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You Know I’m All About That Blog. About That Blog. No Twitter!

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Who hasn’t heard this song? Seriously.

Blogging is dear to my heart, because it was through blogging I remembered how much writing means to me and always has. As I actively blogged, I gained confidence and encouragement from others to “kick it up a notch” and start working on a book.

Through blogging I got the push to join local writers’ groups, where I began entering contests for my fiction and knowing I was on the right track.

AS LONG AS THERE IS CHOCOLATE is a small town contemporary novel with strong romantic elements. It began as a prize-winning short story and has developed into a full length novel, gaining more prizes along the way.

With this story, I’ve finally dipped my toe into professional waters, by pitching the book to agents at a writers’ conference. The two lovely women I met requested partial manuscripts, and I’ve sent them on, so the next step is to keep polishing the rest while I wait and see. I’ll begin sending query letters next month to other agents.

It’s happening.

Pinch me.

And it started because of a blog.

When I launched this blog in late August, it was with every intention to build its functions and content quickly.

The death of a loved one just a few days later sort of knocked me off my feet for a while.

I’m feeling ready to jump back in because I’ve got so much to talk about (and just try to stop me!)

It’s a great time for authors right now, with more avenues to publication than ever before. With that, there has come a greater responsibility for writers to take an active part in promoting their work. “Building a platform” through social media has become an important part of a writer’s job . I waste spend more time on Facebook than is healthy, so I have to take drastic measures to be on it less and write more.

And if my livelihood depended on understanding Twitter, I’d be hosed. #twitterspaz

I use Pinterest to gather visual ideas for stories, but have no clue how people use it to gain readers. But they do.

Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram? How do writers keep up with all of that and have a minute to create stories?

But I listened to a speaker at RWA’s national conference say that a blog is the best foundation for a platform there is.

And I enjoy blogging.

So I guess I had that one right all along.

I’m bringing blogging back! Go ahead and tell them tweeting authors that.

Because for me, you know, it’s all about that blog.

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Happy Birthday, Baby!

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Today TanaLovett was born! This is the day I birthed my very own bouncing baby blog.

I’m a writer, not a programmer, so pushing this baby out has been long and excruciating. I’m exhausted! It’s a good thing GoDaddy was out of reach during the pushing, or I would have told him I hated him AND his buddies, HostGator and WordPress. Now they are finally working together to take care of the little bundle of joy.

I guarantee I will have war stories to tell later. I’m sure I’ll complain about the stretchmarks on my brain.

It is kind of my birthday too. Today is the day I can no longer say “I’m thinking about writing as Tana Lovett.”

There’s no going back. I’m committed to my new AKA, and besides having special meaning to me, I think its a great name for a writer of Romantic tales.

The baby should grow quickly, and I’ll teach her new tricks, like RSS Feeds, plugins, contact forms and all the other foreign words roughly meaning pretty spiffy.

So thanks for stopping by for the shower. Check back soon as she grows. They change so quickly, you know, and they’re only small once.