Blog Love for the Day: Pimp or Promote!

Whether it’s the highs and lows of dating or relationship humor, Friday is always about love here at More Cowbell. Whatever form that takes…

THIS Friday it’s about love and appreciation from me to you. I’m taking a page out of Chuck Wendig’s book and throwing open the doors of the comments section for one of the following:

  • Tell us about one of  your projects that you’re excited about – a hobby, a blog, a book, a new direction your writing is taking you. You decide. Just tell us all about it in the comments! The rest of us will jump in and “ooooh and coo” at you, and potentially offer you tons of unsolicited advice about how to promote your project further. Note: Try not to lose your head over this in the length department – I don’t want to have to edit your glory.
  • Pimp out somebody else’s work – this can be a favorite author, blogger, post or book you’ve read, a wonderful teacher or just someone who had profound influence on you as a writer or a person. The rest of us will jump in and “ooooh and coo” over this too.

I know, I know…normally it’s BAD FORM to do shameless self-promotion or pimpage on somebody else’s blog. But today you’re invited…and not just because it’s been a crazy week for me. I want to hear about what’s exciting in your life today. :-)

To start this pimpage party off, I’m going to heap compliments on two of my favorite bloggers, Kristen Lamb and Chuck Wendig. These two are hip, funny and informative – a winning trifecta in my book.

Since Kristen (aka The Lambo) turned me on to Chuck’s blog (and like 800 other things I needed to know), she gets to be first. Kristen is my social media maven. I highly recommend you visit her blog and let her be your maven too.

She posts on a broad range of topics but mostly about writing, blogging and social media. She slips in a variety of shiny jewels on her Free-For-All Fridays too, but the other topics are her mainstay. Especially if you’re new to Twitter or just starting a blog, Kristen will show you the ropes.

My fave posts of hers… God, where to start. *whining* Do I only get to pick three? Fine, here goes:

I could link to 20 more posts but I’ve gushed enough and it will mean more to have your own discovery journey. (The minute you’re done posting your comment here, run over there!) Besides being funny and informative, Kristen is loyal, driven, and a damn nice lady.

You might also you pick up copies of her best-selling books We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer . Both books are ON SALE for $4.99!!!! And both are recommended by the hottest agents and biggest authors in the biz.

On to Writing Prince Wendig…

Chuck Wendig’s voice manages to be unique, profane and kind…usually all at the same time. His writing advice is stellar – practical and HUGELY helpful. His posts about his new baby will make you snort your coffee. Put your cup down and swallow that sip you just took before clicking any of the links below.

Some of my favorite Chuck posts:

His books on writing are a treat to read (as long as you don’t mind foul language used with razor-sharp accuracy – I don’t). I have both of the books below and can vouch that they are gems:

Try: CONFESSIONS OF A FREELANCE PENMONKEY — $4.99 at Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), B&N, PDF

And: 250 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT WRITING — $0.99 at Amazon (US), Amazon (UK), B&N, PDF

As Chuck says, “You. Comments. Go.” The More Cowbell Party Line is now open!

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72 Responses to Blog Love for the Day: Pimp or Promote!

  1. KIM MULLICAN says:

    Great post! I’m constantly pimping Kristen Lamb on my blog. She is such a gem and is so full of useful information. I’ve purchased a few of her books and I’ve loved every page.

  2. jessicaaspen says:

    I must be up early, I don’t see any other posts! I’ll jump in! Monday I’m having my very first guest blogger, Sherry Isaac, on my blog http://jessicaaspen.com . Sherry has crafted a terrific two part post that shares her inspiration for one of her short stories in Storyteller, her anthology that comes out any day now! Drop by Monday and leave a comment for Sherry as she debuts her very first book!

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I’ll be there, Jessica! Soooooo…are you gonna tell us what YOU’re working on?

      • jessicaaspen says:

        I would love to! Thursday I blogged on Why we find 500 year old men sexy, come on by, I’m still taking comments! And today I’m blogging on http://paranormalfreebies,com letting everyone know what’s up for August. We have fantastic guest bloggers our ezine is accepting freebie promos and signups. Drop by either blog today and leave a comment as I bounce back and forth like a yo-yo!

  3. Laura Drake says:

    Feels weird, but here goes. This week, I got an agent!!!! After 13 years at this, I’ve finally got a shot to sell a book! Okay, enough with the exclamation points, and enough about me.

    Shameless pimp for someone else? I am riveted to Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Blog http://kriswrites.com/ a riveting must-read on the business of writing, and how it’s changing.

  4. Why did I wince when I read “keep it short”, Jenny? Oh, I dunno. Because you had to tell me to sit down and behave myself on an earlier blog? All grins on that, btw. CONGRATS AND WOO HOO to Laura! Also pimping out my fave Crit and Writing Buddy, Sherry Isaac. Check out WITS FB for the link to her FACEBOOK with the AWESOME cover (stories contained therein deserve an awesome cover. I signed up to TWEEET and brought up GLORIA RICHARD/Author FB this week. Blog to follow. Jenny, closing w/a WOO HOO 4 YOU and a plea to PLEASE become an instructor on Margie Lawson’s LWA. Your posts make my day (and not in a DIRTY HARRY way).

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Gloria,

      Please don’t EVER sit down and behave yourself!! :-) We depend on you being your wonderful irrepressible self! NICE pimpage (and promo)! Get thee to Kristen Lamb’s blog…she will steer you straight on the Tweeting/blogging front.

      • jessicaaspen says:

        Hey Gloria,
        We Are Not Alone, is a must for brand new author tweeters and bloggers. Love the blog, but need the book. This way I can take Kristen in the car and out to the yard. She went with me to Cancun too!

        • Jenny Hansen says:

          Jessica,

          Have you told Kristen you took her to Cancun? She’d be so pleased! Especially if she got to go to the beach and have frothy drinks out of a coconut. :-)

  5. amy kennedy says:

    Jessica, what fun, a guest. Hope it’s fun and a success. I’ll check it out on Monday.
    Laura, how exciting!! I’ve added another exclamation point for you. I’m going to check out Kristine’s blog.
    Gloria, it’s a big step, that tweeting and an author page on fb. Yay for you on taking those steps.

  6. Jill Kemerer says:

    Jenny, I LOVE this!! To me, it has “Friday” all over it! I’m just going to throw Elizabeth Spann Craig’s name out there. Elizabeth creates these Twitter mash-ups that I can only describe as mini-writing-conferences. Her latest book, Finger Lickin’ Friday, looks funny and engaging! She’s so generous!

    Also, P.W. Creighton (@ravenrequiem13) is a super supportive Twitter pal. He always RT’s and shouts out to his friends. Plus, he recently signed a deal for his first book!! Yay, Phillip!!

    I have a whole crew of blogger friends I would love to shout out, but I’ll throw a few heavy hitters: my crit. partner Wendy P. Miller, my dear friends Jody Hedlund and Keli Gwyn, the hilarious Katie Ganshert, and all-around-awesome gal, Jessica Patch.

    As you can see, I could do this all day, but I’ll leave off with this. I’m on track to completely finish my novel and proposal by the end of next week. Woo-hoo!

    Have a terrific weekend, Jenny! Love you!!

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Thanks, Jill! I’m having a great time getting to hear all of everyone’s promo and pimpage. :-)

      Congrats on finishing!! I have a very hard time with finishing so it is an incredible milestone in my book. I’ll have to check out Wendy and Katie…you’ve already turned me on to Jody, Keli and Jessica.

      I love Phillip (@RavenRequiem13) – he is sooo supportive. I’ve had so much death and mayhem lately I haven’t been on Twitter as much. I did not know he got an agent! Woo-hooooo!!!!

      As for Elizabeth Craig (and her Writers Knowledge Base – link found in the Right sidebar), I can’t say enough great things about her. She was my very first Twitter friend.

  7. Stacy Green says:

    Great post! Love Kristen’s blog, and I need to check out Wendig’s. He sounds hilarious.

    I follow a lot of great blogs so it’s tough to pick just one. I have to give a big shout out to my critique partner amazing blog. Catie Rhodes at Full Tilt Backwards Boogie. Her posts are always fun and filled with a lot of great research. http://catierhodes.com/

    And Tiffany White’s Ooo Factor and Amber West’s A Day Without Sushi are always great. http://tiffanyawhite.wordpress.com/ http://wosushi.wordpress.com/

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Stacy,

      Those are WONDERFUL blogs! I visit all of them regularly. I swear, Tiffany is about the only thing that’s made my TV moratorium bearable. :-)

      • Stacy Green says:

        Thanks! I just realized I didn’t pimp myself. That’s hard for me to do, but I’m hard at work on the edits for my suspense thriller set in Vegas. I hope to have it ready for the next round with my grammar/writing teacher friend by September. I’m also working on a book called The Prophet, based on the web fic I started on my blog.

        Thanks for such great posts, Jen!

        • Jenny Hansen says:

          That’s my girl, Stacy…I’m glad you came back for some self-promo. You’re pretty quiet about your own work and so encouraging of the rest of us. People like you are why I threw open the Shameless Self-Promo forum. :-)

          Please let us know how this Vegas thriller comes along. I can’t think of a more perfect setting for that genre.

      • Stacy Green says:

        Thanks, I will. Hoping to have ready to query in a few months. We’ll see.

  8. Author Kristen Lamb says:

    Wow! Thanks for being such an awesome cheerleader. I really appreciate it. And Chuck Wendig is my FAVORITE of all bloggers. He’s hysterical. Thanks, Jen.

  9. amyshojai says:

    Okay, this is awesome. On my “pimp myself” list–this week I butt-kicked the fiction WIP and wrote 3 NEW CHAPTERS! Woot! I’ve scheduled the thriller writing into the work day, or it won’t get done, and by golly gee whillickers it’s gotta get done. I’ve an editor lined up to slash and burn and everything.

    I’ve gotta send a shout out to RedRoom.com because they’ve hooked me up with both the Paw Nation folks AND Huffington Post to provide blogs/columns. It’s tremendous promo opportunity. On top of that, for the Paw Nation stuff they donated funds to the nonprofit of my choice so my writers organization also benefits. If y’all haven’t checked it out, go to RedRoom.com and join–it’s all about authors and writers (AND they’re in the process of putting together a program/help for indie authors, too).

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Amy,

      I did not realize we could just go to RedRoom…that’s pretty sweet. They’ve done a lot for you.

      You keep butt-kicking that WIP, girlfriend. I agree, BTW, if writing isn’t in the top 3-4 things, it doesn’t get done. It just doesn’t.

  10. Laura Drake says:

    Wow, Jen, you’ve tapped into a gusher here! Loving the community feel!
    Kinda like #FF on Twitter when you find a whole passle of new people to follow!

    Thanks for the congrats – just heard the book has “Left the building!” It’s in editor’s hands.
    How to do sleep after that?!

    Going to check out all the “wares” you guys are pimping!

    ps- I just realized every sentence above has an exclamation point. Okay, now it doesn’t. My work is done.

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Laura,

      I’ve been with you on this long hard road to agent-hood and seen you gain and lose hope, then re-gain it. Never have you stopped giving back to other writers. You are an inspiration to me!

  11. Catie Rhodes says:

    A chance to promote myself? Click on my name and visit my blog. I am proud of how many people seem to enjoy my posts. :D

    Promote someone else? Hmmm….I have so many folks I’d like to mention. Gene Lempp writes some really cool posts that explore what anthropology and history can do for your fiction. Here’s a link to his blog:

    http://genelempp.wordpress.com/

    Thanks for this opportunity, Jenny.

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      But of course, Catie! I know my peeps and More Cowbell friends rock…now everybody else will too. :-)

    • Count me among them, Catie.

    • Gene Lempp says:

      Thanks, Catie :)

      By the way peeps, you should click on her name. Catie’s is one of my top five favorite blogs for a reason.

      And, um, cause I wouldn’t be a writer if I didn’t say this…If you want great writing prompts and tips drawn from history and myth, stop by my site and check out the Designing from Bones series. Many already enjoy it, I’m sure you will too!

      • Kathy Owen says:

        I’ll second Gene’s suggestion: his “Designing from Bones” series is super cool. Not just facts to learn, but he includes ways a writer could use this info! I think I’ll start calling him “The Professor.” (where’s Gilligan?)

        • Jenny Hansen says:

          I’m just now digging into this and already LOVING it.

        • Gene Lempp says:

          Kathy: The Professor. LOL! I would have to say the same for you with your Flashback Friday and Masters of Mystery series.

          Jen: Glad you are loving them (secretly, and don’t tell anyone, I love writing them).

          Tiffany: You are totally fabOoolous girl! And to all of you reading this, Tiffany, does the best television reviews you’ll find…well, not just reviews, but, smart and witty reviews.

  12. Jenny, great blog, and of course I agree about Kristen. Very informative and fun, Excuse me while I take notes, Oh, and I love the cowbell thing.

    My shameless self promo: I sent off a partial manuscript that tried hard to kick my butt. Not much in the great scheme of things, but a big deal to me.

  13. Sherry Isaac says:

    A plethora of gracious author peeps turned pimps have agreed to share their blog space with me over the next few weeks as I promote my book release. Exposure to their audiences for me, and, hopefully, my audience will subscribe to their blogs after my post.
    Like me this week: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sherry-Isaac/135853129832506
    Find me next week: http://www.sherryisaac.com/Sherry_Isaac/Blog_Tour.html

    • EEE! Hi, Sherry! Can’t wait for the blog tour next week. So many stories to tell about you. So little time. I have people lined up to buy your book. Goodreads. Right? Available August 1st. Right? Come visit Texas so you can sign them. They’re saving a table for you at MY SBUX. Aforementioned was NOT shameless pimping for STORYTELLER by Sherry Isaac. Really.

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Very nice PROMO, Sherry! We’ll be sure to look for you next week…

  14. I wrote a short story this week called To Touch a Unicorn I’m pleased with. I just have a few nitpicky things to finish and it’s done. So yay!

    Amy recommended The Bloggess’ post about the metal rooster named Beyonce and now I’m hooked. The post about Jenny Lawson’s cat named Ferris Mewler also cracks me up. The blog just plain cheers me up.

    http://thebloggess.com/2011/07/i-swear-i-dont-usually-post-about-my-cat-this-much/

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Angela, I’m DELIGHTED to hear that you are creating again! That’s a fabulous title, BTW…I want to touch a unicorn!! Good for you, and anyone who writes about a metal rooster named Beyonce deserves a visit.

  15. D says:

    I just started a two-week Fast Draft challenge: writing 20 pages or 5000 words a day for 14 days straight! It’s a technique taught (and used) by author Candace Havens. I’m using to draft a new sci-fi romance novel about the sea. I’m REALLY psyched about it!

    Today is Day Two – yesterday I wrote 5049 words – 1000+ so far today!

  16. Fae Rowen says:

    Okay, Jen. I’ve never pimped myself, but for you…

    I’m excited about starting a new project, my first YA science fiction. In my mind it has the potential to be big; I hope I can get that promise on the pages.

    Of course, I have to share credit where it’s due: my Slick Chicks crit group–Jen. Laura, and Sharla.
    And the person who got me excited about writing fresh “stuff” and starting a new project: Margie Lawson.

    Have to give Laura a shout out for her tenacity and whoop-whoop for getting an agent. I know her book will be on shelves in 2012. In her next life she’s going to be the world champion cheerleader.
    Love to you and the family!
    Fae Rowen

  17. Despite being in fairly close personal contact with my BFF @kristenlambtx, I’ve been very slow to follow her social networking advice. In the last couple of months though, I’ve gone from a handful of Twitter followers to over 700. At least I’m starting. Now if I could just build up the blog following at http://davwalk.wordpress.com – oh, well.

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Well, David…being the close BFF to The Lambo that you are, I’m surprised she hasn’t tied you up and read We Are Not Alone out loud to you!

      You’ve now put it out to the universe that you wish to share your blog. You can’t take it back – however much you’d like to – when we start visiting. :-)

  18. Well, my shout-out goes to you, Jenny, for your wonderful, wonderful webinars. You are an amazing trainer, and I have learned so much from you.

  19. This is such a great idea!

    I’d like to “pimp” out Catie Rhodes’ blog as well as Stacy Green’s blog. They both post pure brilliance. They research and the write wonderfully compelling stories.

    Catie – http://catierhodes.com/
    Stacy – http://stacygreenauthor.blogspot.com/

    As far as promoting, I would like to promote my Friday blog. I’m writing my first YA mystery, and it’s inspired by a true story that took place in West Texas. I’ve been blogging primarily about TV, movies, and novels, but I wanted to start blogging about true crime novels/movies and West Texas since that is what my WIP is about. I did my first one yesterday – The Kiss and Kill Murder. Check it out!
    http://tiffanyawhite.wordpress.com/2011/07/29/friday-fabooolousness-%e2%80%93-the-%e2%80%9ckiss-and-kill-murder%e2%80%9d/

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      I wish I could claim this idea, but this is some Wendig Wizardry.

      I can’t wait to finish reading this Kiss and Kill Murder blog – I love all your stuff but this looks awesome. :-)

      NICE pimpage BTW…..

  20. Rebecca says:

    Great concept! I’ll pimp a recent client I made a book trailer for. It’s my first YA read, and it’s setting is a Sci-Fi, Dystopian world. I found it quite enjoyable and you can view the trailer on You Tube. I think he still has the first 3 chapters available to read free if anyone is interested.
    http://youtu.be/ILg-L4gE29U – the details are in the “show more” bar below the screen.
    As for self-pimping. My genre is rather dark ;-) but I’ll say working on a dark urban fantasy novella with a *unique twist* in that the lead hero is a Chinese man. It’s a story of sorcery, hungry ghosts, a tad bit about revenge, but ultimately – this Solomon Kane style character, named Chiang – is a hunter of evil, and the rest I shall not say. ;-) I figured out the conclusion of his story just today! lol. It’s a prelude novel to a series of stand alone novels. Novella is called “I Chiang”.

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Rebecca,

      I’m so glad you stopped in! You are such an #FF wonder and i wanted you to be part of our Pimpy/Promo Fest.

      I’lll have to scope the book trailer. I did NOT know you did those sorts of things. *making mental note*

  21. Chuck Wendig says:

    Totally missed coming by here, but I wanted to say thanks for the pimpage! That’s quite lovely of you — makes a crazy week a lot more manageable to hear stuff like that.

    BTFO.

    And thanks again!

    – c.

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Having an OMG moment that you came to visit us on More Cowbell, Chuck! You are most welcome for the pimpage – I’ve had hours of enjoyment in your books and on TerribleMinds.

      I give away webinars each month on tech topics and just now decided to run a trivia contest for BTFO, which cracks me up each time I see you use it.

      For anyone that tells me first what it means and the origin, I will put their name in the webinar Hat of Love FIVE times. :-)

  22. jillian dodd says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but I was on vacation and am just getting caught up.
    For Promoting: I have to say that I am currently devouring a book called The Hand of Christ by Joseph Nagle, who I met on twitter (@sterlingnovels). If you are a James Rollins, Dan Brown, Daniel Silvia fan like I am, you will love this book. I’m hoping to finish it today!
    I’m also a big fan of Tiffany’s Oooh Factor blog, but she’s already gotten lots of love on here!!
    For Pimping: I wrote a romance novel called That Boy. You can read more about it at my website, http://www.jilliandodd.net
    Thanks!!
    Jill

    • Jenny Hansen says:

      Hey Jillian!! *waving*

      I’m so glad you stopped by when you got home. Love the pimpage – I’ll bet Joseph gets some traffic from you!

      I’ve poked around your site already, but now everyone else gets a shot at it. :-)

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