How to Create Perfectly Sized Images for Twitter

How to Create Perfectly Sized Images for Twitter

Have you ever uploaded a picture into your twitter feed and not been happy when the image is cropped, wiping off important information?

Often I see people upload pictures of books and two crucial items are missing from the cropped image - the full title of the book and the name of the author.

Of course, you can click on the image and you'll see the image in its entirety but you want it to be shown in it's entirety without having to click on it. The casual scroller looking down their twitter feed might not bother to click to see the full image. So it's a lost opportunity.

Five Ways Writers Can Use Instagram

Five Ways Writers Can Use Instagram

Instagram is a wonderful place for creatives. Knitters, weavers, illustrators, photographers. So many people showing their work, talking about it, demonstrating their process, their inspirations.

But I never see many writers there. Perhaps because it’s a photo-sharing app so writers aren’t immediately drawn to it. But I think it’s a fabulous place for writers; a great place to grow an audience and to be inspired and connect with other creatives.

Want some ideas? Here are five ways writers (or any creative person) could grow an audience on Instagram.

How to Use Instagram to Tell Your Story Online

How to Use Instagram to Tell Your Story Online

My favourite Instagram accounts are those that take me with them on their journey. They create a narrative. Not just with their photographs but also with their words.

Their growth comes in time. Maybe not as quickly as some other accounts. But their audience is engaged; cheering them on or consoling as appropriate. In other words, their audience is invested in them and their feed.

Many people new to Instagram want to grow an audience as quickly as possible. There are lots of tips and tricks you can do in order to create a gorgeous curated feed and grow followers. But if you want to grow an engaged audience and know they’re out there listening then I’ve got five tips for you.

How Pitch Perfect 2 Helped Me with My Online Platform

How Pitch Perfect 2 Helped Me with My Online Platform

Really? Pitch Perfect 2 helped me with my online platform?

Well, yes. See, if you don’t know anything about my background, I started this blog about marketing for writers and creatives because I didn’t think the topic fitted in seamlessly with my slow-living, chicken-keeping, writing and baking vibe on my original blog, A Bookish Baker.

I’d done the courses and learned that I had to niche and hone in on my subject matter.

Which is good advice. After all, are the readers who are coming to me for my chicken stories or my rhubarb cordial recipe also interested in social media marketing? Probably not. 

Why You Need to Be Your Own Super Hero

Why You Need to Be Your Own Super Hero

One year ago I decided enough was enough. No longer was I going to hide under the table every time I posted something online. No longer was I going to hide my writing from the world. If I wanted to make a respectable living as a writer then I needed to push myself. I needed to do something differently to what I'd been doing for the last decade.

It is one thing writing. It is another getting people, an audience, to read this writing. And isn't that what we, as writers, want? People to read our work? (And maybe a five figure advance on a book deal...)

But have you noticed how much noise there is online? So many voices shouting and jostling to be heard. How the hell do you get seen above all of that?

That was my quandary.