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Linda Aksomitis in Budapest, Hungary.

Linda Aksomitis in Budapest, Hungary.


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Come to one of our free Credenda College Webinars

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in News, Teaching | 0 comments

I’ve been working at Crendenda — a virtual high school and college — since 2007! We’re one of the few online schools that offers synchronous learning opportunities as well as asynchronous, so my college students “come” to class one night a week for three hours using Eluminate Live! technology, while high school students attend daily at a scheduled time. We’ve decided to expand what we do on the College side and are offering some webinars. Here’s our upcoming list: Library Staff (Webinar with...

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Do you prefer print books or e-books?

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in eBooks, Surveys | 0 comments

Do you read ebooks? I do–in fact, I love them! It appears that most of the world is also moving in this direction from the results of a Bookboon survey conducted in 2013–it indicates that 75% of respondents expect to be reading e-books for 2015! http://bookboon.com/blog/bookboon-coms-global-ebook-survey/ I thought I’d add an e-book survey to see what you think. Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool. Thanks for...

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The Age of the Infogram Has Arrived

Posted by on Dec 28, 2013 in Web 2.0 | 0 comments

I love infograms! Yes, we’ve been putting information into a visual format for years–but the infograms combine images and text in lots of new and exciting ways that are fun to create and interesting to read. This is one of my favorite sites about infographics: http://www.coolinfographics.com/ Multimedia is king out here on the Web, and the free services for creating infograms let those of us without graphics experience and fancy software create some fun graphics. I created this one promoting the library training program I teach...

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Get Teens Involved in Books–Saskatoon & Regina Public Libraries Hold Book Trailer Contest

Posted by on Nov 28, 2013 in Self-Promotion | 0 comments

If there’s one thing we all know, it’s that reading is good for young people. Beyond the basic literacy skills development, books can inform and inspire! I teach a completely online Library Training Certificate program for library technicians, and if there’s one thing we talk about in every course, it’s how to keep libraries alive and vibrant in the change of ever-advancing technology. What better way than a challenge? Saskatoon Public Library and Regina Public Library are holding their second challenge for young...

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Tips for Increasing Your Twitter Popularity

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Self-Promotion, Twitter | 0 comments

Twitter–do you love it or hate it? In this series of blog posts I’ve been describing the methods I use to make Twitter work for me and help other writers, bloggers, librarians, and teachers, find more ways to use it. If you’ve got a great “room” full of followers in the Twitterverse, then you’re ready to really start making Twitter work for you. Need more followers? I talk about how I built up my list in my first post on using Twitter. Then, in my second Twitter article, I tell you how I get my name and...

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How I Use Twitter as a Writer

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Self-Promotion, Twitter | 2 comments

Many of us–writers, bloggers, librarians and teachers–have a love-hate relationship with Twitter. We’d love to know what it’s supposed to do, but hate to invest a ton of time to find out it really doesn’t accomplish much of anything. To summarize, these are the most common things I’ve heard: It’s hard to figure out how to use Twitter Twitter takes too much time It’s boring to read hundreds or thousands of tweets that are meaningless little vignettes on somebody’s day-to-day life...

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How to Increase Your Followers on Twitter–and Why Writers Should!

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Self-Promotion, Twitter | 0 comments

Summer is over–well, the relaxed version of summer holidays anyway! That’s not to say a return to the world of schedules is a bad thing. I like to have my time structured because it helps me stay organized and achieve my goals as a writer, travel blogger, and online instructor. In the end, getting things done is usually the result of having deliberately analyzed the result I want, identified all of the steps needed to get to that end, and made a plan to carry out those steps. This past week I’ve talked to a lot of writers...

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Examples of Metaphors and Similes

Posted by on Jul 28, 2013 in Writing Tips | 0 comments

A week ago I taught a workshop–Show, Don’t Just Tell, at the Weyburn Public Library. It’s one of my favorites, as it lets me and my students wander off into dozens of different directions. One of the most interesting is the power of metaphors and similesĀ  to help writers show instead of tell. Whether you’re writing a novel, or a single poem, you can harness the power of metaphors and similes. So, what exactly is a metaphor? Well, simply put a metaphor says one thing is something else that it couldn’t be....

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Increase Your Blog Traffic With the Google Keyword Tool

Posted by on Jun 16, 2013 in Website Design Tips | 2 comments

We all blog about different things. Technical instructions. Writing tips. How-to tutorials. The one thing every blogger has in common, though, is that they want readers for their content. As they say, the more the merrier! But it’s not always easy to get readers. In my online class, Introduction to Internet Writing Markets, we talk in detail about readers on the Web, also called traffic. Web readers, or surfers, are traffic much the same way as cars and trucks, or traffic, that use a specific road. So, we can define traffic as the...

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Tips for Making Money With Your E-Books

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in eBooks, Publishing Tips | 5 comments

Well, the easy answer to how can you make money with your e-books is to write and self-publish a best seller! Okay, so maybe that won’t work for all of us. Smashwords, the #1 distributor for indie e-book authors, recently published the results of their own study of what’s selling and making money from books listed with them. It yielded, as research usually does, some useful information for independent e-authors. Some of the things they identified I’d already landed at just by my own knowledge and experience in the book...

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