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Are You There Blog? It's Me, Writer Paperback – May 6, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Who Dares Wins (May 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935712489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935712480
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,200,903 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Ganshert on June 5, 2011
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How do I write a review for a book this awesome? Seriously - if your goal is to be a successful writer, this book is a must. Kristen's genuine heart to serve and help fellow writers be more successful shines through.It is an incredibly fast and funny read (I laughed out loud a lot) jam-packed with an insane amount of gold nuggets. I learned so many practical tips to help me better utilize social media and can't wait to put these tips into practice. I put down the book feeling empowered, motivated, and informed.
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I purchased the kindle version of this book and the print version of Lamb's We Are Not Alone (WANA) at the same time. I figured I could get started with this book while waiting for WANA to arrive. Are You There Blog? It's Me, Writer contains excerpts from WANA. It is a good introduction to social media for the writer, but if you want specifics, go straight to her other book.

I found this book to be repetitious. Lamb gets her point across on the first try, but then she repeats it several times throughout the book. Should I brand myself using my own name? No doubt about it after reading the advice more than once.

So if you don't mind figuring things out for yourself, you can save a few dollars by purchasing this book. But if you'd like more details or step-by-step instructions, buy WANA.
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I wanted to know where on earth to start with my Wordpress blog, which, so far, has been getting some pretty low views. I haven't promoted it, so that's not surprising. However, I wanted to be sure that when I did start putting the energy into promoting it, it was going to be done right. This book helped me bone up on social media as well as blogging, which was awesome. I went out and bought the other book (We Are Not Alone) and have them highlighted and bookmarked to death. Highly recommend!
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If you read the title of this review, you shouldn't be surprised by what I have to say. Kristen Lamb hit it out of the park with this one. I'm inspired to go write on my blog right now, but I'm going to wait until I read her other book because I want to know even more first. (I don't want to have to undo any mistakes.) She's funny, insightful, inspirational, and informative. I was especially happy to learn about tagging in blogs... no one ever took the time to point that feature out, and it's sure to be a traffic generator. (I hope it will be, anyway. It certainly couldn't hurt.) This is definitely a recommended read. I read it in one night, but I'll be going back to it again and again for tips.
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Kristen Lamb has done it again...and she will forever be my Go-To Social Media Queen!!!

This book has a ton of superfab scoop to help you make the most out of your brand via social media! And Kristen presents the scoop with tons of LMAO humor!!!

She totally "gets" that it's about the relationships we make via all our online communities, and that it is the community-building aspect itself that makes social media extend your brand in super-synergistic ways!!!

A must-read for every author who wants to build his or her reader-base.
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I read Are You There Blog, It's Me at the same time I read We Are Not Alone, both on Kindle. Both books are filled with great information -- for writers working toward becoming published as well as for published authors who need to jump-start their careers by becoming more active in the world of social media. They blended together seamlessly so this review is basically a repeat of the review I wrote for "Not Alone." I found Kristen's voice and style refreshing. I especially like her thoughts on having a giving heart when posting blogs or status updates on Facebook, Twitter, etc. It's a transformational thought for an author (moi!) who's had a difficult time coming up with a theme for such things. Can't recommend these books highly enough. Would give them six stars if I could.
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I have read a ton of writing books over the years about writing. I started reading them when I was 19 and realized I wanted to do this "writing thing". But in all my years, never has one single book changed my perspective on writing and marketing like Kristen Lamb's book "Are You There, Blog? It's Me, Writer." I thought I was taking my career seriously as a writer but reading Kristen's book made me realize I was wrong.

"What I have observed over the years is that very often, the personalities that are the most creative also tend to be free-spirits who flutter around like fruit flies with severe ADHD high off a case of Red Bull." ~Kristen Lamb, Are You There Blog, It's Me, Writer"

Yes! Finally, someone who gets what it's like to be me! It's taken me years to develop anything close to writing discipline and even that comes and goes. Two years ago I realized I had more started and unfinished projects than finished ones. I decided to focus on one project at a time before moving on to anything else.

Not only does Kristen understand writing from a business oriented side, she also understands what it is to BE a writer. She doesn't talk down to you as a writer or sound snooty, but instead uses humor to help illuminate common pitfalls writers run into, oftentimes using her own mistakes as examples. Full of tips and solutions for common problems like meeting word counts, dealing with the "negativity monster" inside each of us, and the best ways to reach your reader audiences are just a few. This book is jam-packed with some of the best writing advice I've ever seen. Even Stephen King's memoir "On Writing", long a favorite among writers, doesn't come close to the practical information in this book.
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