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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463636571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463636579
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

From the author of the humor blog, Nanny Goats in Panties, comes some writing advice for all the bloggers out there trying to gain eyeballs and followers.

Social media experts will tell you that content is king, but how do you write good content? Margaret Andrews will help you improve your content, make it more engaging, and attract a loyal audience.

When readers are engaged, they will "stick" around for more. With her humorous take on the basics of writing, particularly for personal blogging, Andrews will teach you how to "write more better" and attract those "sticky readers".

About the Author

Margaret Andrews is a freelance writer with an online humor column, Nanny Goats in Panties, which began in 2005 and was voted Best Local Blogger for the Sacramento area in the KCRA3 A-List for 2011. Born in Sacramento, CA, in 1965 and graduating from Humboldt State University with a degree in Computer Information Systems in 1989, Andrews moved to Los Angeles in 1992 where she was a software developer, competitive beach volleyball player, and improvisational theatre performer. In 2009, she moved back to Sacramento and is now a journalist for Carmichael Patch. Andrews's first book, "Sticky Readers: How To Attract a Loyal Blog Audience by Writing More Better" was published in June 2011. Her other writing appears in the video game Coconut Queen, and in journals such as Toasted Cheese and Long Story Short.

More About the Author

Margaret Andrews is a freelance writer with an online humor column, Nanny Goats in Panties, which began in 2005 and was voted Best Local Blogger for the Sacramento area in the KCRA3 A-List for 2011. She also writes for Patch/AOL.

Andrews is a Sacramento native, although she spent 1992-2008 in Los Angeles, CA, employed as a software developer, honing her writing and tutorial skills with her lauded user documentation.

Andrews's first book, "Sticky Readers: How To Attract a Loyal Blog Audience by Writing More Better" was published in June 2011. Her other writing appears on Sacramento's ABC news10.net, in the video game Coconut Queen (iWin Games), and in literary journals such as Toasted Cheese and Long Story Short.

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Very fast read but filled with great advice and funny details.
Dana Leipold
If you're looking to improve your writing (blog posts or otherwise) Sticky Readers is a must have.
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I highly recommend this book to keep by your computer and read again and again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 12, 2011
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There are tons of books on blogging but they are usually geared toward business blogs. When you're a personal blogger, these "resources" can provoke more frustration than answers. Sticky Readers is a personal bloggers must have. Andrews outlines what bloggers must do to create well written blog posts and she does it with her customary sense of humor and wit! Even seasoned bloggers can benefit from her instruction. I particularly like Chapter 16: Quick Reference Check List (Before You Hit Publish) where Andrews neatly recaps the main points of her book. I plan to begin reviewing this list for each blog post I write until I have it memorized. If you're looking to improve your writing (blog posts or otherwise) Sticky Readers is a must have.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wineaux1 on June 18, 2011
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Have you every laughed out loud (LOL for the kids) while reading a "how to" book? I doubt it. I did while reading Sticky Readers. Writing geeks will have flashbacks to their college classes and newbies to the world of blogging will learn some esoteric stuff without realizing it.

Margaret writes the book as though she is talking to you, guiding you through the wilds of the Internet. Her conversational style eases you into learning. It doesn't get in your face with lists and jargon all over the place. However, what she teaches you is the core of good content. It's the basic rules of writing told in a way that everyone should be able to understand and find entertaining.

Essential to learning, she uses examples of how to create good content. We've all heard about how "content is king", but until now, no blogger or social media maven ever seemed to be able to break it down into concise elements to show us what it should look like.

This is my favorite part from Sticky Readers:
"Now, if you want friendly debatable comments then just say you like chocolate and leave the foreign intergalactic policy to other bloggers who can take the heat when Joe Neptune Hater makes a bunch of offensive comments about Andromedan stereotypes, calling anybody who disagrees with him many vulgar space dust names."

Margaret also attempts to dispel the myth about writer's block by reminding writers that inspiration really is what you want. She says that you have it even in the mundane if you just take a moment to notice.

Personally, I think this book is a great read for all writers, not just bloggers. It's a fairly quick read, but great to have around as a source of inspiration when you feel like you have fallen into a writing rut.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rene Foran on July 22, 2011
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Writer's block?
Stuck?
No one reading your blog?
On the verge of hitting the delete blog key?
Feh! says Margaret Andrews.
And before you go and trot out the "I don't have anything to write about" excuse
be warned, she's not buying it.
You have plenty, you're just not paying attention.
Sticky Readers: How to Attract a Loyal Blog Audience by Writing More Better is a witty, helpful guide not only for bloggers but for anyone who must hold and sustain an audience's attention for more than a fraction of a second. Like a good friend who wants to get you out of a jam, Margaret's honest and funny guide gets right down to heart of the matter right away. You and uh, your writing. Following her advice will improve your blog content, you'll get unstuck and readers will stick around for more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jobi on January 1, 2012
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OK, so how do you write a review of a book you absolutely loved, by a fantastic writer, knowing there is a chance she will read it? I felt like this book was written just for me. If you have ever had that experience, you would forego any qualms about what the author might think and pass it on to someone else who, I am sure, is going to feel Sticky Readers is written just for them.

Margaret Andrews' Sticky Readers, is packed with information and far from boring. I am excited. I learned so much with so little effort. My greatest pleasure was reading everything I personally needed to know. I read the first two pages and knew this book was one of those rare finds one vows to keep forever. When I find a "keeper book", I have a habit of penning my reactions to the author's words while I read. Along with a lot of aha's, I noted how Margaret's suggestions answered my questions and how her advice gave me a can-do attitude. And, she does so with unique, laugh out loud humor.
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I'm almost finished reading this ebook. It's excellent. Very easy to read, hilarious and most importantly, extremely useful. The author took care to cover tips she learned from years of blogging. I loved the chapter on how to beat writer's block. She challenges the reader that there's even such a thing as writers block. You're just not being observant enough. She gives a myriad examples of little things most bloggers would pass up talking about, but shows how with just the right spin, almost anything can make a great blog post.

Other helpful chapters: What tools to carry as a blogger, how to write the all-important opening sentence, how not to bore your readers to death by writing about things that don't have wide enough appeal, and pitfalls to avoid.

I highly recommend this book!
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