A quick look at the magazine rack at checkout counters reveals that January is the month to clean up and organize. I'm following suit inside my house but it dawned on me that I should peek into my digital home, too.
Good thing I did because my online profiles looked like this...messy, cluttered, and disorganized.
Cases in point:
1. My Google Knowledge Panel shows a book with no cover image and my profile picture is outdated. I'm in the process of getting verified as a the owner of that Knowledge Panel so I can make changes to it. Wish me luck.
2. The SEO site description on my website was clunky and didn't reflect my current writing emphasis.
3. My Amazon Author profile was out of date even though I did revise it before the launch of STRETCH TO THE SUN in October.
4. My SCBWI profile was out of date. Gulp.
5. My Facebook profile? Old and boring. Needed an overhaul.
Thankfully, my Twitter profile was okay.
How do you look to the online world? Need a dustin'? I'm right in there with you.
No nonsense literary agent Linda Epstein offers up some thoughts about rejection. The format you see below is created through an app called Thread Reader in which all the tweets in a thread are stitched together so you can read them more easily -- like a blog post. It's pretty cool stuff.
Read Linda's thoughts and breathe them in. Remember that rejections are passes on work and represent opportunities.
Cheers, my friends.
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