerous! I do believe in the importance and power of articles though.

    Good post, and thanks for popping over to my blog. Hey, just bought your book too! I thought I already had it but didn't. Looking forward to reading your A to Z posts.

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  29. That picture reminds me of the Lady Bug that lived in our car for almost two weeks this month. Could not get it out! :)

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  30. Cool photo!
    I really need to get better about writing articles.

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  31. Beautiful photo! And wonderful tips!!!

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  32. Best image of the day! Loved the red spot and the post on Articles.

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  33. Tips from you are going to be priceless!
    Thank you!
    Beautiful photo.
    Heather

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  34. That photo is beautiful! I'm looking forward to more of your tips. They're great!

    Dana @ The Daily Dose

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  35. I love your photo. It's like the advice to authors to use adjectives sparingly because that way when you do use them they are dramatic.

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  36. Beautiful picture.

    I'll be back for more tips.

    All the best with the challenge!

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  37. Beautiful picture.

    I'll be back for more tips.

    All the best with the challenge!

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  38. Sounds like great advice - now I know why you're a motivational speaker!

    Love the contrast in the photo, Diane.

    Yay for Arlee!

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  39. Perfect start. Thanks for the advice!

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  40. Great start - so practical and still fun! Thanks my deario ...

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  41. Article right up my alley today-- I love writing articles, and I love the photo! Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Your posts are perfect for me since I have a new book out--yes, I will mention it here. Stumbling Through the Dark, a memoir of my husband's final year of life.

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  43. That's IT! I will write articles to help people be sexier! Erm.

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  44. I love that spot of red...
    I will have to brainstorm more about topics I could discuss... I'm sure I'm good at something. Now, what was it?

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  45. Spot on, on the spot of red. Topics, oh man, I have no idea.

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  46. Thanks for the tips. I'm not at that stage of promotion yet, but I'll keep this in mind. Also, love the photo! (:

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  47. Cool picture. Maybe you can write an article offering photography tips!

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  48. Excellent advice and tips..especially write about what you know, ie your field. It's a real boost to one's confidence in writing to realize how much you know about a subject/field you love.

    Thoughtful and knowledgeable composition in your photo with the red spot contrasting against it's complementary green. Yep, I could write about color theory as well as what I'm writing about in this years AtoZ Challenge.

    Sue~CollectInTexasGal
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

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  49. I have a problem writing articles - I always figure someone else could do it better. Unless it's humor. I love to make people fear.

    (So naturally, I write murder mysteries. Go figure.)

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  50. I need to focus on some article writing. That's a good suggestion to follow.

    Thanks for being part of this great A to Z Team that we have. You've been a terrific addition to the 2013 collaboration.

    Lee
    Wrote By Rote
    An A to Z Co-host blog

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  51. Tina, I've been a pro photographer for 23 years now. Articles can be for magazines, real world and online, websites, article banks, blogs, etc. And I wondered about the movie comment - LOL!

    Bill, we will enjoy visiting each other then!

    Jess, thank you.

    Thelmaz, I hope my tips help you.

    Hart - LOL!

    Cynthia, I could.

    Sue, are you a photographer, too?

    Lee, proud to be part of the team.

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  52. Smart. Also, pretty. Will keep checking back :)
    Happy A to Z!

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  53. That picture is ALMOST 3-D... you have great photo skillz!
    You are the Queen of promo info! Thanks for sharing!

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  54. Hmmm, I'd like to write articles - great A word for the day, btw. But, I'm usually asked to write plays, which is fine, since it's what I do. Hmmm, will have to think on this one, how/what/where can I write some articles? Thought provoking, indeed! Great photo!

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  55. Diane, I write articles all the time, both related to the topics in my books and not, and I can tell you it's a great way to build a platform. I wish more authors would use this form of promotion versus the incessant "buy my book now!" rapid fire marketing.

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  56. I don't feel I'm much of an expert on anything... at least not that many articles worth. But it's a great idea if you can come up with them. I love the photo!

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  57. I wish I was better with articles. I can write novels any day, but the thought of writing articles make me cringe.

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  58. Hi Diane,

    I'm liking your theme. And I know you bring up a good point in regards to 1-3 articles per week.

    Ah,the photo. I spot the red spot.

    Good luck with the alphabet challenge.

    Gary

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  59. Texas I bet you can think of some ideas.

    Steven, you understand!

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  60. As always informative and helpful!

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  61. Topics: Get Published For Real. It seems like getting published is equivalent to winning the lottery. :) Also how can I put a live link on comments? I am trying but keep messing them up. :)

    Mary Hill
    Mary-andering Creatively
    http://mary-anderingcreatively.blogspot.com/

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  62. i should try this article writing... now where and what and get over fear!

    looking forward to more tips!

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  63. Great advice! As a reader, it's always nice when a writer shares something they know.

    I love the photograph.

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  64. Great tip! I need to be writing more articles. Love that photo!

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  65. What a helpful tip. I hadn't really thought of it that way. Definitely something to keep in mind as I keep writing.

    2 years of A to Z? Wow, I am impressed! I hope I can keep up with pros like you.

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  66. I wouldn't know what to write about!
    Love the photo with the splash of red. :)

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  67. Great idea-I'm working on it ;D
    lol

    Love your "Spot of Red"
    gorgeous!

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  68. Love the single point of read almost craddled by the green in the photo!

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  69. I think yours is going to be a good blog to visit this month, for me!

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  70. Amazing way to give back to the writing community...way to go!

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  71. Diane that image is so powerful. I find a thousand different ways to look at it and the scariest is blood.
    -Maurice Mitchell
    The Geek Twins

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  72. Hi Diane,
    Hey, I like your spot of red photo!

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  73. Exquisite photo and great tip, Diane!

    I do in-depth research for all of my books, but my subjects are self-indulgent—things I want to learn about. I used to teach sociology. You'd think there'd be something of value I could share. :)

    ~VR Barkowski

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  74. Thanks for stopping by. New follower.

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  75. Writing articles would be a fun way to help promote books, but so far I've stuck to doing guest blog posts.

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  76. I am definitely going to have to keep an eye on your blog this month. I need all the help and tips I can get to promote. Other than by purchasing another book to add to my reading list.

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  77. Great picture.

    I'd like to write more articles. Maybe when I have some time off this summer I can brainstorm topics.

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  78. Hi Diane .. articles are always useful as extra fodder - and as you say can just help along the way.

    Your tips will be so useful .. and that ladybird is just wonderful ... I do hope our warmer weather turns up soon! .. Cheers Hilary

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  79. I feel I would be rather sucky at writing articles, but I guess I would have to try to find out :) It's a good bit of advice anyway!

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  80. Nice to get the idea put in my head again. The last article I wrote one thought-driven late night was accidentally deleted! So much work, gone... :( I hope to have the stamina to rewrite it sometime.

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