How to Best Use Facebook as an Author

Teymour Shahabi

Whether indie or traditionally published, most authors today can agree on one thing: social media has helped redefine the way books are promoted and discovered. And perhaps just as important, it has allowed authors to further create and strengthen ties with their audience.

But what’s the best way to get started with social media? The multitude of available platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn and others, can make it difficult to figure out which to make your base. In my experience, though, Facebook is not only the most obvious place to start, but also the best, as it lets you find and expand your audience, while allowing your readers to discover the complete person behind your published words.

Excerpt from Taymoor Shahabi’s article in Digital Book Read more

Alley Poet’s Pen: “Never Too Late”

Alley Poet's Pen - Sandee Gertz

Nashville, TN – “Never Too Late…” (For an MFA)

Many people wonder what it’s like to go back to school later in life to do something they were meant to do (or should have done) a long time ago. Some people dream of a long-forgotten talent being awakened, a paintbrush being lifted back up to a canvas, or delving into studies for an advanced degree in a field they’re passionate about. Thankfully, in 2010, I found out what this is like.

Excerpt from Sandy Gertz’s article in Clarksville Online- Read more. 

The writing in the sand that saved British guy’s life

The writing in the sand that saved British guy's life

A British tourist who went missing in the Australian outback admitted that he had made ‘the stupidest decision of his life’ after being rescued.

Geoff Keys, 63, was rescued after two days thanks to a massive SOS message he wrote in the sand in Jardine National Park, Queensland.

He didn’t have any food and ended up several miles away from his camp after trying to re-trace his steps.

Excerpt from Richard Hartley-Parkenson’ article in Read more.

The Geek’s Guide to the Writing Life: Alan Cheuse’s Gift


Some weeks ago I was headed down up the Hudson River on the train from Albany-Rensselaer to Penn Station. As I rode I was thinking about my former teacher, Alan Cheuse because at the time, Alan was still in a coma from head injuries sustained in a car accident in California and I was among thousands of people worrying and praying about him and because I often thought about Alan on that particular train route.

Excerpt from Stephanie Vanderslice’s article in the Huffington Post- Read more.