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Noticing Newbies: May 13, 2015 Issue [#6989]

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 This week: Is Content Really King?
  Edited by: I like big books #2233315
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2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
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Letter from the editor

"Technique holds a reader from sentence to sentence, but only content will stay in his mind.” ― Joyce Carol Oates

While Bill Gates may have been the one that made this phrase what it is today, how true is it?

According to Vancouver Film School :

Content is king: Content creators who own intellectual property have all the leverage. That’s a great thing for writers. Create IPs you can control. Your film or TV show should be just one branch of where your ‘big idea’ can go. Social media. Pod-casts. Gaming. Tech. Blogs. Stage. Books. Create it. Own it. Fund it. Brand it. Make it.

That’s a pretty strong statement, right? There are different opinions surrounding that same question. I think it also depends on what you consider the content. In the quote above, I believe he means the entire idea. Some may ask though, is that the entire product or if you’re speaking of a story – is it just the plot? Myself, I think it's more the queen than the king in that regard. I consider the character as the king and the plot as the queen. I've noticed I’m not the only one that uses that analogy (but in different ways).

From an article by Brian Honigman on Contently.com :

Content is king, distribution is queen, and she wears the pants,” said Jonathan Perelman, VP of Agency Strategy at BuzzFeed, during his talk at Behance’s 99U Pop-Up School event on September 20th.

As the Internet has evolved, so has the ways that people discover content. Content used to be discovered on forums, then through email, highly-trafficked blogs, and search, leading to the SEO craze, explained Perelman. Now, it’s primarily discovered through social media.

So what does this mean for you as an author? It means write, keep writing and make sure your content is awesome, but at the same time don’t keep it all locked up. You've heard the phrase “kill your darlings”, right? Well, I say if you’re serious – share your darlings. Write, polish, publish and distribute. Review and improve then build your platform. Blogging, Twitter, Facebook, use any means necessary to get your name out there and show off your work.

Write and Review on! ~ Brooke

Cited in Forbes as the most influential woman in Social Media and recognized by ForbesWoman as one of the top 20 women bloggers, Ann Handley is the Chief Content Officer of MarketingProfs and author of:
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This month's links are educational newsletter editorials that go hand-in-hand with today's topic.

*StarR* "What's Your Platform? by Shannon
Learn the art of self-promotion

*StarP* "Ebooks & Self-Publishing by Jeff
How ebooks have changed the way we self-publish our work.

*StarV* "Top of the Heap by Jay (*still* away for a while)
So, how do you get to the top of the pile? (Spoiler alert: there is no one true answer...)

*StarO* "Where Are You? by Annette
Extensive and over-accurate location descriptions can harm your story.

*Starg* "Not available by A Guest Visitor
Beyond the fiction basics, what do you need to know to create a virtual experience for the reader? Purpose-->Structure

Editor's Picks

At this time, the items below have no reviews. I thought perhaps it would be nice to change that. Give them a try.

 When you find me  [ASR]
a Small part of my book about the life choices we made, my focus is character building.
by Marigene

One Line Excerpt:
We never saw her again after graduation day.


 The Dark of Night - First Draft  [13+]
My First attempt at writing something other than my signature. Please be kind :)
by MrGinger128

One Line Excerpt:
Lorark could not find the will inside himself to think of anything other than the men in his squad that had either been wounded or paid themselves out.


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by A Guest Visitor

One Line Excerpt:
Being beautiful involves so much more than appearance.


 New Novel Intro  [E]
A man awakens in a prison with no memory of how he got there
by aTaleOrTwo

One Line Excerpt:
Perhaps I would've learned to appreciate my prison's grandeur, if I was not victim to its silent snare.


Good Morning, Sunshine  [E]
Surviving life in Tornado Alley. Thoughts from the storm shelter... and beyond.
by PJ Payton

One Line Excerpt:
The day before yesterday my world was filled with screaming tornado warnings, booming, crashing, house-shaking thunder and staggering lightening flashes from black, roiling clouds as far as I could see.


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